Where to Eat: San Rafael

San Rafael restaurants

San Rafael is Marin’s answer to urban. Equal parts sprawling, gritty, and gentrified, its dining activity centers mostly in the downtown and West End grid with Terra Linda emerging as a dining destination (Lou’s Takeaway, Monk’s Kettle, Lo Coco) and outliers along Miracle Mile and the industrial stretch along 580 into the Canal neighborhood. The options are as varied as the neighborhoods, with fast bites and ethnic eats alongside hole-in-the-wall favorites and sit-down dining.

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

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Bakery

For more Bakeries, in Marin check out our Best of the County picks here.

Sweetly Cali

Pink storefront at San Rafael Sweetly Cali Desserts

Downtown San Rafael welcomed chef/owner Glenda Sagucio and owner Maria Sagucio’s dessert shop in mid-October. Sugar-free house made nut butters (pistachio, hazelnut), panna cottas (12+ flavors, including ube, mango, coconut), Belgian Liege waffles, croissants and cookies as well as toasts (avocado, salmon, Caprese) are available alongside Broadcast Coffee drinks, chai and lemonade. Keto options are available.

Grab ‘n Go | Kid-friendly
1109 4th St, San Rafael; 415.717.8557

Bordanave’s Bakery

Bordanaves Bakery, San Rafael, Marin
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Well-known for their bread at many Bay Area restaurants, the brand also runs a storefront in San Rafael’s West End where you can buy the same dinner rolls, strawberry cheese croissants and Dutch crunch “longie” baguettes as everyone else.

2024 Best of the County for Bakeries.

Grab ‘n Go | Kid-friendly
1512 Fourth St, 415.453.2957

Johnny Doughnuts

Johnny Doughnuts, San Rafael
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The fresh doughnuts are handmade in small batches each morning with all local, organic ingredients. Options include vegan (made from sweet potatoes) and wheat-free doughnuts for the gluten-sensitive, with local dairy products in the dough and fillings. Stop by the shop in the West End, which has wide benches for on-the-spot noshing, or have the food truck come to you.

Dogs Welcome | Grab ‘n Go | Kid-friendly | Outdoor Seating
1617 Fourth St, 415.450.1866

Ponsford’s Place

Ponsford's Place, San Rafael
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Open one day (Saturday), Craig Ponsford’s shop is a self-proclaimed “eccentric place, where things change all the time.” Ponsford’s style leans into traditional European breads and viennoiserie, with a focus on locally milled flours from Petaluma’s Central Milling, Community Grains in Oakland and Marin’s Honoré Farm and Mill. Chocolate coins (mendiants), savory pumpkin pie, sour rye, pumpernickel, and a baguette with a crisp crust and tender crumb said to be “the best” by the French (Ponsford’s team won the baguette category in the 1996 Coupe du Monde de la Boulangerie) are wintery items that you should be able to find when you stop in. 

2024 Best of the County for Bakeries.

Grab ‘n Go | Kid-friendly | Meal Under $20
117 Shaver St
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Woodbine Bakery

Woodbine Bakery
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No walk-ins, just pre-orders available for a bakery run by head baker Emilee Bernas whose focus is custom-designed cakes.

Grab ‘n Go
625 Du Bois St, 415.306.7617

Bar

For more Bars in Marin, check out our Best of the County picks here.

California Gold

California Gold, San Rafael
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Death Proof, a “lethal” blend of dark rum, Calvados, orange, and aromatic bitters, is just one of the pre-Tiki, handmade drinks that highlight the cocktail menu in the slickly comfortable space, decked out in a style befitting the Roaring Twenties. The drinks range from California beer styles on the 12 taps to globally-sourced wines. Fresh cocktails, like the Tropical, Smash and Thunderbolt, feature produce sourced from the San Rafael farmers’ markets. Enjoy them at an outdoor table.

2024 Best of the County for Bar Dining.

Date Spot | Full Bar | Happy Hour | Outdoor Seating | Worth the Hype
848 B  St, 707.337.6159

Pete’s 881 Club

Pete's Club 881, San Rafael, Bar Marin
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Opening in 1951 and now located at 721 Lincoln in San Rafael, this spacious one-room (plus an outdoor patio) saloon is possibly more sports bar than actual dive, but it still made our list. Secret to the longevity? It could be that it’s the only legal gambling spot in Marin with a daily Texas hold ’em game or that the kitchen stays open until 1 a.m. or that there are 10 TVs constantly broadcasting sports games. However, most would agree it’s the warmth of the Pellolio family — patrons love to order Grandpa Pete’s Chicken Anselmo — that keep folks coming back for more.

2024 Best of the County for Dive Bar.

Outdoor Seating | Watch the Game | Full Bar | Meal Under $20 | Brunch
721 Lincoln Ave, 415.453.5888

Ranch Water

Ranch Water bar in San Rafael
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Ranch Water’s remodeled San Rafael location brings new entertainment, music and tequila-forward cocktails to Fourth Street. Ranch Water was created by mixologist Johnny Metheny, AKA Johnny Love. Beyond tequila, Ranch Water boasts a full bar and more than a few TVs to catch your favorite sports. Look forward to weekly events like Margarita Mondays, karaoke on Wednesdays and live music Thursday and Saturday nights. 

Date Spot | Watch the Game | Full Bar
711 4th St, San Rafael; 415.785.4957

Barbecue

For more Barbecue in Marin, check out our Best of the County picks here.

Forrest Fire BBQ

Forrest Fire BBQ, San Rafael
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Forrest Murray, Jr. of San Rafael’s Forrest Fire BBQ designed the perfect tribute to his father: Saint Louis-style pork ribs, chicken, and beef tri-tip, cooked low and slow before he pulls them from a wood-stoked barbecue. These are the signature meals he prepares on his Southern Pride Smoker outside Marinwood Market in San Rafael on Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays, with his mobile catering business and soon at United Markets, San Rafael and Gold Gate Market, Sausalito. Inside a cast iron pan logo of his business rests an outline of the state of Alabama stamped with “928” to reflect Murray’s roots and the date of his dad’s birthday.

2024 Best of the County for Barbecue.

Grab ‘n Go | Kid-friendly | Meal Under $20
628.800.3473

Kababbq

Kababbq, San Rafael
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The go-to dish at owner Ali Mobasser’s Persian barbecue restaurant is the koobideh. Seasoned with grated onion and seven spices, including turmeric, saffron, sumac and white pepper, the meat is “koobidehed” (meaning, beaten with the spices) before grilling. While the outside is charred, the beef’s skewering allows for even internal heat and easy turning during cooking, locking in flavor. “It keeps the juices from spilling out,” says Mobasser.

2024 Best of the County for Barbecue and Middle Eastern/Mediterranean Food.

Grab ‘n Go | Kid-friendly | Meal Under $20 | Outdoor Seating
555 E. Francisco Blvd, 415.256.9878

Breakfast

For more Breakfast in Marin, check out our Best of the County picks here.

Lundy’s Home Cooking

A staple to the San Rafael community, Lundy’s Home Cooking checks every box of your classic diner experience. Their slogan, “ great food, wonderful prices, casual dining,” rings true with their welcoming ambiance and breakfast classics that don’t break the bank. Located on 4th Street in San Rafael, stop by to enjoy an omelet, benedict, pancakes, biscuits, and more with their friendly staff.

Brunch | Kid-friendly | Meal Under $20
1143 4th St, San Rafael, 415.456.7669

Miracle Mile Cafe

Breakfast potatoes, toast and cinnamon roll from Miracle Mile Cafe in San Rafael, California
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Craving anything brunch? Miracle Mile is sure to have it. Beyond serving freshly made Benedicts, omelets, pancakes, sandwiches, waffles and more, they also offer the Bay Area’s largest gluten-free menu for gluten-free choices. A menu of American, Peruvian and Mexican cuisine works fresh and organic ingredients into every meal. Top everything off with a cocktail, espresso drink or a selection from the juice bar.

Brunch | Kid-friendly | Outdoor Seating | Dogs Welcome | Watch the Game
2130 4th St, 415.454.7700

Sour Kid Cafe

Owners of Sour Kid Cafe in San Rafael
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With a name reflecting the flavor of their well-regarded bread at next door’s Michael’s Sourdough Sandwiches, mom-son owners Jole and Christopher Braun’s morning café serves up  a full espresso bar with coffees from San Francisco’s Grand Coffee Roasters and fresh pastries from Woodbine Bakery and Rustic Bakery. Breakfast sandwiches like bacon, egg and cheddar or avocado toast are served on the family’s famous sourdough bread.

Meal Under $20  | Kid-Friendly 
999 Andersen Dr, Ste. 160, 415.457.0113

Brewery

For more Breweries in Marin, check out our Best of the County picks here.

Monk’s Kettle

Monk's Kettle, San Rafael
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Like the original in San Francisco, Christian Albertson’s restaurant in the shopping center kitty-corner from the Terra Linda Pool serves quaffable beers (like Pliny the Elder on tap), burgers, and pub grub to match the suds. The Mission Fried Chicken has an ardent following but there are plenty of veg-forward offerings, too, all to be enjoyed on the shaded patio.

2024 Best of the County for Burger and Brewery.

Brunch | Date Spot | Dogs Welcome | Kid-friendly | Meal Under $20 | Outdoor Seating | Private Party Room | Watch the Game
655 Del Ganado Rd

Ounces Outdoors

San Rafael Ounces
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Enjoy a small-batch, locally brewed beer or cider at an all-outdoor, dog-friendly beer garden with fire pits and bocce courts. Grab a seat at a picnic table before digging into a chile verde pork or steak and mushroom savory pie, a warm pretzel with mustard, or a caramelized onion grilled cheese sandwich.

2024 Best of the County for Brewery.

Date Spot | Dogs Welcome | Kid-friendly | Meal Under $20 | Outdoor Seating | Watch the Game
5800 Northgate Dr, 877.747.0383

Pond Farm Brewing

Pond Farm Brewing Co., San Rafael
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The microbrewery in the West End from husband and wife team Trevor and Stephanie Martens has a rotating list of beers on tap from brewer Trevor, pop-up food from local businesses in the beer garden, and snacks at the bar. Stein parking is available.

2024 Best of the County for Brewery.

Date Spot | Dogs Welcome | Grab ‘n Go | Kid-friendly | Meal Under $20 | Outdoor Seating
1848 Fourth St, 415.524.8709

State Room

State Room, San Rafael
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The modern gastropub vibe suits its downtown San Rafael locale, where draft beers are made on-site and are available in sizes from half-pints to take-home growlers; beer flights are also available. The menu, created by Alex Stricker and Andrew Toy, changes seasonally and includes a burrata cheese BLT and sashimi-grade tuna poke.

Date Spot | Dogs Welcome | Full Bar | Kid-friendly | Meal Under $20 | Outdoor Seating | Watch the Game
1132 Fourth St, 415.295.7929

Tam Commons

Tam commons

With no outdoor space available when Covid hit, the Commons crew got to work, building a sweet streetside patio with the same comfortable, traditional pub-like feel as the interior. Known for their 34 beer taps, a new cocktail menu includes a classic mai tai and craftier takes like the Japanese oak, with whiskey and tamarind. Get your bacon fix with the chef’s cobb salad or the mission dog — it’s wrapped in a porcine blanket.

2024 Best of the County for Al Fresco Dining.

1300 4th St, San Rafael, 415.521.5770

Burger

For more Burgers in Marin, check out our Best of the County picks here.

Bogie’s Too

Bogies Too, San Rafael
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Relocated from the Civic Center to downtown San Rafael after 29 years, this second coming of Bogie’s highlights breakfast, brunch, and lunch. Organic eggs anchor a breakfast and lunch menu of omelets, sandwiches, and salads that Humphrey Bogart himself might recognize. They are famous for the eggs Benedict and a full spirits menu, a la “Rick’s Cafe.”

Brunch | Dogs Welcome | Full Bar | Kid-friendly | Meal Under $20 | Outdoor Seating
1335 Fourth St, 415.492.1530

Flatiron

Flatiron, San Rafael
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The remodeled Flatiron is where refined American bar food lives happily in its ideal environment — with a bevy of craft beers. Owned by the Strickers, a husband-and-wife duo, this polished sports bar serves noshes like chili lime cauliflower, classic sandwiches, and truffle and waffle fries in a space that also features classic arcade games.

2024 Best of the County for Bar Dining.

Date Spot | Full Bar | Happy Hour | Outdoor Seating | Watch the Game
724 B St, 415.453.4318

McInnis Park Golf Club Restaurant

McInnis Park Golf Club Restaurant, San Rafael
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Grab a meal prepared by chef Chris Harman before or after hitting the driving range (or even without picking up a club). Outdoor seating is popular, as is the full bar, with a selection of premium Scotches, small-batch bourbons and more than 50 wines from California vineyards.

Full Bar | Kid-friendly | Meal Under $20 | Outdoor Seating | Private Party Room | Round Tables | Watch the Game
McInnis Park, 415.491.5959

Phyllis’ Giant Burgers

Phylli's Giant Burgers, San Rafael, Best Burger Marin
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Flipping patties for the Bay Area for the past 30 years, Phyllis’ Giant Burgers has been inducted into the Pacific Sun’s Best of Marin Hall of Fame in 1997 and serves over 20 types of burgers.

2024 Best of the County for Burger.

Kid-friendly | Meal Under $20 | Outdoor Seating
2202 4th St, 415.456.0866

Tam Commons Tap Room & Kitchen

Tam Commons Tap Room & Kitchen, San Rafael
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The home of the “Tam Good Burger” also offers favorites like a fried chicken sandwich, gourmet hot dogs and a selection of starters and salads. Located in a National Historic Landmark building in downtown San Rafael, the large space has a full bar serving craft cocktails, a carefully curated wine list and 34 rotating taps of unique and hard to find beers alongside regional favorites. Look for live music and trivia games or enjoy sports on the large screen TV’s visible from the covered outdoor patio.

2024 Best of the County for Al Fresco Dining.

Dogs Welcome | Full Bar | Kid-friendly | Meal Under $20 | Outdoor Seating | Watch the Game
1300 Fourth St, 415.521.5770

Chinese and Korean

For more Chinese food in Marin, check out our Best of the County picks here.

SAN Korean Cafe

SAN Korean Cafe

Monica Chang’s sliver of a cafe at the southern end of San Rafael specializes in Korean food with dishes such as bibimbap, kimbap and bulgogi. The breakfast and lunch café also makes more familiar fare such as tofu protein rice bowls, banh mi sandwiches and breakfast burritos with eggs and kimchi fried rice.

Meals Under $20 | Grab ‘n Go | New Hot Spot
2165 Francisco Blvd E, Unit C, San Rafael; 415.306.7093

Emma’s Restaurant

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Korean sweet and sour pork, black bean pork ribs and Singapore rice noodles are just a few of the Asian-influenced cross-over dishes from chef Wing Pak (Morimoto, Michael Mina). The restaurant, hidden in a strip mall where 580 and 101 merge, is California-style, flavorful with deep attention paid to ingredients and presentation. There’s beer, wine, and cocktails, like Bloody Monday, poured with sake instead of vodka. Don’t miss the Westlake Beef Soup, a rarity outside of San Francisco.  

2024 Best of the County for Chinese Food.

Meal Under $20 | New Hot Spot | Worth the Hype
817 Francisco Blvd W, 415.492.1638

Yet Wah

Yet Wah, San Rafael
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Named for the founder’s wife (“Yet” refers to the moon, “Wah” to brightness), this beloved downtown mainstay has a traditional Chinese menu and daily dim sum. Live music is sometimes on offer in the Kung Fu Lounge and a gluten-free menu is available.

2024 Best of the County for Chinese Food.

Date Spot | Kid-friendly | Meal Under $20
1238 Fourth St, 415.460.9883

Yu Shang Mandarin Cuisine and Sushi Bar

Yu Shang Mandarin Cuisine & Sushi Bar, Marin Chinese Food, San Rafael
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Marin families flock to Yu Shang for its family-style service and the Japanese and Chinese-American-inclusive menu. That means platters of Mongolian beef and Moo Goo Gai Pan are right at home next to plates of salmon teriyaki and pork tonkatsu.

2024 Best of the County for Chinese Food.

Date Spot | Kid-friendly
180 Bellam Blvd, 415.457.9199

Coffee Shop

For more Coffee Shops in Marin, check out our Best of the County picks here.

Sana’a Coffee

After opening the first location in San Francisco in May, Bay Area businessman and Yemen native Sadeq Alaqel is set to open a café in downtown San Rafael, featuring authentic Yemeni coffees and Adani tea seasoned with cardamom, ginger and cinnamon. Lattes, cappuccinos and other coffee styles, as well as pastries and traditional Yemeni sweets, will also be available. “I love to share my motherland country coffee (sic) that originated in Yemen during the 14th century,” Alaquel says. 

1146 4th St, San Rafael. 415.932.6935
Grab ‘n Go | Tea | Coffee by the Pot

Fox + Kit

Fox + Kit, San Rafael
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A unique coffee shop catering to both children and parents, the beautiful interior and sophisticated atmosphere provide an interactive play space for kids and exceptional coffee and treats for adults.

2024 Best of the County for Coffee Shop.

Kid-friendly | Grab ‘n Go | Outdoor Seating
1031 C St, 415.991.5061

Pink Owl Coffee

Pink Owl Coffee, San Rafael
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Choose from hand-selected teas and coffees, light meals, baked goods (including mochi doughnuts from local @thirdculturebakery). Feeling experimental? Try one of their specialty lattes or a coffee flight. A portion of their annual revenue goes to breast cancer research and supporting women, so you know your money is not only going to a worthy local business but also a good cause.

2024 Best of the County for Coffee Shop.

Grab ‘n Go | Meal Under $20 | Kid-friendly
1100 4th St, 415.578.2558

Red Whale Coffee

Red Whale Coffee, San Rafael
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Known for its cult-like following, this coffee shop located in San Rafael is geared toward to-go orders, but also has a retail nook (for swag and make-at-home coffee goodies) and a lounge in the back equipped with vintage arcade games. Started back in 2013 by 5th generation Californian Sean Boyd, Red Whale guarantees high quality coffee and flavor profiles that will keep you coming back — the Chocolate Cold Brew is a must. They are also a staple at the Sunday San Rafael Farmers Markets and have converted an antique car into a “Red Whale Coffee to the Rescue” mobile coffee shop.

Grab ‘n Go | Worth the Hype
169 Paul Dr., 415.906.6277

Ice Cream

For more Ice Cream in Marin, check out our Best of the County picks here.

Double Rainbow Cafe

Double Rainbow Cafe, San Rafael
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Beyond its inviting diner ambiance and colorful, fun decorations, this place does ice cream right. From sundaes, milkshakes, classic scoops, and more, Double Rainbow Cafe is a must-visit in San Rafael.

2024 Best of the County for Ice Cream/Frozen Yogurt.

Kid-friendly | Grab ‘n Go | Outdoor Seating
860 4th St, 415.457.0803

Silbermann’s

Silbermann's, San Rafael
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Established in 1966, Silbermann’s knows how to scoop some cream. In 1981, the owner at the time, Ilse, had the idea of making cakes with ice cream, which ended up winning California’s “Idea of the Year.” Their extensive list of flavors, quality cakes, and friendly customer service are a testament to their long-standing popularity.

2024 Best of the County for Ice Cream/Frozen Yogurt.

Kid-friendly | Grab ‘n Go
196 Northgate One, 415.479.1657

Indian

For more Indian food in Marin, check out our Best of the County picks here.

Himalayan Kitchen

Himalayan Kitchen, Marin Indian
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Owned and run by the Sherpa family, originally from the Himalayan region in Nepal, Himalayan kitchen serves up authentic Indian and Nepalese food made from scratch. They believe real food is better for you, your health, and the planet.

2024 Best of the County for Indian Food.

Date Spot | Dogs Welcome | Kid-friendly | Meal Under $20 | Outdoor Seating
227 Third St, 415.526.3161

Lotus Cuisine of India Restaurant

Lotus Cuisine of India, Best Indian Food in Marin
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Take comfort in award-winning Indian cuisine from a long-running, family-run, certified green business with an energy-efficient kitchen and eco-friendly appliances. There is an abundance of organic vegan, vegetarian, and gluten-free options, not to mention their famous all-you-can-eat, every day lunch buffet, wine and beer.  A pet-friendly patio fronts 4th while the family’s adjacent Lotus Market Indian Grocery on 5th means free parking in the back.

2024 Best of the County for Indian Food.

Date Spot | Dogs Welcome | Grab ‘n Go | Kid-friendly | Meal Under $20 | Outdoor Seating
812 Fourth St, 415.456.5808

Taj of Marin

Taj of Marin, San Rafael
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Both North and South Indian cuisine are offered here, with plentiful vegetarian options and unsweetened chai.  The crowds come for the well-priced lunch specials or stop by at dinner for their well-regarded goat curry, spinach, lentils and tandoori.

Kid-friendly | Meal Under $20
909 Fourth St, 415.459.9555

Italian

For more Italian food in Marin, check out our Best of the County picks here.

Café Villa

Pasta and Wine from Cafe Villa San Rafael
Photo by Marcello and Stephanie Fonio

Chef de cuisine David Sypnicki changes the menu of burgers, sandwiches and small plates at the Italian trattoria adjacent to Villa Inn to meet the season. Pappardelle with braised beef and kale and local rock cod with spicy tomato-fennel broth are signatures and the short-rib and brisket burger is not to be missed — try one with a house made limoncello or a Nonna Joe with whiskey, sweet vermouth and Campar

Happy Hour | Full Bar | Kid-friendly | Meal Under $20
1602 Lincoln Ave, San Rafael; 415.459.6161

Cafe Arrivederci

Cafe Arrivederci, San Rafael
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Cafe Arrivederci has been located in the heart of San Rafael for the past 27 years. Chef Tito is proud to serve fresh homemade pastas and dishes from all over Italy. Visit the expansive dining room, full bar, garden patio and private rooms for parties and events.

Full Bar | Date Spot | Outdoor Seating
1 G St,
415.453.6427

Gaspare’s

Gaspare's, San Rafael
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Carved Moroccan-style plasterworks grace the foyer at this boisterous, two-room spot. The room to the left hosts a busy bar where an Italian Cosmo cocktail is topped with Prosecco but anyplace is fine to try homemade gnocchi, veal scaloppini or a Sicilian style pizza with eggplant and feta.

Date Spot | Full Bar | Kid-friendly | Meal Under $20
200 Merrydale Road, 415.472.7101

Il Davide

Il Davide, Italian Food, San Rafael, Marin
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The large selection of innovative and classic Tuscan dishes and house-made pasta has kept locals coming back for years. Ingredients are organic and locally sourced where possible, and there’s a vast selection of both Italian and California wines by the glass. Heated outdoor dining and curbside pickup are available and a private party dining room accommodates up to 45.

2024 Best of the County for Italian Food.

Date Spot | Dogs Welcome | Full Bar | Kid-friendly | Meal Under $20 | Outdoor Seating | Private Party Room | Round Tables
901 A St, 415.454.8080

La Toscana Ristorante & Bar

La Toscana
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Family owned and operated since 1985, La Toscana completed an extensive interior and exterior renovation, transforming an already popular San Rafael gathering spot into a place for any occasion. The menu features daily specials and classics like gnocchi and carbonara and an ample selection of wine.

2024 Best of the County for Italian Food.

Date Spot | Outdoor Seating | Private Party Room | Worth the Hype
3751 Redwood Hwy, 415.492.9100

Vin Antico

Vin Antico, San Rafael
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Vin Antico, “where passion meets the plate,” serves seasonal market-inspired cuisine like stone-oven-baked flatbreads, handmade pastas and organic salads, all innovatively prepared. The kitchen is open to the dining room and there’s a full bar with artisan cocktails. Black sesame-crusted tuna is classic, even better with an Il Capo negroni.

Brunch | Date Spot | Dogs Welcome | Full Bar
881 Fourth St, 415.721.0600

Latin American

For more Latin American food in Marin, check out our Best of the County picks here.

Caribbean Spices

Caribbean Spices, San Rafael
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Jerk chicken and shrimp with just the right amount of heat and soft tostones are menu highlights at this brick-and-mortar San Rafael extension of chef-owner Frantz Felix’s food truck of the same name. Go for the Caribbean sangria and Haitian specialties like griot or goat curry and African American–inspired versions of creole snapper and seafood gumbo, then savor your meal at a heated sidewalk table.

Dogs Welcome | Kid-friendly | Meal Under $20 | Outdoor Seating
819 Fourth St, 415.299.2680

Lou’s Takeaway

Lou's Takeaway, San Rafael
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Bicyclists returning from a ride along San Rafael’s Lucas Valley Road are in on the not-so-secret eats from Anthony (Lou) Rizzi’s petite restaurant. Though the menu changes frequently, look for favorites like chilled chicken noodles with roasted peanuts and pickled long beans, spicy honey-glazed fried chicken, and pork belly with black vinegar caramel sauce. Enjoy everything outside on the deck or to go–there is no indoor seating.

Dogs Welcome | Kid-friendly | Meal Under $20 | Outdoor Seating
621A Del Ganado Rd, 415.226.7994

Sol Food

Sol Food, Mill Valley, San Rafael
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Fast becoming a Marin legend, Sol Food whips up traditional Puerto Rican dishes with fresh ingredients, just like the ones owner Sol Hernandez grew up eating. All day favorites include the bistec sandwich, mofongo and other fried plantain dishes, but anything tastes good with a dash of “pique” their signature hot peppersauce, also for sale by the bottle (as is the lemon-garlic salad dressing). They also have a special menu from “Victor’s Crispy Tacos.”

Dogs Welcome | Kid-friendly | Meal Under $20 | Outdoor Seating | Worth the Hype
901 Lincoln Ave, 415.451.4765

Viqtor Food

Viqtor Food, San Rafael
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The latest spin-off of the Puerto Rican and Caribbean food empire owned by Victor Cielo and Sol Hernandez incorporates the broader flavors of the Caribbean. Look for family-friendly fare (porky burrito, crispy tacos, Sol bowl) and spicy coconut stew with mahi mahi or prawns served with tostones. 

Grab ‘n Go | Meal Under $20
902 Lincoln Ave, 415.737.0655

Whipper Snapper Restaurant

Whipper Snapper, San Rafael
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Owner/chef Bill Higgins serves tapas, sangria and reasonably priced organic dishes. The California-Caribbean lunch and dinner cuisine blends local farm-fresh ingredients with Latin flavors. Be sure to try the popular fish tacos, Cuban “cigars” and chocolate bread pudding. Available for parties and special gatherings, plus a back patio for alfresco dining.

Dogs Welcome | Kid-friendly | Meal Under $20 | Outdoor Seating
1613 Fourth St, 415.256.1818

Mexican

For more Mexican food in Marin, check out our Best of the County picks here.

Betzy’s Tacos

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In a tiny store front, Betzy Becker turns out rave-worthy quesabirria and street style carne asada and al pastor tacos on house made corn tortillas. Sopes and picaditas — blue corn tortilla topped with fried beans and queso fresco — are part of a Mexican-Central American menu rounded out with aguas frescas and a tamarind “cocktail.” There’s even a pizzabirria, a large flour tortilla with three layers of cheese, meat and cilantro onions and La Mamasota (a big pupusa) which serve eight. 

Meal Under $20  | Kid-Friendly | Outdoor Seating

1815 Fourth St, Suite 6, San Rafael; 415.720.2306

Casa Mañana

Casa Mañana, San Rafael
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Owner Margarita Almenderes has been running the original Casa Mañana since 1979 in an off-the-beaten track San Rafael locale that locals adored for its ample patio seating and “home made everything” approach. Her newer spot downtown draws new audiences for the all-day breakfast menu (those huevos Cubanos aren’t going to eat themselves), burritos and mole enchiladas.

Grab ‘n Go | Kid-friendly | Meal Under $20 | Outdoor Seating | Watch the Game
711 D St, 415.456.7345 

Celia’s

Celia's, San Rafael
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Fresh home-style Mexican food served with fresh salsa and guacamole made daily, Celia’s prides itself in their quality, natural, health-conscious cuisine.

2024 Best of the County for Mexican Food.

Kid-friendly | Meal Under $20 | Outdoor Seating | Full Bar | Happy Hour
1 Vivian St, 415.456.8190

Los Moles

Los Moles, San Rafael
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Centrally located on Lincoln Avenue, Los Moles offers traditional pueblo Mexican cuisine, with — you guessed it — a variety of different moles to enhance your dish. The menu includes enmoladas, tacos, pollo al horno, carne asada, flan and more. Stop in on Taco Tuesday when the special is quesabirria tacos or for the special Sunday buffet brunch with fresh cafe de la olla served from a clay urn and live music on the streetside patio.

Brunch | Date Spot | Dogs Welcome | Happy Hour | Kid-friendly | Meal Under $20 | Outdoor Seating
912 Lincoln Ave, 415.453.5850

Picante

Quality, quick and classic. Picante is a go-to neighborhood stop for breakfast, lunch, and dinner.

2024 Best of the County for Mexican Food.

Kid-friendly | Meal Under $20 | Brunch
340 Bellam Blvd, 415.485.6050

Sabor a Mexico

San Rafael, Sabor a Mexico, Tacos

Fresh margaritas know no border, while salmon fish tacos are topped with chopped onion and cilantro a la Distrito Federal and a pambazo, a sandwich stuffed with chorizo and potato, is done up with a Jaliscan style sauce. A six table patio offers outdoor seating.

2024 Best of the County for Mexican Food.

Date Spot | Dogs Welcome | Full Bar | Kid-friendly | Meal Under $20 | Outdoor Seating | Watch the Game
1559 Fourth St, 415.306.9404

Mediterranean

For more Mediterranean food in Marin, check out our Best of the County picks here.

Julie’s Hummus Bar

Julie's Hummus Bar and Grill, San Rafael, Marin Mediterranean & Middle Eastern
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Julie and Elias started Julie’s Hummus Bar & Grill from their love of healthy, Mediterranean cuisine and the joy of bringing friends and family together. From salads, platters, hummus, falafel and more, they have all the Mediterranean dishes you’re looking for.

Outdoor Seating | Dogs Welcome | Kid-friendly | Happy Hour | Watch the Game | Meal Under $20
1026 Court St, 415.755.4818

Pizza

For more Pizza in Marin, check out our Best of the County picks here.

Amici’s East Coast Pizzeria

Amici's East Coast Pizzeria, San Rafael
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A wide array of thin-crust pizzas pulled from a traditional brick oven, freshly made pastas (don’t miss the four cheese lasagna), and salads are the ticket here, along with flame-roasted lemon chicken wings (mild, spicy, or atomic). Dairy-free cheese and gluten-free crusts are available.

Grab ‘n Go | Kid-friendly | Meal Under $20
1242 Fourth St, 415.455.9777

Lo Coco’s Authentic Italian Pizzeria

Lo Coco's Pizza, Best Pizza Marin, Best Pizza San Rafael
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This local favorite was founded by the Sicilian Lo Coco brothers, who took pride in the authentic Italian flavors in their recipes. Their Neapolitan-style pies are simple but hearty. Popular menu items include their mushroom pizza, roasted eggplant pizza, a zucchini and garlic pizza, baby clam, oregano and garlic pizza, and their most notable artichoke heart pizza. Sometimes pizza only needs a couple of ingredients to taste fantastic. And if you thought their toppings were great, wait until you hear about Lo Coco’s trademark crust. Unbelievably fluffy, doughy and thick, it’ll send you to cloud nine on the first bite. Bring your family and friends, share a few pies, and watch the chefs throw the discs of dough in the air in true pizza-making fashion if you happen to choose a counter seat. Talk about a dinner and a show!

2024 Best of the County for Pizza.

Kid-friendly
631 Del Ganado Road, 415.472.3323

Mulberry Street Pizzeria

Mulberry Street Pizzeria, San Rafael
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With its longstanding presence in Marin, Mulberry Pizzeria’s menu has grown to include a variety of both unique and traditional pizzas, salads, soup and more. Some favorites include a Three Beer Pizza and their Cream of Tomato with a Hint of Curry soup. It was first opened in 1986 and was inspired by Mulberry Street in New York’s Little Italy, and current owners Bill and Chrisoula Capetanos have maintained the pizzeria’s legacy. 

2024 Best of the County for Pizza.

Kid-friendly | Meal Under $20 | Outdoor Seating
101 Smith Ranch Rd, 415.472.7272

RangeCafe

RangeCafe, San Rafael
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The cuisine from chef John Evans is local, seasonal, made with naturally raised ingredients and served in a casual, comfortable and refined setting, with floor-to-ceiling windows, interior and expansive outdoor seating overlooking the grand Peacock Gap lawns. An inviting cafe at lunch with ice-cold lemonade and refreshing chardonnays makes a great dinner spot once the sun sets.

Date Spot | Dogs Welcome | Full Bar | Happy Hour | Kid-friendly | Outdoor Seating | Private Party Room | Watch the Game
333 Biscayne Dr, 415.454.6450

Red Rooster Brick Oven

Red Rooster Brick Oven, San Rafael
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Roasted in the brick oven, then brushed with sweet and spicy garlic sauce, Red Rooster wings are a must-order at an all-day Italian American restaurant with a sprinkling of Asian flavors. A thin crust pizza pulled from the brick oven is available at breakfast, too (gluten-free crust is available), and a changing menu of daily offerings. The buttermilk-fried chicken sandwich with house made chipotle aioli has a dedicated following and the Boston clam chowder might just convince a few New Englanders to relocate.

Kid-friendly | Meal Under $20
901 B St, 415.234.8414

Ramen

For more Ramen in Marin, check out our Best of the County picks here.

Chonmage

Chonmage Ramen, San Rafael, Best Ramen Marin
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Yuthana (Oy San) Sitiprawet runs this downtown ramen joint with his wife, Manee Jenkins, turning out Japanese-style ramen with local flair. Housemade, walnut-based miso amplifies the spicy miso ramen and garlic ramen turns heads, but the curry ramen continues to inspire a vocal following. The blended tonkatsu and chicken broths are infused with curry and topped with karaage (fried chicken) and french fries, making it the ultimate multi-culti mashup.

2024 Best of the County for Ramen.

Dogs Welcome | Kid-friendly | Meal Under $20 | Outdoor Seating
1020 Court St, 415.419.5919

Menya Shono

Menya Shono, San Rafael
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Noodles from ramen master Tomoharu Shono who has multiple restaurants in Tokyo and San Francisco are made in-house, the flour ground on a Japanese stonemill in the kitchen. Designed exclusively for the downtown San Rafael location, toripaitan uses chicken broth instead of the traditional pork and is designed for every day eating but traditionalists can still get Shono’s Marin-influenced version of shoyu and matcha ramen, too. A small patio is shielded from the marine layer’s breezes.

2024 Best of the County for Ramen.

Date Spot | Dogs Welcome | Kid-friendly | Meal Under $20 | Outdoor Seating
908 Fourth St, 415.295.7112

Uchiwa Ramen

Uchiwa Ramen, San Rafael
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Marin’s OG ramen shop in downtown San Rafael has found a spot in the hearts of ramen lovers for its rich broths, fresh noodles and assortment of small plates. While the tonkatsu and gluten-free options remain popular, newer items such as pan-fried ramen, vegan miso ramen and rice dishes meet a variety of needs. A petite patio offers outdoor seating.

2024 Best of the County for Ramen.

Date Spot | Dogs Welcome | Kid-friendly | Meal Under $20 | Outdoor Seating
821 B St, 415.524.2727

Sandwiches

For more Sandwiches in Marin, check out our Best of the County picks here.

Perry’s Deli

Cranberries, Perry's Deli, Turkey Bacon Cran Sandwich

Taking over a 100 year-old business is no small feat, but Kaity Galvez is up to the task, recently completing a remodel of the building — enclosing the patio and adding bi-fold doors for an indoor-outdoor feel — among other changes. Galvez plans a menu of mainstays and seasonal sandwiches like Perry’s Ranch with chicken, bacon, Jack cheese, and ranch dressing and a Fig Apple Brie with caramelized onions. A brunch menu and happy hour with charcuterie boards is in the works for spring.

Grab ‘n Go | Outdoor Seating
909 Lincoln Ave, San Rafael 415.785.3991

Andy’s Local Market

Andy's Local Market, Best Sandwich Marin
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Serving quality eats, service, and catering to Marin County Andy’s Local Market puts the community first. Stop by for one of their famous sandwiches or build your own from a large selection of ingredients.

2024 Best of the County for Sandwiches.

Grab ‘n Go | Meal Under $20 | Kid-friendly
75 Loch Lomond Dr, 415.456.5730

Belly Deli

Belly Deli, San Rafael, Sandwiches
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Belly Deli serves up gourmet sandwiches and international cuisines prepared daily with ingredients sourced from local farmers and suppliers that support the community. Choose from the large sandwich selection including classic combinations, veggie options, make-your-own, and the signature Steve’s Italian Sandwiches ( a homage to the previous owner Steve Franchetti). As a deep-rooted resident of San Rafael, Belli Deli takes pride in inspiring the community with quality, passion, and happiness with every meal. 

Grab ‘n Go | Meal Under $20 | Kid-friendly
1304 Second St, San Rafael, 415.456.2626

Big Rock Deli

Big Rock Deli, San Rafael
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One part deli, one part Mexican restaurant and one part roadside joint, an all-day neighborhood favorite in Lucas Valley serves up big plates of St. Louis cut ribs with pinto beans and cole slaw, chorizo breakfast burritos and Philly cheesesteak sandwiches in equal measure. The covered patio wraps around the building and a small stage often hosts bands on weekends and holidays.

Dogs Welcome | Grab ‘n Go | Kid-friendly | Meal Under $20 | Outdoor Seating
1500 Lucas Valley Rd, 415.491.0547

Magnolia Park Kitchen

Magnolia Park Kitchen, San Rafael
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This downtown American bistro features lots of farm-fresh salads (quinoa with cranberry and carrot) and sandwiches (Cubano, Reuben) to choose from. The heated, partially-covered outdoor patio is well suited to sipping a glass of wine or enjoying a burger or a signature fried chicken bomb sandwich with firecracker aioli and serrano pickle slaw. The house made potato chips are most excellent.

Brunch | Dogs Welcome | Kid-friendly | Meal Under $20 | Outdoor Seating
1016 Court St, 415.521.5591

Michael’s Sourdough

Michael's Sourdough Sandwiches, Novato, San Rafael
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The bread is made on site and is said to have magical qualities. It better as it is the only holder for the overstuffed wonders served at this perennial Best of the County winner. Fans return over and over to the San Rafael and Novato locations for their faves, ordered by number, then swoon over the huge sandos piled with meat, cheese and enough shredded lettuce to ooze out the sides and onto your lap.

2024 Best of the County for Sandwiches.

Grab ‘n Go | Kid-friendly | Meal Under $20
999 Andersen Dr, Ste. 165, 415.485.0964

Vivalon’s Jackson Cafe

Vivalon's Jackson Cafe, San Rafael
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Vivalon’s Jackson Café menu changes weekly to reflect seasonal offerings, including daily meat and veggie entrée options, along with fresh salads, daily soups, sandwich choices, and desserts. The Jackson Café is located near the San Rafael Transit Center and is open for lunch Monday – Friday, 11:30 am-1:30 pm. Entrée options are $8 for Vivalon members and $12 for non-members.

Date Spot | Meal Under $20 | Round Tables
930 Tamalpais Ave, 415.456.9062

Seafood

For more Seafood in Marin, check out our Best of the County picks here.

The Kitchen Table

The Kitchen Table, San Rafael
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Chef Alexander Alioto adheres to the Italian cooking mantra of fresh, seasonal, approachable food at his West End restaurant, creating dishes with layers of flavor such as raviolo uovo with truffle butter and pappardelle with oxtail and espelette pepper. This may be the only restaurant in Marin serving sweetbreads — do give them a try.

Date Spot | Dogs Welcome | Outdoor Seating
1574 Fourth St, 415.521.5568

Le Comptoir

Le Comptoir, San Rafael
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In the heart of San Rafael, the bistro, complete with bright red chairs and a small adjoining grocery, serves up traditional French favorites like beef cheeks bourguignon and onion soup gratinée in a chic and cozy setting.

Date Spot | Grab ‘n Go | Outdoor Seating | Private Party Room
1301 Fourth St, 415.454.5454

Steakhouse

For more Steakhouse in Marin, check out our Best of the County picks here.

Le Chalet Basque

Le Chalet Basque, San Rafael
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This family-style place features dishes inspired by the Basque regions of France and Spain, like frog legs in a garlic butter and lemon sauce, a veal calf liver sauté and sweetbreads with port wine sauce and mushrooms. On a warm night, enjoy alfresco dining on the patio.

Date Spot | Dogs Welcome | Full Bar | Outdoor Seating | Private Party Room | Round Tables | Worth the Hype
405 North San Pedro Rd, 415.479.1070

San Rafael Joe’s

A Marin institution famous for sophisticated yet casual Italian fare since 1947. The dining room, with a friendly atmosphere and seating for 240, is great for large parties, and the roast sirloin of beef and Fettuccine Joe’s are sure to please.

2024 Best of the County for Steakhouse.

Brunch | Date Spot | Full Bar | Grab ‘n Go | Happy Hour | Kid-friendly | Outdoor Seating | Round Tables | Worth the Hype
931 Fourth St,
415.456.2425

Sushi

For more Sushi in Marin, check out our Best of the County picks here.

Shiro Kuma

Shiro Kuma, San Rafael
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Despite its location in San Rafael’s West End, Shiro Kuma, which means “polar bear,” takes its inspiration from chef Yasuo Shigeyoshi’s childhood in a small rural town in the south of Japan and offers traditional-style sushi and wagyu A5 and Kobe beef to cook over ishiyaki grilling stones. Popular weekly specials include hamachi jalapeño and the omakase (chef’s choice) dinner.

Date Spot | Worth the Hype
1518 Fourth St, 415.295.7464

Sushi to Dai For

Sushi to Dai For, San Rafael
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Snagging a seat in this popular Fourth Street spot can be a challenge, but patience is rewarded with fresh sashimi and unique sushi rolls. Look for bento box specials at lunch and udon soup and a few types of ramen in addition to teriyaki and donburi.

Date Spot | Meal Under $20
816 Fourth St, 415.721.0392

Tea, Juice & Smoothies

oddcha

Oddcha boba tea in San Rafael.
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Founded by a group of friends with a passion for boba tea, oddcha sells all things bubble tea at their non-traditional tea station. An extensive menu includes lattes, matcha, fresh fruit smoothies and milk teas. Situated in a Victorian house on Irwin St., their handy pickup window is just past an ornate arch to the “French Quarter” courtyard. And with delivery, pickup and online ordering options, oddcha offers convenience while providing high-quality boba with fresh ingredients. 

Grab ‘n Go | Kid-friendly
905f Irwin St, San Rafael; 415.720.1195

Thai / Southeast Asian

For more Thai in Marin, check out our Best of the County picks here.

Bay Thai Cuisine

Open seven days a week for lunch and dinner, Bay Thai Cuisine is a go-to for authentic Thai lovers. Whether getting take-out or dining in, make sure to bring cash as they don’t take card.

2024 Best of the County for Thai Food.

Kid-friendly | Meal Under $20 | Outdoor Seating
809 4th St, 415.458.8845

Laos Kitchen

Laos Kitchen, San Rafael
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A sit-down restaurant in downtown San Rafael blends owner Manivone Vongsouthi’s Thai/Lao heritage in dishes of nam kao todd with homemade Lao sausage and plates of papaya salad studded with Thai green eggplant. Large plates of kap piet sem and kao prik sem feature house made noodles and Vongsouthi makes all the curry pastes in house, too, and garlic lovers will swoon over plates of garlic fish. There’s even Lao beer. 

2024 Best of the County for New Restaurant.

Meal Under $20 | New Hot Spot | Kid-Friendly

884 Fourth St, 415.456.4490

My Thai

My Thai, Thai Food Marin
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With over 40 years of Thai Food Making experience, My Thai brings the fresh and flavorful tastes of Thailand to Mill Valley, San Rafael, and Fairfax.

2024 Best of the County for Thai Food.

Kid-friendly | Outdoor Seating
1230 4th St, 415.456.4455

Pho Viet Harbor

Pho Viet Harbor, San Rafael
Photo Courtesy of Andria Lo

Of course you come for the namesake bowl of hearty soup with clear broth, beef, noodles and vegetables at this Best of the County winner. But the family-style favorite tucked behind a carpet store on an industrial stretch of Francisco Boulevard beckons with beautiful plates of pork chops with broken steamed rice and fried eggs as well as the fresh spring and imperial rolls.

Date Spot | Kid-friendly | Meal Under $20
555 E. Francisco Blvd, Ste. 22, 415.455.8063

Royal Thai Restaurant

Royal Thai, San Rafael, Thai Food Marin
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Royal Thai focuses on quality, fresh, and delectable food. Using fresh veggies from local markets, their large variety of vegetarian options are popular choices for everyone.

2024 Best of the County for Thai Food.

Kid-friendly | Date Spot
610 3rd St, 415.485.1074

Thai Smile

Thai Smile, San Rafael
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Thai Smile brings a small slice of Thailand to San Rafael with its traditional style of cooking and Thai decor. Call to dine in for lunch, dinner, or take out and bring the tastes of Thailand home.

2024 Best of the County for Thai Food.

Kid-friendly | Outdoor Seating | Meal Under $20
534 4th St, 415.454.2626

TuTu Lounge

Bowl of red curry with chicken and edible flowers from Tutu Lounge in San Rafael
Photo courtesy of TuTu Lounge.

TuTu Lounge, located on 4th Street in the former Green Chile Kitchen & Bogie’s Too location, serves Pacific Rim cuisine — a fusion of Thai flavors in a vibrant, eclectic setting. Dishes include: dim sum, laksa, loco moco and fried chicken Benedicts. The business also offers catering and private party reservations, so you can elevate any occasion with ube lattes and tom yum prawn linguine. 

Brunch | New Hot Spot | Private Party Room
1335 Fourth Street, 415.492.1530

VN Noodle & Grill

Located in Montecito Plaza, the restaurant has a robust menu of standard Vietnamese fare, including a wide selection of rice plates, pho, and of course, iced coffee.

Date Spot | Kid-friendly | Meal Under $20 | Outdoor Seating
421 Third St, 415.306.4299

Vegan and Vegetarian

For more Vegan and Vegetarian food in Marin, check out our Best of the County picks here.

Cafe Del Soul

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Cafe Del Soul, Best of the County Vegetarian and Vegan, Marin
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Healthy options become addictive at this eatery that now has locations in both Tam Junction 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.

2024 Best of the County for Vegetarian/Vegan.

Grab ‘n Go  |  Kid-friendly  |  Meal Under $20 
1408 4th St, 415.457.5400

Urban Remedy

Urban Remedy, San Rafael, Mill Valley, Marin
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Serving organic, non-GMO cold-pressed juices, smoothies, snacks and bowls, including plenty of gluten-free, grain-free and low-glycemic-index choices, this place opened in 2013 as the first of many Bay Area locations. Raw desserts round things out. Try the vegan Caesar or give the cashew milk with cinnamon and vanilla a shot.

2024 Best of the County Winner for Vegan/Vegetarian.

Grab ‘n Go | Kid-friendly | Meal Under $20
1904 Fourth St, 415.786.8011


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