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127 Throckmorton Ave, Mill Valley, CA 94941-1909
415-388-0224
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4:00 pm - 10:00 pm
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Hours:
Tue - Sun 4:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Dining options: Dinner, Reservations

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    Very good
  • 4
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Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Authentic Italian in Comfortable Room

Great spot in early evening for a great Italian meal with authentic homemade pastas for the family but as the evening wears on the kids go home and the adults can enjoy the same meals with a nice glass of wine. The pastas are great and there are plenty of old style veal dishes (rare to see in these... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed July 24, 2015
scottderrick
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Mill Valley, California
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Mill Valley, California
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139 reviews
75 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2015

Great spot in early evening for a great Italian meal with authentic homemade pastas for the family but as the evening wears on the kids go home and the adults can enjoy the same meals with a nice glass of wine. The pastas are great and there are plenty of old style veal dishes (rare to see in these PC... More 

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Chicago
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2015

Fettucini Genestra, meatballs, great wine list. Busy for dining in and do a very good job with carryout items. Friendly and helpful staff.

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38 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 3, 2015

We ate there last week. A super salad of beets, followed by a Lasagne which was devoid of any Cheese Sauce,( and no browning under the grill for that beautiful cheese glaze) but Tomato! I've never, in all my continental explorings,(including Italy) had a dish like it. As I said to the waitress (Chrissie, just learn to listen to the... More 

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Mill Valley, California
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed March 19, 2015

food not bad but very loud hectic scene. no longer go there. we did go with the kids when they were young, bey that was over 30 years ago.

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San Francisco
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89 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2015

I'm tired of hearing that La Ginestra isn't "authentic Italian." Wasn't that Italian food you had when you were a kid, all about cheese and tomato sauce, the best? I love Northern Italian, Sicilian, Umbrian, Roman, and Piemontese. But, I also love that good old American Italian of my youth, and this is where to get it.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 8, 2015 via mobile

I've been coming here for over thirty years--and it just gets better and better. Fantastic spinach salad with beets--ennough to share. The best cannelloni anywhere--including Italy. Moist chicken. Zabaglione!

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San Francisco
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 55 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2014

We enjoyed dinner at La Ginestra. The server was prompt and attentative, the food was very good and well presented. Our experience was also very good.

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Palm Springs, California
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23 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 3, 2014

this restaurant is the only restaurant in Mill Valley that has survived a lengthy test of time. Their house made fresh meatless ravioli is fabulous, as is their calamari steak dore. If you stick to their standards, the quality tends to be high and the dinners worth the price

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Mill Valley, California
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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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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 28, 2014 via mobile

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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Additional Information about La Ginestra

Address: 127 Throckmorton Ave, Mill Valley, CA 94941-1909
Phone Number: 415-388-0224
Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Marin County  >  Mill Valley
Open Hours:
Sunday 4:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Tuesday 4:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Wednesday 4:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Thursday 4:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Friday 4:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Saturday 4:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Average Prices: USD 30
Cuisine: Italian, Pizza

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 127 Throckmorton Ave, Mill Valley, CA 94941-1909
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Marin County  >  Mill Valley
  • Phone Number: 415-388-0224

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 30
  • Cuisine: Italian, Pizza

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Families with children
Open Hours
Sunday
4:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Tuesday
4:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Wednesday
4:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Thursday
4:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Friday
4:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Saturday
4:00 pm - 10:00 pm

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