Where to eat in Point Reyes Station
The Insider guide to Point Reyes Restaurants, Cafes & Local Food
Places to eat in Point Reyes Station
SIDE STREET KITCHEN
Point Reyes Station
Restaurant: Lunch , Dinner , Weekend Brunch, Weekday Breakfast
Beer & Wine
Have you heard of Side Street? It’s just around the corner from Palace Market, and I’m amazed how many visitors completely miss this little gem.
Go here for slow cooked meats, classic roast chicken, whole roasted trout. The food is satisfying, well executed and clean. Enjoy your meal with wine, beer or an excellent French press coffee. Don’t miss the apple fritters!
The restaurant is bright and welcoming, with a charming Retro West Marin meets Neighborhood Paris Bistro feel. The service is consistently excellent.
During the warmer months, grab a seat outside at one of the pet-friendly tables on the patio.
While calling this place “fast food” would be so wrong, considering what that’s come to mean, let me just say that food comes out pretty quickly. Which makes this a great place to get truly fabulous food, to go. You might not look at this place and think, “Here’s a place to grab a quick meal.” But it is.
It’s one of my go-tos to quickly put together a really nice picnic hamper, or pick up a family-size roast chicken and potatoes dinner for short-notice guests. (speaking of kids, even picky ones get quiet and chow down on chicken and potatoes)
If you’ve rented a cottage and want to grab a nice dinner to bring home and eat in front of the fire or on the deck after a day spent hiking or kayaking, go here. Order your meat, some sides and get some wine. Fast, easy, and when you get home and tuck in, you’ll be happy.
“It’s a trek for me to make it out to West Marin on a weekly basis, but if I could I would for the pork belly Benedict brunch special with poached egg and arugula. Also served on the BLTs, the meaty slab atop sliced sourdough softened by creamy hollandaise is worth a journey.”
-Leanne Battelle, Marin Independent Journal
So, I’m with Leanne on the subject of the pork belly. Whether it’s in a sandwich or holding up poached eggs smothered in Hollandaise, I’d go for it (and have done!).
The rotisserie chicken is outstanding, with crisp skin and well seasoned with herbs. And while the locally sourced, high quality meat is definitely the star, the vegetable sides aren’t merely a way to round out your meal. They are fantastic, in their own right, and even eaten entirely on their own with some bread and a nice glass of wine.
My favorite summer vegetable dishes here are the crispy Brussels sprouts, chilled lentil salad and open-faced veggie sandwich.
Even though the focus is on meat here, you can see why my vegetarian friends are always able to find something to love when we come here. They also rave about the vegetarian cassoulet, which shows up on the menu in autumn and winter.
The rotisserie trifecta here is tri tip, pork belly and chicken. I have nothing but praise for each, and it’s often hard to choose, even though I live here and can come often.
The tri tip sandwich is a must-try. The luscious slabs of slow cooked beef are paired with feta, red-onion jam and smoked Portobello mushroom, all just barely tucked into a pillowy soft ciabatta—you can see why choosing is sometimes a challenge.
Dog friendly outside seating area
Wine & beer selection well-matched to menu
Eat in: charming ambiance
Takeaway: excellent choice for picnics or taking food back to your home base
Ingredients are high quality and locally sourced
Pork Belly, Lettuce, Tomato
Niman Ranch pork, caramelized jalapeño-onion, heirloom tomato, lettuce, goat cheese-ailoi, ciabatta
Rotisserie Tri-Tip Beef
wild arugula, red-onion jam, harissa aioli, smoked portobello, feta
Roasted Chicken & Potatoes
half chicken, roasted potatoes + choice of sauce: salsa verde, chimichurri rojo or curried yogurt
Spiced Seared Rock Cod
butter lettuce, asparagus, cherry tomatoes, radishes, arugula with salsa verde
make it vegetarian with fried tofu instead of fish
Chilled Lentil Salad
baby kale, roasted cauliflower, cherry tomato, shaved fennel, fresh mozzarella, salsa verde
served Wednesday-Friday, 9-11am
Weekend brunch: eggs Benedict
Iced chicory & cream, New Orleans style
French press coffee
60 4th St., Point Reyes Station
Check their website for hours
Station house cafe
Station House Café has moved just down the street to the corner of 3rd St. and Main, in downtown Point Reyes Station. It’s a beautiful new space with the same delicious food and friendly service. A perfect spot for weekend brunch, a casual weekday lunch or a nice night out. They’ve got a full bar with some lovely wines and seasonal cocktails.
Stop in here for a sweet treat: cookies, scones, muffins, tartes and more. They also have daily oven baked pizza by the slice. No espresso here, but they do make very good drip coffee, and serve Chai Baba.
Cafe Reyes is best known for their wood fired pizza. But they also serve delicious salads, oysters and huge slices of fruit pie. You can eat indoors, or at one of their outdoor park bench-style tables.
Toby’s Coffee Bar
This tiny coffee bar is located inside of Toby’s Feed barn and serves delicious local, organic baked goods, coffee and espresso drinks.
You’ll find a take away deli counter at the back of the market that serves hot and cold food (including breakfast), plus soft serve ice cream made from local buffalo milk. On summer weekends, they set up a BBQ in the parking lot, where you can pick up BBQ and burgers fresh off the grill.
Whale of a Deli
Whale of a Deli is both a small bodega, selling chips, candy and soda, as well as a deli counter that serves up sandwiches, pizza whole and by the slice, and Mexican food. They also have a Double Rainbow ice cream counter.
Point Reyes Roadhouse
California cuisine with Mexican influences. Open for breakfast and lunch on weekdays, dinner on weekends.
West Marin Culture Shop
Sandwiches, organic picnic and pantry goods, local cheese, amazing ferments, beautiful local artisan foods. Located in the Creamery building.
From gourmet to straight up comfort food—organic coffee to cocktails—you’ll find lunch, dinner, snacks, health foods, beer & bar snacks, kids meals and more. Point Reyes Station is a great place to eat!
Have a drink in Point Reyes Station
Beer on tap, cocktails, wine and sparkling mead
Point Reyes Cocktails
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