Nick's Cove
Nick's Cove

Nick's Cove

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.nickscove.com/
  • Phone: 4156631033x
  • Hours of Operation:
    Saturday & Sunday Brunch: 10am-3pm
    Midday Menu (daily): 3pm - 5pm
    Nick's Happy Hour 3pm-6pm Monday-Thursday
    Dinner Nightly: 5:00pm - 9:00pm
    Locals' Night - Every Tuesday, Live Music 6:00-9:00
    Sunsets Happen Daily
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,JCB,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Seafood, Contemporary American
  • Executive Chef: Austin Perkins
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Chef's Table, Counter Seating, Entertainment, Farm to Table, Fireplace, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking Area, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Smoking Area, Takeout, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Entertainment: A great collection of local musicians provide entertainment for our Locals' Night every Tuesday. Check out our Facebook page or our website for detailed information on who's playing. www.nickscove.com
  • Special Events: We welcome special events such as oyster and wine tastings, wine maker dinners, local farm-to-table dinners, antique car club outings and artisan food producer seminars. We host farmer's dinner with Marin Organic as well as our monthly Vintner Dinner series. For additional information, please see our Events page on our website www.nickscove.com

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Tomales-Petaluma Road
  • Parking: Private Lot
  • Parking Details: Mandated by CalTrans, Nick's Cove provides complimentary valet parking Saturdays, Sundays and holidays. On other days, patrons may park their vehicles in our parking lot which is located on the east side of Highway One.
A word from Nick's Cove
Nick's Cove, an historic restaurant located on the gorgeous shores of Tomales Bay, offers local, fresh and sustainable food that is tasteful and simply prepared. Our wine list also features treasures from local wine-makers as well as wines both organic and conventional from New Zealand, France and Spain. For complete menu details and wine selections consult our website at www.nickscove.com.

Don't forget to take a peek at our 12 beautifully restored cottages! We accept OpenTable dollars in the hotel as well as the restaurant.
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Nick's Cove reviews from OpenTable diners
122 reviews since May 5, 2014
Overall Rating4.3
  • Food4.3
    Service4.4
  • Ambiance4.2
    Noise LevelModerate
95% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
scenic view (109)fit for foodies (55)special occasion (55)romantic (54)great for lunch (43)great for brunch (40)great for outdoor dining (39)neighborhood gem (33)good for groups (30)notable wine list (28)kid-friendly (28)vibrant bar scene (15)hot spot (11)late-night find (7)Show More
  • Nick's Cove - A destination!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    For great food, service and scenic view of the Tomales Bay (it's on the shore) you can't beat Nick's Cove.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Exceeded Expectations
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    Our foodie friends recommended Nick's Cove and we are glad they did. The best salmon I've had. The wine selection is excellent. We are now regulars!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, kid-friendly, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • crew
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    Ambience and view was fantastic. Wait staff was personable, knowledgeable, ever so friendly. Drinks and appetizers were served promptly and then there was a mysterious lag and delay in the entrees being served. Unfortunate but definitely will come back.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great lunch
    artichoke
    Dined on 8/19/2014
    Nick's is an excellent restaurant.. the food,location ,staff, would be hard to beat.. Used to go to Nick's long time ago and was looking forward to this visit..Met all expectations and more..
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Foodie
    Dined on 8/19/2014
    The food was average. Nothing special. View is nice.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Along our route & absolutely great!
    TravelingFoodie
    Dined on 8/14/2014
    In planning a West Coast adventure, which included a notable day trip on Route 1 between Sausalito and Wine Country, we realized we needed to find a place along the route to have dinner (an anniversary dinner to be exact). A couple of Google searches later yielded Nick's Cove and the fact that it is located in Marshall on Tomales Bay, California's Oyster capital (we're Oyster lovers), was a real plus. So I made the reservation on OpenTable and we both excitedly looked forward to this part of the trip. Well, Nick's Cove did not disappoint! The restaurant was warm, rustic and romantic. Our server was very friendly and provided great service. The food was very good, the drinks were great and the view was perfect! We'll be back!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, scenic view, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Delightful birthday dinner!
    foodiecutie
    Dined on 8/13/2014
    Nick's Cove was everything I expected and more. For my birthday dinner we shared: BBQ'd oysters, crab cakes, salmon to die for with those bacon infused beets underneath - wow! The best chocolate torte, yum... Loved the scenery, view of their dock and the bay. Just go there!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good but pricey
    Thankyou
    Dined on 8/5/2014
    The food was pretty good, our waiter was very attentive, and the restaurant was very nice, but the prices we very high.
    Special Features:
    special occasion, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Magical Dining Experience
    ginapple
    Dined on 8/4/2014
    A friend who knows my palate well insisted that I check out Nick's Cove while I was staying in Inverness and it completely blew me away. The food was top notch, fresh and the service was really friendly and accommodating. We were a big group with three kids and everyone was so nice to us. The sommelier suggestions were always spot on. He recommended a Pinot by Radio Coteau which was superb. After dinner you have to walk to the end of the pier and check out the cool little shack with a fireplace and an old piano. Our night was absolutely magical.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Nick's Cove is a must.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    Awesome experience, beginning to end. Will be back. Highly recommend.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, late-night find, scenic view, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always Awesome
    JASNNIK
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    My wife and I have been to Nick's Cove on a number of occasions, typically after a long morning kayak paddle on Tomales Bay, as was the case on this visit. The crab cakes and oysters are always in order, and we have sampled a number of other menu items. It is a lively, scenic venue. This time we met friends who motorcycled in from Santa Rosa, their first time at Nick's, and they loved it.
    Special Features:
    scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    Always great to get back to Nick's Cove. The clam chowder is exceptional as well as other seafood/fish entries. Don't know about the meats because it just seems appropriate to have something from the sea and bay in that great setting.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great Food, Great View, A+
    AdamF
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    We enjoyed an excellent Kobe beef dinner, Crab Louie Salad, and Lobster Mac & Cheese. Absolutely great food.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Expensive and pretentious
    FoodLover
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    Too bad! Nick's Cove was once a great find -- but it's been upscaled to the point of unbearable. The food is "mediocre with attitude." The famed Mac and Cheese cost $17 for a small bowl of creamy pasta with a few shreds of crab. The oysters were very fresh... they SHOULD be, since they are sourced from 5 miles away -- but served with mignonette so harsh that it was inedible. The grilled romaine salad tasted charred, the short rib sugo was salty, and ... we had something else but it was so unmemorable that I can't remember. That plus two drinks and we dropped $80 a person. The owners are raking it in, and clearly don't care. Which is a shame.
    Special Features:
    scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Less than great
    RHume
    Dined on 7/17/2014
    We were disappointed with our lunch, simply because the food (fish and chips, crab Benedict) didn't live up to expectations. Not enough crab, not enough Hollandaise sauce, and fish that didn't rise above average pub quality. We were surprised that people describe Nick's Cove as a real destination restaurant. The tide was out (in the Cove) and metaphorically in the restaurant as well.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Bayside Beauty!
    Blanconada
    Dined on 7/14/2014
    With sun glistening on the water a few feet away, my lady and I indulged ourselves with Miyagi oysters, red curry mussels & crab mac 'n' cheese. A couple of martinis washed it all down, then we took a romantic stroll down the old fishing dock. Next, hopefully, we'll get to rent one of their cottages. Beautiful location & delicious food!
    Special Features:
    scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Could be really nice
    Gradsgirl
    Dined on 7/13/2014
    Nicks could be a true gem of a place. The food was very good. However, the decor is low class. Invest in some new tables, or cover the ones you have with table clothes or paper. Put candles or local flowers on the tables. Invest in new chairs, the ones you have are extremely uncomfortable. The lake type chairs might work for out on the dock, but not in the restaurant. Its okay to keep the waterfront decor, but make it classy. Take a hint from Stellina, you can have good food, and a smart dining room and fill-up nightly. And for goodness sake, get rid of the flies! They almost ruined our dinner due to the amount of time we had to spend trying to keep them off our food.
    Special Features:
    scenic view, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Brunch
    Annie
    Dined on 7/13/2014
    Nicks may be off the beaten path but so worth the drive, especially on a pretty Sunday for brunch. The Dungeness Crab Benedict was to die for!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • DivaD
    Dined on 7/12/2014
    Loved everything about our evening at Nick's Cove!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, scenic view, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • What to Say?
    ILikeNicks2
    Dined on 7/11/2014
    If an outstanding meal and service are high on your list, mixed with a great location and tossed with a mighty fine wine list, what's there not to love about Nick's Cove. Do we mention "romantic" for those of you in that mood or the beautiful drive over? Do yourself and your taste buds a favor, and get thee to Nick's Cove. You won't regret or forget it. You'll be back. Certified, guaranteed, satisfaction.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, late-night find, scenic view, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Oysterrific!
    johnat
    Dined on 7/5/2014
    We had oysters fresh out of the Bay prepared at least six different ways -- all of them were great. Seafood on the menu is fresh and well prepared. And local greens, duck, chicken and steak round out the offerings. Usually, when the view is good, the food is meh. Nick's is an exception to the rule.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, scenic view, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • greatviewsnoisy
    Dined on 7/4/2014
    I had reserved a month ago and advised I was bringing guests from South Africa and hoped to get a window table. We did not get that and were disappointed as we had not been told they were reserved for 2 people.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • All good but the mousee torte
    LuncheonDateGirl
    Dined on 7/2/2014
    Service was stunning, view stunning, food delicious, dessert a disappointment. The chocolate mousse torte was nearly too hard to eat, both crust and mousse part. Probably would be better off with just a regular chocolate mousse with dark chocolate cookie crumbles and whipped cream on top with a caramel drizzle.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view, hot spot, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Nick's Cove review
    uptonatm
    Dined on 7/1/2014
    This is a great place in a beautiful spot. We come here as often as we can. Good ambiance, and heat food, along with really good service. Even though it is a bit off the beaten track, it is a beautiful drive out to Tomales Bay.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, late-night find, scenic view, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Latefordinner
    Dined on 6/30/2014
    We were 1/2 late for our reservation but they took it in stride and gave us a nice table with a great view. The food was very good and the views even better. Highly Recommend.
    Special Features:
    scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • very special!
    hollandia
    Dined on 6/23/2014
    Een bijzondere gelegenheid uniek gelegen aan het water! Beperkte, maar goede kaart. Vooraf zeker even gaan borrelen in het boothuis. Prima service, vriendelijk en attent. Hebben direct weer gereserveerd voor weer een avond. De rit is alleszins de moeite waard.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Hidden Gem
    LGuerrieri
    Dined on 6/22/2014
    Wow what a find. Best fine dining in the area. Service and food were exceptional.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Birthday celebration lunch
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 6/17/2014
    7 of us came in for a birthday celebration and had such great time! Our server was awesome and he took excellent care of us. We had great conversation, food and cocktails and were there for almost 3 hours. We are excited to go back. The weather was really nice that day too, which is always a plus. I also love that there is free wifi so we can still be in touch while out at the coast.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Unfortunate
    BorregoSusan
    Dined on 6/16/2014
    I've enjoyed dining at Nick's Cove before but this lunch experience was far from enjoyable. The restaurant had just seated a huge party @25 down the very center of the dining room. This included children and babies. They completely dominated the whole place. The room is just not meant to handle that large a party.Therefore our experience was loud, service was slowed down and we just couldn't relax and enjoy our time.. I also thought the portions were exceedingly small. The crab cakes were two silver dollar sized cakes that would have been more appropriate for an appetizer. I had brought along a friend and sang praises of nick's. I was actually embarrassed. Not sure about the next time...
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • newmexdon
    Dined on 6/16/2014
    Good food, service was very good. Dissappointed in the size of oysters, but the prawns and shrimp was good. Clam chowder was ok.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Everything was good!
    Mouse
    Dined on 6/15/2014
    The grilled romaine salad dressing is to die for. Everything was good. The mussels in green curry excellent.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Much better this time.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 6/14/2014
    We stayed at Nicks and ate at the resturant last year. We were not very impressed with the selection of food at the restaurant. We took the parents for lunch over the weekend to celebrate Fathers day and have changed our mind!!! The food was so great!!! We all love everything we had and talk about going back. wonderful!
    Special Features:
    special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Locals night
    doglover
    Dined on 6/10/2014
    Dropped by for "locals night" last Tuesday and had a great meal in a relaxed atmosphere. This is a gem of a restaurant and no better place to finish off a day hiking along the coast. The food is excellent, the wine list is thoughtful and the staff are wonderful. Go ahead - treat yourself!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Spot
    dak1116
    Dined on 6/8/2014
    This is one of my all time favorite spots. Great food, service, and location, location, location...
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Nick's Cove
    2Petalumafoodies
    Dined on 6/8/2014
    My wife and I celebrated our anniversary at Nick's Cove. We went on a Sunday and had brunch. The service was outstanding and the food wqs the same. We highly recommend Nick's Cove. It is a treasure to be enjoyed, regularly.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, great for lunch, scenic view, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Perfect anniversary dinner
    LifeIsGood
    Dined on 6/7/2014
    My husband and I had dinner here for our anniversary. We noted in our reservation that we would like to have a window seat since it was a special occasion. Not only did they save one of the nicest seats in the house for us (although every table has a view!), but the waiter was told it was our anniversary and he went out of his way to make sure our evening was really special. The food was delicious- seafood was done just perfectly, and everything had wonderful flavor. Portions were just the right size. This place has great ambience - hunting lodge feel and a nice fireplace!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent dinner!
    Oysters2Go
    Dined on 6/7/2014
    Nick’s Cove proved to be a worthy choice for a romantic dinner with an outstanding scenic view. The wait staff was attentive & frequently checked in at the table. The seafood-oriented menu is very appealing, and my choice, a grilled salmon entree was a pleasure to savor. I thought the final dinner price to be perfectly gauged for a fine dining experience for two people.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, late-night find
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • A Highlight on the NorCal Coast
    SantaMonicaFoodie
    Dined on 6/7/2014
    At the suggestion of a shopkeeper in Sonoma, we went to Nick's Cove for lunch on a loop that started in Sonoma and included Jenner, winetasting and Healdsburg. What a great Sunday drive. Nick's was fabulous. Various kinds of local fresh raw oysters, best crab cakes and best clam chowder I know of.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Pretty good!
    Becky
    Dined on 6/6/2014
    We drove out just for dinner, but would have enjoyed it more if we had made a day of it, ending with dinner; it was a long way. We ordered oysters to start (yumm, and so fresh) a salad, and a couple of the sides and shares. We ordered the romaine salad, then changed our mind for the mixed greens, but ended up getting the romaine. (Didn't realize it until we had started) The two teensy little crab cakes were tasty, but they needed something.....They came on a very large plate with a some greens, but once they were gone, the waiter never removed the plate; annoying. The highlight of the meal was the Crab mac & cheese. Creamy and cheesy with big hunks of crab. We could have split that and a salad and not had to take home the garlic fries!
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, scenic view, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Never disappoints!
    Pamela
    Dined on 6/6/2014
    Took my girlfriend visiting from KY, and we had a wonderful time!! We both had fish--I had the wood grilled salmon and she had the cod in wonderful wine broth. We would rec'd it all including the sues of warm cauliflower salad and grilled apriums! All were photo worthy as well!! The cauliflower salad was a rainbow of color
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.