Marin Restaurant Profiles 2019
A brief overview of some of our favorite local restaurants.
JOSEPH OFFNER AND RICHARD ENOS
Executive Chef and General Manager
The Trident has a rich history as an entertainment venue and fun dining location on the Sausalito Waterfront since 1966 when originally opened by The Kingston Trio. Today the Trident continues to offer a varied, satisfying and creative menu featuring the best of seasonal local, organic, and sustainably produced ingredients that Chef Joseph Offner curates with a focus on unami and global flavors.
Long-time Marin resident and restauranteur, Rick Enos, manages the operation which includes Events Ondine, a private dining, meeting, and entertainment venue located above The Trident, boasting breathtaking panoramic views of The City, Angel Island, Alcatraz, and the Bay Bridge. Whether guests are looking for a relaxing lunch, weekday Happy Hour cocktails and appetizers, or dinner set against the glittering San Francisco skyline, The Trident is FUN dining with elevated food, beverage, and service, in a space that is original and unique.
558 Bridgeway, Sausalito, CA
JOANNE WEIR AND DANIEL TELLEZ
Chef and Executive Chef
Copita is the vision of legendary restaurateur Larry Mindel and James Beard award-winning cookbook author and renowned chef, Joanne Weir. Located in downtown Sausalito, Copita’s Executive Chef Daniel Tellez serves contemporary Mexican cuisine in a lively, festive atmosphere. His impressive culinary resume includes time spent at Anona Neobistro, The Westin Santa Fe Hotel in Mexico City, and earlier on in his career, Tellez staged at the renowned three Michelin-starred restaurant, Quinzi e Gabrielli. At Copita, Tellez offers inspiration from his own Mexico City roots to provide an authentic Mexican menu featuring the traditional flavors and spices of Mexico and utilizing modern techniques. The menu is 100% gluten-free. Copita’s bar program features over 120 tequilas and innovative tequila cocktails. Copita has been voted Best Mexican Restaurant in the Bay Area by 7×7 magazine and featured as one of the best Mexican restaurants in San Francisco Magazine. Copita was voted best Mexican Restaurant by Marin Magazine in 2019.
739 Bridgeway, Sausalito, CA
FELICIA FERGUSON AND LUIGI PETRONE
A family owned Italian restaurant in the heart of downtown Mill Valley was established in 1981 by brothers Domenico and Paolo Petrone from Calabria, Italy. Today, the tradition continues as Domenico’s daughter, Felicia, and Paolo’s son, Luigi, carry on the family business. Piazza D’Angelo evokes a traditional trattoria dining experience with a unique sense of home comfort.
22 Miller Ave, Mill Valley, CA
JOSE MIGUEL SMITH
Chef Smith’s passion for cooking was first sparked during his childhood in Mexico. His 13 years of culinary experience brings a diverse cuisine of Mexico to the table at Parranga, combining the rich tastes of his Mexican heritage with the freshest ingredients from Northern California. At Parranga, freshly made tortillas, along with hormone-free meats and non-GMO ingredients are sourced from local farms
ARMANDO LOPEZ AND DONNA SEYMOUR
Chef and Owner
Cucina s|a is a friendly neighborhood spot that has been satisfying locals and visitors for over 20 years. Owner Donna Seymour recently renovated the dining rooms, enhanced the menu and expanded the space to include a full bar with a fine selection of spirits and craft cocktails – highlighting Italian Amaros.
These new offerings complement award winning dishes cooked in a wood fired oven, house made pastas, and a seasonally changing, organic-focused menu of Southern and Central Italian dishes. Chef Armando Lopez, brings fresh spins on classic dishes and innovative, seasonal fare such as goat cheese and fig salad and pan seared scallops with saffron risotto.
During warmer months, guests can enjoy outdoor dining on the bridge overlooking the San Anselmo Creek. For small gatherings, an upstairs lounge is available, and the two main dining rooms are perfect for larger private functions. Cucina s|a serves lunch Tuesday-Saturday, and dinner Tuesday-Sunday.
510 San Anselmo Ave, San Anselmo, CA
Comforts began 33 years ago as a small family restaurant. Built on the success of delicious, comfort food, friendly service, and seasonal offerings, Comforts has grown into a thriving business, offering catering, take-out, a full-service breakfast, lunch and brunch, as well as holiday specials. Husband and wife, Glenn and Laura Miwa, now pass the legacy on to daughter, Erin, and grandson, Quinn.
335 San Anselmo Ave, San Anselmo, CA
JASON SIMS AND GABRIEL CHARPENTIER
General Manager and Chef
Along with partners PETER SCHUMACHER and BILL HIGGINS continue to lead one of Mill Valley’s favorite places for delicious food, warm service and one of the best bars in Marin. They are excited to build a new tradition in downtown Mill Valley, expanding service to include Sunday Brunch this fall. Kickin’ Fried Chicken and Waffles anyone?
44 E Blithedale Ave, Mill Valley, CA
Poggio is a classic Italian trattoria with comfortable neighborhood charm and destination-caliber cuisine. Executive Chef Benjamin Balesteri sources local ingredients from the best purveyors and highlights these quality products in the daily changing menu.
Chef Balesteri offers a menu that features soulful classics of Northern Italy including a variety of antipasti, house-made pasta, spit-roasted meats, and wood-fired pizzas. Poggio offers a special Tuesday Night Supper menu, a series of family-style meals reminiscent of the Italian-American tradition.
The notable wine list emphasizes vintages from Italy and Northern California. Poggio has earned multiple 3-star reviews from the San Francisco Chronicle and once again awarded a Bib Gourmand from Michelin and a Marin IJ Readers’ Choice winner in 2019. In 2019, Poggio was voted best Italian Restaurant by Marin Magazine.
777 Bridgeway, Sausalito, CA
Propriétaire/Chief Culinary Officer
Left Bank Brasserie 507 Magnolia Ave, Larkspur, CA 415.927.3331, leftbank.com Internationally acclaimed for his exceptional French cooking, Chef Passot has designed a simple, seasonally changing, French brasserie style menu. As the New York Times says, “Left Bank Larkspur represents Chef Passot’s long-time passion for a simple, friendly place where people can drop in and just have oysters and a glass of wine, or a full brasserie experience.”
507 Magnolia Ave, Larkspur, CA
LUIS MARTINEZ AND KELLY PHU
Chef and General Manager
Housed in a romantic antique brick building in downtown San Rafael, Vin Antico serves California/Italian inspired farm to table cuisine. Chef Martinez brings experience and passion while sourcing local organic ingredients. General Manager, Kelly Phu focuses on creating a new bar/ event space perfect for private events. “The Loft Bar” with an intimate speakeasy vibe serving craft cocktails and a sophisticated curated wine selection.
881 4th Street, San Rafael, CA
JOSÉ CARILLO AND MATT HOLMES
Chef and Owner
Nine years ago, owner Matt Holmes created an urban inspired street food joint that can best be described as fresh, fun, and affordable. All entrées begin vegan. Dishes are inspired equally by the abundance of local produce and the classic recipes and cooking techniques of South East Asia. For those who desire a protein, a full gamut of steak, chicken and fish can be added to each dish for diners to create customized concoctions.
Boo Koo’s inspirations and influences are immeasurable. “We are as influenced by chefs like Mai Pham (Lemongrass) and David Chang (Momofuku) as we are with Dr. Colin Campbell’s novel, The China Study. Our staff is having fun creating healthy seasonal dishes and new specials paired with the best craft beers.”
25 Miller Ave, Mill Valley, CA
CHYNA KENNEDY HONEY AND REGGIE HUNTER
Owner and General Manager
For 15 years, Chyna and Reggie have worked together serving quality, organic ingredients in an award-winning, one-of- a-kind quick-serve menu. She is the visionary and he is the master of daily operations. Together, with the help of an exceptional team of employees, they operate two locations and will unveil a new logo and a new look later this fall.
247 Shoreline Hwy, Mill Valley, CA 415.388.1852
1408 4th Street, San Rafael, CA 415.457.5400
RICHARD MAYFIELD AND FIDEL CHACON
General Manager/Owner and Executive Chef
Craving local, fresh-caught seafood and stunning views of Angel Island, Tiburon and Mt. Tamalpais? Located on the bay, we are a five-time winner of the Pacific Sun award for Best of Marin: Seafood Restaurant and the Marin IJ’s 2017 Best Happy Hour in Marin. Our seafood is delivered daily with an emphasis on sustainable, and ethically sourced seafood. Stop by from 4-7pm for happy hour featuring oysters and drink specials.
303 Johnson Street, Sausalito, CA
Wine Director/General Manager
Located just over the Golden Gate Bridge, Maybeck’s is a classy and classic San Francisco restaurant in the trendy Marina neighborhood. Serving up great food (think farmers market produce, fresh seafood, housemade pasta) in a warm, convivial atmosphere, the team brings the high standards of the Michelin-starred Chefs they have worked with at the likes of Cyrus, Ame and Petit Crenn.
Daily specials make it a destination, indeed. Tuesday is Local’s Night: three courses (that change weekly) for $40… wow! Don’t miss Maybeck’s world famous Beef Wellington every Wednesday, including the Ceremonial Slicing in the kitchen at 7:00.
Half price bottles of Champagne? Yes, please! Sommelier Courtney Humiston is slinging it every Thursday all night long. Let’s meet at Maybeck’s!
3213 Scott Street, San Francisco, CA
Located in charming downtown San Anselmo, Valenti & Co serves farm-fresh Northern Italian cuisine and small production wines in a casual yet classy setting. Everything is house made and thoughtfully sourced, from the crusty olive oil focaccia served at the beginning of your meal, to the specialty dessert made every day by Chef Valenti, a master pastry chef.
A favorite of local food lovers who value the freshness of its cuisine and impeccable service, Valenti & Co offers more than 25 wines by the glass ready to be paired with house made specialties like fresh pastas, impeccably fresh seafood, and locally raised meats. Sit at the chef’s tables by the display kitchen and see how passionately Chef Valenti and his crew prepare your meal.
337 San Anselmo Ave, San Anselmo, CA
Chef Ancona was born in San Francisco and raised in Marin County. He graduated from the Culinary Institute of America in Hyde Park, New York. After working for Don Alfonso in Sorrento, Italy and at Roy’s Bar and Grill on Maui, Hawaii, Chef Ancona returned home to the appeal of Marin County to join his family in Sausalito at Angelino Restaurant.
These experiences have helped develop a well-rounded, mature understanding of the possibilities of flavor combinations. Chef Ancona maintains a strong commitment to using local, sustainable, and seasonal ingredients in his kitchen.
621 Bridgeway, Sausalito, CA
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