Best Restaurants Near Marina Green

Cap off a breezy, sun-filled day by the Bay
July 4, 2014
by Zagat Staff

After a day on the Green, fuel up with first-class feasts from these nearby eateries.

Greens Restaurant
Vegetarian · Marina District · $$$
Food 4.5 · Decor 4.5 · Service 4.3

"You can taste the Zen" marvel fans of this Marina "vegetarian institution" that transforms "fresh-from-the-garden" organic produce (some from its own Green Gulch Farm) into "outrageously good" , elegantly plated meals that even "satisfy the pickiest meat eaters" ; an "innovative" wine list and "friendly" service in a "serene" setting with "polished wood" and "magnificent" "views overlooking the Golden Gate" seal its status a "consistent winner."
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.
Italian · Marina District · $$$
Food 4.4 · Decor 4.1 · Service 4.2

For a "Bay area version of the cuisine of Southern Italy" , check out these "refined" "hot spots" in the Marina and Rockridge, praised for their "stellar" , "eclectic" wine lists and "fab" wood-fired pizzas, among other "thoughtfully conceived and prepared" plates; "informed" (if sometimes "perfunctory" ) service, "sleek" surroundings and "fun people-watching" are all part of the "sophisticated" package, but be aware that "pricey" tabs and "off-putting noise" also come with the territory.
Japanese · Marina District · $$$
Food 4.4 · Decor 4.0 · Service 4.3

"Beautifully presented and scrumptious" small plates – including "excellent" sushi, skewers and novel combos like bacon mochi ( "worth the visit alone" ) – are matched with real "izakaya atmosphere" at this Marina Japanese; "great sakes" and "wonderful service" are further incentives, though the cost can depend on how long you linger.
The Interval at Long Now
Cocktail Bar · Marina District · $$

This "unique" Fort Mason triple threat is a well-priced coffee shop by day, a bar by night for cocktails and light snacks (showcasing a limited-edition spirits program by local favorite St. George) and a museum-library combo that also hosts events by the nonprofit Long Now Foundation. The modern space boasts Golden Gate Bridge views, floor-to-ceiling bookshelves, thought-provoking decor with a "really interesting history" , and an intimate front bar and lounge area displaying a Brian Eno art piece.