Insalata's

4.7
2688 Reviews
$31 to $50
Mediterranean
Insalata's Restaurant is moving into it's 25th year of the community minded restaurants in San Anselmo. Insalata's receives Bib Gourmand from Michelin for it's 10th year in a row.
Our goal at Insalata's has always been to bring luscious Mediterranean food, gracious service and a warm atmosphere to our diners. For over 20 years we have shared this experience of intimate dining and joyful celebrations in a variety of ways. First and foremost as a fine dining restaurant with our beautiful private Siena room in which to sit and relax and enjoy a meal. We also offer take out dining for those days when time is of the essence, or catered affairs where we bring great food and staff into your home or venue. Our guests have become family and we have grown together in the community in which we all live and work. Everyone at Insalata's is extremely proud to be a part of this extended "village" family.

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
Physical Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
What 2688 people are saying
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95% of people would recommend it to a friend
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RoberttheG
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined 21 hours ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a favorite of ours Insalata continues to offer what we want when we dine out: Great food, nice ambiance and very pleasant greeting and wait staff.

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Oliver
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was great and felt comfortable inside without masks. It was lunch time and few people. Everyone at beach most likely.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fabulous waiter Carlo, fabulous food and fabulous ambience for a 70th Birthday dinner!😊

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vipJeanneC
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Last night, Insalata's became the favorite Marin restaurant of my two dinner guests!

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Hughes
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience3

A little hot and noisy. Salmon a little salty. Otherwise excellent as always

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LaurieV
San Francisco
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was as always delicious. Only problem was with hostess who seemed overwhelmed. To be fair it was extremely hot day and everyone wanted to be inside to enjoy the air conditioning.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service4ambience5

A wonderful time for lunch. All entries were delicious. Avocado toast, green tomato BLT, cold English pea soup and salad did not disappoint. Will return soon.

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lornaw
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Insalata's never disappoints! The Fatoush was every bit as delicious as I remembered it.
The wait staff was punctual and friendly. It was a joy to have lunch there!

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall4food4service3ambience4

Exceptionally good food.

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TimothyC
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The food was fabulous! Each of the four of us, ordered different entrees and all of them were unique, cooked to perfection and delicious. My favorite was the chicken cooked in yogurt. The staff was helpful and friendly. There were not many appetizers and only one soup (a cold soup on that night). I wished we'd ordered something, as the meals were a little slow in coming. All four meals came at the same time and when we we were done eating, 3 staff members came, removed the dishes and freshened up the table very efficiently before we ordered dessert. It was like a practiced choreography. The "Celebration Chocolate Cake" came with a candle and some of staff gathered to sing "Happy Birthday" to my wife. She doesn't normally like that sort of thing but the staff was so nice and the singing not to loud that it came off well and she was pleased. I really appreciate that Insalata is open on Mondays. Had it not been a Monday I might not have tried it and would have missed out on a delightful evening.

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Suzi
Central Coast
22 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious food excellent waiter

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vipscrappy113
San Francisco
21 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding food and attention. We ate indoors and it was nice and quiet so we could talk easily. Looking forward to a return visit.

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LJ63
New York Area
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Creative, fresh and flavorful food with a middle eastern influence. Can’t wait to return. Delicious!

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vipLisaD
San Francisco
13 reviews
Dined on June 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Transitioning from take to dining in has not been easy for us, yet Insalata has managed to create a friendly and safe environment for diners. The food was the same excellent quality, and service was friendly as always. We will be going back soon!!

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viphappydiner
San Francisco
10 reviews
Dined on June 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

So glad to participate in indoor dining with white table cloths, white dinner napkins and great food.

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vipdinerd
San Francisco
41 reviews
Dined on June 11, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

One of the reasons Insalata is one of my favorite dining venues is the service. The wait staff makes you feel welcome and special. I brought a friend along last evening for dinner who was new to the restaurant. She, too, gives it 5 stars.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on June 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely delicious! Food and service (Richard) was top notch. The clams were the best we ever had- the scallops were so fresh and the steak was mouth watering. This restaurant is a NO BRAINER.
Will be back !

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Rooster
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on June 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Insalata's never fails me. The food and service are outstanding!

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vipdarbylee
San Francisco
13 reviews
Dined on June 11, 2021
Overall4food5service3ambience4

Loved the Mezze plate and always love Fattoush! Service was a little slow and inattentive, there were a couple large parties, I guess.

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Martin
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on June 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We sat outside, so was a bit windy, conditions out of Insalata's control. Excellent food, wine and service.

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vipJosh
New England
20 reviews
Dined on June 8, 2021
Overall4food5service3ambience3

The lamb skewer and the salmon were both out of this world, and the Kanpachi Crudo (sort of a poke bowl) was a nice addition to the menu. Maybe it's the post-pandemic high, but the food at Insalatas has never tasted so good.

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msAJL
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on June 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious food with a lot of variety and excellent service from the waiter.

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on June 7, 2021
Overall3food3service2ambience4

We were rushed through our meal, taking away plates literally while we were still chewing. I didn’t appear that people were waiting for our table. The appetizers were great. But the mains were just so-so. Maybe it was a bad night getting back to the swing of being open. Not too many patrons, so courses may have just been ready sooner. Or maybe new waitstaff?

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on June 4, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Host was rude and treated us with indifference upon entry. Restaurant was empty and the waitress came to our table in 5 minutes asking if we were ready to order. No specials or recommendations. Annoyed and in a rush. Platter was small, but good. Yogurt chicken dry…. Pasta was over cooked. Not sure what the big deal is about this place.

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brockphillips
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on June 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Excellent Mediterranean based food in a very pleasant room. Staff was perfect, always around when needed without hovering.

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vipCandybear
San Francisco
41 reviews
Dined on June 2, 2021
Overall4food5service3ambience5

The lamb on flat bread was excellent, ginger iced tea very good. Dessert choices not so great.
Despite arriving early when they were not busy, the waiter could not find time to take a picture for our special occasion, even though we asked several times.

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vipSMDine
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on May 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding food cooked and seasoned perfectly. Friendly and efficient but laid back service. Will definitely return.

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Margaret
1 review
Dined on May 30, 2021
Overall3food5service3ambience4

They offer a limited menu and no gluten free substitutes for wheat pasta in their several pasta dishes or gluten free bread for their sandwiches or for their Middle Eastern salads. It is a real short coming of this restaurant.

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MartinG
1 review
Dined on May 29, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

We ate inside this visit. Tables well spaced, wait staff all masked. Even though our wait person said that Instalats has been fully booked since it opened there was no pressure to vacate our table. The food was as always, outstanding.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
13 reviews
Dined on May 29, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Outdoor setting was better than I expected.

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ElenB
1 review
Dined on May 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Hi

We had a very good dinner with friends. Everyone like their choice. Servers were friendly and responsive.

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vipdinerd
San Francisco
42 reviews
Dined on May 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Insalata never disappoints. I is a favorite of my friends who travel from San Francisco to dine there for lunch. The food is delicious, the staff, gracious, courteous, and prompt. My favorite: grilled lamb on flatbread with salad.

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EdwinC
1 review
Dined on May 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

excellent service. good hummus for a vegetarian--I enjoyed it.
The coffee is high quality and the dessert was awesome.

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vipDelicious
San Francisco
25 reviews
Dined on May 28, 2021
Overall2food2service1ambience3

The food was mediocre and not up to their past quality. The service was terrible. We were one of the first outdoor diners and it took forever for the waitress to get to us. Took forever to get fries and another ten minutes to get ketchup. I decided I wanted wine after the food arrived and she never came back to ask how the food was so I never ordered wine. Took forever to get bill and I had to take the card to the hostess because again…it took forever for the card to be picked up.

Sorry to pan a restaurant when they were finally opened but this was an anniversary lunch and it only got busy when we finished our meal. They have lost an old customer.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on May 27, 2021
Overall3food4service4ambience3

Sat out on the patio which I hope they’ll

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vipOpenTable Diner
Chicago
10 reviews
Dined on May 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As a vegeterian it can be challenging but my dinner last night was outstanding!

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Sapo
San Francisco
26 reviews
Dined on May 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always full flavors....outstanding service. My guest was vegetarian and he thoroughly enjoyed the selection and taste.

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vipAnneF
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on May 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food, cocktails and ambiance were all fabulous!! We celebrated my daughter's birthday with a Mother/Daughter lunch and everything was fabulous. Our delightful server was friendly and attentive and she provided the best service! We sat outdoors in the patio under the shade of umbrellas. Just a wonderful afternoon all around!!

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LisaW
1 review
Dined on May 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

From the moment we arrived for our reservation, we were greeted by wonderful folks. Beth ordered for us two (!) delicious appetizers (and an anniversary card) that were amazing; the lamb skewer and salmon were fantastic and the scrumptious carrot cake arrived with a "Happy Anniversary" decoration. The Manhattans were perfect. Our wait person was fantastic. Your staff is very aware of its customers needs, but not annoyingly so. The ambience was perfect. We could hear music and voices and an occasional pan (loved that) in the background - ALL were indistinguishable and soft and lovely. AND we felt safe in your restaurant. Thank you for a perfect anniversary dinner!

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vipmetaroo
San Francisco
18 reviews
Dined on May 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our first time at Insalata and we know it will be a frequently visited favorite restaurant. All the food was delicious, and we tried a lot of different things. Service was excellent, with a sense of humor thrown in. The outdoor setting was perfect, the only noise came when some ambulances raced by with sirens blaring, but it was short-lived.

FAQs

Insalata's offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (415) 457-7700.

Insalata's is rated 4.7 stars by 2688 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.