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12781 Sir Francis Drake Blvd, Inverness, CA 94937-9736
Thu - Fri 17:00 - 21:00
Sat - Sun 12:00 - 21:00
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Tampa, Florida
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113 reviews
64 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 40 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago

This is a very cute, but small restaurant. I'd advise going early, as we did, or make reservations. We had our pick of tables when we arrived and opted for the back room to avoid the front door which opens right into the main dining room bringing with it lots of cold air. The menu is small, and we don't... More 

Thank susie1107
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6 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Went for dinner our first night, amazingly fresh oysters and tried some of their broiled oysters as well. Great service and food-highly recommend, but make a reservation

Thank Tessrod
Puerto Rico
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34 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

From the time you arrive until you leave...it's like enjoying a meal at your best friend's home...who happens to be a 5 star chef. The Chelsea Gems were good. But the Hog Island Oysters Roasted in Tomatillo were divine. Honestly they rival my all time favorite oysters from Wellfleet, MA. We loved the simplicity of the tasting menu. Griddled Capay... More 

Thank IslandSunSeekers
San Francisco, California
1 review
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

The service here was terrible. The old guy who is the owner has the poor manner. He thought he has a great manner and look awesome? But it came like his service was horrible and ruined our lunch. Please avoid coming to this restaurant.

Thank kkosolsuvivat
Luc C, Owner at Saltwater, responded to this review

Sadly your poor manner was unacceptable and your reaction to being asked to be civil in our dining room caused you to write a poor review. We appreciate that you have a choice in where you eat but being rude has no place in our restaurant. We welcome your decision to no longer done with us and wish that you... More 

San Anselmo, California
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45 reviews
41 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

It’s a small seafood place and oyster bar with a small menu and reasonable prices. Excellent fresh and cooked oysters, plump and very fresh. You could start and finish just with the oyster dishes. Creative organic offerings including non-seafood dishes with a small, fairly priced wine list and artisan beers. I definitely can recommend the Raw Deal (a dozen oysters),... More 

Thank Bruce415453
Berkeley, California
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4 reviews
Reviewed 1 March 2017

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
Reviewed 22 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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48 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
Reviewed 15 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 

1 Thank 2us4girls2boys
Anchorage, Alaska
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61 reviews
38 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 47 helpful votes
Reviewed 20 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
Reviewed 9 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

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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
Child-friendly, Local cuisine, Special Occasion Dining, Romantic
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: 14152993736
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?