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 logo of chicken with name of restaurant.

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.

dog friendly restaurants in point reyes
Sunny, dog-friendly patio seating

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

What’s Good

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 quinoa 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, along with their signature creamy, thick hot chocolate around the holidays.

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.

Rotisserie chicken dinner
Roast chicken @ Side Street Kitchen

(415)663-0303

Side Street Kitchen website

You’ll  love


Dog friendly outside seating area

Great service

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

Recommended


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, roasted cauliflower, cherry tomatoes, radishes, arugula with salsa verde
make it vegetarian with fried tofu instead of fish
Quinoa Salad
feta, black olives, wild arugula, tomatoes

Weekday Breakfast
served Wednesday-Friday, 9-11am

Don’t Miss


Weekend brunch: eggs Benedict 

Iced chicory & cream, New Orleans style

Apple fritters

French press coffee

DETAILS

website

(415) 663-0303    

60 4th St., Point Reyes Station 

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It’s the best #holiday weekend of the year…because it’s #westernweekend in #pointreyesstation. We’re SERVING UNTIL 7:30pm on Friday and gearing up for BREAKFAST on Sunday starting at 9am!
Git yer western selves on down…we’re looking forward to it!
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#pointreyes #breakfast #dogfriendly #outdoorseating #glutenfree #vegetarian #rotisseriemeats #sidestreetkitchen
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Hi there, friends near & far! 
Wanna make a difference? Can’t believe we’re so lucky to have local West Marin radio station #KWMR in Point Reyes Station? 
Please help us make a hefty donation in celebration of #KWMR - West Marin Radio’s- 🎉 25th Anniversary! 
It’s easy: All you need to do is dine with us - #dinein or #takeout - and we will donate a portion of or sales to our beloved radio station. 
It’s not just for fun. Yes, there are wonderfully entertaining shows offering a wide variety of style and content but also did you know? KWMR could actually save your life with critical emergency broadcasting for the entire West Marin region.
Thank you to all who dedicate time and energy to keep this gem going. Thank you to the ambitious and dedicated founders. And thanks to friends we’ve lost who in the past gave their hearts and souls to this collective. 
Whaddya say we keep it up?!
WE make the donation, YOU enjoy the meal. #itseasy 
#publicradio #localradio #kwmr #pointreyes #donateisgreat #donatingiseasy #sidestreetkitchen #supportlocal

Hi there, friends near & far!

Wanna make a difference? Can’t believe we’re so lucky to have local West Marin radio station #KWMR in Point Reyes Station?

Please help us make a hefty donation in celebration of #KWMR - West Marin Radio’s- 🎉 25th Anniversary!

It’s easy: All you need to do is dine with us - #dinein or #takeout - and we will donate a portion of or sales to our beloved radio station.

It’s not just for fun. Yes, there are wonderfully entertaining shows offering a wide variety of style and content but also did you know? KWMR could actually save your life with critical emergency broadcasting for the entire West Marin region.

Thank you to all who dedicate time and energy to keep this gem going. Thank you to the ambitious and dedicated founders. And thanks to friends we’ve lost who in the past gave their hearts and souls to this collective.

Whaddya say we keep it up?!

WE make the donation, YOU enjoy the meal. #itseasy

#publicradio #localradio #kwmr #pointreyes #donateisgreat #donatingiseasy #sidestreetkitchen #supportlocal
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Steak and vegetables on a plate.
Farm to table comfort food at Station House Cafe.

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.

learn more about Station House Cafe

Bakery walk up order window.
Try a giant chocolate cherry oatmeal cookie and chai.

Bovine Bakery

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.

Bovine Bakery website

Restaurant dining room with wood burning oven.
Warm, cozy dining room at Cafe Reyes.

Cafe Reyes

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.

Cafe Reyes website

Espresso, coffee and tea at Toby's Coffee Bar.
Toby’s Coffee Bar

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.

Chalkboard sign for gelato.
Don’t miss gelato at Palace Market.

Palace Market

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.

Palace Market website 

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

Front door with a sign that reads: Old Western Saloon.
Our local dive bar on Main Street.

OLD WESTERN SALOON

Overflowing with both character, and characters—our local dive bar is a great place to stop in for cold beers, bracing cocktails, live music and dancing, and to soak up a piece of history.

sparkling mead tasting room
Heidrun Meadery tasting room

LOCAL WINEMAKERS & TASTINGS

Don’t miss a chance to taste some of our local wines. My favorite place is Heidrun Meadery. It’s just up the road from downtown Point Reyes Station and they make their own sparkling mead. It’s amazing stuff, and they’re open for tastings.

see their tasting schedule

Cocktails on the bar.
Classic and seasonal cocktails at Station House Cafe.

WINE LISTS & Cocktails

You’ll find excellent wine selections, beer on tap and fantastic cocktails at Station House Café. Side Street Kitchen serves wine, bubbly and beer.

PLACES TO BUY WINE AND BEER

You can buy bottles of wine to take away for picnics or to take back to your room or cottage. Palace Market is the place to go in Point Reyes Station.

Point Reyes Cocktails

Cocktail and bottles of liquor on a bar counter.

Cocktails in Point Reyes: The Manhattan

Bartender Jen Warren of Station House Cafe in Point Reyes Station gives us the Insider scoop on making a killer Manhattan. Like most classic cocktails,…

Bartender making cocktail.

Point Reyes Cocktails: Napa Negroni

CAMPARI OR AMARO? The Negroni is traditionally made with Campari, but Station House Cafe bartender, Jen Warren, explains that using Lo-Fi Amaro gives this classic…

Bartender making cocktails.

Point Reyes Drinks: Station House Cafe’s Chartreuse Mojito

Station House Cafe’s earthy, refreshing take on a classic cocktail. Jen Warren, bartender at Station House Cafe in Point Reyes Station, is muddling simple syrup,…

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