Insalata's receives Bib Gourmand from Michelin . Our goal at Insalata's has always been to bring luscious Mediterranean food, gracious service and a ... More
Insalata's receives Bib Gourmand from Michelin . Our goal at Insalata's has always been to bring luscious Mediterranean food, gracious service and a warm atmosphere to our diners. For over 15 years we have shared this experience of intimate dining and joyful celebrations in a variety of ways. First and foremost as a fine dining restaurant with our beautiful private Siena room in which to sit and relax and enjoy a meal. We also offer take out dining for those days when time is of the essence, or catered affairs where we bring great food and staff into your home or venue. Our guests have become family and we have grown together in the community in which we all live and work. Everyone at Insalata's is extremely proud to be a part of this extended "village" family.
My husband and I had an amazing meal last night. The fattoush was one of most delicious salads I ve had in a long time. My steak was cooked perfectly and my husband s salmon was so delicious we would have licked the plate.
The service was professional and seemless from the moment we walked in the door to when we asked for our coats. I m so glad we found this gem.
The food was okay-good but grossly overpriced for what we got. Shared an appetizer of Lamb Riblets that was seasoned nicely but rubbery and tough; a big disappointment. When ordering, asked the server for two separate checks. Was informed that they don't do it that way, so we requested that she provide the calculating for us and she agreed. We had to ask two times that she do this after she brought the (one) check. She had a negative attitude about it. Why I gave her a 15% gratuity, I don't know. I usually tip 20% and should have left no more than 5% or 10%! The food and especially the lack of service is just not worth it. Go someplace else!
I dined at Insalata's twice in the last year. Both times, the food has been mediocre and the service has been terrible. The most recent time was to celebrate a family get-together, as a relative had come from Pennsylvania to visit. My mother-in-law suggested Insalata's. Ironically, our waiter was rude beyond belief several times to my mother-in-law in front of our family and seemed to take pleasure in mocking her. We had to ask for water three times. I suggested to my husband that we not leave a tip early on in our dining experience, and the service continued in that vein throughout the rest of the evening.
The wine list was fine, but I did not consider it spectacular. It included European and domestic wines, and had a relatively good selection of varietals.
As far as the food was concerned, the appetizers were interesting but overall I found them to be mediocre. We ordered the mixed appetizer plate, which included some garlicky cooked eggplant which was quite good, a strange spread made from cod roe which tasted like salt and had an odd consistency, and a few other tidbits which were not so memorable as to make note here. For my entree, I ordered the chicken tagine. I was curious to see how it would be, as Insalata's specializes in Middle Eastern cuisine and I had eaten fantastic chicken tagines on vacation in Morrocco. The tagine came with couscous and was relatively good, though again, was nothing spectacular. We finished our meal with coffee; our out-of-town guest had to request milk several times.
Overall, I found the prices at Insalata's to be far too high, considering the unacceptable service and the mediocre food. I myself made a chicken tagine at home, with a spice mix from Williams Sonoma. I simmered tomato, onion, garbanzo beans, black Moroccan olives, a whole cut-up chicken, chicken broth, and the spice mix over low heat in a copper dutch oven for about three hours, until the chicken was falling off the bone. I served it over couscous, which is inexpensive and can be prepared in about five minutes. My tagine was as good if not better than the one I ate at Insalata's, and the ingredients cost half of what we paid in the restaurant for my one dinner; additionally, my tagine fed three for dinner and we had leftovers for two lunches. The point is, why pay 'fine cuisine' prices for meals you can cook at home, with relatively little trouble, and be insulted by surly waiters?
I do not highly recommend Insalata's, and probably won't be eating there again based more on our experience with the service than with the food, which was fine but not spectacular. The food certainly does not compete with, say, a French Laundry or an El Paseo (a local restaurant which is highly UNDER-rated for its fine French cuisine and excellent service). I find Insalata's terribly overpriced, and not deserving of the local reputation it has for fine dining.
We eat here frequently and enjoy the food immensely. The service is very attentive without being overbearing. It has an extensive wine list by the glass, but some of them tend to be pricier than other restaurants. The risotto specials are amazing and if they have any specials with scallops you have to order it.
At lunch you have to use the valet, which seems a bit pretentious and costly for San Anselmo. I highly recommend this restaurant.
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