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 | 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 | 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 WokThe Trident

 


 

Angelino Restaurant

Italian, 621 Bridgeway, Sausalito, (415) 331-5225

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

Arawan Thai

Thai, 47 Caledonia St, Sausalito, (415) 729-9395

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

Aurora Ristorante & Pizzeria

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.

Avatar’sBest of Marin County 2018Best of Marin County 2017

Indian, 2656 Bridgeway, Sausalito, (415) 332-8083

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.

Bar BocceBest of Marin County 2017

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.

Barrel House TavernBest of Marin County 2017

California, 660 Bridgeway, Sausalito, (415) 729-9593

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.

CopitaBest of Marin County 2017

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.

Dario’s Restaurant

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.

Davey Jones DeliBest of Marin County 2017Best of Marin County 2016

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.

F3/Fast Food FrancaisBest of Marin County 2017

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).

Feng Nian

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.

FishBest of Marin County 2017Best of Marin County 2016

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!).

Fred’s PlaceBest of Marin County 2018Best of Marin County 2017Best of Marin County 2016

American, 1917 Bridgeway Blvd, Sausalito, (415) 332-4575

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

JoineryBest of Marin County 2018Best of Marin County 2017

American, 300 Turney St, Sausalito, (415) 766-8999

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

Kitti’s PlaceBest of Marin County 2018Best of Marin County 2016

Thai, 3001 Bridgeway, Sausalito, (415) 331-0390

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

Le GarageBest of Marin County 2017

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.

Lighthouse

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.

Murray Circle

American, 601 Murray Circle, Sausalito, (415) 339-4750

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

Napa Valley Burger Company

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.

Osteria Divino

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.

PoggioBest of Marin County 2018

Italian, 777 Bridgeway, Sausalito, (415) 332-7771

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).

Salito’s Crab House & Prime Rib

Seafood, 1200 Bridgeway, Sausalito, (415) 331-3226

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.

Sausalito EquatorBest of Marin County 2018Best of Marin County 2017Best of Marin County 2016

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.

Saylor’s Restaurant and Bar

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.

Scoma’s of Sausalito

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 Peddler Restaurant and Fish Market

Seafood, 303 Johnson St, Sausalito, (415) 332-1492

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

Seahorse

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.

Sushi RanBest of Marin County 2017

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.

Taste of the Himalayas

Himalayan, 2633 Bridgeway, Sausalito, (415) 331-1335

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

ThaiTanic Street Food

Thai, 1001 Bridgeway, Sausalito, (415) 331-8007

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.

Tommy’s Wok

Chinese, 3001 Bridgeway, Sausalito, (415) 332-5818

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.

The Trident

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.

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