The History of El Paseo
Originally built in the mid-1940s, the history of the Bay Area is woven deeply into the construction of El Paseo. The bricks walling in the quaint warren of rooms were reclaimed from landfill from the 1906 San Francisco earthquake and the thick beams, supporting many of the ceilings, were rail ties from the gravity trains used to bring visitors up Mount Tamalpais’ East Peak at the turn of the last century. Designed by noted architect Gus Costigan, who sketched his designs while serving in WWII, El Paseo is a soulful and authentic example of the California Mission-Style.
With this incredible history in mind and a near life-long tradition of celebratory family meals spent at El Paseo (birthdays, Mother’s Days, recording contracts… you get the idea) Rock & Roll Hall of Famer Sammy Hagar financed the meticulous two year restoration of the property; a restoration which has enhanced El Paseo’s warmth and accentuated its timeless appeal.
With this unbelievably charming architectural backdrop El Paseo’s culinary team has created a menu featuring the bounty from Marin County’s farmers and ranchers; and those efforts and attention to high quality ingredients has been recognized by both the press and the public. Every year since opening in 2011 El Paseo has been listed as a San Francisco Chronicle Top 100 Bay Area Restaurant and has received a coveted “3-stars” from San Francisco Chronicle food editor, Michael Bauer. El Paseo’s wine list has also received multiple awards from Wine Spectator, as well as being very highly rated by the Zagat’s Survey.
As one walks down the brick passageway entering the restaurant, expect to be transported. Once tucked into one of El Paseo’s cozy rooms, expect the magic to continue...