Insiders Tip: After 5:00 PM the parking lot behind the building is free. You enter off of Pine St. behind the Marin Theatre. Pine St. there is one-way and comes down the hill towards Bridgeway so you’ll have to go around the block via Johnson or Turney from Bridgeway to get there.
Insiders Tip: If their parking lot is full, check out our special page on Parking Near Caledonia St. Without Getting a Ticket. It explains how to avoid the no-parking zones that catch some visitors by surprise.
|#1 on the OurSausalito.com Best Dinner and Lunch Restaurants List for Spring, 2020|
|Named to the OurSausalito.com Most Romantic Restaurants List|
|Named to Michael Bauer’s Chronicle List of Top 100 Bay Area Restaurants for 2017, 2016, 2015, 2014, 2013, 2012, 2011, 2010, 2009, 2008, 2007, 2006, 2005 and 2004|
|Awarded one Michelin Star, 2007 and 2008|
|Named to the OurSausalito.com Best Restaurants for Bike Riders List|
As you can see by the big “trophy case” listed above, Sushi Ran is a top Bay Area restaurant. This super-popular sushi place, just north of downtown Sausalito, draws a faithful clientele of regular customers from San Francisco and from points north. Some people drive a long ways to get here, but it’s also only five blocks from the Sausalito Ferry pier. Not cheap, but very good. Patio seating in nice weather. The satellite bar across the walkway from the main seating area has a more narrow selection than the main dining room.
This restaurant, situated away from the Bay and downtown in an area that caters to local residents, does not have the big views or the large dining rooms of the downtown destinations, but it does have a reputation among foodies that draws a big audience from both sides of San Francisco Bay. Service has been excellent on my visits.
I strongly recommend getting reservations here. During dinner especially you can have a long wait if you just decide to drop by.
The restaurant and satellite bar (which has a more restricted menu) are on either side of a passageway mid-block on the uphill side of Caledonia St. near the movie theatre. The wooden, Japanese style architecture provides an appropriate ambiance for diners.
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