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333 Enfrente Road, Novato, CA 94949 (Ignacio Blvd)
415-883-9277
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5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
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Hours:
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
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Outdoor Seating, Reservations, Seating, Takeout, Waitstaff
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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  • 24
    Excellent
  • 6
    Very good
  • 2
    Average
  • 0
    Poor
  • 1
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
Last Chance, so get their FAST ! ! ! They are closing this month

What a shame that the owner has sold and is finally retiring. This little gem of a Mediterranean restaurant was uniquely different. I will truly miss the outdoor patio and fresh healthy cuisine. If you read this call first to make sure they are still open, but if they are, then HURRY UP AND GO... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed August 24, 2015
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Novato, California
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Novato, California
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74 reviews
58 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2015

What a shame that the owner has sold and is finally retiring. This little gem of a Mediterranean restaurant was uniquely different. I will truly miss the outdoor patio and fresh healthy cuisine. If you read this call first to make sure they are still open, but if they are, then HURRY UP AND GO THERE. The new restaurant moving... More 

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Thank CliffJacobs99atgmail
San Rafael, CA
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74 reviews
38 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 41 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2015 via mobile

We have been going to The Garden for many years, and it just keeps getting better! The outside patio is lovely, and this summer we have enjoyed many a Sunday night there. On our last visit my husband ordered one of the specials, duck breast with plum-fig sauce, served with mashed sweet potatoes and sautéed spinach: he loved it. I... More 

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Thank margie1928
San Rafael, California
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30 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 3, 2015

The Garden is a wonderful gem that should definitely be visited. This was my third visit and every time the food was amazing and fresh. On my last visit the owner and chef must not have been there. The food was good but the service not so great. In my past two visits it was all amazing. I will definitely... More 

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Thank Molly M
San Rafael, California
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2015 via mobile

VERY Authentic Friendly staff A MUST go! The Kabob plate, veggie soup and Gluten free beer from Spain = awesome! Fresh produce and organic meat.

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Thank pacislands
San Francisco, California
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18 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 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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1 Thank nancy m
San Francisco, CA
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35 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 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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1 Thank MZNelson
San Francisco, California, United States
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99 reviews
50 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 92 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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1 Thank Jolly B
Greenbrae, California
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9 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 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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1 Thank anniejolly
Mill Valley, California
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8 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 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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1 Thank BVCB
San Miguel de Allende, Guanajuato, Mexico
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12 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 23, 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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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?