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This is a local Mill Valley/Tam Junction gem that not too many people know about. But it is building up a clientel fast. I've been eating here for the last 7 years. The menu has changed since 2010 but only for the better.A delectable choice of Italian food, great wines and great ambience.
Thebass7dude via opentable.com - Aug 11, 2017
Italian in a cavernous setting
I've eaten here three times and all three times I enjoyed the food but not the waiter. There's one particular male server that I seem to get every time and he has some affectations and manners that consistently rub me the wrong way. One time...More ... read more
circusgurl via tripadvisor.com - Aug 10, 2017
Great pasta
Though menu doesn't change much it is excellent in everything from soup to salad to entrees. Pasta is homemade. It's not noisy, i.e. it's possible to have conversation with your dinner mates. They make their own (fabulous) olive oil (the press is in a side...More ... read more
PeggyHa via tripadvisor.com - Aug 9, 2017
This is our go to restaurant - ...
This is our go to restaurant - food is always delicious, great service and a full bar. Go check them out.
bonnie o. via yelp.com - Aug 3, 2017
Delicious food, fantastic service
Amazing room The hostess and waiters made were very sweet, friendly and service-minded - we felt like a part of the family The food is very delicious I have allergies, and they handled it very professionally. I had the best risotto, I've ever tasted at...More ... read more
Benedikte v via tripadvisor.com - Jul 29, 2017
Great service (Jamshid was our server), great food from the daily specials and great cocktails!Highly recommend this great local Italian restaurant!!
Petey via opentable.com - Jul 29, 2017
Delicious dinner for two
Frantoio offers amazing Italian entrees and sides. Try the calamari appetizer, we did - you won't be disappointed ... read more
sandrawA2736WY via tripadvisor.com - Jul 26, 2017
Good food.
We ate here and the food was really good. It was a bit more expensive then I thought it was going to be. They make olive oil and you can see the process through a glass window in the dining area. I would eat here...More ... read more
millie2nd via tripadvisor.com - Jul 23, 2017
We loved our visit to Frantoio. We went there first for a drink and were personally seated by the manager, who spent time chatting with us. We went back for dinner and found a very friendly, vibrant atmosphere. Our server, Zorro, has been at the restaurant since it first opened a few decades ago. He made several recommendations, whic ... read more
mnshe via opentable.com - Jul 23, 2017
I love this restaurant. Don't be ...
I love this restaurant. Don't be put off by the reviews of the rabbit that's just one of many things on the menu. All of the food is prepared perfectly seasoned and cooked to order. Cocktails are delicious and the setting is beautiful though it is strange to have it next to the Holiday Inn. The service is terrific and they don't hove ... read more
nancy a. via yelp.com - Jul 21, 2017
The ambiance is elegant new world ...
The ambiance is elegant new world Italian, comfortable, inviting, as is the menu. They make their own olive oil so behind a glass wall is a working olive crush stone which is a delight to watch when in action. Very good service, just about always. Romantic, not too noisy, and a nice little bar to wait at, but there usually is no wait ... read more
Aidan J. via yelp.com - Jul 20, 2017
Enjoyable meal in a very pleasant environment. We sat near the olive press and liked the ambiance. The food was delicious, especially the risotto of the day.
BevT via opentable.com - Jul 19, 2017
Two couples had an excellent meal ...
Two couples had an excellent meal with attentive service. Restaurant is quiet-you can actually have a conversation without screaming. Issues raised in recent negative reviews not in evidence.
William L. via yelp.com - Jul 13, 2017
Frantoio is one if our go-to favorites. The food is consistently good, it's a pleasant, mellow atmosphere, and the host staff is great about trying to meet our table requests. The one weakness is that the service is slow. We usually have frustrating waits to order an additional beverage, get coffee refills, replace a dropped fork, e ... read more
scrappy113 via opentable.com - Jul 12, 2017
A perfect setting for Italian
Frantoio is the Italian cuisine gem of Mill Valley. While located in a spot next to a Holiday Inn as you exit HWY 101 for Mill Valley (HWY 1) don't let the location deter you. The ambiance is elegant new world Italian, comfortable, inviting, as...More ... read more
rmendrib via tripadvisor.com - Jul 10, 2017
Tasty spot
When visiting Mill Valley this past June 2017 we popped into the restaurant. I was absolutely surprised. Fried calamari was wonderful the pasta dish was amazing. Can't tell you when I truly enjoyed my meal so much. I have to watch my salt intake so...More ... read more
Elizabeth G via tripadvisor.com - Jul 9, 2017
The food here is pretty average ...
The food here is pretty average... not terrible, but not fantastic. The pizza had a lot of oil on it... and the ravioli was so so. The bread before dinner was the best part. The chocolate cake was also very good.
Bobby K. via yelp.com - Jul 8, 2017
Anything on the menu with mushrooms is heavenly (pizza, ravioli, etc.). Sole special: fish was overwhelmed by the fresh-cut corn. Bread was delightful; ask for vinegar for a lovely accomplishment.
NYC77 via opentable.com - Jul 8, 2017
Had a great meal. Overall dining experience was excellent.
JohnBC via opentable.com - Jul 8, 2017
We enjoyed a wonderful night celebrating a friend's birthday! Great waiter and the food is always wonderful from bread with olive oil to pasta to dessert.
BDDiners via opentable.com - Jul 8, 2017
Good food, but very pricy
I'd say the food here is Good, but it's not great. We had the burrata and prosciutto appetizer, which was pretty standard. The mushroom ravioli was just Ok. Presentation was lacking. The papardelli pasta was the best thing we had. The pasta was perfect and...More ... read more
Dianah R via tripadvisor.com - Jul 5, 2017
Good setting, easy location, really good food, really good service ... read more
Robert via opentable.com - Jul 1, 2017
Their lamb shanks are delicious!!!
Maria Tan via google.com - Jun 29, 2017
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cole lindsay via google.com - Jun 28, 2017
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cole lindsay via google.com - Jun 24, 2017
(Translated by Google) Good food, good service, high prices. (Original) Buon cibo, ottimo servizio, prezzi alti.
Roberto Collecchi via google.com - Jun 24, 2017
We have been to this restaurant several times and it never fails to please. I had lamb chops with roasted butternut squash which was excellent.
odette via opentable.com - Jun 24, 2017
Very good restaurant. We had two different kinds of ravioli that were both perfectly cooked with very good sauce. Wait staff and bar tender very welcoming and attentive. Waited recommended a very good Italian wine that went very well with the food. Good panna cotta for dessert. Don't miss the meatball appetizers and be sure to g ... read more
odette via opentable.com - Jun 22, 2017
Buon cibo, ottimo servizio, prezzi alti.
Roberto Collecchi via google.com - Jun 21, 2017
Don't be fooled by the location!
This is a gem of a contemporary, family run Italian restaurant. It shares venues with the Holiday Inn Express (what??!!) but do not be fooled. The food is outstanding - fresh and creative - and the staff wonderful. The same people have worked there for...More ... read more
Mary T via tripadvisor.com - Jun 14, 2017
Really nice evening. Noise level way down from prior experiences at Frantoio and food was better than we remembered. Looking forward to our next dinner there.
gkc30 via opentable.com - Jun 11, 2017
Husband and I date night out: dinner and symphony. I chose this restaurant because it serves organic foods, and is located near freeway to avoid always traffic of Marin to get to symphony on time. We have come at 5:30 openings for dinner, so service is great and no noose! I don't know noise level at normal dinner hours. But they have ... read more
LadyK via opentable.com - Jun 9, 2017
Delizioso! 4.5 for sure!
Staying next door at the Holiday Inn. Funnily enough I had been checking out restaurants in the area before we arrived. I was delighted and surprised that the number 2 spot was next door to where we were staying! Arrived early, seated immediately. Looked at...More ... read more
SNG56 via tripadvisor.com - Jun 8, 2017
Reserved for a birthday dinner; however, the birthday gal became ill at the last minute. Service and dinner were excellent. A wee bit noisy but tolerable. Food was excellent. We will reschedule the birthday dinner soon.
CatherineW via opentable.com - Jun 8, 2017
Great!
Amazing food and drinks! If you want the bast Margarita EVERRRRR ask Mauricio to make it for you, thank me later!
Demetrio A via tripadvisor.com - Jun 7, 2017
Family reunion. Fantastic ... read more
OpenTable Diner via opentable.com - Jun 7, 2017
Roadside Delight
Hidden away; looks like part of a run of the mill motel that keeps changing names. But this place is a mainstay and has been there many years. It is always a great place for dinner, although a short drive out of town. They are...More ... read more
KathieVee via tripadvisor.com - Jun 4, 2017
Excellent ... read more
Mario Lopez via google.com - Jun 3, 2017
This place and the people are incredible. Our recent stay from South Carolina was amazing they trea
This place and the people are incredible. Our recent stay from South Carolina was amazing they treated us as lifetime regular customers. The food and the service was outstanding we would totally recommend this to anyone staying within the area.
Con Holmes via facebook.com - Jun 2, 2017
First time in two years and it was as good as I remember it!
OpenTable Diner via opentable.com - May 27, 2017
Excellent wine selection, super friendly atmosphere and great menu!
Excellent wine selection, super friendly atmosphere and great menu!
Carmen Millie Gonzalez Mikelatos via facebook.com - May 25, 2017
Superb Food, Outstanding service
This restaurant is adjacent to the Holiday Inn Express Mill Valley. I freqent both several times each year. There are numerous great dishes. My favorite is braised pulled local rabbit in a wonderful mushroom sauce with paperadelle homemade pasta. The number one waiter who I...More ... read more
Jay T via tripadvisor.com - May 18, 2017
Good food, neat dining area
There is a nice variety in the menu and a decent wine list. The pizzas are great. Save room for the desserts. Good for families.
SpikeIII via tripadvisor.com - May 16, 2017
We love Frantaio. Food is always great as is the armpsohere. We also like the service - Deborah in particular. One thing... We do miss the smoked salmon pizza...
Gourmand via opentable.com - May 7, 2017
Great food, great service!
Superb meals and service. Great to see you can get exceptional meals and service on the north side of the Golden Gate Bridge. I had the gnocchi and absolutely devoured it. My fellow diner enjoyed the New York steak and it was cooked perfectly. There...More ... read more
AusGirl71 via tripadvisor.com - May 4, 2017
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Orpheus Crutchfield via google.com - Apr 24, 2017
After a disappointing rejection ...
After a disappointing rejection from Pelican Inn, we find ourselves on s Sunday night at 9:30p at this place. The building is so grand w open frame, high ceiling.  We are immediately greeted by a TEAM of servers and even let us choose our own seats. Good thing I read other yelp reviews ahead, the portion is indeed big. The two of us ... read more
D M. via yelp.com - Apr 23, 2017
Nice quaint location with Fabulous Food and intimate dining. The service was great as well.
Nice quaint location with Fabulous Food and intimate dining. The service was great as well.
Tracy Read via facebook.com - Apr 22, 2017
Always love it. Sorry they are not making olive oil.
OpenTable Diner via opentable.com - Apr 21, 2017
We had a very enjoyable evening with good food and good friends. Two of us had the risotto with rabbit and it was delicious. One had the fettucini with prawns, and although I didn't get to taste it, it looked wonderful and I will try that one next time! We will be back for sure!!
OpenTable Diner via opentable.com - Apr 21, 2017
This is a terrific restaurant. I highly recommend it .
Elliott via opentable.com - Apr 19, 2017
Terrific place. Reliably excellent food, great service, and an environment where you can actually have a conversation! Love this place ... read more
OpenTable Diner via opentable.com - Apr 16, 2017
Our lovely dining experience was only marred by our waiter who was very distracted and not very helpful. He took our drink order then brought nothing that we had ordered. He then took our food order and brought out two salads and forgot the other two. We had very long pauses between courses and had trouble getting his attention. He m ... read more
vicki via opentable.com - Apr 12, 2017
Good food.
The pesto pizza with zucchini and chicken and beet salad was very delicious. The service was good too.
Janette M via tripadvisor.com - Apr 9, 2017
This place just keeps getting better. All five of us were full of "mmms" and "ahhhs." As special treat we sat in by the olive press. A perfect place to connect without extra noise. Bravo Frantoio!
Yumm via opentable.com - Apr 8, 2017
They always do a nice job. Good ...
They always do a nice job. Good food and great servers! The only reason it's four not five is the prices are a tad steep. Nice environment too.
Joanell S. via yelp.com - Apr 7, 2017
Excellent service, food, cocktails and wine! We highly recommend this local gem for date night or everyday dining! They have nightly specials that are fantastic!
Petey via opentable.com - Apr 7, 2017
We love this restaurant and our wonderful servers (Josef and Jamshesh) who make our meal so enjoyable.
Tiburondiner12345 via opentable.com - Apr 7, 2017
Always great service, fun mixed affable crowd where locals and visitors find convivial conversation & delicious organic Tuscan cuisine in Marin!
marcia smith via google.com - Apr 5, 2017
An excellent anniversary dinner. Debra out server was great, food was amazing (New York strip steak, sea. bass, and calamari app),and the booth we had was wonderful. Would come back again if we were in the neighborhood.
OpenTable Diner via opentable.com - Apr 1, 2017
Since it's housed in an old Howard Johnson's building next to a Holiday Inn Express, expectations were a bit low. But I was happy to find a spacious and comfortable interior that actually felt more like a converted church from the inside. Large groups could be easily seated in either the private rooms or the main dining room. Food ... read more
Local30 via opentable.com - Apr 1, 2017
Excellent food... great atmosphere ...
Excellent food... great atmosphere... highly attentive wait staff... each experience was wonderful.
Patty S. via yelp.com - Mar 31, 2017
GreatLoved the scallops ... read more
OpenTable Diner via opentable.com - Mar 31, 2017
Exceptional food in a good location
Exceptional food in a good location wether you are local of a traveler. Good wine selection and good service.
DocG35 via tripadvisor.com - Mar 29, 2017
Had dinner while staying at Holiday ...
Had dinner while staying at Holiday Inn next door. We were a bit leery, as some of our experiences with hotel-adjacent food have been sketchy. Well, we were more than pleasantly surprised. Food was excellent, hot, and served impeccably. They have their own olive oil, and they sell it if you want a bottle for home. It paired quite wel ... read more
Stephanie W. via yelp.com - Mar 26, 2017
Excellent food!
Had dinner while staying at Holiday Inn next door. We were a bit leery, as some of our experiences with hotel-adjacent food have been sketchy. Well, we were more than pleasantly surprised. Food was excellent, hot, and served impeccably. They have their own olive oil,...More ... read more
namhla via tripadvisor.com - Mar 26, 2017
I've always liked the ambiance ...
I've always liked the ambiance, decor and high ceilings of this restaurant. Food has always been above average. Even when filled with people it's not too noisy to have a conversation.  Strange isn't it that a rude and pompous waiter can destroy all that and not make me want to return? ... read more
Diana H. via yelp.com - Mar 25, 2017
Excellent
Great dinner, excellent service! No waiting, clean. Warm bread!! Great atmosphere. Good variety on menu.
Margaret M via tripadvisor.com - Mar 22, 2017
Good portions for the meal. Ambiance ...
Good portions for the meal. Ambiance was on muted romantic. The food came out a lot quicker then expected. Would be 5 if we didn't have to ask for the bread and the waiter listened to my request for no lemon with the iced tea.
Elise S. via yelp.com - Mar 21, 2017
There were 10 of us and they put us in the back where they press olives in olive oil season. It was terrific as it was quiet and we were able to talk among us without disturbing others. The maitre de also came back and described the process of making olive oil. Food was terrific. Terrific evening.
OpenTable Diner via opentable.com - Mar 19, 2017
Delicious authentic cuisine
Great friendly service. Food is always delicious. Great bread and olive oil. In addition, they have a great private room that you can reserve for special occasions!
Lorri L via tripadvisor.com - Mar 17, 2017
Redhead waiter was arrogant and condescending.
OpenTable Diner via opentable.com - Mar 17, 2017
I had been here on Valentine's day before and had a good experience, but my most recent experience was not up to par. The food was ok and for the price ok is not what you would expect. I got the same dish as I had previously and found the most recent version to be lacking. We had a gelato dessert and it was not very good. The service ... read more
rene via opentable.com - Mar 16, 2017
Always enjoy the food and friendly staff!
CDMcKown via opentable.com - Mar 16, 2017
This place was a fantastic hidden gem next to the Holiday Inn Express in Mill Valley for a bite bef
This place was a fantastic hidden gem next to the Holiday Inn Express in Mill Valley for a bite before or after a long race in the Marin Headlands. Bartender's and staff was exceptionally friendly and took good care of me and took interest in my visit. Very nice people.
Lorelei Beckt Phillips via facebook.com - Mar 13, 2017
As always, the meal and service was wonderful. Only thing is that we really really miss the smoked salmon pizza!!!
Gourmand via opentable.com - Mar 12, 2017
The food quality is deteriorating.
OpenTable Diner via opentable.com - Mar 12, 2017
We had a delicious dinner here tonight. I had the papardelle with rabbit and mushrooms, so delicious!
Condesa via opentable.com - Mar 11, 2017
We were seated promptly with our reservation, food was excellent and the floor manager was very active in making sure food was served promptly and our water glasses filled. One of the few places that we could have eaten everything on the menu - went back for pizza on the second night.
OpenTable Diner via opentable.com - Mar 10, 2017
Food was good, service prompt but waiter very brusque. Maybe because we were two women. Practically slammed bill on the table with no comment. I took a friend there for her birthday . I tipped 20% but I thought afterwards I shouldn't have. I live in Mill Valley and have been there many times and have entertained there. Next time I wi ... read more
Marty via opentable.com - Mar 10, 2017
Great food
We stayed at the Holiday Inn Express next door, and ate here the first night at the recommendation of the front desk staff and also because it was so convenient. The food was wonderful. Nice presentation and great flavor. The waitstaff was efficient and friendly....More ... read more
mswananh4 via tripadvisor.com - Mar 5, 2017
Fantastic Italian food in a great setting. Service is always impeccable--highly recommend.
OpenTable Diner Since 2004 via opentable.com - Mar 2, 2017
Excellent!
OpenTable Diner Since 2014 via opentable.com - Mar 1, 2017
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