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Whipper Snapper

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1613 4th St, Between F and G, San Rafael, CA 94901-2714
+1 415-256-1818
11:00 - 15:00
17:00 - 21:00
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Tue - Sun 11:00 - 15:00
17:00 - 21:00
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Moraga, CA
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53 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 December 2016

We had heard about this place from Check, Please! and decided to try it out since we were in the area. I was a little surprised that it was mostly empty even though it was mid-week lunch time. Nonetheless we sat down and all three of us ordered the fish tacos. We lived in San Diego for 10 years and... More 

Thank Timothy F
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7 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 November 2016

I'd been in once before with a large group and I do remember the food being good but we were so busy talking, I don't think I gave it the attention it deserved. Recently we dropped in for a late lunch: chicken skewers, ceviche, and the be-all-end-all of spinach salads. Everything was delicious, the place is cute and clean with... More 

Thank Cyn C
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17 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 October 2016 via mobile

We saw this restaurant featured on Check Please-restaurants review show on KQED. We decided to try it and glad we did. Unpretentious comfortable interior easy parking. Greeted immediately and made to feel welcome. Menu offers small plates, salads and a few mains. We split a great warm spinach salad-delicious Parmesan dressing, generous sprinkling of lardons and mushrooms. They have fish... More 

Thank PPosin
Marblehead, Massachusetts, United States
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37 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 February 2016

Whipper Snapper is intimate, homey, mellow and fun! Sangria or wine with tapas choices to keep you chatting for hours. The salads were abundant and delicious. We liked the outdoor patio, there is a nice bar and indoor seating looked simple and had big tables for large parties. Really great service too!

Thank Margi F
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44 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 June 2015 via mobile

Family Style Caribbean restaurant serving freshly made tapas by the owner & chef Bill. Try the tasty home made Sangria goes super well with most meals. Clean - easy parking - small patio Highly recommended

Thank carlosg358
San Rafael, California
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39 reviews
35 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 June 2015

Good food; great Sangria. A place to bring friends. Nice but small outdoor space. Parking eases after 5 p.m. Some unusual dishes. Everyone is eager to please and to accomodate.

Thank gary t
Novato, California
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27 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 April 2015

This is our first time eating at this vibrant with a Caribbean/Latin deco. Foods are descent and flavorful, we had three of the tapas from the menu. Staff and owner Bill are friendly and nice! Their most popular dish is the Fish Tacos, we will definitely go back again!

Thank S K T
San Rafael, California
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304 reviews
151 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 170 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 March 2015 via mobile

I love this restaurant have reviewed this restaurant before. But I have never had a party at this restaurant. So this deserves a second review or an update as you will. after consulting with bill the owner chef I decided to have my birthday party with a small group of my closest family/friends. I made an excellent choice. everything went... More 

Thank Thomas B
Tiburon, CA
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366 reviews
200 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 155 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 February 2015

I visited for dinner with a number of other friends. The restaurant was clean, and although there were not many diners that night, it was noisy. Several of us had the fish tacos, $15, and were disappointed. There was very little fish, and what there was came in smallish cubes. Service was friendly and efficient. Toilets were spotless.

Thank nepenthium
San Rafael
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27 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 January 2015

Vibratin' Vittle!! That's what the Chef, Bill, calls his style of cooking... There is a Caribbean flavor to the menu. I went there on New Year's Eve and my friend and I had a fabulous dinner.. I had this chicken with a kind of pomegranate sauce, served with Caribbean style beans and rice. It was so good!! I am not... More 

Thank LolaNoodles

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Latin, Caribbean
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Takeout, Wheelchair Accessible
Open Hours
11:00 - 15:00
17:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 15:00
17:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 15:00
17:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 15:00
17:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 15:00
17:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 15:00
17:00 - 21:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 1613 4th St, Between F and G, San Rafael, CA 94901-2714
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Marin County  >  San Rafael
  • Phone Number: +1 415-256-1818

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