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 well-lit corner cafe in 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
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
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
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
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
Reopened after an extensive remodel, Sam’s boathouse feel and boat tie-ups are intact and spiffy white umbrellas and deck chairs line 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
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 temporarily closed in May with plans to reopen this fall on Tiburon’s Ark Row, date TBD.
9 Main St, 415.435.2676
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
Pedro and Maria Ulloa (formerly of San Rafael’s Arrivederci) opened a new spot with 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
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