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333 Enfrente Road, Novato, CA 94949 (Ignacio Blvd)
415-883-9277
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5:00 pm - 9:30 pm
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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
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Description: Garden Bistro is located conveniently near the freeway. Our dining room is...
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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Casual Dining

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Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
Best restaurant in Marin County

Everything i have tried on the menu is delicious. My favorite lunch is the eggplant sandwich. The fish is always fresh and well prepared. I love the atmosphere, inside or outside . ohh and the sangria...yummy all the way around!

5 of 5 starsReviewed March 29, 2015
nancy m
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San Francisco, California
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San Francisco, California
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13 reviews 13 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 29, 2015

Everything i have tried on the menu is delicious. My favorite lunch is the eggplant sandwich. The fish is always fresh and well prepared. I love the atmosphere, inside or outside . ohh and the sangria...yummy all the way around!

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San Francisco, CA
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25 reviews 25 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 3, 2015

This place is by far one of the best places to eat in Novato! All of the ingredients are fresh and bought locally, including the meat! Everything on the menu is delicious and you wont' walk away hungry. This is our favorite spot in Novato and we would eat here everyday if we could! A must try!

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San Francisco, California, United States
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70 reviews 70 reviews
35 restaurant reviews
80 helpful votes 80 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
6 helpful votes 6 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
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
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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11 reviews 11 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 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
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20 reviews 20 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 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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86 reviews 86 reviews
49 restaurant reviews
53 helpful votes 53 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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37 reviews 37 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
45 helpful votes 45 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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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 333 Enfrente Road, Novato, CA 94949
    (Ignacio Blvd)
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Marin County  >  Novato
  • Phone Number: 415-883-9277

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 30 - 30
  • Cuisine: Mediterranean

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining

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.
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

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Typical questions asked:
  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?