New Hot Spots in Town

Here's what's opened this past month.

Our Top Picks

Recommendation  #1
Suzette Café & Bistro

With impeccable views across Richardson Bay to San Francisco’s skyline, a spot on the patio at chef Olivier and Susannah Souvestre’s all-day French café & bistro is a score on a sunny Sausalito afternoon. Their dog-friendly patio is the ideal setting for people-watching while enjoying a French waffle (served with American maple syrup) and/or Croque Madame sandwich (topped with a sunny side up egg).

Locals and tourists can be found at supper, too, partaking of plates of choucroute de la mer, steak frites with bearnaise sauce, and heaping bowls of mussels in classic marinière or more modern romesco style. Inside, petite bistro tables and chairs frame a wraparound bar, the perfect spot for enjoying an espresso, Lillet Rose Spritz or Pink Bellini (with strawberry purée) and a Salade de Chevre Chaud or roasted bone marrow with escargot. As you depart, you may be singing “non, je ne regrette rien” (I don’t regret anything).

Open Daily: 8am – 8:30pm
Recommendation #2
Nick the Greek

Named for three cousins with a penchant for gyros and souvlaki, the latest location of the Greek street food restaurant chain just opened at Greenbrae’s Bon Air Center. 

Order at the counter and wait for your name to be called before returning to pick up skewered and grilled pork, chicken, or veggies atop crispy French fries. Named for the vertical rotisserie on which meats are cooked, gyro is available in a range of meaty offerings. We like lamb – it’s classic – but there’s also chicken, pork and beef, gently seasoned before plating or stuffing into a pita with tomatoes, onions and tzatziki.  Don't miss the Prasini Salad – the lemon zest dressing, fresh dill and feta speak most closely of the flavors of the island nation for which the restaurant is named.

There’s no ouzo but wine & beer are available plus a soda machine (when non-alcoholic beverages are called for).

Nick the Greek is celebrating its Greenbrae opening by welcoming guests with free lunch from 11am to 2:30pm on Tuesday, May 14th. * Limit one entrée per person.

Sunday - Thursday: 11am - 9pm; Friday & Saturday: 11am - 10pm
Recommendation #3
Tutu Lounge

Billed as Pacific Rim cuisine and serving breakfast, brunch and lunch, the menu at this casual downtown San Rafael eatery serves zhushed up American diner classics alongside dishes

inspired by the Asian diaspora. 

Buttermilk-fried chicken sits atop a warm croffle, a breakfast sandwich is stuffed with egg, sausage and cheese on an English muffin, and a Marin Bowl is oatmeal paired with chia, cacao nibs and plant-based yogurt. There’s a Southern Cal omelet with chorizo and avocado, and one with spicy tom yum sauce and shrimp. A full menu of egg Benedict’s skews western (Florentine, crab) but rice plates, like Spicy Basil Chicken and Hawaiian Loco Moco and a BBQ Pork Banh Mi span the Pacific’s waters, pulling flavors from Thailand, the Philippines and Vietnam. 

Purple-hued Ube Latte gets all the Instagram love but a full coffee menu and cocktails like a Lycheetini and Bloody Mary are available at the bar, too.

Wednesday - Sunday: 9am - 2pm
Recommendation #4
The Shack

Tucked under the redwoods (next to Boichick Bagels) on the edge of downtown Larkspur, this ice cream parlor serves traditional scoops, shakes and floats. There are 12 flavors to choose from, including vanilla and chocolate, blue moon and birthday cake, oat milk vanilla and raspberry lemon Italian ice (both vegan). 

Waffle cones are hand-rolled on a press and there are plentiful toppings like rainbow sprinkles, Fruit Loops, and peanut butter swirl. Many are gluten-free.

Place your order in-person or at one of the digital kiosks, then await the aroma of caramelizing sugar to tickle your nose before reaching over the counter to claim your confection.

Open Daily: 1:30pm - 8:30pm
Recommendation #5
Corner Bar

This cozy gathering space from industry veterans Bill Higgins, Peter Schumacher and Jason Sims (Buckeye Roadhouse, Playa, Bungalow 44), blends the charm of a neighborhood bar with the sultriness of a cocktail lounge. 

Enjoy an exquisite selection of handcrafted libations alongside classic favorites. Corner Bar features daily cocktail specials priced at $10, including a Nitro Espresso Martini. The culinary experience at Corner Bar is equally enticing, thanks to acclaimed chef Michael Siegel (of Playa, Bix, and Betelnut fame), who has crafted an eclectic array of Mediterranean dishes. Menu highlights include: King Salmon Tartare on Latkes, Duck Wings L'Orange, and Mezze Plate. 

Bold and inviting, the sixty seat space hints at the unexpected with oversized brass chandeliers, a sumptuous velvet and leather upholstered lounge area, whimsical art, tongue-in-cheek lighting details, and picturesque views of Mill Valley's charming town square.

Monday - Thursday: 4pm - 11pm; Friday & Saturday: 4pm - 12am; Sunday: 4pm - 9pm
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