Where to Eat: Corte Madera

While the borders between Corte Madera and Larkspur can be fuzzy for some, in this grouping we are sticking with the Corte Madera zip code, which in terms of restaurants means, from South to North: Zinz Wine Bar to Fieldwork Brewing, and West to East: Cafe Verde to Amy’s Drive Thru. The town’s name means “to chop the wood” in Spanish, and the restaurants there make ample of its namesake, whether it’s the fire-roasted pizzas at Boca Pizzeria or the tasty grilled meats at Pig in a Pickle. Beyond this there are no shortage of notable dining options, from perennial classics like Marin Joe’s, to the authentic Burmese eatery Burmatown, which even has a listing in the Michelin Guide.

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

Amy’s Drive Thru | Blue Barn Gourmet | Boca Pizzeria | Burmatown | Cafe Verde | Fieldwork Brewing | Il Fornaio | La Maison De La Reine | Marin Joe’s | Pacific Catch | Pig in a Pickle | RH Marin| The Counter | Veggie Grill | World WrappsZinz Wine Bar

 


Amy’s Drive Thru

American

Known for the salads, veggie burgers, and grilled cheese sandwiches, the organic fast food concept that originated in Santa Rosa is best experienced via the namesake drive thru but is just as fun to eat on the colorful patio. The burrito is even available gluten-free.

5839 Paradise Dr, 415.737.0655

 

Blue Barn Gourmet

American

The first Marin outpost of the S.F.-based eatery has proven very popular. The menu includes customizable salads, toasted sandwiches, soups and more, prepared with locally harvested produce and proteins. A new, group order takeout menu is available.

335 Corte Madera Town Center, 415.927.1104

 

Boca Pizzeria

Italian

The Italian-inspired pizzeria with a covered outdoor patio at The Village utilizes Northern California’s bounty of seasonal ingredients and showcases local microbreweries and wine country’s boutique varietals. The menu includes appetizers, salads of organic produce when available, pastas, local free-range poultry and meats, desserts and Neapolitan-style pizzas with house-made mozzarella. All to go bottles of wine are 50% off with pitchers of margaritas and Manhattans also available.

1544 Redwood Hwy, 415.924.3021

 

Burmatown Best of Marin County 2017

Asian

The small home-style Asian fusion restaurant offers fresh, light meals like tea leaf salad and basil shrimp stir-fry, as well as curries, coconut rice and chili-garlic green beans. Extra heat optional. Place orders by 1 p.m. via phone or txt 415.985.5060 to ensure item availability.

60 Corte Madera Ave, 415.945.9096

 

Cafe Verde

Californian

This revamped cafe offers Neapolitan pizza, pasta, risotto, and salads nearly all day long. Enjoy any of these items inside or out on the patio along with local and international wines and beers.

502 Tamalpais Drive, 415.927.1060

 

Fieldwork Brewing

Pizza

The latest outpost of the original Berkeley draft house features pizzas, salads and shareable bites (think crispy Brussels sprouts and meatballs) to round out the day’s list of fresh IPAs, pilsners and more.  

107 Corte Madera Town Center, 415.891.8273

 

Flores

Mexican

With an emphasis on regional Mexican dishes and flavors sourced from family recipes, the menu is based on California seasonality and revolves around gluten-free masa. The daily-made tortillas are featured in dishes such as duck confit enchiladas, Dungeness crab tostadas, and chili-braised beef short ribs. There’s a full bar to boot and everything is easily enjoyed on their large, heated patio.

301 Corte Madera Town Center, 415.500.5145

 

Il Fornaio

Italian

Aside from pizzas and pastas, this upscale-Italian franchise serves a variety of salads and carb-free entrées.

223 Corte Madera Town Center, 415.927.4400

 

La Maison De La Reine

Vietnamese

Dine on family-style Vietnamese fare in the Town Center. The crunchy cabbage chicken salad with peanuts, fresh spring rolls and pho options are popular picks.

346 Corte Madera Town Center, 415.927.0288

 

Marin Joe’s Best of Marin County 2015

Italian

A Marin mainstay for over 50 years, with a menu of soups, salads, seafood, mesquite-grilled or sautéed meats and a plethora of pasta options. To add to your dining experience, order the table-side prepared Caesar salad. Not looking for a meal? Enjoy a drink and hear local musicians at the well-known piano bar.

1585 Casa Buena Dr, 415.924.2081

 

Pacific Catch

Seafood

The Pacific Rim–inspired restaurant has a family-friendly atmosphere. The menu, showcasing freshly caught seafood, includes tacos, poke, ceviche, sandwiches, salads, rice bowls, seasonal cocktails, and daily specials.

133 Corte Madera Town Center, 415.927.3474

 

Pig In A Pickle

American

Fresh and locally sourced brisket, pork, ribs, and chicken get star billing at this Town Center eatery. Sauces are crafted to represent various American barbecue regions, including Memphis and South Carolina. House-made pickles, buns, and sausages will keep you coming back.

341 Corte Madera Town Center, 415.891.3265

 

RH Marin

American

Ride up the golden-hued elevator to the top floor to a restaurant bedecked in RH style and linger over a shaved vegetable salad, a truffled grilled cheese sandwich on Panorama Bakery sourdough or a namesake RH Burger. This rooftop sunroom and outdoor lounge boasts glass ceilings and walls for an epic view of Mount Tam and a feeling of floating above it all.

1750 Redwood Highway at The Village, 628.266.2040

The Counter Best of Marin County 2018Best of Marin County 2015

Californian

Create your own salads and burgers using all-natural proteins including Angus beef, turkey, chicken, mahimahi, bison or the latest addition, the Impossible Burger. Additional gluten-free options (buns!) and a vegan veggie burger are available. The restaurant has patio seating, a kick-back vibe and a popular happy hour. Give the spiked milkshake a try.

201 Corte Madera Town Center, 415.924.7000

 

Veggie Grill Best of Marin County 2015

Vegan/Vegetarian

Veggie Grill is a fast-casual restaurant chain that celebrates the veg by offering a variety of hot sandwiches and burgers, entree salads, bowls, home-style plates, shareable sides, organic teas and house-made desserts prepared only with vegetables, fruits, grains, and nuts.

147 Corte Madera Town Center, 415.945.8954

 

World Wrapps Best of Marin County 2017Best of Marin County 2018

Californian

Owners Keith Cox and Matt Blair have revamped this “fast food” joint to feature healthy and flavorful items like a Hawaiian poke wrap and a tahini tofu summer roll that’s vegan-friendly. Tropical-style housemade beverages include boba tea, mango lassi, and Vietnamese iced coffee.

208 Corte Madera Town Center, 415.927.3663

 

Zinz Wine Bar

Californian

Zinz is an upscale wine bar, retail store with wine club and art gallery with a cozy, sophisticated atmosphere, an eclectic array of boutique wines, craft beer, and light appetizers. An expansive outdoor seating area is partially covered and heat lamps warm the space. The quaint neighborhood space also holds events and happy hours.

207 Corte Madera Ave, 415.927.9466


 

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