Our mission today is the same as it has been for the past 22 years: to consistently serve amazing food while offering warm, welcoming service and to give back to our community, continuing to make Il Davide, our city and neighborhood better places for our customers and ourselves.
Founded in 1995, Il Davide emerged as one of Marin County’s leading Italian restaurants. Today it continues to generate wide appeal with time honored as well as brand new customers.
Owner David Haydon was born and raised in Marin County. After working and training in various other Marin restaurants, David opened Il Davide, determined to do something different from the classic Toscano style restaurants he was surrounded by. He sourced locally, creating a unique, flavor-filled menu which he served unpretentiously with his famous personal service. Still today, on a busy Friday or Saturday night, there is David talking to customers, pouring port, helping seat or even bussing a table – whatever it takes to ensure his customers are well taken care of!
My Italian Restaurant’s name is Il Davide, it is impossible to pronounce for 95 per cent of the people I meet. The difference a single vowel can make is incredible, because I know that if you take away that “e”, it would become a lot easier to pronounce.
The Restaurant’s name usually draws some sort of reaction from people. Sometimes I get a compliment, which I always appreciate. Every once in a while, I’ll get some sort of insult or joke. But usually, I will hear the person repeat our name improperly (Day-Vid, Dah-Veed, Dah-Vee-Day, etc). This is great for marketing. Who would of known!
(The correct pronunciation is “Dah-Vee-Deh.”)
pronounce my name wrong. If you have not met me yet, you would probably (The correct pronunciation is “Dah-Vee-Deh.”)
Natalie & Jeff
“Dear Ellen and David,
Wow, what an amazing wedding! Jeff and I are still glowing from last night, and we are so thrilled with how everything turned out. We are hugely indebted to both of you, as well as your hardworking team, for hustling all day in the incredible heat to make our wedding a truly perfect day. So many of our guests commented on how delicious the food was, and we were able to just relax and enjoy the day because we knew you had everything under control. Your passion and attention to detail is unparalleled, and we feel so lucky to have found you. ”
John and Monica's
“David and his staff catered our wedding this summer. Not only did he create an exquisite menu he made us feel like we were his most important customers. It is clear that David is a busy man with a successful restaurant and still he took the time to let us know we were completely taken care of.
We weren’t sure at first if we wanted Italian for our wedding dinner. However, after the tasting we were sold. It was hard to choose the menu because everything we tasted was delicious. His courses are unique, balanced and full of flavor. All the food has this special quality to it. I’m guessing his secret ingredients are integrity, sincerity and passion for his work.
All of our guest raved about the food and a few even said it was the best food they had ever had! I highly recommend Ill Davide for any event as well as a nice meal out. Great food and great service. You can’t go wrong with Ill Davide. ”