1917 Bridgeway, Sausalito, CA 94965 (See Map Below)
Neighborhood: Spring Valley & Marinship South. No website or online menu. Open for breakfast and lunch. Street parking.
| #1 overall on the OurSausalito Best Cafes, Diners and Deli’s List for Autumn, 2016
| #4 on the OurSausalito.com List of the Best Breakfast restaurants in Sausalito, 2017
|#8 on our list of the best casual restaurants in Sausalito for Autumn, 2016|
|Named to the OurSausalito.com List of the Best Burgers in Sausalito, 2017|
| #5 on the OurSausalito.com list of the best bars and restaurants in Sausalito for singles to meet new people for 2017
|Named to the OurSausalito.com Best Restaurants for Bike Riders for 2017|
Fred’s Coffee Shop
This small coffee shop and grill draws visitors from a wide area and is often crowded, with waiting patrons spilling out onto the street. They have achieved the “Cool place that spreads by word of mouth” status in San Francisco that draws many people across the Bridge to come here.
Our editors’ debate about Fred’s: I think that having a communal table for singles and small groups at a restaurant is a great idea, and it’s being widely adopted throughout the Bay Area. At Fred’s, however, they can go to extremes in the small dining room, where they have a few big tables inside instead of a mix of small ones, so you’ll almost always have to share a table at busy times, whether this was your objective or not. Some of our editors like the chance to meet new people, while others crave the opportunity for more private (and potentially romantic) conversations or for business discussions.
Of course, that very same feature is behind Fred’s being placed on the OurSausalito.com list of the best bars and restaurants in Sausalito for singles to meet new people.
There are a handful of small tables out front on Bridgeway, which are great (albeit a little noisy) in nice weather. Our favorite thing about Fred’s: the percentage of people who are greeted by name or treated as “regulars” when they walk in the door. Service is always courteous but mistakes sometimes happen on orders when they get super busy. The food is usually very good, prices are on the low side for Sausalito, and the French Toast is a favorite.
Something else that people should know about Fred’s Coffee Shop? Think we’re missing the chance to meet famous celebrities or brooding artists because we don’t want to double up at tables? Disagree with any of our suggestions? Please let us know!