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May 5, 2008 11:42 AM

Is Sausalito Worth a Trip?

We're visiting from NYC at the end of May, have reservations booked already for Maya (Mexican), Ame (upscale SF) and Bix (Something different).

Now we're wondering if Sausalito might hold some charms, and, if so, how to get there and back. We're staying at the Mandarin Oriental, no car, so transportation details, costs and time would help a lot.

Thanks in advance...

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  1. Maya's a branch of a New York restaurant, so you can get that at home.

    Sausalito eats:

    Ferry info:

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    1. re: Robert Lauriston

      I don't have suggestions for food in Sausalito (though I lived there 8 years) but the Ferry is a great idea. Check out the Ferry Building as well. Hog Island Oysters, Cowgirl Creamery (cheese). There is a Farmers Market Tues. 10am -2pm & Sat. 8am to 2pm.

      If you are into spirits take the Blue & Gold Ferry to Alameda and walk (a bit of a walk) to the Hangar 1 distillery. They have tasting hours Wed. through Sat. and Distillery tours on Sat..

    2. you take the ferry to get there -- google search it and you'll find out -- sausalito is nice on a good day -- and great views and rather inexpensive. Sushi Ran and Buckeyes are the two places to go -- there are a couple other smaller lucnh spots but nothing worth mentioning. The rest is tourist trap stuff -- so pack your lunch at the ferry building if you don't want sushi or real american food.

      If you like food/wine, berkeley is worth a visit. Go to spanish table, kermit lynch wine merchants, acme, cafe fanny, tacubaya, udupi palace, then up to gourmet ghetto for chez panisse, cesars, cha am, cheese board, gregoire, and the rest.

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      1. re: pointthemoon

        Those Berkeley recs are great, but not someplace I'd send someone without a car ... and for the sake of hopefully fending off logistic arguments ... yes, you can take bart and take buses or walk a few blocks or miles depending on the specific place. The OP can decide if that is for them.

        What is it that seems interesting about Maya to you? As mentioned, it has a sister restaurant in NY and IMO the SF restaurant isn't very good.

        Sausalito is a nice boat ride. Paul mentioned the two best choices. Fish would require a cab ride or long walk ... some of it not that scenic. The ferry to Tiburon is also a nice ride. There was just a good report on a restaurant Cottage Eatery in Tiburon. There is supposed to be a great little Salvadoran place in Tiburon too, but looking at your SF choices I'm guessing that might not be of interest.

        1. re: rworange

          if you are going to be around for more then a couple of days, I would recommend renting a car and checking out berkeley. Now, once in berkeley you are well positioned for a small trek to the wine country (a mere 34 miles). If you have a weekday -- well now you are really in luck and you get a double dose of what's unique about the bay area. On the other hand, if you can't rent a car, sure take a cab down to the ferry and have fun in sausalito. It just sounds like your plans are in flux -- and a different perspective may be warranted!!!

          1. re: rworange

            We picked Maya without knowing about the sister restaurant; we thought we'd like to try a Mexican restaurant in SF, but it's not writ in stone. Any other suggestions? Doesn't have to be Mexican, that was just a thought. We'd also be interested in Chinese, Californian, seafood, anyplace that has decent food without a huge price tag...

            Thanks for the suggestions and comments...

            1. re: BrookBoy

              You should check out some of the other recent topics with advice for visiting New Yorkers. Use the "Search this board" and do these two searches:


          2. re: pointthemoon

            I like Buckeye, but it's in Mill Valley, not Sausalito.

            Buckeye Roadhouse
            15 Shoreline Highway, Mill Valley, CA 94941

          3. Sushi Ran and Fish. are the only two places worth making a trip to Sausalito for. Sushi Ran is an excellent Sushi/Japanese restaurant & Fish. is a casual place to get very fresh fish dishes while sitting in a marina.

            350 Harbor Dr, Sausalito, CA 94965

            Sushi Ran
            107 Caledonia St., Sausalito, CA 94965

            1. I was not at all impressed by Buckeye (same for the other Real group places I've been to).

              Fish. gets a lot of praise here.

              1. There's a new place in Sausalito that's open for breakfast and lunch only, so far.

                The sandwiches and the outdoor deck look amazing (per Bunrab ).