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About Vin Antico
Vin Antico - Modern Trattoria, serves contemporary, local, Farm to Table fare. Simple yet sophisticated, rustic Italian menu, utilizing local growers and producers, highlighting the seasons finest ingredients.
With Old World context in mind, we have cultivated Vin Antico's wine list to complement our Farm to Table inspired cuisine artfully. With considerable attention to sourcing small, artisan producer wines from site-specific vineyards or merit throughout the West Coast and Europe.
Surrounded by intimate, beautiful, antique brick building, the kitchen is open to the dining room, and chef's counter seating is also available. Full Bar.
San Rafael, CA 94901
Italian, Wine Bar
Hours of Operation:
Mon–Thu 5:00 am–9:00 pm
Fri, Sat 5:00 am–10:00 pm
Mon–Fri 5:00 am–6:00 pm
Tue–Fri 11:30 am–2:30 pm
$31 to $50
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
Metered parking is available directly behind the restaurant and along 4th Street. There is an additional covered, metered garage on Lootens Place between 3rd and 4th Streets.
A block away from the Smart Train and Golden Gate Transit Center
Banquet, Beer, BYO Wine, Chef's Table, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
Special Events & Promotions:
SUPER BOWL SUNDAY! FEBRUARY 7, 2016. A special price of $40 per person provides a great environment to enjoy the game in our newly opened second floor event space featuring two extra large 72" flatscreen TVs. Two drinks and select appetizers from our Farm to Table menu are included in the cover price. Please call us at 415 721 0600 to reserve your spot!
Named one of the Bay Area’s Most Romantic restaurants by The Bohemian, Vin Antico is THE perfect spot for a romantic evening with your special someone. Celebrate Valentine’s in style by kicking off the weekend with a winemaker dinner on Friday, Feb 12, and enjoy a special Valentine’s menu Saturday, Feb 13, and Sunday, Feb 14! We’ll be featuring some of our house favorites as well as savory new Farm to Table fare, specialty cocktails and Artisan wines!
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Vin Antico Ratings and Reviews
Food was good- it’s always very tasty , this time the service wasn’t.
Waiter did not greet us, simply approached the table and announced the specials- we hadn’t even been offered drinks or water: felt rushed until we ordered then he was inattentive and absent for remainder of meal.
I've been there before and I remember the food being better. The food was okay, but not great. My wife is not a big eater, but left hungry after ordering the Linguini and clams. Our friends did not comment so I assume their food was just okay as well. They are usually quite expressive.
We returned to our once beloved Vin Antico for the first time since a couple of its recent changes in ownership. Our server tried valiantly, yet his efforts were undermined by his being the only server in evidence. Not only our table but also those around us waited interminably for food, even the foccacio was slow in making an appearance. Evidently the chef that evening was filling in on short notice, which may explain delays and the decidedly indifferent food preparation. The pasta was tasteless and the meatballs were extremely over-spiced. We had opted to give this most recent iteration a try for old times' sake. Hopefully the kinks can be worked out soon. We'll watch for word of more positive experiences before returning.
Things have changed! The menu is not as well presented and the choices are not as enticing as the old menu over the past handful of years! We were bummed and taken for surprise. Food was tasty but we didn’t care for the “new look of the menu nor the food options” as compared to what it was over the past handful of years!
I planned a little birthday dinner for a friend on a Thursady night. We were all excited to eat here. Server was slllooowww to greet us. They were out of water glasses. Drinks and wine were fine but server didn’t notice when our glassses were empty. Food was fine but not amazing for 3 of us. For the 4th of us, the flank steak with prawns was served with ice cold prawns. Dinner was nearly gone before the server came back to check on us. The manager did remove the flank steak from our check which was appreciated.
Loved the cozy ambiance and always willing to overlook a kitchen mistake and chock it up to an off night, but the sub par service ruined it for us. Bummer.
I had suspicions when we sat down and the table next to us was looking hungry, board, and with empty drinks. When the service did come, they were perfectly friendly. Unfortunately, I suspect the kitchen was very backed up and it seemed that there were only two servers for the entire restaurant. It took a very long time to put an order in, an even longer time to get the food, and there was never an offer to refill our drinks (though the busser was on it with water refills). The burrata with toast points came with burnt, toasted sandwich bread; the scallops were tasty but overdone, the fries were plentiful and the broccolini was alright - pretty heavy on the lemon juice. I don't think we'll go back, but based on the crowd I don't think they will miss our business either.
We loved the food and service but were a little disappointed because we had looked at the menu on line and were looking forward to the mussels and claims and the calamari fritti and neither was available the night we were there even though they were listed on the online menu.
This was our second visit to this restaurant- the first maybe 2 years ago where everything was great. What a lot has changed. We wondered why we were able to get a reservation at 7.30 on a Friday night at 6.45. When we arrived the restaurant was about 1/3 full. We learned why. We were seated at a private table at the end- which we were offered and accepted without realizing while seemingly more romantic and private was by the constantly opening and closing kitchen door, next to the register and on route to the bathroom. Next the bar- it appears to be a full bar but they when I ordered my first drink- no citron vodka. okay how about Jack Daniels. No- they didn't carry that either. Bars that try/want to be different and only carry boutique alcohol brands- which are more expensive than the usual ones- are annoying. I ordered a Manhattan with whatever they deemed was there house bourbon- for which they charged me over $13.
Next we ordered a charcuterie and cheese platter. Delicious but way overpriced when we saw it- extremely small for its $21 price tag and it arrived with just 3 small pieces of bread. We asked for more bread. We had just taken our first piece of cheese each and were waiting for our bread when they brought our main courses over. How difficult is it to manage when you fire a dish in a restaurant that is 2/3 empty. I sent them back- so of course they sat out staying warm for the next 15 minutes while we ate the appetizer. The additional bread arrived as we finished the last piece. When we got them the mains were fine- not amazing but nothing wrong with them other than they had sat out for at least 15 minutes. Small portions so poor value. The last straw was the wine by the glass - all very expensive- surely you can provide the choice of one red wine that is under $13?. We ordered a glass of the $13 pinot instead of the $18 one- but the bill showed they had charged us $18. At that point we just paid and left. We would not return
I keep trying to like Vin Antico and it always falls flat. The first few times I went there I was a single diner and thought that might be the issue. This time I brought two friends and still had a mixed experience. Food is fairly good but the service is never on point and they get freaked out by special requests (not wildly crazy ones). For example, I once asked for a single cheese for dessert vs. the whole plate. Was painful getting that set up. I will not go back even though I am in San Rafael once a month for business.
We took a chance and chose this great little restaurant to have a gals dinner night, celebrating 2 birthdays. One of our gluten-free guests was happy to see so many food choices that worked for her. Everyone else enjoyed the menu of wagyu burgers, pork chop, fresh fish and chicken dishes. We almost had all the dessert selections and had a great time. Our waitress was very helpful. The ambiance was cozy and pretty, not stuffy or too fancy. The food and service made it even more special.
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