Eat Local Guide Fall 2012

Restaurants, cafés and seafood bars selected because of their emphasis on using local, seasonal ingredients.


123 Bolinas Wine Bar

Serving artisan wines, beers and farm fresh foods, locally sourced, sustainably produced and lovingly prepared. Open W & Th 4–10pm; F & Sa 4pm–midnight and Su 4–9pm. 123 Bolinas Rd., Fairfax, CA; 415.488.5123;

Beth’s Community Kitchen

Home to Beth’s famous “Heavenly Little Cookies” and an array of other irresistible baked goods including “the flakiest croissants this side of Paris” and pecan tarts. Also offering lunch and dinner specials for take away. Try our “chicken in a cloud.” Serving breakfast, lunch & dinner daily except Tu. 34 Miller Ave., Mill Valley; 415.383.3991;


Cibo (pronounced “Chee–bo”) = food. We hold a simplistic vision for how food should be purchased, prepared and enjoyed. Cibo serves breakfast, lunch and weekend dinners, using ingredients sourced locally and seasonally in Marin. Enjoy the housemade specialties and Blue Bottle coffee inside our historic space or dine outside at the café tables. Serving breakfast & lunch daily 7am–5pm; extended summer hours F–Su until 9pm. 1201 Bridgeway, Sausalito; 415.331.2426;

El Paseo

The romantic, ivy covered restaurant centrally located in downtown Mill Valley dates back to 1948. Partners Sammy Hagar and Tyler Florence have transformed the iconic space into “El Paseo—House of Chops.” With Executive Chef Preston Clark at the helm, the menu focuses on chop house classics featuring locally sourced ingredients including dry-aged Holstein beef from master butcher Bryan Flannery of Corte Madera and an international wine list geared heavily towards California wines. Open Su–Th 5–10pm and F & Sa 5–11pm. 17 Throckmorton Ave., Mill Valley; 415.388.0741;

Farm House Restaurant at the Point Reyes Seashore Lodge

One of the original establishments in the quaint Point Reyes Seashore town of Olema, our Farm House Restaurant and Bar first opened its doors to wagoners and travelers in 1865, and like good wine, it is aging well. We remain true to “life on the farm” by using farm-fresh ingredients. The Farm House continually supports organic farming and sustainable practices whenever possible. The seasonally changing menu is supplemented with daily special offerings to take advantage of the freshest available ingredients. Open daily for lunch and dinner, starting at 11:30am. 10021 Hwy. 1, Olema; 415.663.9000;

Hilltop 1892

The town of Novato’s historic Hilltop 1892 boasts sweeping panoramic views, an artisanal cocktail program, a beautifully designed wine cellar loaded with California wines and a menu crafted with the finest local ingredients. Serving lunch and dinner daily from 11:30am–9:pm; Sunday brunch 10am–3pm. 850 Lamont Ave., Novato; 415.893.1892;

Hog Island Oyster Bar

Committed to using local, organic produce and local, sustainable seafood. Enjoy our oysters at picnic tables at our farm on Tomales Bay or visit us at one of our Hog Island Oyster Bars. Hog Island oysters are certified sustainable by the Food Alliance organization. The Farm: Open daily 9am–5pm, rain or shine! 20215 Hwy 1, Marshall; 415.663.9218. In Oxbow Public Market: Open Su & M 11:30am– 6pm; Tu–Th 11:30am–8pm; and F & Sa 11:30am–8pm. Happy hour: Tu & W 5–7pm, serving half-priced oysters on the half-shell, beer and wine specials. 610 1st Street, Napa; 707.251.8113. In the San Francisco Ferry Building: Open M–F 11:30am–8pm; and Sa & Su 11am–6pm. Happy hour: M & Th, 5–7pm, serving half-priced oysters on the half shell, beer and wine specials. One Ferry Building, San Francisco; 415.391.7117

Marche Aux Fleurs

The marché aux fleurs is the farmers’ market in the South of France. We have taken this name for our restaurant because we base our cuisine on the seasons or the cuisine du marché. Our produce is locally farmed and harvested at the peak of ripeness, all of our seafood is sustainable and our meats are free-range. Our daily menu selections are comprised of only the freshest seasonal ingredients available. Serving dinner Tu–Su, beginning at 5:30pm. 23 Ross Common, Ross; 415.925.9200;

Nick’s Cove Restaurant, Oyster Bar & Cottages

A coastal treasure, Nick’s Cove Restaurant, Oyster Bar & Cottages overlooks the tranquil waters of Tomales Bay. Executive Chef Austin Perkins combines classic dishes with creativity inspired by the seasons and the abundance of neighboring small farms. Serving lunch daily starting at 11am; dinner starting at 4pm; and brunch Sa & Su 10am–4pm. Oysters and cocktails offered at the bar starting at 11am daily. Locals’ night every Tu. 23240 Highway 1, Marshall; 866.63.NICKS;

Osteria Stellina

“Point Reyes Italian” with an unwavering commitment to local organic products. Open daily for lunch 11:30am– 2:30pm and dinner 5–9pm. Available for catering on- and offsite and for functions in a private room. 11285 Hwy. 1, Point Reyes Station; 415.663.9988;


Piatti Mill Valley’s Executive Chef Todd Shoberg stays true to the authentic Italian style of cooking by using what is grown around him, each season. Enjoy Cowgirl Creamery cheeses on your Star Route Farms salad or Zoe’s Meats’ sausages on your freshly baked pizza. Recently “green certified,” Piatti is devoted to good food and good practices. Open M–Th 11:30am–9:30pm; F & Sa 11:30am–10pm; and Su 10am–9:30pm. 625 Redwood Hwy., Mill Valley; 415.380.2525;

Rustic Bakery Café

We focus on organic and local ingredients in all three of our cafés. Our baked goods are made fresh from scratch daily. For breakfast, we offer a selection of French and American pastries, housemade organic granola and oatmeal, as well as a grilled breakfast panini. We proudly feature Ritual Coffee Roasters coffee. Our lunch menus feature handmade sandwiches on our housemade focaccia rolls, organic soups and seasonal salads. Our specialty flatbreads, pan forte crostini and seasonal cookies are also available in the cafés. Open M–F 7am–5pm and Sa & Su 8am–5pm. 1139 Magnolia Ave., Larkspur; 1407 Grant Ave., Novato; and in the Marin Country Mart, Larkspur.

Shoreline Coffee Shop

Neighborhood American diner meets Mexico City street food in Tam Junction. Organic and local ingredients inspire creative breakfasts and lunches for early risers, trail blazers, commuters and the community. Featuring Four Barrel Coffee, local eggs, Bolinas greens, meats from Marin Sun Farms and bread from Green Gulch. Open daily at 6am! 221 Shoreline Hwy., Mill Valley; 415.388.9085

Small Shed Flatbreads

From field to flatbread, come taste what our local Marin farmers are growing fresh this season atop warm, crisp-around-the-edges, wood-oven baked flatbreads. Small Shed is a gathering place for the community featuring a kitchen supplied and inspired by local organic farmers and ranchers. Open Tu, W & Su 11am–9pm; Th 11am–9:30pm; and F & Sa 11am–10pm. 17 Madrona St., Mill Valley; 415.383.4200;

Table Café

Local*Sustainable. Our signature dosas are naturally gluten free. Open Tu–F 10:30am–7pm and Sa 10:30am–3:30pm. 1167 Magnolia Ave., Larkspur; 415.461.6787;

Vin Antico

We are committed to local farmers who grow organic food. Our food is always seasonal, and our menu changes often. “Food raised with love tastes better.” Open for dinner Su–Th 5–9pm and F & S 5–10pm. Happy hour at the bar and chef’s counter M–F 5–6pm and Th 5–9pm. 881 Fourth St., San Rafael; 415.454.4492;



Organic, local and obsessively authentic Italian. Ca’ Momi uses only the freshest organic ingredients, grown locally or in Italy, focusing on the most traditional Italian recipes. Experience la Dolce Vita! VPN certified pizza Napoletana, wholesome soups, fresh salads, wood-fired panini, authentic Italian pastries and a staff that loves to see you happy. Buonissimo! Serving breakfast, lunch and dinner daily 7:30am–9pm. In Oxbow Public Market, 610 First St., Napa; 707.257.4992;

Grace’s Table

A charming family-owned bistro with a “global kitchen” focus, featuring authentic comfort foods from around the world. We are dedicated to sourcing and serving local and sustainable products in a relaxing, comfortable environment. Open M–Th 8:30am–9pm; F & Sa 8:30am–10pm; and Su 10am–9pm. 1400 Second St., Napa; 707.226.6200;

Hog Island Oyster Bar

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La Condesa

La Condesa is a James Beard Award-nominated Modern Mexican located in the historic Keller Bros. Meats building in downtown St. Helena, heart of the Napa Valley. Serving dinner Su–W 5–10pm; Th–Sa 5–11pm and lunch M–F 11am–3pm. Weekend brunch 10am–3pm. 1320 Main St., St. Helena; 707.967.8111;


El Dorado Kitchen

Conveniently situated off the Sonoma Square, El Dorado Kitchen offers the best taste of Wine Country with rotating seasonal menus masterfully created by Executive Chef Armando Navarro and an array of local wines, wines on tap and cult beer favorites. Open daily for lunch and dinner. 405 First St. W., Sonoma; 707.996.3030;

Epicurean Connection

Featuring a Cheese, Butter, Wine & Beer Bar, Epicurean Connection in downtown Sonoma highlights local and artisan foods. Enjoy the shop’s selection of prepared foods, artisan olive oils, sea salts, chef-made jams, chocolate sauces and honey, as well as American artisan cheeses, including Epicurean Connection’s very own award-winning Delice de la Vallee & Creme de Fromage cheeses. 122 W. Napa St., Sonoma; 707.935.7960;

Fremont Diner

“After a good dinner one can forgive anybody, even one’s own relatives.”—Oscar Wilde Open M–F 8am-3pm; Sa & Su 8am–4pm; Call for weekend dinner and music schedule. 2698 Fremont Dr., Sonoma; 707.938.7370;

River’s End

The River’s End is located in the village of Jenner by the Sea about 20 minutes north of Bodega Bay. The restaurant is set on a bluff overlooking the Russian River as it spills into the Pacific Ocean. We serve seasonal California cuisine with a focus on Sonoma-sourced ingredients. Restaurant open Th–M for lunch noon–3:30pm and dinner 5–8:30pm (9pm on F & Sa). We also offer lodging and all of our cabins have spectacular vistas of the romantic Sonoma coast. 11048 Hwy 1, Jenner; 707.865.2484;


The contemporary American menu features artfully crafted, market-driven cuisine of fresh, bold flavors built around seasonally-inspired local and sustainable ingredients. The same focus carries over to Spoonbar’s cocktails which use specially sourced, organically-grown herbs, fruits and vegetables with an emphasis on locally and domestically produced spirits. Serving lunch Sa & Su noon–4:30pm; and dinner Su–Th 5–10pm and F & Sa 5–11pm. 219 Healdsburg Ave., Healdsburg; 707.433.7222;

Underwood Bistro

Underwood is the favorite watering hole for local hipsters and the “who’s who” of Sonoma County winemakers. Try Underwood’s specialty cocktails served alongside ice-cold oysters on the half shell at the bar or while playing bocce. Or select from chef/proprietor Matthew Greenbaum’s great bistro dishes like tuna tartar, duck confit or Moroccan chicken. Open Tu–Th 11:30am–midnight, F & Sa 11:30am–2am and Sun 4pm–midnight. 9113 Graton Rd., Graton; 707.823.7023;

Willow Wood Market Café

Willow Wood has become a beloved favorite for locals and travelers alike. It’s good, down-home comfort food dished up with genuine country hospitality. From eggs Benedict at breakfast to a hot Black Forest ham and brie sandwich at lunch to a roast chicken dinner, Willow Wood aims to please. Voted best breakfast and brunch in Sonoma County. Open M–Sa 8am–9pm, Su 9am–3pm. 9020 Graton Rd., Graton; 707.823.0233;


Hog Island Oyster Bar

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Wayfare Tavern

The ambitious and talented chef Tyler Florence leads Wayfare Tavern. We feature authentic American dishes inspired by the San Francisco restaurant scene of the late 1800s, an era which has deeply influenced the people and fabric of San Francisco. Our inspired yet familiar menu features a raw bar and locally sourced hors d’oeuvres, seasonal vegetables and entrées. Open M–F 11:30am–11pm; Sa & Su 5–11pm. 558 Sacramento St., San Francisco; 415.772.9060;

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