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birthday dinner for mom in San Rafael or Novato?

luciemom Jul 22, 2012 07:13 PM

It's her 89th birthday, and the parents do like to have a nice dinner. I see mixed reviews on Chalet Basque, Vin Antico. L’Appart Resto not open on Tuesdays. Opinions please?

  1. smatbrat Jul 23, 2012 06:52 PM

    I would suggest Buckeye

    1. Sarah Jul 23, 2012 07:01 PM

      How about Hilltop1892 on Lamont, Wildfox or Rickey's, all in Novato...

      1. MissVeg Jul 23, 2012 07:05 PM

        I think Il Davide would be lovely for a birthday dinner. I've only been there once but I loved my gnudi and we had a delicious gnocchi appetizer. 89! That's terrific.

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          Sharuf Jul 24, 2012 09:21 AM

          Chalet Basque and Hilltop Cafe both have that white-tablecloth, crystal goblet, we're going to someplace nice for a special celebration ambience.

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            TerriL Jul 24, 2012 11:15 AM

            I've had good meals lately at the Left Bank in Larkspur, which has definitely improved in the last couple of years. There is a quieter area in the back that you could probably reserve. Fabrizio's nearby can be quite good, and serving older clientele seems to be one of their specialties.

            Some people like Insalata's in San Anselmo a lot, but I was underwhelmed with both food and service, and haven't returned. Picco (Larkspur) might be an option. I've never been to Marche aux Fleurs in Ross, but have heard a couple good reports.

            I haven't been in about a year, but had a great experience at Murray Circle at Cavallo Point for an anniversary dinner. It was upscale but comfortable, and the views are gorgeous. It is a very nice place to bring parents.

            Chalet Basque is hit and miss -- I would not consider it upscale compared to the other restaurants I mentioned, it is more comfortable and homey.

            Just noticed you were specifically asking for Novato and SR, but since you mentioned L'Appart Resto as an option had it been open I'll leave my other suggestions in the post.

            Whatever you choose, have a wonderful time!

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              luciemom Jul 25, 2012 02:52 PM

              We ended up at Marche Aux Fleurs after reading all the "faded, dated" reviews of Chalet Basque.
              It was pretty pricey but almost everything was delicious. We had a great time. The fish dishes were especially well-prepared, and the birthday girl went gaga over the chocolate cake. And even the impossibly smug and pretentious waiter, who said "Oh, I don't drink Bordeaux in the summer" in response to the offer to taste the very good bottle our friend brought along, was a great source of amusement!

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