The Bay Area Restaurants

The Bay Area is home to popular, innovative restaurants such as Chez Panisse in Berkeley and Commis in Oakland—for which reservations must be made well in advance. Expect an emphasis on locally grown produce, hormone-free meats, and California wines. Many Marin cafés don't serve dinner, and dinner service ends on the early side. (No 10 pm reservations in that neck of the woods.)

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  • 1. Fish

    $$ | Seafood

    Unsurprisingly, fish—specifically, fresh, sustainably caught fish—is the focus at this gleaming dockside fish house a mile north of downtown...Read More

  • 2. Hog Island Oyster Co. Marshall Oyster Farm and the Boat Oyster Bar

    $$ | Seafood

    Take a short trek north on Highway 1 to the gritty mecca of Bay Area oysters—the Hog Island Marshall Oyster Farm. For a real culinary adventure...Read More

  • 3. Luna Blu

    $$ | Italian

    Friendly, informative staff serve Sicilian-inspired seafood in this lively Italian restaurant just a stone's throw from the ferry. Recent renovations...Read More

  • 4. Sam's Anchor Cafe

    $$ | American

    Open since 1920, this beloved dockside restaurant is the town's most famous eatery, and after 99 years, a bright remodel includes floor-to-ceiling...Read More

  • 5. Sam's Chowder House

    $$$ | Seafood

    This East Coast–style waterfront seafood joint may not be textbook Cape Cod, but that's okay—dine here, and you'll get the best of both coasts...Read More

  • 6. Sand Dollar Restaurant

    $$ | American

    Constructed from three barges that were floated over from Tiburon in the 1920s, this family-owned restaurant still attracts wayfarers from Muir...Read More

  • 7. Bar Bocce

    $$ | American

    Nothing elevates wood-fired food more than beachside tables and a blazing fire pit ... except maybe a game of bocce. Modern Californian cuisine...Read More

  • 8. Bridgeway Cafe

    $ | Café

    The view's the thing at this diner-café on the main drag across the road from the bay. People line up on weekends for great traditional breakfast...Read More

  • 9. Cafe Reyes

    $ | Pizza

    Sunny patio seating, hand-tossed pizza, and organic local ingredients are the selling points of this laid-back café. The semi-industrial dining...Read More

  • 10. Caffè Acri

    $ | Café

    This Italian espresso bar and café at the end of the Tiburon Ferry dock is a sweet spot to enjoy a leisurely breakfast or lunch with a cup of...Read More

  • 11. Equator Coffees

    $ | Café

    This is the prime spot for a pick-me-up (and people-watching) over a picturesque view of downtown Mill Valley and Mt. Tam. The owners are as...Read More

  • 12. Guaymas

    $$ | Mexican

    This festive restaurant, steps from the ferry landing, has an expansive deck with a knockout view of the bay. The large open kitchen churns...Read More

  • 13. Le Garage

    $$$ | French

    Brittany-born Olivier Souvestre serves traditional French bistro fare in a relaxed, bayside setting that feels more sidewalk café than the converted...Read More

  • 14. New Morning Cafe

    $ | American

    Omelets, scrambles, and pancakes are served all day long at this homey triangular bay-side café with sunny outdoor seating. If you're past morning...Read More

  • 15. Parkside Cafe

    $$ | American

    Though this place is popular for its 1950s beachfront snack bar, the adjoining café, coffee bar, marketplace, and bakery shouldn't be missed...Read More

  • 16. Servino Ristorante

    $$ | Italian

    This family-owned eatery specializes in southern Italian recipes, including lobster agnolotti, seafood stew, pork sausage fondue, house-made...Read More

  • 17. Stinson Beach Breakers Cafe

    $$ | American

    Hard to miss along the tiny stretch of Main Street, this café is an easy prebeach destination for coffee and griddle specialties or postsurf...Read More

  • 18. The Caprice

    $$$ | American

    For more than 50 years this Tiburon landmark that overlooks the bay has been the place to come to mark special occasions with local wines and...Read More

  • 19. The Joinery

    $$ | American

    Sausalito's popular beer hall and rotisserie offers ample, open, airy indoor seating at long tables and expanded outdoor deck dining with exceptional...Read More

  • 20. Venice Gourmet Deli & Pizza

    $ | Italian

    The traditional Italian deli sandwiches, pizzas made daily, and a shop filled with gourmet delectables, wines, kitchenware, and local flavor...Read More

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