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Nick's Cove in Tomales

Has anybody been to Nick's Cove in Tomales? I have heard that they have completed the renovations and was curious to hear about it.

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  1. Looks like they are open, opentable's accepting reservations.

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    Nick's Cove
    23240 Hwy 1, Marshall, CA 95450

    1. Don't know yet -- we're going in September. But my brother-in-law, who is something of a foodie, went to an event hosted BY Nick's Cove for the locals (he lives in Nicasio), and he said it was great!

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      1. re: zin1953

        Then again, since they are behind in their construction schedule, we've been told our rooms won't be open in time and cancelled our reservations for September . . .

      2. We went last weekend. Called 4 days before our reso to see if we could add 2 to ur party ( a local sonoma chef and his wife). they said no way and you guessed it...we sat and ate around empty tables that lasted through the lunch hour. Weak service, I'm sure it's hard to get good servers to drive out there. Valet parking is the only place to park and you have to cross Hwy. 1 to get to the rest., why wouldn't they have the valet guys take your car on the restaurant side of the highway and let them deal with traffic on the road? The food? on the weekends, it's brunch and not very inventive. Burgers, eggs etc. didn't really show what they might be capable of. Ambiance? Don't look at the 2 inches of dust on the fans - it'll spoil your appetite.

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        1. re: LSLwine

          Somehow, my gut told me that would be the case. I remember the old Nick's cove (used to launch my sailboat at the ramp nearby). You always assume the entrepreneurs have done extensive demographic studies before investing...but I doubt if many will go that far for mediocre food and service. Too bad, I love Tomales Bay and hoped that Nick's Cove resurrected would be a winner. Not too many people will brave driving home after dinner. They must have a killer lunch, or forget it.

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          1. It's a bit early to write the place off. They've been open less than three weeks.

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            1. re: Robert Lauriston

              It's a tough crowd up here I guess. But I think that Nick's Cove and the Kuleto people have been working on doing their renovation for at least a couple years. I would expect that if they are open that they should be open.
              Which brings me to another point... which restaurants have you been consistently underwhelmed by? West County Grill comes to mind. After my fourth bad meal there, I'm not going back.

              1. re: Robert Lauriston

                Normally, Robert, you have a point. But after all the hype, and it being the middle of July, I have a feeling they will be humbled. Maybe they can pay off Bauer and get a good review. I really hope they make it...but I'm not crossing that road at night on foot. I'm even scared in broad daylight. It may drive a lot of weekenders to Tony's.