We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.
We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

“Fresh, local, lovely food” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Sand Dollar Restaurant

Sand Dollar Restaurant
3458 Highway 1 (Shoreline Hwy.), Stinson Beach, CA 94970
415.868.0434
Menu
Improve this listing
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Cuisines: American
More restaurant details
Restaurant details
Good for: Local cuisine, Bar scene, Romantic
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Breakfast, Late Night, Reservations
Senior Contributor
22 reviews 22 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 17 cities Reviews in 17 cities
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
“Fresh, local, lovely food”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2013 via mobile

We dropped in for a quick lunch and were pleasantly surprised by a lovely meal. The burgers and fries were terrific; the baked oysters were fabulous; the fresh salad stunning -- fresh figs, roasted beets, cheese. A terrific choice in a beautiful beach town.

Visited August 2013
Was this review helpful? Yes
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Write a Review

108 reviews from our community

Visitor rating
    38
    41
    20
    8
    1
Rating summary
    Food
    Service
    Value
    Atmosphere
Date | Rating
  • English first
  • French first
  • German first
  • Any
English first
London, United Kingdom
Contributor
17 reviews 17 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 14 cities Reviews in 14 cities
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
“Great seaside restaurant”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2013

Fabulous atmosphere on a sat night, live Jazz music, tables outside, great food. Good children's menu. Great service. The staff were particularly understanding of the food allergies we have in our family.

  • Visited August 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
Was this review helpful? Yes
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
San Mateo CA
Top Contributor
53 reviews 53 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 22 cities Reviews in 22 cities
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
“Fun atmosphere and good food”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2013

There isn't a whole lot of choice when in Stinson Beach but luckily this old standard (since 1921) doesn't disappoint. It is a combination neighborhood saloon, patio restaurant, dinner house.

It's a nice place to stop in for a beer in the afternoon and it is really hopping during the dinner hour. There's a nice outdoor patio for lunch or dinner.

The service is excellent, the food is always good if not great and the prices, while maybe a tad high, are reasonable enough for a "resort" area.

Lots of locals frequent this place and the staff seems to have all worked there for many years.....both good signs IMHO.

Visited August 2013
Was this review helpful? Yes
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
California
Top Contributor
318 reviews 318 reviews
143 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 89 cities Reviews in 89 cities
251 helpful votes 251 helpful votes
“Nice place, music, decent service, ok food”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 8, 2013

I have an immediate negative reaction to any chef/cook who puts aioli or similar goo on or near a steak. Having said this my son raved about the filet at this place and I ordered it. The meat was quite good, it was however in a pile of weeds with thick cut fries and a large glop of aioli under it all. If that makes my son happy...fine, not me. I ate the steak and it was fine, the pile of goop I ignored. He had a salmon dish with a small cut of salmon and weeds under it. Most of the diners in the place seemed quite happy and I was not unhappy. Had the dish I ordered(my fault, it said it had the goo) been more satisfying I probably would have said nicer things. As it is, having eaten most places around Stinson, this place is as good as it gets there. I won't be running back any time soon but then I don't live near Stinson.

  • Visited August 2013
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
    • 3 of 5 stars Food
Was this review helpful? Yes
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Winston Salem, North Carolina
Contributor
19 reviews 19 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 8 cities Reviews in 8 cities
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
“A hidden gem”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 8, 2013

On the recommendation of our Pastor, we sought out this little, out of the way restaurant. We had no reservations and arrived at 5 and were seated immediately. The food was good and they were having live music as we left. I would go again! Beautiful scenery as you drive to Stinson Beach. Very relaxed, but do bring a jacket if you sit outdoors. it was a little chilly for our NC blood.

  • Visited July 2013
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
Was this review helpful? Yes
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

Travelers who viewed Sand Dollar Restaurant also viewed

Stinson Beach, Marin County
Stinson Beach, Marin County
 
Stinson Beach, Marin County
Stinson Beach, Marin County
 

Been to Sand Dollar Restaurant? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Owners: What's your side of the story?

If you own or manage Sand Dollar Restaurant, register now for free tools to enhance your listing, attract new reviews, and respond to reviewers.