Where to Eat: Mill Valley

Flour Craft Bakery new location Mill Valley

Mill Valley is the sum of its many parts. A vibrant upscale downtown with abundant sleek dining options gives way to neighborhood outliers, such as surfer-vibe Tam Junction with breezy eateries like Hook Fish, and one-stop family dining and shopping at places like Pizza Antica in Strawberry Village. Stretching from Baltimore Canyon to the San Francisco Bay, with mountains, flats, and Highway 101 in between, there are good eats to be had for every appetite.

Boo Koo | Bootjack | Buckeye Roadhouse | Bungalow 44 | Cafe Del Sol | CantinaFloodwaterFlour Craft Bakery | Gravity Tavern | Grilly’s | Harmony | Hook Fish Co. | India Palace | Joe’s Taco Lounge | Kitchen Sunnyside | La Ginestra | Mill Valley BeerworksPiatti Ristorante and Bar| Piazza d’Angelo | Pizza AnticaPlaya | Prabh Indian Kitchen | Robata Grill and Sushi | Shoreline Coffee Shop | Sol Food | Sweetwater Music Hall Cafe | Tam Tam Ramen | Tamalpie | The Junction | The Whisk + Skillet | Thep Lela | Urban Remedy | Vasco | Watershed | West Coast Wine Cheese

 


Boo Koo

Asian, COVID-19 update: Open for takeout and delivery daily, 11:30 a.m. to 8 p.m.

This locally owned restaurant creates healthy meals that blend equal parts California fresh with Southeast Asian–inspired street food. With an updated menu and expansion of the restaurant, they’ve ushered in a vibrant bar with wines and kombucha on tap as well as one of the best craft beer offerings in town. Vegan, GF and vegetarian-friendly menu.

25 Miller Ave, Mill Valley, 415.888.8303

Bootjack Wood Fired Best of Marin County 2018

Californian, COVID-19 update: Reopened September, 2020. Open for sidewalk dining and takeout, 7 a.m.-2 p.m., Monday–Friday.

A transition back to a bakery means hearth style breads (apple walnut), breakfast sandwiches, and pastries (cinnamon buns) from baker Cameron Esaryk will be pulled from the built-in Alan Scott bread oven. Pair with barista drinks from Four Barrel Coffee and focaccia-style pizzas at lunch with the same Central Milling grains and organic approach as before.

17 Madrona St, 415.383.4200

Buckeye Roadhouse Best of Marin County 2018Best of Marin County 2017

American, COVID-19 update: Open for indoor and patio dining, takeout, and contactless curbside, Monday–Thursday, 4-8 p.m; Friday–Sunday, 12-8 p.m. Delivery via Dine-In Marin.  Coffee Cart open Monday–Friday 6-10 a.m.

Oysters Bingo, baby back ribs, and chili-lime “brick” chicken are a few of the satisfying comfort-food menu items that have made this classic roadhouse a favorite since the ’30s. The warm dark-wood bar with red leather booths is a popular spot for cocktails, conversations or a light meal.

15 Shoreline Highway, Mill Valley, 415.331.2600

Bungalow 44 Best of Marin County 2018Best of Marin County 2017

American, COVID-19 update: Open for indoor and outdoor dining, takeout and curbside pick-up, Monday–Saturday, 5-9 p.m.; Sunday 5-8:30 p.m.

One of Mill Valley’s neighborhood hot spots, featuring contemporary California comfort food, signature cocktails, fine wine, and one-dollar oysters from 5 to 6 p.m. every day.

44 E Blithedale Ave, Mill Valley, 415.381.2500

Cafe Del SoulBest of Marin County 2018Best of Marin County 2017

Californian, COVID-19 update: Takeout available, daily, 10 a.m-8 p.m.

Healthy options become addictive at this eatery that now has locations in both Tam Valley and San Rafael. Once you stop in for the deliciously fresh quinoa wrap, you’ll want to return to try the chipotle rice bowl. A casual lunch spot and great for takeout, Cafe del Soul also serves smoothies and pressed juices.

247 Shoreline Highway, Mill Valley, 415.388.1852

Cantina

Mexican, COVID-19 update: Open for indoor and patio dining, takeout, and delivery, daily, 11:30 a.m.-8:30 p.m.; Sunday brunch 11:30 a.m.–3 p.m.

The popular family restaurant serves traditional Mexican fare including soups, salads, sandwiches and sizzling fajitas in lunch-size portions and at lunch-size prices. An outdoor fire pit allows alfresco dining, or take in the lively atmosphere indoors. Stop by for drinks–their margaritas are known throughout Marin– and appetizers Monday to Friday from 3 to 7 p.m. and $1 tacos on Mondays.

651 E Blithedale, Mill Valley, 415.381.1070

Floodwater

Californian, COVID-19 update: Open for indoor and patio dining, takeout and delivery daily, 12-8 p.m.

Sip “The Obligatory Vodka Drink” at the room-length bar while noshing on scallop crudo or dive into a house-made veggie burger in the TV-free front room. Up the coziness factor in the back room as you tuck into a margherita pizza cooked in the wood-fired oven at this spacious Tam Valley tavern.

152 Shoreline Hwy, Mill Valley, 415.843.4545

 

Flour Craft Bakery

American, COVID-19 update: Open for outdoor dining, takeout, and delivery, Monday–Thursday, 8 a.m.-3 p.m.; Friday–Sunday, 8 a.m-4 p.m.

The brainchild of pastry chef Heather Hardcastle, this second location, in the bright and airy renovated Lumber Yard, offers not only gluten-free baked goods but sandwiches, salads, and take out. The first location is in San Anselmo.

129 Miller Ave, Mill Valley, 415.384.8244

Gravity Tavern

American, COVID-19 update: Open for indoor and patio dining, takeout, and delivery daily, 12-8 p.m.  

Updated with ingredients to reflect modern tastes, American classics like grilled chicken Waldorf salad with pickled grapes, lobster roll with toasted challah and veggie slaw, and a land and sea pasta with house-made egg pasta, pork belly and crab may have also been familiar fare for passengers of the gravity car for which this saloon was named.

38 Miller Ave, Mill Valley, 415.888.2108

Grilly’s

Mexican, COVID-19 update: Open for patio dining and takeout daily, 9 a.m-8 p.m.

If you’re looking for a quick, fresh meal, Grilly’s is an easy and delicious stop. Pick up a couple burritos and the much-loved chicken taco salad and you have a lunch or dinner to please the whole family.

493 Miller Ave, Mill Valley, 415.381.3278

Harmony Best of Marin County 2018Best of Marin County 2017

Chinese, COVID-19 update: Harmony and Harmony To Go available for takeout daily, 11 a.m.-2:30 p.m. and 5 p.m.-9:30 p.m.

Enjoy a lighter take on Chinese at this restaurant, nestled in Strawberry Village. The barbecue pork bun is filled with house-made roasted meat in a savory sauce, and signature prawns are wok-seared with scallions. Pair your pick with wine, beer or tea and be sure to check out the weekday takeout lunch special.

401 Strawberry Village, Mill Valley, 415.381.5300

Hook Fish Co

Seafood, COVID-19 update: Open for patio dining and takeout daily, 4-10 p.m.

The indoor, wood-ceilinged dining room feels like a boat’s galley and the spot’s outdoor beer garden adjacent to Mill Valley’s Proof Lab has 13 taps, but the draw at this counter-service joint is the seafood. The transparent supply chain means you can enjoy the poke, fish and chips or fish tacos secure in the knowledge of exactly where and on what boat your meal came from.

254 Shoreline Highway, Mill Valley

 

India Palace

Indian, COVID-19 update: Open for takeout daily, 11 a.m.-2 p.m. and 4:30-9 p.m.

Known as “that great restaurant in the Travelodge,” India Palace is a favorite with the take out crowd; eating on-site is also a treat for its well-regarded North Indian fare.

707 Redwood Highway, Mill Valley, (415) 388-3350

Joe’s Taco LoungeBest of Marin County 2018

Mexican, COVID-19 update: Open for takeout, Sunday–Thursday, 11 a.m.-9:30 p.m.; Friday–Saturday, 11:30 a.m.-10 p.m. Cup of Joe’s coffee cart, Monday-Saturday, 7 a.m.-12 noon.

Joe’s serves up fish tacos, burritos and enchiladas as well as more unusual items like Mexican pizza, tofu tostada, and crab tostadas. A colorful interior and quick service make this a fun, easy stop. If there are too many unsupervised kids for a peaceful meal, takeout is easy too. If you stay, grab a selection of hot sauce bottles from the wall and find your perfect match.

382 Miller Ave, Mill Valley, 415.383.8164

Kitchen Sunnyside

American, COVID-19 update: Open for outdoor dining, takeout and delivery, Monday–Friday, 9 a.m.-2 p.m; Saturday–Sunday 8 a.m.-2 p.m.

This brunch stop brings some gourmet to your morning with options like Dungeness crab hash, cornflake French toast, eggs Florentine and bottomless mimosas. Lunch choices like paninis and burgers are also available.

31 Sunnyside Ave, Mill Valley, 415.326.5159

La Ginestra

Italian, COVID-19 update: Open for takeout, Wednesday–Sunday, 4-8 p.m.

A favorite family place for over 30 years; getting a table or booth can take awhile. While this old-school eatery is known for traditional pastas, veal dishes, pizzas, and dry martinis, the familiar waitstaff is also part of the attraction.

127 Throckmorton Ave, Mill Valley, 415.388.0224

 

Mill Valley BeerworksBest of Marin County 2018

American, COVID-19 update: Temporarily closed but sister property, Fort Point Ferry Building in San Francisco, is open, Wednesday–Sunday, 12-8 p.m.

Known for handcrafted beers, imported and local microbrews and house-made kombucha and root beer, this popular downtown Mill Valley neighborhood brewery is also a full-blown restaurant. Choose from a large selection of small plates, including king oyster mushrooms, roasted potatoes, and grilled squid, and a small list of large portions like confit rabbit.

173 Throckmorton Ave, Mill Valley, 415.888.8218

Parranga

Mexican, Strawberry Village, COVID-19 update: Open for patio dining, takeout and delivery daily, 11:30 a.m.- 8 p.m;  Saturday–Sunday brunch, 11:30 a.m.- 3 p.m.

A blend of the Spanish words for “party” and “enjoy” inspired the name “Parranga,” and Mill Valley’s Parranga does just that as a gathering spot for affordable south-of-the-border bites and beverages in the heart of Strawberry Village. The eat-in or takeout menu offers standouts such as rotisserie chicken and an extensive taco selection (including quesabirria, it is served with a cup of beef broth), along with made-to-order tortillas, ceviche and churros, washed down with whole-fruit juices, aqua frescas, Mexican craft beer or a margarita.

800 Redwood Hwy, Ste 801, 415.569.5009

 

Piatti Ristorante and BarBest of Marin County 2018Best of Marin County 2017

Italian, COVID-19 update: Open for dine-in, takeout and delivery daily, 11:30 a.m.-9 p.m.

The staff prides itself on capturing the warm and welcoming atmosphere of a traditional Italian trattoria. Get a table by the window or on the outdoor deck for a truly exceptional view right on the water. Peruse the impressive selection of Italian wines to accompany your rustic seasonal meal.

625 Redwood Highway, Mill Valley, 415.380.2525

 

Piazza D’AngeloBest of Marin County 2018

Italian, COVID-19 update: Open for indoor and patio dining, takeout (including items from their new Alimentari), and delivery,  Monday–Thursday, 4-8 p.m.; Friday–Sunday 12-8 p.m.  

Family owned for over 35 years, Piazza D’Angelo evokes a traditional trattoria dining experience. Enjoy a variety of house-made pastas, meat and seafood dishes, wood-fired pizzas, and gluten-free offerings with organic and locally sourced ingredients.

22 Miller Ave, Mill Valley, 415.388.2000

 

 

Pizza AnticaBest of Marin County 2018Best of Marin County 2017

Italian, COVID-19 update: Open for outdoor dining, takeout and delivery, Monday–Thursday, 4-8 p.m.; Friday–Sunday, 11:30 a.m.-8 p.m. 

Besides its popular thin-crust pizzas, this Strawberry Village restaurant serves seasonal dishes like Tuscan fried chicken with spicy honey, burrata with crushed sweet peas and toasted focaccia, and ricotta gnocchi with sun-dried tomato cream.

800 Redwood Highway, Mill Valley, 415.383.0600

 

PlayaBest of Marin County 2018Best of Marin County 2017

Mexican, COVID-19 update: Open for patio dining, takeout, and delivery, Tuesday, 4:30-8:30; Wednesday–Thursday, 12-8 p.m.; Friday, 12-9:30 p.m.; Saturday, 10:30 a.m.-9:30 p.m.; Sunday 12-7 p.m.

Drawing inspiration from travels and the fresh, flavorful cuisine served on the playa, Peter Schumacher and Bill and Vanessa Higgins have developed a menu that blends locally sourced, organic and sustainable ingredients with a bar highlighting a selection of exceptional tequilas and mezcals.

41 Throckmorton Ave, Mill Valley, 415.384.8871

 

Prabh Indian Kitchen

Indian, COVID-19 update: Open for patio dining, takeout and delivery, Monday–Saturday, 11:30 a.m.-10 p.m.; Sunday, 11:30 a.m.-9:30 p.m.

Owned and operated by the Dhindsa family, this restaurant emphasizes healthy, organic, sustainable eating in choices like chicken pakora, vegetable biryani, and basil garlic naan foods, with options for the vegan and gluten-free. At lunch, the thali menu lets you try several Indian dishes at once.

24 Sunnyside Ave, Mill Valley, 415.384.8241

 

Robata Grill and SushiBest of Marin County 2017

Japanese, COVID-19 update: Open for takeout and delivery daily: lunch, Monday–Friday, 11:30 a.m.-2 p.m; Dinner Monday–Thursday, 5:30-9 p.m.; Friday–Saturday, 5:30-9:30 p.m.; Sunday, 5-9 p.m.

Robata translates as “by the fireside”; fittingly, food here can be cooked on an open fire and served in appetizer-size portions to pass around the table. Or simply order your own sushi or entree from the menu.

591 Redwood Highway, Mill Valley, 415.381.8400

 

Shoreline Coffee ShopBest of Marin County 2018Best of Marin County 2017Best of Marin County 2016

American, COVID-19 update: Open for indoor dining and takeout daily, 7:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m.

Tucked away in a parking lot at Tam Junction, this coffee shop is a funky diner with a small-town feel. Check out the mix of Mexican and traditional breakfast fare.

221 Shoreline Highway, Mill Valley, 415.388.9085

 

Sol FoodBest of Marin County 2017

Puerto Rican, COVID-19 update: Open for takeout and delivery daily, 11 a.m.-8 p.m. 

This Marin favorite opened a Mill Valley outpost, still serving up everyone’s favorite Puerto Rican cuisine. The line can get long, but the food is well worth it.

401 Miller Ave, Mill Valley, 415.380.1986

 

Sweetwater Music Hall Cafe

American, COVID-19 update: Temporarily closed.

Located at the entrance of Sweetwater Music Hall, the cafe is dedicated to the FLOSS philosophy: Fresh, Local, Organic, Seasonal and Sustainable. Offering breakfast, lunch, dinner, and weekend brunch, the menu includes brown-butter scrambled eggs on avocado toast, crispy potato-ricotta gnocchi, and vegan Thai spring rolls with sweet-and-sour sauce.

19 Corte Madera Ave, Mill Valley, 415.388.3850

 

Tam Tam RamenBest of Marin County 2017

Asian, COVID-19 update: Temporarily closed.

Ramen, bao sliders, wonton nachos, and pan-fried gyoza are made fresh to order, with sushi and salads from Whole Foods and Urban Remedy available in the grab-and-go cooler. If you’re dining in, an array of sake, beer, and wine rounds out the menu.

745 E Blithedale Ave, Mill Valley, 415.381.3900

 

TamalpieBest of Marin County 2018Best of Marin County 2017

Italian, COVID-19 update: Open for heated patio dining, takeout, and delivery, Monday–Friday, 4:30 to 9 p.m.; Saturday–Sunday, 12-9 p.m.

With views of Mt. Tamalpais from the covered heated patio, this Cal-Italian spot known for its local sourcing also features two fireplaces and a full bar serving craft cocktails, wine and beer. The difference is in the dough, small batch, housemade gluten-free and 48-hour Neopolitan pizza doughs, plus large salads, pastas, and vegan and vegetarian items. The Brussels sprouts are not to be missed. 

477 Miller Ave, Mill Valley, 415.388.7437

The Junction

American, COVID-19 update: Opened July, 2020. Open for patio dining and takeout,  Monday–Friday, 11:30 a.m.-9 p.m.; Saturday, 11 a.m-9 p.m.; Sunday, 10 a.m.-9 p.m.

Owner Dez Fielder’s devotion to micro-produced and local beer is evident from the 30 taps and a robust can program including Woodfour New Ridge Lager, and experimental bottlings, like Barebottle Brewing’s Tangberry Typhoon, all easy to pair with pizzas from Pizzahacker. Grab your fleece to sip one by a fire pit on the huge backyard patio.

226 Shoreline Highway, Mill Valley, 415.888.3544

 

The Whisk + Skillet

American, COVID-19 update: Open for patio dining and takeout daily, 8 a.m.-3 p.m.

This daytime eatery in Strawberry Village serves all-day breakfast and lunch with plenty of egg options plus pancakes and a  brioche cinnamon roll French toast that is everything you’d expect it to be. Lunch options include soups, sandwiches, and salads.

125 Strawberry Village, Mill Valley, 415.380.1900

 

Thep LelaBest of Marin County 2017

Thai, COVID-19 update: Open for takeout daily, 11:30 a.m.-8 p.m.

The kee mao noodles, pad thai, and fresh rolls stuffed with beets and herbs have a dedicated following as does the extensive bar menu (try the Amazing Mai Tai) at this spot tucked away in the back of Strawberry Village.

615 Strawberry Village, Mill Valley, 415.383.3444

 

Urban RemedyBest of Marin County 2017

American, COVID-19 update: Open daily, 9:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Delivery and ordering only via their app in the Apple store or here.

This is a popular spot for organic and non-GMO cold-pressed juices, snacks and ready-to-eat meals, plenty of gluten-free, grain-free, and low-glycemic-index choices, and even raw desserts. Try the namesake salad or give the cashew milk with cinnamon and vanilla a shot to see what Urban Remedy is all about.

15 E Blithedale Ave, Mill Valley, 415.383.5300

 

Vasco

Italian, COVID-19 update: Temporarily closed.

Whether at a table, the bar or the back counter, you can expect an intimate dining experience in this one-room trattoria facing Depot Plaza. Try one of the pasta dishes or thin-crust wood-fired pizzas.

106 Throckmorton Ave, Mill Valley, (415) 381-3343

 

Watershed

Californian, COVID-19 update: Open for indoor and patio dining and takeout Sunday–Wednesday, 11:30 a.m.–8:30 p.m.; Thursday–Saturday, 11:30 a.m.-9 p.m.

Gather ’round the firepit in front of the restaurant or hang out at the long bar for a pre-dinner glass of wine before sampling one of the many dishes curated to reflect the bounty of Marin. The Stemple Creek Ranch burger and fresh pastas are matched with a bevy of simply prepared, easy to share dishes (like spicy rock cod lettuce cups or lamb riblets) that reflect chef Kyle Swain’s careful sourcing and focus on local flavor.

129 Miller Ave, Mill Valley, 415.888.2406

 

West Coast Wine Cheese

Californian, COVID-19 update: Temporarily closed but San Francisco location open as of October 8. Delivery to San Francisco and Marin County weekdays only. Place your order over email to chris@westcoastsf.com, or by text 415. 577.9357. Orders received by 10 a.m. will be delivered the same day.

Focused on small production winemakers, the wine menu features a bottle list with over 300 selections, wines by the glass that change weekly as well as California, Oregon and Washington beers on draft and by the bottle. A rotating cheese and charcuterie menu, served with bread from San Francisco’s Jane Bakery, is also offered.

31 Sunnyside Ave, Mill Valley, (415) 758-3408

 


 

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