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Bistro Viz - Bistro Viz, San Anselmo, CA

Bistro Viz

4.8
4.8
847 Reviews
$31 to $50
Californian
The patio is tented and heated- and well-behaved dogs are welcome!
Our hours are THURSDAY to Sunday, 5 pm to close.
We feature an eclectic, seasonal menu of 100% organic produce and wild or sustainably raised meats.
The concise, superbly curated wine list features over 35 wines by the glass as well as a rotating list of rarer wines by the bottle. Please enjoy your personal bottles at home; we do not open outside bottles.
To-go wines are 40-55% off restaurant prices.


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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 5 times today

Order delivery or takeout

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Dining style
    Casual Elegant
  • Price
    $31 to $50
  • Cuisines
    Californian, Organic, Contemporary American
  • Hours of operation
    Dinner Thu–Sun 5:00 pm–9:00 pm
  • Phone number
    (415) 902-9084
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Dress code
    Smart Casual
  • Neighborhood
    San Anselmo
  • Cross street
    Belle Ave
  • Parking details
    Street Parking
  • Additional
    Beer, Gender Neutral Restroom, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine

What 847 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.8
4.8 based on recent ratings
  • 4.7Food
  • 4.9Service
  • 4.5Ambience
  • 4.3Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Marin

    Best Overall

  • Marin

    Best Food

  • Marin

    Best Service

  • Marin

    Innovative

  • Marin

    Healthy

  • Marin

    Neighborhood gem

  • Marin

    Great for fine wines

  • Marin

    Great for outdoor dining

847 Reviews
  1. OpenTable Diner

    Central Coast

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on April 29, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We had a fantastic Sunday dinner with excellent wines. Every course was done perfectly, with deep flavors and no attempt to force the combination of ingredients. The result was a beautiful and natural coming together of texture and taste. Bravo to the young female chef. The seared yellowtail with wasaby grains was spectacular!

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  2. MVdiner

    San Francisco

    8 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on April 20, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Outstanding food. Our 3rd time here and each has been memorably great. If you haven't been, it's a must try.

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  3. OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    30 reviews

    5.0

    30 reviews

    Dined on April 20, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Had a fantastic dinner; Sat outside on the covered patio on a cool night with heaters when needed. The dinner and service was great like on all the previous visits. The food prepared by owner, chef and wine expert Soo Young is always outstanding and takes advantage of seasonal produce, seafood and other proteins.We started with tempura-like presentation of fresh vegetables. The batter was very light and crispy. Then we had the Lobster Garlic Noodles. Am I glad we did! This version had very fresh lobster and shrimp with a bit of a background spicy kick that really made the dish sparkle. It was not only very good but was a generous serving. Had enough to take home for a snack or appetizer the next day. The dish was very flavorful and cooked perfectly. Also had the Big Dinner Salad that included asparagus, fennel, watermelon radishes, little gems, arugula, pickled onion and frisée. One of us has a shellfish allergy so the gulf prawns were replaced by two juicy and crisp chicken thighs. Again, very fresh produce, expertly cooked chicken thighs and a huge portion. This was a real dinner salad. For dessert we ended the excellent meal with the apple crisp with vanilla ice cream. The crisp included an extra of grilled pears on top. A nice touch! It was excellent and easily shared by two. The wine list is one of the best in Marin County and beyond. Not only is it excellently put together by Soo Young, there are over 35 wines by the glass. This makes the dinners even more exciting in that you can have different high-quality wines as you course through your meal. And if you need help deciding on a wine, just ask and they will help with suggestions to fit your palate and the meal. Both Soo Young, the chef and wine expert, and Erich, who does most everything else are excellent, friendly and hosts. They clearly enjoy what they are doing. A restaurant to have dinner any day of the week or for special occasions. They will make it special for you💫

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  4. AaronM

    San Francisco

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 14, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Food was not cooked well, the outer layer was crumbly and delicious but was undercooked inside.
    Bistro VizResponded on April 14, 2024
    Hi Aaron- Is it possible you're reviewing a different restaurant? You had the salmon and flat iron with a fennel salad- none of the dishes has any kind of crumb, or any kind of "outer layer"

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  5. BarryN

    Seattle

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 14, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Consistently excellent food and the wine list is terrific.

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  6. OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    16 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on March 24, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Wonderful food and service. I always love coming here.

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  7. DavidB

    San Francisco

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on March 24, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The garlic lobster pasta was fabulous. Serving better shared. Very warm and welcoming atmosphere. Will co e back.

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  8. route66

    Omaha

    12 reviews

    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on March 18, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    ** New review! Previous comments were for a different restaurant. We loved every moment of our romantic dinner at Bistro Viz. We sat outside on the quiet patio and enjoyed the beautiful spring weather. Service was friendly, knowledgeable, and very attentive. Our food was absolutely delicious and we appreciated the expert wine recommendations with each course. We started with the shaved fennel, beet, & orange salad which was a bright and flavorful starter. I ordered the seared scallops & my partner ordered short ribs sourced from nearby Niman Ranch. The main items and their accompaniments were simply perfect. With the scallops came grilled Brussels sprouts & fingerling potatoes and with the short ribs, fingerlings & other veg. We were sated and certainly didn’t need dessert, but were celebrating my partner’s birthday, so ordered coffee& ice cream for him and affogato for me. A small note - a woman walking by with a dog got tangled with leash, phone, & a glass bottle, dropping the glass bottle on the sidewalk. Our server (owner? manager?) immediately rushed out to help her clean up the glass, which we found very kind. This is a lovely lovely place we will definitely return to on our next visit to the area. **Thanks for alerting me that I’d initially put the wrong restaurant’s review here!
    Bistro VizResponded on April 5, 2024
    Hi Ann... You seemed to have a lovely time at Bistro Viz on 17 March but I think THIS review is for another restaurant-- and would hate to take their 5-star!

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  9. Michele

    San Francisco

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on March 2, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Lovely meal last night! Dishes were creative, flavorful, and perfectly prepared. Wine list and guidance were terrific complements. Ambience was relaxing. Service was wonderfully personable and prompt. The only (good) problem - the diverse menu presented too many alluring choices for one dinner, so we will be back for sure. Thank you for a terrific dinner!

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  10. StevenP

    San Francisco

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on March 1, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    I cant believe that after living in Marin since 2006, this was my first visit to the wonderful spot. Great service, delicious fresh food lovingly prepared, and a legitimately world-class wine list make this local spot a real treasure. Open for dinner Thursday-Sunday. I will definitely eat here again. And again.

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  11. Kristen

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 24, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Food was delicious. Service was spot on. Nice variety on the menu. Homemade ice cream was a nice surprise. Easy to get to and easy parking.

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  12. OpenTable Diner

    Austin

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 23, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We had a great anniversary dinner. Staff was attentive and the food was great! Scallops, seared ahi, and risotto were delicious. Mushroom crostini was to die for.

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  13. Yummy

    San Francisco

    259 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    259 reviews

    Dined on February 16, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Wish the food was better. The short ribs were dry and a little tough. It was more like a pot roast made with chuck roast. The sauce was not good. On a more positive note the roasted asparagus and the smash potatoes were better, but we could not taste the truffle oil. Service was great. The chef actually serves the main entree.

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  14. GordonP

    San Francisco

    32 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    32 reviews

    Dined on February 15, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    My husband and I celebrated Valentine's Day at Bistro Viz! We had been in the space some time ago (can't recall if it was Bistro Viz at the time). My husband is familiar with the accomplished chef's cooking. We had a lovely experience -- even though a popular night to dine (Valentine's Day), the noise level was fine for a mostly-full dining room. The service was attentive, professional, and personal -- the food, tasty. While not usually a fan of prix fixe menus, it was understandable for Valentine's Day and the portions were reasonable.

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  15. Valetta

    San Francisco

    23 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    23 reviews

    Dined on February 4, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We all really enjoyed this restaurant. Food is excellent as is the service! Can't wait to go back

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  16. LeaRosa

    San Francisco

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on January 1, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    This is one of our favorite restaurants. The food choices are creative and Soo Young and Erich are friendly and accommodating with making dish choices and sharing suggestions. Soo Young recently injured her wrist which as the chef impeded the speed of the kitchen. In order to provide a good dining experience, Soo Young let us know that they have been limiting the reservation times. When we asked the restaurant for an earlier time, they accommodated us. If your experience was not what you expected, I suggest you give the restaurant another try - especially during the nicer weather in the spring when the outside dining is a treat.

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  17. Janellen

    San Francisco

    70 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    70 reviews

    Dined on January 1, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    This restaurant must be a little "under the radar", as it wasn't quite full on New Year's Eve. It deserves a larger clientele, as our food was delicious and a very good value for the quality. I hope they keep the oyster soup on the menu! The NY Eve menu was prix fixe but one of our group was vegetarian, so a special main dish was prepared for her. Highly recommended!@
    Bistro VizResponded on January 2, 2024
    Well, I've been cooking literally with one hand for three weeks due to the stress fracture on my wrist- and thus had to strictly limit reservations, Jan!

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  18. dineSF

    San Francisco

    35 reviews

    5.0

    35 reviews

    Dined on January 1, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    My husband and I always love the food, ambiance, and special service at Bistro Viz. New Year's Eve was no exception! The owners kept dinner intimate by limiting the number of diners so that every dish was served hot and delicious. The oyster soup was transcendent, I am still thinking about it 6 days later. My husband raved about his steak. It was cooked perfectly. I also had the warm, dungeonous crab salad, which was divine. We will return soon and highly recommend.

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  19. CMye

    San Francisco

    10 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on December 23, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    We love Bistro Viz and are a bit surprised more people don’t know about it. One of the best in Marin for quality food and ambiance.

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  20. LorenN

    San Francisco

    26 reviews

    4.0

    26 reviews

    Dined on December 17, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Very friendly place. Every item was well played and delicious.

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  21. BethR

    Chicago

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on December 16, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Had a great time! Grateful to have found this restaurant.

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  22. Susan

    Minneapolis

    23 reviews

    5.0

    23 reviews

    Dined on December 1, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    My favorite restaurant in Marin! Amazing food. Great wine list. Lovely couple running the restaurant.

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  23. OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on November 18, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Always amazing!! Especially the hospitality and garlic lobster noodles!

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  24. OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on November 12, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Wonderful service and food presented by a charismatic couple who made the dining experience very personal. Felt like an experience from the movie ‘Big Night’. Will definitely return!

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  25. ChristineM

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on November 4, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Service is great. Nice and quiet. We enjoyed our dinner very much!

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  26. margaret

    San Francisco

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on November 4, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    it was delicious! Sad there weren't more people there. Squid and Tempura great. Crisp the best! Salad fresh and large.

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  27. JustynaK

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on October 21, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    This is our go-to restaurant in Marin. Food is delicious and made with high quality ingredients and not over-priced. Outstanding wine list plus they really know they wines so they are great at recommending. Vibe is really chill and you can actually have a conversation. Outdoor patio is cute and cozy. Soo Young and Eric are delightful. And did I mention that the food is delicious?

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  28. Jacq310

    San Francisco

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on October 9, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    10/8/2023 (Sunday) 6:45 PM reservation Table for 3 on the patio This place is awesome. The staff was wonderful and very attentive. We took my mother in law here for her birthday. She had a great view of Mt. Tam from her seat and the patio was perfect at 6:45. A little nice breeze with the heat. Food was GREAT! I had the garlic noodles with lobster and shrimp (special), mother in law had the scallops, and my husband had the flat iron steak. Everything was wonderful. My dish was huge and it came in a bowl. Which I appreciate with a pasta. I took about half home to enjoy the next day. We start with an appetizer that I guess only came with two, but they added one more for her birthday so we could all have our own. I thought that was very thoughtful of them. They surprised my MIL with some birthday ice cream but we got desserts. Bread pudding, no crust cheesecake and crème brûlée. Bread pudding was a little chewy. Cheesecake was good. And the crime brûlée was EXCELLENT. I will be coming back because there are other items on the menu I want to try, but for now I will be enjoying my leftovers for lunch today. I recommend this place. It was small. Quiet and felt like we had a VIP dinner. I’m sure they are busier on a Friday/Saturday night, but we had a wonderful experience. Thank you. Can’t wait to come back!

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  29. Luv2Eat

    San Francisco

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on October 7, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Food was delicious, server was super nice. Has a very gourmet menu, upscale setting with still a homy feel. Highly recommend!

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  30. Pcdc

    San Francisco

    28 reviews

    5.0

    28 reviews

    Dined on September 23, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    A neighborhood gem, delicious offerings, fresh, local, organic fantastic service!

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  31. HVHmike

    San Francisco

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on September 17, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great people. Food was awesome. Can’t wait to return

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  32. Crispan

    San Francisco

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on September 16, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    As always, the food was imaginative, delicious and beautiful, and the wine choices ample.

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  33. Valetta

    San Francisco

    23 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    23 reviews

    Dined on September 16, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Fabulous Food! The halibut was the best we had ever tasted and the special Lobster and Shrimp of asian noodles, was devine! I had the Affogato with homemade vanilla icecream, THE BEST! I will be back.

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  34. Msmaryn

    San Francisco

    11 reviews

    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on September 9, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We love our local restaurant and try to go there often. This past New Year's Eve 2023 was lovely and the perfect place to be on a balmy winter's night. Soo and her husband Eric are wonderful! The food is always delicious - my personal favorite is the fish tacos. The best I've had! They also have a extensive wine list and are always helpful with recommendations. Bistro Viz is a hidden gem. We love the quiet, lovely and warm patio, especially during the Covid times when we don't want to eat inside a crowded room. Treat yourself to a beautiful dinner and you won't regret it! They are truly a dynamic duo that are so warm and welcoming!

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  35. UteB

    San Francisco

    21 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    21 reviews

    Dined on September 8, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We hadn’t been to Bistro Viz in years and it was just as good or better as we remembered. Food was outstanding, so was the service. We will not wait so long again before returning.

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  36. Jamee

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 20, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    amazing food and great service i would highly recommend

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  37. CynthiaG

    Denver

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on August 13, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We had an absolutely wonderful dinner! Our food was delicious and the service and atmosphere were great! I will be returning for sure!

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  38. MickS

    San Francisco

    31 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    31 reviews

    Dined on August 5, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We go to Bistro Viz regularly because the food is always creative, the service excellent and the selection of wines brilliant.

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  39. GregD

    Tampa

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on July 29, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Great restaurant with excellent food and service. A bit of a secret location apparently - should be more crowded for the quality. Highly recommended, all the way to excellent desserts !

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  40. OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 22, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    A wonderful dining experience and the food was absolutely delicious!

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FAQs

Bistro Viz offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (415) 902-9084.

Bistro Viz is rated 4.8 stars by 847 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 5 times today

Order delivery or takeout

Google Map for Bistro Viz

115 San Anselmo Ave, San Anselmo, CA 94960

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Cross street
    Belle Ave
  • Neighborhood
    San Anselmo
  • Hours of operation
    Dinner Thu–Sun 5:00 pm–9:00 pm
  • Price
    $31 to $50
  • Cuisines
    Californian, Organic, Contemporary American
  • Dining style
    Casual Elegant
  • Dress code
    Smart Casual
  • Parking details
    Street Parking
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Additional
    Beer, Gender Neutral Restroom, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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