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La Toscana Ristorante, San Rafael, CA

La Toscana Ristorante

4.7
4.7
1465 Reviews
$30 and under
Italian
We are centrally located off Hwy. 101 in San Rafael, across for the famous Frank Lloyd Wright Marin Civic Center. La Toscana is a family owned and operated Italian restaurant and bar located in Marin County. It was established in 1985 by Paolo Mori, his wife, Marilyn, and Michele Quilici. The owners all grew up in Lucca, Italy and immigrated to the U.S. in the late 1950s. They wanted to create an atmosphere that reminded them of home – a place where locals would gather to eat, meet friends and family and celebrate with food and wine as every Italian family does. Chef and co— owner Giovanni Racanello joined La Toscana in 1986. Paolo and Marilyn’s daughter, Laura Mori Riella, and youngest son, Michael Mori, joined the La Toscana team in 1992 and 2002, respectively. Paolo loved to make people feel welcome and, just like all the Moris, enjoyed his food and wine and loved to see others do the same. This is the proud tradition that La Toscana carries on.

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2 people

11:30 PM


Booked 6 times today

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Additional information

  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Price
    $30 and under
  • Cuisines
    Italian
  • Hours of operation
    Mon–Thu 11:30 am–8:30 pm Fri 11:30 am–9:30 pm Sat 4:00 pm–9:00 pm
  • Phone number
    (415) 492-9100
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Dress code
    Casual Dress
  • Executive chef
  • Private party facilities
    Private Party facilities are available for parties of 14 or less in our Bar Room and up to 24 guests on our outdoor heated Patio . Please contact the restaurant to request the Private Dining Room or Patio.
  • Private party contact
    Laura Riella: (415) 492-9100
  • Neighborhood
    San Rafael
  • Cross street
    North San Pedro
  • Parking details
    Street and Parking Lot Available.
  • Additional
    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Indoor Fireplace, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

What 1,465 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.7
4.7 based on recent ratings
  • 4.7Food
  • 4.6Service
  • 4.4Ambience
  • 4.4Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Marin

    Good for business meals

  • Marin

    Kid-friendly

  • Marin

    Good for groups

  • Marin

    Italian

1,465 Reviews
  1. WilliamS

    San Francisco

    13 reviews

    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great food and nice leisurely service in festive venue

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  2. GInnyK

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 2 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Our waitress was amazing and I don’t remember her name. She was absolutely the best, and I worked in restaurants for many years.

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  3. MargaretS

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    It was a last minute dinner with the family and La Toscana was the perfect choice. The hostess ensured we got our table and even checked in with us during our dinner. Top notch!

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  4. booboo

    San Francisco

    20 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    20 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great place before a show at the Marin Civic. Food was excellent

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  5. OpenTable Diner

    Algeria

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Have been going to LaToscana for many years now. The food is incredible and over these many years has stayed very consistent. Service is outstanding. They all go above and beyond to make their guests feel like family. I like being part of this family.

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  6. biggs

    San Francisco

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on February 18, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Excellent in every way… Definitely try the Polenta Cakes and the Spinach & Ricotta Ravioli! Wonderful!

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  7. UBtheGreat

    San Francisco

    50 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    50 reviews

    Dined on February 18, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 3
    A nice dinner and very good service. My only modest complaint ....I had made a reservation on Open Table for 4:45 PM as it was the only one available until 8PM and the restaurant didn't open until 4PM. I called after 4PM and asked if I could have later reservation and was told no. Yet the restaurant had several tables still available at 6PM when we left.

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  8. livetoeat

    San Francisco

    215 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    215 reviews

    Dined on February 17, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 2
    Good Italian food. Noisy resturant. Service uneven- slow but friendly.

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  9. JackL

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 15, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    A old time type atmosphere, excellent service with a fireplace. They never rush you through your meal . Highly recommend this establishment

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  10. Woody

    San Francisco

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 14, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    I have always enjoyed the food at La Toscana. I highly recommend dining here.

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  11. Carti

    San Francisco

    11 reviews

    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on February 9, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Excellent place to celebrate any special occasion. Great service, great food and great energy to enjoy...especially being it was a Thursday night.

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  12. Linda

    Central Coast

    68 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    68 reviews

    Dined on February 8, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Ate at our usual spot in the bar. Food and service were wonderful!

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  13. Davi13

    San Francisco

    19 reviews

    5.0

    19 reviews

    Dined on February 2, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    The wait staff is responsive. The restaurant is warm and inviting. The Cesar salad is always delicious. The fresh pasta with red vodka sauce was a perfect touch spicy. The crème brûlée for dessert was delicious.

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  14. APP123

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 28, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    My favorite restaurant in Marin! Always so nice, accommodating and delicious. Reasonable prices. My go to restaurant

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  15. HappyHungryKaren

    San Francisco

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on January 27, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great food and atmosphere! We made a reservation and had a nice table and great service. We’ll be back.

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  16. Frankie

    San Francisco

    41 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    41 reviews

    Dined on January 25, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Conveniently located just off No 101 in north Marin, this family owned & run restaurant serves the Italian classics done well. It has an extensive wine cellar including great Italian and California selections. There’s also a lively full bar. There are 3 distinct areas to dine in to suit your mood. Many locals are regulars giving La Toscana a friendly feel.

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  17. MarkM

    San Francisco

    33 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    33 reviews

    Dined on January 13, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Incredible meal split with my wonderful wife! I love this place!

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  18. JeffF

    San Francisco

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on January 12, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Just a very good Italian restaurant. Eating there reminded me of eating in San Francisco iItalian restaurants n the 1940's and 1950's -- good food, good service, no pretensions,, relaxed dinners, relaxed staff. Kinda like having a home cooked meal with your extended family.

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  19. KarenF

    San Francisco

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on January 11, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    I always get the Prawns Toscana ( Scampi ) and I'm never disappointed !

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  20. Beep

    San Francisco

    16 reviews

    5.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on January 5, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Excellent all around. We took our niece for her 21st birthday. Great day.

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  21. Thom

    San Francisco

    3 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on January 4, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 4
    Waiters orders were delivered by servers who "auctioneered" the entrees which interrupted an important conversation. Perhaps my gratuity should reflect my assistance for service. This method is efficient for YOU but is not necessary for per my witress daughter who equats this with lower quality service.

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  22. Marinfoodie

    San Francisco

    30 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    30 reviews

    Dined on January 4, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    The service and food quality were excellent. Will be back again.

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  23. OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on January 1, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The Petrale Sole and Seafood Risotto special were excellent. The Cesar salad is always a winner. The Tiramisu dessert was delicious. Manuel was our server and he gets an A++. Thanks Mike and Laura for another terrific evening.

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  24. JWS1

    San Francisco

    82 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    82 reviews

    Dined on January 1, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    We sat outside in the lovely heated porch area. The service was fast and friendly. Our food was delicious - free bread and butter, cesar salad, gnocchi pesto plus prawns, and the best tortellini with peas and pancetta. Ended with the butterscotch dessert. Yum.

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  25. allyka9

    San Francisco

    38 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    38 reviews

    Dined on December 24, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 3
    Family holiday dinners made the place noisy, but it is a warm friendly place to have a good meal with great service

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  26. donasoprano

    San Francisco

    31 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    31 reviews

    Dined on December 23, 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 4
    I really wanted to leave a higher rating. The food and ambience were very nice. However, we waited almost 35 minutes for our food. I would return and recommend the restaurant and hope that this was just a busy night.

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  27. MaryDellL

    Wilmington

    5 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on December 23, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 3
    We ordered a $70 bottle of wine and an app, salad and pasta dish - all to share. The food was good but the waiter kept bring food to us before we had finished each course. When we ordered I told him that we did not want to be rushed. He brought the Cesar salad when we still had half the fritto mixto uneaten. I told him we weren't ready for the salad course so he took it away. When he brought the salad 15 mins later, it was the same salad so was a bit wilted. Then he brought the pasta dish before the salad was eaten and took it back to the kitchen. On the positive side, he (the kitchen?) had divided each course for us and the food was delicious.

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  28. Kwame

    San Francisco

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on December 21, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 3
    They might have had some call offs. They seemed a bit short staffed. Our server was moving fast and often. He could have used some help.

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  29. LisaM

    San Francisco

    6 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on December 19, 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 2
    Slow service, had to ask for sugar for lukewarm tea multiple times and got an incorrect item we had to send back. Food was tasty but not worth a drive.

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  30. LarryM

    San Francisco

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on December 17, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Food was excellent, Wild Boar Pappardelle had great flavor, the Gnocchi were soft wonderful pillows and our guest had vegetarian lemon risotto which was perfect. LA Toscana is like dining with Friends, very convivial atmosphere, especially in the bar. This is now our favorite Marin county restaurant any night of the week.

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  31. Barbarella

    San Francisco

    16 reviews

    5.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on December 17, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    The fish is always delicious. Loved the risotto too. Nice evening.

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  32. JudithH

    San Francisco

    10 reviews

    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on December 14, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We sat on the front patio which was nicely heated and were all alone, but the service never faltered. I received the area I requested, and our orders were piping hot and delicious. I had the Veal Scallopini and my companion had the Petrale over lemon risotto, which she said was delicious and creamy. For dessert, we split a tiramisu which is her favorite and she loved it. A lovely birthday lunch.

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  33. MariaD

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on December 12, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    One of our favorite restaurants. My son always picks this place when we have something to celebrate!

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  34. MaggieL

    San Francisco

    49 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    49 reviews

    Dined on December 11, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    The veal Parmesan was amazing. No, it’s not on the menu but they made it for me. Melt in your mouth delicious 😋

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  35. NancyLu

    San Francisco

    56 reviews

    5.0

    56 reviews

    Dined on December 10, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    What a delightful neighborhood find. We were at an event at the Civic Center and checked for a nearby restaurant. Wonderful, fresh Italian food. Amazing arancini - the best since we were in Italy and Ilicked the plate with the carbonara.

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  36. DeborahT

    San Francisco

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on December 8, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    never disappoints, always terrific food in a fun atmosphere

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  37. RebeccaP

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 6, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Wonderful Italian cuisine! Great service! Nice wine list.

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  38. OpenTable Diner

    Seattle

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 3, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 5
    Food was great and ambiance in the main dining great. Service was fair

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  39. Mfishesq

    San Francisco

    87 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    87 reviews

    Dined on December 1, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The BEST Cannelloni! The BEST Service! The BEST for 38+ years!

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  40. Judi

    San Francisco

    21 reviews

    5.0

    21 reviews

    Dined on December 1, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Food delicious as always and love the new decor. Noise level improved and quite good in the new enclosed area. Been dining here for 25 years and never had a bad meal!!

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Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
    • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • 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

FAQs

You can order delivery directly from La Toscana Ristorante using the Order Online button. La Toscana Ristorante also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (415) 492-9100.

La Toscana Ristorante is rated 4.7 stars by 1465 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

11:30 PM


Booked 6 times today

Order delivery or takeout

Google Map for La Toscana Ristorante

3751 Redwood Highway, San Rafael, CA 94903

Additional information

  • Cross street
    North San Pedro
  • Neighborhood
    San Rafael
  • Hours of operation
    Mon–Thu 11:30 am–8:30 pm Fri 11:30 am–9:30 pm Sat 4:00 pm–9:00 pm
  • Price
    $30 and under
  • Cuisines
    Italian
  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Dress code
    Casual Dress
  • Parking details
    Street and Parking Lot Available.
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Executive chef
  • Additional
    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Indoor Fireplace, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Phone number
    (415) 492-9100
  • Private party facilities
    Private Party facilities are available for parties of 14 or less in our Bar Room and up to 24 guests on our outdoor heated Patio . Please contact the restaurant to request the Private Dining Room or Patio.
  • Private party contact
    Laura Riella: (415) 492-9100
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