Where to Eat in Inverness: The Best Restaurants and Bars

April 15, 2018 Layne Dawes

Inverness is an unincorporated community and census-designated place (CDP) located in western Marin County, California. Inverness is located on the southwest shore of Tomales Bay 3.5 miles (5.6 km) northwest of Point Reyes Station, at an elevation of 43 feet (13 m). In the 2010 census, the population was 1,304. The community is named after Inverness in Scotland by a Scots landowner.
Things to do in Inverness

1. Inverness Park Market

12301 Sir Francis Drake Blvd, Inverness, CA 94937-9700 (Formerly Perry's Deli) Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Parking Available, Street Parking, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Discover, Accepts Credit Cards, Free Wifi American, Delicatessen, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options, Vegan Options Breakfast, Lunch, Brunch SGD 10 - SGD 24 +1 415-663-1491
Excellent
66%
Good
29%
Satisfactory
4%
Poor
1%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 172 reviews

Inverness Park Market

Full service market featuring gourmet, farm-to-table delicatessen counter serving breakfast-lunch-dinner, espresso bar and house made pastries, beer and wine, organic produce, locally produced foods, specialty foods. “From breakfast made to order to amazing midday fare, from achingly fresh produce to locally raised meats, from seafood to microbrews, Latin staples to Italian delicacies, this is the mother of all small town markets. Everything is here and truly, if it’s not—it’s not needed. Stop here to break your morning fast and grab a sandwich for a hike, stop here on the way back to get your cocktail nibbles and fermented beverages. Stop here.” -Eater SF

Reviewed By schwakes - Nipomo, California

All other reviewers have the right idea about this place - there are lots of expensive choices for food to go - and it IS about the only game in town once you go beyond Point Reyes Station, which has (in my opinion) better choices for deli at the Cowgirl Creamery, etc. Anyway, what the Inverness Park Market does have in the get-it-and-go arena is fine. I particularly liked a little veggie quiche that they had. HOWEVER - one big down side is the "fresh"-caught fish they advertise sourced from local fishers. If the fish is not sold within a couple of days, it is rinsed, and re-packaged with a new "sell by" date!!! This is not good, or maybe even not legal? If you are planning to buy "fresh" fish, make a DEEP inquiry into when it was actually caught, and what has happened since then. VERY disappointing!

2. Bovine Bakery

11315 State Rte No 1, Point Reyes Station, CA 94956 Takeout American, Gluten Free Options Breakfast +1 415-663-9420
Excellent
70%
Good
22%
Satisfactory
6%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 237 reviews

Bovine Bakery

Reviewed By 14pms02 - Norfolk, United Kingdom

Arrived early in the morning, jet lagged, on a beautiful November morning that was warmer than anticipated. Coffee, hot chocolate and beautiful, beautiful pastries, eaten on a bench outside the cafe watching the world go by - absolutely superb. thank you

3. Cowgirl Creamery

80 4th Street, Point Reyes Station, CA Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Parking Available, Wheelchair Accessible American, Delicatessen, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options Lunch +1 415-663-9335
Excellent
55%
Good
33%
Satisfactory
8%
Poor
3%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 267 reviews

Cowgirl Creamery

Reviewed By Duker20 - Rancho Cordova, California

Stopped to see about getting some cheese to go with our picnic dinner. The staff was very polite, responsive and knew about all the cheeses. Tastings were freely given with a number and we ended up taking 2 and a bottle of wine back to our campsite !

4. Hog Island Oyster Company

20215 Shoreline Highway, State Route 1, Marshall, CA 94940 Takeout, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Parking Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol Seafood, Gluten Free Options Lunch +1 415-663-9218
Excellent
71%
Good
23%
Satisfactory
4%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 306 reviews

Hog Island Oyster Company

Hog Island Oyster Co. Marshall offers three dining options on the shore of Tomales Bay, the bay where we raise our own oysters and shellfish. 1. Reserve a seat(s) at The Boat Oyster Bar and outdoor oyster bar with communal seating where we shuck and grill oysters for you and offer a small menu of locally sourced, house made bites, beer and wine. The Boat oyster bar is open Fri, Sat, Sun, Mon 11:30-4:30 PM. Reservations required. No outside food allowed. 2. Reserve a picnic table and shuck-your-own oysters. Reserve a table and grill, BYO picnic and shuck-your own oysters. Picnic reservations 10:30-1:30 and 2:00-5:00 PM daily. Reservations required. 3. Purchase live, unshucked oysters, shellfish and picnic fare to-go. Open 9-5 PM daily.<br><br>Retail sales, 9:00am-5:00pm<br><br>Picnic Area,10:00am-5:00pm <br>(reservation required)<br><br>The Boat Oyster Bar,11:00am - 4:30pm Fri, Sat, Sun, Mon <br>(reservation required)<br><br>Closed <br>Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Years Days.

Reviewed By CaptainStevers - Discovery Bay, California

You cannot beat sitting outside over looking the Tamales Bay eating fresh shucked oysters! Have a beer, a glass of wine? All of the staff are very friendly....its just a great way to have lunch.

5. Farm House

10005 Highway One, Olema, CA 94950 Free Wifi, Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Free Off-Street Parking, Television, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Discover, Reservations, Highchairs Available American, Bar, Seafood, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner +1 415-663-1264
Excellent
30%
Good
41%
Satisfactory
17%
Poor
7%
Terrible
5%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 258 reviews

Farm House

Reviewed By areyes123 - San Francisco, California

I have been passing by this place for years on my way to hog island oyster co. Finally decided to stop!

For appetizers we had the clam dip with home made chips. The dip was creme fraiche based and heavy on the clams! The chips we crisp and nicely seasoned. We also ordered the smoked trout served in flat bread - also delicious. There was an abundance of smoked tout and greens over crisp flatbread. These appetizers were big enough to be a light dinner and definitely good for sharing with the table.

For our mains we got the hangtown fry - which was made like an omelet filled with fried oysters and bacon. I've never tried one before and thought it was an awesome combo. We also ordered the horseradish coated cod fish. This was served on top of buttery mashed potatoes and asparagus.

By the time the dessert menus were presented - we were full but two huge glasses of wine into the night - so we couldn't resist. We got the fruit crust with Strauss vanilla ice cream and the citrus cake. Great end to the day.

We wanted to try everything so we definitely over ordered - but I would definitely come back. Service can be spotty as other reviewers have pointed out.

6. Toby's CoffeeBar

11250 Highway 1, Point Reyes Station, CA 94956-9748
Excellent
16%
Good
52%
Satisfactory
16%
Poor
0%
Terrible
16%
Overall Ratings

3.5 based on 6 reviews

Toby's CoffeeBar

Reviewed By Zin3 - San Anselmo

Have a very good cup of coffee or better yet an espresso, sit at a table, and watch tourists and locals go about their business at the PO and Toby's.

7. Saltwater

12781 Sir Francis Drake Blvd, Inverness, CA 94937-9736 Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Outdoor Seating American, Seafood, Gluten Free Options Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner SGD 13 - SGD 39 +1 415-699-1244
Excellent
60%
Good
25%
Satisfactory
7%
Poor
5%
Terrible
3%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 238 reviews

Saltwater

Saltwater is a neighborhood oyster bar and restaurant that is rooted in its respect for sustainably managed farmlands, shellfish producing water bottoms and folks that are engaged in the thoughtful gathering of food.

Reviewed By Roger E - San Mateo, California

We stopped for lunch after a hiking and it was worth the stop. Besides the oysters which are worth the stop by themselves, we had a grilled cheese. No, not wonder bread and cheese product. Think sourdough, with aged cheddar, bacon and pesto.

8. The Marshall Store

19225 State Route 1, Marshall, CA 94940 Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Parking Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Seating American, Seafood, Gluten Free Options Lunch +1 415-663-1339
Excellent
68%
Good
24%
Satisfactory
6%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 231 reviews

The Marshall Store

Reviewed By Duker20 - Rancho Cordova, California

Stopped for some clam chowder and ended up getting that plus fish tacos and garlic bread. The staff was super friendly, the service was fast and the food was very good. Will stop again when we are cruising by.

9. Osteria Stellina

11285 Highway 1, Point Reyes Station, CA 94956 Takeout, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Street Parking, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Discover, Highchairs Available, Free Wifi Italian, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner, Brunch SGD 20 - SGD 52 +1 415-663-9988
Excellent
52%
Good
31%
Satisfactory
12%
Poor
4%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 457 reviews

Osteria Stellina

Located in the picturesque West Marin town of Point Reyes Station, Osteria Stellina offers a delicious, intimate, farm-to-table dining experience. Known for our strictly local and seasonal cuisine, we strive to showcase the bounty of West Marin on every plate. Our ingredients are sourced from the surrounding regions many farmers, ranchers, and fisherman; each dish reads like a sophisticated blue plate special, comprised of what&apos;s close and plentiful on a given day. The result is a creative, clean, farm fresh menu we like to call "Point Reyes Italian". Osteria Stellina&apos;s daily lunch and dinner menus include house made pastas and bread, organic salads and soups, pizzas, sustainable meats and seafood, an array of satisfying desserts, and a carefully edited and affordable wine list featuring local vineyards and Italian favorites. Local beer is on tap and additional beers are available by the bottle. The restaurant&apos;s gracious dining room is ideal for diners of all ages and any occasion.

Reviewed By FrenchyEric - Grass Valley, California

First off, the wines prices are way too expensive! The cheapest bottle of red wine was a Chianti for $36! Otherwise, nothing much under $45-$50 which is way too much for an osteria (think trattoria). Food was okay, not great, service was okay, not great. Definitely not as enjoyable as what I remembered when I came last 2-3 years ago.

10. Fog's Kitchen

12938 Sir Francis Drake Blvd, Inverness, CA 94937-9706 Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Wheelchair Accessible American, Bar, Seafood, Pub, Vegetarian Friendly Lunch, Dinner +1 415-669-9696
Excellent
30%
Good
55%
Satisfactory
6%
Poor
0%
Terrible
9%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 33 reviews

Fog's Kitchen

Reviewed By Dani N

Sine the restaurant was only a few steps away from our rooms at the Tomales Bay Resort, my boyfriend and I stopped in here for dinner, and we were so glad that we did! I had the seasonal Grain and Vegetable Bowl with farro and sauteed root vegetables topped with cranberries and crumbled feta cheese. It was very tasty and sweet! My boyfriend had the Chicken and Pesto Bow-tie Pasta, which he devoured. We also enjoyed the Goat Cheese Fromage, which was also topped withe pesto. It's hard to go wrong with melted cheese on bread! With dinner I enjoyed the apple-nectarine drinking vinegar which was even tastier and refreshing than I had hoped for, and my boyfriend enjoyed a glass of classic Lagunitas beer.

The restaurant is clean and decorated with beautiful brightly colored art which provides a nice contrast to the warm coastal cabin setting. It had a nice romantic feel to it that evening, and our waitress was very courteous and charming. They played all old hits from artists like Ray Charles. It was a highly enjoyable experience, and they will be getting more of my business the next time I am in the area. I love that the food is organic and locally sourced, and that vegetarian options are available.

I give it four stars, however, because their pasta servings are somewhat small for the price. For that reason, it is a good idea to get an appetizer for the table. You will definitely end up spending a good chunk of change here (our 3 dishes and 2 drinks were about $50), but frankly, I think it is worth it for the food quality and the cozy environment. Stop in whenever you get the chance!

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