La Toscana Ristorante

4.7
1140 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.

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
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
What 1140 people are saying
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4.6
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98% of people would recommend it to a friend
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vipIvyAnn
San Francisco
24 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We have eaten at La Toscana many times and have never had a bad meal.
Last night’s mussels were especially delicious!

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Patti
San Francisco
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We celebrated my husband's birthday in the outdoor fountain room. Everything was perfect. Our waiter Samuel was super! Everything was delicious! Can't wait to go back. Awesome experience. Highly recommended. Very memorable. Thanks everyone for everything!

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SusanB
San Francisco
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall3food3service1ambience2

Outside patio was comfortable but service suffered due to proximity to kitchen and the rest of the restaurant. Raviolis and Cannelloni were delicious, but Shrimp Louie was a disappointment. Best to stay with the Italian fare. Still a friendly neighborly place for a weeknight dinner.

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KimB
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on July 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was delicious and we loved the outdoor patio with the fountain.

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vipPatsy
San Francisco
45 reviews
Dined on July 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great value for price. We had a very enjoyable evening!

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vipWindiS
San Francisco
39 reviews
Dined on July 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a great spot!!

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vipKellyA
Indiana
29 reviews
Dined on July 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a favorite when we are in San Rafael. Food is consistently good quality.

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JudithH
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on July 21, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

I was disappointed in the Kobe Burger, but in general I have the Carbonara (my favorite) or lasagne and my husband has the Petrale Sole if available. It is on special. We love the staff and the service is great and we went on Wednesday and had half price bottle wine. Excellent. I probably should not have a hamburger in an Italian restaurant ;-).

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LucyPoet
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on July 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and ambience! I've enjoyed La Toscana for both lunch and dinner.

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David
1 review
Dined on July 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I am a frequent diner at this restaurant. Love the Cannelloni. The food and service are excellent! I brought 3 friends with me this time. They also loved it.

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Nana
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on July 10, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

A favorite of ours. Have been many times. Food and service always good.

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Highway101
San Francisco
9 reviews
Dined on July 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent. We had reserved a table outside, but one of the ladies in our group really wanted to sit inside and our host made it possible! We felt so welcome. The food and ambiance are first class. True Italian style. Thank you!

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on July 9, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Good food. Front desk staff very indifferent so initial impression was not positive. Waitstaff attentive for a pleasant good meal

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Ohana
1 review
Dined on July 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Very tasty food. Wonderful waitress - very quick and quite pleasant. I know we'll return there!

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Candy
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on June 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My husband and I celebraed our anniversary with a dinner out for the first time in awhile due to covid restrictions. It was nice to go out and we have always enjoyed la Toscana. Service was great and food was good. Some of the restaurants we used to frequent are no longer there so it will be one of our go to places for dinner.

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LucyH
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on June 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We love this restaurant! Food is always top notch and service is exceptional. Thank you so much for making our birthday celebration so memorable.

JH
JudithH
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on June 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service from Ernesto and the room was quiet enough to converse, which was noted a couple of times by my husband. Food is as good if not better than last time about a year ago. We had Petrale and Carbonara Fettucine, which is my favorite there.

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Rattypead
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on June 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A terrific lunch….hadn’t been since before Covid and didn’t realize how much I missed the staff and food. Salads are fresh and flavorful and with a piece of French bread…heaven!
Sat outside and when we arrived at 11:30 it was empty. When we left at 1 PM, it was packed!! So glad business is back

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Sterling1954
Hawaii
5 reviews
Dined on June 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Have been Dino g at La Toscana for many years, always a great experience

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Gloria
1 review
Dined on June 21, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

My veal scallopine was excellent. My husbands pesto ravioli was just so so. We were pleased by the service and outdoor environment next to the fountain, as well as the special touch of an ice cream to share for our 40th anniversary.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on June 21, 2021
Overall2food3service1ambience1

Went to this restaurant a few weeks back and took friends from out of town . It was a lunch gathering so perhaps this is why it was not what I was told . The bar was very nice . The bartender made us feel like it was going a great beginning . Perfect cocktails and a attentive and personality !!! He reminded me of New York bartenders . I can’t remember name but between you and that is were we should have sat for lunch . My friend mother was with us and although she is quite a robust 90 year old no one would think it the server was not attentive at all . The service needless to say was terrible. The server could’ve cared less she just seems like she had didn’t want to be there. She kept putting my friends mothers plate throwing them down so far away from her she couldn’t reach it which I could not understand I thought this restaurant was geared towards service I had heard so much about it that it was a great place to go to feel a little bit special almost an old-school feeling. So disappointed . The server really makes or breaks your relationship with the restaurant to tell you the truth as well as the food is most important. As for the food I would say it was pretty good had the server been a little bit more attentive and describing the dishes to us and knew what was on them and knew how they were prepared. It would’ve made decision making a lot easier. I asked her how the fillet of sole was prepared . She basically said one was sautéed and one was grilled but she did not know the spices Or how it was prepared . All she could say was I don’t know which really irritated me. She sat us in the main room at a table that looked dirty . The sun was blazing through at that time of day . FYI don’t be seated in main room at lunch time under sky light . I really wish it would been a better visit . I know Covid has changed effected many restaurants so maybe this the case with La Toscana .

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DaivaF
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on June 21, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Loved sitting by the outdoor fountain!

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vipdinerd
San Francisco
42 reviews
Dined on June 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Yesterday I introduced two friends to La Toscana and they were delighted with the food, ambiance, and hospitality.

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vipSanFranciscoGirl
San Francisco
16 reviews
Dined on June 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always the best service and food! So glad to see dining inside again!!

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vipJuneR
San Francisco
9 reviews
Dined on June 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great menu, consistent quality, very nice staff

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CherylK
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on June 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious food and by a server who took very good care of us.

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OpenTable Diner
Central Coast
1 review
Dined on June 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food and the service or spectacular I highly recommend it

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vipLeChat
San Francisco
93 reviews
Dined on June 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Such a wonderful neighborhood place! Good to great food. Comfortable ambience, solid service. And Rusty (?) the bartender is a gem. A reliable choice.

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VogeS
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on June 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The Special Occasion was our first time back at one of our favorite Marin restaurants! How we have missed this place - and our first night back was off the charts! Truly! Starting with the welcome, the service, the amazing food …all served with the compassion and understanding of what we have been through. So good to be back at La Toscana!

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vipdotdotdot
San Francisco
129 reviews
Dined on June 8, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

A longtime establishment that has continued to offer good food, good service.

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LarissaA
1 review
Dined on June 7, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience2

Consistent great food and superb service. Looks like the second generation has it!

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vipSafeair1
San Francisco
17 reviews
Dined on June 5, 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience3

It's a nice looking place with an energetic bar, but the food is blah. Entrees are served with overly-oiled potatoes and rest home mushy veggies. Soup tasted burned (can't send that back) and a salad with chicken added came with lettuce and hardened chicken breast slivers that tasted like they'd been around for a while.

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vipdavid
San Francisco
142 reviews
Dined on June 4, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience3

Service prompt, cordial and efficient. Chef actually prepared a specially requested entree that was not on the menu with no hesitation- that is highly unusual and was greatly appreciated!

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JeffF
1 review
Dined on June 4, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Scrumptious food. Relaxed, neighborhood feel to the place. Comfortable. Attentive service. Knowledgable server. Families will feel comfortable here. And people who like Italian food will be overjoyed.

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MeadowsMary
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on June 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great family run restaurant with consistently great food!
Seating on the patio was so nice!
Dinner with friends again feels like a new chapter in life♥️✨🍷🦋
Cheers 🥂

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vipCraig
Sacramento
24 reviews
Dined on May 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The lasagna was possibly the best that we have ever eaten. Chianti was a great compliment to the meal. Raviolis were good but the excellent taste of the lasagna made them seem just ordinary. The burratta was good but we would try the bruschetta next time.

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vipAprilP
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on May 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best calamari! It was so good to be back in person.

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JessW
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on May 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service and food!

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SteveG
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on May 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always fresh and tasty cuisine, great drink selection and wonderful service. A great family run restaurant

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vipRebecca
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on May 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always very consistent - great Italian restaurant in Marin

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

La Toscana Ristorante is rated 4.7 stars by 1140 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.