Where to Eat: Corte Madera

Corte Madera

While the borders between Corte Madera and Larkspur can be fuzzy for some, we are sticking to restaurants within the Corte Madera zip code. That means Zinz Wine Bar downtown to Fieldwork Brewing at Town Center and Cafe Verde Pizzeria next to Town Park to Amy’s Drive Thru along the highway. The town’s name means “to chop the wood” in Spanish and the restaurants make ample use of the association, whether it’s the fire-roasted pizzas at Boca Pizzeria or the slow-roasted meats at Pig in a Pickle. There is no shortage of notable dining options, from perennial classics like Marin Joe’s to the Burmese and South Asian eatery Burmatown, which even has a listing in the Michelin Guide.

Be sure to check each restaurant’s website or social pages to confirm its most current hours of operation and services.

BakeryBar | Barbecue | Breakfast | Burger | Brewery | Coffee Shop | Italian | Mexican | Pizza | Sandwiches | Seafood | Tea, Juice & Smoothies | Thai | Vegan & Vegetarian

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Bakery

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Boudin

Boudin, Corte Madera
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San Francisco’s original sourdough is available at its Corte Madera outpost as rounds and longer loafs. Hand-stretched sourdough crust also forms the base for the restaurant’s San Francisco-style pizzas.

Kid-friendly | Meal Under $20  | Outdoor Seating | 
The Village at Corte Madera, 1734 Redwood Highway, 415.737.1849

Nothing Bundt Cakes

Nothing Bundt Cakes, Corte Madera
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Their unique shape is said to be inspired by the Germanic cake known as a Gugelhopf, but there is no need to “hopf” in-between its distinctive pointy ridges. Choose little bundlets or a regular size in a range of flavors from lemon and confetti to red velvet and, yes, pumpkin spice.

2024 Best of the County for Bakeries.

Grab ‘n Go | Kid-friendly | Worth the Hype
47 Tamal Vista Blvd, Ste G, 415.924.2500

Bar

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Zinz Wine Bar

Zinz Wine Bar, Corte Madera
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Locals pop by the petite wine bar for its cozy, sophisticated atmosphere and an eclectic array of boutique wines and craft beer, all available for takeout. A short menu of prosciutto-wrapped dates, charcuterie and cheese boards is perfect for enjoying during a Friday night tasting event or on the expansive outdoor patio where heat lamps warm the quaint neighborhood space.

2024 Best of the County for Wine Bars

Date Spot | Happy Hour | Meal Under $20 | Outdoor Seating
207 Corte Madera Ave, 415.927.9466

Barbecue

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Pig In A Pickle

Pig in a Pickle, Best BBQ Marin
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Locally sourced brisket, pork, ribs, and chicken get star billing at this Town Center eatery. Sauces are crafted to represent various American barbecue regions, including Memphis and South Carolina. House-made pickles, buns, and sausages will keep you coming back.

2024 Best of the County for Barbecue.

Dogs Welcome | Full Bar | Grab ‘n Go | Meal Under $20 | Outdoor Seating | Watch the Game
341 Corte Madera Town Center, 415.891.3265

Breakfast

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Lighthouse Café

Lighthouse Cafe, Corte Madera, Best Brunch Marin
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Breakfast is served all day and while most of the Danish dishes the restaurant is known for are only on the lunch menu, you can still get the Danish meatballs as a side order at breakfast. Omelettes are a signature, and the Mickey Mouse-shaped pancakes are a hit with kids of all ages.

Brunch | Kid-friendly | Meal Under $20 | Outdoor Seating 
12 Tamalpais Dr, 415.945.8902

Brewery

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Fieldwork Brewing

Fieldwork Brewing, Corte Madera
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An outpost of the original Berkeley draft house features pizzas, salads and shareable bites (think crispy Brussels sprouts and oven-baked wings) to round out the day’s list of fresh IPAs, pilsners and more. There is a fresh beer to-go program, too.

2024 Best of the County for Brewery.

Dogs Welcome | Grab ‘n Go | Meal Under $20 | Outdoor Seating
107 Corte Madera Town Center, 415.891.8273

Burger

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RH Marin

RH Marin
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Ride up the golden-hued elevator to the top floor restaurant bedecked in RH style and linger over a shaved vegetable salad, a truffled grilled cheese sandwich on Panorama Bakery sourdough or a namesake RH Burger. This rooftop sunroom and outdoor lounge boasts glass ceilings and walls for an epic view of Mount Tam and a feeling of floating above it all.

2024 Best of the County for Al Fresco Dining.

Brunch | Date Spot
1750 Redwood Highway at The Village, 628.266.2040

Coffee Shop

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Philz Coffee

Philz Coffee Corte Madera
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A Bay Area favorite, Philz started in 1978 out of a convenience store in the Mission District in San Francisco. Once perfecting his style, Phil opened his first shop in 2003, and now has shops all over the country. Serving up unique blends carefully crafted for each customer, stop by for a mint mojito (favorite of many), black cup of joe or mocha.

2024 Best of the County for Coffee Shop.

Grab ‘n Go | Kid-friendly | Meal Under $20 
403 Corte Madera Town Center, 415.496.2024

Italian

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Cafe Verde Pizzeria

Cafe Verde, Corte Maderea
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The all-day cafe offers Neapolitan pizza, Sicilian calzone and a tight menu of pasta, risotto, and salads. Enjoy any of these items inside or out on the patio along with local and international wines and beers.

Dogs Welcome | Grab ‘n Go | Kid-friendly | Meal Under $20 | Outdoor Seating
502 Tamalpais Drive, 415.927.1060

Il Fornaio

Il Fornaio, Corte Madera
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Aside from pizzas and pastas, this upscale-Italian franchise serves a variety of salads and carb-free entrées.

Full Bar | Grab ‘n Go | Happy Hour | Outdoor Seating
223 Corte Madera Town Center, 415.927.4400

Marin Joe’s

Best Burger Marin, Marin Joe's, Corte Madera
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A mainstay for over 50 years for a reason: the menu calls to you with garlic bread, a calamari sandwich and mesquite-grilled prime rib. Sautéed classics of the Italian-American cannon (I”m looking at you, chicken livers and mushrooms and veal piccata) and oysters doré and a mix and match menu of pasta shapes and pastas have withstood the test of time.

2024 Best of the County for Burger and Steakhouse.

Date Spot | Full Bar | Worth the Hype
1585 Casa Buena Dr, 415.924.2081

Mexican

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Flores

Flores Corte Madera, Mexican Marin
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With an emphasis on regional Mexican dishes and flavors sourced from family recipes, the menu is based on California seasonality and revolves around gluten-free masa. The daily-made tortillas are a highlight in dishes such as tostadas de atún and a masa section of the menu features traditional dishes like sopes de frijol and tinga tamal. There’s a full bar to boot and everything is easily enjoyed on their large, heated patio.

2024 Best of the County for Mexican Food.

Brunch | Date Spot | Full Bar | Happy Hour | Kid-friendly | Outdoor Seating
301 Corte Madera Town Center, 415.500.5145

Pizza

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Boca Pizzeria

Boca Pizzeria, Corte Madera
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The Italian-inspired pizzeria with a covered outdoor patio at The Village utilizes Northern California’s bounty of seasonal ingredients and showcases local microbreweries and wine country’s boutique varietals. The menu includes appetizers, salads of organic produce when available, pastas, local free-range poultry and meats, desserts and Neapolitan-style pizzas with house-made mozzarella. All to go bottles of wine are 50% off with pitchers of margaritas and Manhattans also available.

Full Bar | Grab ‘n Go | Kid-friendly | Outdoor Seating
1544 Redwood Hwy, 415.924.3021

Sandwiches

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Blue Barn Gourmet

Blue Barn, Corte Madera
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The first Marin outpost of the S.F.-based eatery has proven very popular. The menu includes toasted sandwiches, like the must-try Buffalo Fry chicken sandwich with ranch, seasonal salads and a daily soup selection, prepared with locally harvested produce and proteins. A group order takeout menu is available.

Dogs Welcome | Grab ‘n Go | Meal Under $20 | Outdoor Seating
335 Corte Madera Town Center

Seafood

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Pacific Catch

Pacific Catch
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The Pacific Rim–inspired restaurant has a family-friendly atmosphere and a bar, popular during happy hour. The menu, showcases freshly caught seafood in flavors that span the Pacific Rim. A fish bar includes poke and ceviche while tacos are sushi or traditional Baja style The Tiki bar features a classic mai tai or go for one of the updated island classics – the Island Mule features passion fruit juice.

Full Bar | Happy Hour | Kid-friendly | Meal Under $20 | Outdoor Seating
133 Corte Madera Town Center, 415.927.3474

Tea, Juice & Smoothies

Teaspoon

Two cups of boba from Teaspoon in Corte Madera
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A boba shop from Terra Linda native Jennifer Davis and her husband, Chris, began filling Marin’s need for sweet, tapioca-infused teas at Corte Madera Town Center in late August. The seventh location of the Bay Area-based brand highlights traditional boba culture and seasonal drinks like Matcha Royal or Guava Sunset alongside organic coffee drinks (I’m looking at you, Dirty Ube) and macarons.

Grab ‘n Go | Kid-friendly
132 Corte Madera Town Center, Corte Madera; 415.780.9600

Thai / Southeast Asian

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Burmatown

Burmatown, Corte Madera
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Though the menu remains largely the same (that tea leaf salad! Those bao!) at the new location down the street from the original, the addition of a grill boosts the menu with dishes like kalbi ribs or smoked salmon collars. A long bar on one side of the room serves wine and beer and the front windows slide open for easy access to a large patio.

Grab ‘n Go | Meal Under $20 | Outdoor Seating
18 Tamalpais Ave, 415.985.5060

Vegan / Veggie

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Amy’s Drive Thru

Amys Drive Thru, Best Vegetarian
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Known for the salads, veggie burgers, and grilled cheese sandwiches, the organic fast food concept that originated in Santa Rosa is best experienced via the namesake drive thru but is just as fun to eat on the colorful, shaded patio. The burrito is even available gluten-free.

2024 Best of the County for Vegan/Vegetarian.

Grab ‘n Go | Meal Under $20 | Outdoor Seating
5839 Paradise Dr

World Wrapps

World Wrapps, Corte Madera
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Owners Keith Cox and Matt Blair lean into fast and flavorful at their “fast food” joint. A Hawaiian poke wrap or Saigon salmon roll skew Asian while a tahini tofu summer roll is vegan-friendly. Tropical-style house made beverages include boba tea, mango lassi, and Vietnamese iced coffee.

Dogs Welcome | Grab ‘n Go | Kid-friendly | Meal Under $20 | Outdoor Seating
208 Corte Madera Town Center, 415.927.3663


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