Where to Eat: Larkspur

Larkspur’s blocks-long downtown and bay front Marin County Mart provide an impressive array of fine dining, trendy hot spots, wine bars, and al fresco dining. Whether it’s popular mainstays such as Restaurant Picco or Rustic Bakery, or newer additions such as Roma, little Larkspur is a big destination for local residents, out of towners, and ferry commuters.

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

BackstageDJ’s Chinese Cuisine | Don Antonio | El Huarache Loco | Emporio Rulli | Equator Coffees | Farm House Local | Farmshop | Hog Island Oyster Co. | Left Bank | Marin Brewing Co. | Perry’s | Picco | Pizzeria Picco | PosieR’noh Thai | Roma Antica | Rustic Bakery | Shake Shack  | Wise Sons

 


 

Backstage

Californian

Backstage is a comfortable, sociable setting for wine tasting, light appetizers (warmed nuts, artichoke dip) and small plates (avocado toast, charcuterie boards) in downtown Larkspur. Flights of exclusive picks from small-scale California vineyards bring wine country closer to Marin, especially while seated on the patio on a warm day.

295 Magnolia Ave, 415.898.6778

DJ’s Chinese Cuisine

Chinese

A great place to satisfy a craving for wonton soup before a show at the Lark Theater; the outdoor patio is a scene-stealer in itself. Lunch is popular here, too.

435 Magnolia Ave, 415.924.0717

Don Antonio

Italian

Antonio Volpicelli, of the former Don Antonio in Tiburon, runs this location in Larkspur. Choose from standbys like gorgonzola gnocchi, veal parmesan, and carbonara and an extensive wine list, all served either inside or out on the spacious patio. Look for the Maine lobster special on Tuesdays.

455 Magnolia Ave, 415.924-3332

El Huarache Loco

Mexican

The menu has gained quite a following for the authentic Mexico City dishes. From mini huaraches (filled corn masa cakes) to the foot-long huarache with two salsas, crema, queso fresco and two toppings of your choice, you’re sure to get a true taste of a homemade Mexican meal with plenty of outdoor seating options at the Marin Country Mart.

1803 Larkspur Landing Circle, 415.925.1403

Emporio RulliBest of Marin County 2017Best of Marin County 2016

Italian

Renowned for its Northern Italian specialties and treats, the Larkspur location (there are four others in the Bay Area) is a favored spot for lunch as well as coffee and a sweet treat.

464 Magnolia Ave, 415.924.7478

Equator Coffees

American

The downtown Larkspur location of Equator features their iconic drinks like the shakerato (coffee shaken with cream) and rotating, seasonally-focused beverages. Satiate your hunger any day with a breakfast sandwich and Austin style breakfast tacos from Mill Valley based Early Bird Tacos and goodies from Johnny Doughnuts, Friday–Sunday.

240 Magnolia Ave, 415.720.5701

 

Farm House Local

Californian

This downtown Larkspur gem is sure to please with simple, healthy food in a warm, cozy atmosphere, both indoors and on the covered patio. The seasonal menu, inspired by American classics, includes biscuits and gravy; a “BLAT” (with avocado) sandwich; and a daily fluffy omelet stuffed with local meats, vegetables, and artisanal cheeses.

25 Ward St, 415.891.8577

FarmshopBest of Marin County 2018Best of Marin County 2017Best of Marin County 2016

American

Located in the Marin Country Mart, Farmshop Marin is a top spot for people-watching and earns raves for its avocado hummus and Neapolitan style pizzas pulled from the beehive oven. Indoor and outdoor seating available.

2233 Larkspur Landing Circle, 415.755.6700

 

Hog Island Oyster Co.

Seafood

The full-service Marin Country Mart location features a full bar with seasonal cocktails, beer and wine and the same bay-to-bar philosophy as the Tomales Bay original. Oysters, raw and grilled are a must, then check the day’s menu to see what was most recently pulled from Marin’s waters before deciding what to eat.

2401 Larkspur Landing Circle, 628.253.5905

 

 

Left Bank RestaurantBest of Marin County 2017Best of Marin County 2015

French

This authentically classic brasserie 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 experience in downtown. The restaurant is also hosting two “virtual” restaurant concepts for takeout and delivery only, Kebabery by Meso (Mediterranean) and Lito’s Cocina Hispana (Spanish/Mexican).

507 Magnolia Ave, 415.927.3331

Marin Brewing Co.Best of Marin County 2018Best of Marin County 2015

American

Grab a cold beer made on-site and pair it with fish ’n’ chips — in this case, fresh cod dipped in Mt. Tam pale ale batter, served with steak fries and homemade tartar sauce — or anything from the all-American menu, then grab a seat at one of outdoor tables at the Marin Country Mart.

1809 Larkspur Landing Circle, 415.461.4677

Perry’sBest of Marin County 2018Best of Marin County 2017

American

Perry’s on Magnolia has the quintessentially American fare, bustling bar and warm personality the San Francisco original has always been famous for. Along with three separate dining rooms in a historic building, there’s outdoor dining on the patio and in the redwood grove. Lunch and dinner daily, brunch on weekends and holidays; valet parking in the evenings.

234 Magnolia Ave, 415.927.1877

Picco

Californian

Popular since its inception, Picco has a seasonally driven menu featuring items such as risotto (made every half hour) that keep attracting return visits. Though Picco is temporarily closed, many dishes from the original restaurant are available via neighboring Pizzeria Picco, which is currently open seven days a week.

320 Magnolia Ave, 415.924.0300

Pizzeria PiccoBest of Marin County 2018Best of Marin County 2017Best of Marin County 2016

Pizza
This family-friendly parlor next door to Picco in downtown Larkspur offers California-influenced Neapolitan pizzas cooked in a wood-burning oven. Fresh mozzarella is pulled in-house and the menu also features organic salads, antipasti and Straus Dairy soft-serve ice cream. When permissible by the County of Marin, Pizzeria Picco offers heated outdoor seating in addition to take out and delivery. 
316 Magnolia Ave, 415.945.8900

Posie Best of Marin County 2017

American

This hip artisan ice cream shop opened by Kyle Caporicci, former pastry chef of Michelin-starred Commis, made a name for itself with seasonal flavors, homemade gluten-free cones, and vegan ice cream. For lunch, you’ll find meticulously prepared open-faced tartines and Instagram-ready pastries. Menu changes weekly and is currently only available for pre-order pickup.

250B Magnolia Ave, 415.891.8395

R’noh Thai

Thai

This cozy place with a patio by the Corte Madera Creek has a reputation for fresh flavors. From curries and Thai barbecue to noodle dishes and the classic tom kha (coconut lemongrass soup), R’Noh is bound to satisfy your Thai cravings. For an indulgent treat, try the fried sweet potato appetizer.

1000 Magnolia Ave, 415.925.0599

Roma Antica

Italian

Pinza Romana, fried rice balls, burrata with artichoke hearts, and cacio e pepe pasta are just a few of the dishes that reflect the regional Roman ingredients and style of this sister restaurant to the San Francisco original. In Marin, look for fresh seafood pastas on the day’s specials menu and a shaded front porch for outdoor dining.

286 Magnolia Ave, 415.896.4002

Rustic Bakery Best of Marin County 2018

Californian

The homegrown bakery is known and loved the world over: Pope Francis famously requested Rustic Bakery flatbread and crostini when he visited the U.S. in 2015. Organic bread, croissants and pastries baked fresh each morning and salads, sandwiches, and soups for lunch make Rustic a local staple.

2017 Larkspur Landing Circle, 415.461.9900

Shake Shack

American

Burgers and shakes are the name of the game at the second Bay Area outpost of the New York burger restaurant. California- sourced Angus beef is amped up with white cheddar cheese, pickles and smoked garlic aioli on a potato bun and the only-in-Marin Mount Tam Graham and Larks-brr shakes are perfect for sipping on the bi-level patio.

1401 Larkspur Landing Circle, 628.212.2050

 

Wise Sons

American

The popular Jewish deli Wise Sons has opened its fourth outpost at the Marin Country Mart. The grab-and-go Larkspur bagel shop includes classic favorites like hot pastrami, matzo ball soup, and a variety of bagels, breads, and shmears. The Larkspur location is temporarily closed but a farmstand at the Sunday Farmer’s Market in San Rafael is operating.

2227 Larkspur Landing Circle, 415.878.3354

 


 

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