If you’re on a long bike ride you’re not looking for the same kind of place you’d choose for a romantic date, a business lunch or a birthday dinner. Here’s how we factored the restaurants that we included in this list as the best potential choices for Sausalito bike riders:
- Outdoor seating is an option, since you ride your bike to enjoy being outdoors.
- Casual atmosphere and staffed by people who welcome riders
- Good food
- Located on or near the main route through town.
- Bonus points: Great views, since that’s another reason you go out on your bike
Important note: We limited ourselves to an average of about two restaurants per Sausalito neighborhood in smaller geographical areas, and up to four each in the larger ones. We also tried to mix delis and restaurants and cafes from different cuisines and price points. This list could easily be twice as long and consist of excellent recommendations. Don’t hesitate to improvise and go somewhere else if you see a place on your ride that looks good.
Best Restaurants for Sausalito Bike Riders
We have ordered these listings starting with the places that are closest to the Golden Gate Bridge for those riding from San Francisco, and ending with those that are closest to the Mill Valley – Sausalito Multi-Use Path. Please start at the bottom and scroll up if you’re coming from the north.
Murray Circle and its spin-off Farley Bar — (Fort Baker and the GGNRA) If you can’t wait till you get to Sausalito to get something to eat, these places are your answer. Expensive, but they also have good food, and you can eat out on the porch with great views of the Golden Gate Bridge towers and the City.
Aurora — (Old Town) The first restaurant you come to inside the town of Sausalito after crossing the Golden Gate Bridge from San Francisco is also a welcoming, friendly spot with good pizza and Italian food.
Golden Gate Market Deli — (Old Town) One of the best deli’s in town is also the first deli you come to when riding through Sausalito from San Francisco, with high quality sandwiches made by very friendly people. Benches with great Bay and City views are just a short distance away.
The Trident — (Bridgeway Promenade) An icon of Rock history with its late 60’s artwork and fixtures largely intact, this place was the scene of a Bill Graham Party for the Rolling Stones, and Janis Joplin had a favorite table where she’d come to drink each afternoon. Robin Williams was one of the busboys. They also have good food and a balcony over the Bay with killer views of the City.
Poggio — (Downtown Sausalito & Ferry Pier) This is an award-winning Italian restaurant that welcomes bike riders and has a large sidewalk seating area that makes you feel like you’re dining in Europe.
Firehouse Coffee and Tea — (Caledonia St. / New Town) A 2017 addition next to the firehouse (of course) in the block between downtown and the Caledonia St. neighborhood. Good coffee, tea and snacks, really nice people, and the surprise of reasonable prices compared to many venues
Sandrino — (Caledonia St. / New Town) A tiny new Italian place run by a couple who just moved here from Italy and brought their family recipes (both pizza and other dishes) to share with us. They’ve quickly earned a spot in locals’ hearts. Also has a small sidewalk seating area.
Driver’s Market Deli — (Caledonia St. / New Town) Driver’s is a locally owned organic and sustainable foods market, and their sandwiches are sought after by many residents. The servings here are not as big as at some other deli’s, and if high quality and a smaller portion are your goal this is a great choice.
Saylor’s Restaurant and Bar — (Spring Valley & Marinship South) Their tag line is “A Taste of Cabo in Marin” and on occasion you can run into Sammy Hagar in the bar, where Sean Saylor is a master of fine tequilas. Another friendly and welcoming local place.
Fish — (Spring Valley & Marinship South) Combine the informality of a walk-up diner and the seafood menu of a top-line San Francisco restaurant and you have the unique place that is Fish. Cash only and not cheap, but they can tell you when and where the fish in your lunch or dinner was caught and how they know it was sustainably harvested.
Note: This list is arranged south to north for those riding over the Golden Gate Bridge from San Francisco. If you’re heading south to Sausalito from Mill Valley then Bayside Cafe and Davey Jones Deli will be the first two great stopping points you reach.