Atalaya Cafe offers casual twist in Marin

Atalaya Cafe offers casual twist in Marin

Upon entering the bright turquoise door of Atalaya Cafe, one can easily see why the establishment isn’t a typical Marin fine dining experience. Natural light floods the room through multiple large picture windows, creating a lively atmosphere. Conversations are energetic and chatter fills the air. The open kitchen and tiled floors add to the relaxed cafe style. Where one expects to find a dimly lit, formal environment filled with pristine tablecloths and beautiful works of art, Atalaya Cafe trades this image for a more casual and vibrant setting.

The Santa Fe-style restaurant, located in downtown San Rafael, has been open for less than two months but has already seen remarkable success. With chef and co-owner Sam Gallegos originating from Santa Fe, the cuisine highlights the combination of the rich flavors of his roots with fresh, seasonal ingredients. The menu is distinctive and innovative, providing a diverse range of options that appeal to all ages.

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