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.
Backstage | DJ’s Chinese Cuisine | Don Antonio | El Huarache Loco | Emporio Rulli | Equator Coffees | Farm House Local | Farmshop | Hog Island Oyster Co. | Left Bank | Perry’s | Picco | Pizzeria Picco | R’noh Thai | Roma Antica | Rustic Bakery | Shake Shack
The U-shaped bar makes a comfortable, sociable setting for wine tasting, light appetizers (warmed nuts, artichoke dip) and small plates (avocado toast, charcuterie boards) in downtown Larkspur. Or nab a seat on the patio to enjoy flights of exclusive picks from small-scale California vineyards on a sunny day.
295 Magnolia Ave, 415.898.6778
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
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
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 meal with plenty of outdoor seating options at the Marin Country Mart.
1803 Larkspur Landing Circle, 415.925.1403
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
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
A downtown Larkspur gem that 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
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
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. Sit inside or at one of the picnic tables facing the Bay before satiating that oyster craving; then check the day’s menu to see what was most recently pulled from Marin’s waters before deciding what else to eat.
2401 Larkspur Landing Circle, 628.253.5905
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 downtown experience. The restaurant is also hosting two “virtual” restaurant concepts for takeout and delivery only, a Mac ‘n Cheese Shop and Lito’s Cocina Hispana (Spanish/Mexican).
507 Magnolia Ave, 415.927.3331
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
Popular since its inception, Picco has a seasonally driven menu featuring items such as risotto (made every half hour), mesquite octopus tostada and butterscotch pot de creme that keep attracting return visits. The warm wood and brick interior is fronted by a popular, six seat bar.
320 Magnolia Ave, 415.924.0300
316 Magnolia Ave, 415.945.8900
This cozy place with a patio by the Corte Madera Creek has a reputation for fresh flavors. . It’s all here, from curries and Thai barbecue to noodle dishes and the classic tom kha (coconut lemongrass soup). For an indulgent treat, try the fried sweet potato appetizer.
1000 Magnolia Ave, 415.925.0599
Closed while the restaurant rebrands. Expected to reopen in early November. 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
The Marin-grown 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
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.