Above: El Paseo
Posted in Blogging Marin on Monday, April 18, 2016 by MCVB Staff
Best Mother’s Day Restaurants in Marin County
By Whitney Butler
Did you know that Mother’s Day is one of the most popular days to dine out? A quarter of Americans will celebrate with mom by going out to eat this year.
If you plan to join the celebration, you’re in luck. Marin County is home to more than 500 restaurants, renowned for their dedication to sustainability, local ingredients and loyalty to the craft of simply delicious food. Here’s your guide to Marin County’s best dining destinations for Mother’s Day.
If there’s one thing mom will appreciate on Mother’s Day, it’s a trip down memory lane. Whether you’re from the Bay Area or not, Rickey’s is a testament to hearty meals that have stood the test of time. This refurbished establishment serves old-fashioned American classics like spit-roasted meats, smoked prime rib and seasonal accoutrements.
Mom will feel right at home inside the warm and comfortable interior, decorated with handcrafted Mission-style furniture, glowing chandeliers and leather. You’ll want to stay a while cozied up by the fire, enjoying the comfort food mom will remember best from her own childhood and yours.
If you think mom might enjoy a meal by the water, head over to Phil Lesh’s Terrapin Crossroads, located along the canals of San Rafael. Known for its rock history, courtesy of Lesh (from The Grateful Dead) and his family, this music hall/family restaurant/lounge offers a bit of everything mom might expect on a special occasion—including a possible sighting of Lesh himself.
Terrapin Crossroads serves food as inspiring as the setting. If you’re taking mom to dinner, the short-rib gnocchi is something to celebrate, as is a bowl of wood-oven feta cioppino.
You can also enjoy a Mother’s Day brunch, served 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at this fine restaurant. Mom can pick from an assortment of freshly squeezed juices or get wild with a Might as Well Mimosa.
Mountain Home Inn Restaurant
The view from the outdoor patio at the Mountain Home Inn Restaurant is sensational in May—you can be on top of the world for breakfast, or enjoy a bit of twilight for supper. Located in Mill Valley, and framed by the forest and the sea, this restaurant sits in a ridgeline on Mount Tamalpais. Mom will enjoy the scenic journey to this restaurant as much as she’ll enjoy the food.
Breakfast includes classic standards like buttermilk pancakes and sausage, eggs Benedict and French toast. Dinner shines with an amazing three-course prix fixe tasting menu for only $45 a person. You can enjoy Niman Ranch New York steak or wild mushroom ravioli, and mom will love her choice of dessert: chocolate lava cake or mango lemon sorbet.
Olema Farm House
Another place to escape the usual this Mother’s day is in Olema, at the old-country setting of Olema Farm House. Since 1865, this restaurant and bar has remained true to life on the farm, highlighting some of West Marin’s finest seafood and vegetables, with a keen eye focused on sustainability and organic farming.
Here you and mom can learn quite a bit about the local purveyors supplying the ingredients for dishes such as the roasted chicken with whipped sweet potatoes and cipollini onions, grilled polenta with carrot puree and mushroom ragu, and assorted local artisan cheeses with fresh fruit, house jam and crackers.
Mom will love this farm-to-table dining experience, especially when she gets a peek at the beautiful Point Reyes National Seashore and nearby gardens.
And for the unexpected, take mom to El Paseo, located in Mill Valley. This is another restaurant that’s stood the test of time, quite literally. Much of the brick used on the building was reclaimed from the San Francisco fires of 1906.
It’s a remarkable building designed by Gus Costigan, yet more remarkable still is the food being prepared inside the kitchen. Eclectic menu offerings include Spanish octopus, foie gras torchon and charred diver scallops, English-cut Berkshire pork chop, and wild mushroom risotto.
Wherever you take mom for Mother’s Day this year, make sure it’s a place that’s as special as she is. Mark your calendars and reserve your table today.
For all you need to plan your Marin County vacation, visit the Marin Convention and Visitors Bureau’s website or Facebook page, or download the mobile app.
Rickey’s serves old-fashioned American favorites, such as spit-roasted meats, slow smoked prime rib, and seasonal cuisine. The affordable and comfortable cuisine focuses on only the freshest ingredients from...[Learn More]
Perched beautifully along the canals of San Rafael, Terrapin Crossroads is a fantastic new restaurant and music venue that pays homage to the abundant varieties of fresh ingredients...[Learn More]
The rustic romantic Mountain Home Inn is celebrating its 100th centennial this year. Grandfathered in because of its historic status, it is the only commercial property permitted on...[Learn More]
Featuring cuisine that caters to every palate, the Farm House’s extensive menu offers the finest, freshest and most authentic fare in West Marin.We remain true to "life on...[Learn More]
Originally built in the mid-1940s, with bricks from the 1906 San Francisco earthquake and rail ties from Mt. Tam’s gravity trains, El Paseo is a soulful and authentic...[Learn More]