Best Sausalito Dinner & Lunch Restaurants 2016

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Autumn, 2015 — Twice each year we survey a wide range of blogs, travel sites, ratings sites and online forums, then create this ranking of Sausalito restaurants. You can click here for How to Read our Restaurant Charts, and we have a separate page for Sausalito’s Best Cafes, Deli’s and Diners.

Scores are more important than rank, since many places have similar scores and the curve can produce a swing of a point or two on each survey. A restaurant may rise or fall by five to ten slots based on a small score change — don’t interpret these shifts as necessarily representing long term trends, since they often “even out” on the next survey.

 

Dining Top Labeled

Rank Restaurant Name Score Heat Cuisine
Now Last
Now Last  
1 1   Sushi Ran 100 100 768   Japanese
2 2   Buckeye Roadhouse* 98 96 732   American
3 3   Avatar’s
96 95 449   Ind-Mex
4 4   Scoma’s
95 94 966   Seafood
5 4   Poggio Trattoria
94 94 881   Italian
5 4   Le Garage
94 94 535   French
7 12   Copita
93 90 439   Mexican
8 11   Murray Circle 92 91 504   American
8 7   Fish 92 92 906   Seafood
8 9   Pelican Inn**
92 91 325   English & Pub
8 9   Bar Bocce 92 91 493   Italian
12 14   Barrel House 91 88 349   American
13 27   Seafood Peddler
88 82 255   Seafood
14 14   Kitti’s Place 87 89 42   Pan-Asian
14 17   Sartaj India Cafe
87 87 244   Indian
16 24   Osteria Divino
86 85 115   Italian
16 12   Salito’s Crab House
86 89 605   Seafood
16 17   The Trident
86 87 527   American
16 26   The Spinnaker
86 84 1000   Seafood
16 22   Saylor’s
86 87 184   Mexican
21  —   Presidio Yacht Club
85  — 51   American
22 16   BBQ N Curry House
84 88 44   Indian
22 17   Taste of Rome
84 87 241   Italian
22 22   Taste of Himalayas
84 85 82   Himalayan
22 24   Farley Bar
84 84 134   American
22 17   Aurora
84 87 154   Italian
27 27   Angelino
82 82 331   Italian
27 14   Fast Food Francais 
82 88 166   French
29 27   Tommy’s Wok
81 82 92   Chinese
29   Sandrino  NEW! 81 4   Italian
29 27   Arawan Thai
81 82 67   Thai
29   Thai Terrace 81 55   Thai
See below for additional restaurants
 

You can also check out our list of Sausalito’s Best Cafes, Deli’s and Diners.

For Perspective:  When we started this list in 2008 the top restaurant got a 100 rating on the “curve”, and restaurant #30 scored a 60.  Today the #30 position on the list earns a score of 81 using similar methods, a score that would have ranked in the #14 position in 2008! Quite simply, the Great Recession offered restaurants two choices: improve or die. Every restaurant on the list above rates as being at least “Good” on any standard scale, which was not true in 2008 before the Recession.

The following restaurants either did not make the Top 30, or we did not have sufficient data to rank them:

—  Burger King

—  Dario’s Pizza

—  Feng Nian

—  Ondine

—  Outback Steakhouse

—  Panda Express

—  Sausalito Seahorse

—  Seven Seas

—  Sweet Ginger

 

* Buckeye Roadhouse is near the Sausalito on / off ramp on southbound Highway 101 but has a Mill Valley address just beyond the Sausalito border.  Since many visitors think of it as being in Sausalito we include it here.  If you prefer a list restricted to zip code 94965 then subtract one slot from all the rankings below it.

** Pelican Inn is located in Muir Beach, which is over the hill from Sausalito but is part of our 94965 zip code. We added coverage of Muir Beach as part of our 94965 area in 2014.

You can click here to see How to Read our Restaurant Charts. The leading restaurant on our list will always receive a score of 100, and all other restaurants will be scored on that curve.

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