Sausalito Spotlight - #2

Here are more great spots to wine & dine in this bohemian, coastal town.

Our Top Picks

Recommendation  #1
Scoma's of Sausalito

Floating out over the bay, Scoma's of Sausalito is an enchanting and romantic destination that's popular with both locals and visitors alike. Family owned for almost forty years, Scoma's is rich in history, but modern in its approach, serving fresh seafood daily in one of the most endearing and charming spots in the entire Bay Area. It's the Italian Riviera, right here in Sausalito!

Scoma's delights with steaming whole crabs, rich hearty chowders, perfectly grilled seasonal fish and house specialties, like the Shellfish Sauté, brimming with crab legs, prawns, scallops and clams. Seasonal fresh offerings and perennial favorites keep the menu as lively and colorful as the daily catch.

Don't Miss: Dungeness Crab Fettuccini, Alaskan Halibut, Porcini & Crimini Mushroom Soup, Lime Panna Cotta

Monday – Thursday and Sunday: 11:30am – 8pm, Friday – Saturday: 11:30am – 9pm
Recommendation #2
Seafood Peddler

Take a glance at the crab, salmon and fresh (that is: alive) Maine lobster at the fish market on your way up to the second floor dining room. By the time you are seated, you may have already made a choice. Lobster makes its way into risotto and onto a bun with garlic butter. (Whole lobster makes regular appearances on the Specials menu). The shellfish choices run especially deep on the oyster menu where East Coast oysters are given space alongside Dungeness crab and Marin’s famous Miyagis. 

Switching places with the sunny patio, a daylight hot spot, the bar starts jumping once the sun goes down. Many locals claim that Seafood Peddler has one of the best happy hour in town. $6 wines by the glass; $6 draft beer; $8 margaritas & Mai Tais are available daily (4pm - 7pm) in the bar area. Plus, a variety of discounted seafood bites like Baked or BBQ Oysters, Lobster Bisque, and Fish Tacos.

Don’t Miss: Fish & Chips, Linguini Pescatore, BBQ Oysters, Little Neck Clams

Sunday - Thursday: 11:30am – 8pm-ish, Friday & Saturday: 11:30am – 9pm-ish
Recommendation #3
The Spinnaker

Situated on a spit of land jutting into Richardson Bay, the views – yes, of

spinnakers, but also of the San Francisco skyline – are fantastic, helped by the

floor-to-ceiling windows. Indulge in a peach Bellini and a seafood Caesar with

scallops and shrimp and marvel at your good fortune to be seated here. For land lubbers, there’s chicken parm and a bone-in pork chop with polenta and asparagus but pay attention to the seafood-focused menu. Thick with halibut, clams and mussels, bouillabaisse arrives with remoulade and garlic bread, crab mac and cheese is run under the broiler to crisp the parmesan and bread crumb topping, and clam chowder whispers of Boston with a touch of whole milk. When the sun hits the bay on its way down, the light in the room is simply magical.

Don’t Miss: Dungeness Crab Louie, Linguini with Clams, Angel Island Chocolate Lava Cake

Monday – Thursday, Sunday: 11am – 8:30pm, Saturday & Sunday: 11am – 9:30pm
Recommendation #4
Sushi Ran

Even before Steve Jobs famously made a reservation here during a 2007-ish

product demo, the perennial Michelin Bib Gourmand winner and top restaurant in any number of lists (Bay Area, sushi, Japanese, etc.) was beloved in the Bay Area. The restaurant’s attention to craft, seasonal sushi, innovative flavors, and balance between sushi and Pacific cuisine makes it a must-visit since it opened in 1986. 

We almost always favor whatever is on the omakase menu but if you’ve never been, don’t miss the miso-glazed black cod and ikura chawanmushi. We urge you to make a reservation or risk the line.

Don’t Miss: Omakase, Zuke Chu Toro, Kasugodai, Bafun Uni, Hon Maguro

Sunday – Thursday: 5pm – 9:30pm, Friday – Sunday: 12pm – 2:30pm, Friday & Saturday: 5pm – 10pm
Recommendation #5
The Trident

Steeped in rock n’ roll royalty lore, this historic waterfront restaurant and bar — once owned by The Kingston Trio — is the birthplace of the Tequila Sunrise - a cocktail created by bartender Bobby Lozoff for Mick Jagger of The Rolling Stones one crazy night. The drink continued to gain in popularity with the Stones’ “Cocaine and Tequila Sunrise” world tour. 

With panoramic views of the Bay like these, you better believe the seafood is fresh and delicious. Diners gravitate to their famous Cioppino, but the kitchen also serves an array of sandwiches, shrimp Louie, and surf & turf dishes. In keeping with its musical roots, the restaurant hosts Trident Fridays with live music + happy hour specials (5pm - 8pm). We can't think of a better way to end the day than sipping on a tasty Trident Sunrise while enjoying a Sausalito sunset. 

Don't Miss: Cioppino, Shrimp Po' Boy, Dungeness Crab Louie, Salmon Hash & Eggs

Monday – Thursday: 11:30am – 8pm, Friday: 11:30am – 9pm, Saturday: 11am – 9pm, Sunday: 11am – 8pm
Recommendation #6

Is mezze the original share plate? We don’t know but we do like that it’s loaded with house made falafel, muhammara and a zesty wedge of feta. The restaurant leans into Mediterranean flavor: Harissa-roasted cauliflower are right at home alongside grilled octopus and lamb moussaka. Do try the pinsa Romana, its rice, soy and wheat blended crust gives these little, Roman-style pizzas lighter texture.

Big plates of whole branzino and a chicken shawarma kebab plate come with all the fixings, freshly prepared and full of zip. The blue and white tiled bar, blue chairs and blue lights add Greek – or is that Turkish? – cheer to the interior, even on the drippiest day. There’s even a feta-brined martini and a mostly Mediterranean wine list that includes selections from Lebanon, Portugal and Greece.

Don’t Miss: Vegan Kabob Plate, Whole-roasted Branzino, Merguez Pinsa

Monday – Thursday: 5pm – 8:30pm, Friday: 5pm – 9pm, Saturday: 11am – 9pm, Sunday: 11am – 8pm
Recommendation #7
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