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Barrel House Tavern

4.6
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581 Reviews
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$31 to $50
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Californian
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 California 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 seasonal fruits.
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.

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
Social Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
Personal Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
What 581 people are saying
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4.6based on recent ratings
4.4
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4.4
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4.7
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4.1
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Noise · Moderate
92% of people would recommend it to a friend
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MassimoM
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

One of the best places we've eaten at in a long time. Food was excellent: fresh, locally-sourced ingredients and just the right-sized dishes (we ordered only the small dishes and shared them). Plus the view of San Francisco was stunning. The only complaint we had was the background music was a bit too high for us. Otherwise, a great place to have a laid back dinner on a Saturday night.

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AnnieM
1 review
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall1food2service1ambience5

We made an online reservation for 8:30 PM. After being seated the server immediately told us in the kitchen is closing at nine we had to order soon. The staff was only interested in leaving as soon as possible and not at all concerned with the service or experience. A restaurant should not take an 8:30 reservation if they don’t intend to commit to a real meal. We definitely understand that the kitchen closes at 9 PM and people like to get all three nights. But I felt like we were not welcome there from the minute we sat down.

The food was hit or miss. Most of it was fairly bland for the price.

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vipCblm
San Francisco
26 reviews
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great view, food and service. What more is there? Ask for a seat by the window. They usually accommodate.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on February 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a beautiful evening all around. Service was great, very welcoming and friendly. The food was tasty and the view was over the top. Loved it all...will be back for sure! Thank you!

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vipTailspin
San Francisco
18 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was a beautiful day and we were able to get patio seating for a gorgeous view of the bay. Food and service was 1st class.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Dinner, ambience and service was excellent! Only missing was a really chocolaty dessert. Mouse doesn’t count. Would definitely recommend and visit again.

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SAM2020
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2020
Overall5food5service3ambience5

I would absolutely recommend BHT to a friend with the caveat that the service (like just about every other Sausalito restaurant I have been to is LESS than great and barely tolerable!!). Great views, Great Location, Great Food!!

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Was warmly welcomed by the staff at the desk...was a bit disappointed when an outdoor table was not available as I had requested when I booked the reservation....the gentleman that helped me assured me that we were getting a great table...and we did!
Spectacular view! Service was perfect and the food was delicious...we will be back...again....and again!

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AnnaC
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food and views. Got the half chicken and it was delicious - same with the cauliflower curried soup. Great options for people who do not eat/like seafood - but still want the on-the-water views!

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OpenTable Diner
Denver
3 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Great Valentine’s Day meal!

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michaelp
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on February 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We got an amazing table next to a window and had a great view of the bay. The drinks were delicious and so was the food. Wait staff was very friendly and fast.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall3food3service2ambience5

Generally ok, but not as good as it was 1-2 years ago. The service was definitely off and the food; it was borderline cool and bland (unlike two years ago). Ok is really the best description I have for the experience... probably won’t go back given the availability of more reliable options.

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Food
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall4food5service3ambience3

Another great dinner in Sausalito with extremely disappointing service!! We rarely saw the waiter and half the time he couldn’t remember what he wrote down. 🤔
The only other downside to this adventure was the incredible level of noise!!! Couldn’t hear the people across the table from me! UGG!!
Most of our meals were delicious however the scallops with risotto special should have been called the risotto with scallop special. Although tasty, very skimpy on the scallops.

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CyAN
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall2food2service2ambience4

Very disappointed in experience. Took a long time to receive cocktails before, during and after dinner - and it was not very busy in either bar or restaurant. It was not clear that the "house Manhattan" was pre-made and not customizable - what was received was very heavy on the bitters and had to be sent back.... We were informed that all seafood was exceptional (by server) but sole with dungeness crab we ordered was very disappointing. Hard to tell what exactly was it was that was considered "dungeness crab", especially with the addition of red bell peppers to disguise whatever it was. Generally bland dish. Other than the beautiful view of SF, not much to recommend about restaurant. Would definitely not go back for a meal.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on January 29, 2020
Overall3food2service4ambience4

Food wasn’t worth the cost. Service was good

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Mags
Philadelphia
8 reviews
Dined on January 29, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Beautiful lunch setting with expansive views of the bay & wildlife. Delicious chowder & flatbread. My husband loved the fish tacos.

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vipsusans
New York Area
126 reviews
Dined on January 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great spot. The view if the water was great and so was the food.

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luv2boys
San Francisco
9 reviews
Dined on January 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This place is fantastic. Our server was very knowledgeable about the food, made recommendations and accommodations for some of my picker family members. We got lucky on the day. It was pretty clear and calm so the view was wonderful. Highly recommend!!!

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vipfcac
New England
12 reviews
Dined on January 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Thank you. Enjoyable meal in a beautiful spot with terrific views.

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OpenTable Diner
New England
9 reviews
Dined on January 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, great service, highly recommend!

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CrushedIt
San Francisco
14 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I love Barrel House Tavern. The food is creative and delicious, and the view is dramatic and beautiful. The large windows make the restaurant feel so spacious, and the service is incredibly friendly.

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vipChristinK
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on January 10, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Great view! Food was good and our server was so attentive and had a contagious smile. Very enjoyable meal

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on January 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service and food!

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CarlH
1 review
Dined on January 2, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

What an amazing place this is. The service was incredible, and the quality of the food was outstanding. And then of course, you have the setting and the view. Can’t recommend this place enough.

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vipsherryA
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a lovely New Years Eve Sunset. The staff was gracious and attentive. The Food was very good.
A shout out to Jack for helping us get our time changed, a great table and making us feel very cared for.

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vipJamesS
Los Angeles
16 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Very beautiful building right on the water and next to all of the shops at the beginning of Sausalito. The views of SF are incredible. Service was great and the food was good as well.

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vipKevinJ
Houston
24 reviews
Dined on December 30, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Amazing views and service. Food was better than average. Tables by the windows see San Francisco.

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vipBunky
San Francisco
77 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2019
Overall3food4service5ambience4

Because we were 15 minutes late, you (open table) or the restaurant put our reservation off the computer.
Therefore, we did not get the table we wanted. And, the gentleman that checked us in, was not very pleasant.
However, the waitress made up for that.

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AnetteL
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on December 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service, nice ambiance, good food! It was slightly cold, because we sat close to the entrance.

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KimD
1 review
Dined on December 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fascinating view, beautiful restaurant, delicious foods and kind waiters

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KenF
Brisbane / QLD
2 reviews
Dined on December 15, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Great location, friendly and attentive wait staff. Excellent meals - especially loved the cheese platter with accompanying relishes etc. And the short rib was amazing.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on December 14, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Tuna tacos were incredible. As was the bourbon cider. Beautiful views prior to asking my girlfriend to marry me!

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vipCynS
San Francisco
26 reviews
Dined on December 1, 2019
Overall5food4service4ambience4

Great views and very good overall. Warm welcome and nice service.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 23, 2019
Overall1food1service3ambience3

The food was terrible. We both hated everything we ate. The clam chowder had decent flavor but was so watery we couldn’t understand how you call it chowder. The burger and fries were absolutely tasteless. If you closed your eyes and took a bite, you’d have no clue what you were eating. I had the crab stuff Sole. The crab seemed like mystery meat disguised with more seasoning and herbs than any food should ever have and in my opinion, completely inedible. The Hazy IPA he ordered wasn’t hazy at all. Looked and tasted more like a Pilsner. The only saving grace were that my mashed potatoes and spinach were good.... if I wanted side dishes for dinner. And my wine was decent. Thank goodness. Oh. And the view is pretty sweet if you could you’re able to focus on it instead of how hungry you are when you leave.

Our bill was over $100 for a terrible meal. Pretty rough end to our vacation.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on November 15, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Fun environment and location in Sausalito. Great food, fun bar with excellent cocktails. Will definitely go again.

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vipPriscillaM
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on November 14, 2019
Overall2food2service4ambience3

Food was pretty bland; salads were dry and not fresh greens. Place caters to tourists, as reflected in their prices. Go to Salito’s down the road; similar prices, but better food and views.

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AndreaP
3 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2019
Overall5food4service4ambience5

Great views!

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NancyB
1 review
Dined on November 8, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Table for 12 - good seating - very fast service for drinks - large variety on menu - too dark for viewing - best to go in daylight

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vipWallstreeter
New York Area
78 reviews
Dined on November 4, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Our server was excellent, gave spot on recommendations for food and wine, The clam chowder was one of the best.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on November 3, 2019
Overall1food3service1ambience5

Service was awful. Slow. Messed up our order. Waiter didn’t help.

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Barrel House Tavern is rated 4.6 stars by 581 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.