Where to Eat: Larkspur
Larkspur’s cozy downtown and bay front Marin County Mart provide an impressive array of fine dining, trendy hot spots, wine bars, and al fresco dining. Whether it’s popular mainstays such as Restaurant Picco or Rustic Bakery, or newer additions, little Larkspur is a big destination for local residents, out of towners, and ferry commuters.
Backstage | Belcampo Meat Co. | DJ’s Chinese Cuisine | Don Antonio | El Huarache Loco | Emporio Rulli | Farm House Local | Farmshop | gia | Left Bank | Marin Brewing Co. | Perry’s | Picco | Pizzeria Picco | Posie | R’noh Thai | Roma | Rustic Bakery | Shake Shack | Wise Sons
California, 295 Magnolia Ave, Larkspur, (415) 898-6778
Nestled in downtown Larkspur, Backstage is a comfortable, sociable setting for wine tasting and light appetizers. Flights of exclusive picks from small-scale California vineyards bring wine country closer to Marin. Happy hour Tuesday through Friday 4 to 6 p.m.
American, 2405 Larkspur Landing Circle, Larkspur, (415) 448-5810
The goods at this Marin Country Mart meatery are delivered from the certified-organic Belcampo Farms near Mount Shasta, dedicated to practicing a holistic approach to pasture management. Try the lamb burger banh mi or the daily meat board special.
Chinese, 435 Magnolia Ave, Larkspur, (415) 924-0717
Italian, 455 Magnolia Ave, Larkspur, (415) 924-3332
Antonio Volpicelli, of Don Antonio in Tiburon, runs this second location in Larkspur. Choose from standbys like gorgonzola gnocchi, veal parmesan, and carbonara and an extensive wine list, all served either inside or out on the spacious patio.
Mexican, 1803 Larkspur Landing Circle, Larkspur, (415) 925-1403
The menu has gained quite a following for the authentic Mexico City dishes. From mini huaraches (filled corn masa cakes) to the foot-long huarache with two salsas, crema, queso fresco and two toppings of your choice, you’re sure to get a true taste of a homemade Mexican meal at the Marin Country Mart.
Italian, 464 Magnolia Ave, Larkspur, (415) 924-7478
California, 25 Ward St, Larkspur, (415) 891-8577
This downtown Larkspur gem is sure to please with simple, healthy food in a warm, cozy atmosphere, both indoors and on the covered patio. The seasonal menu, inspired by American classics, includes biscuits and gravy; a “BLAT” (with avocado) sandwich; and a daily fluffy omelet stuffed with local meats, vegetables, and artisanal cheeses.
American, 2233 Larkspur Landing Circle, Larkspur, (415) 755-6700
Located in the Marin Country Mart since 2013, Farmshop Marin has quickly become a top spot here in the county and earns raves for its avocado hummus. Indoor and outdoor seating available.
Italian, 286 Magnolia Ave, Larkspur, (415) 891-3979
Italian Fabrizio Laudati, former owner of San Francisco’s Bella Trattoria and Panta Rei, has brought his Italian style to Marin. With co-chef Stefano Guasco, he offers a menu of simple, authentic dishes with a modern twist from central Italy’s Lazio region.
French, 7 Magnolia Ave, Larkspur, (415) 927-3331
This authentically classic brasserie has been serving the Larkspur community for more than two decades. Whether on the patio, at the European-style bar or in the casually elegant main dining room with a huge fireplace, it’s a fun and French experience in downtown.
American, 1809 Larkspur Landing Circle, Larkspur, (415) 461-4677
Grab a cold beer made on-site and pair it with fish ’n’ chips — in this case, fresh cod dipped in Mt. Tam pale ale batter, served with steak fries and homemade tartar sauce — or anything from the all-American menu, then grab a seat at one of outdoor tables at the Marin Country Mart.
American, 234 Magnolia Ave, Larkspur, (415) 927-1877
Perry’s on Magnolia has the quintessentially American fare, bustling bar and warm personality the San Francisco original has always been famous for. Along with three separate dining rooms in a historic building, there’s outdoor dining on the patio and in the redwood grove. Lunch and dinner daily, brunch on weekends and holidays; valet parking in the evenings.
California, 320 Magnolia Ave, Larkspur, (415) 924-0300
Pizza, 316 Magnolia Ave, Larkspur, (415) 945-8900
This upscale parlor next door to Picco in downtown Larkspur offers California-influenced Neapolitan pizzas cooked in a wood-burning pizza oven. Fresh mozzarella is pulled in-house and the menu also features organic salads, a daily soup, and Straus Dairy soft-serve ice cream.
American, 250B Magnolia Ave, Larkspur, (415) 891-8395
This hip artisan ice cream shop opened by Kyle Caporicci, former pastry chef of Michelin-starred Commis, is making a name for itself with seasonal flavors, homemade gluten-free cones, and vegan ice cream. For lunch, you’ll find meticulously prepared open-faced tartines and Instagram-ready pastries. Menu changes weekly.
Thai, 1000 Magnolia Ave, Larkspur, (415) 925-0599
This cozy place by the Corte Madera Creek has a reputation for fresh flavors. From curries and Thai barbecue to noodle dishes and the classic tom kha (coconut lemongrass soup), R’Noh is bound to satisfy your Thai cravings. For an indulgent treat, try the fried sweet potato appetizer.
Italian, 286 Magnolia Ave, Larkspur, (415) 896-4002
Oval-shaped pizza, fried rice balls, burrata with artichoke hearts, and pasta with fresh pear and Gorgonzola are just a few of the dishes that reflect the regional Roman ingredients and style of this sister restaurant to the San Francisco original. In Marin, look for fresh seafood pastas on the day’s specials menu, too.
California, 2017 Larkspur Landing Circle, Larkspur, (415) 461-9900
The homegrown bakery is known and loved the world over: Pope Francis famously requested Rustic Bakery flatbread and crostini when he visited the U.S. in 2015. Organic bread, croissants and pastries baked fresh each morning and salads, sandwiches, and soups for lunch make Rustic a local staple.
American, Marin Country Mart, 1401 Larkspur Landing Circle, (628) 212-2050
Burgers and shakes are the name of the game at the second Bay Area outpost of the New York burger restaurant. California- sourced Angus beef is amped up with white cheddar cheese, pickles and smoked garlic aioli on a potato bun and the only-in-Marin Mount Tam Graham and Larks-brr shakes are perfect for sipping on the bi-level patio.
American, 2227 Larkspur Landing Circle, Larkspur, (415) 878-3354
The popular Jewish deli Wise Sons has opened its fourth outpost at the Marin Country Mart. The grab-and-go Larkspur bagel shop includes classic favorites like hot pastrami, matzo ball soup, and lots of homemade schmear.