We love to cook and having a BBQ on our deck or a meal at our kitchen table looking out to the ocean are our favorites! But it IS your vacation, so if you want to leave the work to someone else, there are a few great options that you can walk (or ride the beach cruisers) to in town.
Parkside Café is a fantastic breakfast spot with omelets filled with fresh seasonal produce and homemade baked goods. It is also a great place to get take out pizza! Lunch is also available to-go through the take out window and is a great place to pick up a hot dog and a milkshake to take across the street to the park.
The Sand Dollar is a Stinson Beach landmark built in 1921 and has some of the best clam chowder around. Eating inside or out, the food is delicious and the service always great! With a full bar and sports on the TV, it’s also a great place to sit at the counter and have some calamari. Enjoy the live jazz duet in the evening and you almost feel like you are taken back to a simpler time.
Breakers café is a great place to have breakfast or lunch. Amazing huevos rancheros and a bloody mary, or delicious sandwiches and salads…with the game always on the tv. A very nice heated patio offers a leisurely long morning brunch.
Surfer’s Grill is located in the lifeguard tower at the southern end of the beach. Simple “beach” food is available. This place is usually pretty crowded on nice days, with sporadic opening schedules in the off-season.
If you would like to go for a drive, there are several recommended spots both North and South.
The Pelican Inn is a charming pub-style restaurant nestled in Muir Beach. With authentic British beer and darts, you will feel like you are on the beach in Wales.
Coast Café in Bolinas has amazing BBQ’d oysters and excellent clam chowder. To experience the true local Bolinas subculture, head over to Smiley’s for a drink.
Pt. Reyes station is filled with small cafes and markets. The most notable might be Cowgirl Creamery, known for its deliciously fresh and unique cheeses.
Continuing north,head to the Olema Inn for a true gourmet dining experience, or to any one of the several spots in Marshall for fresh oysters.