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Thank you Matthew and all the staff for making our wedding dinner the most incredible meal and expe
Thank you Matthew and all the staff for making our wedding dinner the most incredible meal and experience!! The care and love you showed us made our special day even more wonderful! Thank you for a perfect evening. We will be back every time we visit Mill Valley!
Chris Rekalske via facebook.com - Oct 15, 2017
We held our wedding rehearsal cocktail ...
We held our wedding rehearsal cocktail hour at Frantoio's in the outdoor space next to the bar, and received OUTSTANDING service from the staff. The location is excellent, especially for out-of-town visitors, and the outdoor space is beautiful. Not to mention, the drinks and food were delicious! We highly recommend Frantoio's for din ... read more
Teddi H. via yelp.com - Oct 14, 2017
What a gem!
Staying at the Holiday Inn Express and since this is right next door decided to try it - it was fabulous from the time I walked in until the time I left - would highly recommend the scallops in pesto sauce & a yummy creme...More ... read more
Denise N via tripadvisor.com - Oct 12, 2017
Superb food. Waiter jocular and efficient. Decor impressive as always.
Annie via opentable.com - Oct 7, 2017
Over the weekend my husband and ...
Over the weekend my husband and I hosted a party in their private room just off the main restaurant. From the event manager to the busboys,  all of the staff did a wonderful job.  Our event was not rushed, the help was not obtrusive, the food was delicious, the atmosphere was lovely, We hardly noticed waiters and busboys coming into ... read more
E S. via yelp.com - Oct 3, 2017
A Wonderful Spot
We thoroughly enjoyed a delicious dinner at Frantoio. I loved the fact that the menu had everything you could want- salads, pasta, pizza, small plates and wonderful desserts. The service was excellent and friendly but more importantly the food was truly delicious. If you like...More ... read more
Geonannie via tripadvisor.com - Oct 3, 2017
Six of us celebrated a birthday ...
Six of us celebrated a birthday at Frantoio's last night.  We ordered as many different items as we could and all were very delicious.  I had the lamb with spinach and sweet potato gratin  The lamb was so tender and its sauce was perfect.  The spinach was done just right.  4  of us ordered various pasta dishes and a wonderful risotto ... read more
Janet W. via yelp.com - Oct 2, 2017
Homemade olive oil!
This is an excellent restaurant with good atmosphere. There is a giant olive press at the back and you can sit in this olive press room. So you would have a private table.
Holly H via tripadvisor.com - Oct 2, 2017
The Well kept secret of Mill Valley
You know, not a lot of folks know about this place but it's an amazing place. The food, the atmosphere is just lovely and right off the freeway. It doesn't look like much from the road but once you step into the place, you get...More ... read more
Edo C via tripadvisor.com - Oct 2, 2017
Excellent meal as always!
OpenTable Diner via opentable.com - Sep 30, 2017
THE FANTASTIC AUTHENTIC YET UNIQUE ITALIAN FOOD IS VERY SPECIAL AND THE STAFF MAKE THIS A TRULY FUN AND FRIENDLY PLACE TO BE.WE LOVE IT!
OpenTable Diner via opentable.com - Sep 27, 2017
WIFEY LIKES IT, IM HAPPY! GREAT APPETIZERS, BARTENDER WAS KOOL.. COMING AGAIN!
Stan Aruta via google.com - Sep 25, 2017
Another good dinner at Frantoio. We are locals and this is a regular spot for us.
OpenTable Diner via opentable.com - Sep 18, 2017
The food was ok, nothing special. The service a bit messy, I had to ask a second time for my drink because it was not arriving, and once I received the bill, it was the bill of another table.....
OpenTable Diner via opentable.com - Sep 17, 2017
Quickly seated without a reservation. Staff were friendly and we were well attended. Had the pizza which was yum with a crispy thin base.
Charmaine Carbonaro via google.com - Sep 15, 2017
One of the better places to eat in southern Marin. Nice ambience, good food and in our experience good service. The happy hour offers some bargains, like $5 wine at the bar ($7 in the dining room) and some good small plates. In the dining room my caprice salad was excellent, and one of my friends raved about the meatballs. A simp ... read more
OpenTable Diner via opentable.com - Sep 15, 2017
Delicious food served by a delightful staff! We enjoyed a memorable family celebration in their Olive Press Room and will definitely return soon.
OpenTable Diner via opentable.com - Sep 12, 2017
Great wine selection and good food ... read more
OpenTable Diner via opentable.com - Sep 9, 2017
I had my wedding rehearsal dinner ...
I had my wedding rehearsal dinner in their large private dining room. My then future mother-in-law offered to pick up the bill if I did the planning, so naturally, I asked my Marin Community Director, Kevin B. for recommendations. He mentioned Frantoio Ristorante as an option. I eagerly emailed their events person, and was pleasantly ... read more
Melissa S. via yelp.com - Sep 8, 2017
I live nearby - always forget to eat here (more below) - but ALWAYS have a great meal!
I actually live in the next town to Frantoio. The unfortunate thing about this restaurant is its location. It's not in downtown Mill Valley, where you might see it and say "Oh! Time for dinner! This looks great!" It doesn't have a view like, perhaps,...More ... read more
YourCardShark via tripadvisor.com - Sep 8, 2017
Had not been here in over a year, so did not know what to expect. It turned out to be quite a good choice. The food was very good...2 had salmon, I had risotto. Service was close to perfect. We'll go again soon.
GHQ1 via opentable.com - Aug 30, 2017
Delicioso!!!
Great Italian food next to the Holiday Inn Express in Mill Valley. Stayed at this hotel on the way to Muir Woods and ate dinner here. Menu was extensive. Great appetizers and salads. Fresh pasta made in house. Delicious entrees. Nice ambiance and attentice staff....More ... read more
miggy2016 via tripadvisor.com - Aug 29, 2017
Birthday celebration, an annual event.
OpenTable Diner via opentable.com - Aug 26, 2017
My only negative is that they charge $25 for corkage. that's the highest I've ever seen in Marin. I always like to bring a bottle of champagne, so I think the $25 corkage fee would deter me from coming back. (Salitos, in Sausalito doesn't charge corkage) ... read more
OpenTable Diner via opentable.com - Aug 25, 2017
Food was excellent. Service was less inspiring. Waiter acted as if serving our table might of been a chore. Overall the food was good enough to consider returning.
OpenTable Diner via opentable.com - Aug 24, 2017
Wow, great food & service. amazing wine list. Both the pesto and gnocchi were out of site, thoght i was back in Italy. Almost drove by, so glad i stopped. Lots of room for our large party, manager even showed us the olive press, will be back as soon as I'm in the area. The place is 'Not to be missed!' Full bar, booths, plenty of ta ... read more
Miles Calkins via google.com - Aug 23, 2017
Wonderful, as always! I had forgotten just how much I loved this place!
Fran via opentable.com - Aug 23, 2017
One of my favorite places :) I come here as often as I can.
Holly via opentable.com - Aug 23, 2017
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
是啥,米饭的是啥。 不喜欢 :-|:-|:-|:-|:-O ... read more
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
Food ... read more
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
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