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1122 4th Street next to the movie theater, San Rafael, CA
07:00 - 23:00
Closed now
All hours
Sun 07:30 - 22:30
Mon - Sat 07:00 - 23:00
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San Anselmo, California
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34 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Cavernous local meeting place. Very central. Lots of locals, drinking the excellent coffee and enjoying snacks, sandwiches and salads or a slice of cake.

Thank Judith S
Waterville Valley, New Hampshire
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45 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Stop for a different array of sandwiches and hot meals for lunch and a good cup of coffee. Indoor and outdoor seating. Friendly staff.

Thank xskier122
Ruskin, Florida
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53 reviews
47 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 October 2016 via mobile

Stopped in for lunch after visiting the Dharma Trading Co. The place itself isn't much to write home about, but the food was fabulous and very inexpensive. The portions were large, the service was help yourself, but the food came quickly and was really, really good. I had the beef stew and my SIL had the chicken salad. Would highly... More 

Thank BEWatermelon
SF Bay Area
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157 reviews
102 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 September 2016 via mobile

Nice place to duck into for a peaceful break and a good (hot or cold) drink. There's always someone to engage in conversation. Excellent, regularly changing art work.

Thank mjmbkk
San Rafael, California
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9 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 April 2016

Love the fatoush salad. Very reasonably priced. A great place for coffee, tea, deserts, and people watching. It's right next door to the Rafael Theatre, so you can get a quick bite before or after the movie.

Thank trips4time
2 reviews
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 April 2016 via mobile

1) staff rude and unfriendly 2) they have a problem about everything 2) food mediocre 3) cash only 4) atmosphere low end 5) place dirty

Thank Poppy C
SF Bay Area
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157 reviews
102 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 March 2016 via mobile

Centrally located in downtown San Rafael. Brick walls give it an old world feeling. Always interesting people, writers & readers. Salad, sandwiches, soups & middle eastern selections. Regularly changing artwork in the walls.

Thank mjmbkk
Vancouver Island, Canada
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119 reviews
74 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 March 2016

We stopped at the Aroma Cafe for dinner last night. My husband had the tuna melt with salad and I had the chicken curry on brown rice and we both had a glass of wine. The tuna melt was just average, but was served with a nice little salad. The chicken curry was watery and the vegetables were overcooked but... More 

Thank Wanderlust339
Tiburon, California
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5 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 January 2016

Good place for a hot or cold beverage, light casual meal, sit and chat with friends, or crowd watch, or use your laptop or smartphone. Good meeting place before or after a movie at the Rafael Film Center.

1 Thank Tiburonresident
San Francisco
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46 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 September 2015

A community gathering place with good food at reasonable prices. The fattoush salad with avocado is great. Gouda sandwich is worth the lipitour

1 Thank FoodWineFunSF

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
Breakfast, Lunch
Restaurant features
Seating, Takeout, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Cheap Eats, Child-friendly
Open Hours
07:30 - 22:30
07:00 - 23:00
07:00 - 23:00
07:00 - 23:00
07:00 - 23:00
07:00 - 23:00
07:00 - 23:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 1122 4th Street next to the movie theater, San Rafael, CA
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Marin County  >  San Rafael
A San Rafael hot spot with healthy food and generous portions. High quality food and coffee at a good price. The place people go to meet , almost like a community center.

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