Best Burgers in the North Bay

Best Burgers in the North Bay

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If you are eating a locally-farmed burger in the Bay Area, chances are it came from the pastural farms of West Marin — where cows live a pretty good life. Thanks to UC Davis’ Agriculture and Natural Resources school, we’ve got a list of the various farms and their locations. Marin Sun Farms, Stemple Creek Ranch and Mindful Meats are among them. Being that it’s so close to the source, the North Bay could even be considered to have the lowest carbon footprint. If meat isn’t your thing, you can bet that the veggie burgers will use locally-sourced ingredients and will have just as much flavor. Here are our favorites places — if you haven’t been, go ahead and add them to your Burger Bucket List.

These are our North Bay Best Burger winners for 2023, selected by our editors — look for our readers’ choice winner, selected by our audience.

Featured Photo: Courtesy of Edward Franklin/Unsplash

Southern Marin

Sausalito – Mill Valley – Tiburon

A close-up of a juicy cheeseburger with layers of lettuce, cheese, onions, and pickles in a sesame bun, served with a side of crispy fries and a small dish of sauce. The burger looks fresh and appetizing with vibrant colors and textures.
Photo: Courtesy of Buckeye Roadhouse

Buckeye Roadhouse

A burger at the Buckeye, with a glass of cab or beer (if you’re lucky you’ve showed up before they run out of their Pliny the Elder supply), is a litmus for anyone who claims to know where the best meal in town can be found. Chef Robert Price has curated the menu at Buckeye Roadhouse to capture the essence of Bay Area. If you want the basics, and you want it done well, Buckeye Roadhouse is your spot. Described as “fully garnished” on their menu, the Roadhouse Burger is a formidable player in the burger game by nailing the basics. It involves a solid and simple combination of smoky beef flavors, a black sesame seeded bun, and pickles. Of course, it comes with fries and all the fixings. Open Monday through Friday 4pm to 8:30pm, Saturday and Sunday noon to 8:30pm. buckeyeroadhouse.com

Close-up of a juicy cheeseburger with melted cheese, lettuce, tomato, and red onion slices on a poppy-seed bun. A side of golden, crispy French fries is in the background, on a white plate—truly the best lunch North Bay has to offer.
Photo: Courtesy of Floodwater

Floodwater

Opened in 2019 by renowned Marin restaurateur Bill Higgins (Buckeye Roadhouse, Picco, Bar Bocce, Bungalow 44) General Manager Jim Whaley and Executive Chef Michael Siegel, Floodwater turns out elevated bar fare and fresh pizzas in front of your eyes, courtesy of a wood-fired pizza oven — but it’s not just the pizza that has people talking. The elegantly approachable Californian menu a Waygu cheeseburger and veggie burger. Need we say more? floodwatermv.com

West Marin

Stinson Beach – Point Reyes – Marshall – Tomales – Lagunitas-Forest Knolls

A close-up of a bacon cheeseburger with melted cheese, crispy bacon strips, and a grilled beef patty in a bun. To the side, there is a small salad with sliced red onions, lettuce, and cucumber.
Photo: Courtesy of Parkside Cafe

Parkside Cafe

Maxine and John Gilbert and have been serving up some really, really good burgers at the Parkside Café for nearly two decades. Their secret? Keeping it local. The beef they use is sourced from only a few miles away, as are many of the condiments. Served on a brioche bun, the delicious, 8-ounce, grass-fed Niman burger comes with lettuce, tomato, onion, pickle and mustard aioli on the side. Add on Point Reyes blue cheese or Golden Gate bacon if you so desire. Eat inside or in the rambling garden or order take out and venture to the nearby beach or park. Open daily 7am to 9 pm. parksidecafe.com

Plate with a burger and fries for lunch at West Marin's Point Reyes Roadhouse in Point Reyes Station, California
Photo courtesy of Point Reyes Roadhouse.

Point Reyes Roadhouse

10905 State Route One, Point Reyes Station

There are plans for a bakery program and a backyard beer garden at Executive chef Christofer Gutierrez cool all-day spot on the southern edge of Point Reyes Station. For now, look for California cuisine with Latin American flair for three meals a day (Heart’s Desire mussels, Chimney Rock ribeye) and lighter options (Miwok veggie hash, vegan udon, Olema halibut), wine and beer, while sitting on one of the cozy, sheepskin-draped chairs inside or at a picnic table out front. facebook.com/pointreyesroadhouse

Petaluma

A juicy cheeseburger with lettuce, caramelized onions, crispy bacon, and melted cheese, served in a toasted bun. The burger is placed on a white plate with a red rim, sitting on a wooden table background.
Photo: Courtesy of Brewsters Beer Garden

Brewsters Beer Garden

It’s hard to say if there is a better presentation of NorCal-Beer-Garden-Cool-Vibe than Brewsters near the waterfront in the historic district of Petaluma. This open-air, 350-seat eatery is dog friendly, and just a super cool place to be. Added bonus: the food is delicious. Topping the list is the Sho-Burger, in honor of the late Todd Shoberg, who made a huge culinary splash in the bay area during his short lifetime and worked with Brewsters’ owner Mike Goebel at multiple locations. Goebel is donating $1 from every burger sold to a college fund for Shoberg’s daughter. The burger itself is a grass-fed ground beef from 4K Cattle Company, served on a brioche bun from Nisi’s Craft Bakery and topped with whatever the chef has found at the farmer’s market that day. Open Monday through Friday 11:30am to close, Saturday and Sunday 11am to close. brewstersbeergarden.com

Sonoma Coast

A delicious meal consisting of a juicy burger with cheese, lettuce, and tomato on a bun, served on a rectangular white plate. Beside it, a metal cup holds crispy, seasoned French fries. A small bowl of dipping sauce is placed next to the fries.
Photo: Courtesy of Blue Ridge Kitchen

Blue Ridge Kitchen

The comfortable and casual Blue Ridge Kitchen and cocktail bar in Sebastopol’s hip Barlow has a farmhouse vibe and plenty of style. Opt for the basic Barlow Burger — constructed with a potato bun, secret sauce, lettuce, tomato, onion and American cheese — or Matt’s Smash Burger — with caramelized onions, butter lettuce, heirloom tomato, gouda. For those who want to skip the beef, the Wood Grilled Portobello Muffaletta with havarti cheese, lettuce, tomato, crispy onion rings, sweet peppers secret sauce is sure to please. Open daily 11:30am to 7:30pm. brkitchen.com

Mendocino

An open-faced burger topped with caramelized onions and melted cheese on a white plate. Fresh lettuce, tomato slices, grated cheese, carrot shreds, and pickles are beside the burger on a wood table.
Photo: Courtesy of Lauren's at The Buckhorn

Lauren's at The Buckhorn

Whether you are passing through town or spending some time in the charming town of Boonville, a stop at Lauren’s Good Food won’t disappoint. Their handmade burgers are served on a ciabatta bun with house made aioli and all the usual fixings. Lauren’s burger comes with caramelized onions, but there are bacon cheddar, mushroom Swiss, and veggie burgers on the menu as well. Open Friday and Saturday 11:00am to 9:00pm, Sunday, Monday and Thursday 11:00am to 8:30pm. Closed Tuesday and Wednesday. laurensgoodfood.com

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3 thoughts on “Best Burgers in the North Bay”

  1. Call me crazy, but I still think the best burgers in the North Bay are the ones made at Super Duper. Yes, it’s a fast-food chain, but all their burgers are made-to-order, and the flavor is outstanding (ask for everything on it + cheese and grilled onions). Their fries are fantastic as well. And don’t pass on the chocolate shakes. Dollar-for-dollar, the best burger deal in the Bay Area. – Matt

  2. Matt – You’re not crazy — I love the mini burger, that way I can also have room for a healthy portion of garlic fries! We try to focus on small local companies, not chains, which is why it’s not our list.

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