Sausalito is one of those amazing Bay Area towns that makes people want to move to California. Just over the Golden Gate bridge into the North Bay, Sausalito is a hillside and bay side town full of casual charm. We love going to Sausalito to visit the Bay Area Discovery Museum with the boys. It’s so close to where we live – only a half hour drive, but it feels a world away. On our last visit to Sausalito, we stopped in town for a little waterside lunch. It was one of those warm sunny days that makes you forget that it’s winter in the rest of the country, and we wanted to maximize our time outside in the sun. I’m not saying that to brag, friends. I spent my first 36 years freezing it out in the Midwest so I am appreciating every one of these amazing Northern California days.
We heard that the best waterside seafood in Sausalito is at Fish, so we punched it into the GPS. I looked the restaurant up on my iPhone on the way because my husband likes a menu preview so he can get in the mood. Seriously, he’s so funny. He’d look at menus online and dream about his next Bay Area meal all day if he could. They have a pretty huge menu – mostly organic ingredients and all of the fish is sustainable. If you like seafood, you will love it here. There is everything from chowder to fish and chips to oysters. Their website is pretty cool with great information about sustainability, which they take very seriously at Fish. They were recently awarded a Certificate of Recognition for their part in helping protect wild fish populations and supporting local fishermen.
Fish is definitely casual and incredibly kid friendly. You order at the counter and grab a seat inside or outside on picnic tables and they bring the food to you when it’s ready. We ordered and shared the tuna melt, a salmon sandwich, and an order of fish and chips. Everything was perfectly delicious. It was by far the best tuna melt I’ve ever had. It was on the savory side with capers and topped with melted Spring Hill cheese – my favorite! The fish and chips were awesome, thickly battered and crunchy.
The food was great, but the best part really was sitting out in the sun and drinking lemonade out of mason jars. Anything out of a mason jar is particularly delicious though, isn’t it? We sat on the picnic benches, ate our delicious lunch, and enjoyed each other’s company. The boys loved it because there was so much to see – boats, seagulls, little birds hopping under our table for crumbs. There were tons of kids, and since it’s outside and there’s plenty of activity, we didn’t worry much if they were a little loud or silly.
Here’s some tips to help you enjoy your visit to Fish:
1) Go early for lunch. We arrived shortly after it opened at 11 and there was already a line to order, and it doesn’t move particularly fast. The line was all the way to the parking lot by the time we left.
2) Check out the menu before you arrive, or at minimum grab a menu while you wait in line and make your decision before you reach the counter to keep things moving.
3) Sit outside! The experience of sitting out by the water is the point of visiting Fish. Grab a table, enjoy the day, and make some memories with your family.