Best known for great food, friendly service and gorgeous outdoor garden dining, the Station House Cafe, established in 1974, is situated amid the ... More
Station House Cafe
Best known for great food, friendly service and gorgeous outdoor garden dining, the Station House Cafe, established in 1974, is situated amid the beauty and bounty of West Marin at the gateway to the Point Reyes National Seashore. With a long-standing emphasis on fresh and local, the menu features sustainable seafood; organic produce - some from the cafe's own gardens - and Niman Ranch beef and lamb with classic American cuisine as the central theme. Music lovers will appreciate some of the Bay Area's best musicians as they swing by to entertain in the Station House Lounge. A private dining room is available for special events.
Greatest place ever. The manager Austin Cahill is the best restaurant employee I ve ever witnessed in action. Their clam steamers are to die for!!!!! Make sure to ask for at least 6 baskets of popovers!
This is a longtime favorite stop on the North Bay coast, just a short drive north of SF—especially convenient when hiking or biking or kayaking in and around the Golden Gate National Recreation Area. This popular restaurant has supported sustainable foods since long before that became trendy, specializing in local seafood (including Hog Island Oysters) and dishes made with locally grown produce (including BN Ranch beef). The chef, Wayne Pratt, is one of the region's rising stars. Service is friendly and even if the wait is long on holidays and in the summer, there's a full-service bar to help pass the time (try the Lagunitas IPA). The bread pudding is legendary (but don't let that stop you from savoring the stunning butterscotch pudding). There's a beautiful patio for garden dining and a private dining room for special occasions. The live music on most Sunday nights includes Bay Area bluegrass, blues and folk heroes (Peter Rowan, Ramblin' Jack Elliott, Maria Muldaur and David Nelson, to name a few--and no cover charge). Great food, great service, great music—all of these conspire to make not just a memorable meal, but a memorable experience. Oh, yeah, and it's kid friendly.
Love, love, love this place! My friends, family & I have been coming for years. Can't figure out why these other (bad) reviews exist on Yahoo unless people are grossly mistaken. I've eaten at the Station House Cafe at LEAST 50 times and have NEVER experienced anything other than friendly service (okay, a few times it has been less than immediate but geez, they were PACKED, really PACKED. Note: humans work there and good food must be cooked).
We recommend it to all of our San Francisco guests and have always heard rave reviews back. Crazy!
Sorry, I cannot for one (among many others) recommend this place. It is very slow, disorganized; the help could care less. We waited over 1/2 hour for a table and then saw two parties seated before us. Admittedly, we wanted to sit outside which this past Labor Day was a popular decision, but there were plenty of tables open when we finally got seated 45 minutes or so later and we waited another 15 minutes before we got water. We never got an order in; the waiters were apparently too spaced out to care about us. I saw the hostess call out several names whose owners did not answer: they finally got tired of waiting, too. There were empty tables inside as well; and some people could have been seated there. I was looking forward to eating here; but I must say I will never go there again. When I did bring it up to the hostess and the owner, both of whom were at the reigsiter; they did not really seem to care. The hostess, was quite rude when we finally did get seated; she walked so far ahead of us we lost her! No courtesy, no caring, and no service. I won't be going again.
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