Where to Eat: Tiburon

Once you drive down the peninsula to the Tiburon tip, you will ask yourself why you don’t come here more often. The storybook main street boasts stylish Italian seaside eateries like Servino and Luna Blu. The town center and the surrounding residential areas cater to local residents and the throngs of tourists and ferry-goers, which lends a permanent holiday vibe to the picturesque downtown.

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

The Bungalow Kitchen | Caffe Acri | The Caprice  | The Caviar Co | Luna Blu | Rustic Bakery | Salt & Pepper | Sam’s Anchor Cafe | Servino Ristorante | Squalo Vino | Tiburon Tavern | Via Piccola Trattoria | Waypoint Pizza

 


The Bungalow Kitchen

Californian

A party lounge and restaurant from chef Michael Mina boasts epic views and a menu of California fare – 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 a billiards table, a gas-powered fireplace, and a live DJ on weekends.

5 Main St, 415.366.4088

Caffe Acri

Italian

The well-lit corner cafe in downtown Tiburon is a go-to for bikers, city commuters, and locals. Diners will find Italian roast espresso drinks, freshly baked pastries, and eggs for breakfast and a selection of soups, salads and paninis for lunch. A market stacked with pantry items and coffee operates inside the café and outdoor dining is available.

1 Main St, 415.435.8515

The Caprice

Italian

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 Drive, 415.435.3400

The Caviar Co

American

Strawberry resident Petra Bergstein expanded her San Francisco-based business with a downtown shop and restaurant dedicated to the briny delicacy. Caviar flights, along with Champagne by the glass or bottle and small plates like grilled cheese with truffles, are available to enjoy in their tasting room or to take home.

46A Main Street, Tiburon; 415.889.5168

 

Luna Blu Best of Marin County 2015

Italian

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, 415.789.5844

Rustic Bakery

Californian

This location of the beloved bakery offers the same menu as the other locations in Novato and Larkspur, as well as outdoor dining. Enjoy a wide array of fresh salads, sandwiches, and pastries on the boardwalk.

1550 Tiburon Blvd, 415.797.6123

Salt & Pepper

American

With its hardwood floors and blue-checkered tablecloths, the sun-filled, one-room restaurant is an area favorite. Scallops, rib-eye steak, a beef burger and traditional crab cakes with jalapeño dipping sauce are some of the popular choices on the patio.

38 Main St, 415.435.3594

Sam’s Anchor Cafe

American

Sam’s boathouse feel and boat tie-ups are part of its charm but most come for the spiffy white umbrellas and deck chairs on the expansive waterfront patio. All-day cocktails remain a fixture as does the signature cioppino, while offerings like crab toast, a roaming oyster cart, and a raw bar reflect the menu’s enduring seafood focus.

27 Main St, 415.435.4527

Servino Ristorante Best of Marin County 2017

Italian

Chef and owner Angelo Servino highlights organic ingredients in an array of rustic Italian dishes, including house-made pastas, wood-oven pizzas, and seasonal specialties. Located on the bay, Servino also prides itself on its extensive sustainable seafood program. Savor la dolce vita on the waterfront patio. Servino is temporarily closed but plans to reopen on Tiburon’s Ark Row in early 2022.

9 Main St, 415.435.2676

Squalo Vino Wine Bar

American

Fifteen wines by the glass, 90 by the bottle and a handful of local beers are available at an intimate wine bar and wine shop. Look for rare and hard-to-find bottles to enjoy onsite at one of the bistro tables or from a comfy, velvet-lined club chair or to go. Plans are in the works for chef-prepared plates from Bungalow Kitchen by Michael Mina but for now, cheeseboards featuring Rustic Bakery crackers and Cowgirl Creamery’s Mt Tam and a “fish and chips’ plate with caviar from nearby The Caviar Company are on hand.

34 Main St, Tiburon; 415.889.5585

Tiburon TavernBest of Marin County 2015

Californian

Food service at the Lodge at Tiburon is now in the hands of Luna Blu’s Renzo and Crystal Azzarello who took the reins in August for the Tiburon Tavern bar, restaurant and other on-site eating opportunities. Chef Babak Nasser is on board to handle the flow from breakfast and brunch through dinner. The same wide patio is back in service, too.

1651 Tiburon Blvd, 415.435.3133

Via Piccola Trattoria

Italian

Pedro and Maria Ulloa (formerly of San Rafael’s Arrivederci) serve dishes like veal saltimbocca and handmade pappardelle alla Abruzzese (gluten-free pasta is available) at lunch and dinner with tiramisu or key lime pie for dessert. The heated patio is shaded from the lights in the nearby parking lot.

1 Blackfield Dr. #11 at The Cove, 415.388.9100

Waypoint Pizza Best of Marin County 2017

Pizza

Family-friendly, with cooked-to-order gourmet pies, slices, fresh salads and, for sports fans, a large-screen TV. Order online for quick pickup or delivery.

15 Main St, 415.435.3440


 

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