Being Chinese-born Chinese (who writes good English :D ) my friend and I were initially concerned about racism at the restaurant, especially having read horrible reviews of another restaurant at Stinson Beach (but I hadn't read reviews of Sand Dollar before going). After all this is a white town.
I am happy to report my concern started to evaporate very quickly before we even set foot in the restaurant, when someone in kitchen uniform happened to walk out of the restaurant and greeted us warmly as he passed us, which was unnecessary since we weren't even inside the restaurant yet. And the rest was history.
Our server was very friendly and took the time to answer our questions about some items on the menu. The food was excellent. The ambiance was great - the live guitar/keyboard dual was awesome. The surrounding was exquisite (boathouse decor). The only negative I could think of was the plates came out too fast. We hadn't finished our soups when the entrees arrived. But I think it's because we went there late and the kitchen was closing.
When we finished we were the only table customers left. There were some what appears to be locals gathered at the bar area, and the bartender as well as our server all huddled together and chatted. So when I wanted to see dessert menu and later get the check, I had to call him by name, but I thought that was fine since by that point I felt very comfortable, like in someone's house.
Noteworthy was that they couldn't make desserts anymore, since the kitchen closed. But when we asked for the dessert menu anyway, our server offered that he could probably do something about it. That was very nice. Though we decided we were full in the end :D
It was a very pleasant experience. Highly recommended. Unfortunately I forgot our server's name or I would commend him directly here.
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