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.
Mill Valley, CA 94941
Californian, American, Contemporary American
Hours of Operation:
Sunday-Thursday 5:00pm - 9:00pm
Friday & Saturday 5:00pm-10:00pm
Happy Hour: Sunday-Thursday 4:00pm - 5:00pm
$31 to $50
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El Paseo Ratings and Reviews
Food and service were quite good, but there is nothing extraordinary about this current incarnation of El Paseo. Ambiance OK, but it took a while to get the throbbing background music turned down to barely audible. Rap music for dinner - really?
Our server was great. However entrees were under cooked . We ordered the same entree, portions on each plate were grossly different....one plate a full serving, the other about 2/3's of a full serving. Very disappointing as we have liked their new chef in the past.
Service was poor. Not staffed for Christmas Eve. Nice staff, just insufficient for the night. Steak was under-cooked but given the staffing inadequacy, sending it back did not seem a wise alternative. Too bad. It’s a rather unique place, but we won’t be going back.
JoJo our server was absolutely terrible. Rude, unfriendly and just not enjoyable at all. Completely unapologetic for one of our entree being prepared incorrectly. Barely checked in after delivering our food. She seemed completely put out to be taking care of our table. She was friendly and warm to the table next to us however it definitely ruined our Christmas dinner. You would think a $500 tab would warrant some high end service... we’ve dined here many many times however a few more experience like this one with JoJo and we’ll be headed elsewhere... they should beware what an extremely bad Apple can do to repeat business at a high end place like this...
Waiter was a jerk. We ordered appetizers, first courses and entree. Our first course salads were rushed to the table while we were trying to enjoy our appetizers. When I asked the waiter to slow down the service, his response was defensive and he tried to correct me by implying the appetizers and the first courses were intended to be had at the same time. Then the entries came and we all were disappointed. Pork was tough...cod was small and lacked flavor and the very expensive steaks were tough and over cooked.
Other than the charming atmosphere the rest of the dinning experienced was below par.
Ordered the duck breast entree and it arrived totally unccoked, red in the Center. What I tried was chewy and had no flavor. I returned it to have it suficiently cooked and 5 minutes later
the duck was slightly more cooked but one of the least appetizing duck entrees I have ever ordered. The waitress asked if I would like another entree instead and I chose the Crab, which was very tasty, however the fries were lying on the same plate as the crab and were totally soggy from the crab juice. My wife’s cod entree was quite small and uninspiring. The new celebrity chef was missing in action. The $14 glass of Pinot Noir was thin and uninspiring. For the price paid, there are much better places to dine in Marin.
This was my fifth time to dine at L Paseo in the past it has been fantastic. This time looking back there were several red flags that we overlooked. There’s no longer a menu there’s a one piece sheet of paper with some entrées on it. There was one meat selection a ribeye not like there was before three or four different steaks or chops to choose from. This ribeye at $52 came with new potatoes and leeks with a layer of cheese melted over the steak the smell was somewhat overpowering. My steak was good, it was not wonderful it was good. But very little selection now it’s a little pricey. it’s a shame Sammy Hagar had a beautiful restaurant there in the past
It was cool outside and we were sat in a small cozy room with a fireplace. Great service. Dinner menu had only 5 entrees and seemed limited. Two people ordered the cod, and it was overcooked. I had the Sugar Pumpkin Bolognese, good, not memrable. Would go again for the ambiance and location.
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.
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.
New menu is terrible. Good trying way to hard to be clever. Nothing pairs. Left feeling hungry. No more deviled eggs. Lots of stuff gone and new things are really just not at all satisfying.
Staff was uninspired. Our server was obviously not into the changes. Unenthusiastic is a good description.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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"
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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.
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.
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.
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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