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Jan 3, 2007 04:41 PM

Elegant lunch restaurant rec for San Rafael area needed

I'm taking my mother in law to lunch today for her b-day & don't know the San Rafael area very well - that's where she lives. Any recommendations for lunch someplace "nice." She ain't gonna want something in the back of a store, not a burger joint etc. She's more of an elegant sort of person. Doesn't have to be in San Rafael, anywhere within 15-20 minute drive would be great.

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      1. Il Davide ( in downtown San Rafael has an unusual-for-Marin urban atmosphere and quite good food in general. I've never been there for lunch but that's probably good like their dinners.

        Insalata's in San Anselmo ( is also quite good and a fine-looking place. Again, never been there for lunch but should be good.

        1. My choices would be:

          Lark Creek Inn
          Il Davide
          Buckeye Roadhouse

          1. If you're considering Mill Valley, there's also Piazza D'Angelo which has been one of my favorite places for a long time except for a few-year run of mediocre food that seems to have ended a year or more ago. Both elegant and casual at the same time, good food and service.