La Toscana Ristorante
No idea why this place was so busy. Underwhelmed by the food and surprised by the price point for what you get. Disappointing.
Very crowded and extremely noisy but atmosphere service and food were very good.
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.
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.
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.
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!
I sat at the bar and had great service. Ordered Wild Boar Pappardelle. It’s was excellent!
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!
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.
Outstanding every time. Great food and great service!
As always, fantastic experience at La Toscana! The bar is very lively, and the back room comfortable and relaxing. The food? Bellisimo!
La Toscana is a family favorite. They treat us so well and the food is always amazing. Highly recommend!
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
Veal was perfect as was my mother’s pasta. Highly recommend
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.
Service was definitely lacking and my meal was pretty tassteless
Good food, good value, excellent staff: friendly, welcoming, accommodating, attentive.
Delicious food! Veal and veggies!
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.
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.
Always have a great time at La Toscana. Been going for years. Never a bad meal
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!
My 93 year old Mom’s favorite!
The best Italian Restaurant in Marin County. We have been going there for over 30 years. Never a bad meal.
Great food as always I will be there again and again and ................again
Great food everything thing was delicious and good
Carbing up before a big bike ride. Very good puttanesca and heavenly chocolate gelato.
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.
the service was excellent as it always is. the food was also excellent, as has been our experience. wonderful!
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...
Great find. This Italian restaurant appears to be a local favorite. No pretense, friendly and delicious fresh made Italian food
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.
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.
Date. Service was good on top on everything and very pleasant