Guidelines for Dining in Sausalito
There are about 65 restaurants, diners and delis in Sausalito, a town of about 7,000 people. This page has overall guidelines for dining here, with topics arranged alphebetically.
Coming in for a short visit on the Ferry? See our list of the best Restaurants near the Ferry pier for quality dining within easy walking distances. Insiders Tip: There are many restaurants near the ferry, and not all of them are good. If you have the chance we advise vuisitors to research your choices first.
Critics -- Click here for the top critic awards for Sausalito restaurants.
Hours -- Breakfast spots are often open as early as 6:30 in the morning but may close after lunch. Some dinner restaurants open very early for lunch, others not till 5:00 PM (17:00). Call ahead to check current schedules, since summer serving hours are often longer than winter.
Insiders Tip: Looking for a late brunch? Horizons still serves a "Musician's brunch" during midday, from 11:00 AM - 2:30 PM on weekdays, and from 10:00 AM - 2:30 PM on weekends. Anchorage 5, Fred's and Lighthouse also serve breakfast later.
Languages -- This is not a complete list, but virtually all the staff speak French at Le Garage, you can always order in Danish or Norwegian at Lighthouse Diner, there are almost always Italian-speaking staff at Angelino, Rossetti Pizzeria, Poggio, Aurora and Venice Gourmet Deli, you can speak Mandarin at Tommy's Wok, there are Japanese speakers at Sushi Ran, you can order in Spanish at La Hacienda Mexican Grill and at Salsalito Taco Shop, and in Thai at Arawan Thai or Thai Terrace. (Have more to add to this list? Please email us!)
Neighborhoods -- We have a detailed guide to Sausalito Neighborhoods, listing each hotel and restaurant in each area.
Prices -- There are a wide range of prices in Sausalito, ranging from cheap fast food ($5 foot-longs at Subway) to Michelin-rated gourmet restaurants (a $75 prix fixe tasting menu at Murray Circle). In general, places with a view of San Francisco Bay will be more expensive, and entrees will run from $12-$35 for dinner for the better restaurants regardless of view.
Reservations -- Most dinner restaurants will require reservations at lunch and dinner. Those that serve just breakfast and lunch are far less likely to take reservations. Each of our restaurant listings has the place's phone number so you can call ahead. Ten major dinner restaurants use the OpenTable system for reservations.
Sidewalk Dining -- Many Sausalito restaurants offer sidewalk dining, especially those with addresses on Bridgeway and Caledonia St.
Smoking -- Under California and lo0cal laws there is no smoking at local restaurants, even on outside patios and sidewalks. You'll need to walk away from eating areas prior to lighting up.
Taxis -- If you need a ride home a taxi stand is located on Bridgeway on either side of Vina del Mar Park, next to the Hotel Sausalito and across the street from Hamburgers. Restaurants will be happy to call you a cab.
Tipping -- In the United States gratuities (tips) are not automatically included in restaurant bills UNLESS you have a large group. Good service normally is given a 15% tip, while outstanding service muight receive 20% or more.
Views -- Sausalito offers spectaculatr views of San Francisco from many areas. Se our list of The Ten Best Views at Sausalito Restaurants.