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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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“Owned by the Grateful Dead's Phil Lesh - live music almost every night, and great food! Can eat outside on warm nights near the water”
  • 81 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. ”
  • 61 locals recommend
Ice Cream Shop
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“Tiny Fairfax Scoop serves delicious organic ice cream flavors you won't find elsewhere. Frequent line out the door tells you it's worth the wait.”
  • 38 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
Other Great Outdoors
“China Camp State Park Loop is a 8.9 mile heavily trafficked loop trail that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. It has gorgeous bay views at a couple points and is well marked. This trail is used by both hikers and mountain bikers.”
  • 23 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
Bakery
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“This bakery restaurant has very good breads to purchase or stay for breakfast and lunch. Locally sourced menu is a highlight. ”
  • 27 locals recommend
Mexican Restaurant
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“Upscale 'Pan-Latin' Cuisine in a unique environment. Many types of Tequila, great appetizers and wonderful salads, tacos, etc”
  • 29 locals recommend
Cafe
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“Excellent local favorite with a Cafe and full Carry Out Dept. California Cuisine with an Asian flair. Excellent for breakfast or Lunch, Brunch on weekends...great house-baked scones, muffins, etc. Wander down San Anselmo Ave for the interesting shops.”
  • 25 locals recommend
Mediterranean Restaurant
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“Wonderful upscale, but reasonably priced Mediterranean Cuisine in a beautiful environment for lunch or dinner. reservations recommended, especially on weekends ”
  • 27 locals recommend
Indie Movie Theater
“Downtown San Rafael's Christopher B. Smith Rafael Film Center, is home to the California Film Institute and the Mill Valley Film Festival.”
  • 24 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
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
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
Japanese Restaurant
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“Japanese izakaya menu, maki rolls, skewers, and nigiri, plus craft beer and sake. This very popular restaurant does not take reservations but has an online waitlist. Highly recommended.”
  • 19 locals recommend
Bar
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“Great cheap dinner! Excellent bratwurst and a solid tap. Mountain biker place to be!! Definitely a place to hang out at and one of the only places you can get food late at night.”
  • 25 locals recommend

Top restaurants

American Restaurant
“Owned by the Grateful Dead's Phil Lesh - live music almost every night, and great food! Can eat outside on warm nights near the water”
  • 81 locals recommend
Latin American Restaurant
“Amazing Puerto Rican cuisine! A cult favorite amongst locals and visitors. Watch out for lines, though. ”
  • 61 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
Bakery
“This bakery restaurant has very good breads to purchase or stay for breakfast and lunch. Locally sourced menu is a highlight. ”
  • 27 locals recommend
Mexican Restaurant
“Upscale 'Pan-Latin' Cuisine in a unique environment. Many types of Tequila, great appetizers and wonderful salads, tacos, etc”
  • 29 locals recommend
Cafe
“Excellent local favorite with a Cafe and full Carry Out Dept. California Cuisine with an Asian flair. Excellent for breakfast or Lunch, Brunch on weekends...great house-baked scones, muffins, etc. Wander down San Anselmo Ave for the interesting shops.”
  • 25 locals recommend
Mediterranean Restaurant
“Wonderful upscale, but reasonably priced Mediterranean Cuisine in a beautiful environment for lunch or dinner. reservations recommended, especially on weekends ”
  • 27 locals recommend

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