Buckeye Roadhouse
Buckeye Roadhouse

Buckeye Roadhouse

  • Dining Style: Fine Dining
  • Website: http://www.buckeyeroadhouse.com/
  • Phone: 4153312600
  • Hours of Operation:
    Brunch: Saturday and Sunday 11:30/10:30am - 3:00pm; Lunch: Monday -
    Friday 11:30am - 4:00pm; Dinner: Sunday 3:00pm - 10:00pm, Monday - Thursday: 4:00pm - 10:30pm, Friday - Saturday: 4:00pm - 11:00pm, Sunday: 3:00pm -10:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Carte Blanche,Diners Club,Discover,JCB,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: American, Californian
  • Executive Chef: Robert Price
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Counter Seating, Entertainment, Fireplace, Full Bar, Late Night, Non-Smoking Area, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Smoking Area, Takeout, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Private Party Facilities: Parties of 16 or less may order from an a'la carte menu.
  • Private Party Contact: Montana Luchsinger 4153312600

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Stinson Beach exit off Hwy 101
  • Public Transit: Manzanita bus stop
  • Parking: Valet
  • Parking Details: Complimentary valet service.
A word from Buckeye Roadhouse
Buckeye Roadhouse is a beautiful, cozy, Aspen lodge-like dining room, complete with fireplace.
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Overall
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Food
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Service
Buckeye Roadhouse reviews from OpenTable diners
315 reviews since July 3, 2014
Overall Rating4.3
  • Food4.3
    Service4.3
  • Ambiance4.3
    Noise LevelModerate
94% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
special occasion (179)fit for foodies (157)neighborhood gem (128)good for groups (116)great for lunch (110)vibrant bar scene (100)great for brunch (88)romantic (75)hot spot (63)notable wine list (61)kid-friendly (41)scenic view (20)late-night find (15)great for outdoor dining (9)Show More
  • a little disappointed
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008VIP
    Dined on 10/28/2014
    Usually the Buckeye is my favorite restaurant in Marin. This time the service, as usual, was impeccable but the food was mediocre. Maybe fish is not the item for this restaurant. I ordered the sole and it was a minimal amount and boring tasting. My friend ordered the flank steak which was a bit tough. Could be a new chef.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • MimosanVIP
    Dined on 10/28/2014
    Especially like the grilled artichoke. The menu is diverse and the portions are generous.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, hot spot, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Solid
    OpenTable Diner Since 2004
    Dined on 10/27/2014
    Great food and atmosphere. The Buckeye never disappoints!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, notable wine list, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Buckeye Roadhouse
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 10/25/2014
    Our waitress was excellent: attentive, but not intrusive. There weren't a lot of guests, so she allowed us to sit for quite a while, as my friends and I hadn't seen one another for over a year and had a lot of catching up to do. Our server really was great. The food is always good. I had the dungeness crab salad - a bit pricey for the amount of crab, but it was good. I wasn't fond of the louis sauce and simply stuck with the light vinaigrette. My friends seemed to enjoy the ribs and brisket, and the oysters bingo were terrific. Desserts were good. I hadn't been there in 15 years, but I won't let that much time pass again before I go back. I do like this place.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great Brunch
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 10/25/2014
    Food was fantastic, our server was so hospitable and quick, and they were able to accommodate our 18-month old with a high chair and crayons.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for brunch, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Always Special
    Sailmom
    Dined on 10/24/2014
    For years and years, the Buckeye has been the go-to place for consistently delicious food and great experience. It's our family's "private" place - where we gather to be with each other, knowing our evening will be in good hands. This time was no exception - just deliciously perfect.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Last meal was a shear miss!
    KukanaVIP
    Dined on 10/24/2014
    We ordered the fresh oyster(delis and very fresh!), a Caesar salad which we split. We also shared the scallops but there was so much chili powder on them we couldn't eat them. The waiter said the chef continues to prepare them differently each day so he didn't know which way he prepared them that night. We returned the entrée to the waiter and he apologized. He offered a replacement entrée or a dessert of our choice on the house. We love this place and we'll return but very disappointed with the scallops. This is very unusual that this dish was poorly prepared! I have been avid customer for the last 20 years and the food is always spot on. You must try it and hope your food is outstanding, like it normally is.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Perfect
    BlissWonder
    Dined on 10/21/2014
    Salmon was excellent, service and wine too!!! Will go back again and again and again!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, kid-friendly, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • yummy
    Dined on 10/20/2014
    We've dined at The Buckeye for decades and it has never disappointed!!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • meh.
    GallagherVIP
    Dined on 10/17/2014
    Tired. Has not kept up with the competition. Is the food worth the cost? I dunn know.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OLove the Buckeye Roadhouse
    Mfkolko
    Dined on 10/17/2014
    Great menu choices as well as the old standbys Impeccable service and quiet Country/suburban elegance
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Lovely lunch
    BerkeleyFoodieVIP
    Dined on 10/17/2014
    I have usually been to Buckeye for dinner but it was a great place for lunch. Great for people watching as lots of young Marin women with older men were there! :) The waiter was very solicitous, perhaps a tad too much -- my guest and I thought that perhaps he was new as he was trying very hard! We overlooked the wood ovens and trees to the west, so it was really lovely. The special of the day, fish served with braised gigante beans, was so good, I called back the next day and asked them for the recipe (and got it!). Really a lovely place.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Consistent, hearty food
    fussydiner
    Dined on 10/16/2014
    The Buckeye has been our favorite. Food is consistently great, especially Oysters Bingo. A table in the bar area is our choice to enjoy our meal & watch sports. Good also to celebrate special occasions.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, hot spot, neighborhood gem, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Noise Level Unbearable
    SunshineVIP
    Dined on 10/15/2014
    We dine at the Buckeye nearly every week for lunch on Saturday or Sunday. Obviously, we like the place. We had a friend visiting from Europe recently and decided to take him to the Buckeye for our special dinner on his last night in the USA. The food was great, the service was very good; the noise level was unbearable. This was solely due to raucous groups at nearby tables. The kitchen is tucked away in a corner, behind a door, so it is not the fault of the kitchen or the restaurant design. I don't know what the restaurant can do about this. One can hope that this night was uncharacteristic in the noise level, but I don't know if that's the case. Is the Buckeye now drawing a less refined crowd at dinner?
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for lunch, hot spot, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Consistently good
    dinegal
    Dined on 10/15/2014
    Delicious food well prepared, nicely sauced. We had the duck breast w figs, scallops laid on a fresh corn infused polenta and a delicious salad. Good but pricey wine list. Service was attentive. All great. The noise level is a show stopper, which affected my rating. The upstairs is quieter, especially the side tables , unless they sit a group of loud laughing men next to you! If being able to carry a conversation with your table important, go very early or super late, or try a mid afternoon lunch.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • My Favorite Place to Dine!
    KukanaVIP
    Dined on 10/15/2014
    You can never can go wrong by going to the Buckeye for lunch, brunch or dinner. My suggestion is always make reservations. This wonderful restaurant gets filled by customers quickly especially for dinner. Great place for any of the above meals and for special occasions. The food is always delicious and the wait staff are attentive and courteous. I love the ambience. the hostesses also make you feel welcomed. Sometimes you can wait in the bar for a table without reservations but you will have a long wait~ and hour and 1/2 or so. I have been going here since the 90's and it was my father's favorite restaurant. Check out the photograph of this original restaurant as you walk into the main entrance.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for lunch, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Another great time
    Mangia
    Dined on 10/12/2014
    Can always depend on the Buckeye for great results!! They were very accomodating and willing to change our table to a window seat. Service was excellent And the food was soo tastey!!!! We live in Sonoma Cointy and Buckeye is a great halfway point for meeting friends from the south bay. We look forward to returning soon.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for lunch, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Exceptional Brunch and Service
    born2dine
    Dined on 10/12/2014
    I want to thank the Buckeye Roadhouse for taking the time to make a gluten-free, dairy-free entrée for one of our guests. Our server was very attentive, came back several times with information from the chef. This was the first time we have enjoyed Sunday brunch, and believe me, it won't be our last! The Buckeye, as always, provides an exceptional dinning experience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Stellar Marin Cuisine
    MarindocVIP
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    What more can you ask for? Free valet parking, prompt seating, top notch cocktails, service, view and cuisine are all packaged up in this southern Marin gem. Be sure to try anything on BBQ menu, shareable salads as gem leaf lettuce with apple, Pt. Reyes blue cheese dressing, or my favorite- chili lime brick chicken including cheese stuffed chile. Coffee is great and by all means try the cocoanut creme pie which sits on a bed of chocolate sauce. For lunch you can't go wrong with their burger, either beef or salmon varieties. Be sure to order their fries or onion rings! Top notch and slightly pricey, but worth every penny even as a destination from SF!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, hot spot, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • nice evening
    char
    Dined on 10/10/2014
    Had a group of 7, had dinner upstairs, all in all a nice evening. Had heard a lot about the Buckeye Roadhouse and wanted to try it. It wasn't oh my gosh amazing, it met my expectations but it's not like I'll make it a regular spot on my trips into San Rafael. The deserts were amazing though!
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent Restaurant
    Vacationer
    Dined on 10/6/2014
    We found this restaurant by accident and are delighted that we were able to experience dining here. Reservations are a very good idea. The restaurant is two stories with no elevator so be sure to ask for first floor seating if you can't walk some stairs. The food was excellent and they were able to accommodate my allergy-sensitivities. The waiter helped me select a menu item that would be best for me and then suggested some variations as well. The recommendations were wonderful, food was served hot, and without too much of a wait.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Very Nice!
    Sandstress
    Dined on 10/5/2014
    I live near The Buckeye, but I've never been. On a whim I said, "Let's go!" and I'm so glad I did! I had the Lamb Shank, which was perfect; it came with polenta, which was tasty, but not very warm. Others in my party had the Smoked Brisket and said it was excellent, and the Brick Chicken, which was very good. The Desserts were delicious: my boyfriend & I had Coconut Cream Pie & S'mores Pie and split them -- side by side -- the combination was amazing. I had a glass of Milk w/ my dessert(s); it wasn't very cold. The food temperature issues are the main reason why I didn't give 5 Stars. The other reason is that I wrote on the OpenTable form that the occasion was to celebrate my 50th Birthday, but no one at the restaurant seemed to know it.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, late-night find, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Croissant doughnut
    luv2dine
    Dined on 10/5/2014
    Their special desert that night was the croissant doughnut, served with marscapone on the side. Had heard of the "cronut" craze, but had never before tried one. It was so amazing I had to write about it. It was also so amazing that I am not going to research where else they are sold in the San Francisco Bay Area, for fear they are accessible and nearly as good as the ones at the Buckeye Roadhouse. So delicious it was almost instantly addictive. That said, Buckeye, you have my personal blessing to add that to your regular desert menu.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The best service
    ducatisb
    Dined on 10/5/2014
    the best service makes a special occasion even better. This is a wonderful place for brunch.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Very busy
    santafe
    Dined on 10/3/2014
    Very noisy, especially upstairs. Conversation was impossible. Food was fine, but not outstanding.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Reliable Roadhouse Rocks!
    NativegalVIP
    Dined on 10/3/2014
    The Buckeye is one of my favorites; I have even had Thanksgiving dinner there, so when SF friend say "meat" for his birthday dinner, we headed over the Bridge to the Buckeye. His rib eye was terrific and my scallops with whole kernel "polenta" were very tasty, if four not over large scallops was a bit skimpy. Attentive service, fab dessert. I will be back again and again. A favorite for Mother's Day, too.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Oyster Bingo Needs Improvement
    DisappointedVIP
    Dined on 10/3/2014
    One of their best dishes use to be the Oyster Bingo. This is the third time we have had is and each time the oysters were not fresh. They were mushy and undercooked.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, hot spot, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Dipsea99VIP
    Dined on 9/28/2014
    The chicken and the duck were prepared perfectly. Both were exceptional dishes!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • TennisLuver
    TennisLuver
    Dined on 9/28/2014
    I can't speak to all of the recommendation selections, however I will say that the food was great and the service was excellent, second time we have visited for dinner and I find all to be consistent with both visits.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, kid-friendly
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • 2Petalumafoodies
    2Petalumafoodies
    Dined on 9/28/2014
    This was our fourth time at the Buckeye. It only gets better. The food is great and the service is tremendous. We will be back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for lunch, kid-friendly
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Food B, Service and Ambiance: C-
    Juror17
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    The Buckeye Roadhouse is a Marin institution and looks great, reminding one of a hunting lodge. In spite of the fact that all but one fryer was out the night we attended, the kitchen managed to do a good job of getting out the food. The service dropped off markedly after our entrees had been served. We waited...and waited for a dessert menu, then waited some more for the order to be taken and another long wait before it arrived. Our server seemed to have lost interest: although she frequently walked past our table she avoided eye contact and, finally, it was the manager who realized we were waiting for our check. Kudos to the kitchen for the excellent tuna on a crunchy Asian slaw. The noise level in this restaurant is stunning; we fled.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • hiker
    hiker
    Dined on 9/25/2014
    Dinner at the Buckeye is always a lovely experience and Thursday evening was no exception. It is lively and charming. The food is always excellent, service good and a great restaurant to meet friends. The only downside is that it tends to become very noisy but that is because is always full and everyone is enjoying themselves!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Brisket shines
    dandyk
    Dined on 9/25/2014
    Good brisket, cold mashed potatoes...great atmosphere..excellent service...run don't walk...go to the Buckeye for a great time. we were in the bar..in a booth for lunch..get there early for a booth.. or make a reservation
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Ok - could be better...
    4foodVIP
    Dined on 9/24/2014
    My main complaint was that my scallops were very, very thin, like they were cut in half in order to save on expenses. It came with a huge pile of polenta and 4 skinny scallops for $25 (overpriced for what we received). We commented to the waitress and she brought two more scallops that were inedible (horribly cooked, rushed through the kitchen). I also didn't appreciate watching and hearing my tires squeal from the complimentary valet. He drove my large SUV like it was a sports car. Most of the food wasn't exciting but was ok. Service was fine and we didn't feel rushed.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great evening
    LarkspurGal
    Dined on 9/24/2014
    Our food, the brick chicken and the duck, we very good. Outstanding service from Ursula. Thanks for an enjoyable evening.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Simply the best find
    GraceVIP
    Dined on 9/22/2014
    ahi tuna, kale salad, lamb shank is what we had and it was silly the best. Easy to find the best restaurant with awesome food and beautiful wine list
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great experience!
    yummyfood
    Dined on 9/21/2014
    Celebrating my Mom's 98th birthday! She really wanted scallops, and I had seen them on the menu. When our party of 4 looked at the menu---no scallops! The server was wonderful and asked the kitchen to make some up for her. She was thrilled, along with another scallop lover in our party! The food is always wonderful, it's my favorite restaurant in Marin and I'm used to Wine Country restaurants. Thanks for a great experience!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Super slow service
    nickevant
    Dined on 9/21/2014
    The food was ok, but the service was super slow. I'm totally understanding when things are busy, but we never saw our server unless we had asked someone else to get her for us. I was quite surprised that a restaurant that is used to being this busy would have problems in this area.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • KIKIVIP
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    Food is very fresh and waiter was very accommodating to dietary restrictions.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Very nice
    GrandpaMikeVIP
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    This place is very popular with a parking jam-up but the valet parking works well. We had a Sat. night reservation and were seated promptly. The waiter was attentive, friendly, and knowledgable. The meal was quite good.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.