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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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4.2

service

4.2

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4.3

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3.9

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80% would recommend it to a friend

Neighborhood Gem (18)
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Quiet Conversation (8)
Creative Cuisine (8)
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Fit for Foodies (7)
Romantic (7)
Seasonal (6)
Authentic (5)
Great for Lunch (5)
Good Vegetarian Options (5)
Gluten Free Options (5)
Good for Anniversaries (4)
Cozy (4)
Healthy (4)
Fun (3)
Happy Hour (3)
Notable Wine List (3)
Organic (3)
Worth the Drive (2)
Good for Birthdays (2)
Good for Groups (2)
Handcrafted Cocktails (2)
Pre/post Theatre (2)
Special Occasion (2)
Vegan (2)
Business Meals (2)
Casual (1)
Comfort Food (1)
Disabled Access (1)
Hot Spot (1)
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 (San Francisco)·Dined 2 days ago

I hadn't been to Vin Antico in years. Excellent experience. Food, wine, ambiance was great. A real local, neighborhood gem.

Tags: Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries, Authentic, Neighborhood Gem, Creative Cuisine, Good for a Date, Local Ingredients
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 (Washington DC)·Dined 5 days ago

We found Vin Antico for our first date and have been back many times. The food, wine, and service are consistently excellent.

Tags: Romantic, Neighborhood Gem
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 3, 2017

The food was okay. Everyone was really nice. The prices are high, I needed to add salt to my steak. But it was fine. I don't need to go back soon, but id try it again.

Tags: Romantic
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on December 3, 2017

A delightful find right downtown in San Rafael. Beef short ribs were succulently rich and with side of soft polenta was perfect for an early December evening. Warm, cozy, with welcoming young staff. A definite return to place.

Tags: Bar Seating, Neighborhood Gem, Quiet Conversation, Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for Groups, Pre/post Theatre
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 1, 2017

Great service....delicious food. Friends who had never been there loved it.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Organic, Gluten Free Options, Business Meals
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 30, 2017

Creative food & mostly tasty food. The service is not always that great.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Neighborhood Gem, Fit for Foodies, Seasonal, Cozy, Local Ingredients
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 29, 2017

Food is delicious and very attentive service.
quiet - good for conversation

Tags: Gluten Free Options, Healthy, Vegan
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 21, 2017

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.

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 21, 2017

My friend’s meal had to be sent back because it was burnt. We had to wait an inordinate amount of time while we observed people being served who came after us.
After both of these problems, the only offer was to get dessert on the house( which we declined).

Tags: Pre/post Theatre
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 17, 2017

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!

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Cozy
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 11, 2017

Wonderful ambience and friendly staff, but the service was surprisingly inattentive and the food wasn't superb. Not bad – but it felt it was good food cooked plainly, and it made everything feel overpriced. Ultimately disappointing.

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 10, 2017

Always delicious and wonderful service and ambiance.
Definitely go back as a regular

Tags: Comfort Food, Creative Cuisine, Quiet Conversation, Great for Lunch
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 10, 2017

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.

Tags: Notable Wine List
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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on November 5, 2017

Open table reviews are the best! They led us to this restaurant while vacationing in Marin County. We loved it! Small but varied menu and the food and wine were outstanding. Wish they had some gluten free rolls!

Tags: Seasonal, Romantic, Neighborhood Gem, Fit for Foodies
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 3, 2017

Always love going to Vin Antico. Great food, great service and great ambiance.
I go often and enjoy it every time.

Tags: Healthy, Gluten Free Options, Quiet Conversation
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 1, 2017

A terrified dinner with great service. We will be back

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Quiet Conversation
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 28, 2017

Among the best restaurants in Marin. Among the best restaurants in Marin.

Tags: Special Occasion, Organic, Neighborhood Gem, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Local Ingredients, Authentic, Fit for Foodies, Worth the Drive, Creative Cuisine, Good for Birthdays, Bar Seating, Seasonal
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·Dined on October 21, 2017

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.

Tags: Bar Seating
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 13, 2017

Always delicious food and good and friendly service.
Will always go back.

Tags: Good Vegetarian Options, Great for Lunch
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 8, 2017

The food was excellent. But I was a little perturbed that even though I reserved a table online with The OpenTable app, it wasn't honored by the restaurant.

Tags: Local Ingredients
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·Dined on October 7, 2017

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.

Tags: Hot Spot, Romantic, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Anniversaries
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 30, 2017

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

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 29, 2017

This is San Rafael's finest. Casual, great ambiance and food and wonderful service. A gem!

Tags: Local Ingredients, Creative Cuisine, Bar Seating, Fun, Business Meals, Cozy, Authentic, Neighborhood Gem, Healthy, Fit for Foodies, Casual, Great for Lunch, Good for a Date
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 22, 2017

Vin Antico is always good. I am a regular for lunch and the people i bring always love it.
Everything is so fresh.

Tags: Good Vegetarian Options, Neighborhood Gem, Local Ingredients
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vip
 (Denver)·Dined on August 26, 2017

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.

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on August 20, 2017

Very mediocre food. Salad didn't have enough cheese or bacon although the dressing was good. Flatbread had a large piece of gristle from the chicken. At $12-14 dollars each, we decided to pass on dessert.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on August 20, 2017

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.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date, Gluten Free Options, Good for Groups, Neighborhood Gem, Bar Seating
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·Dined on August 5, 2017

We came here for an engagement dinner and the Food and service were great!!

Tags: Authentic, Special Occasion
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on August 3, 2017

Fresh ingredients, quaint atmosphere and excellent service. We will come again! Thanks Mike Heffernan😉

Tags: Local Ingredients, Quiet Conversation, Neighborhood Gem, Fit for Foodies, Hot Spot, Casual, Cozy
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on July 29, 2017

Farm to table at its best. Great food and great staff.

Tags: Casual, Hot Spot, Business Meals, Notable Wine List, Fit for Foodies, Worth the Drive
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on July 22, 2017

Vin Antico has creative and wonderful food inspired by local purveyors and the seasons.
Wonderful staff.

Tags: Fun, Romantic, Authentic
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on July 14, 2017

The food and the service are always great.
Wonderful menu - healthy and delicious.

Tags: Good Vegetarian Options, Neighborhood Gem, Fit for Foodies
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on July 12, 2017

This is a must go to restaurant. Food and service are on point. Menu changes almost daily. We are definitely returning soon!

Tags: Notable Wine List, Disabled Access, Good for Anniversaries, Hot Spot, Happy Hour
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on July 12, 2017

I met a client here and was immediately impressed with the wine and food selections'. Our waitress was knowledgeable as was the manager. I will definitely go back with more clients.

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on July 8, 2017

high level food and service..maybe even better than in the past.

Tags: Organic, Local Ingredients, Notable Wine List
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on July 8, 2017

The food was unremarkable. Too much smothering of unknown sauces. At first I thought the porkchop was a spencer steak. Salad was hard to eat and boring. Maybe it's me but the selection was very limited.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on July 8, 2017

The food here is absolutely delicious. The menu is a combination of classic combinations reworked creatively. Always seasonal with good options for meat eaters and vegetarians alike. Yummy yummy risotto, I last had an amazing porkchop served over saffron mashed potatoes surrounded by trumpet mushrooms and the glazed onions done in a red wine reduction atop the chop with plenty of the reduction sauce for every bite. A sweet and sour porkcop taken to great and elegant heights. We had no time for dessert because we had theater tix but the desserts here are extraordinary. I almost never order dessert but the offerings here are transporting. You will not regret eating here.

Tags: Tapas, Fit for Foodies, Gluten Free Options, Cozy, Good for Anniversaries, Creative Cuisine, Authentic, Local Ingredients, Romantic, Comfort Food, Good Vegetarian Options, Healthy, Pre/post Theatre, Good for a Date, Bar Seating, Organic, Quiet Conversation, Seasonal, Neighborhood Gem, Disabled Access, Special Occasion
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on June 24, 2017

Creative Food But Inconsistent. Garlic bread way too dry and not garlicky--not enough olive oil.
Risotto was filled with fresh, tasty veggies--scrumptious.
No fresh fish available the day I visited and other main-dish selections limited.
Wine list fairly priced knowledgeable but limited,

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on June 23, 2017

Had a great birthday dinner for my Wife and two grown sons . We ordered numerous shared plates and one steak entre. Everything was delicious, especially the flat bread shared plate.

Tags: Creative Cuisine
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on June 14, 2017

The food is so yummy....love the new menu....
the roasted veggies are divine...

Tags: Organic, Authentic, Good Vegetarian Options, Fit for Foodies, Great for Lunch
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