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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 am–9:00 pm
Fri, Sat 5:00 am–10:00 pm
Happy Hour
Mon–Fri 5:00 am–6:00 pm
Lunch
Tue–Fri 11:30 am–2:30 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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food

4.2

service

4.3

ambience

4.3

value

3.9

Noise

Quiet

84% would recommend it to a friend

Neighborhood Gem (15)
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Creative Cuisine (7)
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Great for Lunch (5)
Authentic (5)
Good Vegetarian Options (5)
Romantic (5)
Casual (4)
Cozy (4)
Hot Spot (4)
Seasonal (4)
Good for Anniversaries (3)
Fun (3)
Gluten Free Options (3)
Healthy (3)
Special Occasion (3)
Worth the Drive (3)
Good for Birthdays (2)
Happy Hour (2)
Notable Wine List (2)
Organic (2)
Quick Bite (2)
Business Meals (2)
Vibrant Bar Scene (1)
Disabled Access (1)
Good for Groups (1)
Handcrafted Cocktails (1)
Sunday Lunch (1)
Vegan (1)
Comfort Food (1)
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 14, 2016

Enjoyed it!!!

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 12, 2016

Friendly, adult restaurant with great service, outstanding bartender and overall vibe. Food was great and as described.

Tags: Local Ingredients, Great for Brunch, Vibrant Bar Scene
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 10, 2016

An enjoyable dining experience. Good food with inventive but not over the top
dishes. Charming waiter - very good service across the board.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Fit for Foodies, Business Meals
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 9, 2016

It's our go to spot! We had the flaftbread special with mushrooms & carmelized onion & app special that was a bees tartare. Both amazing. We also got the burger - the nest in Marin. Sit at the bar and Eric, the bartender will give you great service and break out a few ohms Rodney Dangerfield 's hilarious lines.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 8, 2016

I've been eating at Vin Antico since it's inception. I love the space and the manager and staff are attentive and wonderful. However, over the course of this restaurant's life, I have seen head chefs come and go, and with them the consistency of the quality of the food. Although tasty on some level, the amount of money you will end up spending feels outlandish for what you have received. I wanted to continue to support this local business but I don't think I will be able to as my last three meals have been disappointing on some level. Good luck, Vin Antico.

Tags: Cozy
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 2, 2016

Fun. Delicious food. Great service. We enjoyed the break from a busy day in Oakland on our way back to Sonoma County. Great find. Will come again!

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 28, 2016

My friend and I went to an early dinner before going to the lecture at the Marin Center. It was pretty quiet since it was Monday and 5:30... I would guess the noise level would be higher if they get busy. The food is good, but portions are pretty small and most of the wines by the glass are pretty expensive. We each had one glass of wine (they were out of the 'inexpensive' $12 pinot noir...this has happened to me here before.. so I had a $10 cabernet, my friend had white wine), and we shared a kale salad and halibut dinner --too much dressing on the salad, so I'd get it on the side next time. The halibut was tasty but not as large a piece as waiter had indicated it would be. Our bill came to $88 with tip... kind of expensive for the portion sizes... I wasn't "full" when we left. Given that there aren't many great restaurant choices in San Rafael, I'll likely go back at some point but I really wish they would have more 'reasonably priced' wines by the glass and maybe up the portion sizes a bit.

Tags: Good for a Date
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 2, 2016

This place is a FIND! Love it, and will tell everyone. Can't wait to go back.

Tags: Healthy, Neighborhood Gem, Romantic, Notable Wine List, Great for Lunch, Late-night Find, Good for Birthdays, Local Ingredients, Quiet Conversation, Authentic, Pre/post Theatre, Creative Cuisine, Outstanding Value, Good for a Date, Cozy, Quick Bite, Business Meals, Vibrant Bar Scene, People Watching, Bar Seating, Casual, Good for Anniversaries, Comfort Food, Great for Brunch, Sunday Lunch, Fun, Special Occasion, Happy Hour, Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for Groups, Afternoon Coffee, Great Beer, Live Sports, Fit for Foodies
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 29, 2016

We were very happy with the meal last Saturday, beginning with the peppery mushroom soup, very well done, and continuing through the pork loin with king trumpet mushrooms. I've always been a fan of the creative uses of mushrooms coming out of the kitchen.

Tags: Fun, Fit for Foodies, Good Vegetarian Options, Local Ingredients, Creative Cuisine
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 27, 2016

Excellent farm-to-table menu, and fantastic service. Delicious!

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 14, 2016

We had a party of 10. 4 of us got there early for a drink but there was no room at the bar. Fortunately, the Speakeasy was open upstairs. So convenient! Once our party arrived we were seated. The food was delicious. Everyone was impressed. Great service too - not one complaint!

Tags: Worth the Drive, Good for Anniversaries, Notable Wine List, Good for Groups, Special Occasion, Romantic, Good for a Date
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 8, 2016

Terrible food and service. There were less than 20 people dining yet the service was super slow. Waiter came 15 minutes after we were seated. Crispy Brussels Sprouts were too tarty. The burger were over cooked. I guess we should have told the waiter that we wanted our burger rare. The Point Reyes blue cheese was too overwhelming for the overcooked burger. There is nothing romantic about the restaurant. It was too noisy. Imagine if the restaurant was in full capacity. Will definitely not dine there again.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 1, 2016

The food and waiter were wonderful. Food was absolutely presented well and very ver local and in season. We arrived for an early dinner and rugs were on chairs and the bartender was dirty he wiped his nose and did not wash his hands before making my husbands drink. Glad I was drinking Champagne

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 29, 2016

Great food, super atmosphere. Good service.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 24, 2016

Our second time at this restaurant. This time after going to the Italian Film Festival. We especially appreciated the quiet, since most restaurants seem to be deliberately noisy. Everything is beautifully prepared and presented. We were thanked when we came in for making a reservation!

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Fit for Foodies, Local Ingredients, Cozy, Quiet Conversation
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 24, 2016

This is a great find with locally grown/raised, organic food. Our go-to is Insalatas, but this was a nice alternative with gluten and dairy free options that don't sacrifice flavor. We split the seared scallops and the prosciutto and grilled peach salad starters. Delicate flavors and blending of textures were a hallmark. For the main, the pork chop was awesome - so juicy and flavorful. Unfortunately, the halibut was a disappointment, firstly because I was told the fish special was Salmon that night, so when I started eating it, it was so much drier than I'd expected . . . but then I realized it was halibut and I was less disappointed in it, but I still think it was dry for halibut. Not sure I'd do that one again, but I will definitely give them another try—I felt the majority of what we had was really nice.

Tags: Healthy, Fit for Foodies
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 16, 2016

It was our 1st visit and we will be back many many more times! The service, food and ambiance were impeccable!! Thank you Vin Antico for the amazing evening:)

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays, Fit for Foodies, Great for Lunch, Notable Wine List, Good for a Date, Good for Groups, Cozy, Outstanding Value, Local Ingredients, Healthy, Casual, Romantic, Business Meals, Special Occasion, Fun, Hot Spot
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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on September 10, 2016

A cozy neighborhood plsce with solid food. You can't go wrong.

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 2, 2016

Great new menu. Nice folks.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 1, 2016

One of my favorite restaurants in the Bay Area because of the outstanding food and the people. We always feel welcome by Naomi and the servers. The ambience is warm, lively, comfortable, fun. I love it for lunch and dinner.

Tags: Cozy, Fun, Happy Hour, People Watching, Worth the Drive, Great for Lunch, Notable Wine List
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on August 26, 2016

Each time I go to Vin Antico there is always something new on the menu! It has the best ambiance of any restaurant in San Rafael, tastefully decorated and the food is always presented beautifully. The greens are always so fresh and everything has such great flavor. I know everything comes from local growers which is very important to me. The wine list is extensive, diverse and has something for everyone. Clearly a San Rafael gem for lunch or dinner!

Tags: Great for Lunch, Great Beer, Business Meals, Good Vegetarian Options, Handcrafted Cocktails, Authentic, Organic, Good for a Date, Fun, Fit for Foodies, Good for Birthdays, Vibrant Bar Scene, Casual, Local Ingredients, Special Occasion, Live Sports, Neighborhood Gem, Pre/post Theatre, Outstanding Value, People Watching, Hot Spot, Notable Wine List, Bar Seating, Worth the Drive, Gluten Free Options, Romantic, Happy Hour, Healthy
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on August 18, 2016

Food was outstanding! My fiance and I met here for the first time so it is an extra special place for me.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Fit for Foodies, Notable Wine List, Special Occasion
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on August 13, 2016

The Chef at Vin Antico is outstanding, very creative with great basic ingredients.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Great for Lunch, Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on August 11, 2016

Very nice neighborhood restaurant and bar with very good ambience. Food was very good, well presented, the staff service, overall friendliness and atmosphere were also very good. Nice location for a casual dinner or for small plate sharing which was what we chose to do.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Fit for Foodies
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on August 5, 2016

outstanding service. everything was perfect. we took our time and were not rushed.
I will be return over and over again.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Notable Wine List, Special Occasion, Neighborhood Gem
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on August 5, 2016

Terrible food and way over priced...I really have nothing else to say and nothing to recommend about this restaurant. Will not return.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on July 29, 2016

Gorgeous restaurant, attentive knowledgable staff, great wine list.
Have the Seared Scallops! I am not even very fond of scallops but I was wowed! I saw a friend leaving and he told me not to leave without getting the scallops! I am so glad I listened to him. The hazelnut gastrique was sinful but sublime. It is a small portion $14 but we both had that and salads, our favorite salad was the mixed market greens with sliced strawberries, pickled carrots, chevre, almonds and a lovely vinaigrette. I would highly recommend this salad. We also had the Hears of Romaine salad, with bacon blues cheese etc. It was stuning to look at, and quite good but we both favored the Mixed Market Greens.
We had a $10 glass of Cab and loved it - very good value.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Romantic, Special Occasion, Neighborhood Gem, Vibrant Bar Scene, Notable Wine List
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on July 6, 2016

Incredibly delicious, consistent meals every time we go. Fresh seasonal, local, well beautifully prepared and presented food. A hidden gem in downtown San Rafael.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on June 24, 2016

Always love going to Vin Antico. Great food and great staff.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Great for Lunch
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 (New York Area)·Dined on June 16, 2016

Been here for business meals but this was a personal night out with my partner. Food is consistently good and the staff is very nice and friendly. Great option in San Rafael!

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on June 11, 2016

This was my second time to VA, Obviously, the first time was very good. The second time, the waitress was slow, her attitude solemn, and all that would have been overlooked if the food was good. I ordered the pork chop, their signature dish, which was outstanding the first time, but tough, poorly seasoned the second time. And, it was a pricey meal. I'd rather eat at Marin Joes

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on June 4, 2016

We love Vin Antico for lunch, but the dinner menu is outstanding, too. Our meals were delicious from the salads to the entrees to the desserts. The wine choices are always the best, too. On the evening we dined, the restaurant was lively and fun, but the service was still very good. Our server was attentive.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Great for Lunch, Hot Spot, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List, Romantic, Special Occasion, Vibrant Bar Scene
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on June 4, 2016

Great food, scallops appetizer as well as salad with shrimp were outstanding. Waiter even provided 1/2 glass of wine instead of a second glass which I appreciated

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Romantic, Vibrant Bar Scene
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on June 4, 2016

Vin Antico is a special find. Nestled along fourth street in San Rafael, The food is an unexpected treat. The daily specials are not to be missed and the regular menu changes often, bringing seasonal gems to the table for your enjoyment.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List, Romantic, Special Occasion
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on June 2, 2016

I love going to Vin Antico for lunch. The food is always yummy and the service
delightful...able to sit and talk comfortably and enjoy a good meal

Tags: Great for Lunch
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on May 27, 2016

The food is always good even though it has a limited menu. The service is spot on and I really like the atmosphere.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List, Special Occasion
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on May 5, 2016

Food was nothing short of atrocious. I get burned again and again here. Beet salad was so off, pasty dressing, yuck.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on April 30, 2016

Great service, attention to table request and good food.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List, Romantic, Special Occasion, Vibrant Bar Scene
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on April 30, 2016

Four of us had dinner for my husband's birthday. Since he is vegetarian we try to look for places that would have options for him. I'm the only one who had been to Vin Antico before and wanted to share this place with him and my friends for this special occasion. However, his seasonal vegetables pasta was okay and according to him, not particularly great because the pasta was overcooked and mushy. The rest of us had pretty good meals. The appetizers and dessert were great and the hostess and waitress were both friendly and spot on...until the end. We arrived at 5:45 pm and leisurely looked over the menu, discussed with our waitress and ordered around 6:15 pm based on her recommendations. We had appetizers, salad, entrees, wine, dessert and coffee. At around 7:20 pm as we were still finishing up our coffee and visiting, the hostess came over and asked us to vacate our table because another party of 4 were waiting for our table at the bar. Didn't know there was a time limit to our table stay. This was embarrassing to my guests. Because of this, I won't be back. The only reason I'm even giving two stars is because the waitress was wonderful.

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on April 29, 2016

We had dinner here last week and thoroughly enjoyed our dinner. The salad with strawberries was quite good as was the risotto. My husband had a delicious meal, a pork chop I believe. There was a slight mixup with our wine, but the server fixed it. The one slight negative is that the tables for two are VERY close together and it was hard to ignore the strange conversation taking place at the table next to ours. Otherwise, we had a very nice evening.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Notable Wine List
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