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About Gia Ristorante Italiano

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.

286 Magnolia Ave
Larkspur, CA 94939
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Dining Style:
Casual Dining

Cuisines:
Italian

Hours of Operation:
Dinner: Tuesday - Sunday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm
Closed: Mondays

Dress Code:
Business Casual

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(415) 891-3979

Website:
http://www.giarestaurant.net/

Parking Details:
Valet parking available every Friday and Saturday

Additional:
Beer, Outdoor dining, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Specials

Enjoy a complimentary glass of sparkling wine with purchase of entree!

Specials

Enjoy a complimentary glass of sparkling wine with purchase of entree!
Details

Join us for dinner and choose from one of our signature entrees, and receive a glass of sparkling wine on the house!

Terms and Conditions: Maximum of 20 diners. Excludes Tax, excludes service.

Valid For: 1 - 20 People

Starts: November 16, 2017

Ends: March 31, 2018

Availability: Sun 5:00PM-6:00PM
Tue-Sat 5:00PM-6:00PM

Gia Ristorante Italiano Ratings and Reviews

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4.6

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.6

service

4.7

ambience

4.4

value

4.3

Noise

Moderate

97% would recommend it to a friend

Neighborhood Gem (31)
Fit for Foodies (27)
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Creative Cuisine (18)
Good for a Date (18)
Authentic (17)
Good for Anniversaries (14)
Notable Wine List (14)
Fun (12)
Good for Birthdays (11)
Great for Outdoor Dining (11)
Comfort Food (11)
Romantic (10)
Casual (9)
Cozy (9)
Local Ingredients (9)
Great for Lunch (8)
Worth the Drive (8)
Healthy (5)
Quiet Conversation (5)
Pre/post Theatre (5)
Business Meals (4)
Good for Groups (4)
People Watching (4)
Seasonal (4)
Sunday Lunch (3)
Good Vegetarian Options (3)
Gluten Free Options (2)
Afternoon Coffee (1)
Kid-friendly (1)
Disabled Access (1)
Hot Spot (1)
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 (San Francisco)·Dined 2 days ago

Loved the ambiance, the food, the wait staff. Our evening at Gia was enjoyable from start to finish. We are happy to have found this new little gem in Marin County and look forward to our next visit.

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined 3 days ago

First experience. We were seated in the worst two-top available directly next to the kitchen doors, though other two-tops were vacant and remained so during our time there. This table should be removed. I feared injury by the hard-working colliding staff. Started with an involtini appetizer, rolled eggplant slices with ricotta and salmon. The tomato sauce was excellent, but the appetizer was cold. Not lukewarm, but chill - ricotta and small tasteless flecks of salmon which would probably risen up if warmer.

The sound level is violent. Impossible to have a conversation.

Service was fine and professional.

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined 3 days ago

Fantastic Italian fare....everything is fresh...and just the best!!!!!!

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 13, 2018

Great find for a first visit. Good menu, good wine. Fabrizio is a great host, and our service by Tor was excellent. Definitely will return, and recommend to family and friends.

Tags: Comfort Food, Notable Wine List, Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries, Neighborhood Gem, Good for a Date
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 11, 2018

The food is terrific...very noisy at night..happy they now have luncheon service...a much quieter experience.

Tags: Great for Lunch
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 7, 2018

Best authentic Italian place in Marin! Spot on my new favorite place! Forza Juve ;)

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 7, 2018

It was a BUSY Saturday night at Gia when we visited and our table wasn't ready at our reserved time. But, after waiting for a few minutes, we were given a complimentary glass of champagne for the inconvenience. It was a very appreciated gesture and made the few minutes extra wait more enjoyable. Like I said, it was extremely busy and the kitchen was a bit backed up but the waiters handled it in stride...making jokes, keeping things light and a nice pour of vino in a time when most restaurants barely give you a couple of sips. I had the salmon and it was nicely done...cooked perfectly and I loved the artichoke that it sat upon. The other garnishes were a tad on the cold side but it didn't ruin the dish. My husband got the gnocchi and it was a plate of pillowy scrumptiousness! The bread was delicious and came with a side of oil an vinegar....yum! I will definitely return as I feel like the staff was going the extra mile in providing good service and the food was authentic Italian!

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Authentic
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 6, 2018

fantastic. amazing food. amazing service. love this place. reminds me of all the years I spent in italy too!

Tags: Good for a Date, Fun, Quiet Conversation, Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 4, 2018

Fantastic food!!! Just love this place!!!

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 (Central Coast)·Dined on January 1, 2018

Simply stated: mi piace tantissimo!

Having lived in and travelled to Italy for decades - and in particular Rome and the Amalfi Coast - I am extremely discerning when it comes to eating at Italian restaurants in the US. What I find so wonderful about Gia, is the owners and staff have truly delivered a Roman experience to Marin County, California. The staff is engaging, the food authentic and high quality as we expect in Marin, and atmosphere is 'proprio Italiano' (not American-Italian... this is Italian-Italian)! And I absolutely love it and recommend it. Bravo!

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Special Occasion, Romantic, Good Vegetarian Options, Business Meals, Fun
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 31, 2017

The lamb shank was under seasoned and the pasta Americana was too salty. No vegetable accompaniment. A promising start but the restaurant needs to mature.

Tags: Comfort Food
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 29, 2017

This was our first time at Gia and we will definitely return. We like the ambiance. The menu has a lot of choices that I would have been happy with. I had pizza and it was a perfect size for 1 person and very tasty. My husband had ravioli and thought it was excellent.

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 29, 2017

Overall incredible. Food. Service. The works. Love this place

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 28, 2017

Gia's provided very good food and friendly services, as always.

Tags: Fun, Creative Cuisine
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·Dined on December 25, 2017

Fabulous food, so authentic Italian.
Very attentive and fun staff! Love this local spot!

Tags: Notable Wine List, Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion, Comfort Food, Paleo Friendly
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 25, 2017

Christmas Eve dinner with family was lovely! Nice selection of food and excellent service.

Tags: Casual, Special Occasion, Creative Cuisine
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 24, 2017

Service and food were outstanding. Limited menu but all 3 dishes (2 pastas & lamb shank on the best polenta ever) were perfect. Chocolate mousse incredible. The cappuccino was better than any coffee house in North Beach. I'm in the area twice a month and am hopeful lasagna will be on the menu on my next visit.

Tags: Comfort Food, Neighborhood Gem, Good for a Date, Afternoon Coffee, Good for Anniversaries, Authentic, Local Ingredients, Creative Cuisine, Great for Lunch, Business Meals, Special Occasion, Fit for Foodies, Good for Birthdays, Worth the Drive
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 24, 2017

I have been wanting to try Gia and I'm glad I did! Excellent food, excellent service. Wow! We will be back! Thank you to our excellent server, Antonio!

Tags: Comfort Food, Great for Outdoor Dining, Good for a Date, Romantic, Fun, Cozy
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 21, 2017

Food was excellent for a local place. Portions were generous, and service was personable. Will become a new favorite!

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 21, 2017

One of my favorite meals in recent memory. And hands down my favorite restaurant in Marin now. I’ll be back soon.

Tags: Fun, Good for Anniversaries, Gluten Free Options, Healthy, Authentic, Cozy, Hot Spot
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 17, 2017

Excellent service and food. The staff surprised our Mother with a memorable Birthday! Everyone in our party of 7 enjoyed the experience.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Comfort Food, Neighborhood Gem
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 17, 2017

Another fabulous meal. The most authentic italian food unless you're in Italy.
Pastas all homemade, great wine...love the entire staff. If you haven't eaten here you're missing out.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Good for a Date, Local Ingredients, Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 17, 2017

The service was attentive...maybe a little too hovering, actually...and the carbonara reproduced, for the first time in 30 years, a perfect carbonara experienced in Udine. Great new addition to Larkspur restaurant scene.

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 14, 2017

This is an excellent restaurant. Great menu - Risotto is fantastic, as is the Burratta.
Great selection of Italian white wines. Warm and welcoming, great service and hospitality. Very nice room too.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Fit for Foodies, Worth the Drive, Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Creative Cuisine, Great for Outdoor Dining, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 11, 2017

Fabulous food, so authentic. Love this place. They greet upon arrival. Menu changes for what is in season. The best italIan food besides italy!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion, Creative Cuisine, Good for Anniversaries, Comfort Food, Good for a Date
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 10, 2017

The service and food are outstanding. It is always a pleasure to dine at Gia’s.

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 10, 2017

We wanted to try Gia after a concert which was close by. We both had the Salmon which was very good. The wait staff was attentive and took care of any issues we had. We had no room for dessert so not able to comment on that other than this menu seemed quite pricey considering the type of restaurant.

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 6, 2017

Excellent service and very professional, friendly staff. Always consistently superb, and the menu changes often - an authentic and genuine Italian experience!!!!

Tags: Good for a Date, Casual, Good Vegetarian Options, Romantic, Great for Lunch, Good for Anniversaries, Sunday Lunch, Great for Outdoor Dining
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 5, 2017

Great service, wonderful wine list (ask Pietro) modern creative Italian food in the heart of Larkspur

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Cozy, Fit for Foodies, Creative Cuisine, Authentic, Great for Lunch, Notable Wine List
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 2, 2017

The food was delicious - homemade pasta and seasonal ingredients. The staff could not have been more friendly. We loved it and will be back!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Cozy
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 1, 2017

It is very rare to feel completely at home from the minute you walk into a restaurant. It is clear that this restaurant has many regulars - but even for us "newbies" the care of the staff and chefs is obvious. The Porchetta Romana was a good starter, and the Pappardelle Alla Bolognese and Gia Vongole E Asparagi were both delicious pasta dishes. Paolo was very gracious in explaining the Italian varieties of wines. The dinner was finished off with a wonderful pear tart! Bravo!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Authentic, Notable Wine List, Fun
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 30, 2017

Great Italian food - authentic with wonderful use of local ingredients and a fantastic staff

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Neighborhood Gem, Authentic
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·Dined on November 26, 2017

Creative Italian cuisine in its authenticity. Knowledgeable wait staff.

Tags: Creative Cuisine
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 26, 2017

Amazing dinner! We were treated like one of the family! Extremely authentic Italian cuisine, and the vibe is beyond welcoming. Love the location as well, easy to valet. Definitely recommend Gia if you are a foodie.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Local Ingredients, Comfort Food, Cozy, Fit for Foodies
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 25, 2017

Good Food and good service. Gia is a neighborhood gem. Good for the days you don’t want to cook for yourself.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Casual, Fun
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 20, 2017

A fantastic spot with great food.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 20, 2017

Everytime we go to Gia we are amazed at the friendly service, the delicious food and what a great value for the money. The staff can't do enough yet they know when to make themselves invisable.
Can't say enough about this great neighborhood place.

Tags: Casual, Healthy, Good for a Date, Authentic, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Anniversaries, Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion, Worth the Drive, Fun, Notable Wine List, Cozy, Comfort Food, Creative Cuisine, Good for Birthdays
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 19, 2017

This place is AMAZING!!! Don't miss out on an opportunity to come here.

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 19, 2017

Nicest staff in the area. They make it a point to guide you through the menu & wine list & ensure you enjoy the meal. They let you know that they are glad you came to their restaurant! I hope to eat there many more times!

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 19, 2017

This is a continuation as somehow my review disappeared. The salad was tasty but for what it was it was overpriced at $12. The Salmon we had was very well prepared sitting on a bed of potatoes and other veggies. We both had the same dinner and enjoyed it and would definitely recommend it. I have to say we would definitely return soon and hope they do well there as it is a welcome addition to Marin.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Good for a Date
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