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Where to Eat and Drink in Sausalito

A vetted guide to dining and drinking in this bayside town

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Sausalito is often seen as that sunny destination across the Bay reserved for tourists. But that couldn’t be a more incorrect view — just because you’ve already done the bike across the bridge and stopped at Bar Bocce doesn’t mean you’ve exhausted all this town has to offer. On the contrary, there is world-class sushi, tons of sustainable seafood, off-the-beaten-path charmers, and endless views to be found.

When heading for Sausalito, abide by the unofficial San Francisco rule of law: wear layers. It can get cold and windy, but when things are going your way, any lingering fog will cling to the hilltops above the village, providing ideal al fresco dining conditions at the many outdoor tables.

As of publication time, some of these restaurants offer seated indoor and outdoor dining. However, their inclusion should not be taken as endorsement for sit-down dining, as there are still safety concerns. Studies indicate that COVID-19 infection rates are lower for outside activities than dining indoors, but the level of risk involved with even outdoor dining is contingent on restaurants and their patrons following strict social distancing, face covering, and other safety guidelines.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Buckeye Roadhouse

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15 Shoreline Hwy
Mill Valley, CA 94941
(415) 331-2600
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Valet park and stroll up the garden path to an authentically clubby ski lodge-style vaulted space with stone fireplace that’s a 1937 contemporary of the Golden Gate Bridge. Reservations are a must, or hold out hope for a seat at the bar. Menu standouts include oysters bingo, chili-lime brick chicken, and house-smoked barbecued baby back ribs. Disclaimer: Buckeye is 100 yards north of the Sausalito border.

2. Kitti's Place

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3001 Bridgeway
Sausalito, CA 94965
(415) 331-0390
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Lisa is serving and her mother is in the kitchen at this homey place where loyal locals are on a first-name basis. For more than two decades, home-cooked traditional Thai food and Asian influenced dishes have earned accolades from admirers. Tucked away in a strip mall at the northern end of town, friendly customer service means a warm greeting from Lisa’s father, Kitti, and a complimentary bowl of soup while you wait.

3. Avatar's

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2656 Bridgeway
Sausalito, CA 94965
(415) 332-8083

If you live in Sausalito, you already know about family-run Avatar’s, “Purveyors of ethnic confusions since 1989.” The tagline refers to the fact that the food is evenly split between Mexican and Indian, meaning enchiladas and samosas get equal billing, and you can avoid family fights about which cuisine will win for dinner tonight. Just save room for Avatar’s Dream, a specialty dessert of almond gelato cake with chocolate, pistachios, mango, and rose petal sauce.

4. Fish.

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350 Harbor Dr
Sausalito, CA 94965
(415) 331-3437
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Fish. is a little off the beaten ferry path, but getting there is worth the effort. It's all about sustainable seafood, including a raw seafood market for locals. Check the chalkboard for the daily catch, order at the counter, and sit at an outdoor picnic table beside the harbor to enjoy a generous portion of whatever’s fresh. In season, the Dungeness crab roll should catch your attention.

5. Le Garage

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85 Liberty Ship Way
Sausalito, CA 94965
(415) 332-5625
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This former garage with indoor-outdoor seating is Sausalito with a French accent. It's off the beaten path, so you'll work up an appetite finding the place. But once you're there, you'll find a panorama of sailboats on Sausalito Bay with French-influenced dishes like croque monsieur, French toast, moules, and pommes frites.

6. Fred's Coffee Shop

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1917 Bridgeway
Sausalito, CA 94965
(415) 332-4575

A local stalwart since 1966, Fred's Coffee Shop will make you feel like a Sausalito insider. The millionaire’s bacon keeps everybody coming back, and you can get yours with eggs benedict, scrambled eggs and toast, lemon ricotta pancakes, or deep fried french toast, and bottomless mimosas.

7. Joinery

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The Joinery has been a hit with Sausalito locals and tourists who just biked over the bridge since it opened in early 2017. Fans can’t stop talking about the fried chicken sandwich, although hearty salads including a radicchio Caesar and heaping bowls of Brussels sprouts are sleeper hits. Order in the front, take a number, and grab a seat — the views of the bay from the dock out back will make you whistle.

8. Salito's Crab House & Prime Rib

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1200 Bridgeway
Sausalito, CA 94965
(415) 331-3226
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The (free) parking lot in front belies a beautiful marina view out back. On a sunny afternoon, dip your housemade kettle bread into top-drawer crab chowder while lingering on the large deck and consider yourself clever for finding this spot away from the downtown crowds. Just be sure to stick to shellfish-themed small plates over seafood feasts.

9. The Lighthouse Café

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1311 Bridgeway
Sausalito, CA 94965
(415) 331-3034
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You can’t miss this cozy 30-seat breakfast and lunch diner, named for its landmark silhouette. Opened in 1992 by a Danish family, you’ll still find Scandinavian classics like Danish meatballs, and Norwegian salmon on the menu alongside an open-face Copenhagen burger, off one of the best Niman Ranch burger menus around.

10. Bar Bocce

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1250 Bridgeway
Sausalito, CA 94965
(415) 331-0555
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Make your choice from a dozen thin crust sourdough pizza toppings (pepperoni, prosciutto, pork sausage, seasonal pear, more) to enjoy at an outdoor table where a small Richardson Bay beach and a bocce court add atmosphere. Order the signature sangria to accompany starters such as meatballs and chicken wings while a winning pizza is fired up. Note the date night magnet, a fire pit.

11. Seafood Peddler Restaurant & Fish Market

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303 Johnson St
Sausalito, CA 94965
(415) 332-1492
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Seafood Peddler's name is an apt description for its offerings. Lobster, various oysters, and clams hail from Maine, Chesapeake Bay, Narragansett, and Canadian waters, or check out the Dungeness crab live tank for the local variety. An old-world fishing boat theme comes through loud and clear, but marina views have a parking lot in the foreground.

12. Sushi Ran

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107 Caledonia St
Sausalito, CA 94965
(415) 332-3620
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Charms of Sausalito aside, this tiny, top-rated sushi restaurant is reason enough for a trip. Save on airfare and jet lag, as much of the fish is imported from Tokyo’s famous Tsukiji market. Alternatively, go with locally sourced favorites, such as a silky, buttery miso glazed black cod with bloomsdale spinach and glass noodles, one of the reasons owner Yoshi Tome has received international acclaim for 30 years.

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13. The Spinnaker

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100 Spinnaker Dr
Sausalito, CA 94965
(415) 332-1500
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Visible on the ferry approach to Sausalito, this old school spot doesn’t need to advertise its fabulous views, which is good, since this grande dame restaurant is a bit stuck in the 20th century. However, a simple Caesar salad and clam chowder by sunset is a show, as San Francisco skyscrapers light up in the sun’s reflection.

14. Poggio

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777 Bridgeway
Sausalito, CA 94965
(415) 332-7771
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Northern Italian comfort food meets comfy old world interiors at this well-loved trattoria on Sausalito’s main drag. The owner’s spring-fed organic garden contributes freshness and a wood-fired rotisserie provides market specialties to an extensive daily changing menu with plenty of pasta and antipasti.

15. Copita Tequileria y Comida

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739 Bridgeway
Sausalito, CA 94965
(415) 331-7400
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Life is full of tough choices, and Copita’s 100 brands of premium tequila doesn’t make it any easier. Co-owner Joanne Weir wrote the book (literally) on tequila, which chef Daniel Tellez pairs with favorites from his native Mexico City, all 100 percent gluten-free. Go for chips and salsa to start, fried pork belly tacos served on housemade corn tortillas, and wood-roasted chicken served at an outdoor table in the sun.

16. Barrel House Tavern

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660 Bridgeway
Sausalito, CA 94965
(415) 729-9593
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Within three minutes of stepping ashore, ferry passengers can wander into this light-filled second floor tavern where fabulous bay panoramas profit from floor-to-ceiling windows and balcony tables fill quickly in fine weather. If you’re ordering food, get a table with a view, as menu prices reflect it. For a heightened sense of place, have a local barrel aged microbrew as you spot harbor seals and watch the next ferry make its way across the bay.

17. Scoma's Sausalito

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588 Bridgeway
Sausalito, CA 94965
(415) 332-9551
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Scoma’s — and its 50-year-old sister restaurant at Fisherman’s Wharf — is one of the few to still operate its own fishing vessel. Quality sustainable fish and seafood define the pier-to-plate participation in the Monterey Bay Seafood Watch Program. Ask for a window table for bay and city skyline views to accompany signature dishes like Lazy Man’s Cioppino (no claw cracking required).

18. The Trident

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558 Bridgeway
Sausalito, CA 94965
(415) 331-3232
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The Trident's 19th century pedigree as a former yacht club explains its enviable waterfront position enhanced by great city views. More famous for its 60s and 70s musical legacy than for its food, The Trident was a spirited hangout for rock stars like Janis Joplin, Bob Dylan, Joan Baez, Jerry Garcia, and The Rolling Stones. Clam chowder, fish tacos and hearty cioppino reign.

19. Murray Circle

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601 Murray Circle
San Francisco, CA 94965
(415) 339-4750
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The first thing to know is that Murray Circle is inside the grassy grounds of a hotel crafted from historic naval accommodations. A stone’s throw from the north tower of the Golden Gate Bridge, white tablecloths and ever-present bridal parties clue you in that this spot is for special occasions. Your bill, too, reflects a destination dining experience, where the option of a seven-course tasting menu is so unlike the rest of Sausalito.

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1. Buckeye Roadhouse

15 Shoreline Hwy, Mill Valley, CA 94941

Valet park and stroll up the garden path to an authentically clubby ski lodge-style vaulted space with stone fireplace that’s a 1937 contemporary of the Golden Gate Bridge. Reservations are a must, or hold out hope for a seat at the bar. Menu standouts include oysters bingo, chili-lime brick chicken, and house-smoked barbecued baby back ribs. Disclaimer: Buckeye is 100 yards north of the Sausalito border.

15 Shoreline Hwy
Mill Valley, CA 94941

2. Kitti's Place

3001 Bridgeway, Sausalito, CA 94965

Lisa is serving and her mother is in the kitchen at this homey place where loyal locals are on a first-name basis. For more than two decades, home-cooked traditional Thai food and Asian influenced dishes have earned accolades from admirers. Tucked away in a strip mall at the northern end of town, friendly customer service means a warm greeting from Lisa’s father, Kitti, and a complimentary bowl of soup while you wait.

3001 Bridgeway
Sausalito, CA 94965

3. Avatar's

2656 Bridgeway, Sausalito, CA 94965

If you live in Sausalito, you already know about family-run Avatar’s, “Purveyors of ethnic confusions since 1989.” The tagline refers to the fact that the food is evenly split between Mexican and Indian, meaning enchiladas and samosas get equal billing, and you can avoid family fights about which cuisine will win for dinner tonight. Just save room for Avatar’s Dream, a specialty dessert of almond gelato cake with chocolate, pistachios, mango, and rose petal sauce.

2656 Bridgeway
Sausalito, CA 94965

4. Fish.

350 Harbor Dr, Sausalito, CA 94965

Fish. is a little off the beaten ferry path, but getting there is worth the effort. It's all about sustainable seafood, including a raw seafood market for locals. Check the chalkboard for the daily catch, order at the counter, and sit at an outdoor picnic table beside the harbor to enjoy a generous portion of whatever’s fresh. In season, the Dungeness crab roll should catch your attention.

350 Harbor Dr
Sausalito, CA 94965

5. Le Garage

85 Liberty Ship Way, Sausalito, CA 94965

This former garage with indoor-outdoor seating is Sausalito with a French accent. It's off the beaten path, so you'll work up an appetite finding the place. But once you're there, you'll find a panorama of sailboats on Sausalito Bay with French-influenced dishes like croque monsieur, French toast, moules, and pommes frites.

85 Liberty Ship Way
Sausalito, CA 94965

6. Fred's Coffee Shop

1917 Bridgeway, Sausalito, CA 94965

A local stalwart since 1966, Fred's Coffee Shop will make you feel like a Sausalito insider. The millionaire’s bacon keeps everybody coming back, and you can get yours with eggs benedict, scrambled eggs and toast, lemon ricotta pancakes, or deep fried french toast, and bottomless mimosas.

1917 Bridgeway
Sausalito, CA 94965

7. Joinery

Sausalito, CA

The Joinery has been a hit with Sausalito locals and tourists who just biked over the bridge since it opened in early 2017. Fans can’t stop talking about the fried chicken sandwich, although hearty salads including a radicchio Caesar and heaping bowls of Brussels sprouts are sleeper hits. Order in the front, take a number, and grab a seat — the views of the bay from the dock out back will make you whistle.

8. Salito's Crab House & Prime Rib

1200 Bridgeway, Sausalito, CA 94965

The (free) parking lot in front belies a beautiful marina view out back. On a sunny afternoon, dip your housemade kettle bread into top-drawer crab chowder while lingering on the large deck and consider yourself clever for finding this spot away from the downtown crowds. Just be sure to stick to shellfish-themed small plates over seafood feasts.

1200 Bridgeway
Sausalito, CA 94965

9. The Lighthouse Café

1311 Bridgeway, Sausalito, CA 94965

You can’t miss this cozy 30-seat breakfast and lunch diner, named for its landmark silhouette. Opened in 1992 by a Danish family, you’ll still find Scandinavian classics like Danish meatballs, and Norwegian salmon on the menu alongside an open-face Copenhagen burger, off one of the best Niman Ranch burger menus around.

1311 Bridgeway
Sausalito, CA 94965

10. Bar Bocce

1250 Bridgeway, Sausalito, CA 94965

Make your choice from a dozen thin crust sourdough pizza toppings (pepperoni, prosciutto, pork sausage, seasonal pear, more) to enjoy at an outdoor table where a small Richardson Bay beach and a bocce court add atmosphere. Order the signature sangria to accompany starters such as meatballs and chicken wings while a winning pizza is fired up. Note the date night magnet, a fire pit.

1250 Bridgeway
Sausalito, CA 94965

11. Seafood Peddler Restaurant & Fish Market

303 Johnson St, Sausalito, CA 94965

Seafood Peddler's name is an apt description for its offerings. Lobster, various oysters, and clams hail from Maine, Chesapeake Bay, Narragansett, and Canadian waters, or check out the Dungeness crab live tank for the local variety. An old-world fishing boat theme comes through loud and clear, but marina views have a parking lot in the foreground.

303 Johnson St
Sausalito, CA 94965

12. Sushi Ran

107 Caledonia St, Sausalito, CA 94965
Sushi Ran

Charms of Sausalito aside, this tiny, top-rated sushi restaurant is reason enough for a trip. Save on airfare and jet lag, as much of the fish is imported from Tokyo’s famous Tsukiji market. Alternatively, go with locally sourced favorites, such as a silky, buttery miso glazed black cod with bloomsdale spinach and glass noodles, one of the reasons owner Yoshi Tome has received international acclaim for 30 years.

107 Caledonia St
Sausalito, CA 94965

13. The Spinnaker

100 Spinnaker Dr, Sausalito, CA 94965

Visible on the ferry approach to Sausalito, this old school spot doesn’t need to advertise its fabulous views, which is good, since this grande dame restaurant is a bit stuck in the 20th century. However, a simple Caesar salad and clam chowder by sunset is a show, as San Francisco skyscrapers light up in the sun’s reflection.

100 Spinnaker Dr
Sausalito, CA 94965

14. Poggio

777 Bridgeway, Sausalito, CA 94965

Northern Italian comfort food meets comfy old world interiors at this well-loved trattoria on Sausalito’s main drag. The owner’s spring-fed organic garden contributes freshness and a wood-fired rotisserie provides market specialties to an extensive daily changing menu with plenty of pasta and antipasti.

777 Bridgeway
Sausalito, CA 94965

15. Copita Tequileria y Comida

739 Bridgeway, Sausalito, CA 94965

Life is full of tough choices, and Copita’s 100 brands of premium tequila doesn’t make it any easier. Co-owner Joanne Weir wrote the book (literally) on tequila, which chef Daniel Tellez pairs with favorites from his native Mexico City, all 100 percent gluten-free. Go for chips and salsa to start, fried pork belly tacos served on housemade corn tortillas, and wood-roasted chicken served at an outdoor table in the sun.

739 Bridgeway
Sausalito, CA 94965

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16. Barrel House Tavern

660 Bridgeway, Sausalito, CA 94965

Within three minutes of stepping ashore, ferry passengers can wander into this light-filled second floor tavern where fabulous bay panoramas profit from floor-to-ceiling windows and balcony tables fill quickly in fine weather. If you’re ordering food, get a table with a view, as menu prices reflect it. For a heightened sense of place, have a local barrel aged microbrew as you spot harbor seals and watch the next ferry make its way across the bay.

660 Bridgeway
Sausalito, CA 94965

17. Scoma's Sausalito

588 Bridgeway, Sausalito, CA 94965

Scoma’s — and its 50-year-old sister restaurant at Fisherman’s Wharf — is one of the few to still operate its own fishing vessel. Quality sustainable fish and seafood define the pier-to-plate participation in the Monterey Bay Seafood Watch Program. Ask for a window table for bay and city skyline views to accompany signature dishes like Lazy Man’s Cioppino (no claw cracking required).

588 Bridgeway
Sausalito, CA 94965

18. The Trident

558 Bridgeway, Sausalito, CA 94965

The Trident's 19th century pedigree as a former yacht club explains its enviable waterfront position enhanced by great city views. More famous for its 60s and 70s musical legacy than for its food, The Trident was a spirited hangout for rock stars like Janis Joplin, Bob Dylan, Joan Baez, Jerry Garcia, and The Rolling Stones. Clam chowder, fish tacos and hearty cioppino reign.

558 Bridgeway
Sausalito, CA 94965

19. Murray Circle

601 Murray Circle, San Francisco, CA 94965

The first thing to know is that Murray Circle is inside the grassy grounds of a hotel crafted from historic naval accommodations. A stone’s throw from the north tower of the Golden Gate Bridge, white tablecloths and ever-present bridal parties clue you in that this spot is for special occasions. Your bill, too, reflects a destination dining experience, where the option of a seven-course tasting menu is so unlike the rest of Sausalito.

601 Murray Circle
San Francisco, CA 94965

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