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 eclectic 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 | Avatars | Bar Bocce | Barrel House Tavern | Cibo | Copita | Dario's Restaurant | Davey Jones Deli | F3/Fast Food Francais | Feng Nian | Fish | Fred's Coffee Shop | JoineryKitti's Place | Le Garage | Lighthouse | Murray Circle | Napa Valley Burger Company | Osteria Divino | Poggio | Salito's Crab House & Prime Rib | 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 WokThe Trident



Angelino Restaurant

Italian, $$$ Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner


Authentic Italian eatery with handmade pastas and seasonal antipasti, showcasing cuisine of the Campania region for more than 20 years. 

621 Bridgeway, Sausalito
415.331.5225, angelinorestaurant.com



Arawan Thai

Thai, $$ Lunch and Dinner


This Sausalito favorite serves up popular dishes like prawn arawan with yellow curry as well as $10 lunch specials. 

47 Caledonia St, Sausalito



Aurora Ristorante & Pizzeria

Italian, $$ Lunch and Dinner


Novato’s Aurora finally 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. 

300 Valley St, Sausalito
415.339.8930, auroraristorantesausalito.com




Indian, $$ Lunch and Dinner

If you’re on the hunt for innovative Indian fare, head to Avatar’s. Sip masala chai sweetened with brown sugar in this casual one-room restaurant, ideal for a quick lunch or dinner. 

2656 Bridgeway, Sausalito
415.332.8083, enjoyavatars.com



Bar Bocce

American, $$ Lunch and Dinner

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.

1250 Bridgeway, Sausalito
415.331.0555, barbocce.com



Barrel House Tavern

California, $$$ Lunch and Dinner

Stop by Barrel House for great local food enhanced by fantastic bay and city views. The relaxed urbane setting is a perfect match for the barrel-aged cocktails.

660 Bridgeway, Sausalito
415.729.9593, barrelhousetavern.com




California, $$ Breakfast, Lunch

Located in a historic brick building on Sausalito’s main drag, this is a great place to a sip a quick cup of coffee outdoors. The menu offers tarts, croissants, cookies, paninis and soups. Every dish is made from scratch with local and seasonal products. 

1201 Bridgeway, Sausalito
415.331.2426, cibosausalito.com




Mexican, $$ Brunch, Lunch and Dinner

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.

739 Bridgeway, Sausalito
415.331.7400, copitarestaurant.com



Dario’s Restaurant

Italian, $$ Lunch and Dinner


Dario’s, a 40-year-old pizza joint in Sausalito, 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.

2829 Bridgeway, Sausalito
415.332.6636, dariossausalito.com



Davey Jones Deli

American, $$ Lunch

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. 

Gate 6 Road, Sausalito
415.331.2282, daveyjonesdeli.com



F3/Fast Food Francais

French, $$ Brunch, Lunch and Dinner

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).

39 Caledonia St, Sausalito
415.887.9047, eatf3.com



Feng Nian

Chinese, $$ Lunch and Dinner


This spacious popular hangout has served up wonton soup, pot stickers 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.

2650 Bridgeway, Sausalito
415.331.5300, fengnian.com




Seafood, $$$ Lunch and Dinner

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. Casual; bring cash (lots of it!). 

350 Harbor Drive, Sausalito
415.331.3474, yelp.com/biz/freds-coffee-shop-sausalito



Fred's Coffee Shop


Famous for its breakfasts, Fred’s is a Sausalito institution. Local’s rave about dishes like the Millionaire’sn Bacon, a sweet and sticky delight.

1917 Bridgeway Blvd, Sausalito
415.332.4575, 331fish.com




American, $$ Lunch and Dinner


This waterfront restaurant features craft beer, burgers, rotisserie chicken and other hearty, seasonal fare in a communal setting, with outdoor seating and great views.

300 Turney St, Sausalito
415.766.8999, joineryca.com



Kitti’s Place

Thai, $$ Lunch and Dinner

This home-style family restaurant has been in Sausalito 20 years and features favorites like lettuce cups, soft spring rolls and weekly specials.

3001 Bridgeway, Sausalito
415.331.0390, kittisplace.com



Le Garage

French, $$$ Breakfast, Brunch, Lunch and Dinner

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.

85 Liberty Ship Way, Sausalito
415.332.5625, legaragebistrosausalito.com




American, $$ Breakfast, Lunch

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.

1311 Bridgeway, Sausalito
415.331.3034, lighthouse-restaurants.com



Murray Circle

American, $$$ Breakfast, Brunch, Lunch and Dinner


Cavallo Point’s acclaimed restaurant features local seasonal fare by executive chef Justin Everett, with pairings from an extensive wine list and tempting desserts. Stop by Farley Bar for cocktails with a view.

601 Murray Circle, Sausalito
415.339.4750, cavallopoint.com



Napa Valley Burger Company

American, $$ Lunch


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.

670 Bridgeway, Sausalito
415.332.1454, napavalleyburgercompany.com



Osteria Divino

Italian, $$ Breakfast, Brunch, Lunch and Dinner


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. 

37 Caledonia St, Sausalito
415.331.9355, osteriadivino.com




Italian, $$$ Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Executive chef Benjamin Balesteri creates Northern Italian fare using fresh and local ingredients. Private dining rooms above the restaurant can accommodate larger parties (10 to 150 guests). 

777 Bridgeway, Sausalito
415.332.7771, poggiotratoria.com



Salito’s Crab House & Prime Rib

Seafood, $$$ Lunch and Dinner


Large decks overlooking the water, with an all-day menu, located in the historic Zack’s by the Bay old spot. Ability to accommodate large parties; parking on site.

1200 Bridgeway, Sausalito
415.331.3226, salitoscrabhouse.com



Saylor’s Restaurant and Bar

Mexican, $$ Lunch and Dinner


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.

2009 Bridgeway, Sausalito
415.332.1512, saylorsrestaurantandbar.com



Scoma’s of Sausalito

Italian, $$ Lunch and Dinner


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 regularly features whole crabs, chowders and grilled fish.

588 Bridgeway, Sausalito
415.332.9551, scomassausalito.com



Seafood Peddler Restaurant and Fish Market

Seafood, $$$ Brunch, Lunch and Dinner


The fish is bought daily from local fishers, who are also restaurant patrons. Recipes are adjusted to incorporate the freshest catch.

303 Johnson St, Sausalito
415.332.1492, seafoodpeddler.com




Italian, $$$ Brunch, Lunch and Dinner


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.

305 Harbor Drive, Sausalito
415.331.2899, sausalitoseahorse.com



Sushi Ran

Japanese, $$ Lunch and Dinner

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. 

107 Caledonia St, Sausalito
415.332.3620, sushiran.com



Taste of the Himalayas

Himalayan, $$ Lunch and Dinner


Popular for lunch and dinner, serving authentic food from a faraway region. 

2633 Bridgeway, Sausalito
415.331.1335, sausalitotasteofthehimalayas.com



ThaiTanic Street Food

Thai, $$ Lunch and Dinner


Sausalito gets a Thai spot from the owners of My Thai in San Rafael and Novato. The nautical-themed restaurant offers Bangkok street favorites like sriracha wings, pad thai and barbecued meats.

1001 Bridgeway, Sausalito
415.331.8007, thaitanicstreetfood.com



Tommy’s Wok

Chinese, $$ Lunch and Dinner


Fresh ingredients, free-range chicken and traditional dishes fulfill the Chinese food craving with a nice atmosphere for dining in and great takeout for a night at home.

3001 Bridgeway, Sausalito
415.332.5818, tommyswok.com



The Trident

Seafood, $$$ Brunch, Lunch and Dinner


Set in a turn-of-the-century building constructed for the San Francisco Yacht Club, this waterfront restaurant is a shoe-in for date night. The restaurant, a famous 1970s hangout, is now known for supporting local farmers, fishers and organic food producers.

558 Bridgeway, Sausalito
415.331.3232, thetridentsausalito.com



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