Don’t commute to San Francisco for a quality mani pedi! No matter which part of Marin you might be in, there’s a salon right in your neighborhood that offers services just as good (or better) than anywhere the city can offer. Tips, gels, or sugar scrubs, no matter what you need, we’ve got your back. Or your hands, as it were. The 2023 readers’ choice Best of the County winner is Three Sisters Nails. For the rest of the Marin Magazine‘s Best of Marin County Nail Salon picks see below.
Our 2023 Beauty category sponsor is NorCal Plastic Surgery.
We’ve broken it down by region: Southern, Central, and Northern Marin.
Thirty years ago, Ace Nails started out as Teresa’s Nail Care. Though they have undergone a name change, the dedicated clientele and expert technicians remain. Located in the heart of Mill Valley, the salon’s in a great place for you to stop by after a day of shopping and dining. Hours are Monday through Saturday 9 a.m. – 6:30 p.m., Sunday 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.
38 Miller Ave, Mill Valley, 415.389.0530
The bright walls and chic pink paint result in a modern and fun environment ideal for relaxing and getting some color on. Looking for a mother-daughter day experience? Check out the Little Miss package for girls 12 and under. Hours are 9 a.m. – 7 p.m. Monday through Saturday, and 9 a.m. – 6 p.m. Sunday.
226 E. Blithedale Ave., Mill Valley, 415.383.7534
From perfectly shaped French tips to creating custom colors for that exact shade of pink you’ve been searching for, you’ll be blown away by the results. Hours are Monday through Saturday 9:30 a.m. – 7 p.m., Sunday 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.
777 E Blithedale Ave, Mill Valley, 415.380.8615
If you’re not sure what you’re looking for or aren’t as knowledgeable about nail care as you’d like to be, Nail Motif is the right salon for you. The nail technicians here give expert advice on what’s going to suit your personal style and how to best take care of the final results. Hours are Monday through Saturday 9:30 a.m. – 6 p.m., Sunday 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
94 E Blithedale Ave, Mill Valley, 415.326.5198
For a wonderful atmosphere and quality service, put Rosemary Spa on your list for the next time you need your nails spruced up. Hours are Monday through Sunday 9 a.m. – 7 p.m.
247 CA-1 # A10, Mill Valley, 415.383.2690
For those in Southern Marin, look no further than five minutes away from home for the perfect gel manicure or French tip. Book in advance, as they can fill up quickly the day of. Hours are Tuesday through Saturday 10 a.m. – 7 p.m., Sunday 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.
1001 Bridgeway c2, Sausalito, 415.332.1689
Few places embody the spirit of a friendly neighborhood salon better than Annie’s Nails. It’s a quieter spot that shows its shine with high-quality service and a peaceful atmosphere that keeps clients coming back again and again. Hours are 9:30 a.m.- 6:30 p.m. Wednesday through Monday.
6 California Ave., San Rafael, 415.258.9356
Be Polished Nail Spa is the place to go for high-end polishes applied with expert techniques that guarantee satisfaction. In addition to standard services, Be Polished also provides sea salt scrubs, foot massages, and waxing, meaning there’s no need to go to multiple places for all your beauty needs. Hours are Monday through Saturday 9 a.m. – 7 p.m., Sunday 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.
539 Magnolia Ave, Larkspur, 415.924.8877
A pedicure go-to for many, Bella Rouge provides long-lasting results at very affordable prices. The salon offers a wide range of services, including waxing and brow tinting. Hours are Monday through Saturday 10 a.m. – 7 p.m., Sunday 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.
928 Sir Francis Drake Blvd, Kentfield, 415.457.6899
Owner Hanah has been designing the perfect nails for over 10 years, creating all kinds of artistic results for her clients. Delicate flowers, bold numbers, and even cheetah print; she’s done them all! Slide into a comfy chair in this chic, modern studio and get your nails painted with mermaid scales. Hours are Wednesday through Saturday 10 a.m. – 7 p.m., Sunday 11 a.m. – 6 p.m.
730 San Anselmo Ave, San Anselmo, 415.524.8866
With big wide windows looking out to the heart of Fairfax and colorful walls of polish options, this neighborhood salon is the perfect place to relax while you get your mani-pedi. The results? Long-lasting color or dipped tips that are sure to wow your friends and have them asking where you got them done. Hours are Monday through Saturday 9:30 a.m. – 6:30 p.m.
717 Center Blvd, Fairfax, 415.456.9701
Drop your feet into a warm bath and let the pampering commence in this peaceful and cheerful salon. The prices are also very competitive and won’t hurt your wallet. They do get busy fast, so try to book an appointment ahead of time if you can. Hours are Tuesday through Friday 10 a.m. – 6 p.m., Saturday 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
272 Magnolia Ave, Larkspur, 415.758.7133
This charming salon in the heart of downtown San Rafael has a soothing atmosphere and excellent attention to detail that will leave you relaxed and enthusiastic to return. Hours are Monday through Saturday 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.
1555 4th St, San Rafael, 415.485.6055
At Passion Nails, no gel application will be too thick, no section of nail unpainted. Enjoy the cheery red chairs and airy atmosphere while you relax. Hours are Monday through Friday 10 a.m. – 7 p.m., Saturday 9:30 a.m. – 7 p.m., Sunday 10 a.m. – 6 p.m., closed Tuesday.
1027 C St, San Rafael, 415.459.8669
Even the most particular clients won’t find fault with Ross Nails. The care their welcoming staff takes in ensuring excellence will blow you away. Hours are Monday through Saturday 9:30 a.m. – 7 p.m., Sunday 10 a.m. – 6 p.m., closed Tuesday.
32 Ross Common, Ross, 415.461.3400
A lot of Three Sisters Nails’ clients are referrals, and there’s a reason: Once you go there, you simply have to tell your friends about it. The staff greets everyone who walks through the door with a smile and goes above and beyond to make sure you’re happy with their work. Hours are 9 a.m.-7 p.m. Monday through Friday, and 8:30 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday.
963 Grand Ave., San Rafael, 415.454.9662
Get a hot stone massage with your pedicure or a vanilla wild plum sugar scrub during your manicure and you’ll soon see what all the hype is about. The team behind NJ Nails Spa isn’t just about sending you out the door with perfect nails — although they absolutely do that, too — they also give you a royal spa treatment while your toes are tended to. Hours are 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday through Friday.
132 Vintage Way Suite F 15, Novato, 415.717.9775