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Reviewed October 3, 2022

Three of us ate lunch here as first time patrons. Each dish was absolutely delicious. The grilled chicken sandwich is the best lunch I’ve been served in years. Very personable service. We sat at an outside table with our two dogs, a very pleasant setting.

Date of visit: October 2022
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Reviewed November 8, 2021

Our group of 5 didn't have time for a huge meal, just wanted some chowder before we needed to continue our Sonoma County explorations. We were frankly wondering what was taking so long. Just heat it up and put it in a bowl, right? No,...not at all. What arrived was the most glorious bowl we ever had the pleasure to experience. The chowder contained shrimp, mussels, clams and bacon, too. Simply amazing!!!More

Date of visit: November 2021
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Reviewed September 17, 2021

Before another day goes by, I have to report my experience at WT House, or perhaps I could call it "WTF" house. First of all, the only other time I have visited was with my Yelp Elite squad, and it was great, so much so...I had been wanting to revisit and bring along my husband. Upon arrival late Saturday afternoon and not very busy, I went inside to place the order at the counter, as they don't have a traditional waitstaff, not an issue, but it was very painstaking placing my order with an incredibly bewildered staff member. One young man was giving her some assistance but it was a frustrating experience. The menu lists types of wines and not by name, so I inquired if the Pinot was local, they showed me the bottle, I was not impressed so I passed. Because the cashier was so inept, they brought it to me anyway and when I said I had not ordered it, they gave it to me. While that was a nice gesture, Im glad I did not pay for this mediocre wine and small $13 pour. Now for the food, not only were our Oysters Rockefeller the tiniest little oysters you have ever seen, just six of the miniature things was $18, but get this, they charged me $22 for this pathetic plate, I did not notice the overcharge till later. And the crescendo, the smoked Buffalo wings, sounds great right? Do you remember Christmas Vacation when Clark cuts into the turkey? They were a lot like that, overdone and dry and relatively cold. Add the $8 per pint IPA and it just doesn't make for a Happy Meal. Yes I tried to reach them by phone to report the experience and the overcharge, as the price of the oysters Printed on the menu is not the charge we received, but their mailbox is full. The End.More

Date of visit: September 2021
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Reviewed March 10, 2021

The William Tell House is an historic property in Marin county on the back roads, and welcomes groups by reservation.

Date of visit: February 2021
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Reviewed November 7, 2020

William Tell House Tomales Outdoor music event featuring the Bluebyrds 776689468 The William Tell House has a wonderful outdoor venue to listen to music and DANCE! Lots of room on the patio, good spacing between pods. Everyone had a great time. the staff were very...attentive to us and the COVID protocols. oh and the fish and chips, very tasty! oh, and one last thing, LOVED the Bluebyrds a fabulous local folk rock we'll be back to the WTH this winter!More

Date of visit: November 2020
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Reviewed July 26, 2020 via mobile

I had the William Tell Burger, which was delicious and cooked perfectly. My side of onion rings was fantastic. My dining companions both had fish and chips and bowls of chowder. Their fish (locally caught halibut!) was perfectly cooked, flaky and lightly battered! Their chips...(fries) were hand cut, perfectly prepared and seasoned with salt and pepper. Their chowder had clams, mussels and shrimp, all of which were perfectly prepared, though the chefs appeared to have added a bit too much wine to the chowder. Would GLADLY return for another delicious meal!More

Date of visit: July 2020
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Reviewed January 7, 2020 via mobile

We stopped in for a quick bite to eat after a great tour nearby at Ramini Mozzarella. Ordered at the bar and bartender was super sweet. She helped us pick the best items to share and they were all amazing. Would definitely go back! And...saw there’s outside seating for nicer days.More

Date of visit: December 2019
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Reviewed December 6, 2019

I'v spent more time sitting at the bar,then I'v had at a table.The folks you might meet are from all over and the food on a cold night or a hot day or night makes this "Tell",the story.Good times are found here,and the foods hot...,or cold as you like.This is a stop spot,and have your self a good meal and time !More

Date of visit: September 2019
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Reviewed October 31, 2019

Unique and fun experience! Experiential travelers will appreciate the warmth and feel of a bygone era with just the right touches of modern hospitality. The historic William Tell House Saloon and Inn, a thoughtfully refurbished property is the perfect landing spot following a full day...of exploration along Dillon Beach and Tomales Bay. An unforgettably rich and unique travel experience in a warm, friendly and relaxed setting. Tip: Quite possibly the best Clam chowder on the west coast!More

Date of visit: October 2019
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Reviewed October 25, 2019

We were driving along the highway and just decided to stop here to eat a late lunch and use the restrooms. As others noted, you walk up to a counter and order your food, then they bring it to your table. You go and get...your own napkins, utensils, etc. like at a fast food place. Service was OK. Food was bad. Wife ordered a bowl of chili and I had the chicken po'boy; each cost $12. Wife said the chili was the worst she'd ever had, and my sandwich wasn't much better. We tried to sit outside, as many other people were, but the flies/bees were beyond irritating and we had to move inside. Wife said the ladies restroom was OK, but the men's room was very poorly lit and the stall was smaller than a closet. Overall, a very bad experience for us.More

Date of visit: October 2019
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Reviewed September 30, 2019

Based on several favorable articles in the local newspapers, we decided to try the William Tell House restaurant; glad we did. The four of us arrived shortly before 5:00 pm on a Sunday and were greeted at the bar and taken to the restaurant area...where we ordered from the specials board and the regular menu. Unfortunately, the oysters had run out (I guess they had a big lunch turnout) so we tried the skirt steak with fingerling potatoes, two of the large cioppinos, a bowl of the seafood chowder, a cup of the seafood chowder, and, for dessert, a piece of the peach pie and the raspberry pie. Three of us ordered a glass of wine. The price for all items seemed a little high but not unreasonably so. We paid at the point of ordering The setup is somewhat self-serve, so we picked up our napkins, water, utensils, and condiments, and spices at a side table where they were waiting for us then chose our table. The room is very good size with lots of tables and we could see quite ample outside seating as well (More later). The restaurant was not busy when we got there. Our wines arrived and soon thereafter, the food began coming out. The food was delivered to the table as it was ready with the chowders first, then after a few minutes the steak, then after a few minutes more, the cioppinos. All servings were very good to generous (a liter of cioppino, anyone?). We all sampled all the dishes and felt they were all very good with the chowder and cioppino being the best. The chowder was rich and had lots of seafood (shrimp, mussels, etc) and the cioppino was quite spicy and chock full of mussels, clams, shrimnp, and bits of fish. After finishing our main courses, the pies were brought out; each was a reasonable slice served with whipped cream and mint (a little too much mint for me). The peach pie was very good without being too sweet and the raspberry was even better - a nice finish. Nobody ordered coffee or tea. Our host/server told us about the outdoor seating and how it featured fire pits, blankets and best of all, live music on Friday nights. We were very pleasantly surprised by the food and service, but, to be fair, the place was not very busy. Not sure if the experience would be quite so nice with a packed house. We will go back, for sure, and look forward to this being a nice spot for lunch or dinner on a rainy winter day.More

Date of visit: September 2019
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Reviewed August 1, 2019

I was hopeful when new owners appeared and was eager to try the "new" William Tell. The atmosphere inside is rather cold and dreary, and cafeteria style service, where you get your own utensils, water, napkins, condiments. The buttermilk fried oysters sounded good, and we...also ordered drinks and the cheeseburger. First of all, our drinks (cocktail and beer) did not arrive until half way through the dinner. The cheeseburger was dropped off 10 minutes before the oysters which worked out time wise because the six oysters were so tiny they were consumed in a couple of minutes. This is a dinner entree? The cheeseburger was ok but no lettuce, just onion. Both burger and oysters were overpriced, inadequate and the ambiance and service is none existent so we will not be returning!More

Date of visit: July 2019
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Reviewed May 26, 2019 via mobile

Went here for a rehearsal dinner. Very cool, very old, pub. We were on the other side reserved for functions which was very nice and opened up to a nice outdoor patio with pretty lights all strung above. The regular side of the place was...hopping. They had live music and there were lots of locals. The food looked good too. Definitely worth a try!More

Date of visit: May 2019
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Reviewed October 18, 2018

Unbelievable food, super friendly staff, the wine list alone will tell you this place is not for the snobs. No wine names, just flavors are listed. Salmon toast. OMG! Veggie tacos with crisped butternut squash squares were soooo good. Wish we could have tried everything...on the menue. Oh and fresh oysters too of course. It's still in popup mode because the kitchen isn't entirely built out.More

Date of visit: October 2018
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Reviewed September 2, 2017 via mobile

We just happened to see the restaurant while driving by and made a u-turn into the parking lot. I am glad I did; the waitress was super nice to us and the beer and food were excellent. I had the clam chowder and BBQ chicken...wings; I loved my meal very much! My partner had a big salad with chicken. She loved it! While we were there we saw people outside with cocktails and those looked enjoyable but since I was driving I just got a beer but not just any old beer but a nice refreshing pilsner! I look forward to our next journey to the Point Reyes Seashore and Dillon Beach so we can have another enjoyable meal and drinxMore

Date of visit: September 2017
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Yes! The restaurant has been fully renovated and the new menu has a number of vegetarian options featuring fresh local produce.
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  • Food: 4
  • Service: 4.5
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