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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.

881 Fourth St
San Rafael, CA 94901
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Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
Italian, Wine Bar

Hours of Operation:
Dinner
Mon–Thu 5:00 pm–9:00 pm
Fri, Sat 5:00 pm–10:00 pm
Happy Hour
Mon–Fri 5:00 pm–6:00 pm

Cross Street:
Lootens Place

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$31 to $50

Payment Options
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(415) 721-0600

Website:
http://www.vinantico.com/

Catering:
Catering available.

Parking Details:
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.

Public Transit:
A block away from the Smart Train and Golden Gate Transit Center

Additional:
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

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Overall Rating

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4.2

service

4.3

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4.3

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3.9

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85% would recommend it to a friend

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Great for Lunch (5)
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on March 16, 2011

Our reserved table was unavailable for 20 minutes after our arrival. Given we had my ten year old with us, we chose not to sit at the bar, which left us hovering in the way of others. The staff did bring a free "nibbly" to make up for the inconvenience. The food, on the whole, was quite good, although our server recommended a dish for my daughter that was far too spicy for a child. She dissuaded us from our first choice saying it was too spicy, and in the end the dish she recommended was hotter. The flavors, though, were good.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on March 12, 2011

We don't go out to eat as much as we'd like. Being from the city we're food snobs and have a hard time finding good restaurants in Marin.
Vin Antico is the exception.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on March 11, 2011

They use organic food from local farms,which is a big attraction for me. The menu looked very interesting and creative. They ran out of a crab salad, that I planned to order,so I got greens with squash,goat chees,pommegranats,phistashios,which unfortunately was a bit tastless, lacking dressing.I guess they were just crazy busy, as the place was packed. The gnocchi with wild muchrooms were heavenly! The room is nice and cozy, great atmosphere and service!

Tags: Hot Spot
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on March 11, 2011

Excellent selection of small and large plate food. Our waiter was very helpful with our many questions.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on March 6, 2011

Outstanding italian food and great service.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on March 5, 2011

Food was good, but not as good as I remembered it from last visit. Several items were very, very heavily salted. Service was a little sketchy as far as getting items that were ordered to our table (or lack of them!).

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Hot Spot
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on March 4, 2011

The menu sounds very appealing at Vin Antico; but it seems to be let down by poor execution. The fried smelt were too large and had not been cleaned correctly so they were gritty, and our mains were either bland or excessively over-seasoned. Not what I would expect at the price point at all. I love the feel of the restaurant; the decor is really nice and the ambiance is good. Maybe they need to settle on a less ambitious menu.

Tags: Notable Wine List, Romantic
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on February 26, 2011

I was stunned, where have I been? This chef came in Valentine's Day of 2010 and revamped the menu to feature locally-produced ingredients and what a delectable delight! Absolutely fabulous, delicious and creative dishes. This is my new favorite spot. Thank you Chef and thank you Dee, who we met, the wife of the chef, who welcomes you and has some wonderful recommendations. They let us linger and chat and savor our many orders. I have to go back this week to try the other specials before they change.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion
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 (New York Area)·Dined on February 25, 2011

Perfect atmosphere, helpful service, and entrees cooked "spot on", made for a great meal.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Romantic, Special Occasion, Hot Spot
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on February 20, 2011

This was our third visit. This time we brought 4 friends. They loved it. The food is always good & inovative, the service friendlier than your own home. This is a wonderful addition to the San Rafael/Marin food scene.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Portland)·Dined on February 19, 2011

Overall and good experience. The food was a bit stained, meaning I felt someone was trying too hard to be "unusal and innovative". The result was some odd flavor combinations that, while not bad, did not provide me with the WOW experience. Service as relaxed and very good. Atmosphere was small, so a little cramped, but they did a great job of trying to accommodate my request sent with the reservation for as quiet a table as possible so friends could catch up. I hope the chef settles down, since the food itself was generally well prepared.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on February 18, 2011

A delightful find, Vin Antico makes creative dishes deliciously. Oysters with creme fraiche and tobiko, bone marrow, gnocchi... all to die for. Enjoy!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List, Romantic, Special Occasion, Hot Spot
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 (San Diego)·Dined on February 15, 2011

The food is decent but the prices are not reasonable. Main courses are about $25 and portions are relatively small. I would expect This from a San Francisco restaurant, but not a Marin restaurant. There are many restaurants with similar menu items for half the price in Marin.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Romantic
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 (Seattle)·Dined on February 15, 2011

Wonderful neighborhood spot with a warm inviting atmosphere. Food was excellently prepared. Service was genuine and attentive. I will be back again and again.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on February 15, 2011

The food was excellent. Everything was flavorful and portioned correctly. Had the frito misto, which had some unusual selections in it that I liked. Pappardelle pasta was delicious. Service was slow - the menus hadn't been printed even though they seated us for lunch. Overall, good experience and I will be back.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Great for Lunch
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on February 13, 2011

My friends brought me to Vin Antico for a lovely dinner a month ago. I in turn brought my parents here for my fathers 70th birthday, super yummy, would go back again, and again and again.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Notable Wine List
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on February 11, 2011

Wonderful setting. Menu seemed limited

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Neighborhood Gem, Hot Spot
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on February 11, 2011

Nice place for lunch in downtown San Rafael. Delicious wine and fresh pasta.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List, Great for Lunch
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on February 10, 2011

wonderful local restaurant with good vibes and very g friendly,good food.
This is the best restaurant in san rafael

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on February 4, 2011

The staff is very welcoming and friendly. The service is brisk and attentive.
The food was very uneven. Starters were good - wonderful grilled chicory wrapped dates and a good porkbelly that could have been a tad crisper. But the main dishes were not good. The squid ink pasta was simply awful - thick & chewy with no essence of the squid ink, served in a broth flavored with orange and fennel. It lovely little clams, but also had pieces of sausage so hot, it annihilated all other flavors. The pizza had a tough, greasy crust, topped by pristine ingredients. We left the mains mostly untouched, and our waiter asked if we wanted it wrapped to take home. We said no.
As others have noted, it is cold if you sit by the window - dress warmly

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on February 1, 2011

We had a fabulous dinner and the staff were very friendly and efficient. We had a mix up with our reservation (our fault) and they made everything work with nothing but pleasantness. It was MUCH appreciated. We will definitely recommend this restaurant and we will definitely make it one of our favorite spots in Marin.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 30, 2011

It was a very nice restaurant, but I thought the menu was very limiting. There was no chicken, beef or fish dish.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 29, 2011

Our experience was not very good. We sat at the front of the room against the window and it was drafty and cold. The food was expensive and very average.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 23, 2011

The flatbread pizza with duck confit was served with pancetta and no duck. When this was pointed out, the waiter said that both were on the pizza, but that was not the case. This is the third time I have experienced substitutions or additions of ingredients not stated on the menu.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 21, 2011

This isn't your traditional Italian restaurant. The menu pushes some boundaries, and pushes them very well. The service was excellent. All in all it was a very pleasant surprise. We'll be back.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 21, 2011

Delicious food, great vibe, wonderful evening!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Romantic
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 (Houston)·Dined on January 19, 2011

Food and Service were excellent.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 16, 2011

Good Food, good service, over priced.

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 (Central Coast)·Dined on January 16, 2011

Fantastic, local and sustainable food. We had a lovely dinner, starting with oysters, gnocchi in an earthy combination of vegetables, and steak tartare. We loved the small plates options, and all ordered a smaller serving of their yummy house made pastas. The wine that was recommended was fantastic. Our waiter was attentive, and informative. We will definitely be back!

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Fit for Foodies, Late-night Find, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List, Romantic, Special Occasion, Hot Spot
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 16, 2011

I had a very special meal with a good friend. I asked for a quiet table and I got one. I found the Italian food a little higher in fat and a little fussy for me taste. Don't get me wrong it was very good, just night quite right for someone on the South Beach Diet. Didn't care much for the fried clams strips appetizer, the mache salad was GREAT, (all the salads looked good actually) the main squid ink chitarra with clams and sausage had tiny clams are probably closer to Italy but IMHO they were overwhelmed by the sausage and the sauce overwhelmed the amount of pasta. So I didn't like the "balance" if you will.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 14, 2011

The restaurant is very comfortable and inviting, our service was attentive and professional but our food was tepid at best. Flavors were wonderful but both our appetizer and entrees were not properly heated. I so looked forward to our visit and was disappointed. With so many great restaurants in our area we will not be back any time soon and I am sorry to have to say that.

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 (Central Coast)·Dined on January 10, 2011

Delicious creative dishes. Limited and eclectic menus. A little gem.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 1, 2011

We had reservations for an early dinner after a movie. The restaurant was empty at 5pm but was very busy by 6:30. We all noticed that it was extemely cold in the restaurant and keptcoats on for most of the meal. The Tables are very close together, so it is a bit difficult to get in and out without disturbing the other diners. Mushroom flatbread was delicious,but the crab cakes very disappointing-dry and overly spicy-perhaps we didn't understand that it csme breaded and deep friend. The rabbit and pasta with seafood were both excellent.We would go back but not for the crab cake.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 31, 2010

We have followed Chef Ed Vigil ever since we discovered him about 10 years ago. His food is always delicious, interesting and generous. Although he favors local, organic and right-raised ingredients, the dishes are very well-rounded and complete, with something on the menu for everyone. The restaurant has a very clean, stylish feel, while being cozy and comfortable at the same time -- perhaps because of the knowledgeable and attentive wait staff. Vin Antico projects a commitment to wonderful food and pure hospitality that come through in every aspect of its operation...great for a special occasion ... an evening with friends ... or just a treat after a long day.

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List, Romantic, Special Occasion, Hot Spot
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 25, 2010

Our Christmas dinner was impeccable! Everything was spot on -- the food, our waiter's attention, and Vin Antico's lovely and intimate decor. Beautiful and absolutely delicious from appetizer to dessert!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Late-night Find, Neighborhood Gem, Romantic, Special Occasion
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 (Central Coast)·Dined on December 25, 2010

I would call this place upscale hip. We went on Christmas Day for supper. The atmosphere was really great. The waitress felt that the music was too loud for our party since one was hard of hearing, so she turned it down a little. Really nice! The pizza with duck confit was awesome! Highly recommend.

Tags: Romantic, Special Occasion, Hot Spot
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 25, 2010

Exceeded our expectations. Food was great. Service was just right.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 23, 2010

Vin Antico is going through a transition, to something less than it used to be.
From reasonably priced comfort food, it is now more expensive with some of the serving sizes really small.
The waiter never checked on how the food was, while tasty, the sizes was for the birds -small birds.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 22, 2010

A lot of the food we ordered tasted the same. It would have been nice if the waitress would have told us this. I wasn't that impressed by the food.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 18, 2010

We love this place. Love the service, food, everything..... It's that perfect little place were you want to go for great food, great wine and an all around great evening.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List, Special Occasion
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