Where to Eat: Sausalito

Often dismissed as a tourist destination (though a worthy one at that), Sausalito is home to an eclectic mix of families, artists, house boaters, and retirees. The dining options reflects the diverse tastes of the town’s residents, from French to Japanese to Himalayan and of course, plenty of fresh seafood. A simple walk along Bridgeway displays the dichotomy of eating and drinking establishments while quieter Caledonia Street boasts eateries frequented by locals.

Be sure to check each restaurant’s website or social pages to confirm its most current hours of operation and services.

Angelino Restaurant | Arawan Thai | Aurora Ristorante & Pizzeria | Avatar’s | Bar Bocce | Barrel House Tavern | Bump BarCopita | 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 | The Spinnaker | Tommy’s WokThe Trident

 


 

Angelino Restaurant

Italian

Multiple generations of the Arcona family create an authentic Italian eatery with handmade pastas and seasonal antipasti that has showcased the cuisine of the Campania region for more than 20 years. The newer Angelino Pastry Bar features classic croissants, focaccia and a raspberry-polenta Pop Tart, among other treats with pickup from 8 a.m.–1 p.m., Friday–Sunday.

621 Bridgeway, 415.331.5225

 

Arawan Thai

Thai

Sure, this downtown favorite serves up popular dishes like pad Thai and vegetarian Siamese rolls but the menu runs deeper into regional Thai flavors with offerings like a fermented tea leaf salad and soft shell crab curry.

47 Caledonia St, 415.729.9395

 

Aurora Ristorante & Pizzeria

Italian

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 and sports fans, who can keep up-to-date on the game via flat-screen TV.  The location on the south side of town is a boon, too, when a quieter meal is called for.

300 Valley St, 415.339.8930

 

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

Indian

If you’re on the hunt for innovative, multi-culti Indian fare, head to Avatar’s. Sip masala chai sweetened with brown sugar before digging into Cajun-spiced shrimp on the heated and shaded patio. A curried sweet potato enchilada in the casual one-room restaurant makes a quick vegetarian lunch or dinner.

2656 Bridgeway, 415.332.8083

 

Bar BocceBest of Marin County 2017

American

Food just tastes better on a bayside patio with fire pits and a bocce ball court. Order one of the sourdough bread pizzas, a shredded kale salad and a glass of wine and you’ll see why this casual, beachy eatery, overseen by Robert Price of Mill Valley’s Buckeye and Bungalow 44, has become a local favorite.

1250 Bridgeway, 415.331.0555

 

Barrel House TavernBest of Marin County 2017

Californian

Stop by Barrel House for a feeling of rising above it all (it’s on the second floor) where the soaring ceiling work reflects the restaurant’s name. The barrel-aged cocktails are worth a visit (try the Negroni) but dishes like maitake mushroom flatbread and tartare tacos reflect a locally-focused ethos that is enhanced by the cool setting and fantastic bay and city views.

660 Bridgeway, 415.729.9593

 

Bump Bar

Californian

The bar and cafe boasts an intimate 12 seats facing the kitchen, 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 aforementioned easy to pop eggs make this a great place for a bite and a glass of bubbly or to savor an extended caviar experience.

1403 Bridgeway, 415.332.0826

 

CopitaBest of Marin County 2017

Mexican

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, masa is prepared and pressed in house for each and every tortilla, and the in-house tequila bar serves over 100 varieties, ideal for crafting your own margarita. Dine at the bar (when it is permitted again) or on the outdoor patio for great people-watching.

739 Bridgeway, 415.331.7400

 

Dario’s Restaurant

Italian

Dario’s, a 40-year-old pizza joint, updated the menu with Mediterranean flair. In addition to the thin-crust pizzas, you can spice up an order of pepperoni ‘za with items like lamb meatballs, chicken shawarma, and falafel wraps.

2829 Bridgeway, 415.332.6636

 

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

American

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 a must during a day of boating, biking, hiking, and general adventuring around Marin. It stays open late, too, for those nights when you need a sandwich and a soda ’round midnight.

Gate 6 Rd, 415.331.2282

 

F3/Fast Food FrancaisBest of Marin County 2017

French

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) and a bucket of fried chicken is designed to be enjoyed family style. Enjoy with a side of Brussels sprout chips or pommes dauphines (tater tots).

39 Caledonia St, 415.887.9047

 

Feng Nian

Chinese

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. At lunch, the spicy green bean chicken is a favorite of one of our staffers. A gluten-free menu is available.

2650 Bridgeway, 415.331.5300

 

FishBest of Marin County 2017Best of Marin County 2016

Seafood

It has been said that this restaurant and fish m arket launched the sustainable seafood movement, making it the ultimate place for freshly caught, unobjectionable fare. Order any of the day’s offerings–the menu changes daily but usually has a variation of fish tacos, ceviche and grilled fish of the day–then take in the bay views on the open-air deck. Though cash is still king, credit cards are now accepted (woot!).

350 Harbor Dr, 415.331.3474

 

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

American

Famous for its breakfasts and its new outdoor patio, Fred’s is a Sausalito institution. Locals rave about dishes like the Millionaire’s Bacon, a sweet and sticky delight. It is perhaps best known for a dish called the Italian Swedish. That’s wheat toast topped with a lean patty, cheese, poached eggs, tomatoes, mushrooms, and peppers. Get it?

1917 Bridgeway, 415.332.4575

 

JoineryBest of Marin County 2018Best of Marin County 2017

American

This large waterfront restaurant features a broad patio whose big salads and shareable plates make it a destination for families and other groups. Order at the front, then grab a seat to enjoy the craft beer, Joinery or Impossible burger, rotisserie chicken and other hearty, seasonal fare.

300 Turney St, 415.766.8999

 

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

Thai

This home-style family-run restaurant has been in town for over 20 years. It features California-inspired favorites like lettuce cups stuffed with chicken and almonds, soft spring rolls and a curried turkey burger. A patio out front gets midday sun, even in winter.

3001 Bridgeway, 415.331.0390

 

Le GarageBest of Marin County 2017

French

Escape the tourist crush for an indulgent meal right on the water in a spacious room that was once, well, you know. The atmosphere is animated with light French music (à la Amélie) and plenty of natural light from the often open garage door. A Nicoise salad is gussied up with white anchovies and the croque monsieur oozes with Gruyere and mustard-infused bechamel sauce. Escargot, tucked into puff pastry, is easily reheated at home.

85 Liberty Ship Way, 415.332.5625

 

Lighthouse

American

Weekend classic breakfasts — eggs Benedict, fruit pancakes, a Norwegian omelet with smoked salmon–is the little engine that could for this restaurant on Harbor Point, with long lines to be expected when indoor dining returns.  Locals head over on weekdays for Nordic-inspired lunch and dinner fare–try the meatballs or the burger topped with horseradish, capers, and beets.

1311 Bridgeway, 415.331.3034

 

Murray Circle

American

Cavallo Point’s acclaimed restaurant features local, seasonal fare from chef Mike Garcia at lunch and dinner (grilled sumac salmon BLT, roasted chicken with lemon confit and sour cream potato puree). An extensive wine program means global offerings by the bottle with your order until indoor dining resumes. Stop by Farley Bar for cocktails with a view and the same locally-focused ethos in every glass.

601 Murray Circle, 415.339.4750

 

Napa Valley Burger Company

American

Incorporating local, all-natural and organic produce and meats, burger is the word at this casual joint. Though chicken, beef and turkey are all options, the James Beard Competition Burger blends beef with mushrooms and Parmesan for a gentler on the planet, just as delicious burger option. Of course there are fries and root beer floats, all available at outdoor and indoor tables, when the time is right.

670 Bridgeway, 415.332.1454

 

Osteria Divino

Italian

Authentic Florentine cooking with an eye on local and seasonal means fresh fare all year long. The extensive artisan pasta selection includes vegan and vegetarian options and a breakfast menu includes frittatas and English muffins sandwiches. Live music is expected to resume, Tueday–Sunday, when COVID restrictions are lifted.

37 Caledonia St, 415.331.9355

 

PoggioBest of Marin County 2018

Italian

Vitello sliced excruciatingly thin and topped with lemon and tonnato sauce is a singular dish in the hands of Executive chef Benjamin Balesteri who creates Northern Italian fare using local and Italian ingredients. The bar may be the most hopping in town and is recognized for its killer Negroni. Private dining rooms above the restaurant can accommodate larger parties (10 to 150 guests) when such activities resume.

777 Bridgeway, 415.332.7771

 

Salito’s Crab House & Prime Rib

Seafood

The large stations layered with oysters and other creatures of the sea alert you in to the fact that this is a place for seafood. And, indeed, a whole crab with garlic sauce is a classic order. The large seafood menu is buttressed with fare for land lubbers (prime rib, sandwiches) but you didn’t come here for that, now did you? Either way, large decks overlooking the water, an all-day menu, and onsite parking, make this a popular spot for groups of all sizes.

1200 Bridgeway, 415.331.3226

 

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

American

The transition of Cibo to Sausalito Equator, completed in 2019, means a coffee menu including Equator’s iconic drinks like the shakerato (coffee shaken with cream) and rotating, seasonally-focused beverages. The veggie hash topped with a fried egg is insanely popular at breakfast, as are the pastries from Cibo Bakery, and pair beautifully with chai from San Rafael’s Silk Roads. Locally-sourced salads (returning in Q1, 2021), sandwiches and paninis, easily transition from breakfast to lunch. Order via app until indoor dining resumes.

1201 Bridgeway, 415.521.5770

 

Saylor’s Restaurant and Bar

Mexican

Chef/owner Sean Saylor uses fresh local ingredients and seafood to create a distinctively Cabo combination of Californian and Mexican cuisine. That means polenta with green chili and mozzarella or  a Caesar salad with ancho chili croutons and queso fresco. 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. Until indoor dining returns, sip and savor on the heated Agave Terrace out back where the vibe is as festive as inside.

2009 Bridgeway, 415.332.1512

 

Scoma’s of Sausalito

Italian

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 at both the Sausalito and Fisherman’s Wharf locations were 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.

588 Bridgeway, 415.332.9551

 

Seafood Peddler Restaurant and Fish Market

Seafood

The fish is bought daily from local fishers, who are also restaurant patrons and make the bar scene one of the liveliest in town. (A separate, quieter dining room is often open as well.) The fish market features everything from cioppino and flash-fried Monterey Bay calamari to crab cakes and clam chowder by the pint until indoor dining resumes. Recipes are adjusted to incorporate the freshest catch.

303 Johnson St, 415.332.1492

 

Seahorse

Italian

The spacious dining area, accompanied by a dance floor and stage, make Seahorse ideal for celebrations large and small when indoor dining resumes. Enjoy a modern twist on classic Tuscan coastal cooking while grooving to the nightly live music and entertainment in a historic building.

305 Harbor Dr, 415.331.2899

 

Sushi RanBest of Marin County 2017

Japanese

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, 415.332.3620

 

Taste of the Himalayas

Himalayan

Popular for lunch and dinner, serving dishes from countries close to the famous mountain region.  Stick with familiar curry and tandoori or dive into regional specialties like jasha maroo (from Bhutan) and churi pama (from Tibet) found nowhere else.

2633 Bridgeway, 415.331.1335

 

ThaiTanic Street Food

Thai

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, 415.331.8007

 

The Spinnaker

Seafood

Chef Phil Collins excels at preparing seafood, and it shows in the beautifully plated presentations. Set right on the water with sweeping views of San Francisco, this romantic spot is great for an evening occasion. 

100 Spinnaker Dr, 415.332.1500

 

Tommy’s Wok

Chinese

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, 415.332.5818

 

The Trident

Seafood

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 (when indoor dining resumes). The restaurant, a famous 1970s hangout, is now known for supporting local farmers, fishers and organic food producers in everything from its well-regarded cioppino to a Louie salad with crab or prawns and beer-battered fish and chips.

558 Bridgeway, 415.331.3232


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