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China House Restaurant
1222 Grant Ave, Novato, CA 94945
Though many Chinese restaurants can be found in the Bay Area, few deliver the cozy ambience of the China HouseMore restaurant. Popular dishes include egg flower soup, Mongolian beef and Hong Kong-style chow mein. Many of the restaurant's dishes are made to order and most are priced very affordably. With sizzling entrées and a friendly atmosphere, it might just be the best-kept secret in downtown Novato. 
Mills Restaurant
7330 Redwood Blvd, Novato, CA 94945
Mills Restaurant is a American-style eatery that was converted from a former Denny's. Mills offers diner-style menuMore choices, including a wide range of sandwiches, burgers and desserts. The restaurant is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Some of its specilaty dishes include prime rib, steak and fettuccine alfredo. Mills provides has both booth seating and outdoor deck.
Happy Garden Restaurant
385 Bel Marin Keys Blvd, Novato, CA 94949
As the old saying goes, never judge a book by its cover. Happy Garden Restaurant's exterior may leave a lot to beMore desired aesthetically, but for loyal patrons, the restaurant is lacking for very little in the taste department. In addition to all of the traditional staples of Chinese food, including hot and sour soup, Mongolian chicken and pot stickers, it also delivers homestyle specials such as walnut prawns. Hailed by some as the best Chinese restaurant in Marin, don't miss this hidden noodle shop conveniently located off of Bel Marin Keys.
Hilltop 1892
850 Lamont Ave, Novato, CA 94945
From the highway the Hilltop 1892 restaurant looks like a grand estate,  with an American flag flying proudly aboveMore the restaurant. As you wind up the steep driveway, you will discover sweeping views of Novato and the bay. Once inside you will be treated to a menu of  classic American food with a twist of California influence. The restaurant underwent a major upgrade and renovation in late 2009 and early 2010, kicking the doors open again in June 2010 and restablishing itself as a date-night destination. Enjoy dining in the main restaurant, bar or on the outside patio. Special events are held there as well.
Batika India Bistro
868 Grant Ave, Novato, CA 94945
The Batika India Bistro is an Indian restaurant located in Novato. The restaurant offers patrons an array of IndianMore dishes, including tandoori chicken, mango chutney and lamb vindaloo. The Batika India Bistro includes an outdoor patio area and lunch and dinner buffet specials.
La Pinata Mexican Restaurant
940 7th St, Novato, CA 94945
La Pinata is a Mexican eatery chain with locations all over the Bay Area, including in Fremont, Concord, Hayward andMore Novato. The restaurant offers a large range of Mexican dishes, such as fajitas, seafood entrees, nachos and enchiladas. La Pinata also has tequila bar service, and holds happy hour on weekdays.
The Garden Restaurant
333 Enfrente Rd, Novato, CA 94949
Novato's exclusive location for authentic Mediterranean fare, The Garden Restaurant is conveniently located on the westMore side of Highway 101 in Ignacio. With all of the traditional staples including baba ganoush, hummus and tabouli, meals are often served with Turkish coffee. It also offers lamb burgers, Caesar salad and New York steak. The Garden is an underrated santuary of classy dining.
Taki Japanese Restaurant
452 Ignacio Blvd, Novato, CA 94949
Taki offers traditional Japanese dishes and sushi in a quaint location. The restaurant is located on the corner by RedMore Boy Pizza in Pacheco Plaza and is open most days for lunch and dinner. There is a private room available for events that can seat 26 people.
The Mandarin Restaurant
8141 Redwood Blvd, Novato, CA 94945

As the newest member to the local Chinese restaurant community, the Mandarin Restaurant is aMore family-friendly eatery serving up authentic cuisine. Formerly called Garden Court, the Mandarin is located inside the Days Inn about two miles north of the Old Town area.

The menu includes dishes from Szechuan, Shanghai, Hunan, Canton, Taiwan and other regions. Original dishes are created by blending a variety of recipes with local farm-fresh poultry and meat. The chefs use local produce and only cook with vegetable oil. Most dishes can be modified for a low-fat meal and sauces can be served on the side.

Las Guitarras Restaurant
1017 Reichert Ave, Novato, CA 94945
One of Novato's authentic Mexican restaurants, Las Guitarras is the second location of a dining establishment thatMore originally opened in Cotati. The restaurant is one block north of the Grant Avenue in Old Town and features a large patio with a decorative fountain and about a dozen small dining tables, making it a downtown destination spot during nice weather. Family-owned and operated for 28 years, Las Guitarras continues to offer the same excellent taste that has made it a Novato staple. Active in community affairs, Las Guitarras is a favorite destination for birthday dinners, anniversary parties and business brunches. Las Guitarras also hosts a number of special gatherings on holidays, including a large fiesta during Cinco de Mayo.
El Palmar Restaurant
1108 Grant Ave, Novato, CA 94945
Described as serving "the best tacos in Novato," El Palmar is a family-friendly restaurant with an authentic MexicanMore menu. Don't expect an Americanized, Tex-Mex experience, because it only dishes up traditional fare from south of the border. This little gem near Marvin's packs a big punch with large menu, offering tantalizing options like pollo asado burritos, carne rojo and huaraches. Diners interested in taking the experience home with them can also check out the adjoining Mexican supermarket following the end of their meal.
Fernando's Restaurant
1561 S Novato Blvd, Novato, CA 94947
Novato residents seeking Mexican-style comfort food need not look further than Fernando's Restaurant. The family-ownedMore operation has become a local fixture, serving as something of a landmark during the two decades of its operation. It offers traditional Mexican fare like enchiladas, quesadillas and tostadas and includes seafood fresh from the San Francisco Bay in many of the entrées served. With large, family-sized portions, nobody will have to worry about going home hungry.
The Seafood Shipper Company
32 Montego Ky, Novato, CA 94949
The Seafood Shipper Company is a seafood shipping company that services restaurants and food industry clients throughoutMore the country. Call the number provided for more information. 
Red Boy Pizza
940 Diablo Ave, Novato, CA 94947
For more than 40 years, Red Boy Pizza has been serving up affordable Italian food to the greater Bay Area. RecentlyMore under new management, this smaller location of the restaurant chain specializes in pizza by the slice. It successfully straddles the line between pizza joint and Italian restaurant by offering up a variety of appetizers, sandwiches, salads, entrées and desserts. With a welcoming neighborhood atmosphere and a friendly staff, it is the perfect family eatery.
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