Hopmonk Tavern - Novato
Hopmonk Tavern - Novato

Hopmonk Tavern - Novato

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.hopmonk.com/
  • Phone: 4158926200x
  • Hours of Operation:


    Lunch: Daily 11:30am-4:00pm

    Dinner: Su-Th 4:00pm-9:00pm

    Dinner: Fr-Sa 4:00pm-10:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: American
  • Executive Chef: Billy Reid
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Counter Seating, Dancing, Entertainment, Fireplace, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking Area, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Smoking Area, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Entertainment: Free music from the beer garden stage (May 1st to Oktober 15th) Friday"s 5-8 pm, Saturday + Sunday 1-4pm and 5-8pm. Live music most nights from the "Session Room", our dedicated 200 capacity venue with full service bar. Please check our website or download our mobile app for shows and times.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Rowland Blvd.
  • Parking: Public Lot
A word from Hopmonk Tavern - Novato
If you’ve been to our first two Taverns you’ll expect another original interpretation, this time in Northern Marin County, of the things we love. That’s serving fresh, in-season craft beers alongside our Tavern classics, Kellerbier, Tavern Ale, IPA, and Dunkelweizen. Preparing in our new exhibition kitchen tasty Tavern fare, this time adding wood fired pizza. We bring the outdoors in by connecting the tavern to our beautiful beergarden under five California old growth oaks. Our Novato Tavern can comfortably entertain groups large and small in our music venue.
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerKid Friendly
  • Diners' Choice WinnerOutdoor Dining
  • Diners' Choice WinnerVibrant Bar Scene
Hopmonk Tavern - Novato reviews from OpenTable diners
30 reviews since May 24, 2014
Overall Rating3.8
  • Food3.7
    Service4
  • Ambiance3.9
    Noise LevelModerate
93% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
great for outdoor dining (22)good for groups (14)great for lunch (12)kid-friendly (11)neighborhood gem (9)vibrant bar scene (8)fit for foodies (7)hot spot (5)late-night find (5)great for brunch (3)special occasion (2)romantic (2)Show More
  • great beer
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    awesome food, portions seemed a little small, but had great beer selection, a lot of bottled beers but great drafts
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Last Minute Find
    Pokey
    Dined on 9/1/2014
    Late evening travels from the Oakland Airport and googled breweries in Novato....up popped Hopmonk. It was just what we were looking for...low key, good variety of food options, great beer selection and service.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, kid-friendly, late-night find, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent Brew Pub
    MattV
    Dined on 8/17/2014
    Great beer selection, nice outdoor dining, and much better than average pub food.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Noisy bar/noisy family restaurant.
    jujuB
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    The food was just okay. The chicken entree was pretty dry and bland. The fried calamari appetizer was tender, but not enough dipping sauce. It was very loud, which makes conversation impossible. The cocktails were pretty good.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, good for groups, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • 2nd Visit and probably the last
    johnchris
    Dined on 8/13/2014
    My family and I had high hopes that the Hopmonk would come through for us on our second visit. Unfortunately, they did not deliver on the food quality we had hoped for. First visit: burger was undercooked (requested medium — received rare). It was about as plain as could be. No seasoning. Second visit: Fish and chips were soggy and tasteless. Accompanying cole slaw looked "unedible". My daughter described her bowl of Quinoa as tasteless. Upsides: Garlic fries, the four taco tray was good.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Worsening food
    DocBrockVIP
    Dined on 8/10/2014
    We have eaten a few times at both the Sonoma and Novato locations. We were very disapointed in the food this time. Main courses were bland, fries were cold, beer was good. If you just want a beer, it's great. Just don't buy the food.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Good not great
    MollyMacVIP
    Dined on 8/6/2014
    I had the mussels and fries, the serving of mussels AND fries was a bit skimpy and I was hoping for great fries reminiscent of what I had in Brussels. The mussels were good. My husband had the chicken Philly on nan and it was really bland so he was disappointed and we also had the Margherita pizza it was ok. We are not bear drinkers so I can't comment on that.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great choice of beer
    JodyG
    Dined on 8/3/2014
    They had a little trouble getting the order right, but it was slow when we were there, and sometimes that's when servers make the most mistakes. I'd definitely give them another try if only for the fact that there's something like 17 beers on tap and 80 or so in bottles.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • a great place to meet friends
    JulesVIP
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    Hopmonk never fails- good service, excellent food, generous drinks- and live music on a regular basis. Perfect lcoal spot for a date or to meet friends. Make a reservation- its typically busy
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • First Time Eating at Hopmonk.
    gotogalVIP
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    We ate at Hopmonk Tavern on Saturday July 26th at noon. Out of the five of us, four of us had not eaten there before. Sara M. was our waitress, and she was very friendly and professional. I had the Portobello sandwich, yet I asked for it on Naan bread that was used for the Chicken Philly sandwich. My girlfriend asked that the Chicken Philly be served on the bun that my sandwich would come on. Sara happily said yes, and she said I could even just replace and chicken and have a Portobello Philly sandwich, which I did. It was wonderful! The mushroom and other vegetables very tasty and not overcooked. The sweet potato fires were also good. We will be coming back, and dining outside in the patio. It was just way to hot our first time there.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • It's an Okay place
    Skizzlefritz
    Dined on 7/25/2014
    It's fine for lunch and has a size able menu of choices. I had their Tavern salad, adding shrimp. It was pretty good, but nothing special. My friend's sliders were also just pretty good.
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • dinerVIP
    Dined on 6/13/2014
    Great sitting outside and listening to music. Artichokes terrific. Hefe on tap terrific. Huge, tasty salad (Greek?). pizza soggy and the tomato sauce looked/tasted like straight out of can.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • fun time
    tikidad
    Dined on 5/31/2014
    we enjoyed this place. Saturday night,music in the beer garden,happy staff. We eat Paleo these days, and the menu tends to be bread and fried oriented….but we found stuff to eat and it was fun. Seemed to be kid friendly.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Enjoyable
    Dzdream
    Dined on 5/27/2014
    Really enjoyed the patio area, very relaxing! Service was awesome, food was really good and there was NOT a Corkage fee!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 16 ratings-only reviews submitted since May 24, 2014
    • Overall Rating4
    • Food3.8
    • Ambiance3.9
    • Service3.9
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 106 reviews are from the Hopmonk Tavern - Novato reviews archive.
  • Great selection of beers
    ItervetVIP
    Dined on 5/19/2014
    I continue to go here when I get tired of regular pub food fare I get at the other 2-3 biggies in Marin. Tahini kale salad is great. Burger w sweet potato fries is more than I can finish so it shares well. Samosas have been good sometimes and overcooked at others, but the sauce is always great.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, late-night find, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Chilly
    craftyoneVIP
    Dined on 5/18/2014
    Seated in a nice booth in the front of the restaurant. But there was a lot of traffic in and out to the patio. Every time the door opened we got cold.
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • entire experience
    tig11tig
    Dined on 5/2/2014
    The staff were very pleasant and accommodating. We were seated at a very nice and comfortable booth with direct access to three televisions for viewing. The waitress was very friendly and quick with our order. We didn't know how long it took to get our food because we were busy talking, watching a television program, and looking at the other patrons. The restaurant was crowded but it wasn't noisy. The bathroom was clean and you didn't have to wait in line. We stayed to listen to the music in the session room which was not very big and if you wanted a seat, you have to get there early. The music was not so loud that you couldn't hear for awhile afterwards. All in all, the entire experience was very nice.
    Special Features:
    Good for Groups, Late-Night Find, Neighborhood Gem, Vibrant Bar Scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Not So Great This Time
    Joel
    Dined on 5/1/2014
    Usually give Hopmonk Tavern in Novato a much higher rating but was disappointed in the quality of my salad this time around. Granted, it was a hot day and we were sitting outside but as soon as the salad was placed before me, l noticed a few brownish pieces of lettuce on top. I kind of dug around in the plate with my fork and ate what looked fresh but there was more brownish lettuce underneath. Simply put, the lettuce was not fresh and it was starting to turn bad. I didn't want to complain or send it back because our host was seated next to me and Hopmonk is one of his favorite restaurants also...so I just ate what I could and left the rest over. I'm not writing Hopmonk off but this time around it was a disappointment.
    Special Features:
    Great for Outdoor Dining, Great for Lunch, Neighborhood Gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Not a Night Sceen Guy
    JimmyJohn
    Dined on 4/28/2014
    We like to do lunch at Hopmonk. People are really friendly and the food is OK. We are in our 70's so the night sceene is not our cup of tea; however, we do like the lunch sceen and hop that Hopmonk can continue do do both.
    Special Features:
    Kid-Friendly, Fit For Foodies, Great for Lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • something for everyone
    alia
    Dined on 4/19/2014
    Hopmonk has good consistent food and enough variety to please everyone in the group. A huge beer selection for those who love beer. Their wine list leaves a lot to be desired though. The burgers and sliders are great. They have great salads too. French fries and sweet potato fries are good though I would prefer them thinner and crispier. I definitely would go back. Its a fun place to hear music and bring your kids and just hang out with friends.
    Special Features:
    Kid-Friendly, Good for Groups, Great for Outdoor Dining, Great for Lunch, Late-Night Find, Vibrant Bar Scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great Birthday
    kbeltz
    Dined on 4/6/2014
    This is my favorite restaurant in Marin! We came here for dinner on a Sunday night. Great food, great service. I learned though that Sunday afternoon is very busy so some of the food options weren't available for our dinner. I'll remember that for next time. Killer chocolate cake!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list, kid-friendly, hot spot, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good Brew Pub
    DocBrockVIP
    Dined on 3/16/2014
    We have had a number of meals both here and in Sonoma. Food is very good pub food and the beer is terrific. Very reasonably priced. We'll eat here again.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • The first thing for us was
    Frequentdiner
    Dined on 2/21/2014
    The first thing for us was that the staff was very accommodating. We arrived about fifteen minutes early for our reservation, and even though the restaurant was quite busy, it was not a problem for the hostess. Our server was also very helpful, and made good recommendations for drinks and portion sizes. In other words, she did not try to "oversell" us with too much food. The food was very good, delivered promptly, and hot. Prices are really quite good. Overall it was very nice and we would not hesitate to return.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for brunch, kid-friendly, late-night find, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Service Spotty
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 2/1/2014
    Food was tasty but the service was hit and miss, both in the bar and when we were seated.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, vibrant bar scene, late-night find, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Korvet
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 2/1/2014
    Everyone seemed to be enjoying themselves, & the food, service, and ambiance were all pleasing. Miracle Mule band was really great.
    Special Features:
    late-night find, neighborhood gem, great for lunch, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Food was great, service not so much
    Bassetlovers
    Dined on 1/24/2014
    We had a party of 7, & it took over 20 minutes for someone to even get our drink order. Only after waiving down a waiter from another section. Then another 25 minutes for the drinks to arrive & only a passing glance from our server. Since this place has another room for live bands, which we had tickets to see, we were on a schedule. We told this to our server when she finally arrived. She said she understood and could get us there on time. She did manage that, but she never checked on us, and others brought our food. We would have purchased more drinks and other things, but due to the slow nature of the service. We could not. The food was tasty, well prepared and hot. The kitchen had their act together for sure. Front of house was a mess.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, vibrant bar scene, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great lunch spot
    Happydiners2
    Dined on 12/27/2013
    Great choices for lunch and friendly waitresses. Calamari was crisp and tasty and pulled pork slider was delicious.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Grilled ham & cheese - YES!
    nWAfoodieVIP
    Dined on 12/27/2013
    I have only had lunch here - but was completely satisifed. THe half grilled cheese and ham with tomatoe soup is addictive. I could eat a loaf of the cheesy sourdough bread that makes the sandwich. Fabulous on a cold winter day!
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • good bar food+ , good cocktails
    1bartenderVIP
    Dined on 12/21/2013
    good bar food+ , good cocktails and beer list. good music venue although if you have dinner there you do not get a discount on the show or reserved seats
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • The service was great but
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 12/17/2013
    Service was great but they were out of dough for the pizzas and out the the chicken I wanted to order. That was disappointing. The server did her best considering but unfortunately she didn't know they were out until after I ordered on both counts so there was a miscommunication between the servers and the kitchen.
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  • Great Experience!
    family
    Dined on 12/16/2013
    Our waitress was perfect! She offered to take our group picture, juggling 3 cameras, got a great photo angle of the 8 of us. She was right there for little things:, more water, more time, removing plates, extra dessert spoons for group sharing, and was just charming all the while. I want the recipe for the pumpkin soup. It was one of the best pumpkin soups I've eaten! I also had the kale/Tahini salad and it was absolutely delicious. I heard several raves about the cole slaw too. The flourless chocolate cake was a little dry..I've had better. The mini-pumpkin pies had too much clove spice for my taste. I would recommend this restaurant to others.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Uncomfortable seating
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 12/6/2013
    Did not like the high bar stool type seats at the table. We were a group of 8 senior women and the chairs are not comfortable but there did not appear to be any other appropriate place to sit. Had made a reservation several weeks ahead so they knew the size of the group. If there is a next time will specify normal seating.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Good beer, great food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 12/1/2013
    Our party of eight was well taken care of. We are not an easy bunch to feed, but our waitress rose to the occasion, handling our allergy-free, gluten-free, vegan, and healthy food requests. Everything was delicious, and the portions were just right. I can recommend the Hop Monk IPA, and others in the party can recommend the pear cider, and the dunkels. Wine drinkers were not disappointed either. -S
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great beer & food
    Longhammer
    Dined on 11/14/2013
    Really good spot for beer and food - not your average brew pub fare, very tasty. Great for groups, the service is always great and accommodating when my coworkers go for a big work lunch.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, vibrant bar scene, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Food is good - recommend the
    Nanc
    Dined on 11/9/2013
    Food is good - recommend the Fish and Chips - the best of the best! Lots of variety with cocktails - way too many beers - but can there ever be too many beers. Would love to see a Budweiser on the menu - just for those of us who prefer a soft domestic beer! Have enjoyed the wait service every time we have been there - well trained and friendly - knowledgeable also. Now we just need to see banana cream pie for dessert - and pumpkin pie for the holiday season! Loved simply booking our reservation on-line - so easy!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Pretty good experience
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 10/30/2013
    Hopmonk wasn't as noisy as other pub-type places (even with the baseball game on), so it was possible to have conversations with the others in my party. We had a sizable group, so I made a reservation (via Open Table) even though it was a weeknight. Menu is pub food. Pretty good but not for foodies. I made the mistake of ordering the salmon, which although cooked just right, had a fishy taste. One inconvenience -- we were at a counter-height table. Several in our group -- all women -- were too short to move our chairs in close enough to the table. If this could be a problem for you, ask for a booth.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great staff and good food
    catt
    Dined on 10/26/2013
    We were there to see Dread Zepplin so we booked a table for before the show. Had never been here before. Loved the food. Good wine list. All the staff were dressed up for Halloween and that was fun! My friend is vegetarian and he found several small plates , soups and salads he could eat. The intimate concert room for Dread Zeplin was perfect. I dont like big crowds so it was perfect. I would come back again.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, notable wine list, kid-friendly, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • We came from Ukiah for the
    TommieT
    Dined on 10/19/2013
    We came from Ukiah for the music "James McMurtry" and enjoyed it very much. Our entire dining and entertainment experience was great and we will look forward to doing it again.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, late-night find
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Went to enjoy open Mic night.
    Rob2013
    Dined on 10/9/2013
    Music was good and entertaining. Would have liked to eat in where the music was but there wasn't enough seating. The pulled pork sandwich was bland and the sweet potatoes fries were cold. How ever when I reported the fries were cold , they brought a new plate of hot fries. No one explained or offered the drink menu when we came in. We made reservations and were seated quickly. Wait staff was pleasant. Fish and chips, good, soup was bland.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Pretty pedestrian
    OpenTable Diner Since 2001VIP
    Dined on 10/1/2013
    I want to love Hopmonk Novato but I can't. The meat and cheese plate is a good example. Meat tasted like it was out of a package, flavorless cheeses, and the cup of low quality blue cheese was just hokey. Grilled artichoke was COLD in the middle. Three different beers were all about a C+. Kale salad was tasty. Service was spotty. Sad.
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