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Reviewed December 6, 2023

My husband and I dined at Cafe Arrivederci a week ago with our daughter and son in law. Our daughter kept raving about the restaurant, so we decided to give it a try. The staff was very friendly and accommodating and the food was delicious....Two of us had the Chicken Piccata, one had the Pappardelle Bolognese and the other had the Calamari steak - everyone was pleased with their choices. It was a lovely evening, and we'll definitely return!More

Date of visit: December 2023
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Reviewed May 14, 2023 via mobile

The service was slow. We had to ask for our drinks several times before they brought it and it took over a half hour to deliver our Shirley Temples. Food was mediocre to poor.

Date of visit: May 2023
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Reviewed November 4, 2022 via mobile

After a long absence from this restaurant due to covid worries, we finally ventured back. Oh what an unfortunate diasppointment. Mediocre service and the food was nothing like we had been eating for the previous few years. I don't like to give bad reviews but...when one if the very few good Italian restaurants in san rafael goes down hill, that is bad news. So sad to see this change.More

Date of visit: August 2022
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Reviewed June 3, 2022 via mobile

It was late and my friend and I wanted a quick meal. We asked to sit in an isolated area and we were accommodated. The service was fast and the dinner reasonably ok - though not great. I ordered Gnocchi and my friend had Fettuccini...Carbonara. I was mildly disappointed since I had just returned from Italy and I guess I expected pasta al dente - a bit more firmer than usual. Our server, Maria Julia was excellent. She was attentive and checked in on us often.More

Date of visit: May 2022
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Reviewed May 21, 2022

Minestrone soup was thin, watery, a moderate amount of what looked like canned veggies floating on top of the most flavorless soup I have ever had, short of the clear broth I’ve been required to consume before medical procedures! The rest of my meal was...take out and could have been named, “throw out!” I ordered a side order of meatballs to go with the eggplant parmesan main dish. I don’t understand why anyone comes back to this place? I could not believe the quality, or lack thereof, in the eggplant dish. The frozen eggplant I buy from Safeway is much better and a lot cheaper! Tough, no flavor, not a meal I enjoyed at all. And the side of meatballs: I gave them to my dog. I am so mad I overpaid for such a lousy meal. Step up owner and chef! I hate giving a lousy review, but your place and food deserves it!More

Date of visit: May 2022
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Reviewed October 2, 2020

My wife, daughter, and I dined at Arriverderci last evening. Not the same 5 star experience that I had three weeks ago. We had the former trainee from Aurora as our waiter. My wife and daughter had the lamb chops and totally enjoyed them. I...went with the eggplant Parmesan with pesto sauce, which I had three weeks ago. My dinner arrived and I took a bite and it was cold plus the pesto sauce was not the same as last time. Our waiter graciously took it back to the kitchen. A few minutes later it came out and was served. The plate was very hot along with the food. I tried the eggplant and it was hot. I then noticed that the sauce had been scraped off and an oil had been poured on the eggplant. The food was then nuked not replaced. The eggplant was now oily and not tasty. End of meal for me. The oil was almost tasting like cooking oil and left me with a sick stomach. I called my waiter over and informed him to take the plate. He apologized, took the plate, said he would talk to chef and manager, and not charge me. There was no offer for a replacement dinner. My wife and daughter finished their dinner, I paid the bill, and we departed. At no time did the manager come over to see me and, at least, apologize. In all of the years, dining there 15-18 times a year and always giving them a 5 star rating on Trip Advisor did I ever experience anything like this. Hell may freeze over before I go back on dining there again. My wife and daughter may go, but without me. I have to wait another week before I can post again on Trip Advisor. This time maybe a 1, or as high as a 2.More

Date of visit: September 2020
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Reviewed August 31, 2020

My wife, daughter, and I visited the restaurant following it's recent reopening. All dining was outdoors including the spacious patio, on the street in front, and in the back parking lot. Even had a guitar music live. Our waiter was a face from the past...Arrivedirci, Fernando, and working with him was Ismail, formerly of Aurora. What a pleasant surprise based on hearing of a couple of bad experiences earlier in the week.. The evening started off great and got better as the evening progressed for filling our bring along martini shakers to a fabulous dinner and service. My wife and daughter had the lamb chops and Caesar salad with modifications due to diet restrictions. I had the eggplant Parmesan with diet modifications with Pesto sauce. All three meals were totally enjoyable and, most definitely, we will be back on a regular basis!!More

Date of visit: August 2020
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Reviewed July 11, 2020

We went here shortly after the COVID 19 restrictions were lifted in marin county and the restaurant was about 7 days "new". Met the new manager Mario who was extremely friendly and very accommodating. They have undergone an extensive remodeling of both inside and out...of the restaurant and all the former staff are gone. The patio dining is now decorated with new out door lighting, a nice fountain and new planted areas. We were treated to a free appetizer of calamari fritti which was perfectly done. We had a salad and carpaccio de manzo which was simply perfect! Service was a bit sketchy due to being under new management and the current restrictions, but friendly and very accommodating. We'll definitely be going back to try their dinner.More

Date of visit: May 2020
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Reviewed February 27, 2020 via mobile

It was Valentine’s Day dinner and they were understaffed. Too many of us with reservations and we sat with no service, no water or acknowledgement from our waiter for 30 minutes so we got up and left. Will not go back

Date of visit: February 2020
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Reviewed February 12, 2020 via mobile

my family has been going here for years and really enjoy the food. Always hot. My favorite is a cannelloni but that’s a special and they don’t have it all the time

Date of visit: January 2020
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Reviewed January 27, 2020

My wife and I had dinner last evening and one of our favorites is the butternut squash ravioli. We ordered it and we were treated to an addition to the menu, a gluten free spinach encapsulation for the ravioli to replace the semolina dough currently...used. It was delicious and healthy. Not sure if this is a new direction for Arrivederci is adding gluten free pasta to the menu. Definitely a plus for gluten free diets!!More

Date of visit: January 2020
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Reviewed January 21, 2020

VERY CONSISTENT.Have eaten there and gotten takeout many times and its ALWAYS good.VERY reasonable prices for Marin..

Date of visit: January 2020
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Reviewed December 10, 2019

The service was great with our server who paid attention to every detail. The food was very good!! The seafood and the pasta combinations were excellent. They were able to take some special requests for substitutions.

Date of visit: November 2019
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Reviewed November 3, 2019

Just came back from dinner at Cafe Arrivederci. Nice little Italian restaurant. There was nothing spectacular on their menu. Mostly what you would find at any Italian restaurant. The service staff was friendly and fast. The lighting was bit too dim, I almost had to...get the cell phone out to use the flashlight to read the menu. The GF had the Chicken Piccata, I had the Verde salad and the Margarita pizza. I thought my salad was pretty good for just a green salad. The GF thought her Chicken Piccata was good, especially since they allowed her to change the potatoes to pasta. A few places we have been to will let you change for a few dollars more! My pizza Margarita was a disappointment. The crust was too thick and when it was brought to the table it looked more like a frozen pizza than a fresh made pizza. They went heavy on the cheese but were skimpy on the basil.More

Date of visit: November 2019
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Reviewed October 10, 2019

I have had several wonderful baby showers, birthdays and family gatherings at Arrividerci. They are friendly and gracious and the food is always wonderful!

Date of visit: May 2019
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Café Arrivederci is rated accordingly in the following categories by Tripadvisor travelers:
  • Food: 4.5
  • Service: 4.5
  • Value: 4.5
  • Atmosphere: 4