Gia Ristorante Italiano

4.5
454 reviews
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$30 and under
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Italian
Fabrizio Laudati, a seasoned restaurateur, has brought his Italian style to Marin County and its residents along with Executive 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.

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Sun - Thu 5:00PM - 5:30PM

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San Francisco
20 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 3

The calamari was overcooked . The pasta was undercooked. And clumped together. And the flavors poorly executed... some bits too salty, others lacking the classic and rich flavors of Italian cuisine.
The service was friendly but uneven. If you are going to charge these prices, you need to deliver a better experience.

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OT
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Excellent service and food, we will be back for sure!

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OT
New Orleans
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Valentines

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San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on February 10, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

A loud and vibrant neighborhood restaurant with passable Italian food and a boisterous casual noisy atmosphere. Not a place for a first date.

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

Delicious Tiramisu!!! This is a die for! Awesome service through out the time

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

Awesome authentic Italian. Must try the raviolo with rib eye filling!
Wonderful wine list and the Italian waiters make for a fun dining experience.

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OT
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on February 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Another great dinner at Gia.

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TC
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on February 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Perfect meal, great service, lovely ambiance. Looking forward to our next visit!

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

Great service, attentive waitstaff. Very reasonable prices. Will visit again.

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AR
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 2

Food was mediocre. Pasta was over cooked and slightly tasteless. Service was nice but really didn’t care when we told them he pasta was mushy.

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Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on January 27, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 1ambience 3

Our reservation was at 7:15 but we didn’t get seated until 7:45. It was frustrating that they didn’t even offer us wine while we waited. When we finally got seated and ordered, the appetizer and salads came out quickly but then we had to wait another hour for our entrees to come out. We didn’t get our entrees until after 9 pm. The server never really checked in with us and then didn’t even offer us dessert which is frustrating. That said, while we would have wanted dessert, everything took so long that we had to get home to relieve the babysitter. They did offer us four canollis on the house, but none of us wanted them and they were pretty gross. Frustrating that they didn’t do more to make up for the poor service.

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San Francisco
1 review
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

If you don’t have the time nor inclination to fly to Italy to eat authentic Italian food then just make a reservation at Gia. Owned and operated by Italians...it’s the real thing. The most authentic Italian food I’ve had in the Bay Area. Handmade pastas, incredible depth of flavor. Wine selection is perfectly matched to the menu too.

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MS
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on January 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The food and and service are consistently great

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T
San Francisco
10 reviews
Dined on January 20, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

You feel like you're coming home when you go to Gia. The staff greets you as though you're an old friend. The restaurant offers a great combination of friendly service and a warm atmosphere. The menu has a lot of variety, so everyone can find something they like. The Insalata de zucchine is light and tasty and the carbonara pasta is deliciously rich and just like what you would get in Italy. The tiramisu is a classic and irresistible. This place is a neighborhood gem.

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TH
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on January 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great little restaurant. Wonderful menu, authentically Italian. Fantastic food. The cauliflower steak was incredible. We loved our waiter - fun, informative and so very ITALIAN. We will return!

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S
San Francisco
12 reviews
Dined on January 19, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

A lovely evening with delicious food, great service and atmosphere

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P
San Francisco
9 reviews
Dined on January 15, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Delicious food.
Knowledgeable, attentive, friendly staff.

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CC
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on January 13, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

the staff and the servers always greet us warmly as if we are old friend

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San Francisco
1 review
Dined on January 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Always good food and warm reception from owners/operators

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a
San Francisco
17 reviews
Dined on January 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The menu might seem modest in the number of items compared to that of some other venues, but the dishes, from appetizers to main courses, and desserts are deliciously nourishing. The pasta is made in house. Every time I opted for a pasta dish the times I dined here, I felt transported to Italy. Great selections of wine to complement the food. The service too is outstanding, with friendly and engaging staff.

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LL
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on January 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great restaurant with very authentic Italian food and ambiance.

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JP
San Francisco
9 reviews
Dined on January 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The food was terrific. We started with carpaccio and burrata and both were delicious. Then pasta and a very creative cauliflower steak. All were great!

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LO
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on January 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is such a welcome addition to our community. Great, authentic food at a reasonable price. Fresh ingredients and good wine. The staff is friendly and attentive.

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S
San Francisco
156 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great food & people!

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CK
Phoenix
25 reviews
Dined on January 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service Food and atmosphere! Real Italiano

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c
San Francisco
11 reviews
Dined on January 6, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

Homemade pasta was delicious! Want to go back and try them all-very Italian!

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M
San Francisco
25 reviews
Dined on January 5, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Great neighborhood restaurant!

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LC
San Francisco
14 reviews
Dined on January 5, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 2ambience 3

Very inventive and delicious preparations. Wine list is pricey. Waiter was inattentive. Room grew loud as it filled up, but quieted again later. Worth trying again, however.

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d
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on January 4, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Birthday they made it special

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LO
New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had a great dinner on NY Eve. Celebrated with another couple next to us.

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LN
Vancouver
30 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

The location is easy to miss if you're not familiar with the immediate area, which is too bad because this place is very much worth finding. The creative flavors and the passion and care with which the dishes are made, combined with equally passionate and caring service, make Gia a great dining destination. The pastas are all fresh, which makes a huge difference in texture and taste. The bucatini all'amatriciana was tangy and spicy in a classic rich, tomato-based sauce, with the meat tender and moist (not dried out or stringy from being too long in the sauce), and the pasta cooked to al dente perfection (chewy without having the undercooked feel one can get from dried pasta). The lamb shanks literally fell off the bone, with a rich sauce that was well complemented by the creamy polenta. But the "pork candies"...I've never had anything like it. I was skeptical because I don't usually like fruity flavors with meats, but it looked intriguing, so I gave it a try, and so glad I did! Unlike the cloying sweetness of many traditional treatments of pork, this dish was a creative flavor sensation combination of fresh zest, tanginess, saltiness, and a hint of sweetness. And our server enthusiastically shared his wine recommendations, bringing samples to try that paired wonderfully with the dishes we had.

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w
Seattle
9 reviews
Dined on December 30, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

Good, but not great. Had a nice eggplant appetizer that was real good, but temp of dish was inconsistent. And had the Bucatini, pasta and sauce were great, but the guanciale tasted like pieces of over cooked pork chop. It was an odd bite.

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G
San Francisco
9 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food is always fresh, healthy, and changes daily. No complaints from the chef when you want a specially prepared dish either.

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San Francisco
39 reviews
Dined on December 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was our first time at Gia. It did not disappoint. The food was delicious and the service was great. The menu, while not extensive (which allows them to focus and perfect their dishes), changes often so it keeps things fresh, new and interesting. We will be back.

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G
San Francisco
27 reviews
Dined on December 22, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Very pleasant service made us laugh out loud! Great finish to end a week! Will definitely come back!

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MV
San Francisco
12 reviews
Dined on December 22, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

I always enjoy Gia's. Authentic and the service is well informed. However, the restaurant is drafty and if you are like me, sensitive to cold, sit in the back and away form the windows. I tried to make sure the door to the patio was closed but the kitchen crew kept opening it.

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MA
San Francisco
16 reviews
Dined on December 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Always great, always consistent! Friendly and fun staff. Perfect date night choice.

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San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on December 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

By far one of the best service and very good food. They made sure that we get the best dining experience. Definitely 5 star!

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B
San Francisco
22 reviews
Dined on December 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

True, authentic Italian food, great service from both waitperson, owner and busser. We go there quite often and they always bring us our favorite wine and dessert without us even having to order them. Lovely place!

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SD
1 review
Dined on December 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My favorite restaurant in Larkspur. Great staff, great food.

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