If you want fun in the sun with great views, food and cocktails, Salito’s is the place. A quick trip by ferry or by car, Salito’s once housed swinging singles’ spots like Zack’s, Margaritaville and Paradise Bay. The dark, dreary interior has been revamped with a bright seaside cottage motif that includes sailor-blue-striped curtains on some of the cozy, private booths, but the best spot is definitely the sunny deck with its tranquil outlook over Richardson Bay. The daily variety of oysters are some of the freshest you’ll find, plump and briny with a sweet, creamy finish. True to its name, sizzling iron skillets piled with roasted Dungeness crab and thick slabs of juicy, tender, well-marbled prime rib are highlights (and Salito’s gets extra points for having prime rib available at lunch). Fresh fish like sand dabs are served with your choice of preparations (I like the lemon-butter-caper sauce). House-baked kettle bread with Straus Creamery butter; delicate but decadent crab chowder; salumi; and the cheese board are great starters. Sip an artisanal cocktail (served in elegant “Nick and Nora” glasses) like the ginger martini or classic Manhattan, and chat with the friendly crowd to complete the perfect lunch or dinner.
Tip: Hot-iron skillets of mix and match garlic-butter roasted mussels, shrimp and crab are great for sharing.
Not to Miss: Roasted crab, prime rib, oysters, crab chowder, crab Alfredo, kettle bread
1200 Bridgeway, Sausalito
Monday – Friday 11:30 a.m. – 10:30 p.m., Saturday-Sunday 8 a.m.-10:30 p.m. (breakfast served until noon)