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Whipper Snapper

$$ - $$$
Latin, Caribbean, Spanish, South American, Central American
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1613 4th St, Between F and G, San Rafael, CA 94901-2714
+1 415-256-1818
11:00 - 15:00
17:00 - 21:00
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Tue - Sun 11:00 - 15:00
17:00 - 21:00
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Novato, California
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8 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 29 March 2017

My wife and I went to Whipper Snapper yesterday after having not gone for a couple years. Happily, it was just as good as we'd had before. :) She had the fish tacos, which she loves, and I had the Jamaican Jerk Chicken. It was early so we were the only people there (just after 5pm) and sat outside. I... More 

Thank Mikeford34
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3 reviews
Reviewed 27 March 2017

My wife and I were staying at the Marin Lodge and was looking for someplace interesting with good food. We found the Whipper Snapper restaurant on one of the locator apps. First of all, the restaurant is very quaint and you get a feeling like you belong there. The waitstaff are very friendly, attentive but not bothersome, and they know... More 

Thank Randy C
Annandale, Virginia
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79 reviews
39 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
Reviewed 11 March 2017 via mobile

We were not very impressed with the restaurant. Although the service was friendly, the food lack any pizzazz. The cigars were a little oily, and the fish tacos were drowned in the sauce and cabbage they came in. The meat was also smothered in a sauce that did not complement the actual meat, so it was a bit disappointing. Probably... More 

Thank SJRamz
Moraga, CA
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61 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
Reviewed 29 December 2016

We had heard about this place from Check, Please! and decided to try it out since we were in the area. I was a little surprised that it was mostly empty even though it was mid-week lunch time. Nonetheless we sat down and all three of us ordered the fish tacos. We lived in San Diego for 10 years and... More 

Thank Timothy F
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7 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 8 November 2016

I'd been in once before with a large group and I do remember the food being good but we were so busy talking, I don't think I gave it the attention it deserved. Recently we dropped in for a late lunch: chicken skewers, ceviche, and the be-all-end-all of spinach salads. Everything was delicious, the place is cute and clean with... More 

Thank Cyn C
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21 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
Reviewed 25 October 2016 via mobile

We saw this restaurant featured on Check Please-restaurants review show on KQED. We decided to try it and glad we did. Unpretentious comfortable interior easy parking. Greeted immediately and made to feel welcome. Menu offers small plates, salads and a few mains. We split a great warm spinach salad-delicious Parmesan dressing, generous sprinkling of lardons and mushrooms. They have fish... More 

Thank PPosin
Marblehead, Massachusetts, United States
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37 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 16 February 2016

Whipper Snapper is intimate, homey, mellow and fun! Sangria or wine with tapas choices to keep you chatting for hours. The salads were abundant and delicious. We liked the outdoor patio, there is a nice bar and indoor seating looked simple and had big tables for large parties. Really great service too!

Thank Margi F
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44 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 July 2015 via mobile

Family Style Caribbean restaurant serving freshly made tapas by the owner & chef Bill. Try the tasty home made Sangria goes super well with most meals. Clean - easy parking - small patio Highly recommended

1 Thank carlosg358
San Rafael, California
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39 reviews
35 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 30 June 2015

Good food; great Sangria. A place to bring friends. Nice but small outdoor space. Parking eases after 5 p.m. Some unusual dishes. Everyone is eager to please and to accomodate.

Thank gary t
Novato, California
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29 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 April 2015

This is our first time eating at this vibrant with a Caribbean/Latin deco. Foods are descent and flavorful, we had three of the tapas from the menu. Staff and owner Bill are friendly and nice! Their most popular dish is the Fish Tacos, we will definitely go back again!

Thank S K T

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Latin, Caribbean, Spanish, South American, Central American
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Takeout, Wheelchair Accessible
Open Hours
11:00 - 15:00
17:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 15:00
17:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 15:00
17:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 15:00
17:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 15:00
17:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 15:00
17:00 - 21:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 1613 4th St, Between F and G, San Rafael, CA 94901-2714
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Marin County  >  San Rafael
  • Phone Number: +1 415-256-1818

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