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Best Mother’s Day Restaurants in Marin County

Posted in Blogging Marin on Monday, April 18, 2016 by MCVB Staff

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.


Rickey’s Restaurant

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 accouterments.

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 awhile cozied up by the fire, enjoying the comfort food mom will remember best from her own childhood and yours.


Terrapin Crossroads

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.


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.


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