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La Ginestra

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127 Throckmorton Ave, Mill Valley, CA 94941-1909
4:00 pm - 10:00 pm
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Tue - Sun 4:00 pm - 10:00 pm
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san francisco
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42 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2016

Took me 5 years to visit, why did I wait so long? Surprising menu, good execution, waiter a bit surly, but overall a great stop.

Thank SanFranciscoKate
San Francisco, California
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38 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2016

I remember going to La Ginestra in 1976 when I first moved to Marin. I enjoyed the food then and I am enjoying it now. Their goal is to serve fresh, authentic, Italian Cuisine. In addition to great pasta, I had the Pasta with Pesto which was excellent, they produce an excellent pizza. The wine list is good, and the... More 

Thank Traveltattle
san francisco
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74 reviews
42 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 27, 2016

For years, we've walked past this old fashioned Italian on our way to more modern places in this charming town. Boy, have we been missing out on a great place. The clientele is mostly older locals who know a good thing. The food is authentic, very well prepared and generously served by attentive well trained waiters. The seafood is very... More 

Thank musashiSanFrancisco
Mill Valley, California
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51 reviews
36 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 15, 2016

I love this place. I have been going here as long as they have been in existance and love the food and the people. Maria the owner makes fresh ravioli and pirogi fresh every day. they will bend over backwards to make sure you're happy

Thank Jeannier801
New Iberia, Louisiana
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111 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2016

A neighborhood, casual dress, italian bistro. Food very good, as was the service. Located right in town, easy walking distance from a few hotels. You feel like a local...

Thank TravelinMinee
San Francisco, California
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114 reviews
57 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2016

Great family restaurant in down town Mill Valley serving classic Italian American food with an innovative flair. This is a regular on our dining list since the food and service is always good and the wine selections are great. The restaurant is of medium size but has a very intimate feel. The service is always warm and friendly. Reservations are... More 

Thank Marcia G
San Francisco, California
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7 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 28, 2016

There have been some changes afoot at La Ginestra. The cosmetic ones are wonderful--the place has never looked so good! But the food has lost something in the "update". This beloved family restaurant has been a staple in my family's life for decades. I feel the need to write a review in hopes that they read it and respond.... There... More 

Thank Lovapanda
Mill Valley, California
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86 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed January 14, 2016

This was the worst meal I have ever had at La Ginestra or anywhere in Mill Valley. To begin with, our waiter had trouble understanding and communicating. We ordered a salad with calamari and received one with shrimp[.Then our medium rare steak arrived raw and tough full of gristle (had it before and it tender and succulent). Finally had the... More 

Thank Sunfl0wer3
SF Bay Area
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70 reviews
47 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 24, 2015

Had dinner there before a chorus performance at the theater directly across the street, so very convenient. They were not serving soup that night but the salad, instead, was generous and delicious. Wife had the calamari and I had the Vitello Funghi, both well prepared and delicious. Excellent and tasty bread accompanied the dinner. We both had the lemon sherbet... More 

Thank John S
San Fran
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139 reviews
89 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 13, 2015

Finally! Some great Old School pizza that any East Coast person would recognize and appreciate. Good variety of toppings, great tomato sauce, good size, excellent crust (like a delicious Italian bread). Warm and welcoming family-owned, over 50 years in business. My vote for Best Pizza in Marin, and one of the best in the Bay Area!

Thank trvlin_man

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    4 of 5 stars
Average prices
Italian, Pizza
Restaurant features
Seating, Waitstaff, Takeout, Reservations, Serves Alcohol
Good for
Families with children
Open Hours
4:00 pm - 10:00 pm
4:00 pm - 10:00 pm
4:00 pm - 10:00 pm
4:00 pm - 10:00 pm
4:00 pm - 10:00 pm
4:00 pm - 10:00 pm
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

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?