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1122 4th Street next to the movie theater, San Rafael, CA
07:00 - 23:00
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Sun 07:30 - 22:30
Mon - Sat 07:00 - 23:00
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San Rafael, California
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5 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
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Reviewed 12 April 2017

If you want to support a great local, independent cafe, this is the place. Centrally located right next to the Rafael Theater. A perfect place to meet up with friend(s).

Thank Kurt H
SF Bay Area
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194 reviews
128 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
Reviewed 25 March 2017 via mobile

Plenty of room, comfortable seating and a great local hangout for locals or grabbing a coffee before a movie. Outdoor seating. Regularly changing artwork. Comfort food.

Thank mjmbkk
San Francisco, California
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71 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 February 2017

Love this neighborhood cafe that serves up hearty breakfast, lunch with a mediterranean flair. Love the cappuccino and sweet chai latte drinks. And the fattoush and hummus plates are really good. Come settle into one of the cozy chairs and enjoy your coffee while you people watch.

Thank AngelwWings
San Anselmo, California
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37 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 19 November 2016

Cavernous local meeting place. Very central. Lots of locals, drinking the excellent coffee and enjoying snacks, sandwiches and salads or a slice of cake.

Thank Judith S
Waterville Valley, New Hampshire
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50 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
Reviewed 15 November 2016

Stop for a different array of sandwiches and hot meals for lunch and a good cup of coffee. Indoor and outdoor seating. Friendly staff.

Thank xskier122
Ruskin, Florida
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63 reviews
54 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 October 2016 via mobile

Stopped in for lunch after visiting the Dharma Trading Co. The place itself isn't much to write home about, but the food was fabulous and very inexpensive. The portions were large, the service was help yourself, but the food came quickly and was really, really good. I had the beef stew and my SIL had the chicken salad. Would highly... More 

Thank BEWatermelon
SF Bay Area
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194 reviews
128 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
Reviewed 29 September 2016 via mobile

Nice place to duck into for a peaceful break and a good (hot or cold) drink. There's always someone to engage in conversation. Excellent, regularly changing art work.

Thank mjmbkk
San Rafael, California
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9 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
Reviewed 26 April 2016

Love the fatoush salad. Very reasonably priced. A great place for coffee, tea, deserts, and people watching. It's right next door to the Rafael Theatre, so you can get a quick bite before or after the movie.

Thank trips4time
2 reviews
Reviewed 14 April 2016 via mobile

1) staff rude and unfriendly 2) they have a problem about everything 2) food mediocre 3) cash only 4) atmosphere low end 5) place dirty

Thank Poppy C
SF Bay Area
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194 reviews
128 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 April 2016 via mobile

Centrally located in downtown San Rafael. Brick walls give it an old world feeling. Always interesting people, writers & readers. Salad, sandwiches, soups & middle eastern selections. Regularly changing artwork in the walls.

Thank mjmbkk

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Breakfast, Lunch, Brunch
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Open Hours
07:30 - 22:30
07:00 - 23:00
07:00 - 23:00
07:00 - 23:00
07:00 - 23:00
07:00 - 23:00
07:00 - 23:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 1122 4th Street next to the movie theater, San Rafael, CA
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Marin County  >  San Rafael
A San Rafael hot spot with healthy food and generous portions. High quality food and coffee at a good price. The place people go to meet , almost like a community center.

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?