Marin’s newest dining destination is now open in Kentfield, a sleek addition to the North Bay enclave from a chef who’s extremely familiar with the neighborhood’s tastes after ten years in Larkspur.
Guesthouse is the shared vision of Jared Rogers, known for his time at Larkspur’s popular Picco, and bartender Dustin Sullivan (Lord George), offering a menu of classic American food and cocktails, with a “twist,” of course.
In this case, the nebulous term “American” translates to items like quail grilled and served with chanterelles and bacon stuffing, grits, roasted carrots, and game jus, and a prime steak dinner with Béarnaise. Of these somewhat traditional dishes with Bay Area ingredients, much of them will be cooked over a six-foot J&R wood-fired grill (it’s from Texas, and chefs love it). Dungeness crab cakes with remoulade will star as a small plate, alongside soups, salads, and pastas.
Cocktails from Sullivan will stay in that lane as well, with drinks like the “properly made Martini” (gin, dry vermouth, and orange bitters), and a mezcal negroni laced with Cappalletti. John Anderson will provide the wine list, which leans into biodynamic and organic bottles from around the world.
Inside, the 110-seat space features the work of rising design star Hannah Collins Designs (also behind A Mano, Media Noche, and Barzotto). It’s all warm wood, brass, and patterned grey and white wallpaper inside, plus a concrete bar that seats 16.
Guesthouse is now open seven days a week from 4 p.m.- 10 p.m.; happy hour goes from 4 p.m.- 5 p.m. at 850 College Ave., Kentfield