Odalisque Cafe
Odalisque Cafe

Odalisque Cafe

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.odalisquecafe.com/
  • Phone: 4154601335x
  • Hours of Operation:
    Dinner:
    Tuesday - Thursday 5:30pm - 9:00pm
    Friday 5:30 - 10:00
    Saturday 5:00 - 10:00

    Bar Bites:
    Tuesday - Friday 4:00pm - 6:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Wine Bar, Californian, Contemporary American
  • Executive Chef: Matthew Howard
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Beer, Chef's Table, Happy Hour, Late Night, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine, Wine Bar

Getting there

  • Cross Street: D Street
  • Parking: Street Parking
A word from Odalisque Cafe
Welcome to a community gathering place in the heart of San Rafael. Stop by and enjoy a delicious meal or small bite, with just the right glass of wine or beer. The cuisine at Odalisque Café & Grille reflects the flavors and spices of the Mediterranean, using fresh, local produce and meats.
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Odalisque Cafe reviews from OpenTable diners
49 reviews since June 4, 2014
Overall Rating4.2
  • Food4.3
    Service4
  • Ambiance4.3
    Noise LevelModerate
85% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
neighborhood gem (33)fit for foodies (22)romantic (14)special occasion (12)great for lunch (7)notable wine list (7)good for groups (5)vibrant bar scene (4)hot spot (4)great for brunch (3)late-night find (1)Show More
  • too bad its closing
    JonTenorVIP
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    Last night was yesterday. We will miss this place.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Odalisque is great, but going away
    doojem
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    This was our first time at Odalisque and it was terrific. Unfortunately, they are closing, not for lack of business, but, as we understand it, because it was a retirement project, and as everyone knows, restaurants are 100 hour per week businesses for the first 5 years, and then 80 hours, or something anyway that does not comport with the concept "retirement." The food we had was very nicely prepared, very flavorful. The service was fine, though for us, a little over-attentive. Once we get going, we like to be left more alone. We had 3 or 4 different folks coming by to pour water from the bottle on our table, asking us how things were. They were fine. Having been a waiter, it is better to watch until patrons are looking for you.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • So Sad
    DedeVIP
    Dined on 8/7/2014
    After a wonderful dinner, we found out the restaurant was sold and closing shortly! This is sad since we finally discovered a really great restaurant in San Rafael.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • foodie
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    this was my 4th time there, has been a while since I've been there, was very disappointed, the menu has changed, not as much to chose from. very small portions , not very interesting food. I know it is the trend to have runners , but I find that is not good service . there is no connection with the wait person . I don't think I will be back
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  • Great Meal!
    CKinMarinVIP
    Dined on 7/29/2014
    We had a wonderful dinner at Odalisque. It is a fun space and creatively decorated. We started our meal with the burrata and prosciutto, continued with a delicious panzanella salad and ended with sea bass and an amazing summer risotto for the vegetarian. A fun and quiet enjoyable evening - we'll be back!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • overpriced
    gourmet1VIP
    Dined on 7/25/2014
    The food was extremely overpriced for mediocre food. I would not recommend this restaurant for anyone. They need to either markedly improve the quality of the food or cut their prices by 50%
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  • lovely little restaurant
    christinefredVIP
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    We had a very good meal at Odalisque - very pretty inside & lager than it orinially appears. I had a wonderful Sturgeon dish - perfectly cooked with 2 simple, full tasting sauces complementing the flavors. My sister had the equally well cooked salmon - but we agreed - the sturgeon was tops. Only minor complaint - my sister is a non-drinker and the options were very limited
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • good for the west end
    loonymike
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    Service was a bit slow in the beginning. Food was OK in my opinion it should have been great for the price. The dessert was a bit tasteless.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2005VIP
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    A winner - the soup, salads, flatbread pizza, risotto and hamburger were all artfully prepared and presented, and quite tasty. Service was professional, friendly and timely, though I wish the bus staff was trained not to remove plates until all members of the party have completed a course. The room became uncomfortably loud as the tables filled up, so for those that enjoy conversation as part of the dining experience I recommend coming early.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Excellent Little Gem on 4th Street
    luvgoodfood
    Dined on 7/18/2014
    We took my sister here for her birthday and had a lovely time. Our waitress was personable and excellent as well. No complaints at all. It's on the pricey side, but for a special night out and desiring a delicious meal, this is a terrific choice. Also not noisy even though they do have a great bar and an active bar scene. Everyone is extremely friendly too.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • noelbows
    noelbowsVIP
    Dined on 7/12/2014
    A wonderful dinner. Everything top notch. A lovely chilled melon soup followed by the veggie risotto. Granddaughter loved her salad and the seafood linguini. The shared appetizer equally lovely, a mushroom pizza. May well be my new favorite spot. My ONLY complaint: noise level is intrusive. They need to add some acoustical "something" to soften the noise that bounces off all the hard surfaces.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent Find!
    RLWB
    Dined on 7/12/2014
    This was our first time at the restaurant. The service was excellent, we had reservations and were seated right away. The food was delicious - my son ordered the rib-eye and it was one of the best rib-eye steaks he's ever had! I had the scallops and they were cooked to perfection and the seasoning was exceptional. We will definitely return and recommend Odalisque to our friends. Another nice thing, there is plenty of close street parking.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Abysmal service, good food
    pickyeaterVIP
    Dined on 7/11/2014
    We've tried this place three times, hoping each time that the service would get better because we really enjoyed the food. But Friday night was our last try. Our waitress was beyond bad. Sorry Odalisque...you had three tries.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Very enjoyable
    CynthiaVIP
    Dined on 7/11/2014
    Everything about our dining experience was excellent, the food, the service, and the ambience. We will definitely go back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • TDoyleVIP
    Dined on 7/9/2014
    Food was very good. Service not so much. Seemed to be only 1 waiter for too many tables. Could have been just a bad night. Also, no diet soda - just strange when you've got a designated driver.
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • A surprise find
    BunkyVIP
    Dined on 7/8/2014
    Not expecting much we were blown away by the food,the service as well as the welcoming we got! We are grateful to have found this place! Our waiters were fabulous!!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • great post-Rafael dining option
    JanellenVIP
    Dined on 7/5/2014
    This was our first time here, and we had a great experience! Everything we ordered was delicious: the scallop ceviche was ethereal, Marcona almond crusted rib eye was creative and delicious; the sturgeon perfectly cooked. Service very friendly, though a bit slow between courses. The room is lovely, with nice lighting, and we could talk without difficulty. I was a fan of Chef Jay Yinger's first restaurant in the early 80's - so glad he's back at the stove!! Will definitely return.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great choice in downtown San Rafael
    Kathleen3
    Dined on 7/5/2014
    We had been here before with friends who knew to request the wine cellar room. We requested the wine cellar this time and our new friends loved it. It is quiet so conversation flowed easily. But there is also a nice proximity to the other tables so you feel a friendly atmosphere. Kind of like you all knew a secret place. Our waiter was very nice and freely recommended items from the menu. Wine lost was quite interesting and well matched with the dinner choices. We will return for sure
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • July 4 Fizzle
    JRT2VIP
    Dined on 7/4/2014
    Odalesque, still a great setting in San Rafael, was quite disappointing when we were there for dinner July 4. Two cheeseburgers, one medium and one medium rare with onions were ordered. After a long wait, a "medium" burger was delivered alone. It had no cheese but did have onions (not ordered). We told the server of the problem, but did not send it back. A bit later the next burger arrived. It was medium rare, but the cheese was not even slightly melted. Just cold sliced cheese on top. Fries with the first burger were warm at best. Fries with the second were the correct temperature. One other meal, grilled salmon, was excellent.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Charming foodie destination
    CAMARD
    Dined on 7/3/2014
    Brick walls, unframed art hanging, quick greeting from bartender as hostess approaches to give us our choice of seating for our early (6) reservation.Perusal of menus, additional specials shared by waiter, choice of a rose & a red blend wine made, peach panzanella & scallops with forbidden rice both to be shared. Excellent combination of flavors to tantalize your taste buds, peaches & vinaigrette were light, figs were not ripe but scallops & rice were a wonderful combination with scallops cooked correctly.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2005VIP
    Dined on 6/28/2014
    Based on previous visits we had high expectations, but this time we were disappointed. Many of our dishes lacked the balance of ingredients and seasoning we expected (including menu items we had before) - they were not bad, but nothing special. Plating, which has been notable for its elegance, was sloppy. One member of our party ordered the rib-eye, which was fatty and unimpressive and overpriced at $42. Service was first rate and the room is lovely. Because our past experiences were so good we will try again and hope that this was just an off night.
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  • Paulie
    Dined on 6/26/2014
    This is charming restaurant, wonderful owners and ambience, very good food, always a very enjoyable evening.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Wonderful Evening
    Jane
    Dined on 6/21/2014
    I met with old friends on the night of the summer solstice. We started with a dry rosa from France that was recommended by the bartender who was a lovely man and engaged casually with us while he poured our wine. We were seated in the window and watched the son go down on the longest day of the year with a spectacular meal. I will be back again and again. I highly recommend Odalisque.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great but pricey
    Brownie
    Dined on 6/21/2014
    I have been there twice and loved it both times. But 48 big ones is a little pricey for the steak special Which came essentially unaccompanied by anything and was not enough food for my companion. And the server neglected to tell us the price so 140 bucks for two salads two entrees two glasses of wine at 16 each. No dessert came as a surprise. The food is wonderful. No complaints. And the visit by the owner was a nice touch. But it's overpriced. Especially for Marin. Also very loud.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • only the scallops were not great
    Nikki
    Dined on 6/21/2014
    We were seated in the cellar which was great. On of our guest didn't like the way its scallops were cooked. He is a fantastic chef himself and cooks very well fish. Otherwise no complain about the rest of our meal. We all enjoyed it.
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2005VIP
    Dined on 6/21/2014
    Soup, salads, starters and mains were all beautifully executed with fresh ingredients and vibrant flavors. Attentive and professional service. A wimmer
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  • Great find!
    EastbaydinerVIP
    Dined on 6/5/2014
    So pleased to have been introduced to this lovely spot in downtown San Rafael. We went on a weekday evening so it was quiet and low-key. Everything about it was terrific, but know that it is expensive!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 22 ratings-only reviews submitted since June 4, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.4
    • Food4.3
    • Ambiance4.4
    • Service4
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 19 reviews are from the Odalisque Cafe reviews archive.
  • Very pleasant evening!
    Cali
    Dined on 5/31/2014
    Nice restaurant on all counts. We will be back. Our server was delightful and helped with our dinner choices. The wine list didn't include any of our favorite wines, but we discovered a super Sauvignon Blanc.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • special & pricey
    StellaVIP
    Dined on 5/31/2014
    Very good food and ambience. Its got a continental flair about it. but for the price, portions are small.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2005VIP
    Dined on 5/31/2014
    One of the better experiences we have had in Marin - this was our first visit but will not be our last. The specials and the regular menu items were all outstanding. Friendly and professional service with sufficient staff to handle a busy Saturday night crowd. My only quibble is it is pricier than comparable local restaurants, but if Odalisque can continue to deliver top quality food with flawless service it can justify that premium.
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  • Wonderful ambience!
    goldie
    Dined on 5/29/2014
    I have been going here since it opened. I know the owners and this is a restaurant feels familiar and always consistent! I took some real foodies this time. They loved it!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • SLLW
    Dined on 5/28/2014
    We had originally planned to go to La Toscana Restaurant as we were going to a show at the Marin Center. There were no reservations available for the time period we needed. Open Table had made some suggestions for alternative restaurants nearby. We also checked Yelp on their recommendations and opted for Odalisque. We are so happy we did. Odalisque is a wonderful restaurant.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2006VIP
    Dined on 5/24/2014
    Food is excellent; server and hostess both attentive and friendly without imposing. Menu has nice variety of options. Will be going often.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great attention to detail
    JeanVIP
    Dined on 5/23/2014
    The chef and owner called in advance as I'd noted that we had some food allergies among our dining party and they wanted to make certain that we were presented with a variety of interesting options. Rarely does anyone call early in advance! The menu options were delightful and each of us loved the lamb, scallops, and filet. The salad was light and interesting and the desserts were among the best ever, especially the cheesecake. A must! The wine list was well priced, if a tad young, but still very nice overall.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nice experience, good food
    CRTravel
    Dined on 5/22/2014
    I've lunched here twice and had both good food and a great ambiance. The waitress was fantastic (same woman both times, can't remember her name though). There is a good variety on the menu and it's always been tasty. Try it out!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Fantastic Mother's Day Dinner
    Ulli
    Dined on 5/11/2014
    Despite it being Mother's Day, the restaurant accomodated 11 of us (including three teenagers) by seating us in the wine cellar of the restaurant. We all loved the setting. The food was superb, the service excellent and all of us look forward to returning.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • delicious brunch
    pianojudy
    Dined on 5/11/2014
    We came here for Mother's Day and were so pleased with the food! They are not usually open for lunch, so we didn't know what to expect. Two of us had Benedicts, and the Hollandaise sauce was delicious! My son had steak and eggs which he said was very tasty! They also gave us some muffins and baked goods for the table. I hope they open for lunch, and I look forward to going there for dinner.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • After movie dinner
    PretoriagirlVIP
    Dined on 4/26/2014
    We experienced a lovely dinner on Sat here after a movie. Our table was not ready & the chef noticed us standing around waiting so he kindly presented us with a delicious plate of fried Brussels sprouts & aoli while we waited . So delicious as was the food he cooked for us. Everyone was so friendly & happy to help . Great food , handsome accomplished chef, great ambiance , happy staff makes for a successful restaurant . Happy to have another choice in Marin.
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Good for Groups, Romantic, special occasion, Late-Night Find, Neighborhood Gem, Hot Spot, Vibrant Bar Scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Tasty Dinner
    CKinMarinVIP
    Dined on 4/24/2014
    We had a wonderful dinner here last week. The food was delicious and I liked the shaved asparagus - a new take! We both had salads and an entre: his was good halibut and mine a delicious goat ravioli-like pasta. We will definitely be back!
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Romantic, Notable Wine List
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great food on Fourth Street
    JLNutritionist
    Dined on 4/18/2014
    Recently ate at Odalisque in San Rafael for the first time. Nice menu, great food, excellent service and lovely ambiance. Definitely will go back.
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Neighborhood Gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate