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Top recommendations from locals

From sightseeing to hidden gems, find out what makes the city unique with the help of the locals who know it best.
American Restaurant
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“Another local music club owned a Grateful Dead member Phil Lesh. A big space with full bar and restaurant on the San Rafael waterfront. Lots of indoor and outdoor seating complete with sand volleyball courts. Large separate space for hosting large performances. Note: There is a private dock if you come by boat.”
  • 77 locals recommend
Latin American Restaurant
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“Amazing Puerto Rican cuisine! A cult favorite amongst locals and visitors. Watch out for lines, though. ”
  • 60 locals recommend
Ice Cream Shop
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“Organic ice cream, including vegan flavors. Be prepared for a line out the door, but it’s typically worth the wait for a scoop of delicious ice cream for our local Strauss Family Creamery. ”
  • 35 locals recommend
Italian Restaurant
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“I don’t know, maybe it’s the giant wheel of Parmesan that they bring around to each table, maybe it’s the wacky piano player and sing-along that goes on in the back room, but this place always makes me feel warm and cozy.”
  • 33 locals recommend
American Restaurant
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“Great place to sit in the sun and enjoy the avocado hummus and margaritas. ”
  • 20 locals recommend
Other Great Outdoors
“A sweet little beach and major historic vibes. I love to picnic here and there are not a lot of people.”
  • 21 locals recommend
Bakery
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“Great for lunch, sit outside or take out and bring home. Awesome for breakfast parties and good coffee too!”
  • 20 locals recommend
Japanese Restaurant
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“Who would ever think that little Fairfax would have such a great sushi restaurant. But we do!”
  • 18 locals recommend
Boat or Ferry
“Ferry that takes you to the heart of San Francisco, runs all day, 7 days a week”
  • 22 locals recommend
Indie Movie Theatre
“Are you up for seeing a movie ? I highly recommend this place. They have an amazing selection of independent films from around the world and newly released documentaries. Films you won't see anywhere else. I'm usually there about once a month! They also have great snacks. ”
  • 22 locals recommend
Mexican Restaurant
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“Latin Fusion and great atmosphere and bar. 1.3 miles from here. You can walk off the guacamole!”
  • 28 locals recommend
Mediterranean Restaurant
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“Another local favorite. Fine dining restaurant with top notch service. The Mediterranean food here is mouth-watering. Great wine too. ”
  • 25 locals recommend
Boat or Ferry
“You can take the ferry to the city by catching it at the Larkspur Ferry Terminal.”
  • 18 locals recommend
Bus Station
“Can easily get a bus from here to SFO, or to the Ferry Terminal at Larkspur Landing where you can take a ferry ride to the city.”
  • 14 locals recommend
Bakery
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“Local favorite. This little bakery can get pretty busy and while it’s a little pricey, their baked goods and breakfast\lunch food is pretty spectacular. Comforts is around the corner and is also very delicious! Downtown San Anselmo is also a really cute place to explore too and walk off your meal.. Check out Imagination park with the Indiana Jones and Yoda statues.”
  • 25 locals recommend
Shopping Mall
“Northgate Shopping Mall is about half a mile down the street with a variety of casual and fast food eateries. Paneras, Mexican, Roadside BBQ and BJ's are just a few. There is also a Peet's Coffee and frozen yogurt along with a Movie Theatre. A CVS and Walgreens are also in that vicinity.”
  • 13 locals recommend

Top restaurants

American Restaurant
“Another local music club owned a Grateful Dead member Phil Lesh. A big space with full bar and restaurant on the San Rafael waterfront. Lots of indoor and outdoor seating complete with sand volleyball courts. Large separate space for hosting large performances. Note: There is a private dock if you come by boat.”
  • 77 locals recommend
Latin American Restaurant
“Amazing Puerto Rican cuisine! A cult favorite amongst locals and visitors. Watch out for lines, though. ”
  • 60 locals recommend
Italian Restaurant
“I don’t know, maybe it’s the giant wheel of Parmesan that they bring around to each table, maybe it’s the wacky piano player and sing-along that goes on in the back room, but this place always makes me feel warm and cozy.”
  • 33 locals recommend
American Restaurant
“Great place to sit in the sun and enjoy the avocado hummus and margaritas. ”
  • 20 locals recommend
Japanese Restaurant
“Who would ever think that little Fairfax would have such a great sushi restaurant. But we do!”
  • 18 locals recommend
Mexican Restaurant
“Latin Fusion and great atmosphere and bar. 1.3 miles from here. You can walk off the guacamole!”
  • 28 locals recommend
Mediterranean Restaurant
“Another local favorite. Fine dining restaurant with top notch service. The Mediterranean food here is mouth-watering. Great wine too. ”
  • 25 locals recommend
Bakery
“Local favorite. This little bakery can get pretty busy and while it’s a little pricey, their baked goods and breakfast\lunch food is pretty spectacular. Comforts is around the corner and is also very delicious! Downtown San Anselmo is also a really cute place to explore too and walk off your meal.. Check out Imagination park with the Indiana Jones and Yoda statues.”
  • 25 locals recommend

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