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Tiburon Loses Its Major Waterfront Dining Destination

SF Chronicle critic Michael Bauer skewered Guaymas with a one-star review in 2016

Diners look out onto the SF bay from the patio of Guaymas in Tiburon
The view from Guaymas
Drew P./Yelp

Tiburon’s waterfront Mexican hangout, Guaymas, is closing its doors after over 30 years. The last restaurant’s last service will take place on September 3.

It was purchased by Specialty Restaurants Corporation in 2008, a family-owned company that has made its name in destination restaurants like Guaymas, and on waterfronts from Southern California to Florida. It’s the same operator who recently closed Berkeley’s HS Lordships in July with barely any notice, creating a chaotic scene as its waiters walked out during brunch service.

Similar to HS Lordships, Guaymas had not been known for the quality of its food or service in recent years. In 2016, on its 30th anniversary, SF Chron critic Michael Bauer wrote a scathing review declaring the complimentary tortilla chips to be the best part of his meal there (though still not as good as other places), awarding it one star for serving “what tasted like a collection of cheap ingredients, poorly prepared.”

Despite that, Tiburon isn’t exactly brimming with hot (or even very good) restaurants, so the loss of Guaymas as a pre- or post-ferry destination will be likely be felt by those wishing for a waterside margarita. There’s no word yet on who may take over the space, which features excellent views of San Francisco and Angel Island.

In a statement on the website, the restaurant group’s CEO and President John Tallichet said “We would like to thank our loyal customers, as well as the City of Tiburon, the dedicated staff, and all of our longtime partners, including our landlord who has been supportive through this transition.” No further details on the reason for the closure were given.

Until it closes after Labor Day, it will continue to serve lunch, dinner, and happy hour. Stay tuned for more on what could take over this very prime real estate in the near future.


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