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Reviewed August 17, 2020

I can't say enough great things about this restaurant. The food is delicious, the service is warm and the atmosphere (even during COVID) is perfect.

Date of visit: August 2020
Reviewed June 2, 2020 via mobile

These are challenging times for restaurant owners. But ll David does it so well. The restaurant is one of my favorites in San Rafael. Even a take-out meal did not disappoint. We ordered on line for pick up at 7pm. The food was ready right...at the appointed time. The pick-up was efficient, friendly, comfortable and fast. We had ordered polenta with mushrooms, my very favorite, beet salad and a seafood pasta dish. Bread, butter and Parmesan cheese were included. We enjoyed the meal at home soon afterwards; it was hot and, as usual, delicious. My only complaint is that I wish the polenta dish could become a main dish not just an appetizer. Please support this excellent restaurant. We wish for it to continue its operation.More

Date of visit: June 2020
Reviewed February 27, 2020

We dropped in for a Valentine's Eve date, and it was a treat, though not in all the ways we expected. The place was CROWDED. I have no idea if this was because everyone decided to visit on a Thursday night to beat the Friday...Valentine's Day crowd. It led to some epic people-watching, including a Marilyn Monroe impersonator. We had a reservation, but it still took us a few minutes to be seated. And while our server was friendly, we wondered if they may have been shortstaffed, because it seemed like we were forgotten about for long periods. Sometimes that was nice, but it took a long while for us to actually make an order. For appetizers, we had the burrata (really, really good, and a substantial portion) and the torta di porri (meh; it was fine, but we probably wouldn't get it again). For dinner, I got the orechiette alla davide; it was a good-size dish and tasty. She decided among several options and went with the penne con pollo affumicato, and while it was fine, she wished she had ordered something else. Overall, a nice experience, but maybe not a place we'll visit again given all the other options nearby.More

Date of visit: February 2020
Reviewed December 9, 2019

This is a very popular restaurant but perhaps there are not many others to choose from in the San Rafael business district. I went for lunch and ordered the Crab Louie salad. It was served with a spicy dressing which was unusual, masking the flavor...of the crab, although when I took a bite of the crab alone it did not taste fresh. The lettuce was very dry and seemed not to be washed. Also, there were Kalamata olives and capers on the salad which also was strange. I've had many Crab Louies and this was not good. A few hours after lunch I experienced intestinal problems which lasted a couple of days. My friend ordered a different salad and was not especially pleased with it either. This restaurant will be crossed off my list.More

Date of visit: December 2019
Reviewed December 2, 2019

Over the years, this restaurant has not only maintained outstanding food and excellent service, but a reasonable price point as well. Never missed with a menu item

Date of visit: October 2019
Reviewed December 1, 2019 via mobile

We enjoyed a leisurely lunch on a rainy day. Inside atmosphere is inviting. Mostly an older clientele. The Caesar salad comes with pasta and is offered as a larger small plate or as dinner size the shrimp and scallops. The small size was plenty large...enough and an excellent Caesar- best we’ve enjoyed in ages. Lobster ravioli small plate - delicious. Clams and pasta- also excellent. All quite rich. Scallops and mushrooms large plate with a nice side of steamed veg was lovely- also rich. Wine selection is good and reasonably priced. Worth the trip, would return.More

Date of visit: December 2019
Reviewed November 28, 2019

Very Romantic for an evening dinner. Great place to meet friends for a drink. And I have often come here for a business lunch. The food is always excellent.

Date of visit: October 2019
Reviewed November 22, 2019 via mobile

It was my girlfriends birthday dinner and her dish was fantastic. My funghi ravioli was just excellent! The wait staff was attentive without being overbearing. The Acoustics are a bit bright but otherwise the Ambiance was nice. The waiter had a good wine pairing for...my date's dinner. All in all it was a great evening!More

Date of visit: November 2019
Reviewed November 21, 2019

We went out with four people to celebrate a birthday and it was definitely a good choice for a special occasion restaurant. We all had wonderful food, including at least one of the daily specials. They are happy to accommodate no-carb, no-cream sauce, dressing on...the side - we are a fussy group! We really enjoyed the entire experience, including the surprise tiramisu with a birthday candle on it at the end. Highly recommended!More

Date of visit: November 2019
Reviewed November 12, 2019

I have had a couple recent visits to II Davide and many over prior years. This restaurant consistently provides fine dining with excellent service and nice atmosphere. The price point to quality always satisfies.

Date of visit: October 2019
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April 8, 2018|
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Response from Belle M | Reviewed this property |
Hi John, I believe you can purchase gift cards from Il Davide. Since I'm only a patron, I don't know the details, but if you call the restaurant they will talk to you about how to go about doing that. What a nice bro he... More
April 4, 2018|
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They close at 10pm Tue-Sat. and 9pm on Sun.
March 3, 2018|
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Response from John S | Reviewed this property |
This is a question for the restaurant, not the reviewer. Advice calling the restaurant directly ASAP.
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Frequently Asked Questions about Il Davide Restaurant

  • Yes, Il Davide Restaurant offers takeout services.

  • Yes, Il Davide Restaurant offers delivery services.

  • Il Davide Restaurant is rated accordingly in the following categories by Tripadvisor travelers:
    • Food: 4.5
    • Service: 4.5
    • Value: 4.5
    • Atmosphere: 4.5