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“Great food, slow service”
Review of Emporio Rulli

Emporio Rulli
Ranked #1 of 3 Dessert in Larkspur
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: US$0 - US$20
Cuisines: Italian
Good for: Child-friendly
Restaurant details
Good for: Child-friendly
Larkspur, California
Level 4 Contributor
29 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
“Great food, slow service”
Reviewed 25 January 2014

This is a nice European style café with a pastry shop, wine shop, tables inside and outside. You have to order at a counter. The food selection is good and reasonably priced, from sandwiches to pastries, to coffee drinks, to ice cream. The only downside is waiting at the counter to be served sometimes for way too long. You see so many staff people sort of bumping into each other behind the counter without much coordination between them, so you can expect to wait 15 minutes for anything when it could in my view (and restaurant experience) take only 5 minutes... so badly organized or just slow staff... but I would think it is a matter of coming up with a more efficient system. If you have the time, it is a unique place, way different from Starbucks and more comfortable and stylish. The pastry section on the other side is fabulous but scary to go into if like me you love pastries ! Once I even got a Christmas Log on Christmas day (without ordering) which is a tradition in France, excellent ! but ordering is best !

Visited July 2013
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English first
San Francisco, California
Level 3 Contributor
15 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
“Great pastries but spare the attitude”
Reviewed 11 November 2013

Emporio Rulli offers great pastries and delectable Italian treats. The coffee / espresso however is just fair. What makes this 3 stars v. 4+ is the general poor attitude of the people that work there, which I think must effect some of the patrons as well. There are too many other choices in the Larkspur / Corte Madera area where there is not so much negative energy, so we no longer patronize Rulli.

  • Visited October 2013
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Marin County, CA
Level 5 Contributor
65 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
“Oh, what bliss”
Reviewed 14 October 2013

Weekend mornings on the Rulli patio (or street seating) savoring a delicious latte artfully decorated by the very talented barista and enjoying one of the delectable pastries, breakfast paninis, or cookies as we greet friends and neighbors and as the array of puppies meet and greet; it could hardly be nicer!

  • Visited October 2013
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Venice, Italy
Level 1 Contributor
3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
“Glorious caffe and pastries to die for....”
Reviewed 18 September 2013

I've had the good fortune to spend a lot of time in Italy, so I'm admittedly a bit of a caffe latte snob. So when I tell you that the coffee here is stupendous, I DO know whereof I speak! This last time I visited (last week) i decided to try a pastry that didn't look as yummy as the rest, so as not to ignite my sweets obsession...no such luck! The very plain looking Pan Dolce with Anice was out of this world and I returned twice more to order it again! Fair warning...this place is addictive!

  • Visited September 2013
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Sonoma, California
Level 3 Contributor
18 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
“Opulent coffee shop”
Reviewed 20 August 2013

Great coffee, pastries and sandwiches. The quality of food here is very high and well done. You order at the counter and then wait to hear your name called and then haul your food back to your table. We went with a group of 7 - 2 of whom were elderly and couldn't carry their selections back to our pieced together "big" table. Barely enough room to hold all of our food and no help from the staff. Mind you, there were larger tables that had singles camped out with their laptops opens and empty cups of coffee. The assortment of panini sandwiches we had were all well prepared. Some had pastries and were happy with them. The gang took home an assortment of beautifully crafted easter chocolates to share with the family. May be better to visit in smaller groups so you can have a proper table to eat your food on. The furniture and fixtures are all high end - dark wood and chandeliers. Somehow the service didn't match the surroundings.

Visited March 2013
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Thank Shawn W
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