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“Gem Within A Jewel”
Review of Parkside Cafe

Parkside Cafe
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Good for: Child-friendly
Dining options: Dinner, After-hours, Breakfast, Lunch, Reservations
Reviewed 4 July 2014

Stinson Beach, California is a jewel of a town set just northwest of San Francisco on the coast by Muir Woods. The Parkside Café (restaurant, snack bar, coffee bar and market) is a gem within in the jewel. Set immediately next to the parking lot for the beach, it is conveniently located and was a great find.

As noted above, and on its website, it is a collection of small businesses or operations. On this trip we simply grabbed a couple of pastries to hold us over until lunch in Sausalito. However, the pastries were worth the drive. I had a chocolate croissant that was heavenly, and my wife had a strawberry and peach muffin that was decidedly different and decidedly excellent. The diet cola I had to wash my down was made better by the pastry and the location.

Parkside features a throwback looking snack bar that was not yet open, a coffee and pastry bar which was, a café that was open and a marketplace that is open on weekends (closed on this trip). The café was very nice and has outside dining. The menu looked great for something almost on the beach, but we were dead set on having lunch in Sausalito, and passed on lunch this time.

Here comes the disclaimer. Stinson Beach is a lovely place with a beautiful beach and gorgeous scenery on the drive up from California 101. The drawback is that this section of Panoramic Highway or Shoreline Highway 1 (depending on the source referenced) is a torturous drive. It is gorgeous, but all passengers should take something for motion sickness before heading out.

Disclaimer aside, the pastry is worth the morning drive, lunch and the beach are just the topping on the sundae.

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Thank JacksonSE
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Reviewed 2 July 2014

I really enjoyed our meal here. They had some great gluten free options, including soup and salad and we enjoyed them all. The one things that would have been nice is if our server had a smile. She was pretty much a scoul face and was obviously not thrilled to be serving us. That said, we still enjoyed our lunch!

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Thank Locococomama
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Reviewed 1 July 2014 via mobile

This was my 2nd visit and it was equally as bad as the first! Don't go! The waitress with the dark hair is the owner and rude! People walk out, etc. My family will never eat here again! Total scam! The greeting was, " I'll probably not be back for 10 min., and won't be able to take your order for 20 min., what??? Plus for a table of 6 she adds 20% tip even if the service is terrible! AWFUL!

2  Thank kathct4
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Reviewed 30 June 2014

We have been going to Parkside for a while every time we go to Stinson Beach. Great food, fair prices and excellent service. I highly recommend this place. www.parksidecafe.com

Thank Randy B
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Reviewed 24 June 2014

Gracious and delicious. From the moment 12 of us arrived for dinner last Thursday and met Roberto we were in love with not only the venue but this wonderful waiter as well. A fun chat about who was rooting for whom in the World Cup and then down to the business of choosing what to order. A small but diverse menu makes this a bit of a challenge! Glad that we were able to go twice for dinner AND twice for breakfast. Burgers are delicious as well as the fish tacos and more. Breakfast fav was the Huevos and Eggs Benedict done many different ways. Fresh aqueezed OJ and wonderful coffee. Great inside seating (small) and great picnic tables outside (bring a jacket for the evenings...) We were staying at the Sandpiper Lodge - so it was in our backyard..oh and did i mention the PASTRIES...Holy toledo - to die for!!

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Thank Garret N
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