A verifiable Sausalito favorite. Humorously self-described as “purveyors of ethnic confusions since 1989”, Avatar’s robust menu offers both Mexican and Indian food. The flavors and textures of these cuisines are surprisingly compatible, a fact the chefs at Avatar’s lean into. Samosas are served alongside quesadillas. The establishment has even created its own dish: Punjabi enchiladas, where diners can enjoy chicken breast tenders, ground lamb, or vegetables in corn tortillas with curried enchilada sauce. The result is a hit, and locals return time and time again to enjoy these dishes.
Beyond the restaurant’s commitment to inventiveness and bold flavors, their locally sourced and organic ingredients elevate their menu. As any patron of Avatar’s knows, no delivery order is complete without the “Avatar’s Dream,” a delectable frozen dessert that is nearly legendary in the region.
Open Monday through Saturday, from 11 AM to 2:30 PM and 5 PM to 8:30 PM. Takeout and delivery are available online.
This establishment pays homage to the culinary delights of the region. Farmshop Marin goes the extra mile of “locally sourcing ingredients” by literally listing every farm it sources its meats, dairy, vegetables, and more from on its website. This commitment to fresh and local ingredients is immediately apparent in the cuisine, which Zagats describes as “front rank …beautifully prepared…and delectable”.
The chef, who worked previously at notable fine dining restaurants such as French Laundry and Bouchon, crafted a menu that highlights the best of California cuisine, including favorites such as octopus à la Plancha, slow-baked ora king salmon, and even their indulgent black truffle tagliatelle. Living amongst the culinary delights of California’s Wine Country is a privilege, and Farmshop restaurant takes full advantage of it.
Open Monday through Sunday. Breakfast is available from 8 AM to 11 AM. Lunch and dinner are available from 11 AM to 8 PM. Takeout available online.
Like many other restaurants on this list and in Marin County, Marche Aux Fleurs is a superb example of the eatery it represents. Needless to say, there is much that separates this seemingly common restaurant from others of its class.
Marche Aux Fleurs is directly inspired by the intimate and traditional dining experiences of Italy and France. Prepared with seasonal local produce, their menu consists of a European and Californian blend with plates such as avocado crostini, house-made gnocchi, and polenta- asparagus tian. Complemented with a hand-picked wine list explicitly curated for the dishes on the menu, patrons tuck into the delightfully refreshing flavors of classical European cuisine.
Since Executive Chef Dan Baker makes trips to Marin farmers’ markets weekly for the restaurant, the upcoming spring and summer season will bolster the already impressive menu. Marche Aux Fleurs represents the effortless quality of Marin County cuisine without any pretense.
Dinner is available Tuesday through Saturday, from 5:15 PM to 7:30 PM. Delivery and takeout are available online.
This isn’t your average Tex-Mex joint. With a tequila menu with over 40 different variants, handmade corn tortillas for their taco list, and a top pick for Sausalito from Condé Nast, Copita Tequileria y Comida is committed to Mexican excellence.
This restaurant’s 100% gluten-free menu is packed with flavor, and local California produce. Highlights include their mouthwatering ceviche, served in “coctel mixto'' form with your choice of seafood, including main lobster, local bay scallops, flounder, and more. The habanero wings with a side of avocado crema are an exhilarating indulgence, while the kale avocado salad is a perfectly healthy, but no less flavorful, side dish.
Their delicious menu will have you coming back time and time again, but it’s their cocktail menu that tops it all off. What better way to wash down carne asada tacos than with a Mexican-style Paloma or their house-made Copita 75? As the days get longer and warmer, takeout from Copita Tequileria y Comida is the perfect way to enjoy the golden hues of the setting sun.
Open every day, from 12 PM to 8 PM. Takeout and delivery are available online.
No restaurant delivery list is complete without a Chinese restaurant. Luckily for Marin County residents, they have Harmony—an elevated Chinese restaurant that serves some of the best Chinese cuisines in the area, if not the entire West Coast.
Harmony offers an extensive Chinese menu of locally sourced ingredients, but their specialty is Cantonese cuisine. The restaurant emphasizes the delightful balance of ingredients, contrasting taste and textures, and color combinations to craft woke-seared Angus reserve beef, oven-roasted duck, and wild-caught prawns dim sum. It’s this high standard of preparation that consistently impresses patrons and brings the restaurant into another league.
Their menu is filled with many vegetarian options as well, and the chefs take care to accommodate other dietary needs. Harmony strives to serve organic, trans-fat-free cuisine prepared without MSG. Complemented with their premium sake, organic wines, and Asian beers, you can’t go wrong with takeout from Harmony.
Open Monday through Sunday. Lunch available from 11 AM to 2:30 PM, dinner available from 4:30 PM to 8:30 PM. Delivery and takeout are available online.
Many of the restaurants on this list purvey heavy and rich dishes, so we’re ending with a recommendation of lighter fare of exceptional quality. Considered one of the best Japanese restaurants in America, Sushi Ran has garnered praise from Zagat, Michelin, Travel & Leisure, and other publications since it opened 33 years ago.
Once you bite into one of their spectacular pieces of sushi, such as the creamy scallop roll, you’ll understand why San Francisco residents take the ferry regularly to Sausalito to eat at chef-owner Yoshi Tome’s creation. Sushi Ran describes its menu as a “vibrant fusion of traditional Japanese and Pacific cuisine,” and much of its seafood is sourced locally or from Tokyo.
Menu highlights include their beef obento bento box, salmon citrus sushi roll, and the classic dragon roll. Paired with an extensive wine and sake list, take out from Sushi Ran is excellent, refreshing, and pays homage to Marin County’s coastal location.
Lunch Friday through Sunday, 12 PM to 2:30 PM. Dinner every day from 5 PM to 9 PM. Takeout and delivery are available online.
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