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PICK OF THE WEEK: THE GARDEN BISTRO

The Garden Bistro
The Garden Bistro

This family-owned Ignacio restaurant, which is well-known for its exceptional Mediterranean cuisine, is a local gem worth exploring. For twenty-one years, owner and head chef Hilda Hattar and her daughter, Nadia Hattar Rhoads, have impressed guests with authentic dishes lovingly prepared from scratch using locally sourced, sustainably grown, organic ingredients. Hattar has gained a loyal following by treating patrons like guests in her home, and consistently providing a quality fine dining experience.

The Garden Bistro’s menu features seasonal produce, fresh-caught seafood, organic grass-fed meats from Stemple Creek Ranch in Tomales, and Sonoma-raised Mary’s free-range chickens. In addition to delicious food, guests will find a great selection of Northern California wines. A heated outdoor garden patio invites customers to dine in a relaxed, open air setting.

On Friday, February 14th, treat your loved one to the Bistro’s three-course prefix Valentine’s Dinner for $35 per person! The special menu features a choice of soup or salad, Mary’s Organic breast of free-range chicken with pepper pesto in phyllo crust finished with pistachio sauce, and homemade chocolate cake for dessert.

Located at 333 Enfrente Road in Novato, the Garden Bistro is open Tuesday through Friday from 11:00am-2:00pm for lunch and Tuesday through Sunday from 5:00pm-9:00pm for dinner (closed Monday). Weekly specials include a three-course dinner for $25 every Tuesday, and half-price bottles of selected wine every Wednesday. For more information or to make a reservation, call 415-883-9277.

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Tina McMillan February 11, 2014 at 10:07 PM
Hilda: You have an amazing gift for making people happy with wonderful food. Thank you!
Tom MacDonald February 12, 2014 at 09:42 AM
This has been our favorite Novato restaurant for over 15 years. Food is fabulous. Hilda and family always make us feel welcome.
Tracey Ruiz February 12, 2014 at 08:04 PM
One of my favorites and one of the best restaurants in Marin! The specials at this restaurant are really special. My recommendations: Bruschetta appetizer is amazing; love the Avgolemo soup; favorite salad is Fattoush; Lamb Shank or Rack of Lamb - or whatever is on special. I had a fantastic fish dish about a month ago that was on the special. And if you like Sangria, try Nadia's Sangria. Tasty and potent. Manager Nadia knows her wine pairing.
Shop Local Novato February 27, 2014 at 04:12 PM
Thanks for all the great feedback! It really is a fabulous restaurant!

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