Best Sausalito Dinner &amp Lunch Restaurants 2015

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Click here to return to the Dining Main Menu, with a comprehensive series of lists and surveys on the best Sausalito restaurants for every time of day and every mood or occasion
 

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.

 

Rank   Restaurant Name Score   Heat Cuisine
Sum Win  
Sum Win    
1 1 Sushi Ran  100 100 941 Japanese
2 2 Buckeye Roadhouse* 96 96 892 American
3 6 Avatar’s
95 91 438 Ind-Mex
4 3 Poggio Trattoria 
94 94 776 Italian
4 6 Scoma’s
94 91 854 Seafood
4 5 Le Garage
94 93 630 French
7 9 Fish
92 88 1000 Seafood
7 3 Wellington’s Wine Bar  92 94 191 Wine Bar
9 14 Bar Bocce 91 86 534 Italian
9 Pelican Inn**
91 324 English & Pub
11 9 Murray Circle 90 88 477 American
12 14 Copita 89 86 359 Mexican
12 22 Salito’s Crab House
89 83 528 Seafood
14 9 Kitti’s Place 88 88 70 Pan-Asian
14 25 Barrel House
88 80 244 American
14 17 Fast Food Francais
88 85 161 French
17 19 Aurora
87 84 125 Italian
17 14 The Trident
87 86 522 American
17 25 Taste of Rome
87 80 303 Italian
17 8 Sartaj India Cafe
87 89 118 Indian
17 BBQ N Curry House
87 47 Indian
22 13 Saylor’s
85 87 182 Mex-Amer
22 9 Taste of Himalayas
85 88 91 Himalayan 
24 23 Farley Bar
84 82 184 American
24 19 Osteria Divino 
84 84 129 Italian
26 19 The Spinnaker
83 84 867 Seafood
27 17 Angelino
82 85 272 Italian
27 23 Tommy’s Wok
82 82 133 Chinese
27 25 Seafood Peddler
82 80 177 Seafood
27 25 Arawan Thai
82 80 104 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 82 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.

Summer Effect: We’ve noticed that in the summer the crowds create longer waits at downtown Sausalito restaurants, which increases the number of complaints about them on the Net. If a downtown Sausalito restaurant shows a drop in its score in summer this may be the reason for the change.

Note: Rankings vs. Winter, 2014 have been adjusted to reflect the closure of Rossetti Pizzeria (a perennial top-10 restaurant on the chart) and El Patio.  The following restaurants (listed in alphabetical order) did not make the Top 30 or we were unable to gather sufficient data to rank them:  

–  Bio  (Opened after survey completed)

–  Burger King

–  Dario’s Pizza

–  Feng Nian

–  Ondine

–  Outback Steakhouse

–  Panda Express

–  Sausalito Seahorse

–  Seven Seas

–  Sweet Ginger

–  Thai Terrace

 

* 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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