Large restaurant with a large bar area and a banquet room on the San Rafael canal. Sort of an odd location, but definitely nice. I've dined there once, so far, and it was quite good and a very reasonable price. Going there again next week for their steamed lobster special. Yum!
They advertise that they've got the best happy hour around. Haven't checked it out yet, though.
Favorite Dish: Why, lobster, of course!
You can eat in or take out. No worries about running in to tourists here. This is purely for locals. At lunch time be prepared to wait in a long line that goes far outside the door. Very popular with the hispanic community, and plenty of others, too. Their burritos and tacos are absolutely delicious, and the green salsa on the tables, for eating with chips while you wait for your main course, is absolutely perfect. Very spicy - watch out!
Favorite Dish: Their chicken burritos do it for me. A regular burrito is usually too big for me to eat for one meal. I save the rest for a later meal in the day. The flavor is just so good... and I don't know how they do it, but even their vegetarian burritos seem like they're leaking grease. Who knows how they do that? Don't wear white!
Family run for decades, this place is always cozy, warm and tasty. Very good Mexican food. Not a fast-food type of place. Not sure if they take reservations, because it seems like I've waited in line to get in at least several times. A favorite with locals and it's highly unlikely you'd find any tourists here.
Favorite Dish: Seafood burrito. A mixture of fresh seafood inside a big flour tortilla. Yum!
It's a weird place to recommend for food, I know, but... in the food court of the Northgate Shopping Mall, there is a take-out restaurant that serves very good Thai food. Yum!
Favorite Dish: I love their spicy red vegetarian curry and their green vegetarian curry. The pad thai is quite good too. Get a combo and order two items over white rice and some tom kha gai. Mmm mmm!
A tiny little place with a few small tables, chairs and a formica counter, this place serves up the best burgers around. If you're going to have a burger, why go to a fast food chain and have a run of the mill, boring burger? Go here and have a quality beef burger, cooked to your liking, huge and affordable? You ARE going to get messy.
Favorite Dish: Bordanave Burger: 1/2lb ground beef, sauteed onions and dijon mustard on a sourdough bun. The BEST. Heck, I can't finish it. It's the most expensive item on the menu at $6.95.
A Spanish restaurant that mostly serves tapas, though they have a small selection of entrees. The tapas we tried were decent, though I've had better. The tomato sauces tasted flat and not spicy enough. The sangria though -- ah, the sangria!
They also have live music on weekends and, word has it, excellent Flamenco. On the Friday night that we went, however, they had a Brazilian duet playing. They were very good. Mellow, but good. But why Brazilian in a Spanish restaurant? Hmmm.
Favorite Dish: That would have to be the Sangria
Okay, you've seen the causual (but fantastic) restaurants, listed above. Now it's time for the upscale restaurants! These are some favorite upscale restaurants in the San Francisco Bay Area. They range in location from Napa to San Francisco, and points in between. Most of these, you must contact and make reservations in advance. Some very far in advance. For instance, good luck getting reservations at French Laundry - this is quite difficult, but worth it.
We are blessed with MANY great restaurants in San Rafael and the surrounding county. Plus, we're only half an hour to an hour away from any fantastic restaurant in San Francisco or Napa. So... I'll endeavor to list some of my favorite, casual, places here.
My Thai:Thai (San Rafael)
Las Camillias: Mexican (San Rafael)
Il Davide: Italian (San Rafael)
Left Bank: French (Larkspur)
Chrysanthemum: Chinese (San Rafael)
Ton Kiang: Chinese, including the best dim sum (San Francisco)
Morpho: Sushi (San Francisco)
Blowfish Sushi: (San Francisco)
Kamikaze: Sushi (San Rafael)
Viccolo: Pizza (San Francisco)
Foreign Cinema: French (San Francisco)
Rice Table: Indonesian (San Rafael)
Phyllis' Giant Burgers:Burgers! (San Rafael)
Sunnyside Cafe: Breakfasts (Mill Valley)
Bogies: Breakfast/lunch - American (San Rafael)
34 Grove Street, San Rafael, California, 94901, United States
Good for: Business
1775 Francisco Boulevard East, San Rafael, California, 94901, United States
Satisfaction: Very Good
Good for: Solo
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