The Best Fine Dining in Marin

MadCap, Fine Dining Marin

Sophistication, quality, and attention to detail define a fine dining experience. From artfully constructed small plates packed with flavor, craft cocktails, and incredibly knowledgeable and attentive servers, these nights out are always a treat. The 2023 readers’ choice Best of the County winner is Madcap (pictured above). For the rest of the Marin Magazine‘s Best of Marin County Fine Dining picks see below.

Our 2023 Dining category sponsor is Rodney Strong.

Because there are so many great ones, we’ve broken it down by region: Southern and Central Marin.

Southern | Central

Southern Marin

Buckeye Roadhouse

Mill Valley

Buckeye Roadhouse, Mill Valley, Fine Dining Marin

Oysters Bingo, baby back ribs, and chili-lime “brick” chicken are a few of the satisfying comfort-food menu items that have made this classic roadhouse a favorite since the ’30s. The warm dark-wood bar with red leather booths is a popular spot for cocktails, conversations or a light meal. Heated patio seating offers a moments respite with a fresh espresso and breakfast burrito from the weekday Buckeye Joe Coffee Kiosk out front.

15 Shoreline Hwy, Mill Valley, 415.331.2600

Bungalow Kitchen

Tiburon

Bungalow Tiburon, Marin Fine Dining

A party lounge and restaurant from chef Michael Mina boasts epic views and a menu of seasonal California fare executed by chef Harrison Chernick — crispy Liberty duck wings glazed with Grand Marnier and black pepper, garganelli Bolognese, jalapeño shrimp toast — at night. Brunch cocktails pair with sweet potato pancakes and hot chicken and waffles on weekends while the upstairs lounge boasts late-night service (until 12 a.m.), a billiards table, a gas-powered fireplace, and a live DJ on weekends.

5 Main St, Tiburon, 415.366.4088

Ditas

Sausalito

Ditas Sausalito, Fine Dining Marin

Tiburon resident and 20 year-old CEO Nikita Khandheria plans to open a U.S. outpost of the India-based restaurant group. Perched above The Trident on Sausalito’s expansive waterfront, the restaurant’s interior design from Petaluma’s Maureen Kelsey includes stone table tops, velvet chairs, hand-woven wall coverings, and glass accents in an understated palette. Perched above The Trident on Sausalito’s expansive waterfront, the restaurant’s interior design includes stone tabletops, velvet chairs, hand-woven wall coverings, and glass accents in an understated palette. Perched above The Trident on Sausalito’s expansive waterfront, the restaurant’s interior design includes stone tabletops, velvet chairs, hand-woven wall coverings, and glass accents in an understated palette. The European-Asian fusion menu — both prix-fixe and a la carte — from chef Cody Buchholz features dishes like miso Chilean sea bass and imperial Wagyu strip loin, with an expansive wine program from wine director Marco Buffa and bar program by the in-house mixologist, Alvaro Calle. A late night bar program is also in the works.

562 Bridgeway, Sausalito, 415.758.8762

Luna Blu

Tiburon

Luna Blue, Tiburon, Fine Dining Marin

Executive chef Renzo Azzarello serves Sicilian seafood and homemade pastas with a Californian touch. The seasonal menu incorporates fresh and organic produce, local naturally grown meat and poultry from small farms. The restaurant complies with Monterey Bay Aquarium Seafood Watch, so all the seafood is sustainable. A recent expansion tripled the size of the patio to accommodate more diners. In 2014, diners voted Luna Blu one of the Top 100 Neighborhood Gem restaurants in America.

35 Main St, Tiburon, 415.789.5844

The Caprice

Tiburon

The Caprice, Tiburon, Fine Dining
Photo courtesy of Jacquelyn Warner

Enhanced bay views from every seat are just one of many charms after an extensive remodel reworked the entire space. The revamped menu of well-crafted comfort food from land (bone-in filet mignon, French onion omelet) and sea (gnocchi with crab, abalone dore) options features classic cocktails and a wine list that leans towards American, Italian and French bottlings.

2000 Paradise Dr, Tiburon, 415.435.3400

Central Marin

Left Bank Brasserie

Larkspur

Left Bank, Larkspur, Marin Fine Dining

This authentically Parisian-style brasserie by Chef Roland Passot has been serving the Larkspur community for more than two decades. Whether on the patio, at the European-style bar or in the casually elegant main dining room with a huge fireplace, it’s a fun and French downtown experience. An all-day menu features authentic French cuisine utilizing seasonal, local and organic ingredients, along with an extensive cocktail menu, a wide range of beer options, and an expertly-curated wine selection.

507 Magnolia Ave, Larkspur, 415.927.3331

Madcap

San Anselmo

Madcap, San Anselmo, Fine Dining Marin

The sleek aesthetic — cool gray concrete walls, dark woods and plush banquettes — remains the same for the 2021 Michelin one star restaurant, but chef Ron Siegel and wife Kimberly Siegel, who runs the front of the house, have streamlined the menu of Japanese-inflected dishes. That means a single tasting menu that hews to the seasons and understated, ever-present service.

198 Sir Francis Drake Blvd, San Anselmo; 415.453.989

Sponsor

Rodney Strong: 2023 Best of the County Dining

Rodney Strong was an acknowledged visionary who understood the potential that Sonoma County’s soil and climate held for producing world-class wines and was one of the first to plant Pinot Noir in Russian River Valley and the first to produce a Chalk Hill appellation Chardonnay.

How do you cater to both oenophiles and newbies?
At our winery, we pride ourselves on creating an exceptional experience that caters to both connoisseurs and newbies alike. We offer a diverse range of offerings and services that accommodate the varied preferences and knowledge levels of our guests and are committed to providing a custom experience.
What sets you apart from other wineries?
Our winery has achieved national recognition for its exceptional craftsmanship, with our wines consistently earning high scores and accolades from esteemed critics and competitions.
How do you cater to both oenophiles and newbies?
At our winery, we pride ourselves on creating an exceptional experience that caters to both connoisseurs and newbies alike. We offer a diverse range of offerings and services that accommodate the varied preferences and knowledge levels of our guests and are committed to providing a custom experience.