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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

4.3

Noise

Moderate

94% would recommend it to a friend

Authentic (31)
Good for Birthdays (30)
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Neighborhood Gem (29)
Good for a Date (26)
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Comfort Food (25)
Bar Seating (24)
Casual (19)
Cozy (19)
Good for Anniversaries (19)
Great for Lunch (18)
Business Meals (18)
Pre/post Theatre (17)
Happy Hour (16)
Fit for Foodies (14)
Fun (11)
Worth the Drive (11)
Kid-friendly (10)
Notable Wine List (10)
Vibrant Bar Scene (10)
Handcrafted Cocktails (8)
Disabled Access (7)
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People Watching (5)
Romantic (5)
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Local Ingredients (4)
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Seasonal (4)
Sunday Lunch (4)
Good Vegetarian Options (3)
Great for Brunch (2)
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·Dined 2 days ago

LaToscanna has been the iconic Italian restaurant in Marin County, California. Authentic Italian food made the old fashion way. Food is superb and highly recommend the Italian pasta dishes as well as their calamari steak. Lasagna is a hous favorite and a hit with the locals. Eclectic supper club. Jeans to dress up is accepted BUT make sure you have reservations. Excellent bar with expert mixologists.

Tags: Comfort Food, Good for Birthdays, Bar Seating, Cozy, Authentic, Kid-friendly
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 (San Francisco)·Dined 6 days ago

Good food and atmosphere. Service also excellent. Would recommend for anyone.

Tags: Good for Groups, Great for Lunch, Comfort Food, Creative Cuisine, Local Ingredients
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on February 12, 2018

It's a restaurant you want to go for when you want a very friendly, casual atmosphere with delicious food, and great waiters. We go there often. I am thankful they have been around as long as they have, and if they keep up this level of service, they will outlive me!!

Tags: Cozy, Pre/post Theatre, Comfort Food, Happy Hour
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on February 11, 2018

We eat at La Toscana often and it's never a disappointment. Always good Italian food.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Good for Groups, Special Occasion, Casual, Authentic
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on February 9, 2018

Its become hit or miss lately. The kitchen needs to learn Italian recipes. Veal Picatta should not have a gloppy gravy sauce on it. They did this once before on Petrale Picatta. Lemon and white wine should be used as well as butter and capers. What happened to the usual crusty french bread served with olive oil and vinegar? Now the bread is a soft crust milk bread served with a whipped margarine stuff. Green vegetables with nothing on them. Had to ask for a little olive oil they were so bland. All in all a rather disappointing experience. I understand food is expensive but cutting back in these ways does not make for a positive experience. I hope they correct these criticisms as we enjoy the restaurant and the owners are wonderful people.

Tags: Cozy, Good for Birthdays, Handcrafted Cocktails
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on February 8, 2018

Friendly, welcoming atmosphere. Great service, wonderful food. We have eaten here many times and have always had a lovely experience! A neighborhood gem!! Will continue to come back again and again.

Tags: Kid-friendly, Authentic, Good for Groups, Good Vegetarian Options, Casual, Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on February 2, 2018

The food is consistently good, great service, friendly staff and nice ambience. Can’t ask for more! Thanks.

Tags: Authentic, Cozy, Good for Birthdays, Comfort Food
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 27, 2018

Everything was great except for the service. We were obviously not worth our waiter’s time.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 26, 2018

Overall...meh..Nothing exciting. Just a little under par in every aspect. Sloppy service. Overcooked, cold steaks. Tired lettuce. Unimaginative sides. Blah drink specials. Forgotten birthday.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 24, 2018

La Toscana never disappoints. Good food and great place for lunch or dinner.

Tags: Happy Hour, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Birthdays
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 21, 2018

Great menu selections, good food and generous portions.

Tags: Happy Hour, Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Bar Seating, Fun, Good for Groups, Comfort Food, Authentic, Good for Birthdays, Notable Wine List
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 21, 2018

My friend and I both love Italian food, but were disappointed with the quality of our entrees. I had cannelloni, which was so boring and tasteless it was really inedible. Her chicken marsala, she told me, was just not very good. The meal was way too expensive for something so mediocre. Maybe we just made poor choices, but those dishes are Italian staples and should be excellent.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 19, 2018

This is the best Italian restaurant we have found in Marin. The Putanesca is not traditional, but it is excellent, with a spicy red sauce. The Lasagna is very good, but not outstanding. The Caesar salad is also very good, and the restaurant has a diverse selection of wines. It has very good ambience and the service is very good. Minor variations on the menu selections are OK with the staff. I like a lot of cheese on my entre, and I got a LOT!! We very much enjoyed it.

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Special Occasion, Happy Hour, Good for a Date, Fit for Foodies, Good for Anniversaries, Worth the Drive, Comfort Food
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 11, 2018

We always enjoy our dinner there. Food is always good with a nice comfort atmosphere.

Tags: Comfort Food
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 8, 2018

I had a great meal -- loved the pappardelle with boar. The service was good and we were able to make it to the local speakers series.

Tags: Happy Hour, Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Pre/post Theatre, Business Meals
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 31, 2017

We enjoyed New Year’s Eve dinner at La Toscana and it was wonderful. The food was well-prepared and service excellent. Given how busy they were we were impressed the kitchen could keep up. We have been enjoying La Toscana for over 20 years...they are better than ever!

Tags: Good for a Date, Authentic
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 31, 2017

Great! Service, Food and Atmosphere were the best I have had in a while.

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 (Las Vegas)·Dined on December 31, 2017

We celebrated an early New Years Eve with another couple here. Made my reservation through Open Table several weeks in advance and when arrived was given an AWSOME table. Corner booth. It was a great location. While the restaurant had alot of people I was not shouting in that corner booth. Very cozy and wonderful ambiance. Food was very good too! We enjoyed it very much and will be back!

Tags: Happy Hour, Fun, Business Meals, Romantic, Good for a Date, Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Notable Wine List, Vibrant Bar Scene, Bar Seating, Good for Birthdays, Live Sports, Special Occasion, Great for Lunch, Neighborhood Gem, Handcrafted Cocktails, Sunday Lunch, Good Vegetarian Options, Cozy, Seasonal, Good for Anniversaries
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 30, 2017

We had a great meal. The wait staff was professional with good pacing throughout the meal. The food was terrific and even though the place was full the noise level was reasonable. Don't miss the blueberry tiramisu.

Tags: Business Meals, Cozy, Good for a Date
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 26, 2017

Wonderful food with reasonable prices. Brittany provide excellent efficient friendly service. The food was well preparation. Restaurant should provide olive oil with the bread in addition to butter.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 21, 2017

We have been going to La Toscana for years, and never had a bad meal. I highly recommend it.

Tags: Notable Wine List, Good for a Date, Great for Brunch, Special Occasion, Pre/post Theatre, Business Meals, Worth the Drive, Happy Hour, Great for Lunch, Comfort Food, Casual
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 21, 2017

Suspect I just ordered the wrong thing that day... Special petrale at next table looked awesome... Solid go to place... Will not be disappointed...

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 17, 2017

Friendly incredibly accommodating staff. Food was mediocre at best. Carpaccio - drowning in capers on fatty slices of beef. Burrata salad good, with tomatoes that tasted like tomatoes in mid winter (baby tomatoes) but over toasted bread slices were too thick to eat without the whole slice crumbling. Veal scallopini was meh. On the verge of tasteless. All portions were generous, but not great food. Very noisy in the bar, but very friendly customers!

Tags: Business Meals
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 (Central Coast)·Dined on December 17, 2017

We have been to La Toscana many times for lunch, for dinner and for an afternoon cocktail and appetizers. We have never been disappointed. For our last dinner, our server Renee was very attentive and personable, and the food was again outstanding. The bartender also makes a great Negroni, and the wine selections are excellent. La Toscana has become a go-to place for us.

Tags: Special Occasion, Neighborhood Gem, Authentic, Good for Birthdays
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 17, 2017

The service was excellent. The Pescadero pasta was very good with ample amount of shellfish. The tables are very close together so I did feel a bit cramped. The close proximity of other diners was a reason the noise level was a bit high. I wouldn't hesitate to recommend this restaurant to family and friends.

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 (Sacramento)·Dined on December 15, 2017

Great place. Great food . Will go again, will recommend to my friends

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Happy Hour, Fit for Foodies, Seasonal, Comfort Food, Great for Outdoor Dining
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 14, 2017

Food was good and ample. Presentation has improved some. Wait staff was vastly improved over last visit (surly waiter, stingy with both pepper and cheese).

Tags: Comfort Food
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 14, 2017

Great lunch. A tad noisy, but not deafening. Food is always good and fresh and wait staff is friendly and inviting.

Tags: Happy Hour, Authentic, Bar Seating, Comfort Food, Great for Lunch, Business Meals
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 13, 2017

It was busy but waiting 20 minutes to order is a little bit too long. Food is always good.

Tags: Cozy
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 12, 2017

We have been going to this restaurant for years. Always a great meal.

Tags: Comfort Food, Business Meals, Authentic, Creative Cuisine, Local Ingredients, Good for Groups
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 (Sacramento)·Dined on December 10, 2017

La Toscana has been a family favorite for years. There are so many favorite dishes that jump off the menu, you have to try all four courses -- and dessert! The tortellini with carbonara sauce is to die for! I can't say enough great things about La Toscana - the food is delicious, service is exceptional; the overall dining experience is delightful and always leaves you looking forward to the next time!

Tags: Comfort Food, Worth the Drive, Business Meals, Good for Groups, Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date, Neighborhood Gem, Bar Seating, Notable Wine List, Cozy, Kid-friendly, Handcrafted Cocktails, Special Occasion, Romantic, Pre/post Theatre
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 9, 2017

Even on the busiest nights (a Saturday night in December), the food is delicious, and service very good. While the menu doesn't change much, every dish is "special." Unfortunately the noise level is a problem. Still, it's a lovely place for a nice meal without being rushed. Thank you!

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date, Neighborhood Gem, Disabled Access, Bar Seating, Special Occasion, Authentic, Handcrafted Cocktails, Fit for Foodies
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 9, 2017

Our sever was very attentive. The food was great. The ambiance was very good, although the big open room is not as cozy as the room near the bar in my opinion.

Tags: Good for Birthdays
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 8, 2017

We loved it!

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 (Central Coast)·Dined on December 6, 2017

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 24, 2017

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

Tags: Pre/post Theatre
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 17, 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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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on November 12, 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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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 10, 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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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 6, 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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