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Favorite Restaurants in Sausalito? Around Pier 39?

Will be spending the afternoon either in Sausalito or in the Pier 39 area, looking for a good place for lunch or dinner. Open to anything, no Mexican, sushi or Chinese though. Looking for something perhaps outside the box in terms of atmosphere and uniqueness (think fun, as opposed to elegant). Thanks!

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  1. For Sausalito, check out Le Garage & Fish.

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    Fish
    350 Harbor Dr, Sausalito, CA 94965

    Le Garage
    85 Liberty Ship Way Ste 109, Sausalito, CA

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    1. re: Paul H

      I just went to Le Garage last weekend and really enjoyed it. Lovely location, good food and service. It's a bit of a hike if one's taking the ferry to Sausalito, but convenient by car or if you're in the mood for walking. Personally I liked it more than Fish, but both are good.

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      http://www.chezpei.com/2009/08/le-gar...
      http://www.chezpei.com/2008/08/salt-s...

      1. re: Pei

        I've read numerous positive postings about this place and Pei's photos were just enough to push me to finally make the trek to Le Garage (thanks, Pei!). When hubby suggested we check out Sausalito Art Festival yesterday, I suggested Le Garage for brunch, especially since I'm generally not a fan of festival food.

        We walked in around noon and were surprised to find only a couple of tables filled. We were warmly welcomed by the friendly hostess and chose a 2-top on the covered patio with a great view of the marina.

        We quickly reviewed the brief 1-page menu and ordered the soft-boiled eggs with prosciutto, grilled asparagus and toast points, mussels and an order of frites. We asked our charming French waiter (who looked like he walked off the cover of GQ magazine!) for a wine suggestion and he suggested a Rose to compliment our slightly spicy mussels. I know people have commented previously about the tasteless bread, but our second basket of bread came to our table gently warmed and we thought that made all the difference in the world. So definitely ask if warm bread is available. Our table was cleared and cleaned constantly by the hardest working (and friendly) bus boy that we've ever seen.

        We asked our waiter to serve the food in the order he thought most appropriate. He first brought our egg dish and thoughtfully delivered them on two separate plates, since he knew we were planning to split everything. Next came a huge bowl of mussels (no broken or unopened shells) and frites. The frites came in a tiny wire basket like the ones they use at Father's Office in Santa Monica.

        The frites reminded us of the ones served at A'Cote in Oakland (thin and crispy, but short and stubby). They were delicious with specks of herbs and a faint taste of garlic (we didn't see any visible garlic, so perhaps they use powdered garlic in the seasoning?). We wished they were longer pieces, since we're not fans of short, stubby fries. The fries were served with a delicious aioli that we polished off before finishing our fries.

        Two entrees, two glasses of wine and one latte came to almost $80 after tax and tip. Way more than what we spent on dinner later that evening at Pizza Picco, but well worth the occasional splurge on a beautiful, lazy day. By the time we left, every table inside and outside was full and there were several groups waiting for tables.

        1. re: cvhound

          Thanks for posting back! I'm so glad you enjoyed it. I also found the prices a little high, and it's not so much that the food they serve is astonishing, though it's certainly excellent. It's just such a lovely, tucked away spot. You're right--it's the perfect place to spend a beautiful, lazy day.

          1. re: Pei

            >I also found the prices a little high,<

            I don't think the prices are hig for that food and service. It is true that if you treat it as a "perfect place to spend a beautiful, lazy day" (and I've gladly done that), you can spend a bunch of money for food and wine, etc. But you can also treat it as a regular but high-quality lunch place (no wine, etc.) and get out for way less $. I like to split an order of mussels and a large salad, total about $25 for two people before tax and tip.

            1. re: Mick Ruthven

              Don't get me wrong, I thought it was worth every penny. I just didn't want to mislead people into thinking it was more than it was. It's definitely a restaurant that ended up being more than the sum of its parts for me; the kind of place I have a hard time convincing my friends to go to with words, but that when I finally drag them there I know will wow them.

    2. I second (or third) Le Garage or Fish. Here's a recent thread entitled "Fish or Le Garage in Sausalito". They're very different places, both very casual and very good for what they are. They would be my recommendations for Sausalito.

      http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/644809

      1. In Sausalito my recent favorite is Poggio. It's Italian, excellent in my opinion. Off topic, but I miss weekend lunches on the deck of Sausalito's Alta Mira Hotel, with view of the bay. A shame they closed the restaurant operation, in favor of catered events.

        http://thesluicebox.blogspot.com/

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        1. re: DandySF

          Poggio is good. I don't think it would be considered "out of the box" though. It's pretty straight-forward in terms of food and atmosphere. Really well executed Italian dishes with local ingredients. Probably skews a little more toward the elegant than the fun. Good place for a special occasion, impress the in-laws, date night, etc. Expect to spend about $100+ for two with wine, tax and tip.

          1. re: Shane Greenwood

            Do not go to Murray Circle.

            Well, at least for lunch.

        2. Sausalito: I liked Scoma's and Horizons -always enjoyed my meals there.

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          Scoma's Sausalito
          588 Bridgeway, Sausalito, CA 94965

          Horizons Restaurant
          558 Bridgeway, Sausalito, CA 94965

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          1. re: klyeoh

            Dare I say that both are quite touristy and rather ordinary - many better suggestions above.

            1. re: Mariana in Baja

              No, you're absolutely right. But I simply loved the views & the breakfast/brunches there. Been to most of the other restaurants, but I always gravitate back to Scoma's especially.

              1. re: klyeoh

                >I simply loved the views & the breakfast/brunches there... I always gravitate back to Scoma's<

                I don't see any mention of breakfast or brunch on the website of Scoma's in Sausalito. They say "Open daily for lunch and dinner". Do they serve breakfast or brunch?

            2. re: klyeoh

              Horizons is nice for deck dining. Not a destination for food, but the cooking's better than I expect at that sort of place.