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La Ginestra

127 Throckmorton Ave, Mill Valley, CA 94941-1909
415-388-0224
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Ranked #33 of 88 restaurants in Mill Valley
Price range: $0 - $30
Cuisines: Italian, Pizza
Good for: Families with children
Dining options: Reservations
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Good for: Families with children
Dining options: Reservations
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English first
Mill Valley, California
Senior Contributor
26 reviews 26 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 4, 2014

This spot is another classic Italian spot that long time locals are drawn to. I think THE THING to order is a Caesar salad and the Spinach Ricotta Raviolis that are made fresh daily and are in a cream and tomato sauce that are just OUT OF THIS WORLD. Don't miss this dish if you eat here.

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california
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15 reviews 15 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 28, 2014

We love this place. Every time we go there we end up questioning the value. And yet, a week later...there we are! The food is as authentic as you will find in the area and the Restaurant has been in the same place, in the same family for decades. It's nicely appointed but not fancy. The pesto pasta is the... More

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Mill Valley, California
Senior Contributor
42 reviews 42 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed December 10, 2013

The first time I went there I thought I had found a gem! Amazing gnocchi and other main dishes. But when dessert rolled around, it was awful. They had warm Zabaglione on the menu which is one of my favorites, and we were going to share one. The sounds from the kitchen were appropriate, but what was delivered was the... More

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Oregon City, Oregon, United States
Senior Contributor
21 reviews 21 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 22, 2013

We live in Portland Oregon now but we still visit La Ginestra every time we are near Mill Valley. The food is consistently good every time! The Eggplant Parmesan is the kind of dish you dream about, it is simply the best I have ever had! While the staff was not super attentive when we first arrived they delivered excellent... More

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Charlotte, NC
Senior Contributor
44 reviews 44 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 23, 2013

Food was OK, service was OK, atmosphere was OK, prices were OK. We visited as a group, didnt feel very welcome, not sure they really want customers.

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Bountiful, Utah
Senior Contributor
22 reviews 22 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 28, 2013

I first game to La Ginestra in the early 70's and haven't stopped going back. The food is always fantastic. Their linquini with clam sause is out of this world as well as everything else on menu. It has been a family run business ever since it opened and they have kept the quality and service the same after all... More

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Klamath Falls, Oregon
Top Contributor
68 reviews 68 reviews
37 restaurant reviews
39 helpful votes 39 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 28, 2013

La Ginestra has been our best meal of this trip. We arrived to a cozy looking place that was busy and smelled amazing. We were seated quickly and service was spot on throughout the night. We started with Caprese, that was great, Basil fresh, Tomato as good as they get and Mozzarella that was soft and tasty. Next, I had... More

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San Francisco, California
Senior Contributor
27 reviews 27 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 4, 2013

My Trophy Bride and I decided to try eating somewhere across the Golden Gate in Marin County. A friend recommended La Ginestra in Mill Valley. I had checked out their web site and found items I could both read and order, unlike some others. So we zoomed (Zoomed is a subjective term for us senior citizens) over as they did... More

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Dallas, Texas
2 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2012

Really liked the atmosphere, it was cozy and romantic. We had ravioli, pizza and salad - all quite good. I very much enjoyed my cappuccino. Great service. Would eat here again.

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Incline Village
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23 reviews 23 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2012

This family-run Italian restaurant is the best Italian food in No. California. The owner is Italian, and cares very much about the quality of the food. The pizza is the best tasting pizza I have tasted since my last visit to Italy, sweet tomato base, crispy crust and loaded with toppings! Everything on the menu is delicious, difficult to pick... More

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