Located in Tiburon, The Lodge at Tiburon is in the business district and minutes from China Cabin and Old St. Hilary's Church. This eco-friendly hotel is within the vicinity of Golden Gate Bridge and Palace of Fine Arts.
Make yourself at home in one of the 103 individually decorated guestrooms, featuring iPod docking stations and DVD players. Complimentary wired and wireless Internet access keeps you connected, and cable programming provides entertainment. Bathrooms have designer toiletries and hair dryers. Conveniences include desks and irons/ironing boards, and housekeeping is provided daily.
Rec, Spa, Premium Amenities
Take advantage of recreation opportunities such as a spa tub, or other amenities including wireless Internet access (surcharge) and concierge services.
Enjoy a satisfying meal at a restaurant serving guests of The Lodge at Tiburon. At the end of the day, relax with your favorite drink at a bar/lounge.
Business, Other Amenities
Featured amenities include a business center, limo/town car service, and dry cleaning/laundry services. Event facilities at this hotel consist of conference/meeting rooms, small meeting rooms, and a ballroom. Free parking is available onsite.
Fish: A User’s Guide
Sustainable, Local Seafood | Waterfront, Casual Dining | Organic Produce | Kid-Friendly
Soup: Portuguese red chowder with fresh linguica, clams, tomatoes, madeira, smoked paprika, and local watercress
Starter: clam dip served with house-made, organic potato chips
Sandwich: sweet Dungeness crab with organic butter and chives on a toasted torpedo roll
Oysters: grill-poached local oysters with a secret bbq sauce, lemon, and chives
Dessert: house-baked snickerdoodle cookie or affogato
Where to Sit: at one of the large or small picnic tables inside the bright, airy space or outside on the patio.
When to Go: 11:30 a.m.—4:30 p.m. for lunch, or anytime after 5:30 p.m. for dinner. There is also a limited menu available in between lunch and dinner.
Pro Tip: Fish also sells fresh fish to go, so customers can prepare it at-home. The staff will happily provide cooking tips and ideas.
Fish is cash only, so remember to stuff your pockets with cold, hard symbols of monetary value. There’s an ATM available inside if you forget.
Don’t sit down expecting tableside service like at most other restaurants. Instead, order at the counter before snagging a seat and enjoying the views of the water while you wait for your food.
Affogato: a sweet drink made by topping gelato or ice cream with a shot of hot espresso. The Italian name translates to “drowned,” referring to the slowly melting ice cream.
Mignonette: a sauce usually made of shallots, cracked pepper, and vinegar that’s often served over raw oysters.
Why You’re In the Neighborhood: Head about a mile down the road to No Name Bar (757 Bridgeway), a pleasant little watering hole that regularly features live jazz and houses a charming back patio replete with ivy and resident tavern cats.
Sausalito's Golden Gate Market has an assortment of grocery items, from frozen goods to fresh produce to freshly baked breads.
When you need a quick side dish to go with your main course, pick up some canned good options from here.
Whether you prefer your sandwich hot or cold, Golden Gate Market serves up both tasty options.
Add some produce to your next dinner plate for a delicious meal jam-packed with vitamins and nutrients.
For cool, refreshing H20, Golden Gate Market's got you covered.
Golden Gate Market offers an unparalleled selection of both liquors and spirits, all of which are available at an affordable price.
There's no better way to start your busy day than making a flavorful coffee or tea from Golden Gate Market.
When you want to elevate your cooking's taste, you'll definitely want to keep your kitchen well stocked with the vinegar and oil offered here.
When all you want to do is relax after a long day, cooking is the last thing on your mind. Eat a delicious meal in a matter of minutes with an easy-to-make TV dinner!
When you have a hunger craving in between meals, these snacks will come in handy.
Cereal doesn't have to be just for kids. If you are looking for a quick, easy, and tasty breakfast to get out the door, pick some up today.
Just a touch of these key baking ingredients will make your baked goods pop, so make sure your kitchen is always well-stocked.
Packed with essential nutrients, be sure to try walk away with some delicious fish for dinner.
Purchase an assortment of meats from here and gather up the whole family for a nice Sunday dinner.
The best kept dinner secret is available here when you take advantage of the convenience of adding frozen food to your diet.
If your hydration habits could use some work, pick up some delicious beverages to drink with a meal or on the go.
When you need a little more flavor in your life, spruce up your daily meals with some spices and seasonings from here.
Do you meet your recommended calcium intake? If not, pick up some dairy products and put yourself on the path to a healthier lifestyle.
Get your noodle on! Golden Gate Market has some of the best and affordable noodle and pasta options in the area.
Golden Gate Market serves up the most delicious freshly-baked bread in town. Head on over and pick up a loaf today.
To help ease your trip, Golden Gate Market features a close location to available parking.
When it's time to color your kitchen with fresh fruits and veggies, the produce at Golden Gate Market is second to none in Sausalito.
Salito’s: A User’s Guide
Seafood and Prime Rib | Dungeness Crab | Waterfront Views
Small Plate: yellowtail carpaccio with olive-oil ponzu sauce
Sandwich: shrimpwich with bay shrimp and tomato vinaigrette slaw
Entrée: iron-skillet-roasted Dungeness crab in garlic sauce
Dessert: warm beignets with whipped cream
To pair with dessert: Café du Monde chicory coffee
Where to Sit: on the waterfront patio, which seats about 100 and provides an impressive view of the marina.
Buzz-Worthy Item: the carefully sourced Dungeness crab, which are all at least two pounds apiece. Salito’s only buys crabs from suppliers up and down the Pacific, a practice that allows them to serve the delicacy year-round.
When to Go: Depending on how highly you value convenient parking, it may be worth dining during off-peak hours to ensure you get a spot in the restaurant’s front lot. That being said, valet service is available during busy weekends.
If You Can’t Make It, Try This: The Stinking Rose or Calzone’s. the owners’ other well known Bay Area restaurants.
While You’re In the Neighborhood:
Before: Make sure you’ve got enough energy for all that crab crackin’ by caffeinating beforehand at Philz Coffee (317 Johnson Street), a renowned local cafe known for its meticulously brewed cups of joe and unique creations, such as the Mint Mojito Iced Coffee.
After: Cap the night off with some pool or shuffleboard at the delightfully unpretentious Smitty’s Bar (214 Caledonia Street).
Tommy’s Wok: A User’s Guide
Organic Chinese Cuisine | Open Kitchen | Duck Four Ways
Appetizer: pork pot stickers with housemade chili-ginger sauce
Entree: roast duck with spicy orange sauce
Dessert: cantaloupe ice cream
Praise from the Press
Per Marin Magazine: “Scrupulously fresh ingredients and free-range chicken make the yellow coconut milk curry here divine.”
The Marin Independent Journal called the decor “several steps above the usual neighborhood Chinese place.” They added that the chicken-lettuce wraps, like much of the menu, were “elevated by clean flavors and fresh ingredients.”
While You’re Waiting
Gaze at the tropical fish swimming in the oversized tank.
Watch the chefs at work in the open kitchen.
Five spice: a seasoning mixture commonly found in Asian cooking. Blends may vary, but the five spices are often fennel seeds, Sichuan pepper, Chinese cinnamon, star anise, and cloves.
Shumai: also spelled siu mai, these Chinese dumplings are served open-faced, most often as part of dim sum. They're traditionally made with pork.
Fill up on homemade pasta and fresh bread at Caffe Divino.
Calling all gluten-free and low-fat diners! Caffe Divino has a multitude of dishes right up your alley that are freshly-prepared and taste amazing.
Unwind with a glass of wine or cocktail with your meal — this restaurant has a wonderful selection of drinks to accompany your dinner.
Children are more than welcome to dine at this restaurant, where there's something for everyone on the menu.
Caffe Divino is known for its happy hour, which includes food and beverages.
For some fresh air during the non-winter months, dine outside on Caffe Divino's patio.
Get online gratis thanks to Caffe Divino's complimentary wifi.
At Caffe Divino, your large or small party can easily enjoy a meal.
Musical groups perform live at Caffe Divino, so tables can perk up with some tunes.
It can be a bit of a mob scene on the weekends, so don't take a chance on getting seated — best to call ahead and make a reservation.
Caffe Divino's business casual policy makes it the perfect place for a number of occasions.
What's that you hear? It's carryout at this restaurant.
For the tastes of Caffe Divino from the comfort of your next party, the restaurant also offers catering services.
Drivers will be surprised by the number of street parking spots available near Caffe Divino.
Caffe Divino is home to many cyclists who appreciate the parking racks outside.
Prices run about average at Caffe Divino.
Critics award the most brownie points to the restaurant's dinner offerings, but breakfast and lunch are also available.
So get ready to discover all the best flavors of Italy under one roof at Caffe Divino.
What are you waiting for? Cure your sweet tooth with a delicious dessert from Caffe Divino.
Most Top Chef finalists launch their restaurant careers right after their time on television ends. Not Casey Thompson—she spent seven years after season three traveling, all the while thinking hard about what she wanted in a venue. She met farmers, built relationships, and finally opened Aveline (plus its cocktail bar sibling, The European) in June. As the result of so much careful planning, the restaurant truly embodies Casey’s vision, both in the space and on the plate.
One key part of that vision? Pigs. Casey loves to use almost every part of them, including the head. In honor of Aveline’s recent launch, we asked her about her fondness for pork, her cooking philosophy, and some of her go-to spots in San Francisco.
GROUPON: One ingredient that crops up on the menus at Aveline and The European is pork. Specifically, pork from the pig’s head—pork jowl, pig cheek, pig ear. What do you like about this ingredient?
CASEY THOMPSON: In general, I love any animal that tastes good from head to toe! As a chef, it’s really beneficial for me to use different parts of an animal that might otherwise be underutilized. It keeps costs down and provides guests with the opportunity to try things they may not otherwise try.
There is a lot more marbling in these parts than you might think, and there are a variety of different textures in specific parts like the ear.
G: Do you think that pig face is trending right now?
CT: I don't know. I try not to pay too much attention to what’s “trendy.” I just want to make food that tastes good, and if it means using parts of an animal that are unfamiliar to most people and [then] educating people about them, I’m happy to do so.
G: If someone hasn't tried any part of the pig’s head, where should they start?
CT: I think a good place to start is with pig cheek—it’s rich and it braises perfectly! Confiting a pig cheek [at home] is easy. The most difficult part is probably finding the product, but your local butcher can help with that.
G: Are there other pig dishes in San Francisco that you like?
CT: The pork at Kokkari is unreal, and Namu Gaji does a pretty impressive job too!
G: Aside from cooking with pig parts, you’re also an advocate for sustainability and the environment. Where does that passion come from?
CT: I have a job that impacts the environment, and as such, I have a duty to make sure that my staff and I do all we can not to add to the overwhelming issues we’re already facing.
I am also a firm believer in good husbandry. All animals deserve to live a good life, especially if they are giving us theirs for nourishment. It’s our responsibility as humans to recognize that.
G: Some of your dishes have original ingredients with a cool, earthy vibe. I’m talking about the "ham snow" and "chicory soil" on Aveline’s menu. Can you tell us more about these?
CT: Environmental elements in a dish add interesting flavors. The chicory soil contains nori, breadcrumbs, candied cashews, and chicory—all pretty earthy, you’re right. Now, the ham snow is highly technical stuff: we freeze ham, grate it over cold amberjack, and call it snow!
G: You’re also creating the menu over at The European, your bar-and-lounge project with Adam Wilson. It seems like the snacks have more of an updated comfort-food feel. Is The European the other side of Aveline's coin?
It absolutely is! There is a secret kid side to me with that menu and, really, it’s us having fun. I do think we have the best burger—it is so good. I want people to use both spaces! Come and eat at The European!
G: To close out, can you share some of your favorite San Francisco spots to grab a bite?
For coffee: Réveille Coffee Co.
For breakfast (and guilty, greasy pleasures): San Jalisco
For lunch and dinner: Kokkari, Kin Khao
For after-hours drinks and eats: Rye, Tradition, Le Colonial
For outdoor dining: The Ferry Building, Slanted Door, Cavallo Point, Coqueta
This interview has been condensed and edited. Photos courtesy of Casey Thompson. The European photo by Andi Fisher.
When you live in a city with so much scenery, eating inside can feel a bit stifling. Here are five beautiful restaurant patios in San Francisco that allow you to order in the great outdoors.
Mission Rock Resort (817 Terry Francois Blvd.)
The restaurant group that owns South Park staples MoMo’s, Pedro’s Cantina, and Pete’s Tavern overhauled Mission Rock Resort in late 2012. Now, it’s a bayside escape with plenty of deck seating, calming ocean views, and easy parking. Try bites from the raw bar or fried seafood for lunch, brunch, or happy hour.
Foreign Cinema (2534 Mission St.)
The most popular tables at this Mission stalwart are in the romantic covered patio. In the evening, artsy or retro flicks are projected on the patio wall while sound can be played through drive-in–style speakers at each table. The movies, however, are a secondary draw compared to the Californian-Mediterranean food.
Waterbar (399 The Embarcadero S)
Waterbar is a perennial Top 100 restaurant, so you can bet on some memorable seafood with views of the bay, the Bay Bridge, and the Bay Lights—not to mention $1.25 oysters every day before 5:30 pm.
Bar Agricole (355 11th St.)
Opened by a collective of the city’s best bartenders and sommeliers, Bar Agricole is led by master drink maker Thad Vogler. Unsurprisingly, its cocktails are just as good as its seasonal food. The space’s award-winning design features plenty of redwood, concrete, and glass, plus a spacious patio that’s covered and heated during the winter months.
Biergarten (424 Octavia St.)
Biergarten takes its name literally—its only seating is outdoors, where all of its Bavarian-style street food is served from shipping containers converted into a kitchen and bar. Brews can be ordered by the half- or full-liter, but considering the long lines, it’s best to get the larger of the two before you squeeze into one of the communal picnic tables.
Photos courtesy of Mission Rock Resort, Foreign Cinema, Waterbar, and Bar Agricole; Biergarten photo courtesy of BarFlySF.
Sushi is not hard to come by in San Francisco, but so much variety means that finding the perfect sushi spot can be a challenge. Here are our picks for the five freshest, most innovative sushi restaurants in the Bay Area.
1. Cha-Ya (762 Valencia St.)
Vegetarian sushi anyone? While that may sound like an oxymoron, Cha-Ya is redefining what sushi means, veggie- and vegan-style. It’s cash-only here, and the wait can be long, but the food is inventive and the service is great. Even meat eaters should enjoy the Cha-Ya Roll: tempura-battered asparagus, avocado, yam, and carrot with Cha-Ya’s special sauce.
2. Minako Organic Japanese Restaurant (2154 Mission St.)
Never tried fried “veggie eel” before? This place has you covered, and it accommodates most dietary restrictions. There’s a vegan menu, a gluten-free menu, animal-product-free tempura, and sushi made with brown rice.
3. Roka Akor (801 Montgomery St.)
The presentation at Roka Akor is out of this world: sushi served on a landscape of salt rocks, ice, bamboo boxes, and light (that’s right, your sushi plate will glow). The tasting menu is a must-try and incorporates a wide range of different fish.
4. Tsunami Sushi Panhandle (1306 Fulton St.)
Tusnami’s classic california rolls are half off during happy hour, but the restaurant is most famous for its combination rolls. Try the Mama San with tempura shrimp and spicy tuna or the Magic Mushroom roll with salmon, snow crab, and enoki mushrooms. Also, consider adding some zing to your meal with sake or wine.
5. Akiko’s Restaurant (431 Bush St.)
Located in Union Square, Akiko’s serves up superfresh sushi—the menu changes daily based on the availability of ingredients. The kitchen focuses on serving sustainable, organic, seasonal, and local fish at high-end prices. The omakase menu will run up to $100 per person, but for sushi die-hards, it’s worth it. If you’re not feeling fish, there are non-sushi items on the menu, too, including teriyaki meats and udon soups.