Quick Bites in the Marina Area

Grab-and-go eats
March 6, 2017
by Zagat Staff

From veggie burgers to fresh salads, here are the best health-conscious spots (with a side of quick service) in the Marina and Cow Hollow.

Lucca Delicatessen
Italian · Marina District · $
Food 4.5 · Decor 3.3 · Service 4.0

"Family-owned" and -run since 1929, this Chestnut Street "institution" sells "superb sandwiches" , soups, salads and pastas alongside a "wide variety" of "imported Italian ingredients" , all for "fair prices" ; there's "zero" decor, but it's takeout-only anyway, and perfect for an "impromptu picnic" on the nearby Marina green.
Roam Artisan Burgers
Burger · Cow Hollow · $
Food 4.3 · Decor 3.7 · Service 3.9

This "excellent" burger chainlet is dedicated to "sustainable" ingredients in its "juicy, grass-fed" beef, all-natural bison, turkey and veggie patties, all gilded with "unique toppings" and washed down with "thick, delicious" shakes; you may have to "jockey for a table" at these counter-service spots, but connoisseurs "love" customizing their orders to taste, and say the price is "worth it."
The Plant Cafe Organic
Organic · Marina District · $$
Food 4.0 · Decor 3.6 · Service 3.7

Clean-living converts swear by the "tasty" , "organic" Californian cuisine for which these crunchy cafes are known, including "housemade veggie burgers" , "fresh vegetable juices" and other "affordable" staples served in a "cool atmosphere" ; skeptics who insist it's "nothing special" add that service varies from "accommodating" to "spotty" , but the opportunity "to eat out with friends and not blow your diet" is nice "even if you are a meat lover."
Le Marais Bakery
French · Marina District · $
Food 4.0 · Decor 3.7 · Service 3.6

French traditions and farm-to-table sensibilities shape the menu at this "cute" Marina bakery and bistro, where the "affordable" little luxuries include "wonderful breads and pastries" , quiches, croques and other "easy" light bites, plus coffee, beer and wine; some say it's "hit or miss" for quality and service, but "when it's good, it's good."
Glaze Teriyaki
Japanese · Marina District · $

The Pacific Heights and Marina outposts of this New York–based, Seattle-style restaurant serve up teriyaki dishes with a focus on all-natural ingredients, including affordable salads, sides and grilled plates topped with tangy sauces. The thoughtfully designed spaces are outfitted in old wood floors, metal-framed tables and artsy wall hangings – and the outdoor patios fill fast on bright days.