Permanently Closed - Frantoio Ristorante

4.4
1205 reviews
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$30 and under
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Italian

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About

This restaurant is permanently closed. 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!!
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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Private party facilities
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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Private party contact
Matt Calkins: (888) 463-7806
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Catering
We offer private rooms for 8 to 200 guests
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Highway 101
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Parking details
Ample free parking
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Public transit
https://www.google.com/maps/place/Manzanita+Park+%26+Ride/@37.8793185,-122.5162724,15z/data=!4m5!1m2!2m1!1sbus+!3m1!1s0x0000000000000000:0x06e1fc7744a6f6de?hl=en
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
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PR
San Francisco
10 reviews
Dined on February 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Came to say goodbye to a favorite restaurant! So sad it’s closing!

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s
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on February 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Will be missed

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j
San Francisco
13 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We are so very sorry that Frantoio is closing. It has been a very special place for us for many years. It will be hard to replace. We hope that the staff will be reunited at a different place.

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JC
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

so sad this restaurant will be closing at end of the week. will be missed by many

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D
San Francisco
9 reviews
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We should have returned to Frantoio sooner!! Great ambiance and service and the food was delicious. All three of us had the. caprese salad special and it was outstanding. Chicken, superb pasta and good well-priced wine finished the meal. A hidden gem in Mill Valley!

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OT
1 review
Dined on February 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was great!

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MV
San Francisco
9 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Another lovely birthday dinner celebrated at Frantoio. Fantastic food and drink. Wonderful service. So very bummed that Frantoio is losing its lease and closing. Hoping hoping hoping they will find another location in or near Mill Valley.

Thanks for all the greatness over the years!!

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MV
1 review
Dined on January 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We are always pleased with the food and service at Frantoio's! It is OUR place where we know there will be great service and interesting meal choices. They make their own olive oil and it is good enough to buy a bottle and take home for our cooking! Great wine too!! We highly recommend Frantoio's!

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YY
San Francisco
21 reviews
Dined on January 23, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

For many years my husband, son, and I shared happy weekly meals at this upscale restaurant where service was impeccable, the food was divine, and the ambiance inviting lively conversation. In the last four years, each of these elements has worsened unimaginably. My recent dinner there with a close friend was a disaster. The stylish dining room no longer shone with care; the enormous fresh bouquets of prior years had been replaced by fake quince bouquets dusty and awkwardly askew; our dining table was dirty with some old crusted slop from a previous diner; the only waiter on the floor was someone we had always avoided before, but this night there was no choice. He is slovenly and rude. He came to ask about drinks 25 minutes after we were seated. His rude attitude and comments are not worth repeating here, but it took another 25 minutes before I could get his attention to order. (There were only four tables of 2-4 in the dining room, so it's not because he was too busy.) When the food came, things only got worse. My scallops on a bed of chard were so covered in truffle oil that both were inedible. Someone in the kitchen must have thought that - since truffle oil is so "special," they would treat me to a bucketful. No, I didn't turn it back. My appetite was spoiled. I couldn't get out of there fast enough. How sad to see a place we had loved so thoroughly ruined by cost-cutting, a lack of simple cleanliness, and inexplicably rude service. Never again!

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N
Central Coast
5 reviews
Dined on January 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Expensive but worth it

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GS
San Francisco
14 reviews
Dined on January 18, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 1ambience 5

How to take a nice setting serving delicious food and diminish the experience? Have a surly, dismissive waiter. We would go back to Frantoio any time we are back in the area, but if Jamshid comes up as our server, we will ask to change waiters.

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D
San Francisco
47 reviews
Dined on January 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Once inside, Frantoio was a calming space of efficient activity. The pace was just right and the foods excellent. The service was attentive without being forced. Both of our entries were perfect and both servings were a nice size - not too large, or too small. The wine choices were good. Since we were there ahead of a play in Mill Valley, we didn't try any deserts.

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GT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on January 5, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

The fish special suited my tastes to a T. Swordfish and probably sea bass impeccably broiled, crispy on top, delicate inside combined with my favorite vegetable, spinach sautéed deliciously and mashed potatoes that were very flavorful. Most satisfying meal accompanied by a generous pour of chardonnay. My friend had a scallop risotto special that could have used more scallops but looked delicious. The noise level was low so we could chat comfortably, which is not often the case. We shall return.

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OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on January 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always an enjoyable experience. Wonderful fresh focaccia bread, homemade olive oil, top quality food and service. Hands down, our favorite Italian restaurant in Marin County. Delicious pasta dishes, wonderful fish entrees’, stone hearth pizzas, a nice selection of meats and poultry.
Casual yet elegant.

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CE
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

New Years Eve

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P
San Francisco
70 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a wonderfully delicious dinner at Frantoio Dec 29.
Omar was our server and he was excellent. He recommended dishes and his recommendations were perfect!
I highly recommend Frantoio for a date night, group parties in the Green Room, etc!

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C
San Francisco
9 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

No one served us. We waited for 20 minutes and then left. Very disappointed.

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

Ambience was pleasant, waiter friendly and helpful. Service leisurely but that contributed to the relaxed mood. The New Zealand lamb chops were excellent, the presentation elegant, cabernet very nice, dessert (afagato with dark chocolate shavings) fabulous.

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OT
1 review
Dined on December 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Post Christmas goodbye dinner

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f
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on December 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food here is always excellent.On this visit our waiter was Omar, and he was extremely helpful. He explained what was in the dishes and was very helpful in describing the wines. The dishes we chose were very delicious and the wine was perfect. We have found wines here that were so good that we now buy them by the case for home use. I recommend this restaurant to everyone.

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ET
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 4

Nice ambiance but the food was underwhelming especially the calamari & beet salad. The pasta was so-so. We had a party of 4 and no one really enjoyed their meal.

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MA
San Francisco
17 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Always consistent! Good food and great service. They had the A team working on Christmas Eve.

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JW
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on December 23, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 2ambience 4

The food and experience at Frantoio is still good, however the service was lacking recently which dampened the experience overall a bit.

The dishes haven’t changed much over the last 10 years and they need to boost that up. The standards are very good but more specials or some changes and a more expansive menu would be a boost for them. They need more salads and desserts options as well.

Good restaurant, nice ambiance, great for groups and not too loud! Always a good experience. My favorite dishes are the tagliatelle with rabbit ragu and the scallops which are perfection!

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N
San Francisco
11 reviews
Dined on December 21, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 1ambience 4

Service was again very slow. Waiter was inattentive. Had to flag down busboy several times to locate waiter.
Chicken picatta was excellent. Steaks were mediocre. Overall, poor service and inconsistent food.

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R
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on December 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

As always, great food in restful environment. No overpowering background music. Good service.

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LR
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on December 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The waiter was amazing. The food was delicious and the ambiance was perfect. It was a bit too loud but we expected as such given the high ceilings.

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T
San Francisco
12 reviews
Dined on December 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Frantoio is still a best kept Secret, nestled back a few minutes from 101 in Tam Valley. The food is excellent, the ambiance is perfect for dates, socializing or just having a night out for dinner. What I love about this place is that you don't feel like you're crammed into small space like some of the other restaurants near by.

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CW
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on December 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 4

Always love dinner here- local spot, so guaranteed to run into a couple of friends. Great bar, consistent quality and lovely wait staff. Very busy last week, so service was a little slow. No big deal- enjoyed our Manhattans and the wonderful bread and house made Olive oil!

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f
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on December 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Moms 91st birthday

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OT
San Francisco
15 reviews
Dined on December 6, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Nice Italian restaurant - place for a special event - too pricey for everyday dining.

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LB
San Francisco
19 reviews
Dined on December 5, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Everyone’s food was very, very good. Generous portions and nicely presented. It was just a little slow on service as there seemed to be only one waiter for the entire restaurant and we were put in a very quiet, sterile side room so did not have service for long periods. We did request a quiet table but it was too quiet and that there was no one else in this room which was brightly lit and very sterile. We actually would’ve preferred the main dining room which we expressed but it was all set up for us in this side room. The isolated room probably contributed to the lack of service. It was okay until we tried to order dessert and we had informed the waiter that we had play tickets. He took so long to return that we left without having dessert.

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b
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on December 3, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Party of 4 had a corner booth that was perfect for conversation. Our reservation was at 7 and we lingered until after 10 pm. Food and service were great. Staff was very accommodating.

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MF
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on December 1, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 3

Busy Saturday evening. Table ready on-time matching our reservation. Slow service based on a full crowd. Had drinks, but had to ask for bread while waiting for dinner. Waiter impatient based on too many tables. Restaurant was noisy.

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PE
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on November 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service and delicious high end Italian cuisine. Definitely will return.

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OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on November 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Guests visiting from out of town

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E
San Francisco
16 reviews
Dined on November 17, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

This restaurant never disappoints. It is spacious, service is attentive, great location right off freeway, quiet atmosphere so possible to have conversation without loud chatter or loud music. For us it is a frequent stop.

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S
San Francisco
30 reviews
Dined on November 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a great dinner and didn't feel overwhelmed-portion sizes were good.

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SF
San Francisco
32 reviews
Dined on November 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We were so lucky....came at a time when it wasn’t filled and noisy yet and got a great booth. Our waitress was great, got our order in and within minutes we all had our salads. My husband and I split a Caesar and it was perfect-not over powering dressing. Our host had the beet salad-also very likable! We all cleaned our plates on those dishes!Their basket of bread has focaccia strips that are warm and wonderful, plus small slices of warm sourdough baguette. Next came our main course. Our host had raves that on her previous visits she’d enjoyed the scallops. So, we ALL ordered them! Ample on the plate, presented beautifully on a swirl of mashed potato and frisée lettuce with the scallops sitting on top of a green sauce. None of us had a problem eating every morsel! The scallops were cooked to perfection! After dinner we all enjoyed a decaf latte, made perfectly as well. We wanted a little something sweet, but not really a dessert, so we each had a treat of two mini biscotti each. Something that only comes with their gelato, so we really appreciate them accommodating us. The table was bussed & refreshes quickly after each course and as more guests arrived it did get a bit noisier, but not too bad! Most definitely we will return for those scallops and recommended to others as a fine dining experience. Salads were priced fairly, the scallop dish was $30. We had no wines, so our full tab was was a little over $100 with tax and tip to be added-not bad for three people and a great meal!

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MV
San Francisco
10 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 4

Very good service and nice atmosphere but the food was dull tasting and uninteresting......

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SR
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food, service and interior One of our favorites.

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