Perched on the line between Central and West Marin, the small town of Fairfax comfortably straddles new and old Marin with a mix of bohemian hippies, young families, and trendy hot spots. Noted for its live music venues, mountain bike culture, and independent stores, Fairfax’s dining options are equally diverse, ranging from upscale wine bar to beer hall, and Japanese Pub to family-run Italian.
COVID-19 update: Open for takeout daily, 8 a.m.-3 p.m. and 4-8 p.m.
American, 1900 Sir Francis Drake Blvd, Fairfax, 415.460.2160
Tony Senehi prepares fresh California dishes with local organic ingredients from sustainable sources. A popular brunch spot, this quaint restaurant in the heart of Fairfax serves locals and tourists everything from eggs Benedict to panna cotta dessert.
COVID-19 update: Takeout and contactless curbside available Wednesday–Monday, 3-8 p.m.
Italian, 35 Broadway Blvd, Fairfax, 415.459.1618
COVID-19 update: Takeout available daily, 7 a.m.-3 p.m. Delivery via Grubhub, Ubereats, or Seamless, 10 a.m.-3 p.m.
American, 57 Broadway Blvd, Fairfax, 415.457.9866
This New Orleans–style restaurant serves up creole staples like fried chicken and waffles, shrimp and grits, po’boys, gumbo, and beignets. Opt for the spicy syrup or homemade hot sauce to get that Cajun kick. Cash only.
COVID-19 update: Open for takeout, Thursday, 4-9 p.m., Friday–Sunday, 12-9 p.m., Monday, 4-9 p.m.
American, 765 Center Blvd, Fairfax, 415.485.1005
COVID-19 update: Open for patio dining and takeout, Tuesday–Sunday, 8 a.m.-9 p.m. Delivery via Uber Eats and Door Dash. Beer, cider and wine to go in Growlers and Cans.
American, 1573 Sir Francis Drake Blvd., Fairfax, 415.456.8084
From the owners of S.F.’s Big Swingin’ Cycles comes this rider-friendly stop along Fairfax’s main drag. With a menu designed to power you up, The Lodge features all-American eats like a breakfast burrito stuffed with eggs, spinach and salsa; share plates like a sausage board served with Lodge tots and slaw; and pour-over coffee and draft beer for riders and hikers alike.
COVID-19 update: Takeout only, Wednesday–Friday, 4:30-7:30 p.m.; Saturday–Sunday, 12 noon-7:30 p.m.
Mexican, 31 Bolinas Rd, Fairfax, 415.529.5444
Chef and owner Patrick Sheehy focuses on the ancient technique of corn nixtamalization, using organic, non-GMO blue corn to make its handmade tortillas. The beer and wine lists highlight local California microbreweries and wineries.
COVID-19 update: Takeout available, Tuesday–Sunday, 4:30-8 p.m.
Italian, 107 Bolinas Rd, Fairfax, 415.258.4520
Run by sisters Sonia and Soyara, Sorella, which means “sister” in Italian, serves fresh Italian with a northern influence. Customer favorites include the cioppino, butternut squash ravioli, and Pollo alla Sorella. Another highlight is the giant wheel of Grana Padano cheese. Stop by for live music on weekends and every second and fourth Thursday of the month.
COVID-19 update:Café and Taproom open for outdoor dining and takeout, Monday–Friday, 4-8 p.m.; Saturday–Sunday, 12 noon-8 p.m.
American, 2020 Sir Francis Drake Blvd, Fairfax, 415. 721.7644
The former Fairfax Cyclery space, which had been operating as just a bike shop, has been reconfigured and now also serves food and an assortment of beers. Menu items include pizzas, sandwiches, and snacks like citrus-marinated olives or house-made pickles. Beers on tap are almost all exclusively local favorites.
COVID-19 update: Opened June, 2020. Open for takeout and patio dining (with fire pit), Wednesday–Friday, 3-8 p.m.; Saturday–Sunday, 12 noon-8 p.m.
Californian, 23 Broadway, Fairfax, 415.524.8478
Fairfax native Margaret Ruiz and her life and business partner, David, joined forces with chef Cameron Myers to bring the bounty of the county to the table. Appetizers and salads feature local cheeses, oysters, and produce while the cheeseburger with Stemple Creek beef topped with house-cured pork belly, has already developed a cult following.
COVID-19 update: Open for pre-order takeout and delivery bento boxes, Thursday–Sunday, 4:30-7 p.m. Sake Bin is currently closed.
Japanese, 19 Bolinas Rd, Fairfax, 415.521.5790
Lucky for Fairfax, beloved former Sushi Ran chef Scott Whitman has opened an izakaya, a Japanese-style community pub, on Bolinas Road. In the compact space, you’ll find sushi and skewers, salads and small plates, plus great sake and craft beers. The daily waitlist opens online at 5 p.m.
COVID-19 update: Outdoor dining, takeout and delivery available, Tuesday–Friday, 4-9 p.m.; Saturday–Sunday, 12 noon-9 p.m. Delivery in Fairfax and San Anselmo residents via TOWN FLYR program; or GrubHub, DoorDash, UberEats.
American, 2001 Sir Francis Drake Blvd., Fairfax, 415.300.3099
Barbecue from a trailer embedded into the wall is the main attraction at this mechanic’s shop turned eatery where tall sliding windows frame washed concrete floors and a craft beer garden with fire pit. The ‘cue gets all the love but salads, flatbread pizzas, and a wide selection of tapped and bottled beers plus wines round out the menu. Kid-friendly and dog-friendly with outdoor seating.