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Barrel House
Barrel House

Barrel House Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.barrelhousetavern.com
  • Phone: (415) 729-9593
  • Hours of Operation:

    Now Open Everyday
    Monday-Friday 1130am–9pm
    Saturday and Sunday 11am-9pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Californian, Comfort Food
  • Executive Chef: Rick Richardson
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Chef's Table, Counter Seating, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, View, Wine

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Princess St
  • Parking: Public Lot
A word from Barrel House
Barrel House offers a unique farm to table experience in downtown Sausalito which celebrates local seasonal ingredients and sustainability in a beautiful setting.

Barrel House focuses on letting the ingredients shine. To this end, Barrel House supports local farmers and organic practices due to their amazing quality as well as being harvested at their peak of ripeness.

Barrel House will feature barrel aged and classic cocktails. Its wine menu highlights west coast winemakers. Barrel House will have rotating local micro brews on tap as well as wines on tap. Additionally, we will be hand crafting our own sodas with ingredients that we source at the local farmers markets.

Barrel House features furniture and woodwork that was handcrafted using reclaimed black walnut and curly maple trees. Every seat in the Barrel House has sweeping views of the Bay and an outdoor deck that sits right over the water.
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Ambiance
  • Diners' Choice WinnerRomantic
  • Diners' Choice WinnerScenic View
Diner Reviews
  • "This spot is a beautiful location for dining with a water view. The food is creative, innovative, and delicious! The staff always make amazing recommendations (the fish is always tremendous...last week had the salmon with white asparagus and yogurt sauce)."
    Dined on 7/20/2014
  • "I am a local and have dined at barrel house for lunch, dinner, brunch and enjoyed drinks after work. My most recent experience ended poorly. I brought a friend who was visiting from the mid west. We enjoyed a nice meal and then was asked if they could move us to the bar so that they could prepare the table for other patrons. I pointed to the empty table next to ours (it was about 9:45 on a Friday night so tables were clearing) we were told that they needed a 4 top. Of course we were flanked by empty tables. They offered to buy us drinks at the bar but still ll I did not appreciate being asked to get up from our table. Why is that ok and acceptable? I will think twice next time about dining there, view or no."
    Dined on 7/18/2014
  • "Very attractive restaurant with spectacular views in Sausalito. The food was good but not great. Nice piece of salmon well cooked. Hamburger was ok but nothing special, the bun was somewhat larger than necessary, the fries were good but not quite crisp enough, and the food was pricey for the quality. Service was very good, and nice spot to take out of towners for the view."
    Dined on 7/17/2014
  • "The good: great venue with deck seating on a sunny day. The service was smooth and friendly. Our starter, the heirloom tomato soup poured over a crouton topped with goat cheese, was fresh and flavorful. The ribs were delectable - smoky and meaty with a sticky BBQ sauce. The slaw that accompanied them was one of the best I've ever had - julienned green apple and fennel along with the cabbage. Not so good: My Bloody Mary had bacon bits in it, which seemed kind of strange, and they got stuck in the straw, making it difficult to drink. The peach and burrata salad was a disappointment: the peaches looked gorgeous, and were perfectly grilled, but had no flavor whatsoever. The bill: $137 for a meal for two, which seemed excessive."
    Dined on 7/13/2014
  • "The view of the bay and the city is great. My wife had the swordfish. I had a burger and a beer. Food and service are excellent. The chocolate bread pudding is to die for. Cindy U. was our server and did a great job."
    Dined on 7/13/2014
  • "enjoy a date night here. Great little patio for happy hour and many window seats with a view of the city and bay. Try the meatball appetizers. The halibut dish was amazing. The risotto was not our favorite. The menu is on the expensive side, so be prepared."
    Dined on 7/11/2014
  • "The concierge in our SF hotel hadn't heard if Barrel House but we decided to try it anyway. We were pleasantly surprised with the beautiful decor inside and the postcard view outside. All the servers and workers were very welcoming (to obvious tourists). The kale salad with stone fruits was delicious and so was the tuna tartare and the flatbread. Enjoyed it and we'd definitely recommend it to friends and family."
    Dined on 7/11/2014
  • "The food was very good, and creative. We'll go back. Server was attentive but had too many tables to cover. If the weather holds up, sit outside for the view. Arriving early we avoided the high noise level that became an issue later in the evening. And it was not even crowed. Just a heads up. We asked for a view, and sort of got one. A 360 view picture on their web site would have helped in selection of a table where the views are. We had to peak around bearing walls for the view. Smaller groups could be seated closer to a window, and we were just a party of 4. The wonderful artful bar is worth a drink"
    Dined on 7/10/2014
  • "We have eaten here a number of times and the food has always been good. The view is always beautiful. The service has mostly been spotty but this last visit was horrible. If the wait staff paid half as much time checking on tables as the bus staff does, I would give five stars for service. Granted our server had a large table behind us but when we finally got our bill, after trying to get her attention for twenty minutes, a nice woman came back behind her to collect our credit card and immediately brought it back for payment. Why is she not available to check on tables to. See if they need anything?"
    Dined on 7/9/2014
  • "nice location with superb view and the service was without complaint"
    Dined on 7/4/2014
  • "We have been to several restaurants in Sausalito and this is our favorite. The food was well prepared.The menu is not extensive but all local and fresh.Service was thoughtful and timely. Great vibe and views! I would recommend."
    Dined on 7/4/2014
  • "Very touristy. Food was ok, steak was grisly and I'm not even sure it was a NY Strip because it was cut-up. Very inattentive service but they are probably accustomed to people who are from out of town. Don't need to go back although view was beautiful."
    Dined on 6/28/2014
  • "Went for our wedding lunch with my + hubbo's families. We ended up being 40 min late for our reservation (thanks Bridge traffic), but Barrel House was very accommodating. My favorites were the meatball appetizer, and the pork and the swordfish main courses. Our waiter, Todd, was incredibly attentive and kind to our demands. I gave 3 stars for service because he had quite a few tables, meaning half our table waited 30 min for wine. It wasn't the waiter's fault; he really should've been given fewer tables (we were an 11 top). Highly recommend for groups."
    Dined on 6/28/2014
  • "I ate at the Barrel House 2 times in one week because the food was that good and you can't beat the view, and I live right up the street, A WINNER all the way around!"
    Dined on 6/28/2014
  • "We were pleasantly surprised by the quality of the food at this restaurant. The view is dynamite and the food up to the same standards. The server was willing to make recommendations, and her suggestions were very good. The halibut was impeccably prepared, as was the ahi tuna appetizer."
    Dined on 6/27/2014
  • "We were late for our reservation, but the kind staff still sat us! Great food. I had prime rib sliders and hubby had a flatbread. yummy bloody marys and a great view. We loved it."
    Dined on 6/21/2014
  • "We stopped by Sausalito on our way to Sonoma for lunch. We loved the Barrell House. Our waiter was excellent. We had the flatbread for an appetizer, the halibut and an amazing salad."
    Dined on 6/18/2014
  • "The food was overall very good. We ordered Tuna, Ribs, sliders, Truffle fries and they were all very flavorful. The bread of the sliders could be change or keep better, since it was a little dry and not that good. But again overall it was very good. I was a little disappointed with the coke refill charge, which I paid for $7.00 cokes (which the waiter forgot to mention it would not be free) that had lots of ice and little coke :("
    Dined on 6/15/2014
  • "This was our second visit to the Barrel House. They seem to cater mainly to tourists. They had a very difficult time understanding and accommodating our son's dairy-free request. We had two different answers on whether or not the flatbread has dairy. We then ordered the brussel sprouts with pancetta without dairy (in case they were cooked in butter), and they left off the pancetta. When we pointed this out, after great confusion, they brought the same dish of brussel sprouts back with a bit of pancetta sprinkled on top, which missed the point of the dish. My daughter asked for her pizza to have no mushrooms, so they left off the mushrooms and everything else except the cheese, so we had to send that back too. I won't rush to go back."
    Dined on 6/15/2014
  • "Good night, great service, very friendly staff, good choice of food"
    Dined on 6/15/2014
  • "The food was overpriced, and mediocre quality. There were small flies on the window and I spent most of my time killing them with the drink menu. Told the staff about pests, and they said they would tell the management. Would only return for a cocktail and sit outside."
    Dined on 6/13/2014
  • "What a nice surprise to discover such a delicious place in Sausalito. The view over the water of the city has got to be one of the best in the Bay, fantastic cocktails and super friendly service. Loved the seasonal menu - wonderful grilled peaches with burrata and excellent Moroccan spiced meatballs! Everyone recommended the ribs appetizer which was a little sweet for me personally, but the mint dressing on the cole slaw is one of those things you literally can't stop eating. Can't wait to go back for more..."
    Dined on 6/12/2014
  • "We get to barrel house expecting a nice lunch. After we ordered our hand made sodas, which were good, but over prices (my ginger ale $3.50 my moms $4.50). I ordered a glass of their rose. It came to the table and had an orange color to it. Interesting I thought, so I tasted it and was very disappointed. I was hoping for a nice crisp white that was a little fruity. This was more like a buttery Chardonnay. So I sent it back and asked for a taste of their savblanc, once again a bit disappointed. It was room tempurure and just not good. We placed our order. It had taken over 15 minutes for my steak and mothers pork chop. My steak was cooked med well, I asked for med rare. My mothers pork chop was dry. Not worth spending $70 on"
    Dined on 6/11/2014
  • "While the outdoor seating is limited, we were fortunate to sit out on the deck with a glorious view of the San Francisco skyline. FABULOUS!! The food was good (we tried several dishes) but did not warrant the over-inflated prices. ' Best creme brulee I've had in years..."
    Dined on 6/8/2014
  • "Very well done restaurant, huge Bay views, outstanding service and fantastic food."
    Dined on 6/2/2014
  • "The restaurant has potential. Great location, nice space, good tasting food. The wine list is full of not-very-good wines ridiculously overpriced. We ordered the cheese plate (under shareable plates!) which shocked the whole table. It was $17 for 3 pinky-size cheese pieces...not enough to share with the table! We had beautiful views and good entrees but we really felt the restaurant was so greedy that it took a lot away from the experience. "
    Dined on 6/1/2014
  • "Great view of the bay and San Francisco. Service was good. The food was Ok but not great and the prices overall for Sausalito were high but in line with other restaurants."
    Dined on 5/24/2014
  • "Went to Barrel House for lunch and had a great time. The organic kale salad and stone fruit was amazing. Had the halibut and flatbread which were very good as well. Will return!"
    Dined on 5/24/2014
  • "The staff are the best! My son wasn't feeling well and they bought hima free soda and gave him lots of TLC. Food was delicious. And the barrel-aged cocktails are a must-try. The doors open to a little outdoor bar area facing the water and San Francisc skyline. There's aldo a warm fireplace. "
    Dined on 5/23/2014
  • "Everything was GREAT!!! Had dinner on Thursday, came back for lunch on Saturday!! We will be back again!"
    Dined on 5/22/2014
  • "Good view. However, one of my friends ordered a pork chop. The meat was tough. We were told the meat was pre-cooked and we could not order a replacement pork chop. Instead, my friend was told he had to order something else. This was not a very pleasant experience as we were celebrating 2 birthdays. We will not recommend this restaurant."
    Dined on 5/22/2014
  • "Finally! We waited so long for this restaurant to open, for this space to be filled….it had been empty for ages! The space is more beautiful than I could have imagined. The location and view are spectacular, and the restaurant does not disappoint. It's not cheap, but one could order sides, or starters, and do very well. We shall return. "
    Dined on 5/19/2014
  • "Ouside deck outstanding view. Scallops & ahi tuna were excellent, but the prices were such a turn off. It's not a fine-dinning restaurant but the menu was short and prices too steep. Both need reworked IMHO."
    Dined on 5/18/2014
  • "Surprisingly the food was terrific! Best mussels worldwide. Service was horrendous, 25 minutes to get our drinks"
    Dined on 5/16/2014
  • "This is my 3rd visit to Barrel House and each time is better. we sat across from the south windows and loved the view of small ships, big ships and the city...we really enjoyed the crab cake sliders and the special mushroom and burrata salad. The wine list has grown and become even more enchanting. The David Bruce 2009 Pinot Noir was so rich and filled with blackberry and pepper...."
    Dined on 5/15/2014
  • "This is the third time I've eaten at Barrel House. First, the positives: It's a spectacular location and the interior has been redesigned to be stylish and sophisticated. The bad: They have a very limited menu (2 salads, a few apps, and 6-7 entree's). With such a limited menu and at the high end prices they charge, you'd expect them be flawlessly executed. Unfortunately, that was not the case. The next time I think of going here for anything other than drinks, I'll save the extra $125 I spent here on dinner for 4 ($275 versus $125-150 elsewhere) and go to any number of other local establishments. Barrel House needs to bring the price/value/execution equation in line with the competition."
    Dined on 5/11/2014
  • "The only disappointing thing about The Barrel House is the food - very good but sadly not 'addictive' or 'memorable'. The decor, vibe, service, and views make this a top ten destination of any restaurant anywhere in the world - and demand special food to go along with. The Barrel House just needs to get the food up to the out-of-this-world level. For example, the crab cake sliders - fine, but nothing to write home about. The side salad - fine, but nothing to write home about. The risotto - fine, but nothing to write home about (if not watery). The side of mashed potatoes - fine, but nothing to write home about. It's actually tragic, because everything else is perfect."
    Dined on 5/11/2014
  • "The host needs some "customer satisfaction" training. We had made a reservation for 5pm on Mothers Day. When we arrived, we asked for one of the empty window tables, and he told us they were reserved, even thought we requested wasn't there anything he could do. When we left they were STILL empty. He should have told us that we could have them, but would need to be out by a certain time. When queried about this as we were leaving, he told us they have a certain time window they need to operate in, etc... Rather than be pleasant, perhaps even comp us for something, he could not WAIT to get away from us..... The waitstaff was very good, but the host needs some training in customer satisfaction....."
    Dined on 5/11/2014
  • "Absolutely enjoyed the views at Barrel House! Just wished the food was just as amazing. Food was a little bland. Was hoping each bite was better, but felt it was not very savory . "
    Dined on 5/11/2014
  • "Although open for several months, this was the first chance we had to visit Barrel House. It was a good choice if you want to eat on the healthy side. Although a limited menu, everything was yummy. The swordfish was moist and the side accompaniments were really a great compliment. My husband is less enamored with organic foods and thought the halibut could have been more seasoned for his taste. The only thing we did not think was a good value was the Oysters appetizer. There were 5 very tiny oysters for $16 (I think) and not comparable to larger Oyster Rockefeller appetizers. But we will be back - the view is fantastic even for locals! Hope this location works out for them."
    Dined on 5/9/2014