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12781 Sir Francis Drake Blvd, Inverness, CA 94937-9736
+1 415-669-1244
Thu - Fri 17:00 - 21:00
Sat - Sun 12:00 - 21:00
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Berkeley, California
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4 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

One of the nicest places to eat in the Bay Area. Terrific oysters (broiled and raw) and seafood; friendly, informal service and atmosphere. Not to be missed.

Thank David S
Costa Mesa, California
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41 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 January 2017

This tiny restaurant has the most incredible food. I'm not an oyster kind of person, and I thought their broiled oysters were really yummy! The menu is not large, but the quality was spot on. A tip for cold weather: the front door opens right into the dining area. There are space heaters, but the room is very cold. Expect... More 

Thank goathill
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45 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 January 2017 via mobile

Food was good. The Oysters on the "left" coast as more expensive than on the "right" coast. Sweeter & smaller...but my husband liked them. The bowl of butternut squash was good...not a full bowl. We ordered a grilled cheese...and we waited..& waited! We asked the guy shining the Oysters if he could check on our sandwich. He came back and... More 

Thank 2us4girls2boys
Anchorage, Alaska
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61 reviews
38 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 46 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 December 2016

A charming, small restaurant, check when it is open before you go, however. decent wine list, a limited menu of salads , entrees, and oysters, not cheap. the service , for such a small place, was not as organized as it could have been, and the kitchen ran out of things like bread, on a night where the place was... More 

1 Thank ayseak
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6 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 November 2016

Great meal, great service. Fresh, farm to table produce. Good size portions, my mom and I shared the wonderful petrale sole and a great salad and a good dessert. Hopefully I can find my pics to add to the review. Comfy atmosphere that is not pretentious. I had a nice dry cider for a beverage. My new favorite Point Reyes... More 

Thank Robin W
Ashland, Oregon
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284 reviews
140 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 113 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 October 2016

Arrived on a Thurs. eve. and was shown to a table in the back room, where there were no other diners, even though we passed several empty tables on the way there. Felt like we were being sent to the "kids table". Menu was prix fixe that evening, but we had been told when we made the reservation that we... More 

Thank AlaskansinOR
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9 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 October 2016 via mobile

This local Inverness hangout came highly recommended by some very close friends so were embarrassed to report back to them how HORRIBLE our experience was. Don't be tempted by the location or quaintness of this place. Seriously, in all of our travels, I would rate Saltwater number 1 of the most rude staff ever encountered. Not just one of the... More 

1 Thank VirgoGirlOnTheGo
Berkeley, California
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106 reviews
68 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 October 2016 via mobile

Saltwater is becoming a fine restaurant with a creative menu crafted from.local and organic food. The crab salad was awesome and the sticky toffee pudding was to die for. The seafood entrees were lovely and the wine list extensive. They keep getting better.

1 Thank janetperlman
San Francisco, California
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16 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 October 2016

Saltwater is the perfect combination of fabulous local food and unpretentiousness (rare in these parts). Fresh oysters, locally-sourced food, friendly atmosphere, lovely restaurant, extensive and reasonably priced wine list, just a complete pleasure.

Thank lauraphrazer
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15 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 September 2016 via mobile

Don't miss this delicious oyster stop! Fresh oysters from the bay, salads, tacos - everything fresh and local. Also, don't miss the local IPA - best craft beer I had in California.


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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$10 - US$30
American, Seafood, Gluten Free Options
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Takeout, Parking Available
Good for
Local cuisine, Special Occasion Dining, Romantic, Child-friendly
Open Hours
12:00 - 21:00
17:00 - 21:00
17:00 - 21:00
12:00 - 21:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 12781 Sir Francis Drake Blvd, Inverness, CA 94937-9736
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Marin County  >  Inverness
  • Phone Number: +1 415-669-1244
Saltwater is a neighborhood oyster bar, restaurant and wine shop 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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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?