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La Toscana Ristorante, San Rafael, CA

La Toscana Ristorante

4.5
4.5
1284 Reviews
$30 and under
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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2 people

10:00 PM


Booked 21 times today

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Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    Italian

  • Hours of operation

    Mon–Thu 12:00 pm–8:00 pm Fri, Sat 12:00 pm–9:00 pm Sun 4:00 pm–9:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (415) 492-9100

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Executive chef

    Giovanni Raccanello

  • Private party facilities

    Private Party facilities are available for parties of 14 or less in our Bar Room and up to 24 guests on our outdoor heated Patio . Please contact the restaurant to request the Private Dining Room or Patio.

  • Private party contact

    Laura Riella: (415) 492-9100

  • Neighborhood

    San Rafael

  • Cross street

    North San Pedro

  • Parking details

    Street and Parking Lot Available.

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Indoor Fireplace, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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What 1,284 people are saying

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Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.5
4.5 based on recent ratings
  • 4.5Food
  • 4.5Service
  • 4.3Ambience
  • 4.3Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Marin

    Good for Groups

  • Marin

    Great for Lunch

  • Marin

    Notable Wine List

  • Marin

    Vibrant Bar Scene

  • Marin

    Italian

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  1. AH

    AllisonH

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall4food5service5ambience4
    Food was excellent and and the server was attentive without being annoying. The main dinning room is one large room so it was sometimes hard to hear a regular conversation. Over all I was happy with the night and would go again
  2. MK

    MarinKAK

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on September 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Th salmon special was excellent!
  3. A

    Austin

    San Francisco

    5 reviews

    4.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on September 23, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    La Toscana is a great place for a meal or a drink with family or friends. There is outside or inside dining, as well as a generous bar area. I will say that the noise level is a bit much for my taste as sound bounces around their high ceiling and open room. Their outside area also gets sound from the freeway across the street. The food is hit or miss. Pasta is done well but depending on the dish, they have experimented with ingredients that are not classic and those dishes are definitely not nearly as good as their classic dishes. So if you are odering a pasta dish, make sure all the ingredients are classic to that dish.
  4. T

    Thom

    San Francisco

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 22, 2022

    overall3food4service4ambience3
    Noise level way to loud. Had to lean forward to hear companion. Largely rude patrons.
  5. RL

    RogerL

    Phoenix

    1 review

    vip
    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 18, 2022

    overall3food5service3ambience5
    Problem with service. Took a long time for meals to be served (20-30 minutes). Probably because servers had their hands full with 2 large parties in the dining room. But still..,
  6. L

    Lucylocket1

    San Francisco

    12 reviews

    4.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on September 4, 2022

    overall4food3service4ambience4
    Friendly staff and attentive service. Food was OK - not great.
  7. DG

    DinoG

    San Francisco

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on August 31, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    A group of us met in the side room to plan our 60th Grammar School Reunion. As usual, the food was outstanding. I have been going to this restaurant for many years and have never been disappointed with the food or the service.
  8. GL

    GregL

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 26, 2022

    overall3food2service3ambience3
    The food was so-so the lasagne was not good at all. The ceaser salad was good as well as the shrimp Louie. Expected more.
  9. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on August 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Awesome as usual!!
  10. NS

    NancyS

    San Francisco

    12 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on August 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Our neighborhood “go to” restaurant. Always a delicious meal, fabulous wines and friendly atmosphere.
  11. B

    Bobbi

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Great chef....really good Italian food. Also wasn't crowded, but noise level was higher than I expected.
  12. Y

    Yummy

    San Francisco

    239 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    239 reviews

    Dined on August 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience3
    Five star service. Food service was perfect. Even the bus boy was on top of his game. Friendly staff. This is one of the best Italian restaurants in Marin. Conveniently located. The polenta cakes which is a special item comes with arugula and sauted mushrooms. It’s enough to share or to eat as an entree. Pasta dishes are cooked to perfection.
  13. S

    Susyannah

    San Francisco

    9 reviews

    4.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on August 12, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    Always a good place for casual meal with friends or business colleagues. Consistent food, service, quality.
  14. JD

    JamesD

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Specials - appetizer and sole were great as was the standard entree- calamari dore.
  15. SO

    SeanO

    Central Coast

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on August 7, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    In the 20+ years we have been dining here, whether for an intimate dinner for two or a party for 40, we have always had a great experience. Last night was no exception!! The service was extraordinary and the food was delicious as usual.
  16. J

    Julie

    Los Angeles

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on August 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Everyone in our party was very happy with everything they ordered AND shared. One of the best Italian restaurants we’ve eaten at. All the servers and the manager were very helpful and kind. If I lived in the area, I’d be a regular. We all ordered different pasta dishes and salads. Delicioso! Thank you for being part of a memorable weekend: our daughter’s wedding.
  17. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Salt Lake City

    4 reviews

    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on July 31, 2022

    overall4food4service3ambience3
    Definitely the star of the dish was carbonara. So good! Must try it if you dine here. Their tortellini was good, but compared with carbonara, it was not as good. Tiramisu was good, you can taste the espresso. But I’m not a fan with the cherry sauce. Service was meh~ the girl was probably too busy to cover all her tables. And one guy left spoons on the outside table, which is not so sanitary to me. Overall, a solid Italian spot if I’m in the area. But definitely won’t go out of my way to come here.
  18. AS

    AllisonS

    San Francisco

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on July 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Absolutely love this place! Been coming here for years and it never disappoints. Great food and drinks.
  19. LM

    LMCM

    San Francisco

    11 reviews

    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on July 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I found the melanzane to be the best I have ever had. Truly delicious! Try it!
  20. s

    suezq

    San Francisco

    19 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    19 reviews

    Dined on July 28, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Large party outside and not enough servers. Good dinner, but extremely noisy and slower than normal service. Can’t blame the large party for having a good time🤩
  21. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 24, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience4
    We had a lovely dinner.
  22. E

    Elle44

    San Francisco

    74 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    74 reviews

    Dined on July 24, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    First time here.... enjoyed the food, the place.... not sure why it is Closed on Sundays... will be back
  23. CK

    CherylK

    San Francisco

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on July 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Delicious food, great service at a reasonable price.
  24. G

    Gregory

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I no longer live in San Rafael, but La Toscana is one of my must-go destinations whenever I visit. Every meal I've had there is terrific.
  25. KM

    KatieM

    San Francisco

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on July 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Love their gluten free options. Pasta with sausage is so good!
  26. S

    Safeair1

    San Francisco

    20 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    20 reviews

    Dined on July 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Waitress Renee was outstanding..
  27. s

    surejan

    San Francisco

    10 reviews

    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on July 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Former work colleagues meet here monthly for lunch for years. The service is always friendly, the food is always good, and we enjoy the ambiance.
  28. PJ

    PeterJ

    San Francisco

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on July 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food
  29. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 10, 2022

    overall5food4service4ambience4
    Very good experience. Will be back!
  30. w

    westmariner

    San Francisco

    9 reviews

    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on July 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    A good, simple, Italian restaurant. We have been going there for years. The food is consistently good and so is the service.
  31. s

    shannonf

    San Francisco

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on July 9, 2022

    overall4food4service3ambience5
    Birthday dinner…..food was great! Love this place!!!! Service was a little off but no biggie! Great Marin go-to!
  32. M

    Moveablefeast

    San Francisco

    116 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    116 reviews

    Dined on July 8, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience3
    I have always given the food a 5 star review in the past, but the Friday lunch chef had a heavy hand with the salt.
  33. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    62 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    62 reviews

    Dined on July 2, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience2
    We absolutely love the food here. I can vouch as an Italian that it is the real deal. Our server was professional and efficient. I made a mistake in taking an outside table. It is too noisy with the freeway across the street, and coincidentally we had a table of 8 energetic young ladies that added to the noise level. We'll be back, but I will for sure dine indoors and truly enjoy the food AND the ambience.
  34. MF

    MarinFoodie

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 2, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience3
    It was noisy because we sat outside near the freeway. We enjoy dining at La Toscana. The menu has many good choices and we have never been disappointed.
  35. LU

    LarryU

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    First time visit for a four person business lunch. Bottom line, everything was perfect. From the greeting, even arriving a half-hour before opening and being provided a table to work on, through the excellent lunches, service and atmosphere. Great place.
  36. i

    iamscf

    San Francisco

    10 reviews

    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on June 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This is our neighborhood go-to restaurant for outstanding Italian food, great service, and a welcoming staff. This family-owned restaurant is a treasure, and we will continue to be part of their family of patrons.
  37. JG

    JerryG

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 26, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience4
    Was great… food always good
  38. S

    Suenson

    San Francisco

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on June 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food is always delicious and service is great. Lasagna and short ribs are the best around.
  39. F

    Foodie

    San Francisco

    25 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    25 reviews

    Dined on June 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wonderful burrata, great filets of sole, served with expertise and patience for our elongated stay! Will come many more times!
  40. CK

    CherylK

    San Francisco

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on June 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Early Father’s Day Dinner

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
    • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Physical distancing

    • Limited number of seated diners
    • Distancing maintained in common areas
    • Extra space between tables
  • Protective equipment

    • Waitstaff wear masks
    • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace

FAQs

You can order delivery directly from La Toscana Ristorante using the Order Online button. La Toscana Ristorante also offers delivery in partnership with Chow Now. La Toscana Ristorante also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (415) 492-9100.

La Toscana Ristorante is rated 4.5 stars by 1284 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

10:00 PM


Booked 21 times today

Order delivery or takeout

Other options

  • Order online
  • Logo image for ChowNow
Google Map for La Toscana Ristorante

3751 Redwood Highway, San Rafael, CA 94903

Additional information

  • Cross street

    North San Pedro

  • Neighborhood

    San Rafael

  • Hours of operation

    Mon–Thu 12:00 pm–8:00 pm Fri, Sat 12:00 pm–9:00 pm Sun 4:00 pm–9:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    Italian

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Parking details

    Street and Parking Lot Available.

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive chef

    Giovanni Raccanello

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Indoor Fireplace, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

  • Phone number

    (415) 492-9100

  • Private party facilities

    Private Party facilities are available for parties of 14 or less in our Bar Room and up to 24 guests on our outdoor heated Patio . Please contact the restaurant to request the Private Dining Room or Patio.

  • Private party contact

    Laura Riella: (415) 492-9100

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