Saturday, February 18, 2012

Pizza by the Bay in Sausalito

I'd been longing to eat at Bar Bocce in Sausalito as I'd heard the pizza is terrific.  Yesterday I finally had the opportunity to lunch there and was not disappointed.  

Bar Bocce sits on the shore of Richardson Bay just north of the center of Sausalito.  Tables are available inside, but the place to sit is outside by the shore.  (Think of Otis Redding as you sit by the bay as Richardson Bay inspired Otis' most famous song.)  Not only are there tables with heat lamps, but you also can sit by a fire pit or on a wall separating the restaurant from the beach, or you can stand at bar tables and chat with your friends.

Bar Bocce serves about a half dozen exquisite thin crust pizzas, as well as a variety of salads and a few dishes from the oven.  I had a pizza with artichokes, feta, and tapenade that was delicious.  My guest enjoyed tomato soup and a baked salmon covered with shaved brussel sprouts, both of which she said were very good.  The restaurant has a good wine list and a variety of beers by the glass or pitcher.

Most of the folks dining here appeared to be locals as visitors to Sausalito usually don't head out of the central business district.  However, one can easily walk from the ferry terminal to Bar Bocce.  After disembarking from the ferry, walk out to Bridgeway, Sausalito's main street, and turn right.  Walk about 1/3 mile north on Bridgeway.  Bar Bocce will be on your right.  Better yet, take Blue Heron Custom Tours' private tour of San Francisco and Muir Woods, which includes a stop in Sausalito for lunch.  For more information on this tour, and all of Blue Heron's tours, phone (866) 326-4237 (toll free) or e-mail

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