Permanently Closed - Green Chile Kitchen Marin

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185 reviews
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$30 and under
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Mexican / Southwestern

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About

This restaurant is permanently closed. Green Chile Kitchen is dedicated to serving healthy, delicious food inspired by the traditions and cultures of New Mexico. Chile is the defining ingredient of this regional cuisine and sets us apart from other Latin eateries. Chef Ernesto Lopez is taking all the most popular dishes from our sister restaurant in San Francisco and elevating them while also creating some of his own. Our full service restaurant is located in the historic landmark that is Artworks Downtown, featuring original exposed brick and a beautiful handcrafted walnut bar. We welcome large parties and families.
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Mexican / Southwestern, Vegetarian / Vegan, Organic
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Hours of operation
Brunch
Sat, Sun 10:00 am–3:00 pm
Lunch
Tue–Sun 11:00 am–5:00 pm
Dinner
Tue, Wed, Sun 5:00 pm–8:30 pm
Thu–Sat 5:00 pm–9:00 pm
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Phone number
(415) 521-5691
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Ernesto Lopez
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Private party facilities
Green Chile Kitchen Marin has three exclusive private dining options. We have an art gallery spaces that can accommodate between 16 to 30 people. We have a downstairs wine cellar that can seat up to 16. And we have an outdoor patio area in the warmer months, which can seat 20-60 people.
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Private party contact
Emma Si Nae: (844) 883-5477
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Catering
GCK Marin offers several different catering options. From a self-serve taco bar to a three course meal served by our kitchen staff. We also can prepare lunch boxes for up to 30 people with just a few hours’ notice. Call and talk to a GCK employee to find out more about this service.
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
D Street
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Parking details
We have ample parking on the street and two public lots within a one block radius on C street.
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Public transit
Smart Train stop is Central San Rafael.
Additional
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cafe, Chef's Table, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Entertainment, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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San Francisco
17 reviews
Dined on March 8, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Have been there 3-4 times, and the food has been consistently good, with fresh ingredients. Tried the 1/4 roasted chicken with a citrus glaze and loved it.

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KC
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on March 7, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 3

Everything great until we were the second to last table left AT NINE PM (not late!!) and the server began putting chairs upended on tables and closing down. WHILE WE WERE STILL FINISHING OUR MEAL AND WINE. I literally haven't seen that since going to a diner. Come on, people! I'll come back, but this better not happen again.

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PT
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on March 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We made a reservation about noon and arrived at 6pm to be seated immediately. Service (by the bar tender!) was great, the food came in a reasonable time. the food was great and we stayed and talked for over two hours! recommended.

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G
San Francisco
18 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

I have dined at this restaurant several times and have noticed that it struggles with consistency.

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D
San Francisco
60 reviews
Dined on February 17, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

This was my second time here and really enjoyed it again. Had the best quesadilla ever. With chicken and green chilies, so flavorful. Loved the blistered Padron peppers as an appetizer. And the roast chicken my husband had was moist and super tasty. Our friends both enjoyed their food. This is a California Mexican restaurant, so foodie focused. The only issue was our waiter had multiple jobs, bussing, waiting, hosting. Perhaps someone did not show up for work. So he forgot our drinks, but otherwise was very helpful and accommodating. Would return next time in San Rafael.

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j
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 10, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Great food, atmosphere, and service. We've been here 4 or 5 times and varied our selection and never been disappointed.

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OT
San Francisco
29 reviews
Dined on February 10, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 2ambience 4

Was not impressed but I'm Mexican , guacamole was the best, Pozole was all hominy no meat
Disappointing. Slow service not enough servers for a Saturday

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OT
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on January 25, 2017
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Group offsite.

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D
Portland
37 reviews
Dined on January 16, 2017
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 2

This was my second time here and both times were completely disappointing. First off, the waitress is a complete space cadet. I was there with a friend I hadn't seen in awhile. We checked out the menu and each ordered a plate. Took a while to get the food and when it arrived, only one order arrived. We had asked the waitress questions about the menu and she confirmed both plates with us. So I sit there wondering where my food was,it was pretty busy at lunch but that is no excuse to serve one guest and not the other. We finally flagged down the man server and asked him where my food was. He acted dumbfounded and a bit rude, meanwhile my friend's food is getting cold, waiting for me to get my lunch. Finally, some chick who almost dropped the heavy plate before she slammed it down in front of me showed up with my lunch. It looked like it was haphazardly thrown on the plate.
No apologies, no offer to compensate us in anyway, I couldn't believe it. I ordered the tamales and they were heavy and seemed like they were sitting around for who knows how long.
Ok we made it thru that obnoxious ordeal...I have to add that I felt sick for hours after eating there. I will never return, I will let my friends know because it's not inexpensive and we were treated extremely rude. I'm very sorry we chose Green Chili today. If you've ever been to Austin, you will know that this isn't Tex-Mex food.

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OT
San Francisco
25 reviews
Dined on January 14, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We love Green Chile for its casual atmosphere and richly flavored dishes. Our favorites are the chile relleno, the posole the shrub drinks, & the seasonal specials. This is our ideal spot for a low key high flavors evening out.

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OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on January 14, 2017
Overall 3food 5service 1ambience 5

We've eaten at Green Chili many times, but the service was bizarrely bad on Saturday for our table. Took 1 hour plus to get our food -- received multiple and different excuses -- very strange. In the end, a couple round of drinks were comped and we received a discount on our bill. We appreciated the gesture and will return. However, if we have this experience again, it will likely be our last visit.

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San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on January 10, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The manager was terrific in making sure our party or 10 was taken care of. Our server helped to get us out on time but we never felt hurried. The food was terrific, wonderful flavours and fresh ingredients.

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ML
San Francisco
31 reviews
Dined on January 7, 2017
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 3

Second time there. Last one for me. Service took a while to get going. We were ignored after we joined our friends already seated even though we were greeted at the door. The steak in my salad was over cooked, dry and tasteless. The other elements of the salad were unremarkable and the dressing had no flavor. Too oily. Not enough acid.

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OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on January 3, 2017
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Fish tacos are amazing! Try the salsas

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CK
San Francisco
149 reviews
Dined on January 3, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Delicious! We had a great meal here earlier this week. The quinoa bowl with tofu and beans was yummy, the tamales delicious and the Christmas nachos we started with were very yummy. The only negative was that we were seated near the door next to the bar and it was very cold whenever it was left open by a staff member. Our waitress graciously closed it when we asked, but others repeatedly left it open resulting in some chilly breezes. I would recommend sitting away from this door if you get cold easily. Otherwise, we had a very good dinner and will be back.

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a
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2017
Overall 4food 4service 2ambience 4

Delicious food, sparse service. Server apologized, but hey, it's the holidays and resto could have been properly staffed. Huge portions! Chicken enchilada was amazing. Not typical rolled tortilla with filling; it seemed to be masa that had melded with the most delicious chicken stew ever. Fish tacos had single, small, thin flour tortillas that could not hold the filling, so a bit messy, but tasty. Faux margarita made with agave wine was terribly sweet ~ I asked server if I could have one without mixer, but she said they were batch prepared ahead of time. Don't bother unless you like syrup. I will go back, but probably would share a platter. Lots of interesting things on the menu.

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OT
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

So happy Green Chile Kitchen came north. New Mexico's favorite dishes bring me back time and again. Friendly staff. Nice interior. Love their posole and flat enchiladas. Great sauces. New Mexico's best champagne.

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NH
San Francisco
155 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

I took a pal out to lunch. He had the pasole and liked it a lot. I had the Chile Relleno with mild red sauce dinner (i.e. with black beans and rice) and it was dandy. Had a little iced tea as well. I was disappointed that there wasnt a simple sweet available for dessert. Just pie and something else that I can't remember.

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RT
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2016
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent all the way around. Don't miss the Green Chile Apple pie. Solid value but not inexpensive. Heartily recommended.

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OT
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on December 23, 2016
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful food and service.

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B
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on December 18, 2016
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

great food, different than other mexican restaurants
really great service

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TD
Toronto
34 reviews
Dined on December 17, 2016
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Visiting San Rafael for a couple of months and have tried many of the local restaurants. To date, Green Chile has been the best experience we've had since arriving three weeks ago. Their service level is outstanding and food simply amazing. Will be visiting again!

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C
San Francisco
10 reviews
Dined on December 15, 2016
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

High palate tasting here, with Santa Fe style dishes, casual yet pulled together place with good drinks as well.

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KT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on December 14, 2016
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We love this Restaurant. The food is so good and service is excellent. All staff here is super friendly. Our waitress was the best.

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G
San Francisco
11 reviews
Dined on December 14, 2016
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 3

Green Chili is always a treat. The food is fresh, healthy and full of interesting tastes and textures. You can just go for appetizers and make these into a meal, while getting to sample more from the menu.

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SS
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on November 28, 2016
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

MY go to San Rafael favorite. cool art studios attached and super interesting take on Mexican cuisine! Try the spicy lemonade and the Carne Adovada.

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SO
San Francisco
17 reviews
Dined on November 27, 2016
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Second or third time there. Took my New Mexico-raised wife who pronounced it excellent and authentic. Me, I just liked it a lot. Throw in the excellent service and reasonable prices....

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OT
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on November 22, 2016
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

We we love this place. Keep up the good work. Watermelon margaritas are the best!!

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OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on November 19, 2016
Overall 3food 3service 1ambience 4

We have eaten here a few times and the service is extremely inefficient. From entry to exit - very little customer acknowledgment. It seems the bar should have a person present at all times to serve and provide drinks. They were missing in action and visiting on the floor. Plates were removed and the table was not wiped down without asking. Needs better management training. Otherwise the food was good. But w/out good service , why return?

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a
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on November 19, 2016
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Amazing food, super fun place, love it!!

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j
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on November 15, 2016
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

So happy to have discovered this restaurant right on 4th Stree in downtown San Rafael. Outstanding posole and blue corn tortilla. Excellent kale salad -- will definitely order it again. Will also return to check out breakfast and dinner.

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OT
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on November 12, 2016
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best new Mexican cuisine outside of Santa Fe!
The staff were amazing the food was fabulous the atmosphere perfect! Highly recommend!

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C
San Francisco
17 reviews
Dined on November 7, 2016
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Absolutely fabulous food (with options for carnivores, vegetarians, and gluten-free folks) along with varied and enticing drink choices, and excellent service. Kudos!

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t
San Francisco
13 reviews
Dined on November 4, 2016
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Loved the green chili stew and Corazon margarita! Jacinto was a fantastic waiter. He has been our waiter the two times we have eaten there.

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P
Western NC
4 reviews
Dined on October 29, 2016
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

The kitchen messed up our order twice, but the waitstaff made it right.

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F
San Francisco
9 reviews
Dined on October 28, 2016
Overall 3food 4service 1ambience 3

I like the food, but the wait service is terrible - our server was having dinner at the bar and never came to get our order. We flagged down another server who seemed surprised that we wanted to place a dinner order - where is the restaurant manager who should be keeping an eye on service? Neither server came to check on us again. The table bussers were very nice and helpful, unfortunately the wait staff isn't . This has happened several time, and i don't think we'll be back. In addition, the prices are quite high, you should reconsider charging for chips & salsa, and have some enticement for people to come in and feel like they are getting a good deal. I've given this place more than a few chances, but they've lost us as customers, unfortunate since we live only a few blocks away.

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DT
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2016
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Unusual Mexican food. Just be clear with the waitress about the heat level of the food, as in spiciness.

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AH
New York Area
13 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2016
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

Der Service war ausgesprochen zuvorkommend und das Essen ist sehr lecker und reichhaltig. Vom Ambiente stört vielleicht einzig, dass es etwas laut ist. Aber nun ja, es ist halt eine Menge los. Ansonsten sehr zu empfehlen.

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AH
New York Area
13 reviews
Dined on October 11, 2016
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Das Restaurant bietet eine tolle mexikanische Karte und lecker Cocktails. Man sollte wissen, dass es allerdings auch einmal etwas lauter werden kann.

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r
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on October 8, 2016
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Finally wised-up and made a reservation to eat here, after 2 failed attempts as a walk-in. It was worth the effort. My chile rellenos were fantastic, my husband's combination plate was delicious, and the peanut butter pie for dessert (which we had to have after spotting our neighbor's) made a tasty end to the meal. Light, fresh sauces and the use of blue corn as a base for tortillas, tamales etc. made this one of the tastiest Mexican meals we've had in a long while.

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