Best Restaurants in Sausalito for Dinner & Lunch 2016

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Autumn, 2016 — What are the best restaurants in Sausalito? 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.
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Rank Restaurant Name Score Heat Cuisine
Now Last Now Last  
1 1   Sushi Ran 100 100 846   Japanese
2 2   Buckeye Roadhouse* 99 98 793   American
3 3   Avatar’s
98 96 536   Ind-Mex
4 4   Scoma’s 95 95 938   Seafood
4 29   Sandrino  NEW! 95 81 101   Italian
4 5   Le Garage 95 94 618   French
7 5   Poggio Trattoria 94 94 812   Italian
7 8   Fish 94 92 1000   Seafood
7 14   Kitti’s Place
94 85 192   Pan-Asian
10 8   Bar Bocce  
93 92 620   Italian
11 8   Pelican Inn** 92 92 411   English & Pub
11 8   Murray Circle 92 92 519   American
11 12   Barrel House
92 91 535   American
14 12   Copita 91 91 460   Mexican
15 13   Seafood Peddler 88 88 336   Seafood
16 16   Saylor’s
87 86 168   Mexican
17 21   Presidio Yacht Club 86 83 41   American
17 29   Tommy’s Wok
86 81 94   Chinese
17 16   Osteria Divino
86 84 105   Italian
17 16   Salito’s Crab House
86 84 553   Seafood
17 22   Taste of Rome
86 82 223   Italian
22 16   The Spinnaker
84 84 823   Seafood
22 22   Taste of Himalayas
84 82 73   Himalayan
22 16   The Trident
84 84 670   American
25 29   Angelino
83 81 250   Italian
25 22   Farley Bar
83 82 147   American
25 22   Aurora
83 82 120   Italian
25 29   Thai Terrace
83 81 62   Thai
25 29   Fast Food Francais 
83 81 200   French
30 22   BBQ N Curry House
81 82 44   Indian
See below for additional restaurants
 

Scores are more important than rank on these charts, since many restaurants are tied with others on the list and a restaurant may rise or fall by five to ten slots based on “the curve” and a small score change. Assume that restaurants that are grouped together within a few points on the survey are offering experiences of similar quality, and don’t worry about small score differences.

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:

—  Arawan Thai (Closed for Remodel for last year but just re-opened so we are re-initiating coverage)

—  Burger King

—  Dario’s Pizza

—  Feng Nian

—  Joinery  (Not Yet Open)

—  Ondine

—  Outback Steakhouse

—  Panda Express

—  Sartaj India Cafe (Sold & Being Remodeled as Sartaj by Lotus)

—  Sausalito Seahorse

—  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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