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About La Toscana Ristorante

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.

3751 Redwood Highway
San Rafael, CA 94903
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Dining Style:
Casual Dining

Cuisines:
Italian

Hours of Operation:
Mondays 11:30 am to 9 pm
Tuesday - Thursday 11:30 am to 9:30 pm
Friday and Saturday 11:30 am to 10 pm
Sundays 4 pm to 9pm

Cross Street:
North San Pedro

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(415) 492-9100

Website:
http://www.ristorantelatoscana.com/

Parking Details:
Street and Parking Lot Available.

Executive Chef:
Giovanni Raccanello

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

La Toscana Ristorante Ratings and Reviews

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4.4

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.4

service

4.3

ambience

4.2

value

4.2

Noise

Moderate

94% would recommend it to a friend

Neighborhood Gem (27)
Casual (23)
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Special Occasion (22)
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Bar Seating (18)
Good for a Date (18)
Pre/post Theatre (17)
Great for Lunch (16)
Good for Anniversaries (16)
Business Meals (14)
Happy Hour (13)
Cozy (12)
Kid-friendly (10)
Disabled Access (10)
Vibrant Bar Scene (10)
Worth the Drive (10)
Fit for Foodies (9)
Fun (8)
Notable Wine List (8)
Romantic (7)
Local Ingredients (6)
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Sunday Lunch (5)
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People Watching (3)
Quick Bite (3)
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 (San Francisco)·Dined 2 days ago

We loved it!

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 (Central Coast)·Dined 5 days ago

Coming to La Toscana for years. Family owned. Feels like home. Our favorite waiter, Sergio always takes good care of us.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Business Meals, Great for Outdoor Dining, Good for Groups, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 25, 2017

Awful not good........too expensive food terrible .........................,.,,,,,,,,,

Tags: Pre/post Theatre
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·Dined on November 18, 2017

A Marin classic restaurant. Always good food and a good time. Great place to go as a family or get together with friends.

Tags: Authentic, Great for Lunch, Bar Seating, Cozy, Comfort Food, Business Meals, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Groups
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food5
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on November 13, 2017

La Toscana is a classic American-Italian restaurant with a comprehensive, classic Italian menu, good prices, an excellent wine list, great food, and outstanding service. It is busy and somewhat noisy from 6:30 till about 7:45, when it "empties out" at least on Sunday night. A Marin treasure!

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Anniversaries, Authentic, Casual
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food4
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 11, 2017

La Toscana Ristorante never disappoints - wonderful food (fresh pasta, and the pesto is incredible), attentive service, and a busy bar scene. Always a great time to be had!

Tags: Special Occasion, People Watching, Happy Hour, Good for Groups, Neighborhood Gem, Authentic, Bar Seating, Good for Anniversaries, Casual, Good for Birthdays, Kid-friendly, Disabled Access, Vibrant Bar Scene, Good Vegetarian Options
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food5
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 7, 2017

Always welcoming, excellent Italian cuisine, friendly service.

Tags: Local Ingredients, Good for Groups, Handcrafted Cocktails, Vibrant Bar Scene, Special Occasion, Kid-friendly, Good for Birthdays
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 5, 2017

very crowded, waited 23 minutes for the table at the appointed time. waiter very good and patient with us, and always complied with our various requests. parking a bit of a problem,
but restaurant good for pre/post theatre dinner. Marin civic center

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Pre/post Theatre, Bar Seating, Late-night Find, Notable Wine List, Good for Birthdays
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food5
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·Dined on November 4, 2017

We enjoyed our dinner. The food was very good. We shall be back soon!

Tags: Good for Groups, Healthy, Special Occasion
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 1, 2017

We enjoyed another great evening at La Toscana. Whether headed to a show at the Civic Center or just out with friends, we have always had great experiences here. The food is very good (personal favorite and a MUST try the Cacio e Pepe). The wait staff is very friendly and always provide good service. Location is a very easy off the freeway spot with plenty of parking. Highly recommend La Toscana!

Tags: Authentic, Good for Birthdays, Bar Seating, Fit for Foodies, Pre/post Theatre
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 31, 2017

Always a stand out for authentic Italian food. Talented chef. I ordered the lasagna made with home made pasta and bechamel sauce and it was disappointing. It just was not quite as delicious as it had always been and a tad sparse in the meat department. Could be it was not made fresh that day? It has now gone to the bottom of my list of favorite foods to order. My two Guests had gnocchi and pasta with seafood - both delicious. Usually very noisy but on Monday night it was heavenly. Tried the Russian Mule cocktail that I would not order again. Not much flavor and very watery. Over the years they’ve always been my go to restaurant for northern Italian Food.

Tags: Healthy, Local Ingredients, Authentic, Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Good for a Date, Great for Lunch
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 28, 2017

Wonderful meal and very friendly service!

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 28, 2017

I have been there twice before on a Sunday night. The food is always terrific. This time I went on a Friday with my elderly mother. Not a good choice on my part. It is noisy, and the server did a heroic job, but had way too many tables. The service was VERY slow and my mother could not get her glass of wine until dinner was almost over. I will return, but only on a Sunday night.

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food5
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·Dined on October 26, 2017

Toscans is Consistently great!! Delicious Lasagne!!

Tags: Good for Groups, Comfort Food, Notable Wine List
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 24, 2017

I always enjoy this neighborhood gem - very friendly and welcoming. I've never had a dish I didn't like. The ambience (except for the noise when very busy) is very nice. Love the Tuscan atmosphere.

Tags: Authentic, People Watching, Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries, Disabled Access, Fun, Casual, Bar Seating, Pre/post Theatre, Spicy, Sunday Lunch, Vibrant Bar Scene, Comfort Food, Neighborhood Gem
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 23, 2017

La Toscana is a favorite . Excellent Northern Italian food , light on tomato sauce.Very friendly.

Tags: Seasonal, Casual, Good for Birthdays, Bar Seating, Special Occasion
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·Dined on October 22, 2017

Fabulous as usual. Loved our food and service was superb.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 14, 2017

Busy night, but we were seated immidiately and the servers were attentive the whole night. Pretty standard Italian food that was perfectly cooked.

Tags: Great Beer, Comfort Food
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vip
 (Western NC)·Dined on October 14, 2017

Great meals for all 6 of us

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 13, 2017

Great as always!!

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 (San Joaquin)·Dined on October 1, 2017

Food was excellent and the service was impeccable. Highly recommend.

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 (Phoenix)·Dined on October 1, 2017

Once again La Toscana does not disappoint! I very much enjoyed the burrada.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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food4
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 1, 2017

Before show at Civic Center. Very crowded and loud. Orichetti with sausage and broccoli was very good. Spouse had large salad, piled high with tomatoes. He said it was fine. Convenient to Civic Center.

Tags: Happy Hour
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food3
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 (Chicago)·Dined on September 29, 2017

I've been going to La Toscana for years and it's never been better! The calamari steak is delicious and the cannelloni to die for!

Tags: Comfort Food, Good for Groups
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 27, 2017

The food was delicious, the service was excellent.

Tags: Authentic, Romantic
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 26, 2017

Food as always is good. It was a busy Monday night and the service was slow. Chicken Parmesan was tender, tasty but on there bland side. Puttanesca was very good. Good local spot.

Tags: Casual, Comfort Food
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 26, 2017

Dinner was great -- loved the petrale and the chocolate gelato. Service was excellent.
It was crowded and therefore quite noisy.

Tags: Late-night Find, Fun, Casual, Happy Hour, People Watching, Worth the Drive, Pre/post Theatre, Bar Seating, Neighborhood Gem, Vibrant Bar Scene, Good for Groups, Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Comfort Food, Fit for Foodies
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 25, 2017

Last Minute choice and did it on Open Table. Very nice Italian themed menu and ambiance. Nice service and very good food.

Tags: Seasonal, Gluten Free Options, Bar Seating, Happy Hour, Good for Birthdays, Quick Bite, Disabled Access, Fun, Casual, Good for Groups, Authentic, Late-night Find, Great for Lunch, Hot Spot, Creative Cuisine, Kid-friendly, Good for Anniversaries, Great for Outdoor Dining, Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Notable Wine List, Romantic, Business Meals, Pre/post Theatre, Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 24, 2017

We had not eaten there in several years. I think there is new ownership or something. The restaurant was nicely remodeled with outdoor dining and a updated bar.
There was a significant change in the menu, but the food was fair at best. Our server never explained the specials to us when we were seated but did offer them to the party that was seated next to us AFTER we had placed our order. The calamari dore was overly breaded and the sauce over the veal scallopini was not very tasty.
We will not be returning.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 22, 2017

Es un lugar bueno fácil de ubicar buen personal amable buena comida bien ambiente muy bien quede satisfecha con todo y la comida super deliciosa..

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 18, 2017

We were warmly greeted upon arrival and seated promptly. The waiter was very accommodating in making substitutions for three of the four orders. Our party of four found the food fresh and delicious. This was an impromptu gathering of friends from different cities and we just stumbled on this place to eat. We all totally enjoyed the experience and would highly recommend it to anyone.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Seasonal, Special Occasion
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·Dined on September 14, 2017

We have been t La Toscana before and have always enjoyed the experience. We went with friends from San Francisco and basically enjoyed a "sharing menu". They were thrilled by both the quality and preparation of the dishes and we'll probably return in the near future!

Tags: Special Occasion, Authentic, Fit for Foodies, Disabled Access, Comfort Food, Late-night Find, Casual, Worth the Drive, Pre/post Theatre
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 12, 2017

Great family/neighborhood experience. Food is consistently delicious!

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·Dined on September 9, 2017

Was ok. But too noisy. Service was slow never asked us if we need more water

Tags: Fun
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 6, 2017

My husband and son had the calamari, which they said was delicious. I had the San Vincenzo salad, which was also delicious.

Tags: Bar Seating, Cozy, Disabled Access
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on August 31, 2017

Took the family for a birthday dinner & it was a first for everyone! Drinks were great! Service was exceptional & food was absolutely delicious! Definitely recommend to all!

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on August 24, 2017

I was quite disappointed in the seafood risotto (more like watery rice with mediocre seafood), but my friend had delicious ravioli. Nice neighborhood place. Just don't order the risotto.

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on August 22, 2017

Had a great family dinner! Thank you!!!

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on August 17, 2017

Somewhat surprising, my wife wanted neat balls and they had run out.
We ate at 5:30

Tags: Cozy
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·Dined on August 13, 2017

Clams and mussels appetizer is great!
Great service!

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Comfort Food, Kid-friendly, Casual
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