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Wed, 6/20
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Gia Ristorante Italiano

4.6
331 reviews
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$30 and under
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Italian
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  • Authentic
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Good for a Date
Fabrizio Laudati, a seasoned restaurateur, has brought his Italian style to Marin County and its residents along with co-chef Stefano Guasco.
Laudati owned four Italian restaurants in San Francisco, including Bella Trattoria, Baldoria and Panta Rei.
Together with Guasco, they created a simple, authentic Italian menu with a modern twist from the Lazio region of central Italy — pastas, osso buco, lamb, chicken, pork and steaks.
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Italian
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Hours of operation
Dinner
Daily 5:00 pm–9:30 pm
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Phone number
(415) 891-3979
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Payment options
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Business Casual
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Parking details
Valet parking available every Friday and Saturday
Additional
Beer, Outdoor dining, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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What 331 People Are Saying
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4.6based on recent ratings
4.5
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4.7
service
4.3
ambience
4.3
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91% of people would recommend it to a friend
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5.0Dined 3 days ago

Great food, excellent wine list and a spirited environment all made for a great night.

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5.0Dined on June 10, 2018

Fantastic food and passionate staff. Wonderful meal

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3.0Dined on June 9, 2018

Our second visit, because it was so good on first. Service was excellent, but the food was a mixed bag. Some dishes were excellent, some not so much. Overall disappointing given this was a special occaision.

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5.0Dined on June 8, 2018

We LOVE Gia - it is by far the best food and service in Larkspur if not all of Marin! The ambiance is wonderful - it is intimate and you can actually hear a conversation at your table! We avoid the big boring chains and love the quality of food and service of a smaller venue. The food at Gia's is superb - cooked exactly the way you asked and a vegetarian in our group spoke to our waiter and the kitchen prepared a special dish to her liking. The Tiramisu is the best I've had outside of Italy and large enough to share between three (then the restaurant offered us a second dessert on the house after we raved about the food. The Italian wine recommended by the waiter was spectacular and only $60 a bottle - amazing!
We absolutely love this restaurant and it is well worth the little walk through town. We don't really understand why anyone goes anywhere else in Larkspur!
Added bonus - our dog is welcome at the spaciously placed tables on the patio - it just doesn't get any better!

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4.0Dined on June 4, 2018

With homemade pasta, a daily menu, delicious Italian fare, really friendly service and attention, this is a great find. We'll be coming back often.

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4.0Dined on June 4, 2018

Wonderful food. Good selections. Great service. Sit on the back patio if possible

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5.0Dined on June 3, 2018

Reviewing a restaurant on the basis of one visit is utter folly. We have now dined at Gia four times, and can attest to the fact that it is for real. Pietro, the host, affable and very helpful with both food and wine suggestions, is from Umbria. Stefano, the skilled chef from Rome, is also quite affable and prepares several dishes in true Roman style (e.g., real carbonara, caccio e pepe!). Together, they make one's Italian dining experience here in the Bay Area a faithful reflection of one you would have in Italy. The menu is small but varied enough to meet different tastes and dietary desires. Stefano might be willing to prepare a dish off the menu, within reason. The wine list is quite varied and interesting, with some fine wines of good value.

So now, I'm very happy to say, we have two excellent, small Italian restaurants in Marin that distinguish themselves from the many eggplant and red sauce factories. If you want to go small and personable for authentic Italian dining, enjoy Gia in Larkspur and Luna Blu in Tiburon. Both rise above the rest.

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5.0Dined on June 2, 2018

Absolutely the most authentic Italian restaurant in Marin. Dining at Gia reminds me of eating with my relatives in Italy - so welcoming and the food is outstanding. Fresh ingredients and simple food done perfectly - they’ve got the best carbonara I’ve ever had in the States.

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5.0Dined on June 1, 2018

FANTASTIC ravioli. The papardelle with bolognese was good, calamari was good. Bread is great. Excellent service.

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5.0Dined on May 31, 2018

Excellent in every way. Pietro is the best waiter ever!

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4.0Dined on May 27, 2018

Thoughtful, well prepared food. Great service. The hospitality was excellent!

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4.0Dined on May 21, 2018

We were there on a slow day and had great service and attention with fun wait staff! High five!

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2.0Dined on May 20, 2018

Poor service. Good not good.

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5.0Dined on May 14, 2018

Despite the busyness and hubbub of Mother’s Day our food was excellent, hot and tasty. Kudos to Pietro and our server Tor. Very friendly and busy.

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4.0Dined on May 14, 2018

We thought it was good, but we didn't love it. The servicer and service were nice, we just didn't love any one item we ordered.

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4.0Dined on May 13, 2018

Excellent pappardelle with fresh porcinis and shaved truffles. The waiter even comped a glass of an Umbrian Sagrantino to go with this Umbrian dish. Great pear tarte. Very friendly service.

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5.0Dined on May 13, 2018

Gia Ristorante never fails to please. It has become our "go-to" restaurant when friends are visiting or for special occasions. We've never had a dish that was less than perfect--and the service is so friendly and accommodating. The wine list has some great Italian wine selections as well. Highly recommended!

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5.0Dined on May 13, 2018

I ordered the T bone for 2. I’d suggest telling the quests the prices for specials. If you’re hosting the meal it’s not a comfortable question to ask your server. I understand the marketing benefit but it’s not customer friendly. The steak was pricey at $88 but excellent. The experience of having the chef/owner cutting the steak at the table was very cool. Loved chowing down on the bone.

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5.0Dined on May 9, 2018

Excellent in all ways. Fabulous waiter. Food was beautiful and delicious. Excellent wine selection.

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5.0Dined on May 6, 2018

Seared tuna really good as were the lamb chops.

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5.0Dined on May 6, 2018

Gia never disappoints. The owner and staff are charming and dedicated to great service. We are lucky enough to walk to the restaurant from home and it's become our favorite neighborhood restaurant. Always something new on the menu. Not being knowledgeable about Italian wines we've trusted the staff's recommendations and they are always outstanding!

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5.0Dined on May 6, 2018

Only complaint, my plate was cold... heated plate preferred for hot meal. :-)

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5.0Dined on May 4, 2018

It is folly, conceit, and self-deception to pretend you can meaningfully evaluate a restaurant after a single meal there. Even after two. But our third meal at Gia was again fine, indeed. Pietro is an ebullient host and Stefano has a deft touch for la cucina romana. Gia shows real promise for being a standard bearer for Italian dining in Marin, where mediocre Italian restaurants are a dime a dozen. After a year on the scene, Gia seems to have staying power, and, most importantly, the ability to maintain a high and consistent level of quality. As it always does, time will tell. Happily, all the signs are excellent that Marin finally has an outstanding ristorante italiano. Welcome to the neighborhood, Gia!

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5.0Dined on May 2, 2018

Love the service there, I always feel like a regilar

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5.0Dined on April 28, 2018

I felt like I was in Rome again!

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4.0Dined on April 28, 2018

The food was very good and the staff was very welcoming and attentive. We had one problem. We said we were passing on dessert and then a few minutes later our waiter brought us a tiramisu. We thought it was complimentary since it was our first visit. We didn’t really notice on the bill until we git home that we were charged 9.50 for Dessert we didn’t order.

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4.0Dined on April 26, 2018

Quite enjoyable, our first visit. Service was excellent and food great!

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5.0Dined on April 23, 2018

Food is very rich. Owner and wait staff are great. Fun. Molto Italiano.

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5.0Dined on April 19, 2018

Gia is such a wonderful place to start. Homemade pasta and sauces make it amazing! Great wines and not too pricey.

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5.0Dined on April 16, 2018

We go here sometimes weekly and a lot for special occasions. It was my birthday this time and it was Fantastic! The staff is 1st rate and the food is exquisite. Thank you Gia for another truly memorable meal.

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5.0Dined on April 15, 2018

Great menu, beautifully prepared tasty food, excellent selection CA and Italian wines, wonderful service with an Italian flair!!

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5.0Dined on April 13, 2018

The food and service are outstanding! Nice people too.

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5.0Dined on April 9, 2018

Amazing food, service, and wine. Best Italian restaurant in town.

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5.0Dined on April 9, 2018

First time at Gia and it was amazing. Food was delicious but the service was even better. The owner was very personable and was making rounds going from table to table engaging clients in casual conversation. Pretty authentic Italian food too. Will definitely be back.

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5.0Dined on April 8, 2018

We are still thinking about our incredible meal and experience Saturday night. Before I rave about the quality of the fresh pasta and ingredients, I have to tell you that the owner and our server made us feel so special and well taken care of. Our appetizers were incredible (from artichokes to tuna tartar to pork bruschetta) and pastas were fresh and delicious. The whole experience made it special and we will return again and again. What a generosity of spirit!

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5.0Dined on April 8, 2018

Gia has become, without a doubt, our favorite restaurant in Central Marin. The food is invariably delicious; the servers are friendly and helpful; and the wine list of Italian wines is remarkable.

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5.0Dined on April 8, 2018

Great local restaurant. Very fresh and great friendly service

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5.0Dined on April 7, 2018

I found that the food was a bit too salty. But other than that, it was great.

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5.0Dined on April 7, 2018

First time we have been here. Food was wonderful and the service was great - friendly and fun. We will be back!

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5.0Dined on April 7, 2018

Genuine Italian food prepared and served by very pleasant genuine Italians. From the antipasti on, never had a clunker dish. Strongly recommended.

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