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“Improved Decor” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Ristorante La Toscana

Ristorante La Toscana
3751 Redwood Hwy, San Rafael, CA 94903
(415) 492-9100
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Ranked #19 of 214 Restaurants in San Rafael
Price range: $20 - $30
Cuisines: Italian
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Dining options: Reservations
Dining style: Casual Dining
Cross street: North San Pedro
Novato, CA
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81 reviews 81 reviews
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Reviews in 31 cities Reviews in 31 cities
43 helpful votes 43 helpful votes
“Improved Decor”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 17, 2013

Love the new decor! Very pleasing improvements made to the dining room decor also seem to help with the acoustics. The service is good, the food is good, it's an easy local spot frequented by "regulars".

  • Visited December 2013
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
    • 3 of 5 stars Food
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  • English first
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English first
Sacramento
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102 reviews 102 reviews
49 restaurant reviews
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65 helpful votes 65 helpful votes
“We stopped going for 2 years, but now they are back to being great”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 30, 2013

We have gone here for years, and I reviewed them a long time ago. But then their food and service went downhill. We stopped going for about 2 years. We went back recently and what an improvement! The salad was absolutely delicious, fresh and alive-the pasta tender, the bread so wonderful with excellent quality olive oil and vinegar. Service was fast and courteous-no hassle about my special requests. Good pricing on wine list (this was an issue before, too). We are so happy to be able to visit them again when we are in the area! Hope you will go, too.

  • Visited October 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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San Rafael, California
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6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
“Will not return”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 26, 2013

This year our anniversary fell on a Monday. The two restaurants we like the best are closed on Mondays. We had passed by Toscana many times but had never eaten there so we decided to try it. The ambiance is so-so. You enter through the bar and into a large room which on Monday night had few diners. In spite of the lack of diners the service was mediocre. My meal, salad and veal picatta, as OK but nothing special. My husband began his meal with a beef carpacchio which he enjoyed but he was terribly disappointed with his clam spaghetti. The clams were full of grit and he left most of his meal. We did not bother to stay for dessert. Toscana has had some fairly good reviews but maybe they were just having an off night.

Visited November 2013
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Novato
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52 helpful votes 52 helpful votes
“Good choice for Italian”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2013

We ate here last night for a birthday celebration. The dining room was not very busy so service was attentive and we were well taken care of. I enjoyed an excellent tradition preparation of Canelloni with a stuffing of veal, chicken and pork in two house made crepes and a light bechamel tomato cream sauce. The portion size was generous and I would order again. Next time might go on a Wed night and take advantage of the 1/2 price bottles of wine and free corkage for any wine you bring in.

Visited July 2013
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MIAMI
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“good Italian restaurant”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2013

We had a lovely dinner, with a nice wine selection. Spaghetti and meatballs were excellent.
Lamb chop salad was different and tasty, as was the chicken caesar salad. Other pasta dishes were delicious. Service was attentive.

  • Visited May 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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