Where to Eat in Fairfax: The Best Restaurants and Bars

April 14, 2018 Myesha Cogley

Fairfax is an incorporated town in Marin County, California, United States. Fairfax is located 3.25 miles (5.2 km) west-northwest of San Rafael, at an elevation of 115 feet (35 m). The population is 7,441 at the 2010 census. Fairfax is the only town in America that holds a Green Party majority in the town council.
Things to do in Fairfax

1. Fairfax Scoop

63 Broadway Blvd, Fairfax, CA 94930-1653 Takeout, Wheelchair Accessible American SGD 26 +1 415-453-3130
Excellent
88%
Good
11%
Satisfactory
1%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

5 based on 107 reviews

Fairfax Scoop

Reviewed By simiseeu - Simi Valley

I think this tiny ice cream shop is the #1 rated eatery in Fairfax. Mind you, they have some delish ice cream, but nothing you've never had at several dozen other places, quality-wise. Sure,if you're in the mood for some ice cream, go for it. But I don't see a particular wow factor here, at least relative to other ice cream shops.

2. Sorella Cafe

107 Bolinas Rd, Fairfax, CA 94930-1610 Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible Italian Dinner +1 415-258-4520
Excellent
63%
Good
29%
Satisfactory
8%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 75 reviews

Sorella Cafe

Reviewed By Schlepper1939 - Lennox Head, Australia

We went as a family group of six and were most impressed by the ambience of the restaurant.
I loved the touch when each member of our party was given a scoop of parmesan cheese from half a wheel on the counter before we ordered.
Prompt, friendly service.
While I felt my calamari with penne pasta could have done with more calamari and a lot less penne, it was very tasty. Other members had, among other things, the lasagne which my wife declared to be the best lasagne she has ever had in a restaurant, and that includes Italy.
The only criticism of the lasagne was that the serves were excessive in size, so if you go there and want to order this, be prepared to take a lot home.
Would be more than happy to eat there again.

3. Valenti & Co

337 San Anselmo Ave, San Anselmo, CA 94960-2647 Wheelchair Accessible, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Street Parking, Free Off-Street Parking, Serves Alcohol, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Digital Payments, Accepts Discover, Accepts Credit Cards Italian, Wine Bar, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options Dinner SGD 26 - SGD 79 +1 415-454-7800
Excellent
87%
Good
7%
Satisfactory
4%
Poor
0%
Terrible
2%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 91 reviews

Valenti & Co

We make our own pastas, butchering, bread, pastries... we make extensive use of wholesome local and Italian ingredients and even grow several of our fresh herbs, fruits and vegetables and raise our own eggs in a state certified facility. We like to be wholesome, it's hard work, but like chef Valenti says "after all, I do eat here everyday!" Our wine list is crafted around our cuisine, so we feature mostly Northern Italian wines some of which you'll be thrilled to discover. On any given day we have at least 20 wines by the glass and on-tap from $6 and up.

Reviewed By Irwin T

If you can get a reservation, though somewhat expensive, a dinner here is well worth it. Everything about our dining experience was wonderful. The menu dishes are not the ordinary fare. Our dinner was well prepared and presented. Our server took care of our needs without being intrusive. There was no rushing, we spent two hours there with our friends.

4. Marin Coffee Roasters

4 Bolinas Rd, Fairfax, CA 94930-1621 Seating, Wheelchair Accessible Cafe Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner +1 415-451-1825
Excellent
50%
Good
50%
Satisfactory
0%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 12 reviews

Marin Coffee Roasters

Reviewed By TwinCreek - Michigan

Several family members were staying at Fairfax inn (separate review) and went to the roastery for coffee and pastries for four mornings. The repeat visits were the testimonial on how good everything tasted: scones, croissants, coffee, etc. would recommend coming here for a light start to your day.

5. MH Bread and Butter

101 San Anselmo Ave, San Anselmo, CA 94960-2800 Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Wheelchair Accessible American, Cafe, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options Breakfast, Lunch, Brunch +1 415-755-4575
Excellent
59%
Good
39%
Satisfactory
2%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 38 reviews

MH Bread and Butter

Reviewed By nonobanana - Inverness, California

This place rocks. The staff is fantastic. Use only top-quality organic ingredients. Salads, sandwiches, fantastic pastries and great bread. Really good mochas and coffee also. Ham and cheese croissants, almond croissants, Basque cake, flourless chocolate cake are among my favorites.

6. Sol Food Puerto Rican Cuisine

903 Lincoln Ave, San Rafael, CA 94901-3331 Delivery, Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible Caribbean, Latin, Puerto Rican, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Late Night +1 415-451-4765
Excellent
59%
Good
29%
Satisfactory
8%
Poor
3%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 575 reviews

Sol Food Puerto Rican Cuisine

Reviewed By ViewsAndReviews - Albuquerque, New Mexico

This beautifully appointed cozy restaurant is a foodie delight and truly transports me back to many wonderful Puerto Rican memories. The atmosphere is fun and the decor is too including a wall of old doors. Food so good I returned two days in a row before leaving town! Try the Huevos Benedictos over tostones— nice wheat free diversion made to perfection! Day 2 back for a Jamon y Queuso sandwich on tostones....plus a Cafe Helado. Adorable fun atmosphere and long lines to get in so go early— recommend 11 am. Metered parking but a few blocks away are free 2- hour spots and the train is close by too. Cute downtown area for walking and people watching.

7. Barefoot Cafe

1900 Sir Francis Drake Blvd, Fairfax, CA 94930-1221 Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Street Parking, Serves Alcohol, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Accepts Discover, Reservations, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Full Bar American, Gluten Free Options, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch +1 415-460-2160
Excellent
65%
Good
25%
Satisfactory
6%
Poor
3%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 90 reviews

Barefoot Cafe

Reviewed By Mike_vacation_12 - New York

You'll like food here. Can be tight if you have a large party. Staff very attentive. Food portions are big, fresh and delicious. I think the owner is constantly zooming around to make sure everything is moving nicely. Parking lot is just across street, so very handy. Friendly place. Other family members had breakfast there the same day and raved about it.

8. Comforts Restaurant & Deli

335 San Anselmo Ave, San Anselmo, CA 94960-2647 Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible American, Cafe, Delicatessen, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Breakfast, Lunch, Brunch, Dinner +1 415-454-9840
Excellent
57%
Good
31%
Satisfactory
9%
Poor
3%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 126 reviews

Comforts Restaurant & Deli

Reviewed By Joan88 - Mill Valley, California

Known for their famously delicious chicken salad...we love the tofu version...you can also eat here for breakfast or lunch...inside or out. Hard working staff. Lines form at the takeout counters for a reason...good choices abound! Goes pretty fast and staff is friendly. A San Anselmo treasure!

9. Panama Hotel

4 Bayview St, San Rafael, CA 94901-4913 Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar American, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Breakfast SGD 39 - SGD 39 +1 415-457-3993
Excellent
44%
Good
47%
Satisfactory
7%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 199 reviews

Panama Hotel

Reviewed By GoGlobalMan - Sausalito, California

Came for a Holiday luncheon in this historic, charming Inn in a residential neighborhood in central San Rafael. Quaint restaurant with inside, patio and covered outside dining. The place was very busy and a little noisy, but it transpired the Holiday mood in a larger city. Very friendly hostess and my reservation was honored immediately even seating us at a bigger table. Good choice menu. I can recommend the Panama burger. Nicely poured, good quality local and foreign wines. Prompt and professional service. Reasonable prices. Overall a very pleasant experience. They also have sophisticated life music on weekday evenings. Will be back for dinner and entertainment.

10. Wu Wei Tea Temple

1820 Sir Francis Drake Blvd, Fairfax, CA 94930-1230 Middle Eastern SGD 9 - SGD 28 +1 415-516-2578
Excellent
84%
Good
16%
Satisfactory
0%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

5 based on 6 reviews

Wu Wei Tea Temple

Step into the dreamtime and embark on a journey into enchantment. Words can't even begin to capture what will happen next...Rare and small batch Chinese ceremonial tea service, Kava Kava, Live music, community gatherings, Middle eastern small plates, euphoric Herbal elixirs. We invite you to come and experience the unique Fairfax culture.

Reviewed By AlexandraGreat

I love their high quality teas, healing herbal medicine, cold uplifting Elixirs and the Kava offerings made fresh daily. Also their hot chocolate is just amazing. They also offer fantastic selection of hot Bone broths prepared with various spices.This wonderful relaxing spot has become my second home in Fairfax!

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