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“Best food ever”

Il Davide Restaurant
Ranked #6 of 233 Restaurants in San Rafael
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $31 - $40
Cuisines: Italian
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Restaurant details
Good for: Romantic, Special occasions
Dining options: Late Night, Dinner, Outdoor Seating, Reservations
Dining style: Casual Elegant
Cross street: 3rd and 4th
San Rafael, California
Level 3 Contributor
11 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
“Best food ever”
Reviewed June 12, 2011

This restaurant makes food taste better than you ever thought possible

  • Visited June 2011
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Fairfax, California
Level 3 Contributor
13 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
“Always excellent. Inexpensive lunch menu. Great staff.”
Reviewed April 21, 2011

I eat here at least 20 times a year. A mix of lunch and dinner. It's really a fantastic value at lunch and still not too pricy for dinner. All the food has been excellent and they have a few good vergetarian options as well. Their house salad is very tasty. The staff treat you well and the owner is a nice guy too, he seems to work the kitchen a fair amount but comes out to see how things are going. The host has been there for years and knows everyone. Heck, I thought he was the owner for the longest time. You'll have a unexpectedly nice experience for downtown San Rafael. Enjoy!

PS when the weather is nice, the outdoor seating is enjoyable. It's on the street but it's not too busy of a street. Sidewalk dining.

  • Visited April 2011
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1 Thank Allonsey
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Houston, Texas
Level 5 Contributor
53 reviews
42 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
“Charming & Electric”
Reviewed January 27, 2011

So we asked a local where to dine in the county ...and this downtown eatery was recommended. What a jewel. Here's the proprietor clearing a table for us on a busy Friday night, tempting us with fantastic array of "off menu" specialties including an awesome seafood medley of pasta, mussels, prawns, shrips, clams in a tangy red sauce. Great atmosphere amid an upscale but affordable dining experience. Don't miss this great discovery.

Visited January 2011
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santa rosa, CA
Level 5 Contributor
50 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 47 helpful votes
“Great Food, Great Service, Great Atmosphere”
Reviewed November 22, 2010

This place is amazing. Good bar atmosphere while still offering upscale dining. You get the feeling that many people are repeat guests because the owner/chef greets many people with a hug and a "welcome back". The food was outstanding and plentiful. Served with a flair but not stuffy. It was pouring down rain the Sat. night we went and yet the restaurant was full with a waiting list. The greatest thing about this restaurant is that you get the feeling the owner is throwing his own party. He greets people, hugs the regulars, shows up at your table to shave a little extra truffle on our tortellini and then when we overstayed our welcome catching up with friends we hadn't seen in over 10 years, instead of clearing the table and subtly encouraging us to leave he poured us 4 glasses of port . I can see why his restaurant is a success. We drove almost an hour to have dinner here because it was 1/2 way between our friends but I assure you it was well worth the drive and we will definitely make this our first choice when we are in San Rafael. By the way, there is a well lit, covered, parking structure right behind the restaurant with a walkway to the restaurant which makes parking a breeze. (very important in San Rafael where parking is often hard to find).

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chicago, IL
Level 4 Contributor
38 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
“Very good food and cozy atmosphere with reasonable prices.”
Reviewed September 18, 2010

I had a very good dinner experience at this local establishment. Service (white tablecloth) was spot on and attentive to my needs. Thanks to the previous eco-nazi for the heads up on the chilean sea bass, this selection was actually on the daily specials and was delicious. The bread pudding for desert was also very good, but I could do without the real mint leaves inside the sauce (novel, but weird). Neighboring tables ordered the peppercorn new york strip steak, and salmon dishes which also looked very good. Nice medium sized place, not too big or noisy (10-12 tables). There is a small bar area with a TV when you walk inside. The chef/owner made frequent appearances during the night to check on (what I presume to be) friends and frequent local diners, nice attention to detail. Outside street parking was free on weekdays in the evening (otherwise metered).

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