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“Has potential - service needs a little polishing, a rushed feeling to the evening”

Terrapin Crossroads
Ranked #2 of 235 Restaurants in San Rafael
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $0 - $25
Cuisines: American
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Good for: Bar scene
Dining options: Late Night, Breakfast, Outdoor Seating, Reservations
Description: Terrapin Crossroads is a healthy down-home all-American eatery, taproom & lounge. We provide a comfortable, family-friendly environment, that merges music with food. We pride ourselves on our fresh, unique beer selection and a delicious and approachable menu. Terrapin Crossroads is a restaurant that celebrates the arts; and our kitchen staff showcases their passion for the culinary arts each day. We believe that our menu exhibits their passion through its creative, fresh and exciting choices. We love what we do, and every day we relish watching the joy people find in the surroundings here. Terrapin Crossroads will also host ongoing shows where Phil will invite his musician friends – both young and old – to play along with him in his various bands - Phil Lesh & Friends, West Coast Rambles, the Fellowship and the Terrapin All Stars.
Reviewed December 30, 2012

In the amazingly-deprived Marin restaurant scene (Picco AGAIN??) I was excited to try the latest addition. Overall, we were very happy with our meal and will return. The parking / restaurant ambiance are great - plenty of both. Exposed beams and ducts and a high ceiling with a view of the marina. I think I even saw some water out there!

The food was good -- the beet carpaccio is sublime, and the wood fired pizzas are good (though could use a few more minutes in the oven). One of the pasta dishes we ordered came out a bit too al diente and had to be sent back to the kitchen...and that was sort of the theme of the evening - everything was too rushed. We sat down and within 10 seconds were being asked for our drink orders before we could even open the menu. Once we dispatched the server with those, she was back in about 3 minutes wanting to take our dinner orders. "Take your time" she said when told we were just looking at the menu, then was back 3 minutes later. "Take your time" she said again, clearly not meaning it. She was back in another 3 minutes determined to take our order. One of our group said she wasn't ready and the server said "Well you can go last" and began taking the others' orders. Wow. Then before we were all finished they began clearing the dishes. We are normally really speedy diners but this was ridiculous.

So the wait staff and the kitchen needs to slow down a bit, but there's a lot of good here...the burger with the homemade pickles, the appetizers, the beer selection.... it was all very good.

Give it a try and if they tell you to take your time..... take your time!!!

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Reviewed December 24, 2012

I had the Kale salad and I loved it - Blood oranges, mint, cilantro and kale. It was filling and very tasty, I will confess that I am biased toward food with blood oranges :) Also had the pumpkin Ravioli, I am not sure why, but this year the pomegranates did not become available until recently adding a new seeds on top of the ravioli and them getting warm was a nice tasty surprise.

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Reviewed December 15, 2012

I liked everything about Terrapin Crossroads including the food, service, ambience and location. The two dishes I had, the beet carpaccio and chicken paillard were both very tasty and very creative. The service was friendly and very efficient. The restaurant is well designed so that tables are not placed right on top of each other. The restaurant and restroom were extremely clean. While no one would call Terrapin Crossing cheap, given the quality of the food it is not terribly overpriced like many Marin County restaurants. Highly recommended.

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Reviewed December 4, 2012

San Rafael feels like it is really happening again with the addition of Terrapin Crossroads. They offer a fun varied menu featuring fresh seasonal ingredients and daily specials plus have a Taproom and Lounge and a new Music venue. The owner is Phil Lesh who is one of the founders of The Grateful Dead and you will see great photos of Jerry Garcia and The Dead on the walls from “back in the day”. Located in the former Seafood Peddler space on Yacht Club Drive, it overlooks the Canal and you can actually sail or motor and tie-up your boat and come in for dining or cocktails. There is a large bar area where they serve Bar Bites, Pizzas and Burgers. The Dining Room serves the full menu and there is a cozy Lounge area for Cocktails, Wine and Beer. They also have an Outdoor Patio with lush green grass which is a beautiful spot for Brunch. To add to the excitement, they just remolded the Grate Room which is their “state of the art” music venue which seats 350 and is also available for private parties.
We decided to sit and dine in the Bar area so we could watch The World Series. The SF Giants were winning and the crowd was very elated! We ordered Specialty Cocktails including a potent Jill’s Chill made with Patron Silver Tequila, orange juice, lemon juice, lime juice and sparkling water and a perfect Cosmo made with Belvedere Vodka.
We started with the lightly breaded Vegetable Fritto Misto which was served with tasty sage walnut pesto. Our next small plate was the delicious Crispy Pork Belly with Lagunitas “Brown Shugga” glaze and caramelized apples. This was truly fantastic as the consistency and taste were amazing! The Entrees that we tried were both great! We loved the Petrale Sole with roasted cauliflower, golden raisins, capers, pine nuts and potato sauce. It was prepared perfectly and the texture and flavors were very complimentary and we look forward to ordering it again. The Balsamic Glazed Pork Ribs with grain mustard potato salad was a hearty portion, the meat fell off the bone and the glaze was outstanding! The Wine List is local with Napa and Sonoma wines both by the glass and full bottles. We enjoyed the 2010 Napa Valley, Long Meadow Ranch Sauvignon Blanc with our starters and the Sonoma Valley Terrapin House Merlot with our entrees. The Desserts were quite tasty as well. We enjoyed the Carmel Pot de Crème topped with marshmallow cream, peanuts and sea salt. Our favorite was the Warm Bittersweet Chocolate Cake topped with Frangelico and hazelnut chocolate sauce and whipped cream which was just perfect! Espressos allowed us to linger and enjoy the Giants victory.
Executive Chef Chris Fernandez has put together some outstanding menu options which are a blend of Italian, Mediterranean and Northern California Cuisine made with locally sourced and sustainable ingredients, featuring the best from local purveyors. We look forward to returning soon to Terrapin Crossroads for drinks, dinner, weekend brunch and especially to hear live music!
Terrapin Crossroads
100 Yacht Club Drive
San Rafael, CA. 94901
415-524-2773
www.TerrapinCrossroads.com

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Reviewed August 27, 2012

I recently took a friend via boat to brunch at Terrapin Crossing, the restaurant launched by Grateful Dead Bassist Phil Lesh and his wife. From the friendly greeting and tour offered when I made the reservation to the excellent service and food received when my friend and I dined there, everything about the experience was memorable, welcoming and fun.

Frequently, famous musicians from the larger family of those associated with the "boys who made San Francisco famous" appear and perform on an unscheduled basis.

We didn't get lucky this time, but I felt so welcome, and the food and atmosphere so delightful, I did not feel disappointed... just resolved to return again!

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Thank Steven T
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