Marinitas features a menu inspired by dishes found throughout Mexico and Latin America using local and seasonal products. Through the collaboration of Heidi Krahling and Frank Villa, Marinitas delivers Latin focused lusciousness that is an exciting blend of the new and the familiar. The wine list mainly draws from the expansive selections of the best wine makers from Argentina and Chile. Cocktails focus on the silver and gold liquors of Central and South America. The bar is dedicated to classic cocktail preparations including citrus juice squeezed to order, house made sweet and sour made from unrefined cane sugars, along with the highest quality mixers. Beers include a full Mexican selection from light Lagers to dark regional Latin micro-brewed Ales.
Mexican, Latin American
Hours of Operation:
Monday - Thursday: 11:30AM-11PM (lunch and dinner)
Friday + Saturday: 11:30AM-12AM (lunch and dinner)
Sunday: 11AM-10PM (brunch and dinner)
$30 and under
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Join us Saturday Febuary 11, 2012 9pm-Midnight for our 3-year Anniversary Party with live musical performance by Pride & Joy! Tickets are on sale for $10 (nonrefundable, but are transferable). Tickets can be purchased over the phone or in Marinitas. Buy your tickets now before this event sells out! Hope to see you there! *Reservation Notes: Any reservations booked for 6:30PM or later have a two hour time slot. All tables are reserved at 9:00PM for Musical performance
Carta Marinitas available for events at your home.
Street parking is available for brunch and dinner.
Private Party Facilities:
We offer private dining for 15-50 people seated or 100 people for cocktails. More information and menu descriptions available on our website.
Private Party Contact:
Allison Goetze: 4154548900x19
Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Delivery, Fireplace, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking Area, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
Special Events & Promotions:
Join us Saturday Februaryy 11, 2012 9pm-Midnight for our 3-year Anniversary Party with live musical performance by Pride & Joy! Tickets are on sale for $10 (nonrefundable, but are transferable). Tickets can be purchased over the phone or in Marinitas. Buy your tickets now before this event sells out! Hope to see you there!
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Marinitas Ratings and Reviews
Great margarita selection and the best carne asada tacos ever!
great server,marks and apps. It can be a little pricey but it is one of my favorite treats.
WOW! I'm in LOVE!
After wanting FOREVER to get to Marinitas, my first time did not disappoint. It actually EXCEEDED my expectations! The food was beyond wonderful! My husband had carnitas, and I had the salmon. Both were perfectly prepared and the flavors of each dish were wonderfully balanced and each bite was heaven. Marinitas is my new favorite Latin/Mexican restaurant and I come from Southern California where the bar is held high for this cuisine. The whole look and feel of the restaurant was great. Beautifully appointed, I could not pull my eyes away from all the corners of the room. There was a terrific energy and a very unique decor which was really fun and comfortable. I forgot to ask about the Santas and Jack o' lanterns tucked about here and there!
The food is always good. We see friends and family from around town all the time. One of our favorites in town.
Lovely as usual
Stopped by on Thursday and they had house margaritas and guacamole on happy hour, yum! We did our usual fish and steak tacos with a marinitas salad. The house Tabasco is amazing on the tacos. Our son did his usual quesadilla but he loves the variety of salsas that come with the chips.
We hadn't been to Marinitas for a couple of years so we thought we'd give it a shot. It is basically unchanged. Same menu...consistently good food....very family oriented so not really a "date night" scene. It would be nice if they had some specials to make it special. We'll probably go back in two years!
I come here frequently and always order the same thing, Fish Tacos, which are just the right size and seasoned not too spicy which is how I like them. The Saturday pork special is great too. Wines by the glass not outrageously priced.
Great for family and adult fun!
Nice layout for people-watching, separate bar with a lively scene overall. Kids more in early hours changing to adult centered later. A bit noisy for conversation sometimes but worth it for the upbeat energy! We had great service and some interesting yet affordable dishes, just delicious!
We were there for lunch on a Tuesday. Th ...
We were there for lunch on a Tuesday. The Wait staff was professional, courteous & attentive without being overly pushy. Our Waiter was very knowledgable about the History of the former restaurant there, which we found interesting. My vegetarian platter was AMAZING, as was my grapefruit marguerita!
Neighborhood standard with clean, fresh ...
Neighborhood standard with clean, fresh Mexican influenced cuisine. Humming vibe, ranging from families to post hike dates. Always fresh, great specials and full bar.
A new Best Mexican
Since the change at Las Camelias in San Rafael we've been searching for a go-to Mexican restaurant in Marin. We found it at Marinitas. The venue is warm and inviting, the food and margaritas were excellent, and the service was spot on.
Margaritas, chips and guacamole, chicken ...
Margaritas, chips and guacamole, chicken tacos. Couldn't be happier!
The food is always good. The hostess was ...
The food is always good. The hostess was very curt and not personable. Tonight the wait staff was running around unfocused when we needed something and overly eager to clear the table after they serve us making us feel like they needed the table. Not relaxing, not dining. A place to eat.. To bad because the place has the space and the food. Management needs to have a sit down with the staff
What a wonderful spot for unique Mexican cooking. Homemade tortillas, chips and salsa. Even hot sauces from scratch! One of my favorite restaurants in Marin.
Just darn good
Chicken and potato tacos were superb. This is not your run of the mill mexican restaurant. A thoughtful menu - demonstrating that quality not quantity is what counts at Marinitas. I'm going back.
Tasty Mexican in Marin
One of our favorite locations North of San Rafael. Margaritas are good. Some nice traditional Mexican options with good vegetarian options.
Marinitas remains one of our favorite restaurants in Marin. The food is outstanding, the service is amazing, and the drinks are great. We continue to love it every time we go there -- whether for dinner for the two of us or with out-of-town guests, for lunch or an early dinner with our kids, or for take-out. We remain loyal patrons. Thanks for such consistently amazing food and great service, Marinitas!
Amazing Food and Wonderful Service!
The food at Marinitas was out of this world! The flavors were vibrant and exciting, the textures delightful, and I just had the feeling I was sharing a meal made by someone who cared about me, and who was introducing me to a cuisine they truly loved. The service, as well, was the best I have ever had. Our waitress seemed to actually enjoy us, it felt like she was glad that we were there, and yet the whole experience was so casual, I was comfortable in my own skin. I have eaten a lot of good food in my time, but I don't know if I've ever had a more enjoyable meal. We left the restaurant buzzy with a sense of well-being and joy. And we didn't try the tequila menu, so it wasn't from that! The prices were completely reasonable and the serving sizes were filling. It's noisy, but our table felt intimate. Five star recommend!
I would recommend Marinitas to all. Good spot for Mexican fare along with a margaritas or cerveza's. TV's with top sports games shown in bar area. Excellent fish tacos. Very good for what it is.
A favorite spot
One of our consistent local favorites! Great tacos (esp. chicken or carne asada); superb Mexicana salad (add chicken!) ~ and most excellent margaritas! Great tequila bar!
Another Lunchtime Win
As usual, the food and service were both a delight. We ordered Guacamole, the Tamales de Pollo, and the Tacos Dorados de Pollo. All good. The tamales were presented beautifully, an unusual presentation -- but it works. Helpful and relaxed service. My companion enjoyed a n always tasty house margarita. We passed on dessert today, but hope to catch up on that another day.
We are never disappointed at Marinitas!
We love to dine at Marinitas...both with friends and on our own. It always hits the spot and we will be back.
My GF and I were looking for Mexican food near Ross so I used my handy OpenTable app to find this place. I had no clue it was so near and was quite surprised that not only was the food delicious but the service was outstanding to match. The staff was very friendly and accommodating to us. Try it when you're in the area, you own't be disappointed!
Consistently excellent Mexican food and friendly service
The chicken tacos and guacamole are abso ...
The chicken tacos and guacamole are absolutely amazing! A must try 😍
Love the carnitas
They don't have a huge menu, but what they have is very good. I always order the carnitas - served over a bed of beans and salsa (Pico de gallo?) My wife loves the chile relleno - gives it 5 stars. The house margaritas are very good, as is their guacamole.
a great night out.
super margaritas,fun servers,wonderful apps. Queso funded is amazing,and the ceviches are terrific.
Nice evening overall which was a very special occasion for our guests. We arrived about 15 minutes early at 7:15 and watched our reserved table set and open until our reservation time of 7:30. It bothered our guests and there wasn't an area to sit. Our guests politely requested two separate checks which was nicely agreed to by our server, however the final check was combined and then all that was offered was a split. The split on each check also displayed a gratuity suggestion based on the total amount of both checks which confused our guests and can easily be misinterrupted and overpaid. The food and service were other wise very good. Noise level is high.
Not 'traditional' Mexican food
I guess we like more 'traditional" Mexican food. I love chile rellenos but this was stuffed with diced sweet potato and was o.k. but not like the cheese stuffed peppers that I love. They did add some sliced komquot which was nice however. My friend had duck tacos and said it was good, but my husband didn't like the beef enchiladas at all. The margaritas tasted like lemonade, but their salsa and chips were very good.
Our new fave
I discovered Marinitas with friends but recently went there with my husband who had never been there before. It is his new fave, now we go with friends or on our own whenever we can.
Great local Marin Cali-Mexican.
Great specials. Good local Marin spot for families are dinner parties, also great bar (with sports available) scene. Reliably good clean food with lots of flavor and a good vibe in the room.
Great fresh mex food
I have been wanting to check Marinitas for a while and finally did. Went for my bday. Was delicious and fun!!!
Great Friday night out
The margaritas were excellent, fresh and not too sweet. The quest fundido is decadent and delicious. Loved the chicken enchiladas
Excellent Mexican food with fresh ingredients, friendly service
Best date night, always!
We have never had anything but excellent food, drinks and service at Marinita's. The wait staff is always so genuine, friendly, preofessional and knowledgeable. Love it - our favorite date night place!!!
Always a favorite
We go here often & have never had a bad meal. Went for brunch this time -- excellent food! Great ambiance for larger or small parties. Best margaritas around!
The service was slow and not attentive. We had to ask the server for more water. The backserver took away our utensil after the starter and did not replace them. When the server ask we wanted more chips we replied yes and he forgot about it. When the mains arrived and server did not notice we had run out of salsa and we had to flag someone down to ask for more salsa. etc.
Over the top Mexican
This is a find. Fresh, tasty, creative (and healthy!) takes on Mexican favorites. Mexican salad was fresh, generous and we still wanted more. The fish tacos were not greasy - perfectly cooked and seasoned on a sumptuous corn tortilla. The sangria was tasty and strong. If that hadn't worked - there's a full bar! Not one complaint. Will be back, and soon!
Not your typical South of the Border restaurant
Marinitas savors the unusual......a chilli rellaño with kumquats to give a sharp sweet/sour burst.....guasacaca (sp?) and steak...haven't had that since living in Venezuela...or in my own home. The place is exciting, lighting fantastic, and one never tires of exploring the decor, the niches and mirrored images that provide a visual feast to complement the exquisite dining.
House-made warm tortilla chips, chile relleno -- not batter-fried and stuffed with butternut squash, plato vegetariano, and an order of carnitas -- what more could 3 people who get together once a year want from a lunch -- except perhaps a pitcher of house margaritas! With a sweet waiter and friendly staff. Can't go wrong. What a gem.
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