Where to Eat: Sausalito
Easily dismissed as a tourist destination (and a worthy one at that), Sausalito is also home to an eclectic mix of families, artists, house boaters, and retirees. The range of dining options reflects the diverse taste of the town’s residents, from Thai to Japanese to Himalayan. A simple walk along Bridgeway displays the dichotomy, as the mile long stretch of eat and drink establishments vie for attention from visitors and residents alike, while quieter Caledonia offers up a number of eateries more frequented by the locals.
Angelino Restaurant | Arawan Thai | Aurora Ristorante & Pizzeria | Avatar’s | Bar Bocce | Barrel House Tavern | Bump Bar | Copita | Dario’s Restaurant | Davey Jones Deli | F3/Fast Food Francais | Feng Nian | Fish | Fred’s Coffee Shop | Joinery | Kitti’s Place | Le Garage | Lighthouse | Murray Circle | Napa Valley Burger Company | Osteria Divino | Poggio | Salito’s Crab House & Prime Rib | Sausalito Equator | Saylor’s Restaurant and Bar | Scoma’s of Sausalito | Seafood Peddler Restaurant and Fish Market | Seahorse | Sushi Ran | Taste of the Himalayas | ThaiTanic Street Food | Tommy’s Wok | The Trident
Italian, 621 Bridgeway, Sausalito, (415) 331-5225
Thai, 47 Caledonia St, Sausalito, (415) 729-9395
Italian, 300 Valley St, Sausalito, (415) 339-8930
Novato’s Aurora has a counterpart in southern Marin. Traditional Italian food, a full bar, and friendly service make it a great option for families, groups, dates and sports fans, who can keep up-to-date on the game via flat-screen TV.
Indian, 2656 Bridgeway, Sausalito, (415) 332-8083
American, 1250 Bridgeway, Sausalito, (415) 331-0555
Food just tastes better on a bayside patio with fire pits and a bocce ball court. Order one of the sourdough bread pizzas and a glass of wine and you’ll see why this casual eatery, overseen by Robert Price of Buckeye and Bungalow 44, has become a local favorite.
California, 660 Bridgeway, Sausalito, (415) 729-9593
California, 1403 Bridgeway, Sausalito, (415) 332-0826
The Sausalito bar and cafe boasts an intimate 12 seats facing the kitchen and an array of sustainably sourced caviar and roe and a seafood-centric menu that makes the most of the sea’s briniest delight. Stick with the traditional presentation and delight in tiny bubble bursts atop blini, egg, creme fraiche and minced red onion or go all out with the seven-course tasting menu. Plates like binchotan grilled lobster with herbs or black cod topped with truffles as well as the beforementioned easy to pop eggs make this a great place got a bite and a glass of bubbly or to savor an extended caviar experience.
Mexican, 739 Bridgeway, Sausalito, (415) 331-7400
Co-owner Joanne Weir, along with chef Daniel Tellez, presents fresh Mexican fare in the heart of downtown Sausalito. The ever-changing menu is 100 percent gluten-free, and the in-house tequila bar serves over 100 varieties and fantastic cocktails. Dine at the bar or on the outdoor patio for great people-watching.
Italian, 2829 Bridgeway, Sausalito, (415) 332-6636
Dario’s, a 40-year-old pizza joint, is shaking things up by updating the menu with a Mediterranean flair. In addition to the thin-crust pizzas, you can now order items like lamb meatballs, chicken shawarma, and falafel wraps.
American, Gate 6 Road, Sausalito, (415) 331-2282
Stationed in the New Bait Shop Market, Davey Jones Deli offers house-roasted sandwich meats, healthy condiments and local, organic vegetables; the deli serves sandwiches, veggie-wiches, wraps and salads with vegetarian, vegan and meat-lover options. Because the sandwiches are so generous, this easy stop is great during a day of boating, biking, hiking, and general adventuring around Marin.
French, 39 Caledonia St, Sausalito, (415) 887-9047
Owned and operated by the owners of Le Garage, F3 serves brunch, lunch, and dinner featuring “Frenchified” American comfort food. A rotating menu includes items like the Quack burger (duck confit, black pepper chèvre, lettuce, and red onion marmalade). Enjoy with a side of Brussels sprout chips or pommes dauphines (tater tots).
Chinese, 2650 Bridgeway, Sausalito, (415) 331-5300
This spacious popular hangout has served up wonton soup, potstickers, and daily specials for nearly two decades. For an indulgent treat, order the Szechwan crispy calamari, honey-glazed walnut prawn or lemon chicken. Staying in? Delivery is available.
Seafood, 350 Harbor Drive, Sausalito, (415) 331-3474
The ultimate place for freshly caught fare. Order the fish tacos, ceviche and a bottle of wine and take in the bay views on the open-air deck. Though cash is still king, credit cards are now accepted (woot!).
American, 1917 Bridgeway Blvd, Sausalito, (415) 332-4575
American, 300 Turney St, Sausalito, (415) 766-8999
Thai, 3001 Bridgeway, Sausalito, (415) 331-0390
French, 85 Liberty Ship Way, Sausalito, (415) 332-5625
Escape the tourist crush for an indulgent meal right on the water. The atmosphere is animated with light French music (à la Amélie), and the much-adored croque-monsieur is authentic. Indoor or outdoor seating.
American, 1311 Bridgeway, Sausalito, (415) 331-3034
A great spot to grab a classic breakfast — the fruit pancakes, omelets, and Danish-influenced dishes will make you a return customer. It’s a small but popular space, so arrive early or be prepared for a wait.
American, 601 Murray Circle, Sausalito, (415) 339-4750
American, 670 Bridgeway, Sausalito, (415) 332-1454
Incorporating local, all-natural and organic produce and meats, this burger joint serves up gourmet patties, fries, root beer floats and more. With outdoor and indoor tables, the space can accommodate up to 100 people.
Italian, 37 Caledonia St, Sausalito, (415) 331-9355
Osteria Divino offers authentic Florentine cooking inspired by the finest local, organic, seasonal produce, meat and fish available, along with an extensive artisan pasta selection. Live music Tue-Sun.
Italian, 777 Bridgeway, Sausalito, (415) 332-7771
Seafood, 1200 Bridgeway, Sausalito, (415) 331-3226
American, 1201 Bridgeway, Sausalito, (415) 521-5770
The transition of Cibo to Sausalito Equator means the coffee menu expanded to include Equator’s iconic drinks like the shakerato (coffee shaken with cream) while the locally-sourced salads, sandwiches, soups and house-made pastries (try the croissant or cream cheese Danish) are here to stay.
Mexican, 2009 Bridgeway, Sausalito, (415) 332-1512
Chef/owner Sean Saylor uses fresh local ingredients and seafood to create a distinctively Cabo combination of California and Mexican cuisine. Choose from more than 200 varieties of tequilas that are even better when enjoyed in the private Cabo Wabo room, named for (and approved by) Mill Valley’s own tequila master, Sammy Hagar.
Italian, 588 Bridgeway, Sausalito, (415) 332-9551
Sausalito’s oldest seafood house. Scoma’s boat, berthed at Pier 47, fishes seasonally and is approved for salmon and Dungeness crab, resulting in fresh catches year-round. The menu was revamped by chef Gordon Drysdale in accordance with the environmentally responsible Monterey Bay Aquarium Seafood Watch program and regularly features whole crabs, chowders and grilled fish.
Seafood, 303 Johnson St, Sausalito, (415) 332-1492
Italian, 305 Harbor Drive, Sausalito, (415) 331-2899
The spacious dining area, accompanied by a dance floor and stage, make Seahorse ideal for celebrations large and small. Enjoy a modern twist on classic Tuscan coastal cooking while grooving to the nightly live music and entertainment in a historic building.
Japanese, 107 Caledonia St, Sausalito, (415) 332-3620
Sample innovative small plates just big enough to share before enjoying some of the best sushi the Bay Area has to offer; the prices don’t deter the herd of enthusiasts who line up nightly to partake. Just stopping by? The wine, cocktail and sake lists keep even the pickiest barfly satisfied. Reservations are required in the main room.
Himalayan, 2633 Bridgeway, Sausalito, (415) 331-1335
Thai, 1001 Bridgeway, Sausalito, (415) 331-8007
Chinese, 3001 Bridgeway, Sausalito, (415) 332-5818
Seafood, 558 Bridgeway, Sausalito, (415) 331-3232
Set in a turn-of-the-century building constructed for the San Francisco Yacht Club, this waterfront restaurant is a shoo-in for date night. The restaurant, a famous 1970s hangout, is now known for supporting local farmers, fishers and organic food producers.