La Toscana Ristorante

4.5
831 reviews
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Italian
We are centrally located off Hwy. 101 in San Rafael, across for the famous Frank Lloyd Wright Marin Civic Center. La Toscana is a family owned and operated Italian restaurant and bar located in Marin County. It was established in 1985 by Paolo Mori, his wife, Marilyn, and Michele Quilici. The owners all grew up in Lucca, Italy and immigrated to the U.S. in the late 1950s. They wanted to create an atmosphere that reminded them of home – a place where locals would gather to eat, meet friends and family and celebrate with food and wine as every Italian family does. Chef and co— owner Giovanni Racanello joined La Toscana in 1986. Paolo and Marilyn’s daughter, Laura Mori Riella, and youngest son, Michael Mori, joined the La Toscana team in 1992 and 2002, respectively. Paolo loved to make people feel welcome and, just like all the Moris, enjoyed his food and wine and loved to see others do the same. This is the proud tradition that La Toscana carries on.
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DW
San Francisco
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love this restaurant and the family that owns it. Great staff. We were there on Friday night. It was packed and the noise level in the dining area was louder than I would have liked. However, the food and dining experience was still great!

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T
San Francisco
29 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Our waiter, Joe, was very cocky and when we asked where the balsamic glaze was on top of the tomatoes and bruschetta and soft burata cheese, first he said it had slipped to the bottom, but when we stirred it up to look, it was not there, but he said it was there. We called him over later to bring us some on the side so we could put it on the tomatoes as it is what makes this dish so wonderful as a shared appetizer. He came back with a bowl of Balsamic vinegar, not the glaze, which is thick and sticky. We told him no, this is not what we asked for, the glaze is not watery at all. Then he left and never came back until check time. It took two requests for him to wipe off the oil and butter from the table so we could put down the dessert menus and enjoy the rest of our meal. After we had paid he came over and said, by the way, the glaze tonight was watery. It was total BS! He kind of ruined our lovely dinner. If he doesn't know what he is serving or how a dish is supposed to look, he should ask or be trained before lying to customers because he was unclear on the components and didn't want to deal with it!

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M
San Francisco
22 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food and ambiance. Our waitress, Linda, was outstanding.

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EH
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a wonderful time at our birthday celebration for my mom. The servers were professional and courteous and took a few photos for us. The food was delicious. Thank you!

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JG
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on February 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We were a group of 5 adults and 2 kids. For appetizers, we had Frito Misto and Arancini. The Frito Misto was OK but the Arancini was really good. We had the Arugula/goat cheese salad which was very good. Everyone had one of the pastas, they were all excellent. Portion size was large, and we all took home leftovers. We had a great bottle of super Tuscan. The ambiance was a very nice blend of Tuscan influence (pictures of Lucca(?) on the wall) with family style casualness. The service was excellent - I even got a refill of my wine that I spilled half of trying to catch one of the kids falling cups. Definitely will be back to try more things!

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S
San Francisco
12 reviews
Dined on February 10, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 5ambience 2

It was so noisy we could hardly talk to each other unless we yelled to one another.

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SO
Tahoe
15 reviews
Dined on February 10, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

This restaurant has a terrific feel--a bit of an upscale, neighborhood place both in the bar and the restaurant area. It started not so well with beef carpaccio that had a ton of arugula and very little beef. But, after that, all the appetizers and entrees were very good. The service was professional and friendly.

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YV
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and service we go there for years for us it's great I recommend this restaurant

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D
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We celebrated an early Valentine's day dinner together. Great service from our waiter! Food was fabulous.
Very reasonably priced, all four courses were quite tasty with a great bottle of red wine.

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f
1 review
Dined on February 7, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Service was attentive, beverages refilled. Food brought in timely manner and was hot. Restaurant was full at lunch and noisier than I would have preferred.

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CE
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Have loved this place for a long time, and their recent remodel has made it even more enjoyable. Great food and staff; fun bar!

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SH
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My fave Italian restaurant in Marin...the carbonara and orecchiette are outstanding!

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DQ
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Beautiful interior, wide variety of menu items to select from, good meal portions, flexible with requests, attentive wait staff. The bar is welcoming and friendly for a comfortable area in waiting for friends. Everyone from the front to the bus boys were very kind and genuine.

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N
Detroit
28 reviews
Dined on February 3, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 2

The dining room carries noise like crazy. Their were several large groups around us, and it’s great that they were having fun, but it was too much for others. The service was reasonable and food OK, but next time we want Italian cuisine, will find other options.

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MH
San Francisco
37 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always a great meal, with wonderful service and a warm atmosphere. Make this restaurant one of your favorites!

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m
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on January 31, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

The food was good but the noise level was unbearable - could not have a conversation with our friends without yelling and then missed a lot. Service was excellent.

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OT
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on January 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a wonderful dining experience with superb service delivered by our server Joe.
The pescatore, putanesca spaghetti and chicken parmigiana were delicious with the super tuscan wine.

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MM
San Francisco
15 reviews
Dined on January 29, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Some food great some just ok. Service is great and the atmosphere is nice, cozy, warm and intimate if need be. Overall very nice experience

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SK
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on January 27, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Food was outstanding
Service was excellent
Had a 6:30 reservation took a little while to actually get seated

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OT
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was a nice birthday celebration.

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MH
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on January 25, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Loved it! Great service, food. The s'mores sunday was spectacular.

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OT
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on January 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great selection, and great service. Love the place!

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BB
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on January 19, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Good food, a longstanding neighborhood favorite. Loved my eggplant meal, appropriate to share. Very noisy & hopping bar. Fortunately we had a table for dinner near the back so we could converse (2 people with hearing impairment), but very noisy about the time we left.

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KA
San Francisco
35 reviews
Dined on January 19, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Always a good meal. The house salad is now only a small plate of lettuce with a few tomatoes, one pepper, and one olive. I remember when the house salad was the best around. Definitely not worth the $8 charge!!
Nice that corkage is still reasonable.

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HE
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on January 18, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 3

VERY LOUD MAKES IT HARD TO COMUNICATE WIT YOUR GUESTS

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L
Central Coast
38 reviews
Dined on January 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We got to LaToscana a couple of times a month, and we truly enjoy it. The food is always excellent, they make a fantastic Negroni, and the service is warm and attentive. Also, the wine list is very good.

We look forward to our next dinner at La Toscana.

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c
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on January 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful!

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RS
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on January 16, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Anniversary dinner on a very rainy night. Parking was very full, street as well as around the restaurant at 6p.m. Dinner was very good, Sergio R. took good care of our table. Seafood Risotto and Lasagne, with arugula salad were our dinner choices, and delicious. Dry Creek Vineyard Zinfandel complimented the meal. The Lasagne had an incredible sauce and the whole entre was devoured. The Risotto was really good and really filling, half of the plate was eaten, with half take home and eaten the next day (incredible). We celebrated by dessert choice of lemon blueberry (confit) tiramisu. I would order the regular tiramisu next time. We would like to try more of the menu so will hope to return. I liked the look of the bar area, 3 tvs with sports, and tables and chairs to eat around a fairly large bar area. And the website mentions a happy hour that sounded good.

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m
Sacramento
2 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Most of us had not been had a meal at La Toscana. We were impressed with the service, food , and atmosphere. We will be back many times!

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n
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Has been consistently tasty with terrific service. Appreciate the wait staff's knowledge of the menu and recommendations for food allergies/sensitivities.

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LA
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on January 10, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Wonderful service by all the servers. Great food. The only reason I gave the food 4 stars was because of the chilies in my Seafood Risotto. I would have left them out if I had read the menu more carefully. Thanks again for a great night out!

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J
San Francisco
16 reviews
Dined on January 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

La Toscana is our "go-to" place, particularly for the evenings when we are attending events at the Civic Center. The staff is well accustomed to seeing that diners are out in enough time to attend the events. Food is great. Service friendly and efficient. We have been dining here for many years and always enjoy it. Only improvement I would suggest is to somehow be able to reduce the noise level.

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TC
San Diego
3 reviews
Dined on January 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our group of 15 used the private room. It was terrific.

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AM
1 review
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

New Years Eve dinner menu very nice, excellent service, great crowd and eneergy.

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g
San Francisco
24 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Osso Bucco is absolutely delicious! We had an early New Year's Eve dinner and it was festive and fun with amazing food and fantastic service.

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BT
1 review
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Thank you for a delightful evening! The food and cocktails and wine was outstanding! We would love to come back next year on New Years Eve!
We did not feel rushed and enjoyed every bite!
I also enjoyed the reminders, countdown. Thank you for taking the time to do that.
The Thornton family💕🥂

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JP
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Food and service were excellent. No waiting. Friendly server.

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f
San Francisco
82 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

We found La Toscana when looking for somewhere that served Cacio y Pepe, a favorite pasta dish. We've enjoyed this dish in many restaurants around the world and occasionally try making it at home. Unfortunately, we can not recommend the version we were served on our first visit to La Toscana. It wasn't completely bland but there was little ground black peper and tangy cheese that make this dish so delightful. We were very disapointed. That said, the Caesar Salad and Pappardelle al Cinghiale were excellent, the service was friendly and efficient, and the place was full of people enjoying their dinners. The house red wine on tap was also quite acceptable. We would not go back for the Cacio y Pepe, but might like to try more of the menu someday.

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TC
1 review
Dined on December 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The staff at La Toscana are friendly, attentive and helpful. Food is delicious.

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M
San Francisco
13 reviews
Dined on December 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious dinner with extremely attentive, competent, professional service. Able to cater to a diet with allergies.

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