Frantoio Ristorante

4.2
1149 reviews
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$30 and under
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Italian
Frantoio Ristorante has been independently owned and family operated since 1995. We use locally sourced organic non-gmo ingredients, bringing the best Marin has to offer to our traditional northern Italian cuisine. Balancing our menu is our extensive wine list that showcases some of the best Californian and Italian vineyards. We offer a full-bar, 2 private dining areas as well as outdoor seating. Our pastas, breads, desserts and pizzas are made in house from scratch. We are conveniently located off of Hwy. 101, five minutes from downtown Sausalito and five miles from Muir Woods. Grazie Mille!!
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Private dining
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
Italian, Contemporary Italian, Organic
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Hours of operation
Happy Hour: Monday - Friday 4:30 - 6:30
Dinner: 5:30pm - 10:00pm Everyday
Bar opens at 4:30pm Everyday
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Phone number
(415) 289-5777
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Payment options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Ethan WInsby
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Catering
We offer private rooms for 8 to 200 guests
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Cross street
Highway 101
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Ample free parking
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Special events & promotions
Contact: Matt Calkins (415) 289 5777
events@frantoio.com
Additional
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Private Dining

Our restaurant can accommodate functions of all sizes and occasions of all types. We offer full service sit down meals, buffets, and family style selections.

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San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on September 4, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

Had an outstanding dinner here. Started with calamari fritti and a Margherita pizza. The calamari was very fresh and cooked perfectly. The pizza came with a tomato sauce on it, not traditional for Margherita, but tasty. Our entrees were excellent: New York steak perfectly cooked and flavorful; roasted chicken piccata—a slightly different take on the classic; saffron risotto with seared scallops that melt in your mouth; and papardelle with rabbit ragu that was phenomenal.

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OT
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on September 3, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Menu was inviting. Food was high-quality and tasty, though the mashed potatoes were a little too salty. I also appreciated that the meal did not feel heavy or greasy, not even the ravioli with a brown butter sauce. The ambiance was expansive and pleasant, too. However, our server seemed disinterested/too busy to talk to us, and the lack of diversity among guests was striking for us, coming from the city.

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SM
San Francisco
33 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

We enjoy Frantoio and will return. Some waitpersons are better than others tonight our waitperson was a bit enthusiastic in “getting us started” and tried to pour the wine we brought JUST as we all 4 settled in our seats. Way to soon!!! He should ha e set the pace a bit slower. He was polite, but we had to slow him down. Food terrific and ambiance is one of the best in Marin!

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CH
1 review
Dined on August 27, 2018
Overall 3food 5service 1ambience 5

Unfortunately we were introducing this restaurant to some friends of ours and the waiter was very poor. Had to be reminded many times of our requests, never had the order correct, and never apologized for his poor service. The food was great, like it always is.

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DS
1 review
Dined on August 18, 2018
Overall 5food 3service 5ambience 5

We stayed at the Holiday inn adjacent to the restaurant. The food and service was great!

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SS
1 review
Dined on August 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fabulous! We went there twice during our 5-day stay in Mill Valley.

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RO
San Francisco
21 reviews
Dined on August 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We were party of 6. All meals were delicious, appropriately sized, served hot. Bread includes focaccia with their own olive oil.

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MH
1 review
Dined on August 4, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

Salads and appetizers were very good but both of out main course dishes were a bit disappointing. Octopus pasta was slightly fishy and needed salt and oil, gnocchi had too much flour was grainy and the sauce was a bland.

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ML
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on August 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Had a wonderful experience here. Great ambience, service and food. Servers were very attentive. Food was delicious cooked to perfection. Will come back.

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RB
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on July 22, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Great Italian food in a beautifully designed/decorated space. The tables are well spaced so it is quiet and great for conversation. The service is very professional and attentive without being overbearing. Most entrees can also be ordered in appetizer size and they were also very accommodating splitting orders. They have a good wine list with a wide range of options and prices and an interesting cocktail menu as well. We were celebrating a special occasion and it was perfect - but I would go there for a casual or business dinner as well.

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JB
San Francisco
25 reviews
Dined on July 3, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 2ambience 5

Service had significantly slipped since our last visit, which indicated a management problem to me.

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OT
San Francisco
10 reviews
Dined on June 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food, service and atmosphere go second time on two weeks.

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OT
San Francisco
104 reviews
Dined on June 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Good food and even better service (Jamshid), always friendly and professional. Lamb chops were perfectly cooked; although steak was not, but was resolved/cooked through eventually.

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OT
San Francisco
10 reviews
Dined on June 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Both of us were awed again (we have been coming there for 15 years at least) at how delicious and full of flavor the food was. I had mushroom ravioli and the mushrooms were so tasty and rich that I do not remember having any better. My daughter had for at least the 20th time the gnocchi which we both thought was out of this world.
Frantoio is our favorite place in Marin for food and ambiance - we love the high ceilings, low noise level and unbelievable food.

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BD
San Francisco
34 reviews
Dined on June 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Always great! We had a variety of dishes - scallops, ravioli, risotto and the wonderful papparedelle. We will be back!

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GD
Louisville
1 review
Dined on May 30, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 3

I once hailed Frantoio as one of the best restaurants in Marin County but no more. Both the service and quality have dropped 2 stars in book. Spend your money elsewhere.

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SM
San Francisco
34 reviews
Dined on May 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic food, as usual! Our server was delightful and sincere and attentive! Couldn’t ask for a nicer evening!

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PD
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on May 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

This has become our favorite destination for family occasion dinners

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f
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on May 25, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

We chose an early dinner hour to avoid noise and wait. Our server was attentive and made good suggestions. The calamari came just lightly battered and crisp - an appetizer large enough for three or for one as a main course. My corvina-sea bass proved less tasty - more like mackeral in flavor than sea bass, but both my husband's sea food pasta and my friend's salmon were perfectly prepared. The wine list had a variety of good choices in all price ranges. We were too full to order dessert, but will try it another time.

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OT
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on May 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I always enjoy a meal at Frontoio. The food is excellent, the servers are polite and helpful, and the ambience is comfortable. I tend to go on the early side when it is quieter and less crowded.

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SR
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on May 23, 2018
Overall 2food 3service 2ambience 3

The waitstaff was either not available or confused when they were. Brought the wrong wine; misidentified dishes they were serving.
And timing was unpredictable

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MV
San Francisco
13 reviews
Dined on May 22, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

The scallops were fantastic and our waiter was great.

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OT
1 review
Dined on May 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always a great call! Diana was awesome. They accommodated a last minute change to our resi and didn't charge corkage on two bottles of wine. Looking forward to our next visit.

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PJ
San Francisco
15 reviews
Dined on May 20, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 4

We have been visiting the restaurant since it opened (a very long time), sharing large parties and intimate dinners. The ambiance and the service have remained top quality but the food has declined. Perhaps it is the new management, perhaps cutting corners. Whatever the reason, this last visit was done in hope but we will look elsewhere for good Italian cuisine.

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HS
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on May 18, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Food was good, and Service could not have been better.

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JJ
San Francisco
22 reviews
Dined on May 14, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 2ambience 4

I was at Frantoio for Mother's Day. I was disappointed that they had a limited menu, and no pizza (which I really wanted). The service was OK, and the beet salad and calamari quite good. However, my main course, the gnocci with ragu, was really disappointing, in fact, quite terrible. It kind of ruined the meal.

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LW
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on May 14, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Love this place and most of the food was good except my sea bass was a bit dry. We felt very rushed by the waiter, although he was super nice, as if he wanted to make sure he could turn over the table quickly.

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MV
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food; great service. Love it when Deborah is our server. Excellent birthday dinner out.

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OT
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on May 9, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Very good food, not cheap but service and ambience good too

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L
New England
3 reviews
Dined on May 7, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Nice italian restaurant, not crowded at all. Lots of menu choices. I ordered the special with sausage and pasta and substituted for gluten free pasta. When my order came it was a pasta with a pesto sauce and chicken. Totally not what i ordered but thankfully it was still delicious.

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OT
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on May 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Frantoio is the best kept secret in Marin. We had a perfect dinner there. We loved watching the chefs toss the pizzas. The food was delicious and our server Deborah was the really fantastic.

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AQ
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on May 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everyone loved their food! It was generous of the restaurant to give my husband free profiteroles for his birthday. Yum!

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DS
San Francisco
159 reviews
Dined on May 5, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 2

we have eaten at Franntoio many times and on each occasion when restaurant is filled with large groups, service is slowed to snail's pace and had we known we would have gone somewhere else...

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S
San Francisco
27 reviews
Dined on May 5, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

Food was great and service was good. It was a bit noisy from the bar crowd and we thought about moving to a different table, but realized it was noisy everywhere.

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J
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on April 28, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

It had been years since we had eaten at Frantoio and had fond memories of our past meals there. We found the food to be good but nothing special like in our recollections. The service was just okay. The menu was full of errors in its use of Italian (my husband and a friend are Tuscan).

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C
San Francisco
15 reviews
Dined on April 28, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Excellent service by Omar; really appreciated him. The only gliche was that we expected real lentil soup and got veggie with a bit of lentils in it. Otherwise food was good and it was reasonably quiet, a big plus.

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OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on April 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Youssef is an excellent waiter. Everyone is very professional and friendly

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R
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on April 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

We go to this restaurant frequently and are never disappointed. The food is great and the restaurant is comfortable with lots of elbow room between tables.

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AD
1 review
Dined on April 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We stopped here for a nice dinner to close out our trip to San Francisco. It was within walking distance to our hotel and we were tired. We both agreed it was our best meal of the whole trip! The gnocchi with goat cheese sauce was phenomenal. I highly recommend this restaurant.

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F
San Francisco
133 reviews
Dined on April 17, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 3

Our salads were very good, although the dressing had a little too much lemon in mine. The one thing that was distracting was that the waiters kept coming back and reaching across us to pick up any empty dish. Right in the middle of intimate conversation. They could have more subtly picked up from the same side as the plates or else waited till the end of our meal. The place had hardly anyone in it so they may have had nothing to do and were trying to look busy. But as a result my close friend said she never wanted to go there again. I would, but, not with her, unfortunately.

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