Where to Eat: Tiburon

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, caviar and wine bars and a Marin classic, Sam’s. 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.

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Bakery

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Jane

A coffee bar and seating area are much the same after a 2023 refresh of the Sweet Things space into San Francisco’s Jane. A grab and go fridge with salads and drinks is new while some legacy pastries from Sweet Things — carrot cake, black tie cake, and all the cupcakes — share shelf space with mocha, Oreo and other Jane cakes as well as croissants, naturally leavened breads and gluten-free cookies. The homewares and hostess gift aspect of business remains.

2024 Best of the County for Bakeries.

Grab n’ Go | Kid-Friendly

1 Blackfield Dr, 415.388.8583

Rustic Bakery

Rustic Bakery, Tiburon
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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.

Dogs Welcome | Grab ‘n Go | Kid-friendly | Meal Under $20 | Outdoor Seating
1550 Tiburon Blvd, 415.797.6123

Sweet Things

Sweet Things, Tiburon
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Even though it is tucked into a corner of The Cove shopping center, lovers of Hungarian coffee cake, apple cheese tart and raspberry-apricot rugelach line up every day for all-day, cake and coffee cafe.

Kid-friendly | Grab ‘n Go | Meal Under $20
1 Blackfield Dr, 415.388.8583

Bar

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In Good Taste

Plate of sushi in front of a selection of wine from In Good Taste in Tiburon
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Tiburon, quickly becoming a destination for wine bars, welcomed another at the Fleming House on Ark Row in June. Owners and Marin natives Joe Welch and Zach Feinberg, who have known each other since high school, feature more than 24 different wines from all over the world, all made by winemaker Matt Smith. Taste by the glass or six-wine tasting flight or grab a 187 ml mini bottle or a 750 ml bottle to drink later. 

72 Main St, Tiburon; 415.889.5042
Happy hour | Outdoor Seating

Squalo Vino

Squalo Vino Wine Bar, Tiburon
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A large charcuterie board and a glass of Regis Bouvier Vielles Vignes Marsannay Burgundy Pinot Noir would make a nice dinner, especially while ensconced on one of the cozy banquettes in the window at the recently opened wine bar in downtown Tiburon with a focus on European and Californian wines.

2024 Best of the County for Wine Bars.

Outdoor Seating | Dogs Welcome | Date Spot
34 Main St, Tiburon.

Burger

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Tiburon Tavern

Tiburon Tavern, Tiburon
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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.

Brunch | Date Spot | Dogs Welcome | Full Bar | Happy Hour | Kid-friendly | Outdoor Seating | Private Party Room | Watch the Game
1651 Tiburon Blvd, 415.435.3133

Fine Dining

The Bungalow Kitchen

Bungalow Tiburon, Marin Fine Dining
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A party lounge and restaurant from chef Michael Mina boasts epic views and a menu of seasonal California fare executed by chef Harrison Chernick – 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 late-night service (until 12 a.m.), a billiards table, a gas-powered fireplace, and a live DJ on weekends.

2024 Best of the County for Fine Dining.

Brunch | Date Spot | Full Bar | Happy Hour | Kid-friendly | Outdoor Seating | Private Party Room | Worth the Hype
5 Main St, 415.366.4088

Italian

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Caffe Acri

Caffe Acri, Tiburon
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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.

2024 Best of the County for Coffee Shop.

Brunch | Dogs Welcome | Grab ‘n Go | Kid-friendly | Meal Under $20 | Outdoor Seating
1 Main St, 415.435.8515

The Caprice

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The Caprice, Tiburon
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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.

2024 Best of the County for Fine Dining.

Brunch | Date Spot | Full Bar | Happy Hour | Kid-friendly | Outdoor Seating | Worth the Hype
2000 Paradise Drive, 415.435.3400

Luna Blu

Luna Blue, Tiburon, Fine Dining Marin
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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.

2024 Best of the County for Fine Dining.

Brunch | Date Spot | Kid-friendly | Outdoor Seating
35 Main St, 415.789.5844

Salt & Pepper

Meet the Team

Salt and Pepper, Tiburon
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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.

2024 Best of the County for Al Fresco Dining and Breakfast.

Brunch | Dogs Welcome | Full Bar | Kid-friendly | Outdoor Seating | Round Tables
38 Main St, 415.435.3594

Servino

Servino Ristorante, Tiburon
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The trattoria is back in its original ark while the enoteca/wine bar in the neighboring yellow ark and heated patio are new additions. The cuisine — house made pastas, crudi such as halibut with mango chutney or carpaccio with rolled beef, arugula, and truffle oil, roasted half chicken a jus with herbs and broccolini — tilts seasonal and southern Italian. An expansive Italian wine list and seasonal cocktails balance old and new world flavors. 

Date Spot | Full Bar | Outdoor Seating | Worth the Hype

14–116 Main St, Tiburon; 415.435.2676

Via Piccola Trattoria

Via Piccola Trattoria, Tiburon
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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.

Dogs Welcome | Full Bar | Kid-friendly | Outdoor Seating
1 Blackfield Dr. #11 at The Cove, 415.388.9100

Pizza

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Waypoint Pizza

Waypoint Pizza Tiburon
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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.

Grab ‘n Go | Kid-friendly | Meal Under $20 | Watch the Game
15 Main St, 415.435.3440

Seafood

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Malibu Farm

Malibu Farm pink smoothie with straw
Photo by Alina Schessler

After a multi-year rebuild of the waterfront space long occupied by Servino (which is moving back to their original home on Ark Row), the latest SoCal-to-NorCal arrival on the Tiburon scene comes from Malibu. Founder and chef Helene Henderson abides by a home-grown and sustainable ethos, using simple ingredients and techniques to make dishes like fennel-rubbed boneless half chicken and soy-ginger hanger steak feel fresh. The menu leans into seafood — there are ample choices for caviar, salmon, oysters and other ocean treats — as well as vegan or gluten-free reimaginings. “We aspire to be more inclusive,” says Henderson. Though the menu is vegetable-forward, “we recognize that not everyone in a group or family is craving or ready for those options.” 

2024 Best of the County for New Restaurants.

Kid-friendly | Outdoor Seating | Private Party Room | Brunch
9 Main St, Tiburon, 628.226.1222

The Caviar Co.

The Caviar Co., Tiburon
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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.

Date Spot | Dogs Welcome | Grab ‘n Go | Happy Hour | Outdoor Seating
46A Main Street, Tiburon; 415.889.5168

Petite Left Bank

Petite Left Bank, Tiburon
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Chef Roland Passot is at it again, opening his latest French café and bistro in downtown Tiburon in mid-September. The day-to-day operations are under the watchful eye of executive chef Justin Minnich who will bring to life classics like escargot en croute, salade Niçoise, moules frites, and beef bourguignon. For now, it is dinner only but a morning menu of composed plates and pastries is in the works and lunch and brunch is expected soon after.

2024 Best of the County for Fine Dining.

Date Spot | Kid-friendly | Meal Under $20
1696 Tiburon Blvd, 415.910.1010

Sam’s Anchor Cafe

Sam's Cafe Tiburon
Photo Courtesy of Albert Law

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.

2024 Best of the County for Al Fresco Dining.

Brunch | Date Spot | Dogs Welcome | Full Bar | Happy Hour | Kid-friendly | Meal Under $20 | Outdoor Seating | Watch the Game | Worth the Hype
27 Main St, 415.435.4527


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