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12781 Sir Francis Drake Blvd, Inverness, CA 94937-9736
+1 415-699-1244
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  • Excellent61%
  • Very good25%
  • Average7%
  • Poor4%
  • Terrible3%
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“oysters” (102 reviews)
“salad” (27 reviews)
“bread” (18 reviews)
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12781 Sir Francis Drake Blvd, Inverness, CA 94937-9736
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1 - 10 of 225 reviews

Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Stopped in on the spur of the moment and was wowed. Cold, windy, wet- fall time Pt. Reyes hike culminating in stellar potato leek soup warming the soul, company of the staff and other patrons warming the heart. The roast chicken was exactly what the...More

Thank bealong50
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We stopped for lunch after a hiking and it was worth the stop. Besides the oysters which are worth the stop by themselves, we had a grilled cheese. No, not wonder bread and cheese product. Think sourdough, with aged cheddar, bacon and pesto.

Thank Roger E
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This restaurant is VERY popular in the small town of Inverness, so make sure you secure a reservation that is NOT near the front door. Unfortunately, that is where we sat, so it was very drafty whenever folks entered or left. Also, Saltwater is VERY...More

Thank schwakes
Reviewed 16 October 2017

Very refined food with a casual atmosphere on the coast. Friendly service and very fresh ingredents!

Thank Jacqueline S
Reviewed 13 October 2017 via mobile

Really good find. Oysters very fresh wine very good and crisp. Fixed menu, my husband had the calamari in tomato sauce very fresh delicious. I had the yellow tale tartar very good. We booth had the tomato bolognese with polenta. Excellent. For desert we shared...More

Thank dawn m
Reviewed 7 October 2017

We made reservations. Followed another couple in without reservations. Watched them seated in the front window with a view. We were next. Sat us next to the kitchen and entry door. Miserable. Other party's of twos were sat in better locations after us. Only found...More

Thank zinredhead
Reviewed 1 October 2017

Really good food. We had local fish and roasted chicken, both very well done. Oysters on the half shell were superb. You'd think you could take that for granted around Tomales Bay but not all places are reliable. Pleasant service.

Thank brasilerio2010
Reviewed 6 September 2017

We had dinner and breakfast at Saltwater Oyster Depot in Inverness and both meals were terrific. The restaurant is small and somewhat bare with 2 rooms and an oyster bar, the menu is small, so is the wine list, but everything was done perfectly. We...More

Thank Sandy B
Reviewed 6 September 2017

Bummer that we're now vegetarian, it's almost worth changing our ways because their fish is so good, so well-prepared. Service is outstanding, restaurant tiny, make a reservation. I am not into the shellfish they have, but I hear it's good.

Thank gottagetgoing
Reviewed 11 August 2017

We had read good reports on Saltwater so decided to give it a try when we stayed overnight at Inverness a couple of weeks ago. It is a bit pricey to be sure but we don't mind that if the food is good and the...More

Thank Mike1631
Nearby Restaurants
Inverness Park Market
168 reviews
3.85 km away
Bovine Bakery
227 reviews
5.07 km away
Station House Cafe
547 reviews
5.21 km away
Nearby Attractions
Tomales Bay State Park
78 reviews
5.39 km away
Tomales Bay Oyster Company
17 reviews
2.16 km away
Tule Elk Preserve
112 reviews
3.58 km away
Point Reyes Seashore National Park
792 reviews
5.08 km away
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Questions & Answers
25 August 2016|
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Response from masgchips | Reviewed this property |
Yes, there were two options (one seafood, one other) each for the appetizer, main, and dessert. Highly recommend it!
3 July 2016|
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Response from luc c | Property representative |
Hello, Owner Luc responding to your inquiry. Pardon my tone if I came off as impatient. It was in no way intentional. We do encourage web reservations and we seldom run out of menu items. I'll adopt a more cheerful tone... More
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$ 10 - US$ 30
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol
Good for
Special Occasion Dining, Child-friendly, Local cuisine, Romantic
Open Hours
9:00 AM - 9:00 PM
5:00 PM - 9:00 PM
5:00 PM - 9:00 PM
5:00 PM - 9:00 PM
9:00 AM - 9:00 PM
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 12781 Sir Francis Drake Blvd, Inverness, CA 94937-9736
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Marin County  >  Inverness
  • Phone Number: +1 415-699-1244
  • E-mail
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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