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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” (111 reviews)
“salad” (29 reviews)
“bread” (26 reviews)
Closed today
American, Seafood, Gluten Free Options
$$ - $$$
12781 Sir Francis Drake Blvd, Inverness, CA 94937-9736
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Reviewed 2 days ago

Had dinner with my wife and niece. We all liked our selection of oysters and small plates, which we shared family style. The oysters were fresh and nicely chilled, with a great dipping sauce on the side. Highly recommended.

Date of visit: January 2019
Thank BalboaIslandTraveler
Reviewed 5 weeks ago

A cold rainy evening and the warmth of the restaurant caught our eyes the night before so we made reservations. We had never had oysters before and the staff was thrilled to show us and cook for us so many different kinds. We followed this...More

Date of visit: December 2018
Thank EatsTravelswithDogs
Reviewed December 6, 2018

I celebrated my 30th bday at Saltwater's Depot Room with a dinner amongst my closest. The experience was incredible and I simply can't say enough wonderful things about the team of Saltwater and my evening there. I was overwhelmed with the results: the attention to...More

Date of visit: December 2018
Thank bonappetit77
Reviewed November 26, 2018

Some new local friends said Saltwater is the only place they'd go for oysters, so off we went. I made a fantastic meal out of a half-dozen local sweets and a warm delicata salad, accompanied by a local pinot noir. My travel companions enjoyed their...More

Date of visit: October 2018
Thank Dunyazade
Reviewed October 22, 2018

We stopped here on a drive up the Pacific Coast and loved our lunch. All three of us shared platter of raw oysters, wine, clam chowder and fresh bread. The clam chowder had many small, tender clams in the shell and a delicious creamy broth...More

Date of visit: October 2018
Thank MinneapolisTourist
Reviewed October 11, 2018

Decent place that seems to think it’s terrific and charges accordingly. Some items were excellent, others were just OK. Better than other restaurants in the immediate vicinity, but there are better choices a 10-15-minute drive away.

Date of visit: October 2018
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Reviewed October 3, 2018

If you order an appetizer, be prepared for something that would feed 4 or maybe 3 if hungry. The smoked trout on flatbread is very large. The seafood chowder (more smoked trout included) is excellent, and the soup course is another meal in itself. The...More

Date of visit: September 2018
Thank Renee002
Reviewed October 2, 2018 via mobile

Bon appétit great oysters here good food good service nothing like oysters yeah 😃🎻⛲️ then you can go straight to the beach 🎈

Date of visit: October 2018
Thank pearlh2017
Reviewed September 16, 2018 via mobile

We ate at Saltwater on Friday night and sat at the bar. We shared a very good brandade, shared the quail main which was excellent and had great wine. This is my fourth visit and we've always eaten really well. Friendly staff who try and...More

Date of visit: September 2018
Thank Largo8
Reviewed September 16, 2018

Had the good fortune of stopping for something to eat after lunch closed and before dinner opened, to be told that all they had were wine/beer and oysters. So what else does one need? Especially if you can sit at the bar and talk with...More

Date of visit: September 2018
Thank John F
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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
Families with children, Special occasions, Local cuisine, Romantic
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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