Here's our personal 2013 list of the restaurants with the best views in Sausalito, followed by a complete listing of all View Restaurants. Most people are looking for views of the Bay and San Francisco, and this is the basis for our rankings.
Technically there are no restaurants with view of the ocean inside the town of Sausalito, since we're located inside San Francisco Bay, though Murray Circle has views that are just inside the Golden Gate Bridge.
The New Kid on the Block in the Sausalito big-view restaurants list is Barrel House, which opened in summer, 2013 in the space previously occupied by Houlihan's and then Water Street Grille. After a major remodel it now offers one of the very top vistas in Sausalito.
We're disregarding the cuisine and only rating the view from their typical tables so be sure to cross-check these places against our other restaurant lists.
|1||Spinnaker||SF Skyline, Mt. Tam|
|2T||Barrel House||SF Skyline|
|4||Scoma's Sausalito||SF Skyline|
|5||Murray Circle / Farley Bar||Golden Gate Br, SF|
|6||Il Piccolo Cafe||SF Skyline|
|7||Fish||Harbor & Bay|
|8||Le Garage||Harbor & Bay|
|9||Wellington's Wine Bar||Harbor & Bay|
|10T||Salito's Crab House||Harbor & Bay|
|10T||Bar Bocce||Harbor & Bay|
|10T||Venice Gourmet Deli||Partial SF Skyline|
|10T||Seafood Peddler||Harbor & Bay|
Traditional "Best Views In Sausalito" -- Open Views of SF Bay
Barrel House (American, Bay Views)
Il Piccolo Cafe (Italian, Bay Views)
Scoma's Sausalito (Seafood, Bay Views)
Spinnaker (Seafood, Bay iews)
Trident (Seafood, Bay Views)
Partial Bay Views
Most of these restaurants have some tables with great views, but their orientation means we can't classify the whole place in the same category with Full Bay Views. Maybe it's that they have only a few view tables, maybe they're across the street from the water. The best tables here, however, are often as good as the ones at the restaurants in the top section.
Angelino (Italian, Some Bay Views) -- Sidewalk seating across the street from the Bay
Bridgeway Cafe (Breakfast & Lunch) -- Sidewalk seating across the street from the Bay
Sausalito Bakery and Cafe (Breakfast & Lunch) -- Sidewalk seating across the street from the Bay
Venice Gourmet Deli (Deli) -- Sidewalk seating across the street from the Bay
Venice Pizzeria (was Giovanni's) (Pizza) -- Sidewalk seating across the street from the Bay
We have friends who think that these are the best views in Sausalito. These places are adjacent to harbors where sailboats and yachts are moored, so you see the boats in the foreground and the Bay in the background. "Where would you sail in THAT one?"
Bar Bocce (Italian, Casual, Harbor Views)
Fish (Seafood, Casual, Harbor Views)
Le Garage (French, Casual, Harbor Views)
Salito's Crab House (Seafood, Bay Views)
Seafood Peddler (Seafood, Harbor Views)
Wellington's Wine Bar (Wine Bar, Salads, Panini)
Don't see a name you remember? Sadly, it may be on our List of Restaurants That Have Closed or Changed Their Names.