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El Paseo

4.3
1313 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Californian
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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.
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
Californian, American, Contemporary American
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Hours of operation
Dinner: Daily:
Sunday-Thursday 5:00pm - 9:00pm
Friday & Saturday 5:00pm-10:00pm
Sunday Brunch: 11am - 2:30pm
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Phone number
(415) 388-0741
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Smart Casual
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Executive chef
Todd Shoberg
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Private party facilities
We look forward to hosting your private event.
Please email events@elpaseomillvalley.com for more information and seated/standing capacity.
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Private party contact
our Events Team: (415) 388-0741
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Blithedale
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Parking details
Parking is located on the street as well as a pay lot at the corner of Sunnyside and Miller.
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Special events & promotions
Inquire for more information.

events@elpaseomillvalley.com

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Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Fireplace, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine
What 1313 People Are Saying
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4.2
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4.6
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3.7
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70% of people would recommend it to a friend
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4.0Dined 3 days ago

This restaurant has an absolutely beautiful setting. On a lovely summer night, one can eat indoors or outdoors. It is charming. The food is delicious.

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2.0Dined 5 days ago

I asked for my steak Medium/medium-rare and it was very WELL done. kind of a hockey puck.... also it has cheese on it? odd.

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5.0Dined 5 days ago

Hidden charming & romantic historic Mill Valley restaurant, innovative dishes, friendly and attentive service.

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5.0Dined 6 days ago

The noise level was Horrible!!! People were too loud to hear anything they were talking about. People standing in resturant at next table- if it was a party they had another room for them...

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4.0Dined on April 14, 2018

Great date night spot and something new within Marin

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4.0Dined on April 5, 2018

Only complaint is Sammy Hagar's idea of "background" music...realize he's a rocker, but listening to the Doors during a quiet dinner together...well, not my idea of the music I should NOT be hearing when having a quiet, intimate dinner...even the staff apologized saying "Sammy really like rock"...too bad, Sammy, YOU AIN'T PAYING TO EAT HERE....find someone who can do a real "playlist" and enlist them to make it interesting and yet, not jarring.
Service was spectacular!

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3.0Dined on April 4, 2018

Overall ambiance was nice. Our table, however, was so dark we could not read the menu nor see our meals well! The food was also disappointing: the chicken was great, but the accompanying vegetables were drowned in olive oil. The black cod was nice, but it was swimming in a sea of broth (impossible to see the vegetables and shellfish). No bread was available to accompany the meal, as it had not been delivered that day! Too bad.

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4.0Dined on April 3, 2018

Beautiful, romantic, charming atmosphere and very nicely prepared food. The service is gracious and timely without interrupting. I wish there were a few more vegetarian options but liked what I had very much.

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3.0Dined on April 2, 2018

overpriced

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5.0Dined on April 1, 2018

Excellent from start to finish. Sammy sat next to us! Super nice guy. Waitstaff was awesome! Not sure about the cheese on the ribeye but they were great separately. The ribeye was amazing!

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5.0Dined on April 1, 2018

Todd Shoberg has done a fabulous job with El Paseo’s menu.

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5.0Dined on April 1, 2018

Special in every way!

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5.0Dined on March 31, 2018

We had a delicious date night here last weekend. The risotto was amazing, my husband loved his beef tenderloin and the waiter was very helpful in choosing wines. We will be back!

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3.0Dined on March 28, 2018

This restaurant has beautiful ambiance and a really interesting menu. That's the good news. The bad news is that the service sucks (there's no other word for it). Our server was indifferent at best - some might say downright cold - and not at all attentive, which detracted from the above mentioned ambiance and food. We won't be going here again.

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2.0Dined on March 28, 2018

We ordered 4 apps & 2 entrees. One of the appetizers was missing the pork belly, which was described on the menu. One entree, the ribeye, was over cooked and was missing the confit potatoes & our burger had an aioli on it that we asked to be on the side. The server seemed to be rushing us as well. The first thing our server said to us when they approached our table “are you ready to order dinner “ Very disappointing birthday dinner.

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2.0Dined on March 24, 2018

Really disappointed. Has been a favorite restaurant. This was a terrible waiter. Messed up our orders twice. No apologies and very unconcerned. Simply no class guy. Two of our meals were fine. Two were not at all and that was the kitchens fault. It will be awhile before we try it again.

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5.0Dined on March 24, 2018

Best Chef and atmosphere in the Bay Area. Mill Valley Gem!

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5.0Dined on March 20, 2018

Truly a great experience. Very cool and intimate dining room with equally as cool bar. Food was excellent and the wait staff could not have been better. Can’t wait to go back.

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5.0Dined on March 18, 2018

We were seated promptly. Service was quick and unobtrusive. The food was absolutely delicious, particularly the sauces. It was a perfect spot for our sixth anniversary!

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5.0Dined on March 17, 2018

We started with a drink at their bar across from the restaurant. Great ambiance and excellent service. Food was outstanding. Server was fantastic.

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2.0Dined on March 15, 2018

Disappointed with the menu changes. The steak was terrible too much going on, plus only 4 little potatoes. The cow boy steak was better. They over cooked mine from my request. The Appetizers were good. But price wise not that good.Didn't appreciate they were having a woman trying to reserve the place it for her reception. She was facetiming with her fiance. I thought it was rude. If people are going to insect the area for a special occasion. They should do it before people come in to dine. Plus, the menu which was on the website for dessert was wrong. Since their new take is farm to table. I wish they kept some old stuff. But the service was nice and the dessert was on the house since it was our anniversary. But sadly for the prices and the disappointing menu changes we will not be back.

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4.0Dined on March 13, 2018

I had not been to El Paseo in nearly 40 years. I was pleased to see that it has retained all of its romantic elegance. Service was great and the food was original and unique. I had the risotto, which was absolutely delicious. My only criticism is that a longer menu with more options would have been nice.

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2.0Dined on March 12, 2018

The hostess was pleasant and wished my wife happy birthday.
The server was apathetic, distant, and begrudgingly did her job. We had to ask for things that normally a server would ensure we had or needed.
There were ants on the menus given to us.
Even though I made sure on the reservation and confirmed with the hostess, there was nothing done for my wife's birthday. I could have been wrong in assuming that the staff would sing happy birthday and bring a cake, but I've never been to a restaurant that didn't do that. Next time I can go to Applebees and get better service, as good if not better food, and a festive staff happy to bring a cake and sing happy birthday, for a lot cheaper price.
This is the fifth restaurant we've been to either owned by or associated with Sammy. Each one has had terrible service.

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5.0Dined on March 9, 2018

Everything we ordered from beginning to end was so darn delicious. Food was so fresh, cooked perfectly, and was really really well done. Service was spot on, ambiance of the place is awesome. Can’t wait to come back

(Do yourself a favor, order the steak)

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2.0Dined on March 7, 2018

Sorry the food did not live up to the expectations. The chicory salad was full of vinegar. The portions of 16 oz steaks are large so we split it and had to cut the meat up at the table . My husband had the steak also and did not like the cheese and other things on the top. ( Same thing the restaurant critic said 6 months ago) It was a quality piece of beef. Oysters we perfect. The place was deserted at 8 pm and bar empty. We asked for chocolate sauce with the vanilla ice cream and got salt.

This is a wonderful location but the front door is a bit confusing . We have eaten there over a period of many years in various formats. The best restaurant was the french one with the great wine cellar. It is a lovely romantic dining room and spacious booths and the new bar area across the way. Menu is very limited.

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4.0Dined on March 4, 2018

Need better starters menu like a cheese plate

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3.0Dined on March 4, 2018

Great atmosphere and outstanding service. Unfortunately, the food was a disappointment. The very pricey steak was mediocre and the cod was fishy and really inedible (I have never had fishy black cod before). Fortunately they did not charge us for the fish...but overall a disappointing date night.

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5.0Dined on March 3, 2018

Great food, staff and ambiance. We had a wonderful Birthday dinner for my husband.

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5.0Dined on March 1, 2018

Tremendous customer service! Everyone from the bartender to the chef what a dining experience.

The owner was great as well. He took the time to celebrate 2 birthdays, one who was 90 and 55.!!

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5.0Dined on February 27, 2018

On a rainy Monday night we had a wonderful dining experience at El Paseo to celebrate our birthdays. Few diners were out that evening , seated in the front dining room with the fireplace glowing the ambience could not have been nicer. Our crab entree was delicious followed by a sensational pot du creme.
I look forward to my next visit here and won’t wait for a special occasion.

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4.0Dined on February 25, 2018

Loved it as always but there was no vegetarian option for an entree. The chef was kind enough
to create another dish but it wasnt good - felt rushed. There has always been at least one veg option on the entree list that I can remember. Otherwise a wonderful meal.

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5.0Dined on February 23, 2018

Wonderful on all levels

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3.0Dined on February 19, 2018

Disappointing. We have annually made the 1 hr+ drive to El Paseo annually for the last 4 Valentine's Day dinners but food and service has gone down each year. We don't think it's worth the trek after the latest visit of 2.18.18.

Upon entry there is a very foul & off putting smell. It could be the strong blue cheese they use but we could smell it even at our table which affected our ability to enjoy the evening. Service was slow despite low attendance yet the noise level was incredibly high making it difficult to talk across the table.

We weren't served popovers which the restaurant is known for & no other type of bread was offered either. Also no deviled eggs that we asked for as we were told they only serve those now during Happy Hour that only ended 30 minutes earlier. Terrible food pairings in that a heavy strong blue cheese of sorts came on the pork chop which was weird and was quickly pushed aside after the first bite. The duck breast was not seared which is the one thing that makes or breaks a properly cooked duck breast. Lots of broken shell in the oysters that were otherwise very nice. Brussels sprouts were burned, as in black, but edible because they didn't taste like too much char. Overall the kitchen needs to take pride in what they serve and should check menu items before they are sent out to the table.

Oh, and the cocktail pricing is higher in the bar than when when you order the same thing in the dining area? What's that about? The bartender, himself, was great and he was pushing water on everyone that had a drink to assure all were drinking responsibly.

We still love the atmosphere but it's time for us to find a more suiting special occasion restaurant to visit in the future. There are too many other great options in the Bay.

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2.0Dined on February 18, 2018

Rib eye was topped with a cheese that hurt the flaver of the meat. Pork chop was good but i could have made it at home. I spent $288 and it was not woth it. Very disappointed. a few years ago the double kobe beef rib eye was the bomb. We didnt know the chef has changed..

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2.0Dined on February 15, 2018

The food is disappointing - service is less than mediocre. It’s definitely not the same since Tyler Florence parted ways. Small menu and not a whole lot of choices. So sad

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2.0Dined on February 15, 2018

We used to love this place...
no more bread when you sit down
Complete disappointed Sammy Hagar!!!
Food was no worth the price. We would come here often and spend a significant amount of money..... no more... the new chef does not impress at all!

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4.0Dined on February 15, 2018

Food very good. One of our salads was missing an ingredient listed on the menu. It goes past three people before being served (salad maker, expediter, runner) but was missed. Missing element brought quickly when requested. Carrot appetizer good, but could use more carrots for the price. Meat cooked somewhat under what was requested, but server knew this might happen and encouraged us to order one degree more cooked than desired. Worked out (still underdone a bit, but better than overdone). Server was very nice, friendly, efficient - she was the best part. Atmosphere nice, not too loud. One gripe - as long as I've gone there, the lights over the stalls in the women's restroom have been out. We don't need "mood lighting" in the restroom. We need to be able to see. This is not the place to save on electricity or create atmosphere. It's also not safe, especially for more mature folks or those with mobility challenges.

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4.0Dined on February 14, 2018

The food was very good. Had a delicious pork chop, that was it on the plate. Some very good local blue cheese and honeycomb on top. Very nice combo but really called out for a green and a little starch. I will return and have gone here off and on since the 1980s, different owners and incarnations every few years but always pretty good.

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2.0Dined on February 14, 2018

The ambiance at El Paseo couldn't be more beautiful, unfortunately the service couldn't have been worse. We went there to celebrate Valentine's Day. We showed up about 15 minutes early for an 8:15 reservation. Our table wasn't ready so we were invited to have a drink at the bar. The bartender wouldn't recognize me for the first 10 minutes. When I finally managed to get his attention I asked for a wine list. He eventually gave me one - unfortunately it was illegible (I think their printer must have run out of ink). When I mentioned that, he said he didn't have another copy. He never made eye contact again to tell me what wines were available or to ask what we might want to drink. After being ignored for the next 20 minutes we left, checked on our table and were told it still wasn't ready. We were invited to sit outside and wait. Unfortunately it was cold, the heat lamps weren't on (though there were blankets) and we ended up waiting for another full hour! When we finally sat down we were looking forward to ordering the duck since we heard it was great. Well, the first thing the waitress told us is that they were out of the duck. We ended up ordering one fish entree and one rib-eye entree. The fish was tasteless and the rib-eye was very tough and chewy and hard to eat. The next time we saw the waitress she told us she'd bring the bill! She never asked us how we were doing, never asked how the food was, never offered us a dessert menu or coffee! I think she and the wait-staff wanted to go home (understandably, it was getting late)... but then again we had a reservation and it wasn't our fault that we were seated over an hour late! Nor did the waitress ever let us know that we should eat fast, or order dessert up front because they were getting ready to close. All in all the service was very impersonal to say the least and unfortunately made for a very disappointing Valentine's experience. I sent the restaurant a private email and got no response.

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3.0Dined on February 14, 2018

If we'd had bread we might not be cranky.
It's hard to give a restaurant a less than outstanding review for Valentine's Day because it's busy and everybody has high expectations. However, it took a very long time for us to get initial attention and a glass of celebratory sparkling wine so we were let down early. There was no bread offered and no one in the room had any until one couple later in the evening, so somehow we missed the secret bread password. The food itself was creative, inspired, and flavorful from salad to vegetables to entrees (duck and halibut) to dessert (doughnuts), and fairly priced. However, a wine overcharge that had to be reversed didn't help the feeling that the waitstaff just really weren't engaged in making our evening a pleasant experience.
Ultimately the question is whether we will return; the answer is probably not.

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