Hook Fish at Proof Lab Brings Fresh Seafood to Marin
Mill Valley’s latest entrant onto the alfresco dining scene.
Hook Fish at Proof Lab Beer Garden opened in late 2019. Located in Tam Junction, it’s a collaboration between Proof Lab and San Francisco’s Hook Fish Co. Owners Beau Caillouette and Christian Morabito designed the menu of seasonal, locally sourced seafood with a laser focus on supply chain visibility. Boards above the counter show a list of the day’s available fish, with information on catch method, the vessel that brought the fish to harbor, and the port of call. The space is divided in two: inside, at a long bar run by Proof Lab, you can order beer, wine, kombucha and a bar menu of guacamole, ceviche, and only-in-Marin nachos with albacore tuna chili and house-made queso.
Step out the back door and you’re in the beer garden, where the Hook Fish team runs the food trailer–slash–outdoor kitchen, and service at a second counter includes a larger array of burritos, sandwiches and salads. The beer-battered fish and chips is a must for first timers, and the fish tacos, featuring choice of grilled fish of the day, poke or pibil, balance flavors of the sea with top-quality California produce. High bar tables and lower wooden banquette seating, designed by San Francisco’s Jay Nelson, give way to a lawn and stage intended for music and other events. The place is family- and group-friendly and designed with engagement in mind, so it’s TV-free. “As a brand, we really value being present,” Caillouette says.
Owners Beau Caillouette and Christian Morabito
Hook Fish Co. unites Proof Lab, Equator and Native Plant Nursery spaces
254 Shoreline Highway, Mill Valley
This article originally appeared in Marin Magazine’s February 2020 issue under the headline “Hook Fish”.
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Christina Mueller is a long-time Bay Area food writer. She hails from the East Coast and has spent way too much time in South America and Europe. She discovered her talent as a wordsmith in college and her love of all things epicurean in grad school. She has written for Condé Nast Contract Publishing, Sunset, and the Marin Independent Journal, among others. She volunteers with California State Parks and at her child’s school, and supports the Marin Audubon Society, PEN America, and Planned Parenthood. When she is not drinking wine by a fire, she is known to spend time with her extended family.