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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