Here Are 8 Marin Restaurants With Perfect Summer Vibes

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Ayawaska Hilltop

Dinner with a view takes on a whole new meaning at Ayawaska. Beyond the sweeping vista of Novato from the patio, this Peruvian restaurant offers something for everyone; we’re talking vegan, vegetarian and gluten-free options in addition to carnivore-pleasing appetizers and main dishes. While open for lunch and dinner, Ayawaska also recently introduced its Night Lounge Life events on Fridays and Saturdays, which is the perfect time to dive into the extensive cocktail list. 850 Lamont Avenue, Novato


Barrel House Tavern

Barrel House Tavern was once home to the first ferry terminal with service to and from San Francisco, but the building has since been reimagined into a modern eatery known for its California cuisine, unique interior and waterfront views. Fresh, local seafood is the star of the menu here, with options like seafood towers and caviar recommended for anyone feeling fancy. Summer flavors abound in the all-day happy hour offerings, and the watermelon margarita is a local favorite. 660 Bridgeway, Sausalito


Hog Island Co. — The Boat Oyster Bar

Farm-to-fork doesn’t get much better than this. The Boat Oyster Bar is a full-service cafe at Hog Island Oyster Farm where all tables are outside, just steps away from where the oysters are grown. While walk-ins are welcome on Thursdays, on Fridays through Mondays you must make reservations. The grilled oysters are a delight, especially when paired with the miso nori butter, house-made with wild seaweed harvested right off the oyster gear in Tomales Bay. 20215 Shoreline Highway, Marshall


Hook Fish Co. at Proof Lab Beer Garden

This Mill Valley hideaway, which shares space with a beer garden and a surf shop, has infinite beach day vibes. And Hook Fish Co.’s menu lives up to its name, with several thoughtfully sourced seafood choices to enjoy. Start with poke and chips, and then try to decide between classic fish options like tacos or a sandwich for your main. There’s limited seating inside, but the lively patio is where you’ll really want to sit anyway. 254 Shoreline Highway, Mill Valley


Petite Left Bank

If the Paris Olympics have you dreaming of jetting off to France, may we suggest the far more convenient and very much authentic Petite Left Bank instead? Schedule yourself a mini getaway in the form of a relaxing weekday brunch; try the moules frites, and if you’re feeling extra indulgent, sip on a wild berry martini, too. Keep an eye out for the Bastille Day celebration and the Taste of Provence Wine and Food Week this summer. 1696 Tiburon Boulevard, Tiburon



Nothing says summer like alfresco dining with a waterside view, which is why you’ll want to make a visit to Piatti this summer. Experience the authentic Italian flavors here by trying one of the spot’s homemade pastas, like the lemon ricotta ravioli, which packs savory flavor with spinach, sage brown butter and breadcrumbs to complement the citrusy notes. Toast your meal and the view with a Piatti Spritz, a refreshing cocktail of Aperol, prosecco, aromatic bitters and sparkling rosé. 625 Redwood Highway, Mill Valley


Rocker Oysterfeller’s Seaside

Here’s one to be on the lookout for: Rocker Oysterfeller’s, the roadhouse restaurant that you know and love in Valley Ford, is opening a brand-new location in Bodega Bay that makes for a perfect summer day trip. The seaside spot will be serving up the same Southern comfort food that it’s already famous for, but with some twists that favor its new locale. Think more steak and seafood options, local beers and of course, all the barbecued and raw oysters you can dream of. 595 Highway 1, Bodega Bay



Housed in Mill Valley’s original sawmill building, Watershed’s rustic cuisine is guided by what’s available from our local bounty. Many dishes are smoked and grilled over a woodburning fire — peak summertime flavors. Go for a surf and turf–inspired meal by starting with smoked trout dip and following up with a woodfire grilled burger made with Stemple Creek beef and a house-made bun. Grab a seat outside and settle in for people-watching while you eat. 129 Miller Avenue, Ste. 500, Mill Valley


a table full of oysters and brunch dishes
Photo by Leila Seppa