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About El Paseo

Originally built in the mid-1940s, the history of the Bay Area is woven deeply into the construction of El Paseo. The bricks walling in the quaint warren of rooms were reclaimed from landfill from the 1906 San Francisco earthquake and the thick beams, supporting many of the ceilings, were rail ties from the gravity trains used to bring visitors up Mount Tamalpais’ East Peak at the turn of the last century. Designed by noted architect Gus Costigan, who sketched his designs while serving in WWII, El Paseo is a soulful and authentic example of the California Mission-Style. With this incredible history in mind and a near life-long tradition of celebratory family meals spent at El Paseo (birthdays, Mother’s Days, recording contracts… you get the idea) Rock & Roll Hall of Famer Sammy Hagar financed the meticulous two-year restoration of the property; a restoration which has enhanced El Paseo’s warmth and accentuated its timeless appeal.

17 throckmorton ave.
Mill Valley, CA 94941
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Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
Californian, American, Contemporary American

Hours of Operation:
Dinner: Daily:
Sunday-Thursday 5:30pm - 9:00pm
Friday 5:30pm-10:00pm
Saturday 5:00pm-10:00pm
Happy Hour: Everyday 4:00pm - 6:00pm

Cross Street:
Blithedale

Dress Code:
Smart Casual

Price Range:
$31 to $50

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(415) 388-0741

Website:
http://www.elpaseomillvalley.com/

Parking Details:
Parking is located on the street as well as a pay lot at the corner of Sunnyside and Miller.

Executive Chef:
Henry Cortez

Private Party Facilities:
We look forward to hosting your private event.
Please email events@elpaseomillvalley.com for more information and seated/standing capacity.

Private Party Contact:
our Events Team: (415) 388-0741

Additional:
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Fireplace, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Special Events & Promotions:
Inquire for more information.

events@elpaseomillvalley.com

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El Paseo Ratings and Reviews

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Overall Rating

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food

3.8

service

3.8

ambience

4.4

value

3.4

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Moderate

72% would recommend it to a friend

Good for a Date (33)
Romantic (26)
Neighborhood Gem (25)
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Creative Cuisine (23)
Special Occasion (23)
Cozy (21)
Good for Anniversaries (19)
Great for Outdoor Dining (19)
Fit for Foodies (15)
Local Ingredients (14)
Notable Wine List (14)
Good for Birthdays (14)
Quiet Conversation (12)
Fun (11)
Bar Seating (10)
Handcrafted Cocktails (10)
Worth the Drive (10)
Good for Groups (8)
Pre/post Theatre (7)
Seasonal (7)
Authentic (5)
Happy Hour (5)
Vibrant Bar Scene (5)
Business Meals (4)
Organic (4)
Casual (4)
Comfort Food (3)
Great Beer (3)
Hot Spot (3)
Late-night Find (3)
People Watching (3)
Healthy (2)
Disabled Access (1)
Great for Lunch (1)
Paleo Friendly (1)
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined 2 days ago

Many favorite food items disappearing from the menu, now the tartare is gone, too. Our server didn’t ask us how our meal was nor did he even speak when filling up our last glass of wine. I was disappointed, but will give them another try. Everyone has an off night.

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined 3 days ago

We’re frequent fliers at El Paseo. We had a 7:30 reservation and were not seated until 8:15. Our server was just ok, not very engaging. A large and very loud party was seated near us during our dinner. It was difficult to hear ourselves speak & our server became preoccupied with this table. It took a long time to order dessert.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion
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vip
 (Denver)·Dined on December 3, 2017

Excellent food and service--the sauce with cod was absolutely sublime. Six in our party and everyone was happy. Inspired menu.

Tags: Fit for Foodies
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 2, 2017

Although the new menu isn’t so meat centric the food is just not quite as good

Tags: Good for a Date, Romantic, Quiet Conversation
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 2, 2017

El Paseo's new chef Todd Shoberg is one of the most innovative chefs in the Bay Area and we are lucky to have him at one of our most beautiful restaurants. I've loved his cooking at 2 of his previous restaurants, Piatti and Molina. Todd honors the fresh local ingredients in every dish, and elevates them to star billing--always creating simple yet memorable dishes. Every bite is full of flavor. The avocado toast is an example of that--it's simple, yet the addition of the smoked trout made it uniquely delicious. My black cod was in an Asian style coconut broth--but the fish was not immersed in the broth so it stayed tender and kept it's own flavor. The pork chop and rib-eye were also cooked to perfection. Todd's skilled preparation of meat is only one of his many gifts because vegetables play such an important role in every dish. I just can't praise Todd's cooking enough.

Tags: Local Ingredients, Organic, Handcrafted Cocktails, Fit for Foodies, Romantic, Creative Cuisine, Comfort Food, Bar Seating, Good for Birthdays, Good for Groups, Good for a Date
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 (Phoenix)·Dined on December 1, 2017

We ate there for the first time about 2 years ago and it was amazing! We were very disappointed this time. Menu seemed a lot smaller, service was good, best thing is still the ambiance. Brussels sprouts were pretty good, probably the best thing we ordered. Although not sure it needed the persimmons...pomegranates and Pork Belly were probably enough going on. I had the Dungeness crab. None of it was pre-cracked and it came with half a crab over French fries and a lemon. Not a ton of favor or Crab. My husband ordered the steak and it was the biggest disappointment. It was $52 and covered with a partially melted slice of cheese, served with a few potatoes. Steak would have probably been decent without the cheese, it was cooked perfectly. Not sure we’ll go back, especially for the price. Sad because the ambiance is so cozy and it has so much character.

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 1, 2017

Service is impeccably personable, the food always creative and delicious plus the ambiance brings you back to the old school, cobblestone charm that we all crave for ..... classic elegance rooted in a lifetime of memories worth celebrating!

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·Dined on November 25, 2017

Great dining experience in a very special night! Food surprisingly good, although with only a minor Spanish influence. Only draw back: none of the staff spoke Spanish...a bit unusual for a Spanish restaurant.
Would definitely recommend it!

Tags: Cozy, Good for a Date, Romantic, Special Occasion, Creative Cuisine
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 (Portland)·Dined on November 24, 2017

Except for the warm greeting, we were disappointed. Last year, we had a great experience. Delicious traditional Thanksgiving meal for $39 in 2016. This year, they upped the price $26 to $65. Kind of outrageous. The portions were small with adequate taste. The stuffing was tasteless and only 2 teaspoons much like the gravy. The carrots were totally out of place. I hate cooked carrots. No bread was even served. The service was poor. When she asked us our drinks, she argued with me about a particular type of liquor when it was right on the menu. I had to show her the menu. She didn't inform us ever that the pumpkin cheesecake had run out and served us apple tart without even telling us. I found out by taking a bite. My husband who usually leaves a 20% tip only left 15%. Very disappointing.

Tags: Romantic, Cozy
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 24, 2017

Truly a disappointing Thanksgiving dinner experience. This restaurant needs to do better to keep its long standing clientele. Small portions, rushed service, not worth the price.

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 23, 2017

So disappointed that El Paseo no longer serves popovers. No bread whatsoever was available. Every dish was oversalted. People who didn't want turkey could not enjoy any other Thanksgiving dishes. Prior experiences have been extraordinary, which made this meal all the more disappointing.

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on November 23, 2017

visited El Paseo before booking for Thanksgiving. As an individual meal El Paseo was good. Black Cod was missing something however double cut pork chop was good. The avacada toast with trout appetizer was excellent
Thanksgiving on the other hand was unremarkable and at $65 per person prix fixe vastly overpriced. Dark meat turkey was chewy and the deconstructed pumpkin creamcheese dessert was terrible. $500+ and only 3 glasses of wine for a party of 5.
I am sure there are better meals to be had at El Paseo however ours was unremarkable

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 23, 2017

We have not been crazy about El Paseo in recent years, but the new chef (previously at Molina) and new menu have put it back on our go-to list.

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 23, 2017

Another disappointing meal at El Paseo. Even with a liquor license they couldn’t get a decent steak on the table. Third strike for our family. Not worth returning.

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 20, 2017

Sorry Sammy. A fail. Been coming here 20 years. Worst meal on a special occasion. Bad cuts of meat, limited menu, boring starters and way too expensive. Criminal. Half empty restaurant should have been a clue to bolt. The four of us agreed it felt that no one cared. Good luck. Hope you make it another year. End of what was a good thing.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 19, 2017

The bivette steak portion was small. At $35.00 I went away hungry. the seasonal
salade with green goddess was generous portion and tasty.
My son substituted salad for the fries with his and we were charged $8.00 without being
told we would incur an extra cost. When brought to the attention of the server, she did not
apologize only stated it was p\"policy"
carole kealy
415 752 0464

Tags: Local Ingredients, Cozy, Romantic
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·Dined on November 18, 2017

The food settings were disappointing. We had the duck and the cod.

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·Dined on November 17, 2017

We can’t wait to get back to this special place. The food and atmosphere was incredible.

Tags: Happy Hour, Worth the Drive, Bar Seating, Creative Cuisine, Neighborhood Gem, Handcrafted Cocktails, Great for Outdoor Dining, People Watching, Good for Anniversaries, Notable Wine List, Local Ingredients, Special Occasion, Late-night Find, Organic, Fun, Romantic
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 16, 2017

Broccoli was OUT OF THIS WORLD! Will go back just for the broccoli! Ordered a steak and it was fatty throughout--tasted ok. Sadly disappointed in the french fries that accompanied the steak.

Tags: Cozy, Romantic, Good for a Date, Local Ingredients
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 9, 2017

I'd go again. Service was overall good, food hot, good drinks but I probably would not order a big steak, pot de crème or sit at the same table because of a few gripes: medium rare steak arrived rare/uncooked inside...not unusual but waiter did not check until I ate what I could and took balance home. A sauce would help because the steaks alone are a little dry and a square of swiss style cheese semi melted on top is not for me. Serrated steak knife was large, dull and made for sawing not cutting...no excuse for a steakhouse. No tablecloth/covering for wooden planked tables in south of restaurant and difficult to read menu because of inadequate lighting. Pot de crème, the ultimate dessert, was just okay.

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·Dined on November 9, 2017

Fantastic evening in a romantic setting. Server was very friendly and attentive.
Dry aged steak was delicious!

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Good for Groups, Notable Wine List
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·Dined on November 8, 2017

We enjoyed our appetizers and dinners very much. The steak tartare had watercress accompanying it which was nice and tangy. We both ordered halibut as the main course and both of us thought it was great. Seared on the outside but still moist and tender throughout.
There were nicely prepared vegetables served underneath and alongside that were both flavorful and a good compliment to the fish. The pot de creme was heavenly. Service was attentive and not overbearing. We'll be back.

Tags: Special Occasion, Creative Cuisine, Good for Anniversaries, Hot Spot, Notable Wine List, Cozy
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 7, 2017

This is the first time I've ever left a negative review on OpenTable. I would love to support our local restaurant. Service was pretty good and the ambiance is delightful, but the food was very mediocre. Our halibut was very overcooked and basically inedible. My cocktail was tasteless.

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 5, 2017

We are locals who had not been to this restaurant for some time as it went through several ownerships and menu styles. It seemed like it was time to give it a try. Unfortunately, the splendid ambiance couldn't make up for the disappointing preparation of the entrées which were overcooked and tasteless. It's a beautiful spot. We hope that they can get their act together.

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 4, 2017

This was a special occasion for us & we chose El Paseo for the romantic setting. We indicated it was our anniversary (33rd) in our reservation, but were seated in the bar section of the restaurant: small table, by the door, noisy: not romantic at all.

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on November 4, 2017

Cozy and welcoming, a perfect place for a cool Fall evening in the heart of Mill Valley. Creative menu - the duck was pefect November fare as were roasted brussel sprouts with chunky bacon lardons. A definite go back to place.

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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on October 31, 2017

Cozy, romantic spot with food that strikes a perfect balance between inventive and comfort food.
The chef is relatively new. The atmosphere has always been wonderful - a number of different, small rooms, which keeps it intimate. Now the food has taken a leap into more interesting styles and flavors, but without sacrificing the basics.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 31, 2017

We went there for my birthday. My sister was in town and wanted to try it out. We all felt it was lackluster. One might like the darkness of the restaurant but we needed to use the lights on our phones to read the menu. The table setting was bare of anything to warm it up. My husbands fish was devoid of flavor and the onions were tough. My sister and I had the Bolognese and I think the chef tried to put a spin on it with pomegranate seeds but really a good pasta dish doesn't need that on it. Also no bread on table nothing. Just a very Boring experience all around. Well say the waitress was very nice and her service was great.

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 29, 2017

Wonderful atmosphere in the bar area. Steve (bartender) is a find.

Tags: Fun, Notable Wine List, Authentic, Bar Seating, Great Beer
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 29, 2017

Delicious food, amazing location and excellent vibe

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 (Sacramento)·Dined on October 28, 2017

Wonderful service. My husband's steak was overcooked but they took it back without issue.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 21, 2017

El Paseo has unfortunately gone so far downhill that we will never go back.

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 (New England)·Dined on October 20, 2017

The rating is largely based on the price vs value. El Paseo for it's scant menu selections and the list item prices, would not impress anyone I'd send there.
We had an 8pm seating. Our table wasn't ready when we arrived on time, however, the host was apologetic about it and guided us to the bar. The server then came to us twice while we were waiting for our table @ the bar, to apologize for having us wait for our table, and subsequently to bring us to our table 15 minutes later. He was very polite about it, so extra points for that.

The food certainly didn't meet expectations. I can't say much more than that to describe it. I absolutely love a hearty bolognese, and this simply wasn't it. Flavorless. I would have been more lenient on my rating but since the options are so limited (8 items), it is fair to expect that each dish would be above satisfactory (4-5 star). My wife order the pan roasted duck. She was a bit more disappointed than I was.

We no longer eat out as much as we used to (pre-children), and when we go out again, El Paseo will sadly not be on our list of considerations.

Advice: if you're going to serve a select menu, absolutely nail *every* item.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 20, 2017

Our first visit to El Paseo for my birthday and we had a fabulous time! We are both British and the wood tables and brickwork reminded us of home. Food was outstanding. Can't wait to return!

Tags: Special Occasion, Neighborhood Gem, Cozy, Quiet Conversation, Romantic, Good for a Date
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 15, 2017

always good for a special occasion and getting a drink in the passage bar is a must. we always meet the most interesting people there.

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 13, 2017

The smoked trout avocado toast is delicious and very filling for an appetizer. Salad with green goddess dressing very bland. Love the European atmosphere. Even though staff was told there was a birthday at the table, no acknowledgement was made.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 13, 2017

Yummy as always! Thanks for another great experience!!!

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·Dined on October 9, 2017

Always a favorite ... but both my husband and I are very disappointed to not have the popovers anymore because of the new chef. Bring them back!

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 8, 2017

Maybe we picked a bad night. We were finally getting together with friends we hadn’t seen in a while. Having eaten at El Paseo several times in the past we thought we knew what to expect. We were excited that they now have a full bar and a new chef. They failed to deliver on almost everything. We arrived punctually at 7:30 and were seated promptly. Then we sat. No water. No bread. No offer of cocktails. After 25 minutes I went back up to the hostess and mentioned that it might be nice to have a drink. The waitress finally arrived in a huff and took our drink orders and our appetizer order - sort of...she was simultaneously trying to take an order from the table next to us. Weird. We ordered the Brussels sprouts and grilled padron peppers. I had to inquire about my drink 10 minutes and I was told the manager would be bringing it out momentarily (he didn’t). The first thing the bus boy brought out was...a “little gem” salad. We mentioned that we hadn’t ordered a salad so he took it back and the sprouts were brought out. They were very good, cooked with lardon. Next out came —a little gem salad. We sent it back again. A few minutes later out came — another little gem salad. You cannot make this up. The bus boys were thoroughly confused. The peppers finally came out a good 15 minutes after the sprouts. The first one I ate was mild and the next one basically ruined my mouth for the rest of the night. When we commented there was too much time between the apps, the waitress said that “share plates are brought out as they are ready” (they sure make little gem salads quickly).

For our mains we had one skirt steak, the veggie risotto and two pork chops. My steak was cooked perfectly medium rare, however it was very chewy and pretty bland. The frites were excessively salty. The risotto was dry, undercooked and flavorless. The only truly great item was the pork chop, served with figs and pearl onions. Tasty

I have a lot more to say but I’m out of characters. Cmon Open Tabl

Tags: Notable Wine List, Romantic, Fit for Foodies, Great for Outdoor Dining
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 4, 2017

Not the best restaurant experience. Waitress seemed indifferent. Food was Just OK
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