Where to Eat: Larkspur
Larkspur’s cozy downtown and 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 to the Magnolia strip and the bustling Marin County Mart, 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 | Rustic Bakery | Wise Sons
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.
295 Magnolia Ave, Larkspur
Belcampo Meat Co.
American, $$ Brunch, Lunch
The goods at this meatery are delivered from the certified-organic Belcampo Farms near Mount Shasta, dedicated to practicing a holistic approach to pasture management. Try the lamb burger banh mi or the daily meat board.
2405 Larkspur Landing Circle, Larkspur
DJ’s Chinese Cuisine
Chinese, $$ Lunch and Dinner
A great place to satisfy a craving for wonton soup before a show at the Lark Theater; the outdoor patio is a scene-stealer in itself. Lunch and takeout are popular here, too.
435 Magnolia Ave, Larkspur
Italian, $$ Lunch and Dinner
Antonio Volpicelli, of Don Antonio in Tiburon, has opened a second location in Larkspur. Choose from standbys like gorgonzola gnocchi, veal parmesan and carbonara and an extensive wine list, all served either inside or out on the spacious patio.
455 Magnolia Ave, 415.924.3332
El Huarache Loco
Mexican, $, Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
The menu has gained quite a following for the authentic Mexico City dishes. From mini huaraches (filled corn masa cakes) to the foot-long huarache with two salsas, crema, queso fresco and two toppings of your choice, you’re sure to get a true taste of a homemade Mexican meal.
1803 Larkspur Landing Circle, Larkspur
Italian, $$ Brunch, Lunch
Renowned for its Northern Italian specialties and treats, the Larkspur location (there are four others) is a favored spot for lunch as well as coffee and a sweet treat.
464 Magnolia Ave, Larkspur
Farm House Local
California, $$ Breakfast, Lunch
This downtown Larkspur gem is sure to please with simple, healthy food in a warm, cozy atmosphere, both indoors and on the covered patio. The seasonal menu, inspired by American classics, includes biscuits and gravy; a “BLAT” (with avocado) sandwich; and a daily fluffy omelet stuffed with local meats, vegetables and artisanal cheeses.
25 Ward St, Larkspur
American, $$$ Brunch, Lunch and Dinner
Located in the Marin Country Mart since 2013, Farmshop Marin has quickly become a top spot here in the county. Indoor and outdoor seating available.
2233 Larkspur Landing Circle, Larkspur
Fisher’s Cheese + Wine
$$ Brunch, Lunch and Dinner
American Marin Country Mart gets a cheese-inspired restaurant and retail shop by Kiri Fisher. Expect a unique selection of fromage and wine as well as hot dishes like meatballs with creamed kale.
2201 Larkspur Landing Circle, Larkspur
Italian, $$ Lunch and Dinner
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.
286 Magnolia Ave, Larkspur
Left Bank Restaurant
French, $$$ Brunch, Lunch and Dinner
This authentically classic brasserie has been serving the Larkspur community for more than two decades. Whether on the patio, at the European-style bar or in the casually elegant main dining room, it’s a fun and French experience.
7 Magnolia Ave, Larkspur
Marin Brewing Co.
American, $$ Lunch and Dinner
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.
1809 Larkspur Landing Circle, Larkspur
American, $$ Brunch, Lunch and Dinner
Perry’s on Magnolia has the quintesssentially American fare, bustling bar and warm personality the San Fancisco original has always been famous for. Along with three separate dining rooms in a historic building, there’ss outdoor dining on the patio and in the redwood grove. Lunch and dinner daily, brunch on weekends and holidays; valet parking in the evenings.
234 Magnolia Ave, Larkspur
California, $$$ Dinner
Popular since its inception, Picco has a seasonally driven menu featuring items such as risotto (made every half hour) that keep attracting return visits.
320 Magnolia Ave, Larkspur
Pizza, $$ Lunch and Dinner
This upscale parlor offers California-influenced Neapolitan pizzas, cooked in a wood-burning pizza oven. Fresh mozzarella is pulled in-house and the menu also features organic salads, a daily soup and Straus Dairy soft-serve ice cream.
316 Magnolia Ave, Larkspur
American, $ Lunch
This hip artisan ice cream shop opened by Kyle Caporicci, former pastry chef of Michelin-starred Commis, is making a name for itself with seasonal flavors, homemade gluten-free cones and vegan ice cream. For lunch you’ll find meticulously prepared open-face tartines and Instagram-ready pastries. Menu changes weekly.
250B Magnolia Ave, Larkspur
Thai, $$ Lunch and Dinner
This cozy place by the Corte Madera Creek has a reputation for clean and tasty dishes. From curries and Thai barbecue to noodle dishes and the classic tom ka (coconut lemongrass soup), R’Noh is bound to satisfy your Thai cravings. For an indulgent treat, try the fried sweet potato appetizer.
1000 Magnolia Ave, Larkspur
California, $$ Breakfast, Brunch, Lunch and Dinner
The homegrown bakery is known and loved the world over: Pope Francis famously requested Rustic Bakery flatbread and crostini when he visited the U.S. in 2015. Organic bread, croissants and pastries baked fresh each morning and salads, sandwiches, and soups for lunch make Rustic a local staple.
2017 Larkspur Landing Circle, Larkspur
American, $$ Breakfast, Brunch, Lunch
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.
2227 Larkspur Landing Circle, Larkspur