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Mar 13, 2011 03:45 PM

Somewhere along the way between Napa and SF

Any suggests for dinner somewhere on the SF-Napa drive?

Midweek, prefer Marin but E. Bay would work, too. We're looking to meet a Napa friend halfway so he doesn't have to come into SF and we don't have to drive to Napa. Tasty food is important but ambience is too (if not moreso, t's gotta have personality). Plus we'll want the chance to linger and relax with a good friend.

Know anything in Novato or even Petaluma?

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  1. The drive to Petaluma is just as long from San Francisco as it is to Napa.

    I would recommend Sol Food in San Rafael (which is still a bit of a drive from Napa, but the best food along that route).

    I'm sure some others will have some Marin recommendations.

    1. I agree about Sol Food; Puerto Rican/Cuban food in a very casual setting (picnic tables). If the line looks long, know that it moves quickly. But right on your way on Hwy 12 outside of the town of Sonoma is Fremont Diner, a roadside diner with simply great food. Much has been written about it here.

      A few photos of Fremont Diner:

      Sol Food Puerto Rican Cuisine
      901 Lincoln Ave, San Rafael, CA 94901

      Fremont Diner
      2660 Fremont Dr, Sonoma, CA

      4 Replies
      1. re: Malcolm Ruthven

        The place link shows they are open 9-3. Are these hours incorrect

        1. re: wolfe

          I don't know if the posted hours for Fremont Diner are correct. I did skip over the "dinner" part of the original question, though. I've only been for lunch. It would be worth calling and asking their hours.

        2. re: Malcolm Ruthven

          The Fremont Diner closes at 3 on weekdays and 4 on weekends.

          Sol Food is pretty bare-bones and not terribly comfortable, not a place I'd want to linger.

          Fremont Diner
          2660 Fremont Dr, Sonoma, CA

          1. re: Robert Lauriston

            Not for this poster, but just an FYI, Fremont Diner plans to be open for evening service sometime this Spring.
            I'm guessing on weekends, and for the Summer. We shall see.

            Fremont Diner
            2660 Fremont Dr, Sonoma, CA

        3. Sol Food is always a zoo with people hovering for the few available spots. I would do Boca in Novato.

          1. Le Garage in Sausalito is my current favorite Marin restaurant. It's a French bistro in a casual on-the-water location with great food at reasonable prices. It's popular and it's noisy when crowded in case you're sensitive to that.

            A few photos:

            Le Garage
            85 Liberty Ship Way Ste 109, Sausalito, CA

            3 Replies
            1. re: Malcolm Ruthven

              If you are asking a Napa resident to drive to Sausalito, you may as well ask them to drive all the way into the city -- it only another 5 or 10 minutes in an hour-and-a-half trip...

              1. re: CarrieWas218

                Provided you eat the the Richmond or the Marina.

                1. re: CarrieWas218

                  The original poster said "prefer Marin". I do believe that Sausalito is in Marin.

              2. Moylan's in Novato is a nice place with great food and even better beer.

                2 Replies
                1. re: Tripeler

                  Moylan's Brewery & Restaurant has better than average pub food. per Civil Bear but Waterboy disagrees and prefers Dempsey's Restaurant and Brewery. Notice the difference in which function comes first.

                  Moylan's Brewery & Restaurant
                  15 Rowland Way, Novato, CA 94945

                  1. re: Tripeler

                    The food at Moylan's is maybe slightly above average by brewpub standards.

                    Vin Antico in San Rafael has good food and is a pleasant place to linger.

                    Vin Antico
                    881 Fourth St, San Rafael, CA 94901