I confess that Noah and I have always loved to hop in the car and take sightseeing drives. Even if it’s just out to dinner, there’s something about going a bit farther than just around the corner that can make it feel like we’re taking more of a break. One of our favorite dinner-drives is to go out Sir Francis Drake Boulevard all the way to where it dead-ends into Highway 1, and voila, there we are at the Olema Inn, an elegant and delicious dining spot.
Sometimes we make reservations ahead of time but more often than not we just head out and take our chances, and we’ve been pretty lucky. We go for both dinner and lunch, and love to take out-of-town guests with us so they get that same benefit of beautiful drive + delicious meal.
The Hog Island oysters (8 of them) are my favorite appetizer. They always offer two raw and two cooked preparations, and you get to make up your own combination. Like most of the better Marin restaurants, they only use local, organic and sustainably raised ingredients, which really comes through in the freshness of the dishes, noticeably the oysters. They have Monday Music Nights, too, where they offer an expanded “small plates” menu in addition to their regular dinner menu.
The dining room is wonderfully light and airy, with tall, tall windows running along two sides looking out onto a wide, lush green lawn, site of a lot of weddings, receptions and parties.
Yes, they have hotel rooms as well, but I’ve never stayed here. It would make a really comfortable home base for exploring the whole Point Reyes area.
Where: 10,000 Sir Francis Drake Boulevard, Olema CA 94950 (map)
Hours: Everyday 9 – 9
By Anne Kennedy
Breakfast at 9 Lunch 12-3 Dinner 5-9