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Gone, but never forgotten! Thank ...
Gone, but never forgotten! Thank you Frantoio for many years of wonderful evenings. The top-notch staff always made us and all the guests feel special, and the food was first rate, unique and prepared with love and care. Best wishes to everyone; would that we will all meet again!
Melanie H. via yelp.com - Feb 17, 2019
Came to say goodbye to a favorite restaurant! So sad it’s closing!
PatriciaR via opentable.com - Feb 14, 2019
Will be missed ... read more
snorton via opentable.com - Feb 13, 2019
I'm not a Yelp-maven, but I've ...
I'm not a Yelp-maven, but I've been to this place literally hundreds of times, and it's an unmitigated catastrophe that it's closing. Ability to outbid on real estate is entirely unrelated to restaurant quality--it's tragic to see this place go. Thanks for untold number of impeccable meals, Frantoio. Regrets for the inevitable touris ... read more
Joe M. via yelp.com - Feb 12, 2019
so sad this restaurant will be closing at end of the week. will be missed by many ... read more
JackC via opentable.com - Feb 9, 2019
We are so very sorry that Frantoio is closing. It has been a very special place for us for many years. It will be hard to replace. We hope that the staff will be reunited at a different place.
jeff via opentable.com - Feb 9, 2019
We should have returned to Frantoio sooner!! Great ambiance and service and the food was delicious. All three of us had the. caprese salad special and it was outstanding. Chicken, superb pasta and good well-priced wine finished the meal. A hidden gem in Mill Valley!
Delicious via opentable.com - Feb 2, 2019
It was great!
OpenTable Diner via opentable.com - Feb 2, 2019
Another lovely birthday dinner celebrated at Frantoio. Fantastic food and drink. Wonderful service. So very bummed that Frantoio is losing its lease and closing. Hoping hoping hoping they will find another location in or near Mill Valley. Thanks for all the greatness over the years!!
MillValleyMom via opentable.com - Feb 2, 2019
I really love this restaurant. I had forgotten it for awhile but started visiting again a few months ago and have had excellent experiences. I love to drop in alone for something simple like caesar salad with broiled salmon, but also love getting together with friends for girls night out. I'm always ready for the scallops. Truffled m ... read more
Daphne Lowe via google.com - Feb 1, 2019
Great for a banquet. We celebrated ...
Great for a banquet. We celebrated my wife's 50th in style. They have rooms to accommodate 25-30 in private. Great service and food.
Christian W. via yelp.com - Jan 29, 2019
We are always pleased with the food and service at Frantoio's! It is OUR place where we know there will be great service and interesting meal choices. They make their own olive oil and it is good enough to buy a bottle and take home for our cooking! Great wine too!! We highly recommend Frantoio's!
MarshaV via opentable.com - Jan 25, 2019
great happy hour ; good food & very friendly staff
great happy hour ; good food & very friendly staff ... read more
Paula Holtz-Fuller via facebook.com - Jan 24, 2019
Expensive but worth it ... read more
Nancy via opentable.com - Jan 21, 2019
How to take a nice setting serving delicious food and diminish the experience? Have a surly, dismissive waiter. We would go back to Frantoio any time we are back in the area, but if Jamshid comes up as our server, we will ask to change waiters.
GSMiller via opentable.com - Jan 18, 2019
The best service we've had in Marin ...
The best service we've had in Marin in a long time - attentive without being overbearing. Dinners were prepared beautifully.  The desserts were yummy. Ambience is perfect. I'm a picky guy and can't find fault with the slightest item.
Wayne J. via yelp.com - Jan 12, 2019
Once inside, Frantoio was a calming space of efficient activity. The pace was just right and the foods excellent. The service was attentive without being forced. Both of our entries were perfect and both servings were a nice size - not too large, or too small. The wine choices were good. Since we were there ahead of a play in Mill Va ... read more
Drfritz via opentable.com - Jan 12, 2019
The fish special suited my tastes to a T. Swordfish and probably sea bass impeccably broiled, crispy on top, delicate inside combined with my favorite vegetable, spinach sautéed deliciously and mashed potatoes that were very flavorful. Most satisfying meal accompanied by a generous pour of chardonnay. My friend had a scallop risot ... read more
GwenT via opentable.com - Jan 6, 2019
Always an enjoyable experience. Wonderful fresh focaccia bread, homemade olive oil, top quality food and service. Hands down, our favorite Italian restaurant in Marin County. Delicious pasta dishes, wonderful fish entrees’, stone hearth pizzas, a nice selection of meats and poultry. Casual yet elegant.
OpenTable Diner via opentable.com - Jan 4, 2019
New Years Eve ... read more
CaroleE via opentable.com - Jan 1, 2019
We had a wonderfully delicious dinner at Frantoio Dec 29.Omar was our server and he was excellent. He recommended dishes and his recommendations were perfect!I highly recommend Frantoio for a date night, group parties in the Green Room, etc!
Petey via opentable.com - Dec 30, 2018
Ambience was pleasant, waiter friendly and helpful. Service leisurely but that contributed to the relaxed mood. The New Zealand lamb chops were excellent, the presentation elegant, cabernet very nice, dessert (afagato with dark chocolate shavings) fabulous.
John via opentable.com - Dec 29, 2018
The food here is always excellent.On this visit our waiter was Omar, and he was extremely helpful. He explained what was in the dishes and was very helpful in describing the wines. The dishes we chose were very delicious and the wine was perfect. We have found wines here that were so good that we now buy them by the case for home use ... read more
foodlover via opentable.com - Dec 28, 2018
Post Christmas goodbye dinner ... read more
OpenTable Diner via opentable.com - Dec 27, 2018
Always consistent! Good food and great service. They had the A team working on Christmas Eve.
MAKFG via opentable.com - Dec 24, 2018
The food and experience at Frantoio is still good, however the service was lacking recently which dampened the experience overall a bit.The dishes haven’t changed much over the last 10 years and they need to boost that up. The standards are very good but more specials or some changes and a more expansive menu would be a boost for th ... read more
JWyJB via opentable.com - Dec 23, 2018
Service was again very slow. Waiter was inattentive. Had to flag down busboy several times to locate waiter.Chicken picatta was excellent. Steaks were mediocre. Overall, poor service and inconsistent food.
Neils via opentable.com - Dec 22, 2018
The waiter was amazing. The food was delicious and the ambiance was perfect. It was a bit too loud but we expected as such given the high ceilings.
LReneeR via opentable.com - Dec 21, 2018
As always, great food in restful environment. No overpowering background music. Good service.
Rover via opentable.com - Dec 20, 2018
Frantoio is still a best kept Secret, nestled back a few minutes from 101 in Tam Valley. The food is excellent, the ambiance is perfect for dates, socializing or just having a night out for dinner. What I love about this place is that you don't feel like you're crammed into small space like some of the other restaurants near by.
Thebass7dude via opentable.com - Dec 20, 2018
I've loved this place for years! ...
I've loved this place for years!  Never had a bad meal.  I must say I love the rabbit ragu tagliatelle.  I also love the scallops.  Most of all, the olive oil is the greatest to take home!
Jennifer W. via yelp.com - Dec 16, 2018
Always love dinner here- local spot, so guaranteed to run into a couple of friends. Great bar, consistent quality and lovely wait staff. Very busy last week, so service was a little slow. No big deal- enjoyed our Manhattans and the wonderful bread and house made Olive oil!
CathyW via opentable.com - Dec 15, 2018
Moms 91st birthday ... read more
foodist via opentable.com - Dec 15, 2018
Great company party there had great time. Good service good help nice lovely area ... read more
freejayz fuhreal tv via google.com - Dec 15, 2018
Nice Italian restaurant - place for a special event - too pricey for everyday dining.
OpenTable Diner via opentable.com - Dec 6, 2018
Everyone’s food was very, very good. Generous portions and nicely presented. It was just a little slow on service as there seemed to be only one waiter for the entire restaurant and we were put in a very quiet, sterile side room so did not have service for long periods. We did request a quiet table but it was too quiet and that there ... read more
LeeBee via opentable.com - Dec 6, 2018
Party of 4 had a corner booth that was perfect for conversation. Our reservation was at 7 and we lingered until after 10 pm. Food and service were great. Staff was very accommodating.
brianw via opentable.com - Dec 4, 2018
Pizza
I went to this restaurant many times. I"m always looking for a good pizza.I like the location and the staff is very kind. The pizza was good, well cooked and very tasty.
407carlop via tripadvisor.com - Dec 2, 2018
Busy Saturday evening. Table ready on-time matching our reservation. Slow service based on a full crowd. Had drinks, but had to ask for bread while waiting for dinner. Waiter impatient based on too many tables. Restaurant was noisy.
MikeF via opentable.com - Dec 2, 2018
Great service and delicious high end Italian cuisine. Definitely will return.
PedroE via opentable.com - Nov 21, 2018
Guests visiting from out of town ... read more
OpenTable Diner via opentable.com - Nov 18, 2018
This restaurant never disappoints. It is spacious, service is attentive, great location right off freeway, quiet atmosphere so possible to have conversation without loud chatter or loud music. For us it is a frequent stop.
Elliott via opentable.com - Nov 18, 2018
We had a great dinner and didn't feel overwhelmed-portion sizes were good.
Sherry via opentable.com - Nov 18, 2018
We were so lucky....came at a time when it wasn’t filled and noisy yet and got a great booth. Our waitress was great, got our order in and within minutes we all had our salads. My husband and I split a Caesar and it was perfect-not over powering dressing. Our host had the beet salad-also very likable! We all cleaned our plates on tho ... read more
SFNativeFoodie via opentable.com - Nov 12, 2018
Very good service and nice atmosphere but the food was dull tasting and uninteresting......
MVDavid via opentable.com - Nov 11, 2018
Great food, service and interior One of our favorites.
SteveR via opentable.com - Nov 10, 2018
It was a very delicious dinner; food excellent and the waiter made the meal so much fun. We’ll definitely come back very soon!
GaleG via opentable.com - Nov 9, 2018
This was a birthday celebration and we had such a good time! We had the calamari appetizer (yummy!). Then pastas and salads which were all quite tasty! We will definitely be back.
CarolA via opentable.com - Nov 7, 2018
It was a wonderful dining experience! Food was delicious! Server was the BEST! Susan, the hostess, was one of the loveliest people I’ve ever met. Actually, so was our waiter! Will go back very soon!
funfoods via opentable.com - Nov 2, 2018
One of my absolute favorites!! The service is friendly, professional and discerning. The food is delicious, creative and well presented. The bar is well appointed and spectacular. I have only praise for Frantoio.
BrendaC via opentable.com - Oct 23, 2018
Great birthday dinner, food is outstanding, worth every penny... we'll be back!
Dreidel82 via opentable.com - Oct 23, 2018
I really love Frantoio. I love the look. I love the food. I love the service. I love the bar. I hope it can sustain as I would hate to see it close. They have a lovely private rooms for special occasions. I even gave a bridal shower there which was lovely. Check out Frantoio if you haven't. Love it ... read more
Hatenoisy via opentable.com - Oct 23, 2018
The most beautiful and most delicious food ever.
Dina Vargas via google.com - Oct 23, 2018
Always excellent. This is one of my favorite restaurants.
janea via opentable.com - Oct 14, 2018
I hadn't been to this restaurant for years. The interior was spacious and very pleasant. The food choices were good. We had the scallops and the sea bass special. Despite different dishes, the looked very similar - green sauce on the bottom, potatoes and a topping. The horseradish crust on the sea bass was delicious but the fish ... read more
OpenTable Diner via opentable.com - Oct 13, 2018
Had a great time at this wonderful establishment. The staff was excellent, and the food was delicious! Thanks to the manager (I believe his name is Matt) for educating us on the olive oil Mill, and for checking in on us regularly!
Jazzman James via google.com - Oct 7, 2018
The wood fired pizza was fantastic! The atmosphere was lovely, and the staff were on point and very attentive. Shout out to the manager for checking in on us, and for teaching us about the olive mill. Definitely recommend this place if you're in the bay area!
Jeff Kilgore via google.com - Oct 7, 2018
Our go to place for consistently excellent service, food and atmosphere.
CrystalB via opentable.com - Oct 4, 2018
Great Italian Food
The atmosphere, food and service (server was Jamshid) were five star. They have a daily special menu as well as a fixed menu that changes on occasion. We usually order the daily specials and we have NEVER been disappointed. The food has always been EXCELLENT....More ... read more
Michael I via tripadvisor.com - Oct 2, 2018
Service has gone down hill a bit: slow to bring wine, didn't refill water glasses. Entrees are still delicious, but Caesar salad has romaine cut into tiny pieces now instead of while stalks, chocolate tower cake dessert has cold chocolate sauce now, instead of hot.
OpenTable Diner via opentable.com - Sep 30, 2018
Delicioso!
I was here with 5 people, and each of us loved our dish so much that (it wasn't only me) I sampled each dish. Every detail down to the bread/olive oil was wonderfully presented and they press their own olive oil - you can take...More ... read more
dianekamikaze via tripadvisor.com - Sep 29, 2018
Our first visit, even though we live only 15 minutes away. There were four of us. Omar was our server, very pleasant, offered without asking to split our salad. I did think the Caesar salad we split was a small portion, many restaurants are more generous, but it was fresh .Omar was attentive, not obtrusive.The food was good, we all ... read more
Marineats via opentable.com - Sep 29, 2018
This is a lovely restaurant for enjoying a quiet meal with friends or family. It is quiet, staff is efficient and courteous, and the food is very good.
Elliott via opentable.com - Sep 28, 2018
We started out with a grumpy server. Fortunately we got a more agreeable server and all turned out lovely.
AnnM via opentable.com - Sep 28, 2018
Delicious, authentic and classy!
Marlene Dines via google.com - Sep 24, 2018
Great service. Great food. One of our favorite places for an anniversary dinner.
MillValleyMom via opentable.com - Sep 21, 2018
My husband and I were disappointed with our dinner here two nights ago. The beef ravioli main course dish with arrabiata sauce was so bland that my husband needed bowl of red pepper flakes to achieve the level of spiciness that this dish is known for. My main course of mushroom raviolis was tasteless. The raviolis had no flavor and t ... read more
Bennie via opentable.com - Sep 21, 2018
Good Italian spot just over the bridge.
They open @ 4:30pm, but main dining area doesn’t start service until 5:30pm. Food was good. Would definitely stop here again when in the area.
Rob M via tripadvisor.com - Sep 17, 2018
Stopped in for after-dinner drinks ...
Stopped in for after-dinner drinks only.  Fabulous service, friendly atmosphere.  I recommend.
Janice K. via yelp.com - Sep 12, 2018
MV has several great restaurants ...
MV has several great restaurants and although it's nearby, Frantoio always slips my mind. We've had dinner in the main restaurant once, but have had dinner in the bar a few times. The setting next to a Holiday Inn is deceiving. This is by no means your typical Holiday Inn restaurant. Our meals here have always been great and I really ... read more
Adrienne M. via yelp.com - Sep 12, 2018
Had an outstanding dinner here. Started with calamari fritti and a Margherita pizza. The calamari was very fresh and cooked perfectly. The pizza came with a tomato sauce on it, not traditional for Margherita, but tasty. Our entrees were excellent: New York steak perfectly cooked and flavorful; roasted chicken piccata—a slightly diffe ... read more
NeilS via opentable.com - Sep 4, 2018
excellent service from our server Omar merino thanks to this server our night was excellent
excellent service from our server Omar merino thanks to this server our night was excellent ... read more
Alejandro Aguilar via facebook.com - Sep 4, 2018
Dinner
Delicious, gorgeous, excellent presentations and quality ingredients.... I highly recommend this restaurant if you are looking for a higher end, quality establishment.
Lisa K via tripadvisor.com - Sep 3, 2018
Nice restaurabt in an unusual place.
we arrived about a half hour before closing and I was afraid they would try to rush us out - but they didnt. We had a great server who reassured us that we could stay as long as we would ike and dont feel rushed...More ... read more
Nancy H via tripadvisor.com - Sep 3, 2018
Menu was inviting. Food was high-quality and tasty, though the mashed potatoes were a little too salty. I also appreciated that the meal did not feel heavy or greasy, not even the ravioli with a brown butter sauce. The ambiance was expansive and pleasant, too. However, our server seemed disinterested/too busy to talk to us, and th ... read more
OpenTable Diner via opentable.com - Sep 2, 2018
Tiramisu
One of the best tiramisu desserts we’ve had. It’s authentic and made with ladyfingers & very light & flavorful. We ordered a sausage pizza which we didn’t enjoy as the crust was doughy and mushy & the pizza lacked flavor. Many diners were enjoying pasta...More ... read more
upt0wnN0la via tripadvisor.com - Aug 31, 2018
We enjoy Frantoio and will return. Some waitpersons are better than others tonight our waitperson was a bit enthusiastic in “getting us started” and tried to pour the wine we brought JUST as we all 4 settled in our seats. Way to soon!!! He should ha e set the pace a bit slower. He was polite, but we had to slow him down. Food terrifi ... read more
SusanM via opentable.com - Aug 31, 2018
Lovely roadside eatery. We were ...
Lovely roadside eatery. We were staying next door and just needed a snack and night cap. Honestly next door to a chain hotel we didn't expect much. We were pleasantly surprised. We enjoyed the tasteful decor, excellent service, delightful wine and perfectly cooked calamari. We saw them serve hand made pasta and fresh baked pizzas. Ev ... read more
Tim P. via yelp.com - Aug 27, 2018
Unfortunately we were introducing this restaurant to some friends of ours and the waiter was very poor. Had to be reminded many times of our requests, never had the order correct, and never apologized for his poor service. The food was great, like it always is.
ChrisH via opentable.com - Aug 26, 2018
Great Italian food. I had the Ragu ...
Great Italian food. I had the Ragu pasta which was amazing. Small details like heated plates And a friendly greeting and service from Cindy make this place a gem.
Peter J. via yelp.com - Aug 22, 2018
A Go To Spot
Pretty much always available for a nice, easy dinner with consistently good food, fun conversational service, killer olive oil, especially the just pressed oil that you cannot stop dining your bread in.
KathieVee via tripadvisor.com - Aug 21, 2018
We come here several times a year, and always find consistency, good service, happy people, and substantial food.
andy via opentable.com - Aug 21, 2018
We stayed at the Holiday inn adjacent to the restaurant. The food and service was great!
DonnaS via opentable.com - Aug 18, 2018
Very good food! Will definitely come back again.
Very good food! Will definitely come back again.
Pau Lee via facebook.com - Aug 15, 2018
Truly excellent cuisine!
Sophisticated atmosphere, interesting menu offerings, delicious food! Although our waiter was a bit pretentious and had too many table to work, service was good. We found this place at the suggestion of our hotel, and were very pleased. Recommended!
Kathyindenver via tripadvisor.com - Aug 12, 2018
Fabulous! We went there twice during our 5-day stay in Mill Valley.
SunnyS via opentable.com - Aug 12, 2018
If you want to be treated like royalty go here. We always have a wonderful experience every time we go and the food is amazing!
Lex K via google.com - Aug 8, 2018
Too bad
I’ve been going to Frantoio for years. The food is great and the restaurant has a wonderful atmosphere. The service has gone way down hill. Tired, old, fat, Italian waiters walk around in a daze and hang around the front of the restaurant never available...More ... read more
John D via tripadvisor.com - Aug 6, 2018
My husband and I frequently eat at Frantoio and we have never had a bad meal. Their Caesar salad is absolutely delicious! The Pappardelle with Rabbit Ragu is also a favorite of ours. Last evening we had a silky mushroom soup that was outstanding. In addition we find the employees very welcoming and friendly which is a big dea ... read more
Kay Conneely via google.com - Aug 6, 2018
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