Where to Eat: Fairfax

Perched on the line between Central and West Marin, the small town of Fairfax comfortably straddles new and old Marin with a mix of bohemian hippies, young families, and trendy hot spots. Noted for its live music venues, mountain bike culture, and independent stores, Fairfax’s dining options are equally diverse, ranging from upscale wine bar to beer hall, and Japanese Pub to family-run Italian.


123 Bolinas | Barefoot Cafe | Fradelizio's | Grilly's | The Hummingbird | Iron Springs Pub & Brewery | Mas Masa | Sorella Caffe | Split Rock Tap & Wheel | Tamal | Village Sake



123 Bolinas

California, $$ Dinner

Created by four friends wanting to showcase seasonal fare in a relaxing, intimate environment, this cozy one-room eatery offers locally brewed beer, small-production wines and seasonal food along with a view of Bolinas Park through the floor-to-ceiling windows.

123 Bolinas St, Fairfax
415.488.5123, 123bolinas.com



Barefoot Cafe

American, $$ Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner


Tony Senehi prepares fresh California dishes with local organic ingredients from sustainable sources. A popular brunch spot, this quaint restaurant in the heart of Fairfax serves locals and tourists everything from eggs Benedict to panna cotta dessert.

1900 Sir Francis Drake Blvd, Fairfax
415.460.2160, barefootcafe.com




Italian, $$$ Brunch, Lunch and Dinner


Fradelizio’s blends Northern Italian with California-inspired healthy fare, featuring natural beef and free-range chicken dishes.

35 Broadway Blvd, Fairfax
415.459.1618, fradelizios.com




Mexican, $ Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

If you’re looking for a quick, fresh meal, Grilly’s is an easy and delicious stop. Pick up a couple burritos and the much-loved chicken taco salad and you have a lunch or dinner to please the whole family.

1 Bolinas Ave, Fairfax
415.457.6171, grillys.com



The Hummingbird

American, $$, Breakfast, Brunch, Lunch


This New Orleans–style restaurant serves up creole staples like fried chicken and waffles, shrimp and grits, po’boys, gumbo and beignets. Opt for the spicy syrup or homemade hot sauce to get that Cajun kick. Cash only.

57 Broadway Blvd, Fairfax



Iron Springs Pub & Brewery

American, $$ Lunch and Dinner


Pair your pick from the extensive beer list with an ale-braised barbecue pork sandwich, shrimp tacos or the house-ground-chicken bacon cheeseburger.

765 Center Blvd, Fairfax
415.485.1005, ironspringspub.com



Mas Masa

Mexican, $$ Lunch and Dinner


Chef and owner Patrick Sheehy focuses on the ancient technique of corn nixtamalization, using organic, non-GMO blue corn to make its handmade tortillas. The beer and wine lists highlight local California microbreweries and wineries.

31 Bolinas Rd, Fairfax
415.529.5444, eatmasmasa.com



Sorella Caffe

Italian, $$$ Dinner


Run by sisters Sonia and Soyara, Sorella, which means “sister” in Italian, serves fresh Italian with a northern influence. Customer favorites include the cioppino, butternut squash ravioli and Pollo alla Sorella. Another highlight is the giant wheel of Grana Padano cheese. Stop by for live music on weekends and every second and fourth Thursday of the month.

107 Bolinas Rd, Fairfax
415.258.4520, sorellacaffe.com



Split Rock Tap & Wheel

American, $$ Lunch and Dinner


The former Fairfax Cyclery space, which had been operating as just a bike shop, has been reconfigured and now also serves food and an assortment of beers. Menu items include pizzas, sandwiches, and snacks like citrus marinated olives or house-made pickles. Beers on tap are almost all exclusively local favorites.

2020 Sir Francis Drake Blvd, Fairfax
415.721.7644, splitrocktapandwheel.com




Mexican, $$$ Lunch and Dinner

The regional cuisine here highlights coastal regions of Oaxaca and the Yucatán Peninsula. Dine inside or on the patio and enjoy craft Mexican cocktails or some of the Bay Area’s best craft beer.

23 Broadway, Fairfax
415.524.8478, tamalfairfax.com


Way Station

American, $-$$, Lunch (weekends only) and Dinner

Barbecue from a trailer embedded into the wall is the main attraction at this mechanic’s shop turned eatery where tall sliding windows frame washed concrete floors and a craft beer garden with fire pit. The ‘cue gets all the love but salads, flatbread pizzas, and a wide selection of tapped and bottled beers plus wines round out the menu. Kid-friendly and dog-friendly with outdoor seating. Serves lunch and dinner.

2001 Sir Francis Drake Blvd., Fairfax 

415.300.3099, waystationmarin.com


Village Sake

Japanese, $$$ Dinner

Lucky for Fairfax, beloved former Sushi Ran chef Scott Whitman has opened an izakaya, a Japanese-style community pub, on Bolinas Road. In the compact space, you’ll find sushi and skewers, salads and small plates, plus great sake and craft beers. The daily wait list opens online at 5 p.m.

19 Bolinas Rd, Fairfax
415.521.5790, villagesake.com



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