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“Terrific Italian food - no pretense. Good food, served well, worth a visit” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of Cucina Restaurant and Wine Bar

Cucina Restaurant and Wine Bar
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Ranked #9 of 45 Restaurants in San Anselmo
Price range: $40 - $60
Cuisines: Italian, Wine Bar
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Restaurant details
Good for: Romantic, Families with children
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Dining style: Casual Dining
Cross street: Tunstead
Larkspur, California
Level Contributor
87 reviews
63 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
“Terrific Italian food - no pretense. Good food, served well, worth a visit”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 9, 2011

A simple Italian restaurant in the spirit of a small hole- what you'd find in Italy or an Italian neighborhood of Boston or New York without the tourists. A sapring garden salad touched off with mint was fresh, delicious and a great start - meals included chicken Siciliana, a linguine vongole, pasta with a ragu and a baked shrimp dish... each was finished down to the sauce. A statement in itself for 4 people each ordering a different meal. Reasonable wine list with Italian and US vintages without an unseemly markup. Well worth a visit; we'll return.

  • Visited April 2011
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank nyc2cal
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English first
San Rafael, California
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6 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
“Fresh creative food in an inviting atmosphere”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 28, 2011

I have been to Cucina about a dozen times in the past few years and never disappoints. The free bruschetta is an excellent way to start the meal and the seasonal appetizers such as pomegranate salad and zucchini carpaccio are creative yet simple. Entrees consist of fresh pastas, and a variety of fish, chicken and meats are all reasonably priced with moderate - not huge portions. There are few thin crust pizzas which are baked in a wood fired brick oven.

The wine list is mostly Italian with a smattering of California. Since my knowledge of Italian wines is limited, the servers and owner are helpful in recommending wines to suit my palate and pair nicely with my meals.

Service is generally good - friendly and unobtrusive and the atmosphere is simple and clean. The crowd is mixed - couples, groups and families. The wine bar in the back is very separate from the dining room and also has tables for dining.

  • Visited February 2011
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank elllenjack
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Larkspur, California
1 review
“Good Food, Funky Ambiance”
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 15, 2011

The food was as good as ever, but the place was filthy with the ambiance of a funky pizza parlor. At those prices, one expects a little more--tables with the grease and crumbs wiped off, for instance. The walls probably haven't been cleaned since Grover Cleveland was president.

  • Visited October 2010
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Thank sgvmarin
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NorthBay
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5 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
“One of my favorites in Marin”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 19, 2009

Comfy, cozy food. It feels like a combination of Umbria and old Mill Valley. I've been to Cucina, perhaps 20 times since it opened. I have yet to be disappointed. The food is always good to delicious. The atmosphere is warm and inviting. While you usually don't have to wait, make reservations, just in case.

    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank YoyoFoodLover
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