Tucked away in the heart of Marin, Greenbrae and Kentfield share schools, a zip code, and a commute along the eastern stretch of Sir Francis Drake Boulevard near Bon Air Shopping Center. Catering to a quintessential bedroom community, dining options revolve around the shopping center and nearby College of Marin, where an eclectic mix of bakeries and daytime cafés, fast casual and family-friendly restaurants are the norm.
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A tidy back patio shaded by roses and cascading pear trees is ideally suited for sipping a pot of loose leaf tea, cup of pour-over coffee or a hot chocolate at this outpost of the Japantown original. Savory croissants and crumpets are just part of the breakfast menu and a traditional sausage roll and chicken pot pie are highlights at lunch. A signature Afternoon Tea service is available on weekends.
Brunch | Date Spot | Grab ‘n Go
22 Ross Common, Ross, 415.771.4252
Marble cake and vanilla cupcakes topped with pink or blue icing are just a few of the classic American treats on hand. There is also a gender reveal cupcake with a pink or blue center, visible only after the cupcake is sliced apart.
2023 Best of the County for Bakeries.
Grab ‘n Go
310 Bon Air Center, Greenbrae; 415.461.2253
Strawberry shortcake is just one of the heritage (and seasonal) desserts perfected by the century-old bakery at Bon Air Center. Look for raspberry ricotta cheesecake wrapped in a croissant and princess cake among the many treats in the wide case.
2023 Best of the County for Bakeries.
Grab ‘n Go
292 Bon Air Center, Greenbrae, 415.461.3099
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Tucked away in a setting of intertwining ivy and large open windows, this cafe is the quintessential breakfast nook and is also open for brunch and lunch, including coffee drinks, pastries and much more. Enjoy a casual daytime meal inside or out on the patio.
2023 Best of County Winner for Breakfast.
Kid-friendly | Outdoor seating | Brunch | Dogs Welcome | Meal under $20
848 College Ave, Kentfield, 415.459.0291
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At its only Marin outpost, Gott’s features the signature California-inspired dishes the restaurant is known for (burgers–regular, ahi and Impossible–shakes, salads and fries) as well as a 30-foot-long pine table for community-style eating and an expansive patio out front.
2023 Best of County Winner for Burgers.
Kid-friendly | Outdoor seating | Private party room | Grab ‘n Go | Dogs Welcome | Meal under $20
302 Bon Air Center, Greenbrae, 415.785.4233
Jared Rogers, the former executive chef of Picco, heads up the kitchen, partnering with restaurateur Dustin Sullivan on this 110-seat space. Look for well-executed California cuisine with weekly specials like Prime Rib on Mondays and fried chicken on Sundays, plus killer cocktails – the Sunburn and Easy Money are local favorites.
Full Bar | Happy Hour | Date Spot
850 College Ave, Kentfield, 415.419.5101
Into the former Marche aux Fleurs space comes Marché from owners Darren and Alicia Banks. Their focus on seasonal ingredients in plates of avocado toast with Urfa chile, shishito peppers with togarashi, house-made gnocchi with shiitakes, and corn and duck confit with green lentils is Californian all the way and the Tuesday night tradition of fried chicken with cornbread and cole slaw remains intact.
Date Spot | Full Bar | Outdoor Seating
23 Ross Common, Ross, 415.925.9200
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Brothers and business partners Pierre and Sebastien Lauga, along with Boulangerie restaurateur Pascal Rigo and Utah’s Central Milling, stepped in as owners at Loving Cup in Greenbrae’s Bon Air Center, adding pizza to the menu earlier this fall. Organic sauce and crust on a range of quick-serve pizzas (Margherita, barbecue chicken, build your own and a seasonal style) are ready in minutes. A gluten-free crust and dairy-free cheese are available. Loving Cup’s organic yogurt range also expanded to include non-dairy and banana base flavors, in addition to 15 pre-mixed flavors. A range of toppings and mix-ins is available.
298 Bon Air Center, Greenbrae. 415.419.5579
Grab ‘n Go | Thin crust | Meal for under $20
Owner Greg DiGiovine (just call him Tony) relocated to Ross after nine years in Mill Valley, bringing his familiar farm-to-table pies and kid- and dog-friendly vibe to downtown. The vegan pies are still here and a gluten-free crust is available.
2023 Best of County Winner for Pizza.
Grab ‘n Go | Kid-friendly | Meal Under $20
16 Ross Common, Ross, 415.383.8646
Tea, Juice & Smoothies
After years of studying at College of Marin and working at a local KWIK SERV, new owner Wuilian (Willy) Reyes took over the Kentfield café, reopening it in January after a 10 month closure. Reyes kept the açai bowls, like the Carmen Miranda with cacao nibs and peanut butter, that the café was already known for and built out the menu to include sandwiches (avocado toast, lox bagel) and pastas. Boba and espresso drinks are coming soon.
Meal Under $20 | Brunch | Grab ‘n Go
860 College Ave, Kentfield; 415.747.8668
Vegan / Veggie
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No matter if your order is one of the signature plant-forward warm bowls like curry cauliflower, a super green goddess salad or chicken pesto parm (if meat is a must), all are packaged in a sustainable ready-to-go packaging that makes it easy to enjoy a fast and fresh meal inside, on the umbrella-shaded patio, or to-go.
Kid-friendly | Outdoor seating | Grab ‘n Go | Meal under $20
284 Bon Air Center, Greenbrae, 415.874.0012