Join Us Sundays 11am-2:30pm for Brunch!

“We are just so thrilled to finally after 70 years bring this space to life for Sunday brunch. It’s pure magic, sitting on the patio on a warm sunny Sunday morning authentically takes you away to a special and unique place: from the food, curated cocktails and ambiance/aesthetic – brunch at El Paseo is beautiful and special!” – Chef Todd

El Paseo is excited to introduce our very special new curated brunch menu with fresh cocktails and Bloody Marys.   Chef Todd Shoberg’s Rustic and Unique Northern California Cuisine is now imaged for the Brunch lover… No reservations needed, it is first come first served.  Enjoy the charming patio seating for the first time during the day and embrace the sunny warmth.

El Paseo’s Restoration & Reopening 7th Anniversary

7 years ago today marks the restoration and reopening of El Paseo in Mill Valley! The history of the Bay Area was woven deeply into the construction of El Paseo. The bricks walling in the quaint warren of rooms were reclaimed from landfill from the 1906 San Francisco earthquake and the thick beams, supporting many of the ceilings, were rail ties from the gravity trains used to bring visitors up Mount Tamalpais’ East Peak at the turn of the last century. Designed by noted architect Gus Costigan, who sketched his designs while serving in WWII, El Paseo holds a soulful and authentic example of the California Mission-Style. The meticulous restoration of the property took two years; a restoration which has enhanced El Paseo’s warmth and accentuated its timeless appeal.

Join us March 14th to Give Back

Tomorrow (Wednesday 3/14) at El Paseo Restaurant from 5:00 pm to 9:00 pm we will be hosting out monthly Dine For A Cause.

20% of the evening’s proceeds will be donated to Ambassadors of Hope & Opportunity, Marin County’s only nonprofit organization providing hope for an estimated 2,600 homeless young adults through job opportunities, housing, scholarships and more.

*10% from El Paseo, matched by a 10% donation from the Hagar Family Foundation

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Join us Wednesday, February 21st for Dine For A Cause benefitting Ritter Center

Join us for Dine for a Cause on February 21st from 5:00pm – 9:00pm, benefiting the Ritter Center!

Simply make your reservation on this night and you’ll automatically be giving back. We will be donating 20% (10% from the restaurant, matched by a donation from the Sammy Hagar (The Red Rocker) Family Foundation) of the evening’s proceeds to Ritter Center of Marin, which serves families and individuals in Marin County who are homeless or at-risk of becoming homeless.

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Driving 14 Hours to visit El Paseo Mill Valley

Just this week we were happy to be visited by a couple coming all the way from Canada to come by El Paseo!  Here is their story:

“Drove from Vancouver, BC with my wife to Mill Valley….  14 hours!…  Checked in to Mill Valley Inn and walked to El Paseo for dinner.   Very romantic and great location, the vibe is nice and quiet, romantic and quaint.  The food was incredible…try the quail appetizer, then had the steak and the wife had Halibut.  I started with a “Rumarita” and we shared a great bottle of wine.  Great evening and a fantastic town to chill and relax.   Next time, in March, we hope to meet the great proprietor, Sammy, and hope to share a toast over good food.  Cheers and we will be back!”  – Peter Dolecki

Restaurant review: New chef, menu bring seasonal flair to El Paseo

“There’s an undeniable allure that beckons escape when walking along the charming alleyway between Sunnyside and Throckmorton avenues in Mill Valley, a brick link that connects El Paseo restaurant’s collection of seating areas and dining spaces. Each offers a sense that you’re somewhere else. It’s a step away from the ordinary, replete with the glow of candlelight, warmth of hearth, heavy wood beams, plentiful paned windows and cool accents like red abstract wallpaper.

El Paseo is a downtown fixture; a constant regardless of the recent chef shifts since rocker Sammy Hagar purchased the restaurant in 2009 and undertook a significant renovation in partnership with celebrity chef Tyler Florence. The latest rendition has chef Todd Shoberg in the kitchen bringing his astute, creative, seasonal skill on display most recently at his acclaimed but now-shuttered Molina restaurant.

“El Paseo is a different restaurant for sure,” he shares. “Molina was an inspired little project. This is more seats and years of expectation and experience people have had in the past.”

Over the past 10 years, food has flowed from the unforgettable buttery pesto pull-apart rolls and the bacon-wrapped dates on a pool of syrupy balsamic under Florence’s reign to the Spanish-influenced menu from chef Henry Cortez that had its highlights, but you couldn’t help but miss those rolls and dates.

In four short months, Shoberg has done an overhaul of the culinary program.”

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El Paseo in Mill Valley thrives with new chef, new cuisine

“Few restaurants can claim such a distinctive and magical setting as El Paseo, which has been in business since 1947. Yet the past few years have been tumultuous, to say the least.

This Mill Valley restaurant was reopened in 2011 by rocker Sammy Hagar and celebrity chef Tyler Florence, and they turned the cuisine from French to steak house.

They spent millions to refurbish the warren of cottage-like rooms, and the restaurant again became the go-to place in Marin, not only for the food, but for the setting, which features a string of outdoor and indoor rooms with brick walls and beamed ceilings made of railroad ties.

The partnership didn’t gel, and because of Hagar’s involvement in a Tequila company, they were unable to have a full liquor license, and could serve only beer and wine.

After Florence backed out, Hagar turned El Paseo into a Spanish restaurant. Earlier this year, he was able to get a full liquor license, making the bar across the brick walkway from the main restaurant a much more popular place.

I never made it in during the Spanish period. However, a few months ago it was announced that Todd Shoberg, who received a 3.5-star review for his food at Molina in Mill Valley, was in the house. In addition, Hagar changed the front-of-the-house management, effectively reinventing the restaurant.

The idea of a steak house — or of a Spanish restaurant — is a thing of the past, and Shoberg is creating a broader-based Northern California menu.

After the first visit, I longed to return for the buttermilk fried quail ($17), which sat atop cubes of both yellow and red watermelon with fine rings of spring onions and flecks of pungent black mint. The crunch of the coating, the sweetness of the fruit and the pungency of the mint take the dish to a new level.”

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Dine for a Cause was a Huge Success

Yesterday evening’s Dine for a Cause event benefiting Ambassadors of Hope and Opportunity brought a packed house at El Paseo

“The Dine For A Cause dinner last night was a huge success! The restaurant was capacity all night. Kari and I want to thank all the people that supported Dine For A Cause last night (which benefitted Ambassadors Of Hope And Opportunity) for working together with us to help homeless teens! As always The Hagar family foundation will match the funds from the restaurant which should go a long way to help kids in Marin”

– Sammy Hagar

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