Where to Eat: Mill Valley

Mill Valley is the sum of its many parts. A vibrant upscale downtown with abundant sleek dining options gives way to neighborhood outliers, such as surfer-vibe Tam Junction with breezy eateries like Café del Sol, and one-stop family dining and shopping at places like Pizza Antica in Strawberry Village. Stretching from Baltimore Canyon to the San Francisco Bay, with mountains, flats, and Highway 101 in between, there are good eats to be had for every appetite.


Boo Koo | Buckeye Roadhouse | Bungalow 44 | Cafe Del Sol | Cantina | Dipsea Cafe | Flour Craft Bakery | Frantoio | Grilly’s | Harmony | India Palace | Joe’s Taco Lounge | Kitchen Sunnyside | La Ginestra | Mill Valley BeerworksPiatti Ristorante and Bar| Piazza Angelo | Pizza AnticaPlaya | Prabh Indian Kitchen | Robata Grill and Sushi | Shoreline Coffee Shop | Sol Food | Sweetwater Music Hall Cafe | Tam Tam Ramen | Tamalpie | The Whisk + Skillet | Thep Lela | Urban Remedy | Vasco



Boo Koo

Asian, $ Lunch and Dinner


This locally owned restaurant creates healthy meals that blend equal parts California fresh with Southeast Asian–inspired street food. With an updated menu and expansion of the restaurant, they’ve ushered in a vibrant bar with wines and kombucha on tap as well as one of the best craft beer offerings in town. Vegan, GF and vegetarian-friendly menu.

25 Miller Ave, Mill Valley
415.888.8303, eatbookoo.com



Bootjack Wood Fired (Formerly Pizza Molina)

Californian, $$, Dinner

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Re-branded to more accurately reflect the expanded, ingredient-driven menu from chef Kyle Swain, the former Pizza Molina still serves its renowned pizzas fired in the old Alan Scott oven. A fresh menu of salads such as a red beet salad and a kid-friendly white cheddar mac ’n’ cheese are now available alongside wood-fired meats like a half-chicken or pork ribs.

17 Madrona St
415.383.4200, pizzamolina.com


Buckeye Roadhouse

American, $ Brunch, Lunch and Dinner

Best of Marin County 2017

Oysters Bingo, baby back ribs and Chili-Lime “Brick” Chicken are a few of the satisfying comfort-food menu items that have made this classic roadhouse a favorite since the ’30s. The warm dark-wood bar with red leather booths is a popular spot for cocktails, conversations or a light meal.

15 Shoreline Highway, Mill Valley
415.331.2600, buckeyeroadhouse.com



Bungalow 44

American, $$$ Dinner

Best of Marin County 2017

One of Mill Valley’s neighborhood hot spots, featuring contemporary California comfort food, signature cocktails, fine wine, and one-dollar oysters from 5 to 6 p.m. every day.

44 E Blithedale Ave, Mill Valley
415.381.2500, bungalow44.com



Cafe Del Soul

California, $ Lunch and Dinner


Healthy options become addictive at this eatery that now has locations in both Tam Valley and San Rafael. Once you stop in for the deliciously fresh quinoa wrap, you’ll want to return to try the chipotle rice bowl. A casual lunch spot and great for takeout, Cafe del Soul also serves smoothies and pressed juices.

247 Shoreline Highway, Mill Valley
415.388.1852, cafedelsoul.net




Mexican, $$$ Brunch, Lunch and Dinner


The popular family restaurant serves traditional Mexican fare including soups, salads, sandwiches and sizzling fajitas in lunch-size portions and at lunch-size prices. An outdoor fire pit allows alfresco dining, or take in the lively atmosphere indoors. Stop by for drinks and appetizers Monday to Friday from 3 to 7 p.m. and $1 tacos on Mondays.

651 E Blithedale, Mill Valley
415.381.1070, thecantina.com



Dipsea Cafe

American, $$ Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner


A longtime breakfast favorite, the Dipea has been serving up tasty pancakes and egg dishes with homemade biscuits since 1986. Lunch specialties include BLTs, tuna melts and generous Cobb salads.

200 Shoreline Highway, Mill Valley
415.381.0298, dipseacafe.com



Flour Craft Bakery

American, Breakfast, Lunch

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The brainchild of pastry chef Heather Hardcastle, this second location, in the bright and airy renovated Lumber Yard, offers not only gluten-free baked goods but sandwiches, salads and takeout. The first location is in San Anselmo.

129 Miller Ave, Mill Valley
415.384.8244, flourcraftbakery.com



Frantoio Ristorante

Italian, $$$ Lunch and Dinner


This Tuscan-themed restaurant is centered around its in-house olive press, which produces a special blend popular with locals., and the olive-press room can be reserved for occasions and private parties. The popular weekday happy hour starts at 4:30 p.m.

152 Shoreline Hwy, Mill Valley
415.289.5777, frantoio.com




Mexican, $ Breakfast, Brunch, 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.

493 Miller Ave, Mill Valley
415.381.3278, grillys.com




Chinese, $$ Lunch and Dinner

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Enjoy a lighter take on Chinese at this restaurant, nestled in Strawberry Village. The barbecue pork bun is filled with house-made roasted meat in a savory sauce, and signature prawns are wok seared with scallions. Pair your pick with wine, beer or tea and be sure to check out the weekday takeout lunch special.

401 Strawberry Village, Mill Valley
415.381.5300, harmonyrestaurantgroup.com



India Palace

Indian, $$ Lunch and Dinner


Known as “that great restaurant in the Travelodge,” India Palace is a favorite with the takeout crowd; eating on site is also a treat.

707 Redwood Highway, Mill Valley
415.388.3350, indiapalacemillvalley.com



Joe’s Taco Lounge

Mexican, $$ Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

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Joe’s serves up fish tacos, burritos and enchiladas as well as more unusual items like Mexican pizza, tofu tostada and crab tostadas. A colorful interior and quick service make this a fun, easy stop. If there are too many unsupervised kids for a peaceful meal, takeout is easy too. If you stay, grab a selection of hot sauce bottles from the wall and find your perfect match.

382 Miller Ave, Mill Valley
415.383. 8164, joestacolounge.com



Kitchen Sunnyside

American, $$ Breakfast, Brunch, Lunch


This brunch stop brings some gourmet to your morning with options like Dungeness crab hash, cornflake French toast, eggs Florentine and bottomless mimosas. Lunch choices like paninis and burgers are also available.

31 Sunnyside Ave, Mill Valley
415.326.5159, kitchensunnyside.com



La Ginestra

Italian, $$ Dinner


A favorite family place for over 30 years; getting a table or booth can take awhile. While this old-school eatery is known for traditional pastas, veal dishes, pizzas and dry martinis, the familiar waitstaff is also part of the attraction.

127 Throckmorton Ave, Mill Valley
415.388.0224, laginestramv.com



Mill Valley Beerworks

American, $$$ Brunch, Dinner


Known for handcrafted beers, imported and local microbrews and house-made kombucha and root beer, this popular downtown Mill Valley neighborhood brewery is also a full-blown restaurant. Choose from a large selection of small plates, including king oyster mushrooms, roasted potatoes and grilled squid, and a small list of large portions like confit rabbit.

173 Throckmorton Ave, Mill Valley
415.888.8218, millvalleybeerworks.com



Piatti Ristorante and Bar

Italian $$ Brunch, Lunch and Dinner

Best of Marin County 2017

The staff prides itself on capturing the warm and welcoming atmosphere of a traditional Italian trattoria. Get a table by the window or on the outdoor deck for a truly exceptional view right on the water. Peruse the impressive selection of Italian wines to accompany your rustic seasonal meal.

625 Redwood Highway, Mill Valley
415.380.2525, piatti.com



Piazza D’Angelo

Italian, $$ Brunch, Lunch and Dinner

Best of Marin County 2017

Family owned for over 35 years, Piazza D’Angelo evokes a traditional trattoria dining experience. Enjoy a variety of house-made pastas, meat and seafood dishes, wood-fired pizzas, and gluten-free offerings with organic and locally sourced ingredients.

22 Miller Ave, Mill Valley
415.388.2000, piazzadangelo.com



Pizza Antica

Italian, $$ Brunch, Lunch and Dinner

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Besides its popular thin-crust pizzas, this Strawberry Village restaurant serves seasonal dishes like Tuscan fried chicken with spicy honey, burrata with crushed sweet peas and toasted focaccia, and ricotta gnocchi with sun-dried tomato cream.

800 Redwood Highway, Mill Valley
415.383.0600,  pizzaantica.com




Mexican, $$ Dinner

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Drawing inspiration from travels and the fresh, flavorful cuisine served on the playa, Peter Schumacher and Bill and Vanessa Higgins have developed a menu that blends locally sourced, organic and sustainable ingredients with a bar highlighting a selection of exceptional tequilas and mezcals.

41 Throckmorton Ave, Mill Valley
415.384.8871, playamv.com



Prabh Indian Kitchen

Indian, $$ Lunch and Dinner


Owned and operated by the Dhindsa family, this restaurant emphasizes healthy, organic,sustainable eating in choices like chicken pakora, vegetable biryani and basil garlic naan foods, with options for the vegan and gluten-free. At lunch, the thali menu lets you try several Indian dishes at once.

24 Sunnyside Ave, Mill Valley
415.384.8241, prabhindiankitchen.com



Robata Grill and Sushi

Japanese, $$ Lunch and Dinner

Best of Marin County 2017

Robata translates as “by the fireside”; fittingly, food here can be cooked on an open fire and served in appetizer-size portions to pass around the table. Or simply order your own sushi or entree from the menu.

591 Redwood Highway, Mill Valley
415.381.8400, robatagrill.com



Shoreline Coffee Shop

American, $$ Breakfast, Brunch, Lunch

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Tucked away in a parking lot at Tam Junction, this coffee shop is a funky diner with a small-town feel. Check out the mix of Mexican and traditional breakfast fare.

221 Shoreline Highway, Mill Valley
415.388.9085, shorelinecoffeeshop.com



Sol Food

Puerto Rican, $$ Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Best of Marin County 2017

This Marin favorite has opened in Mill Valley, still serving up everyone’s favorite Puerto Rican cuisine. The line can get long, but the food is well worth it.

401 Miller Ave, Mill Valley
415.380.1986, solfoodrestaurant.com



Sweetwater Music Hall Cafe

American, $$ Breakfast, Brunch, Lunch and Dinner


Located at the entrance of Sweetwater Music Hall, the cafe is dedicated to the FLOSS philosophy: Fresh, Local, Organic, Seasonal and Sustainable. Offering breakfast, lunch, dinner and weekend brunch, the menu includes brown-butter scrambled eggs on avocado toast, crispy potato-ricotta gnocchi and vegan Thai spring rolls with sweet-and-sour sauce.

19 Corte Madera Ave, Mill Valley
415.388.3850, sweetwatermusichall.com



Tam Tam Ramen

Asian, $$ Lunch and Dinner

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Ramen, bao sliders, wonton nachos and pan-fried gyoza are made fresh to order, with sushi and salads from Whole Foods and Urban Remedy available in the grab-and-go cooler. If you’re dining in, an array of sake, beer and wine rounds out the menu.

745 E Blithedale Ave, Mill Valley
415.381.3900, genjiweb.com




Italian, $$ Lunch and Dinner

Best of Marin County 2017

Owner Karen Goldberg designed this restaurant with a large group seating area, indoor and outdoor fireplaces, and a small casual bar. The food is Italian home cooking with the daily modern inspiration of locally sourced seasonal ingredients found in the salads, house-made pastas and crispy Neapolitan-style pizza, with a selection of beer and wine to match.

477 Miller Ave, Mill Valley
415.388.7437, tamalpiepizza.com



The Whisk + Skillet

American, $$ Breakfast, Lunch


This daytime eatery in Strawberry Village serves all-day breakfast and lunch with plenty of egg options to choose from and Equator coffee to boot. Lunch options include soups, sandwiches and salads.

125 Strawberry Village, Mill Valley
415.380.1900, whiskandskillet.com



Thep Lela

Thai, $$ Lunch and Dinner

Best of Marin County 2017

This jewel is tucked away in the back of Strawberry Village. Diners come for the tasty kee mao noodles, pad thai, fresh rolls and extensive bar menu. It’s also a great place for lunch.

615 Strawberry Village, Mill Valley
415.383.3444, theplela.com



Urban Remedy

American, $$ Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Best of Marin County 2015

This is a popular spot for organic and non-GMO cold-pressed juices, snacks and ready-to-eat meals, plenty of gluten-free, grain-free, and low-glycemic-index choices, and even raw desserts. Try the namesake salad or give the cashew milk with cinnamon and vanilla a shot to see what Urban Remedy is all about.

15 E Blithedale Ave, Mill Valley
415.383.5300, urbanremedy.com




Italian, $$ Dinner


Whether at a table, the bar or the back counter, you can expect an intimate dining experience in this one-room trattoria. Try one of the pasta dishes or thin-crust wood-fired pizzas.

106 Throckmorton Ave, Mill Valley
415.381.3343, vascomillvalley.com



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