350 Harbor Dr., Sausalito CA 94965 (See Map Below)
*** This restaurant only accepts cash, no credit cards ***
*** They have an ATM in the lobby ***
Neighborhood: Marinship. Website (which includes information and resources for eating healthy seafood) is here, menu is here, info on their “take it home and cook it” fish market is here. Free parking in lot.
Insiders Tip: The parking lot for Fish Sausalito has two separate sections. The first one you reach, which mentions Fish on its sign, is in front of the Spaulding Wooden Boat Center and fills up sooner. To reach the second parking lot stay on Harbor Drive all the way to where it dead-ends into the yacht harbor parking lot. Enter that lot, turn right and then turn right again and you can park in front of Fish in the larger portion of the lot.
Open for lunch and dinner, but closed 4:30 PM – 5:30 PM for the changeover.
Fish Sausalito, a restaurant adjacent to a yacht harbor, is full of contradictions. A busy ultra-casual harbor-view restaurant in northern Sausalito, Fish is NOT your normal Sausalito seafood experience… but the stack of OurSausalito.com Trophies above tells you that something good is going on here.
Although they break every “rule” of fine dining, at Fish Sausalito they get away with it because they feature outstanding fresh fish, sustainably harvested. They do not accept reservations, they take your order (pleasantly) at a counter facing the front door where you sometimes have to wait a while to reach the front of the line, and they don’t accept credit cards. Bring extra cash or be ready to use their ATM: prices are at the high end. As one diner put it, “I paid $38 [including tax and tip] for my lunch, but they could give me the GPS coordinates of where the fish was caught!”
I had the best, flakiest, softest, tastiest fish in a fish-and-chips lunch I’ve ever eaten here… for over $20. On my last visit to Fish Sausalito I ordered the trout special and for $26 I got the nicest texture and flavor of any trout I’ve eaten in a restaurant. It was offered over greens or pasta, and the pasta was perfectly al dente with flavorful olive oil.
Fish Sausalito makes extensive use of picnic-style outdoor tables, and the outdoor patio is on the shoreline adjacent to a sailboat harbor (see the photos on this page of the views from different tables at different times of day). On a nice day you can sit outside and look at the boats moored in the Bay, and you’re right next to the water. If you come in on the Ferry, the location is a good long walk from downtown Sausalito, so you may want to drive, use Uber/Lyft or a taxi. Although Fish is often ranked highly in our Special Occasions list, it is in fact a casual restaurant and the ranking is a statement of how people feel about the food.
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