660 Bridgeway, Sausalito, CA 94965 (See Map Below)
Neighborhood: Bridgeway Promenade. Website is here. Brunch and Dinner menus are here, and Cocktail List is here. Limited street parking across the street on Bridgeway (south of Princess St.) and on Princess St. A fixed-price lot is across the street and down the block, and city lots are about three blocks away.
#2 (tied) on the OurSausalito.com Best Restaurant Views List
Fast Forward SummaryTM: We have been mumbling for years about the wasted opportunities inherent in the great view site of the old Houlihan’s and Water Street Grille space at Bridgeway and Princess Streets. What we hear (and caveat rumoritis) is that the lack of an ADA-compliant elevator in the building and no plans for its installation scared away restaurateurs. As of July 1, 2013, however, Chris Henry’s long and loving renovation of the building was complete and Barrel House has now become an established part of the Sausalito dining scene. Once the 19th-20th century Sausalito Ferry terminal and from the 1940′s to the 60′s the Purity Market, Barrel House has gone through an extensive remodel that includes a barrel-shaped ceiling. The marble bar with an intimate corner bench-cum-tables sitting area overlooks the heart of downtown at Bridgeway and Princess St., and features a working open-hearth stove. The dining room now has oversized windows that do a far better job of bringing in the million-dollar view of the Bay and the San Francisco skyline.
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