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 | Tamalpie | The Counter | Veggie Grill | World WrappsZinz Wine Bar




Italian, $$$


“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.

18 Tamalpais Drive, Corte Madera
415.927.2316, benissimos.com



Blue Barn Gourmet

American, $$ Lunch and Dinner


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.

335 Corte Madera Town Center
415.927.1104, bluebarngourmet.com



Boca Pizzeria

Italian, $$ Lunch and Dinner


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.

1544 Redwood Highway, Corte Madera
415.924.3021, bocapizzeria.com




Asian, $$ Dinner

Best of Marin County 2017

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.

60 Corte Madera Ave, Corte Madera
415.945.9096, burmatown.com



Cafe Verde

California, $, Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner


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.

502 Tamapais Drive, Corte Madera
415.927.1060, cafeverdemarin.com



Il Fornaio

Italian, $$ Brunch, Lunch and Dinner


Aside from pizzas and pastas, this upscale-Italian franchise serves a variety of salads and carb-free entrées.

223 Corte Madera Town Center
415.927.4400, ilfornaio.com



La Maison De La Reine

Vietnamese, $$ Lunch and Dinner


Dine on family-style Vietnamese fare in the Town Center. The crunchy cabbage chicken salad with peanuts, fresh spring rolls and pho options are popular picks.

346 Corte Madera Town Center
415.927.0288, lamaisondelareine.com



Marin Pizza

Pizza, $$ Lunch and Dinner

What's Hot Marin

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.

107 Corte Madera Town Center
415.891.8788, marin.pizza



Marin Joe’s

Italian, $$ Lunch and Dinner

Best of Marin County 2015

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.

1585 Casa Buena Drive, Corte Madera
415.924.2081, marinjoesrestaurant.com



Pacific Catch

Seafood, $$ Lunch and Dinner


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.

133 Corte Madera Town Center
415.927.3474, pacificcatch.com



Pig In A Pickle

American, $$ Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner


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.

341 Corte Madera Town Center
415.891.3265, piginapicklebbq.com




Pizza, $$ Lunch and Dinner


The second location of the original Mill Valley pizzeria is now open, with indoor and outdoor seating plus takeout and delivery. Try the locally inspired pizzas and seasonal cocktails.

55 Tamal Vista Blvd, Corte Madera
415.704.7437, tamalpiepizza.com



The Counter

California, $$ Lunch and Dinner

Best of Marin County 2018   Best of Marin County 2015

Create your own salads and burgers using all-natural proteins including Angus beef, turkey, chicken, mahimahi, bison or the latest addition, the Impossible Burger. Gluten-free options and a vegan veggie burger are also available. The restaurant has patio seating, a kick-back vibe and a popular happy hour. Give the spiked milkshake a try.

201 Corte Madera Town Center
415.924.7000, thecounterburger.com



Veggie Grill

Vegan/Vegetarian, $ Lunch and Dinner

Best of Marin County 2015

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 with vegetables, fruits, grains and nuts.

147 Corte Madera Town Center
415.945.8954, veggiegrill.com



World Wrapps

California, $ Lunch and Dinner

Best of Marin County 2017 Best of Marin County 2018

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.

208 Corte Madera Town Center
415.927.3663, worldwrapps.com



Zinz Wine Bar

California, $$


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.

207 Corte Madera Ave, Corte Madera
415.927.9466, zinzwinebar.com



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