La Toscana Ristorante

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$30 and under
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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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C
Atlanta
7 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

No idea why this place was so busy. Underwhelmed by the food and surprised by the price point for what you get. Disappointing.

C
San Francisco
17 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Very crowded and extremely noisy but atmosphere service and food were very good.

OM
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 5ambience 3

If you like to shout at your dinner Companions, then this is the place for you. The food was tasty, service was good, but the noise at dinner time will keep me away.

OT
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on October 4, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

This restaurant is my go to when I’m craving delicious Italian food. The wait staff is old style funny, sassy, know the menu inside and out, and lots of fun. We started with an heirloom tomato caprice and it was delicious. Just the right amount of tomato to mozzarella ratio with a lovely chifonade of basil. Balsamic vinegar of good quality and an extra virgin olive oil dressed the tomatoes and plate. The braised beef short ribs and polenta were delicious! My friend had a ravioli dish of the day Which she said was quite tasty. We completed our meal with cannoli complete with a candle to celebrate my friend’s birthday. All I know this is a lovely place that I’ll return to many times. I highly recommend it.

s
San Francisco
26 reviews
Dined on October 4, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 5

Loved my short ribs, but the veggies were overcooked. Must have been in a warming tray too long. Great value and service. We were seated quickly on a very busy Friday evening but the dining room needs more noise dampening. Unable to converse quietly as the tables are tightly packed together.

OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on October 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Beautiful mussels snd clams to share in a delightful broth with a bite. Spaghetti and Meatballs for a delicious comfort experience and the eggplant...to die for lusciousness. We loved our meal and FANTASTIC service. Happy Friday!

T
San Francisco
30 reviews
Dined on October 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I sat at the bar and had great service. Ordered Wild Boar Pappardelle. It’s was excellent!

BD
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on October 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

La Toscana has lightened up their meals, in a good way. For example, I ordered eggplant parmesan. The eggplant came wonderfully grilled, rather than smothered in breading. My dinner partner ordered the fish of the day which also was moist with fresh vegetable and pasta sides. The star, though, was the appetizer burrata--so fresh and tasty!

NM
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on September 29, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

Food was good, but nothing special. Ordered Bruchetta, which was just chopped tomatoes on toast - no cheese or basil flavor; recommend avoid if you have any taste buds. My main course was a very very bland tasting beef short rib and luke warm polenta and overcooked vegetable. The other guest's entree was a garlic pasta which was very good and highly recommended. Maybe this place only knows pasta dishes.

I will go likely try this restaurant again, as it seems to be a popular selection in the community. My experience wonders why that is so.

D
Sacramento
4 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding every time. Great food and great service!

AB
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on September 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

As always, fantastic experience at La Toscana! The bar is very lively, and the back room comfortable and relaxing. The food? Bellisimo!

AN
1 review
Dined on September 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

La Toscana is a family favorite. They treat us so well and the food is always amazing. Highly recommend!

L
San Francisco
26 reviews
Dined on September 16, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

We enjoy dining here before events at Civic Center in San Rafael. Waiter is always accommodating to our requests & we have plenty of time to eat & converse before our performance or event.
Calamari & sole piccata are some of my favorites but I just tried the spinach salad for the first time, very good.
Just be sure you give yourself ample time before an event as they do get busy.

N
San Diego
11 reviews
Dined on September 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lovely place, great Italian food, efficient service, friendly helpful. We were late for our reservation due to traffic and I called ahead to let them know, they were kind and said we’ll have a table for you. Thanks La Toscana.

RD
San Francisco
18 reviews
Dined on September 15, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 2ambience 3

food is always very, very good. the waiter was hard to understand with his heavy accent and brought us the wrong wine and one other item as it is very noisy and i don't think English is his first language.

Lamb chops were excellent, Caesar salad was great (and full of garlic, mmmm good) and the wait staff is always attentive, even if they don't always get it right the first time

Would definitely go back for dinner again, and their lunch is very good as well.

h
San Francisco
20 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Good as usual we usually go before something at the Civic Center and they are always very accommodating if we are in a hurry very busy restaurant but always good food

LP
San Francisco
9 reviews
Dined on September 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious!!

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MF
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on September 13, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Great overall.

L
San Francisco
15 reviews
Dined on September 13, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 1ambience 2

Someone needs to train your wait staff on serving etiquette. It’s rude to walk up, break up a conversation so he could pour water or refill coffee or for that matter to be clueless who gets what meal.it wasn’t just a couple of times, it was continuous throughout the meal.

Out with friends, Sat in the bar. One guy who brought our meal spoke no English and pointed to the plate for us to pick what we ordered. But worst of all was that every waiter or bus boy that came to our table and there were at least three, interrupted our conversation every single time. “I’m here. Look at me.” I know they didn’t think they were being rude but it was very rude and annoying. Towards the end of our meal, this guy came with coffee refills and again interrupted our conversation rudely slammed down two carafes of coffee right were our plates were. Refill! “I’m here. Look at me.” Train your people. These guys were clueless. There were at least 3 different men that came to our table. We began to think the waiter must be on break! There’s plenty of places this does not happen. We left quite annoyed.

T
Portland
14 reviews
Dined on September 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Veal was perfect as was my mother’s pasta. Highly recommend

EM
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on September 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Love the food!! So far I haven't been able to get beyond the spaghettii Bolonese. I order it every time. I always feel nostalgic for old times when I am there and love seeing the same diners.

L
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on August 27, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 3

Service was definitely lacking and my meal was pretty tassteless

BD
San Francisco
10 reviews
Dined on August 27, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Good food, good value, excellent staff: friendly, welcoming, accommodating, attentive.

l
Miami
65 reviews
Dined on August 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious food! Veal and veggies!

L
San Francisco
26 reviews
Dined on August 19, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

Eggplant entree is exceptional; Salmon the kids enjoyed their spaghetti; Calamari in the bar was tasteless and had way too much batter 😠
Server, Jesus, I believe did a nice job.

JD
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on August 19, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 2

NY steak was tough and undercooked. Vegetables were also a little too "al dente." Had a better meal last time at La Toscana but had uneven experience in the past, too.

MN
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on August 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always have a great time at La Toscana. Been going for years. Never a bad meal

l
San Francisco
14 reviews
Dined on August 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Absolutely one of the best Italian restaurants that I've had the pleasure of going! And I've been to many. Their special was gnocchi that was to die for! Pillow soft morsels that melt in your mouth without being soggy! I don't know how they do it! And we made the wonderful mistake of ordering dessert after feeling totally satiated. It was a warm toasted marshmallow cream atop ice cream and chocolate brownie. My friend and I shared it and it was more than enough. We walked out of there completely satisfied and SO full!! Wow! Try it!

BP
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on August 9, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 4

My 93 year old Mom’s favorite!

TI
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on August 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The best Italian Restaurant in Marin County. We have been going there for over 30 years. Never a bad meal.

JV
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food as always I will be there again and again and ................again

JC
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on August 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food everything thing was delicious and good

s
Sacramento
21 reviews
Dined on August 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Carbing up before a big bike ride. Very good puttanesca and heavenly chocolate gelato.

A
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on July 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A wonderful meal as usual. Our out of town guest enjoyed it very much. Only issue is that it is a little noisy, but we managed.

ED
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

the service was excellent as it always is. the food was also excellent, as has been our experience. wonderful!

S
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on July 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This occasion was for business, and this was a great place to be able to talk and be heard at the table without alot of distractions. Great service, as always, delicious salads, everyone ordered the same, the San Vicenzo, with some money going to St. Vincent's School for Boys, which is a nice touch...

S
San Francisco
11 reviews
Dined on July 20, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 3

Great find. This Italian restaurant appears to be a local favorite. No pretense, friendly and delicious fresh made Italian food

L
1 review
Dined on July 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We love LaToscana and it is our go to restaurant for special occasions. Also, I go there for lunch with my friend every time we have lunch together. The wait staff is friendly without being intrusive and we always celebrate our friend's birthday there, which we did on this past Saturday night. Food was really wonderful and we had a great time. Thanks.

JS
Sacramento
4 reviews
Dined on July 20, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

Good time with out of town family visiting. Seafood risotto was simply fabulous! I wish they could deal with the sound level though...but we’ll be back.

OT
1 review
Dined on July 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Date. Service was good on top on everything and very pleasant

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