Second that recommendation for Spinnaker in Sausalito. It’s higher-end, but ultimately a fine value. The views across the Bay to downtown SF are great but eclipsed by the food. For those views in September, you might want to time your dinner for sunset to see the lights come on in the City. Reservations are wise but seldom really needed.
Check into the Hawaiian Chieftain. It’s a sailing ship that makes Bay excursions from Sausalito. Fun and not too pricey.
Of course you will want to visit the Point Bonita Lighthouse (no charge) in the Marin Headlands:
That’s the head page for California Lights with Point Bonita pictured. Click on "Point Bonita" in the text. It’s open to the public every Sat-Sun-Mon 12:30 PM to 3:30 PM SHARP. You can find a map to the trailhead by clicking on "Marin Headlands":
I just assume you will go to Muir Woods as well. Look on the various maps for Muir Beach and Muir Overlook too, both just a couple of miles west of the Woods.
Sounds like you are going for the high end. In that case, I’ll suggest: (1) Boulevard (right across the street from the Ferry Building) http://www.boulevardrestaurant.com/nav/nav.html ; (2) Jardiniere http://www.kuleto.com/PhotosandRestaurantGraphics/Jardiniere.htm ; (3) The Fifth Floor http://www.hotelpalomar.com/5thFloorDining.html ; and (4) Farallon http://www.farallonrestaurant.com/ . A step down (in price) is a place I like very much (because it’s in my hood), Absinthe http://sanfrancisco.citysearch.com/profile/863425/ .
I was just in the area for a visit and we had a really nice lunch at the Spinnaker. Don’t know if it’s characteristic. Lots of fish choices; mine was a grilled mahi-mahi with a strawberry mango relish. Really good service too.
We also ate at the Scoma’s at the Wharf and I had this killer pasta dish with smoked salmon, red onions, rock shrimp and dill. I would gladly eat that again.
Thank you all for your help, i’m staying in Sausalito, but we will take the ferry in to eat in San Fran. All i have for now for sure is eating at Gary Danko and pretty sure we’ll try Michael Minas as well.
I’m a little confused since I haven’t been to Sausalito in a while and the restaurants you mentioned all are familiar names here in SF. Are you saying they have Sausalito branches now?
Anyway, I’ve eaten at Zuni in SF a few times. It was OK (and I didn’t have the roast chicken which is what everyone oohs and aahs about) but I consider it more a place to see and be seen (while having maybe an afternoon glass of wine) than to actually EAT (those big glass windows on Market St., you know). I have never tried The Slanted Door. The old location was on the same block with my then-favorite Indian restaurant and I used to wonder why all those crowds of yuppies would stand in line when they could get superior curry down the block. Anyway, the new location at the Ferry Building doesn’t attract me much either just because it looks colder than an iceberg in Antarctica.
Speaking of the Ferry Building, that’s a great way to get to SF from Sausalito–on the ferry (direct to the Ferry Building).
Michael Mina, on the other hand, I haven’t tried either but would like to if only to see what he’s done to my beloved Compass Rose (the former bar in the lobby of the St. Francis Hotel which was converted to his restaurant). It certainly got good reviews when it opened.
All those white-painted columns and woodwork used to be beautiful dark varnished wood.[:(]
I have been to Sausalito many times and it seems to me totally different than San Fran. More Bohemian. A lot of folks live directly on the water on their boats.
I have eaten at Scoma’s many times. It is not exactly roadfood but not much there really is. Sorta pricey and the view is outta sight. Obviously seafood is their thing.
I always look forward to the drive over the bridge to get there.
I have attached their website for your review.
Paul E. Smith
Nemis, are you looking for marin specific locales, or just Bay area stuff?
Would love some great suggestions for dining in Sausalito.
Has anyone eaten at :
Restaurant Michael Mina??
MIxed reviews on Citysearch…
Appricate all the help and information[;)]
Sausalito-Vacation in 2months
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