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La Ginestra

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127 Throckmorton Ave, Mill Valley, CA 94941-1909
+1 415-388-0224
16:00 - 22:00
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Mill Valley
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5 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 18 October 2016 via mobile

You know you are a local when you are a regular. I come from a San Francisco family and I know top flight Italian home cooking and that's what you'll find at La Ginestra. The Aversa Family, especially its younger generation, knows how to do it right. Excellent unpretentious food with professional service.

Thank xrayxx1
Rolling Meadows, Illinois
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6 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 12 September 2016 via mobile

We came from out of town for a birthday, and found La Ginestra. We were greeted immediately and made to feel immensely welcome by the hostess. The waitstaff was very friendly and helpful. The ravioli was absolutely outstanding, and my expectations were very high to start with. The specials were presented well and were quite delicious also. The prices were... More 

Thank Mel B
Petaluma, California
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89 reviews
64 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 September 2016

,My husband had the special, Halibut, was $30 he said it was dry and he was disappointed. I had the Pesto with pasta - SO GOOD!! The bread they give you before the meal is ok, the dipping oil..SO GOOD...we got dessert to go, a cannoli---SO GOOD..REALLY GOOD. Would go back to this place again and again. The service was... More 

Thank Ptowngirlnow
san francisco
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46 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
Reviewed 13 July 2016

Took me 5 years to visit, why did I wait so long? Surprising menu, good execution, waiter a bit surly, but overall a great stop.

Thank SanFranciscoKate
San Francisco, California
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38 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 July 2016

I remember going to La Ginestra in 1976 when I first moved to Marin. I enjoyed the food then and I am enjoying it now. Their goal is to serve fresh, authentic, Italian Cuisine. In addition to great pasta, I had the Pasta with Pesto which was excellent, they produce an excellent pizza. The wine list is good, and the... More 

Thank Traveltattle
san francisco
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78 reviews
44 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 44 helpful votes
Reviewed 28 June 2016

For years, we've walked past this old fashioned Italian on our way to more modern places in this charming town. Boy, have we been missing out on a great place. The clientele is mostly older locals who know a good thing. The food is authentic, very well prepared and generously served by attentive well trained waiters. The seafood is very... More 

Thank musashiSanFrancisco
Mill Valley, California
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55 reviews
38 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 16 June 2016

I love this place. I have been going here as long as they have been in existance and love the food and the people. Maria the owner makes fresh ravioli and pirogi fresh every day. they will bend over backwards to make sure you're happy

Thank Jeannier801
New Iberia, Louisiana
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124 reviews
39 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
Reviewed 18 April 2016

A neighborhood, casual dress, italian bistro. Food very good, as was the service. Located right in town, easy walking distance from a few hotels. You feel like a local...

Thank TravelinMinee
San Francisco, California
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126 reviews
65 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
Reviewed 15 April 2016

Great family restaurant in down town Mill Valley serving classic Italian American food with an innovative flair. This is a regular on our dining list since the food and service is always good and the wine selections are great. The restaurant is of medium size but has a very intimate feel. The service is always warm and friendly. Reservations are... More 

Thank Marcia G
San Francisco, California
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7 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
Reviewed 29 January 2016

There have been some changes afoot at La Ginestra. The cosmetic ones are wonderful--the place has never looked so good! But the food has lost something in the "update". This beloved family restaurant has been a staple in my family's life for decades. I feel the need to write a review in hopes that they read it and respond.... There... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
USD 30
Italian, Pizza
Restaurant features
Seating, Waitstaff, Takeout, Reservations, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol
Good for
Child-friendly, Romantic
Open Hours
16:00 - 22:00
16:00 - 22:00
16:00 - 22:00
16:00 - 22:00
16:00 - 22:00
16:00 - 22:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 127 Throckmorton Ave, Mill Valley, CA 94941-1909
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Marin County  >  Mill Valley
  • Phone Number: +1 415-388-0224
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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?