Top Outdoor Dining Options in Marin

Not only do these establishments have ‘dining al fresco’ dialed in during Covid times and delicious food, but they have also shown that they will go above and beyond to keep their customers as safe as possible. 

Restaurant Picco/Pizzeria Picco 

This Downtown Larkspur restaurant continues to slay the fine dining and pizza game serving up their beautiful dishes with Chef Michael Reyes choosing the freshest ingredients in Marin County. Get the Avocado Bruschetta for an appetizer.


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Left Bank Brasserie 

Take a trip to Paris without leaving town! French cuisine at its finest at this Downtown Larkspur staple. Enjoy a glass of wine while people watching at one of the 10 outdoor tables on the patio. The Moules Frites are a must.  

Insalatas Restaurant 

A gem in San Anselmo, this Mediterranean restaurant is serving up a white tablecloth experience al fresco with 10 tables in the parking lot. Don’t miss their famous Syrian Fattoush Salad.


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Buckeye Roadhouse 

This iconic restaurant in Mill Valley is serving up some our favorite food in Marin. An all-around affair from food to cocktails to a curated wine list. Call ahead to reserve one of the 8 tables on the patio. Definitely start with the Oysters Bingo.


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Poggio Trattoria 

If you squint, the streetside tables in front of Sausalito’s Poggio Trattoria can look like Italy, which suits Chef Ben Balesteri’s passion for authentic Italian cuisine to a tee. When Marin bounty meets Italian Cuisine, Poggio will never disappoint. Get anything seafood, as the Chef may have caught it himself.


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Gravity Tavern 

Looking for a bite to eat and drink after long hike? Check out Gravity Tavern in Downtown Mill Valley because, you know, you deserve it. Classy ambiance with warm service at their 12 outdoor tables. If you’re a fan of classic cocktails, don’t miss the Gravity Grade Old Fashioned.


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Kitti’s Place 

A hidden gem in Sausalito, Mama is cooking up a home cooked meal straight from the heart! Enjoy some popular dishes like fresh spring rolls, Chicken Lettuce Cups or Pad Thai. Generally serving lunch outside from noon to three during the week and take-out until 6pm, check @kittisplace on Instagram to be sure.


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Le Garage 

Stunning views of the Sausalito bay, good food and delicious wine. They have it all! Get some Bubbles and the Cheese Plate or try the other French classics like Salad Niçoise. Amazing for weekend brunch at one of the 8 outdoor tables.  

Miracle Mile Café 

Breakfast with a hint of spice. This San Rafael restaurant serves up delicious home-cooked Peruvian cuisine as well as traditional breakfast classics and omelets. Wide array of gluten-free options is also available, do not pass up the famous Cinnamon Roll Pancakes. There are 10 outdoor tables here, walk-ins welcome.


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Farmshop Marin 

Just off the San Francisco/Larkspur Ferry, this farm-to-table restaurant brings Marin County to your table. Definitely get the Jidori Chicken. Bring the kids too as there is a playground and check out the small retail store as well to take home some goodies. Their outdoor patio has about 14 tables, and takes reservations.  

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Bay Area-native Troy Quintillan-Rios loves everything food and is constantly looking for the newest and greatest things to eat and drink in Marin County and San Francisco. Witness his passion on Instagram (@destroyeats), which has a huge following thanks to his mouth-watering food photography. When he’s not on social media, he’s managing restaurants and has been in the industry for 10 years. In his free time, Quintillan-Rios enjoys hiking Marin’s trails, sunbathing on the beach and cooking with his husband at home.