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I'm sure this has been asked and answered many times, but I'm in a time crunch, so I thought I would solicit some quick help. My boyfriend and I are leaving for SF tomorrow morning and with the weather being so nice we are planning to walk across the GG Bridge into Sausalito. I would like to eat lunch outside somewhere within easy walking distance of the bridge that takes advantage of the views yet also does a really nice lunch (cocktails or wine would be nice too). We aren't pick eaters and would put ourselves in the "foodie" category. Any suggestions are welcome.

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  1. I'd be surprised if such a place exists. The bridge itself is about 3 miles each way and I would guess it would be at least another mile and a half (with elevation) into town. Renting bikes may be a better option.

    1. It is about 4 miles from the GGB vista point Sausalito to Fish.
      .http://www.331fish.com/

      1. Ah, I didn't realize. Somewhere I read about doing this made it sound so much easier. If we rented bikes, is the bike ride across the bridge into Sausalito more downhill or uphill?

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        1. re: becca31

          Downhill all the way but the ride back is a b---h.

          1. re: wolfe

            I definitely wouldn't want to ride back uphill. I read we could take the ferry back with the bikes, so that would be what we'd do.

            1. re: becca31

              That was my thought but to where do you return the bikes?

              1. re: wolfe

                Found this place online that suggested ferrying back with the bikes, so I assume they meet you or something?
                http://www.baycitybike.com/baybike/in...

                1. re: becca31

                  The ride from the wharf to the bridge isn't too bad but I can assure you it is flatter on the map than it is in reality.
                  http://www.everytrail.com/view_trip.p...

        2. In addition to Fish, Le Garage has good food and is on the water.

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

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          1. re: rworange

            I asked the same question in the spring year and another place that was suggested was Poggio.

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            Poggio
            777 Bridgeway, Sausalito, CA 94965

            1. re: rworange

              I like le Garage too, but not so enthusiastic about Fish. Mostly personal. But for a whole different "bay view" experience, I'd say (trust me, this is my turf) bike into town, get a cheeseburger at 737 Bridgeway, or a curry lamb burrito at Sartaj on Caledonia St. and bike out to the Bay Model on Marinship Way. Eat lunch looking at the actual Bay and then go in and see the model. It's amazing! Bike back to the ferry and have a Gin and Tonic or something like on the ferry back. That's what I'd do, if I didn't have a car, and didn't drive it into Sausalito every day.

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              Bridgeway Cafe
              633 Bridgeway, Sausalito, CA 94965

              1. re: little big al

                I'm not a big fan of Fish either, but the curry lamb burrito at Sartaj sounds very intriguing! Is it wrapped in a Mexican tortilla or something more Indian, like the rotties found in the west indies?

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                Sartaj India Cafe
                43 Caledonia St, Sausalito, CA 94965

                1. re: Civil Bear

                  Not wrapped in tortilla, but in some house made Indian bread, I think the lovely and hard working owner said it's roti. It's big enough for two (or at least some two).

            2. You could eat at the Cavallo Point hotel, that looks walkable.

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              Cavallo Point
              601 Murray Circle, Sausalito, CA

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              1. re: Josh90004

                Same problem with the hills. Cavallo Point is even more remote than Sausalito.

                Not as glamorous as the biking and ferries but you can get a Golden Gate Transit bus (on the SF side of the bridge) that will drop you in Sausalito.

                If I am reading this correctly there is construction going on now that makes a complete pedestrian walk across the bridge impossible, but bicyclists still have access on the west side.

                http://goldengate.org/news/bridge/Sid...

                Lots of great restaurants in Sausalito, as mentioned, Fish, Le Garage, Poggio and more.

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                Poggio
                777 Bridgeway, Sausalito, CA 94965

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

                Cavallo Point
                601 Murray Circle, Sausalito, CA

              2. Thanks everyone - great recommendations! I just saw that about pedestrians and the construction, so that may not be an option, but I'm definitely looking into biking - at least one way there.

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                1. re: becca31

                  There's a bus that goes over the bridge, or you could walk over the bridge and then get it into Sausalito. It is fun to walk across the bridge.

                2. I would go to Bar Bocce. Good food and it has a great outdoor area.

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                  Bar Bocce
                  1250 Bridgeway, Sausalito, CA 94965

                  1. Hope I'm not posting too late to be of any use. I often commute home on my mountain bike from SF to Marin, so I speak from experience in saying that biking to Marin is fun and beautiful, but from either direction, you've got to ride up from sea level to the deck of the bridge - about a 250 foot climb. If you're not in shape for that, you could get off and walk your bike up the hill as many tourists do. It is correct that the pedestrian side of the bridge is currently closed near the North end, and pedestrians are not allowed on the west side (only bikes). You can rent bikes in Fisherman's Wharf (but don't eat there!) and take the Sausalito ferry back.

                    Regarding food, I second the recommendations for Le Garage, and although I haven't eaten there, Bar Bocce gets some love on Yelp. The hamburgers at 737 Bridgeway are really, really good, but no view. There are plenty of alcohol-serving establishments with a waterside deck where you can relax and enjoy the view. Another idea is to do the Sunday farmer's market at the SF Ferry building, buy food to picnic, and take the ferry to Sausalito for some great bay views. You can bring bikes if you want, bike one way back or just ride around in Sausalito. With a bike, you can ride to Mill Valley from Sausalito - flat the whole way. Mill Valley is a very nice place to visit with many charming shops and great places to eat.

                    Lastly, make sure you get locks for the rental bikes.

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

                    Bar Bocce
                    1250 Bridgeway, Sausalito, CA 94965

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                    1. re: lanapinkerton

                      Great post. While I love Ferry Plaza, the thought of lugging food on a bike especially with the uphill climb might be a little dfficult. If going for a picnic, maybe Davey Jones Deli would be a good choice once in Sausalito. It is where all te house boats are located.
                      http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/805332

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                      Davey Jones Deli
                      1 Gate 6 Rd., Sausalito, CA 94965

                      1. re: lanapinkerton

                        Nice post. Ferry Plaza has markets on Saturday, Tuesday and Thursday.