Where to Eat: Tiburon
Once you drive down the peninsula to the Tiburon tip, you will ask yourself why you don’t come here more often. The storybook main street boasts stylish Italian seaside eateries like Servino and Luna Blu. The town center and the surrounding residential areas cater to local residents and the throngs of tourists and ferry-goers, which lends a permanent holiday vibe to the picturesque downtown.
Italian, 1 Main St, Tiburon, (415) 435-8515
The well-lit corner cafe in Tiburon is a go-to for bikers, city commuters, and locals. Diners will find Italian roast espresso drinks, freshly baked pastries, and eggs for breakfast and a selection of soups, salads and paninis for lunch.
Italian, 114 Main St, Tiburon, (415) 435-0400
Italian, 35 Main St, Tiburon, (415) 789-5844
Executive chef Renzo Azzarello serves Sicilian seafood and homemade pastas with a Californian touch. The seasonal menu incorporates fresh and organic produce, local naturally grown meat and poultry from small farms. The restaurant complies with Monterey Bay Aquarium Seafood Watch, so all the seafood is sustainable. In 2014, diners voted Luna Blu one of the Top 100 Neighborhood Gem restaurants in America.
Italian, 1 Blackfield Drive, Tiburon, (415) 388-9100
Californian, 1550 Tiburon Blvd, Tiburon, (415) 797-6123
This location of the beloved bakery offers the same menu as the other locations in Novato and Larkspur, as well as outdoor dining. Enjoy a wide array of fresh salads, sandwiches, and pastries on the boardwalk.
American, 38 Main St, Tiburon, (415) 435-3594
With its hardwood floors and blue-checkered tablecloths, the sun-filled, one-room restaurant is an area favorite. Scallops, rib-eye steak, a beef burger and traditional crab cakes with jalapeño dipping sauce are some of the popular choices.
American, 27 Main St, Tiburon, (415) 435-4527
Reopened after an extensive remodel, Sam’s boathouse feel and boat tie-ups are intact. and spiffy white umbrellas and deck chairs line the waterfront patio. All-day cocktails remain a fixture as does the signature cioppino, while offerings like crab toast, a roaming oyster cart, and a raw bar reflect the menu’s enduring seafood focus.
Italian, 9 Main St, Tiburon, (415) 435-2676
Chef and owner Angelo Servino highlights organic ingredients in an array of rustic Italian dishes, including house-made pastas, wood-oven pizzas, and seasonal specialties. Located on the bay in Tiburon, Servino also prides itself on its extensive sustainable seafood program. Savor la dolce vita on the waterfront patio.