Zahav celebrates Middle Eastern fare, but with a modern, digestible take. Not just any old falafel restaurant, the design of the place itself is meant to transport guests to Jerusalem squares, and the Israeli food is centered around laffa bread, hummus variations you’ve never tasted before and small plates of grilled meats and roasted vegetables that can stand on their own.
Walking into Balthazar, you’ll find yourself smack dab in the middle of a Parisian bistro. Wine bottles line the walls, and the barstools, mirrors and ruby red leather booths only accentuate the brasserie-style cuisine. With rich dishes and daily indulgent specials, you won't even have time to think about the breakfast bakery (but you should).
Steeped in authentic restaurant culture with a menu to boot, FIG is an American eatery with a sophisticated edge. Simple, standout ingredients are bumped up to their fullest potential, resulting in appetizers like white shrimp postage stamp ravioli and mains like chicken al mattone. A superb example of the fact that basic doesn’t mean boring.
Going out for tapas should be an experience, which is exactly what you’ll find at Jaleo. Surfaces made out of foosball tables and mismatched but cohesive seating arrangements set the mood when you walk in, but the small plates send it home. With an impressive queso selection and a chef who’s not afraid to stick things in the deep-fryer, Jaleo presents a venue for any time of day.
A peek into the high-end California of your imagination, the ever-changing tasting menu at Quince makes for a new experience each and every time. The food focuses on contemporary, West Marin County creations with ingredients sourced from a farm in Bolinas, making the flavors both seasonal and fresh.