Where to Eat: Corte Madera
While the borders between Corte Madera and Larkspur can be fuzzy for some, in this grouping we are sticking with the Corte Madera zip code, which in terms of restaurants means, from South to North: Marin Joes to Tamalpie Pizza, and West to East: Cafe Verde to Bocca Pizzeria. The town’s name means “to chop the wood” in Spanish, and the restaurants there make ample of its namesake, whether it’s the fire-roasted pizzas at Boca or the tasty grills at Pig in a Pickle. Beyond this there are no shortage of notable dining options, from perennial classics like Marin Joe’s, to the authentic Burmese eatery Burmatown, which even has a listing in the Michelin Guide. Corte Madera has it all: pretty darn good burgers, salads, sushi, pho, poke and much, much more.
Benissimo | Blue Barn Gourmet | Boca Pizzeria | Burmatown | Cafe Verde | Il Fornaio | La Maison De La Reine | Marin Pizza | Marin Joe’s | Pacific Catch | Pig in a Pickle | The Counter | Veggie Grill | World Wrapps | Zinz Wine Bar
Italian, 18 Tamalpais Drive, Corte Madera, (415) 927-2316
“Benissimo” means “really, really good” in Italian. Aside from the daily 4 to 6:30 p.m. happy hour, the menu offers a large selection of pizza, pasta and large plates, like cioppino, fresh fishes of the day, T-bone steaks and the signature Benissimo Burger or portobello burger. Specials include all-day happy hour on Mondays, no-corkage Tuesdays, Wednesday night martinis and live music on Thursdays.
American, 335 Corte Madera Town Center, (415) 927-1104
The first Marin outpost of the S.F.-based eatery has proven very popular. The menu includes customizable salads, toasted sandwiches, soups and more, prepared with locally harvested produce and proteins. Try the Jersey cow milk gelato from Double 8 Dairy of West Marin.
Italian, 1544 Redwood Highway, Corte Madera, (415) 924-3021
The Italian-inspired pizzeria utilizes Northern California’s bounty of seasonal ingredients and showcases local microbreweries and wine country’s boutique varietals. The menu includes appetizers, salads of organic produce when available, pastas, local free-range poultry and meats, desserts and Neapolitan-style pizzas with house-made mozzarella. Wine half off on Mondays.
Asian, 60 Corte Madera Ave, Corte Madera, (415) 945-9096
The small home-style Asian fusion restaurant offers fresh, light meals like tea leaf salad and basil shrimp stir-fry, as well as curries, coconut rice and chili-garlic green beans. Extra heat optional. Prepare for a short wait if dining in, or order for takeout.
California, 502 Tamapais Drive, Corte Madera, (415) 927-1060
This revamped cafe offers wraps, paninis, salads, tea and more nearly all day long. Enjoy any of these items inside or out on the patio and be sure to inquire about the German and Belgian beer samplers.
Mexican, 301 Corte Madera Town Center, Corte Madera, (415) 500-5145
With an emphasis on regional Mexican dishes and flavors sourced from family recipes, the menu is based on California seasonality and revolves around masa. The daily-made tortillas are featured in dishes such as duck confit enchiladas, Dungeness crab tostadas, and chili-braised beef short ribs. There’s a full bar to boot.
Italian, 223 Corte Madera Town Center, (415) 927-4400
Vietnamese, 346 Corte Madera Town Center, (415) 927-0288
Pizza, 107 Corte Madera Town Center, (415) 891-8788
Farm-to-pizza is the mission of this fast-casual restaurant. Choose from signature pies or design your own. The pizza is baked on a convection conveyor of rotating stone slabs, which ensures a crisp, thin crust without the long wait.
Italian, 1585 Casa Buena Drive, Corte Madera, (415) 924-2081
A Marin mainstay for over 50 years, with a menu of soups, salads, seafood, mesquite-grilled or sautéed meats and a plethora of pasta options. To add to your dining experience, order the table-side prepared Caesar salad. Not looking for a meal? Enjoy a drink and hear local musicians at the well-known piano bar.
American, 55 Tamal Vista Blvd, Corte Madera, (415) 704-7437
Olympic gold medalist Jonny Moseley opened this sports bar with 11 flat-screen TVs, a beer garden with a fire pit, and bar games galore. Food is available until midnight and includes pizza from business partner Karen Goldberg (Tamalpie), fresh sandos and salads, and pregame snacks like wings and sweet potato fries.
Seafood, 133 Corte Madera Town Center, (415) 927-3474
The Pacific Rim–inspired restaurant has a family-friendly atmosphere. The menu, showcasing freshly caught seafood, includes tacos, poke, ceviche, sandwiches, salads, rice bowls, seasonal cocktails, and daily specials.
American, 341 Corte Madera Town Center, (415) 891-3265
Fresh and locally sourced brisket, pork, ribs, and chicken get star billing at this Town Center eatery. Sauces are crafted to represent various American barbecue regions, including Memphis and South Carolina. House-made pickles, buns, and sausages will keep you coming back.
California, 201 Corte Madera Town Center, (415) 924-7000
Create your own salads and burgers using all-natural proteins including Angus beef, turkey, chicken, mahimahi, bison or the latest addition, the Impossible Burger. Additional gluten-free options and a vegan veggie burger are available. The restaurant has patio seating, a kick-back vibe and a popular happy hour. Give the spiked milkshake a try.
Vegan/Vegetarian, 147 Corte Madera Town Center, (415) 945-8954
Veggie Grill is a fast-casual restaurant chain that celebrates the veggie by offering a variety of hot sandwiches and burgers, entree salads, bowls, home-style plates, shareable sides, organic teas and house-made desserts prepared only with vegetables, fruits, grains, and nuts.
California, 208 Corte Madera Town Center, 415.927.3663
Owners Keith Cox and Matt Blair have revamped this “fast food” joint to feature healthy and flavorful items like a Hawaiian poke wrap and a tahini tofu summer roll that’s vegan-friendly. Exotic housemade beverages include boba tea, mango lassi, and Vietnamese iced coffee.
California, 207 Corte Madera Ave, Corte Madera, (415) 927-9466
Zinz is an upscale wine bar, retail store and art gallery with a cozy, sophisticated atmosphere, an eclectic array of boutique wines and craft beer, and light appetizers. The quaint neighborhood space also holds events and happy hours.