Sprawling, gritty, and gentrified, San Rafael’s dining activity centers mostly in the downtown grid and waterfront enclaves, with outliers trickling towards Miracle Mile and north to suburban Terra Linda.
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.
Easily dismissed as a tourist destination (and a worthy one at that), Sausalito is also home to an eclectic mix of families, artists, house boaters, and retirees.
Larkspur’s cozy downtown and Marin County Mart provide an impressive array of fine dining, trendy hot spots, wine bars, and al fresco dining.
Catering to a quintessential bedroom community, dining options revolve around the shopping center and nearby College of Marin.
Once you drive down the peninsula to the Tiburon tip, you will ask yourself why you don’t go there more often.
Stretching from Baltimore Canyon to the San Francisco Bay, with mountains, flats, and Highway 101 in between, there are good eats to be had for every appetite.
West Marin is a bit of a drive, but well worth it – for both the scenery and the food.
Novato lies on the northern edge of Marin, with the advantage of being two steps to Sonoma County.
Corte Madera has it all: pretty darn good burgers, salads, sushi, pho, poke and much, much more.