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Seeking Family-Friendly Dining in Sausalito

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Next Monday, we will be going home to Berkeley from a day at the Academy of Sciences via the GG Bridge. I'd like to find a family-friendly place to stop for dinner (kids are 6 and 3). Any recommendations? Italian is always good or a diner. For our budget, I'm not expecting a place with a view -- but let me know if there's a good option for that as well!

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  1. For a casual and inexpensive meal in Sausalito I like Taste of Rome. They are right on Bridgeway but no water view, although I always think the people watching is great there. You order at the counter and then they bring your food to the table. They have a wide range of pasta, pizza, sandwiches, salads, so there is something for everyone. It's not spectacular but it is solid and relatively inexpensive for Marin.

    A little bit further north (Seminary exit) is the Strawberry Village shopping center where there are several choices for family dining, Pasta Pomodora, In and Out, Pizza Antica and a few more.

    If you are willing to venture off the freeway into downtown Mill Valley you will have a few more choices as well.

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    Bridgeway Cafe
    633 Bridgeway, Sausalito, CA 94965

    Taste of Rome
    1000 Bridgeway, Sausalito, CA 94965

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    1. re: pamf

      At the north end of Sausalito on the west side of Bridgeway is Kitti's Place, a brilliant little Thai- Cali diner with great soups and changing specials that are really special. I'm also fond of Avatar's (across the street from Kitti's) and Robata grill just south of Piattis is good clean family fun. Particularly good Hamachi collar and grilled rice balls.

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      Piatti
      625 Redwood Highway, Mill Valley, CA 94941

      Kitti's Place
      3001 Bridgeway, Sausalito, CA 94965

      Bridgeway Cafe
      633 Bridgeway, Sausalito, CA 94965

      1. re: pamf

        Lots of families and kids at Pizza Antica, and I like their food (it's not all pizza, either).

        1. re: Malcolm Ruthven

          Pizza Antica link.

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          Pizza Antica
          800 Redwood Highway Suite 705, Mill Valley, CA

      2. Actually in Mill Valley but well worth considering is Piattis. I was sceptical of them when my sister in law suggested them several years ago but I have eaten at Piattis multiple times with groups of 2-50 and always had good meals and good service.

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        Piatti
        625 Redwood Highway, Mill Valley, CA 94941

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        1. re: artychokeasana

          Yes, I agree on Piatti and my company has an office just two buildings away. Can't believe I forgot about them. They have nice Italian, maybe Cal-Ital, a bit upscale but not too pricey.

          The view is of the small lagoon, Shelter Cove, and is quite pretty. There is a small patio with a few outdoor tables.

          Also concur on the groups, some friends had their rehearsal dinner there and they did a good job.

          It's a little tricky to find though. If you are heading north it's the Seminary exit, and then head back south briefly on the frontage road and do a U-turn under the freeway and then go north for a bit on the frontage on the other side of 101. Most GPS and mapping systems do not get this correct.

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          Piatti
          625 Redwood Highway, Mill Valley, CA 94941

          1. re: pamf

            How is Piatti after their remodel etc. of a few years ago? I stopped going there a long time ago because of very mediocre food. Has it improved since then?

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            Piatti
            625 Redwood Highway, Mill Valley, CA 94941

            1. re: Malcolm Ruthven

              I have mostly been there for business lunches, the food is acceptable and not a standout.

              I was more impressed when I went to my friends rehearsal dinner (about 25 people) because they handled that well and we had some nice shared first courses (oysters, some other seafood) and a choice of mains.

              It is also very popular locally as a happy hour spot.

        2. Since Marin in general is being discussed...anyone try Mikey's in San Rafael. The Cubano is suppose to be very good (not confirmed) and it's suppose to be kid friendly and reasonably priced. It sounded very casual to me...but the Cuban food is suppose to be good (and they have a standard American menu).

          ETA: here's their website: http://www.eatatmikeys.com/

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          1. re: ML8000

            Did you scan down to the bottom of Mikey's home page? :-)

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            Mikey's
            783 Andersen Dr, San Rafael, CA 94901

            1. re: Melanie Wong

              Thanks...totally missed that.

              1. re: ML8000

                Here's the thread about Mikey's that appears on the website.
                http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/753549