85 Liberty Ship Way, Sausalito CA 94965 (See Map Below)
Neighborhood: Spring Valley & Marinship South. Website and link for reservations are here (corrected after their latest URL change). Use these links to see menus for weekend brunch, lunch and dinner. Wine list is here. Open for coffee and pastries in the morning (get there early because the best goodies go first), lunch and dinner, plus brunch on weekends. Free parking in lot on far side of Schoonmaker Harbor lot; look for the sign that says “Le Garage Parking.”
|#5 overall and #1 French restaurant on the OurSausalito.com Best Dinner and Lunch Restaurants List for Autumn, 2015|
|#7 on our Top Ten list of the best special occasion restaurants in Sausalito for Autumn, 2015|
|#9 on our Top Ten list of the most-discussed restaurants in Sausalito for Autumn, 2015|
|#8 on the OurSausalito.com Best Restaurant Views List for 2015|
|Named to the OurSausalito.com List of the Best Burgers in Sausalito, 2015|
|#5 on the OurSausalito.com List of the Best Breakfast restaurants in Sausalito, 2015|
| Chosen as one of the 3 Best Restaurants in Sausalito by USA Today Travel, 2014
Don’t Get Lost: Le Garage can be a little hard to find — the Google Map and satellite photo below will help you sort it out and it’s definitely worth the effort once you’re sitting right by the edge of the Bay. The confusing streets are a byproduct of the fact that Le Garage is located in a neighborhood where the Bay was filled in to create the historic Marinship Shipyards in 1942 after the U.S. entered World War II.
After you turn onto Spring St. from Bridgeway (the route to the Bay Model), take the first right onto Liberty Ship Way. The road will round a curve and then fork — take the road closest to the water, the left choice at the fork. (Liberty Ship Way is the name of both the left and right fork of this intersection, hence the confusion. The right fork dead ends into a gravel parking lot with some compact-eationg potholes, so if you approach gravel it’s time to turn around.) You’ll enter the Schoonmaker Harbor parking lot after passing a long gray building on your left that has slanted 2nd floor windows.
Inside the parking lot turn right and you’ll see the far lot with the sign that says La Garage Bistro Parking. Park in the fenced lot and walk towards the Bay. Le Garage is at the end of the gray building you just drove past, right next to the water. We also used satellite view and zoomed in close in the second Google Map below so you can see Le Garage’s exact location — the satellite even shows the tables on the patio!
Fast Forward SummaryTM: Le Garage is The French Restaurant in Sausalito, and they do a good job of being “The” French place (although they have now opened a second Sausalito French restaurant, Fast Food Francaise). If you want to order in French, this is the place to come — all the servers who have helped us have been fluent. Their Kobe Beef burger is fabulous. Le Garage really does have a roll-up garage door and concrete floors in the restaurant, and in nice weather the outdoor patio is a wonderful place to dine. Real French food from a real French chef (what a concept!) in a lovely harbor-view setting in the Schoonmaker office complex. On the high end in both food quality (Kobe beef) and price, despite the casual atmosphere. They also have a great selection of goodies to go with your morning coffee (to the delight of people in nearby offices), but be sure to get there early because the bakery treats do sell out a high percentage of the time.
Insiders Tip: If it’s not a sweltering hot day, bring a sweater or arrive early to ensure a seat in the sun. The breeze kicks up at the edge of the Bay, and if they have both of their (le) garage doors open the wind tunnel effect can make it chilly inside.
Something else that people should know about Le Garage? Did you go there early in their history when they were just Le Carport? Want to impress everyone with your mastery of French? Disagree with any of our suggestions? Please let us know!