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12781 Sir Francis Drake Blvd, Inverness, CA 94937-9736
+1 415-699-1244
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  • Excellent60%
  • Very good25%
  • Average8%
  • Poor4%
  • Terrible3%
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“oysters” (106 reviews)
“bread” (24 reviews)
“salad” (28 reviews)
American, Seafood, Gluten Free Options
$$ - $$$
12781 Sir Francis Drake Blvd, Inverness, CA 94937-9736
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We found this restaurant by chance . We were not disappointed at all. The staff was warm and welcoming . They served two different waters mint/cucumber water and lemon water at table upon arrival. We were looking for fresh oysters and they served local Tomales...More

Thank teamsteepanddeep
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Fine meal from local suppliers, fresh and tasty and one of the best in the area, Nice local oysters from the bay and a good local wine list.

Thank tremm298
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We stopped by for a quick dozen oysters and a glass of crisp wine to go along and weren't disappointed. We were warmly greeted and the service was wonderful. A very thoughtful and well chosen wine list and a wonderful selection of local and imported...More

Thank LRJ2014
Reviewed May 31, 2018

We were lucky to get a reservation at Saltwater over Memorial Day weekend (we only booked the day before). When we arrived, we were seated at the bar which was fine. Their policy is to assign tables first, based on when reservations were made, then...More

Thank MChiddy
Reviewed May 21, 2018

My girlfriend and I visited Saltwater for dinner on Saturday 5/19. I will start with the positives: The food was very good. We had the halibut, which while slightly overcooked but had an amazing sauce and the veggies (carrots and spinach) were perfect. We also...More

2  Thank David B
Reviewed May 12, 2018 via mobile

Arrived with a 5:30 reservation only to be shown to bar seats. There was a sign by the entrance saying that there were no more reservations available but some seats were available at the bar. The young man said that out seats were “not ay...More

1  Thank tropicalia
Reviewed May 5, 2018 via mobile

Really good oysters / did the local ‘raw deal’ and had a great class of bubbly. Clam chowder was stocked with clams, very nice assuming you like cream. My kids said they would use all of their money to bring the restaurant to our home...More

Thank squawkt22
Reviewed April 22, 2018 via mobile

We came based on the recommendation of a friend and were so happy with that decision. All three of us had the linguine with clams and had to order bread so that we could finish every last drop of the broth. Great wine. Pricy, but...More

1  Thank ande8527
Reviewed April 19, 2018

High quality (and expensive) food, great atmosphere, great choice of Oysters, many local. Make reservations! This place gets packed!

Thank Shelley C
Ignacio Q, saltwater at Saltwater, responded to this reviewResponded April 20, 2018

Thanks for the visit!

Reviewed April 7, 2018 via mobile

Had a wonderful lunch here on Easter. We started with some fresh oysters right out of the bay that were fantastic! We also got the Steph curry grilled oysters which were delicious as well. The mushroom melt was to die for and the shrimp Louie...More

Thank ags35
Ignacio Q, saltwater at Saltwater, responded to this reviewResponded April 20, 2018

Thanks for your kinds words!

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August 25, 2016|
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Response from masgchips | Reviewed this property |
Yes, there were two options (one seafood, one other) each for the appetizer, main, and dessert. Highly recommend it!
July 2, 2016|
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Response from luc c | Property representative |
Hello, Owner Luc responding to your inquiry. Pardon my tone if I came off as impatient. It was in no way intentional. We do encourage web reservations and we seldom run out of menu items. I'll adopt a more cheerful tone... More
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
$10 - $30
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Romantic, Families with children, Special occasions, Local cuisine
Open Hours
12:00 PM - 9:00 PM
5:00 PM - 9:00 PM
12:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 12781 Sir Francis Drake Blvd, Inverness, CA 94937-9736
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Marin County  >  Inverness
  • Phone Number: +1 415-699-1244
  • E-mail
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.
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