Reviews

Great daily menu specials, Jamshid provided fantastic service and the food, cocktails and wine were out of this world!!
Petey via opentable.com - Feb 25, 2017
We had a Valentine's Day dinner at Frant ...
We had a Valentine's Day dinner at Frantoio and were not disappointed. They make very good mixed drinks and have a decent wine list. The cuisine has never disappointed. We each had salmon with pesto and asparagus, which was excellent. The salmon was perfectly cooked. It was busy this evening but our waiter was reasonably attenti... read more
eagleeye via opentable.com - Feb 15, 2017
Great Waiters and food!
We had a booth table against the wall in their great hall with the olive press room at one end. The food was excellent and the server was very attentive and knowledgeable- we felt right at home. They also have a nice bar area to the right of the entry. Wonderful Italian desserts and wine list too!
Nina L via tripadvisor.com - Feb 13, 2017
Convenient to the Holiday Inn Express
On a rainy cold night, having this restaurant next to the HIE was just what we needed to spur us into "Italian food two nights in a row". The scallop appetizer was delicious (if a bit overpriced at $20.00) and the pizza la salciccia was good. They have a wood burning (or so it appeared) pizza oven and the crust was very good. Pizza w... read more
Sunny405 via tripadvisor.com - Feb 11, 2017
$30.00 for 6 scallops!!! The food was go ...
$30.00 for 6 scallops!!! The food was good, but over priced. Our reservation was fully accepted.
OpenTable Diner Since 2010 via opentable.com - Feb 5, 2017
Great spot for family dinner
Always good, and usually possible to be seated without a reservation. Tasty, fresh Italian food. Delightful.
JSJ1313 via tripadvisor.com - Feb 3, 2017
Yummy!!!
I love Frantoio! The staff is extraordinary and the food is off the charts yummy! The swiss chard is my go-to favourite and the salmon is divine! I have a number of food allergies and they are always so gracious in accommodating me.
kariwingnut via tripadvisor.com - Feb 3, 2017
Great Food. Never Disappointed.
I probably get the salmon every time and am never disappointed. The food is always fresh and the presentation is lovely. Ask for a side of Swiss chard.
Marktravelstoomuch via tripadvisor.com - Feb 3, 2017
We ate at the bar because we love meetin ...
We ate at the bar because we love meeting the locals... read more
Flingster1 via opentable.com - Jan 29, 2017
We eat at Frantoio regularly. The food i ...
We eat at Frantoio regularly. The food is always good. Seems like the waiter during this visit had too many tables - there was no way he could keep up.
BDDiners via opentable.com - Jan 28, 2017
We've long enjoyed the great food, warm ...
We've long enjoyed the great food, warm ambience and personal service at Frantoio's. But this time, I tried something new: a Surprise Birthday Party for my lovely wife. The staff was TOTALLY ON IT, and they could not have been more organized and well-prepared for this unexpected event. Thanks to them, the surprise was perfect and ... read more
OpenTable Diner Since 2007 via opentable.com - Jan 19, 2017
Delicious, from focaccia to final glass ...
Delicious, from focaccia to final glass of wine. Super charming server. Cozy on a rainy night. And really outstanding food.
OpenTable Diner Since 2015 via opentable.com - Jan 18, 2017
Just an average Marin restaurant
Came for a 45th anniversary celebration. Unpleasant service by waiter who clearly couldn't care less. Food seems to have gone downhill over the past few years. Atmosphere was good. Lots of free parking.
Merbers via tripadvisor.com - Jan 17, 2017
Right next door....
Food was good, service was ok, I expected more from a 'neighborhood favorite'. A bit dark inside for me. Take-out was perfect.
PowerbaitPatti via tripadvisor.com - Jan 17, 2017
Pizza Saved the Night
We were staying in the hotel connected to this restaurant and had eaten a late lunch in San Francisco. When we arrived back to hotel, my two kids wanted a snack. We went over to Frantoio and got a take out Margharita Pizza for them. Staff were wonderful. Kids loved the pizza and I snuck a sample - delicious!
Sara F via tripadvisor.com - Jan 8, 2017
Awesome staff...
Richard Cooper via google.com - Jan 8, 2017
Excellent food and great service ...
Excellent food and great service last night.  Thanks!
Dan C. via yelp.com - Jan 7, 2017
I keep going back to Frantoio. The menu ...
I keep going back to Frantoio. The menu is smaller than one might expect at a good Italian restaurant, but the food is very good -- well sourced and prepared -- and the service is outstanding. The dining room has a fine atmosphere -- comfortable, visually striking, and quiet enough for adult conversation. This last attribute is a... read more
Italophile via opentable.com - Jan 7, 2017
We are always pleased with the service a ...
We are always pleased with the service and the food. We were there mid-week and both of us commented on how nice it was not to be so noisy that you couldn't hear each other.
BLens via opentable.com - Jan 6, 2017
Frantoio is a great place to go for dinn ...
Frantoio is a great place to go for dinner. The food is delicious and generous. The service is outstanding and welcoming. For a large room, the ambience is relatively quiet and relaxing. I have returned many times and have never been disappointed. I would go again in a heart beat.
SusanJ via opentable.com - Jan 1, 2017
Great ambiance and service. It's nice t ...
Great ambiance and service. It's nice to have a restaurant option where you can actually have a conversation during your meal!
OpenTable Diner Since 2009 via opentable.com - Jan 1, 2017
We enjoyed an excellent meal - the lamb ...
We enjoyed an excellent meal - the lamb was fabulous. As always, the staff was welcoming and attentive. Thank you!
MakiD via opentable.com - Dec 30, 2016
service disappointed and disagrees w the ...
service disappointed and disagrees w the price point. foods ok, not great... read more
OpenTable Diner Since 2011 via opentable.com - Dec 28, 2016
As usual great service, drinks and food. ...
As usual great service, drinks and food. We love this local gem. We love Jamshid, our usual server and Susan, the hostess.
Petey via opentable.com - Dec 23, 2016
I had not been to Frantoio's for a while ...
I had not been to Frantoio's for a while, since we moved out of Mill Valley. It's always fun to come back and note that the food and service are as impeccable as ever. It's a wonderful dining experience and the food is beautifully presented but still good size portions. My group had mostly fish dishes and they were scrumptious. T... read more
HBSR via opentable.com - Dec 22, 2016
Frantoio is such a wonderful spot. It's ...
Frantoio is such a wonderful spot. It's a destination for us and we are never disappointed.
OpenTable Diner Since 2006 via opentable.com - Dec 22, 2016
the green room is a wonderful space for a private celebration and they have a new fire pit on the p
the green room is a wonderful space for a private celebration and they have a new fire pit on the patio. perfect for gathering around the fire for some holiday cheer! p.s. the food and service is exemplary too!
Marcia Smith via facebook.com - Dec 15, 2016
Food was good. Waitress was moving too f ...
Food was good. Waitress was moving too fast so it was difficult to catch her and she spoke like she was in a hurry to move on. It would have been a better experience if she could have slowed down. We all thought it was a little dark in the big room. Otherwise nice.
Cris via opentable.com - Dec 12, 2016
Excellent
Beautiful Italian food and a choice of either restaurant or bar area for dining. The happy hour is very popular so arrive early.
Enid41 via tripadvisor.com - Dec 10, 2016
Hadn't been to Frantoio in a while ...
Hadn't been to Frantoio in a while and was reminded how nice it is to dine there.  The booths are comfortable and intimate even in a large room. The dishes are hit or miss.  Stick with what you know.  The antipasti special was not special except for the burrata.  Unripe fresh tomatoes and a few olives.Fettucini pasta with prawns was ... read more
Laurie S. via yelp.com - Dec 8, 2016
Onsite olive oil press. Delicious classic Italian fare. Order the best scallops in Marin County. True casual elegance and professional service.
Josef Aukee via google.com - Dec 8, 2016
As expected, fabulous food and service! ...
As expected, fabulous food and service! Highly recommend for ANY occasion when you want fabulous food and service and drinks!!
Petey via opentable.com - Dec 8, 2016
I've eaten and drank at Frantoio ...
I've eaten and drank at Frantoio many, many times. My work office is in the same parking lot. Whenever we have an occasion to celebrate, we always head over to Franotio for drinks. The bartender is a funny guy. He has to warm up to you. By the end, you are his pal for life.Drinks are good, he is an artist. Maybe that is why he is how... read more
Denise B. via yelp.com - Dec 5, 2016
Homemade ravioki
Positives: I love homemade ravioli and Frantoio knows how to make it. Frantoio is connected to the Holiday Inn express in Mill Valley (FYI they are only open for dinner). Dim lit dining room provides great ambiance. Huge olive press (not working during our visit) provides backdrop for Italian dining. Food delish but wish server had b... read more
Debbie G via tripadvisor.com - Dec 4, 2016
We love our servers Josef's d Jamsh are ...
We love our servers Josef's d Jamsh are fun and efficient One of our favorite dinner spots... read more
Traveler via opentable.com - Dec 3, 2016
I love Frantaios! It's consistently ...
I love Frantaios! It's consistently wonderful and the serving staff is amendable to changes. Their pasta and chicken my favorite, if you need a private party room, the olive oil room is cool and different. Great place!
Sue W. via yelp.com - Nov 29, 2016
The spinach Gnocchi is so good! Beet salad, good, need some great beer on tap tho!
The spinach Gnocchi is so good! Beet salad, good, need some great beer on tap tho!
Patrick Coughlin via facebook.com - Nov 19, 2016
The food was delicious! To note the kit ...
The food was delicious! To note the kitchen/chef does not like to do substitutions (like mashed potatoes instead of fries), but they did accommodate so not sure how this would work for specific food restrictions for customers. The steak and lamb were fantastic. Nice wine list and we enjoyed a special burrata/veggie appetizer. It ... read more
Suzie via opentable.com - Nov 18, 2016
This has been a family favorite, but the ...
This has been a family favorite, but the fish entrees were not as good as they have been in the past. Parpadelle always pleases.
OpenTable Diner Since 2011 via opentable.com - Nov 17, 2016
It was a wonderful experience from seati ...
It was a wonderful experience from seating until leaving.
marla via opentable.com - Nov 13, 2016
Outstanding food, drinks and service. Ja ...
Outstanding food, drinks and service. Jamshid was our server and he was wonderful! Susan was the hostess and she was delightful and so friendly. I highly recommend Frantoio for date night, special events, holiday celebrations in the Green Room and for an excellent meal. Their chef, Ethan, came out to check if our meal was satisfacto... read more
Petey via opentable.com - Nov 9, 2016
Friendly staff and delicious Italian cuisine.
Jesse myers via google.com - Nov 8, 2016
Fantastic meal on all accounts. Their s ...
Fantastic meal on all accounts. Their signature olive oil made on site is amazing. Definitely will be going back soon....
OpenTable Diner Since 2007 via opentable.com - Nov 5, 2016
Been going here for years as it ...
Been going here for years as it is next to the hotel I stay at in Mill Valley. This is the best in Italian food. Dishes and preparation just like in Italy. Not heavy and all fresh ingredients. The endive salad is wonderful as are the thin crust pizzas made in their wood fired oven. They even have cornilio which is rabbit served in a ... read more
steven t. via yelp.com - Nov 1, 2016
The best Italian Food
Been going here for years. All dishes are excellent. They even have cornilio which is rabbit. Thin crust pizzas and the endive salad is to die for.
steventyre via tripadvisor.com - Nov 1, 2016
Excellent meal!
Having such a good Italian restaurant adjoining the Holiday Inn Express was an unexpected surprise! Our group of 6 was seated promptly without a reservation (very early in the dinner service). Our server was attentive and helped several in our group with food allergies or dietary restrictions navigate the menu. The food was very well... read more
gmwann via tripadvisor.com - Oct 27, 2016
Italian
Wonderful atmosphere with excellent authentic Italian food. They have their own olive press! Definitely try the gnocchi! Don't let location steer you away!
MickeyC64 via tripadvisor.com - Oct 17, 2016
Food was delicious, service was friendly ...
Food was delicious, service was friendly and impeccable and ambiance was quiet and relaxing!
BoSox via opentable.com - Oct 16, 2016
This is the second time that we have eat ...
This is the second time that we have eaten here. Both times we were very happy. Service was great. The staff are outstanding. While it's not the least expensive place to enjoy a fine meal, we were impressed on both occasions with the presentation, quality, and delicious results. I would easily choose this as a favorite spot.
OpenTable Diner Since 2016 via opentable.com - Oct 14, 2016
I saw Al Pacino's double
The staff were amazing and friendly..the food and service was really great, went out of their way to hear my suggestions... read more
maria1canada via tripadvisor.com - Oct 4, 2016
Very good food, the best gnocchi in my life and attentive staff! � Very recommendable!
Very good food, the best gnocchi in my life and attentive staff! � Very recommendable!
Beata Cordin via facebook.com - Sep 21, 2016
Cuisine Reminiscent of Northern Italian Fare
Our first time. A little tricky to find; just before the bridge on Shoreline, off of Highway 101, in the southern edge of Mill Valley. (Next to the Holiday Inn Express). Parking in their parking lot. Nice ambiance. Very popular bar. Excellent service by experienced and knowledgeable waiters. Note the Olive Press in the glass enclosed... read more
MarshBruce via tripadvisor.com - Sep 18, 2016
The gnocchi is the best I've ever had! ...
The gnocchi is the best I've ever had! Love the food & love the service :)... read more
OpenTable Diner Since 2007 via opentable.com - Sep 17, 2016
My husband and I had date night ...
My husband and I had date night tonight: dinner and symphony:). I googled organic restaurants in Marin and this is one of the restaurants that came up. I looked at the menu and it looked quality. They did not disappoint! Clean spacious with high ceilings which keeps noise level down. Low noise level is a biggie for me. Food all organ... read more
Karen J. via yelp.com - Sep 16, 2016
I found this restaurant when I googled " ...
I found this restaurant when I googled "organic restaurants in Marin". The menu looked great so my husband and I gave it a try on our "date night out" for dinner and symphony. The food and service was excellent. We were there early so that we could go to SF for the Symphony so it was quiet and comfortable. There is a high ceiling, a... read more
LadyK via opentable.com - Sep 16, 2016
Great "date" night out for a married cou ...
Great "date" night out for a married couple, together for 16 years. Not an anniversary or birthday, but just a really special night away from home for us. Wait staff and assistants were very competent, but seemed hard-pressed to check in with us and see what if anything we needed. There were two or three times during our meal when... read more
OpenTable Diner Since 2001 via opentable.com - Sep 16, 2016
Fantastic service, fantastic food, and fantastic wine. All in all it was a great pleasure and exper
Fantastic service, fantastic food, and fantastic wine. All in all it was a great pleasure and experience.
Klaus Rejkjaer via facebook.com - Sep 16, 2016
Fabulous daily specials, fabulous cockta ...
Fabulous daily specials, fabulous cocktails, food and service. JAMSHID IS THE BEST!
Petey via opentable.com - Sep 14, 2016
Excellent authentic Tuscan food
Frantoio is an excellent place for fine Italian food. Their pastas are delicious as are their pizze. I believe October or November is when you can find their olive press in action; it is quite a sight to see whether in use or not. Their own EVOO is available to take home, too.
Dena C via tripadvisor.com - Sep 13, 2016
Always fun and great food. Servers are ...
Always fun and great food. Servers are fun and professional.
Charlieschoice via opentable.com - Sep 13, 2016
A local favorite
A terrific place to meet friends after work for dinner. They even make their own olive oil – it's an elegant setting, great food and wonderful service.
jwarnersanfrancisco via tripadvisor.com - Sep 12, 2016
Excellent experience. Food was outstandi ...
Excellent experience. Food was outstanding. Very good wine list... read more
Bolzani via opentable.com - Sep 12, 2016
Lovely Italian restuarant
Stumbled on this place in Mill Valley next to Holiday Inn Express where we were staying. Fantastic Italian food. We had beet salad, mushroom soup, clam and mussel linguine and tiger prawns fettuccine. Extensive wine list. Food was excellent and service efficient and friendly. Great meal, would definitely eat here again!
AlbuquerqueRush via tripadvisor.com - Sep 11, 2016
Great for when your parents or ...
Great for when your parents or grand parents are paying! Sorry that was a pretty classless way to start a review...Anywho, beautiful large restaurant in Mill Valley, with plenty of room for private parties.  Also some very cozy comfy looking booths for a special date night with your honey.  Just walking in you know the food will be a... read more
Chelsey G. via yelp.com - Sep 6, 2016
This is such a wonderful place ...
This is such a wonderful place. First of all the food is amazing. The daily specials are always so delicious and creative. I also really love the ambiance here, very cozy and nice. The waitstaff are always so welcoming and friendly too! I recommend you check this place out if you are ever in Mill Valley!
Thorn F. via yelp.com - Sep 5, 2016
Outstanding! We had a reunion of old fri ...
Outstanding! We had a reunion of old friends. The food was outstanding, the best salmon I ever had. Fabulous service attentive and entertaining. A truly memorable evening.
OpenTable Diner Since 2010 via opentable.com - Sep 3, 2016
An always reliably good Northern Italian ...
An always reliably good Northern Italian dining experience. Professional waiters, toothsome fresh pasta and locally raised grilled meats are served with olive oil pressed on-site with the only working olive press in Marin county. We especially enjoyed the simple, perfect Cesar salad and delicate scallops with truffled mash potatoes... read more
MrFoodie via opentable.com - Sep 2, 2016
Hidden Gem
So, were staying at Holiday Inn Express and after a beautiful, sunny, windy, foggy, rainy day in San Francisco we say "Meh, let's just go back to hotel and eat next door". Wow...what a great idea that turned out to be. First of all our waiter "Jamshid" (it's spelled wrong I'm sorry) was fantastic! Funny, witty and so charming that he... read more
Debbie T via tripadvisor.com - Aug 29, 2016
Be sure to buy the olive oil...
Even though it is a bustling scene, the food is pretty consistent and good. Terrific people watching. Excellent service. Just plain comfortable all the way around.
Kathie V via tripadvisor.com - Aug 28, 2016
Preshow dinner near hotel
The restaurant is convenient to the hotel and lagoon. the setting is expansive and quite a nice atmosphere. The food was good, but nothing I stood out. Look forward to trying it again.
Gail B via tripadvisor.com - Aug 27, 2016
We go fairly regularly and on a quiet Mo ...
We go fairly regularly and on a quiet Monday night the waiter was very dissapointing... read more
OpenTable Diner Since 2008 via opentable.com - Aug 23, 2016
Great local Italian food
Lovely party room. Delicious food. Plenty of parking. Good wine list. Helpful staff. Good place for after work supper.
carbon60 via tripadvisor.com - Aug 22, 2016
Our neighborhood restaurant, so we're fa ...
Our neighborhood restaurant, so we're fans, but one frequent disappointment is that the fish is over cooked. Be sure to mention to your waiter. Otherwise a great place for a nice dinner.
Eatout via opentable.com - Aug 20, 2016
Authentic Italian.
They make excellent pizza here in the correct thin crust cooked to perfection. The place is large and service is excellent. Friendly and professional. I would have liked to return several times but schedule didn't allow. They don't open did lunch unfortunately but you should be pleased with this venue located next to the Holiday Inn ... read more
ScambusterSZ via tripadvisor.com - Aug 17, 2016
We had a nice birthday celebration at Fr ...
We had a nice birthday celebration at Frantoio. Because of the large size of our group (10), we were seated in the private dining room which made it very nice for the seniors in the group with hearing issues. Food highlights included the homemade gnocchetti, the burrata, the pork chops and the salmon. We'll be back!
OpenTable Diner Since 2008 via opentable.com - Aug 15, 2016
Authentic Northern Italian Restaurant
We have been coming to Frantoio for nearly 20 years. The food is awesome! Healthy delicious foods, great friendly service and they have 2 Private Dining Rooms for large or small parties.
Colleen K via tripadvisor.com - Aug 14, 2016
Dinner
Pricey. The food was really good and the service was great. Food is a little pricey if you are on a budget and with a family.
misolis via tripadvisor.com - Aug 13, 2016
Great food, great service great me u and ...
Great food, great service great me u and great drinks/wines!
Petey via opentable.com - Aug 10, 2016
Outstanding Experience
We were in the area for a few days and my cousin who lives in Mill Valley made reservations for our families to meet here for dinner on Friday. She and her husband go frequently, and we can see why! Both the service and the food were excellent. There is a wide variety on the menu so everyone is sure to have options. Our teenagers enj... read more
Pat M via tripadvisor.com - Aug 6, 2016
Environment is lovely; great use ...
Environment is lovely; great use of architectural detail.  Comfortable volume, especially for our area which was pretty full.  Great flavors for the fettuccine and of course the bread is all others have said - delicious!  For a side order, the Salumi and Cheese, paired with grilled asparagus is the perfect portion to share, even begr... read more
Lindsay A. via yelp.com - Aug 3, 2016
Italian dining with a California flair
We often eat in the private room with a large group. It is behind glass but part of the larger dining room. The food is good. Fish, pasta, salads.
Jill F via tripadvisor.com - Jul 25, 2016
We have lived in Mill Valley for 3 years ...
We have lived in Mill Valley for 3 years and never tried Frantoio's but glad we did. Everything was excellent and we will definitely be back.
miked via opentable.com - Jul 24, 2016
Maurico made our day. I may be ...
Maurico made our day. I may be spelling your name wrong; I would assume it's 'Mauricio' but my tab is spelled Maurico. Do yourself a favor; go check out Muir Woods for the day and hike past the strollers and the selfies until you're out of breath from the ascent and can actually hear the babbling of the brooks around you. Embrace you... read more
Clifford S. via yelp.com - Jul 23, 2016
Surprisingly delicious and service much improved!
Five of us (three adults, two pasta-loving teens) had a lovely dinner here. Having grown up in Mill Valley and stayed in the adjacent hotels multiple times in the last decade we always found Frantoio uneven and sometimes the service could verge on unpleasant BUT this time the service was lovely, just attentive enough and the food was... read more
Gringacriolla via tripadvisor.com - Jul 23, 2016
We love Frantoio...good food, great sett ...
We love Frantoio...good food, great setting, lovely service. On this occasion, we were horribly late as we were stuck in awful traffic on the bridge...at least our dining friends were on time! The restaurant was more than kind and very understanding of our tardiness. Frantoio has never failed it and we love being there with friend... read more
MaggieSF via opentable.com - Jul 23, 2016
Not as good as it used to be. Prices too ...
Not as good as it used to be. Prices too high. Ravioli were hard and luke warm. Waiter not really pleasant.
Funtodine via opentable.com - Jul 23, 2016
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