Watershed Makes a Splash

Mill Valley Lumberyard’s Anchor Restaurant Holds Its Own

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BLAT: Watershed’s bacon, lettuce, avocado and tomato sandwich is served on basil aioli–slathered sourdough. Photo credit: Tanya Henry

Those who remember Ged Robertson’s Small Shed Flatbreads will be pleased to know he’s also behind Watershed in the newly built-out Mill Valley Lumberyard.

A handful of retailers, a gluten-free bakery and Watershed were lucky enough to snag some of the coveted real estate in the reimagined Mill Valley Lumberyard that dates back to 1892. The well-designed market plaza now boasts brick-red structures and outdoor eating spaces complete with a fire pit and strings of lights for evening lounging. Oh, and the attractively designed complex is also situated right over a creek, with views of Mt. Tam. It oozes charm.

Watershed, the yard’s anchor restaurant, is bright and airy and filled with natural light from the large windows that comprise most of the wall space. The rustic, open room features a welcoming bar (wine and beer only) and plenty of two- and four-top tables—along with a tan banquette that stretches alongside the back wall. A communal table allows for larger groups, and an outdoor patio encourages al fresco dining.

A wood-burning grill is front-and-center at Watershed, and a rotation of pizzas—including Margherita and calabrese salami versions—appear on their daily changing menus, along with Stemple Creek burgers, squid skewers and grilled corn.

Count the bacon, lettuce, avocado and tomato sandwich—served on a basil aioli–slathered, toasted, tangy sourdough from Stinson Beach’s Parkside Bakery— among the recent, tasty offerings on the lunch menu.

Chef Kyle Swain, a veteran of some of San Francisco’s most celebrated restaurants including the recently shuttered Jardinière and Saison, brings some serious cooking chops to his new post. While he has fine-dining training, this food is simple, clean California; prepared with local and fresh ingredients and not too fussy.

The thoughtful layout of the Mill Valley Lumberyard seamlessly combines the historic nature of the property with a hip, modern and lively vibe. Watershed appears to be the perfect tenant to span (literally – it’s on the creek) the multi-century property with its simple California menu and rustic modern design.

Watershed, 129 Miller Ave, Suite 300, Mill Valley. 415.888.2406. Open 11:30am–3pm, Monday and Tuesday; 11:30am–9:30pm, Wednesday through Sunday. watershedmv.com

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