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topeater Mar 24, 2014 08:10 AM

We will be in Napa for a few days with an abundance of great restaurants that I am still trying to narrow down! After Napa, we are going to spend a couple of nights in Inverness in order to hike around Point Reyes before driving back to the SF airport.

I checked CH & there was only 1 recent entry (2013) about Saltwater Oyster Depot. Can someone please recommend other restaurants that are in Inverness or close? After all the yummy food in Napa, I don't want our trip to end on a disappointing food note! We like most foods, fancy and plain, it just needs to be fresh. Thanks.

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    hyperbowler RE: topeater Mar 24, 2014 08:24 AM

    Perry's Deli has very good sandwiches and is also a place to get gourmet provisions before a hike.

    1. Melanie Wong RE: topeater Mar 24, 2014 08:24 AM

      http://www.chow.com/search?q=invernes...

      1. Robert Lauriston RE: topeater Mar 24, 2014 08:34 AM

        Terrapin Creek:

        http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/887880

        Sir and Star:

        http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/899888

        Point Reyes Station:

        http://www.chow.com/search?q=invernes...

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          TVHilton RE: Robert Lauriston Mar 24, 2014 09:18 AM

          If Sir and Star is even close to as good as Manka's (a restaurant whose demise I have mourned for, what, 15 years now?), then that would be my choice for a great meal. For whatever that's worth.

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            Robert Lauriston RE: TVHilton Mar 24, 2014 09:30 AM

            The fire that closed Manka's was in December 2006.

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              TVHilton RE: Robert Lauriston Mar 24, 2014 09:45 AM

              Ah, right...thanks for the correction. I had it confused with the earlier catastrophic fire in Inverness, which I think was 1997 or so.

              Still a long time.

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              Rapini RE: TVHilton Mar 24, 2014 09:46 AM

              Dined at Sir and Star a couple of weeks ago, and was very pleased. The food and service were excellent. The setting is warm and pleasing--reminiscent of Manka's without trying to replicate it.

              My only caveat would be that the wine list is entirely Marin County oriented--either Marin County wineries, or wines from Marin vineyards. If you're not conversant with those wines, the list is a little hard to manage. Our server was very knowledgeable, and steered us to a good white for our early courses; but the red he recommended wasn't all that--particularly at the price. i don't know what their corkage policy is, but one might consider bringing in a bottle.

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              topeater RE: Robert Lauriston Mar 25, 2014 10:33 AM

              Thanks Robert. Sir and Star looks yummy!

            4. escargot3 RE: topeater Mar 24, 2014 09:05 AM

              Osteria Stellina is great. Especially the bouillabaise.

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                alfairfax RE: topeater Mar 24, 2014 10:10 AM

                Has anyone tried Saltwater? My frequent trips through Inverness are never at hours allowing stop there. Oysters a logical must, I am sure. http://www.saltwateroysterdepot.com/

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                  tjinsf RE: alfairfax Mar 24, 2014 01:52 PM

                  We went there twice in 2013, haven't been back in 2014. Nice charming place. You can eat at the bar top without reservation or wait. there are outside table too but reservation are needed on the weekend. Both times there was a nice mix of local and tourist. The oysters are quite good of course, they both raw and cooked preparation. The Pizzas were good and locals were getting those to go. The seafood dishes were better than the meat ones but everything we had both times we liked. It is a smaller place and was full both times we were there and service is relaxed but it fits the atmosphere. Bread and butter is really good, think they make their own butter.

                2. chefj RE: topeater Mar 24, 2014 11:03 AM

                  Cafe Reyes has very good Pizza and Salads. Decent Beer on tap and Good wines. Not swanky but good quality food and drink in a very relaxed spot.

                  1. Robert Lauriston RE: topeater Mar 24, 2014 11:20 AM

                    To pick up picnic supplies in Point Reyes Station, Palace Market is a very well-stocked grocery store, and Tomales Bay Foods is a sort of fancy food mall including a Cowgirl cheese shop.

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                      OliverB RE: topeater Mar 25, 2014 02:28 PM

                      Sir and Star is wonderful, I spent a long weekend in the Inverness-Point Reyes-Tamales Bay area this past fall and dined there. It's a really lovely space and the service is excellent. We loved everything we ordered. We also had a late-afternoon wine lunch at Saltwater (also highly recommended) and a second dinner at Osteria Stellina, which both my wife and myself found kind of meh. It's not bad, but it's really not a place I would rate or recommend either. Unmemorable would be the best word to describe it. We also ate lunches at The Marshall Store (one of my favorite placed in Northern California!) and Hog Island Oyster Farm, as well as Nick's Cove. Personally, I'd sooner go to Nick's for unparalelled atmosphere, bbq oysters, dungeness mac and cheese (warning: cocktails are terrible!) then a boring middle of the road dinner at Osteria. Just order with caution as YMMV. There's no need to splurge on their fancy tasting menus as the kitchen is not really that proficient. They plug it as a real chef-driven restaurant but in reality, they only do a handful of things really well and as far as I'm concerned, that's all you need... stick with the staples and you'll have a terrific time. You might want to check to see whether the Farmstead Cheese Co. has any special dinners scheduled at The Fork. The Della Fattoria Weber Ranch offers farm dinners ocassionally too. I would sooner just pick up foods from Cowgirl, Bovine, Petaluma Pie and Central Market and have a picnic wherever you're staying than bother with Osteria, which was really a waste of time imo. I found the dining room to be kind of a downer too.

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