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 | PosieR’noh Thai | Roma | Rustic Bakery | Shake Shack  | Wise Sons

 


 

Backstage

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.

Belcampo Meat Co.Best of Marin County 2015

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.

DJ’s Chinese Cuisine

Chinese, 435 Magnolia Ave, Larkspur, (415) 924-0717

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.

Don Antonio

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.

El Huarache Loco

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.

Emporio RulliBest of Marin County 2017Best of Marin County 2016

Italian, 464 Magnolia Ave, Larkspur, (415) 924-7478

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.

Farm House Local

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.

FarmshopBest of Marin County 2018Best of Marin County 2017Best of Marin County 2016

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.

Gia Ristorante

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.

Left Bank RestaurantBest of Marin County 2017Best of Marin County 2015

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.

Marin Brewing Co.Best of Marin County 2018Best of Marin County 2015

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.

Perry’sBest of Marin County 2018Best of Marin County 2017

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.

Picco

California, 320 Magnolia Ave, Larkspur, (415) 924-0300

Popular since its inception, Picco has a seasonally driven menu featuring items such as risotto (made every half hour) that keep attracting return visits.

Pizzeria PiccoBest of Marin County 2018Best of Marin County 2017Best of Marin County 2016

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.

Posie Best of Marin County 2017

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.

R’noh Thai

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.

Roma SF

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.

Rustic Bakery Best of Marin County 2018

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.

Shake Shack

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.

Wise Sons

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.

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