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333 Enfrente Road, Novato, CA 94949
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Ranked #3 of 119 Restaurants in Novato
Price range: $30 - $30
Sun 5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Tue - Thu 11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Fri 11:00 am - 9:30 pm
Sat 5:00 pm - 9:30 pm
Cuisines: Mediterranean
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Dining options: Reservations
Dining style: Casual Dining
Cross street: Ignacio Blvd
Description: Garden Bistro is located conveniently near the freeway. Our dining room is open and pleasant with white tablecloths, and we have a private patio in the back.
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San Francisco, California, United States
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64 reviews 64 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
71 helpful votes 71 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 24, 2015

The food was excellent and the hospitality was the best of any restaurant in the Bay Area! It is as if you are dining in the owner's home. Save room for dessert!

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Greenbrae, California
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6 reviews 6 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 24, 2015

You do not think of Novato as a place for foodies; however, the Garden Bistro is a lovely gem nestled right off of 101. Hilda Hattar, who is chef and owner, makes sure you feel at home and you are enjoying her cuisine. She and her husband personally check in with each party and will stop to have a chat... More 

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Mill Valley, California
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8 reviews 8 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 3, 2015

We had eaten here for lunch and dinner some years back and enjoyed it a lot. For New Year's Eve with our daughter last Friday,, we needed organic and gluten free food, and I was delighted to discover that all their meat was organic, many other dishes were gluten free, and they were able to make any kind of substitutions... More 

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San Miguel de Allende, Guanajuato, Mexico
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10 reviews 10 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 24, 2014

Twelve family members got together last Saturday night to celebrate my mother's 95th birthday at The Garden Restaurant. Arturo was our esteemed waiter and was very attentive to each of us, especially my mom. We each thoroughly enjoyed the entire experience and the food that consisted of a huge assortment of appetizers and main courses. We had Mediterranean assortment plates... More 

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San Rafael, California, USA
16 reviews 16 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 7, 2014

We have been going to The Garden for the past 10 years, ever since we moved to Marin County. It is one of our old "standbys" -- a place we go when we don't know where else to go. It is a family-owned restaurant and very friendly. The food is always excellent. If the seafood paella is on the menu,... More 

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san francisco
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85 reviews 85 reviews
48 restaurant reviews
51 helpful votes 51 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 12, 2014

The Garden Bistro came up on my search for restaurants in Marin County serving organic and non-GMO ingredients. At first glance of the picture I wasn't too excited, but when we arrived and walked in, we were utterly charmed; and sitting in the patio on a warm evening was just bliss. We had rack of lamb, which was incredibly delicious... More 

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San Francisco, CA
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35 reviews 35 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
44 helpful votes 44 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2014

We've been here maybe 10 times over the past few years and we always come away feeling that we had a very good meal at a reasonable price...and I'm not even a big fan of Mediterranean food! There are some favorites that always seem to be on the menu, but there also are specials depending on when you are go,... More 

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Novato, California
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3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2014

Last night a friend of mine and I dined at this restaurant. We ordered the Osso Bucco dinner. My friend's meal was OK except for a lot of fat. My plate had a very small amount of beef, a lot of fat, and a huge bone covered with gravy to cover the bone. I asked the waitress if she could... More 

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Lyon, France
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79 reviews 79 reviews
59 restaurant reviews
34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 26, 2014

I ate her today with a friend and though the restaurant is right off the freeway, the outside seating is beautiful, in a garden with trees and plants. We started with fried calamari and onion with a veggie aioli which was great, especially with the lightly fried lemons. Then I had the fish sandwich which was full of avocado, really... More 

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Novato, California
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26 reviews 26 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 12, 2014

I love Mediterranean food and The Garden Bistro did not disappoint! I would even venture to say that their Fattoush salad is just as good or even better than the one at Insalata's, my previous favorite. After driving by this place hundreds of times, we finally decided to try it out. I am so glad we did! The service is... More 

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Additional Information about The Garden

Address: 333 Enfrente Road, Novato, CA 94949
Phone Number: 415-883-9277
Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Marin County  >  Novato
Open Hours:
Sunday 5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Tuesday 11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Wednesday 11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Thursday 11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Friday 11:00 am - 9:30 pm
Saturday 5:00 pm - 9:30 pm
Average Prices: USD 30 - 30
Cuisine: Mediterranean

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