625 Bridgeway, Sausalito, CA 94965 (See Map Below) Phone: 415-332-3544
Venice Gourmet Deli
Sausalito residents often argue about which local deli is the best… and for 50 years many locals have said the landmark spot named Venice Gourmet Deli is the answer. Although they have just one small table inside, they have a fabulous view of the Bay and San Francisco and there are several sidewalk tables in front.
In nice weather it’s one of the best seats in town, and on certain days I’ll walk by there with our dog just hoping a spot is open so I can sit down and feel very lucky to be able to eat my lunch in Sausalito. (You can also order the Venice Gourmet sandwiches next door at Venice Pizzeria and eat at their inside or outside tables with the same fabulous view.)
Venice Gourmet is located on the Bridgeway Promenade, which has multiple spots where you can sit and eat your sandwich next to the water. This is a great alternative if their tables are full… and also when they’re empty!
Every summer thousands of Sausalito visitors hunt for an “impulse lunch,” and Venice Gourmet stands out as one of a handful of gems in the prime visitor zone: a place with really high quality food at the same prices other places charge for cheap ingredients, and even when the line is long they maintain very friendly service. As a result it’s a popular lunch place year-round for people who work in the area.
Venice Gourmet is the kind of deli where you can order several different kinds of salami — not to mention other Italian delicacies — for your sandwich. To be fair, you can do the same thing at some big gourmet supermarket deli’s, but it’s not the same experience as it is here at a small family operation where a lot of the faces haven’t changed since we founded OurSausalito.com 14 years ago. With certain kinds of meats they may volunteer that they have a variety of cheese you haven’t thought of that would taste great with your sandwich, all for the same price. Their sour french rolls are real San Francisco style sourdough baked locally.
While you wait for your sandwich at Venice Gourmet they have an eclectic selection of wines and kitchen gadgets to look at… if you can tear your eyes away from the view. We have no idea how they pick such a mixed bag of items, but it makes for fun browsing. And although we joke about how some of the items offered are located together in bizarre and inexplicable patterns (Australian kangaroo-topped meat skewers for kabob on the shelf next to an exotic chutney from England), every so often i find myself taking one of those oddly-sorted options to the cash register.
Something else that people should know about Venice Gourmet Deli? Find that perfect kitchen gadget there to decant wine and whip potatoes at the same time? Is it true that when Napoleon took over Venice he said, “Veni, Vidi, Vino!”? Disagree with any of our suggestions? Please let us know!