Nortic focused menu, excellent presentation, friendly staff, on busy main street of Pleasanton.
Obviously popular with locals and seems to attract guests for casual meal up to celebrations.
Excellent business dining for small groups as noise level is not overwhelming. MUST MAKE
We had dinner when Nonni’s just opened and never came back now I understand why we didn’t return. Our meal was not so good. I had the club sandwich the bread was hard not edible the onion soup watery and the cappuccino didn’t even taste like coffee. The service was good but the food needs improvement. My friend had a Cobb Salad which was just OK. Don’t think I will go back.
Exceptional experience. A bit loud inside on Sunday morning but usually not that loud. We always recommend this restaurant to our friends.
The cook blew the basics. S/he served our steak and fish entrees on cold plates, which sucked the heat out of them. And then, I presume, the waiter took his time delivering them. He also took his time asking how they tasted. Nice food, nice atmosphere, nice presentation, but a negative experience because nobody is minding the farm. Then, after the below average service, we get a bill with suggested tips of 20%, 21%, and 22%. Pretty bold to assume outstanding service and provide sub-par service.
I wish someone from management had stopped by our table, so I could have noted these issues directly, rather than hoping to reach them via a public platform.
Early dinner with friends. Salmon special was delicious as was the onion soup appetizer. My first dinner at Nonni’s did not disappoint. Service was very attentive and not rushed.
Great special lunch. Cobb salad is amazing. Dessert was fabulous.
We are never disappointed at Nonni's. My husband and I had dinner before an event at the performing arts theatre which is in close proximity. Wonderful sea bass for me with crabmeat on top surrounded by fingerlings and chard in a cream sauce. It was a dance of flavors. My husband had the mussels. They were plump and fresh in a delicious broth. The chef was making his rounds and checking in with the guests. My Pinot Grigio was perfect and his Manhattan was terrific.
Excellent food in an intimate setting. There is really nothing like this Icelandic cuisine in the area. Unbelievably delicious chicken soup special, salmon was perfect, wild mushroom ravioli was savory, and the goat cheese crepe salad is an excellent choice. Good wine selection and about the only restaurant selling Einstok beer from Iceland. Romantic. Expect to see the chef and proprietor checking on guests. It's a great experience.
We had the best time a Nonni's. The owner and chef, Jon Magnussen, came by as he always does, and we had a great discussion. He found out that one of our guests was gluten free and assured her that they would accommodate by adjusting the plate she was ordering.
The meals here are always tasty. Love the mussels and bouillabaisse. We sat in the front of the restaurant which has a full window that was propped open due to the good weather which makes our small town have a European vibe to it.
If you want to feel like you are getting the personal touch, I recommend Nonni's!
What a terrific find for drinks, tasty beef carpaccio and smokes salmon platter! The bread served at the table along with the fresh spreadable butter was fantastic. Oh, did I happen to mention the noteworthy French onion soup? It was in the top five on my culinary list all time. Arrived at the table very hot and was not salty at all!!! I was delightfully surprised. I think you will be too....
We always enjoy going to Nonni’s. The food and service is great and it is in the heart of downtown Pleasanton.
We came here for Valentine’s Day dinner. It was a prefixe menu for $85 a person. We were seated by the window which was nice. The service through the first course to the entrée was very good. After that it went downhill. We were supposed to get a second champagne cocktail and we asked for it twice but never received it. We timed how long it took from our entrée to get our dessert and it was 45 minutes before the waiter came again. We saw customers come and be seated and get through their entrée before we got served dessert. I’m guessing they ran out of dessert cups and had to make them again but it would have been nice to be informed of that.
Now in regards to the food, the first entrée was a seafood tartlet. It was made of flaky pastry and was quite good but was the size of a 2.5 inch square. Next came the salad with onion soup. The cup the onion soup came in was so small that my husband thought it was the salad dressing. It was about the size of a small tea cup that your child will use to the play tea. It was different in that it was thicker and sweeter than normal French onion soup. My husband and daughter had the scallops with crab risotto and I had the lamb. They forgot to ask me how I wanted my lamb but luckily I like it medium rare which was the way it was served.Both my daughter and husband liked the scallops but the crab risotto was OK. Desert was white and dark chocolate cups with hazelnut ice cream inside which was also quite good. All in all, I would have given a better score if the wait between the entrée and dessert wasn’t almost an hour long or at least if the waiter would’ve came and checked on us. Second, asking for a drink twice and not getting it is not good. Third, other than the entrée and dessert were quite good, I do not believe the meal was worth $85 a person.
Nonni’s is my absolute favorite in the East Bay Area. The food is amazing, service is always great, and Nonni makes sure you feel welcome. The outside seating is also great downtown Pleasanton.
We’ve been there twice for lunch and twice for dinner and have loved it each time. Very nice blend of flavors with every dish!
All dishes were perfect. Great food.
Good food and nice atmosphere. Loved the Salmon Salad!
Lovely place to eat
First time here, table for 2. Samuel was an amazing server, matched only by the Caesar salads to start followed by moules and frites and special, swordfish. Wow! Expert preparation on every level. And oh, the dinner rolls are unique and worth having more than one. Great evening!
I really like this restaurant and the food, especially for lunch. The main drawback for me is the very loud noise level. It makes carrying on a conversation more difficult.
Very good food and service
Love this place! Never had a bad moment always on the ball.
Nonnies is one of my go to places- love love love this restaurant ❤️
Unique and yummy cocktails. Prawn appetizer was quite good - I'm glad we had bread to mop up every last drop!
Esteban was highly attentive and accommodating to my food allergy
We enjoyed a lovely lunch
Very noisy and active.
Good variety of food choices.
If possible, put couples (2) next to more quiet tables. We were put between two parties that were so loud that we could hardly here each other talk. However, we know that may not be possible. We will be coming again soon.
I always enjoy dining at Nonni's and enjoy taking people new to Pleasanton there as well as out of town guests.
I love this place. My friend and I come every year for each of our birthdays. The quality is great and they always make you feel welcome. The waiter was awesome and remembered which is our favorite tea...the personal touch is nice.
Popped in for dinner; not crowded. Owner was present, very friendly and welcoming, and took our order. The help staff was also extremely attentive and friendly. Food was delicious; European/fancy without being pretentious. Cozy and quiet enough to be able converse easily.
Relaxed feel , comfortable dining room... I definitely would return to try more dishes. Everyone liked the food. Service was well-timed and friendly...thanks !...
Been there many times and love the food. But this time around services was off. Sloppy delivery of the food, missed orders and basically felt like they were understaffed to provide quality service at the level you would expect for a restaurant that charge like they do. Will think twice before we go back.
Very disappointed in my dinner the other night. Have been here several times, and ordered the mussels. Always good in the past. This time, the mussels’ texture was mushy and unappetizing. Should have sent them back, but didn’t. The table next to us also ordered mussels, and barely touched them. May return to the restaurant sometime, but will definitely change up my order!
We took my son and daughter-in-law to Nonni's just before they left for home after the holidays. They kids had the fresh salmon plate and a ceasar salad. The salmon looked delicious, and they enjoyed sharing both dishes. My husband had the Philly Cheese Steak sandwich, and I had my usual, the Chiccone chicken salad. The sandwiches are large and freshly prepared, served warm with fries or salad. We ended up taking half of our sandwiches home for another lunch. We live in Pleasanton, and if we're going out to lunch, Nonni's is the place. We've been there for dinner with friends, too. You can't beat it for a delicious meal.
We walked in and were taken back...wasn’t sure we were in the Bistro so highly rated. No table cloth etc. place looked pretty casual.
Wow were we blown away. The wine list was great. Had an amazing NZ saugvignon blanc. The food. Yummo. Scallops w crab risotto. Amazing. Wish we lived closer
This was one of the worst experience I've had in a restaurant. There were 3 of us and we arrived early on New Year's Eve for our reservation and was seated immediately. However, we were then presented with a single fixed price menu. Neither Open Table nor the restaurant ever indicated that they would only have a fixed price menu, and it was expensive. Since it was 7:30pm on New Year's Eve, I didn't think we would find a table in another restaurant so I grudgingly took the table. The food was average with my son's steak being way undercooked. When I received the bill, I was shocked. My son, who is not of legal drinking age, did not take the sparkling wine as part of the fixed price menu. Instead he asked for a Sprite as a replacement. Guess what? The restaurant charged us $2.95 for this Sprite, which was a replacement for the sparkling wine. I guess when it comes down to it, technically they can charge us for it, but to me that's just money grabbing. We saved them money by not taking the sparkling wine and the Sprite probably cost them $0.25. In addition, they tagged on 20% gratuity for a party of 3. I can understand adding gratuity for a large party as that's pretty much standard practice but not for a party of 3. What ever happened to gratuity being a reflection of the service that you receive? Again, to me, this was just money grabbing. I don't mind paying for a good meal, but in this case, I felt like money was taken from me.
We always enjoy Nonni's and usually go for breakfast or lunch. We did not realize when we booked the table that it was going to be a special menu for New Years Eve and a fixed price. I would have preferred to order off the regular menu but the food was very good and we enjoyed our night out.
New Year Eve Dinner, set menu, price fixed. The champagne cocktail was too sweet. The seafood tartlet was very good. The bread was hard and dry. The soup and salad were very good. The filet was good but the whipped potatoes were cold and there was too much sauce. The rack of lamb was fine but purple potatoes were cold and tasteless and too much sauce. The flourless chocolate cake was very good, but a bit small. The service started out very slow but picked up as the food started arriving. The table had a dirty plate on it and was wet when we were seated. Considering the price and the set menu there should have been table cloths and full place settings instead of bare table and jar of napkins and silverware. We were a table of two so the inclusion of a 20% tip was inappropriate. Based on our experience it was over priced for what was provided. Happy New Year!
Good value for great food and good service
My family enjoyed Nonni's Scaninavian Christmas Feast on Christmas Eve.
First course: assortment of Scaninavian appetizers - liver pate, pickled herring
Second course: choose from
Baked Christmas Ham with red cabbage
Grilled Salmon with fresh dill
Chicken in red wine
Warm fruit cobbler with Chantilly cream & Spiced warm red wine.
Great atmosphere, great service!
Got a little noisy as the labations took over at other tables celebrating.
We look forward to next year!
The food is very good and the staff is very friendly