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Barrel House Tavern

4.5
649 Reviews
$31 to $50
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.

***Please note: Pets are not allowed in the dining room or patio.

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
Physical Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
What 649 people are saying
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4.4
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4.2
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89% of people would recommend it to a friend
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Dian
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was fantastic. Our waiter was very attention and helpful. The view can’t be beat.

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OpenTable Diner
Birmingham
2 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Stopped in for late lunch. Sat outside, beautiful view of the Bay & San Francisco. Great service

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vipOpenTable Diner
Atlanta
11 reviews
Dined on July 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Oysters were great and excellent service!

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VeryYes
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on July 15, 2021
Overall4food3service4ambience4

Breathtaking views of the SF Bay. Courteous and attentive staff, very accommodating for a larger party. Great cocktail options. Food was good, some dishes better than others (recommend the braised short rib!). Staff did a nice job for our birthday celebration.

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DebraR
1 review
Dined on July 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a great time good food great view
Highly recommend

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vipChancelor
San Francisco
11 reviews
Dined on July 9, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Great service, drinks and view.

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BrianD
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on July 9, 2021
Overall2food1service3ambience4

Fantastic view but food is below average. One person in the party had a chi ken flatbread that was barely edible. Overpriced, too. But if you really want a nice view, it's gorgeous.

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vipPabloC
San Francisco
9 reviews
Dined on June 25, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience5

The view is stunning; the service is good and the food is ok.

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JOHNK
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on June 21, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Delicious, well-crafted meals! Friendly service who went out of their way to make a celebratory dinner more special, hip ambiance, perfect lighting and music. Even though they made a mistake with an order, they promptly addressed it and rectified the issue to our complete satisfaction. Unbeatable views of SF, Oakland, the Bay Bridge, Alcatraz and Angel Island! Barrel House made our family evening and celebration PERFECT!

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on June 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was amazing and our service was super nice

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Molly
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on June 12, 2021
Overall5food4service4ambience5

The location cannot be beat - we sat outside with a beautiful view of the water. Food and beverage were great, and the service was excellent. Would highly recommend for brunch, lunch or dinner!

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vipmarinlocal
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on June 10, 2021
Overall3food2service2ambience3

Okay food, very slow service, fantastic views, fun with visitors from out of town.

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Diner2016
Minneapolis
5 reviews
Dined on June 7, 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience5

Incredible view of the bay inside or out. Big windows that can open to bring in fresh air or close if a bit chilly. The burgers were good, nothing special, but the view was worth it!

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PaulM
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on May 30, 2021
Overall1food2service1ambience2

We ate at Barrel House Sunday of Memorial Day Weekend. From what I understand (and was told by our waiter), 2-3 cooks called in sick. If true, this put tremendous stress on the kitchen staff who did show up. Our apps and entrees took 20-30 minutes longer than it should have. The clam chowder was more like a clam soup, which I wasn't down with. Recommend looking at some of the other restaurants in the area, though I think they're all pretty much overpriced tourist traps...

FWIW, I ate here with my family a couple years ago and had a phenomenal experience. Either this most recent experience was a fluke or service and quality are in a tailspin.

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Plastan
Memphis/West TN
1 review
Dined on May 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We chose because of reading about the view and it didn’t disappoint. Service and food was 5 star. We had spent a week on the OR & CA coast having clam chowder at each place. This chowder looked very different, this, not thick...but it was the best we have had all week.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on May 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had reservations for 5 (3 adults, 2 children(7 and 9 yr old)) 12:30pm on a Sunday. As expected the restaurant was full. Servers and patrons were all wearing masks and tables were nicely spaced apart.

We selected Standard seating, but there really isn’t a bad view of the Bay from anywhere in the restaurant. Bathrooms were very cleaned.

The hostess located our reservation with no issue and sat us immediately. Our server was attentive and thoughtful. He kept our drinks full, and cleared finished plates quickly. Our starters and entrees came out quickly. Start to finish our meal took 1.5 hour.

Our food flavorful and delicious. We loved every plate, and kids finished theirs. Both beer were more on the fruity side but wasn’t awful. Bloody Mary had a nice spice kick to it.

We highly recommend and will return.

Starters:
Miyagi oysters (our favorite)
Artichoke dip
Ceviche
Tartare tacos
Dungeness crab doughnuts
Surf and turf
Clam chowder
Tavern burger
Kids tenders
Kids cheeseburger

Drinks
Bloody Mary
Scrimshaw Pilsner
Altamont Red Ale

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on May 22, 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience5

Nice restaurant and location. Service was pretty slow and food a bit overpriced but was a good experience

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SonaliD
1 review
Dined on May 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome experience! Great food and drinks + great service

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WilliamS
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on May 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Brave was excellent

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OpenTable Diner
Charleston
1 review
Dined on May 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Perfect lunch and they helped celebrate our birthdays. Service was incredible- very professional!

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Julia
Anchorage
6 reviews
Dined on May 16, 2021
Overall1food2service1ambience2

They tried to seat us at a table for four when our reservation was clearly for five people. They reseated us at a larger table and failed to assign us a server for 20 minutes. When we were finally assigned a server the service was cool and curt.

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LamarC
1 review
Dined on May 16, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Very nice ambiance and atmosphere. Service was excellent. Brought a first date here and she was thoroughly impressed. The views are amazing here! Food was very good, fish was fresh. Would definitely recommend this place for dates and family/friend gatherings.

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Court
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on May 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Terrific view of the Bay, friendly service, warm, clean atmosphere and terrific food. We went for lunch and were completely satisfied.

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DonF
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on May 15, 2021
Overall2food4service4ambience4

After spending $300 and enjoying a leisurely 2 hr and 15 minute meal, we were asked to leave because they needed our table. We have done considerable world travel, and never been asked to hurry our dining experience. The other couple were as insulted as we were. I doubt that I will be eager to return, or recommend this restaurant. The food was good and the service was good as well. We tipped generously, but the manager left much to be desired.

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BecF
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on May 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing views, superb service, Excellent brunch with delicious food. Would definitely return for dinner, lunch or drinks.

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MichaelF
1 review
Dined on May 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding in every way!! Service, food and bay-side view all exceptional.

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dianas
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on May 9, 2021
Overall4food2service4ambience4

Hi
Unfortunately some of the food was not great
The Ceasar salad was awful
The ceviche good
View fantastic

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vipAnnaB
San Francisco
12 reviews
Dined on May 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Another delightful dinner at Barrel House. What an amazing location. And those Mushroom raviolis! Delicious!

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Robinson
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on May 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and extensive drink choices. Service was awesome and the view is fantastic. I highly recommend this place to both locals and visitors.

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Scwadin
Denver
6 reviews
Dined on May 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very good food, friendly service and beautiful location. It would be nice to have more outdoor seating. The food selection had something for everybody and a good selection of cocktails. Very nice experience.

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KristiC
Orange County
4 reviews
Dined on May 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was an absolutely beautiful restaurant with an amazing view, exceptional food and drinks and wonderful service!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
7 reviews
Dined on May 2, 2021
Overall2food3service3ambience4

Food was just ok, wine came in a dirty glass. Hard to judge after that. You’re paying for the view which is great but for food and drinks you can probably do better in Sausalito. Maybe I caught it in an off day but not sure I’d come back.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
10 reviews
Dined on May 2, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience5

It was my husband’s bday celebration and you guys made it great!!food was awesome!

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MHM1
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on May 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Beauty of a day, great table - as requested. Waiter was good, never intrusive....
Elevator/aka lift instructions (restaurant on 2nd fl) require slow reading, usage is not intuitive.

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ErnestoI
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on April 29, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience5

We had a great time on our last visit to the Barrel House Tavern last Thursday! Food and drinks were great as always and we had no fog so the views were amazing!

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TonyL
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on April 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My family was visiting Sausalito for the day, so we decided to eat here because of the beautiful water views. Wasn't expecting great food given some of the mixed reviews, so we were pleasantly surprised when everything was delicious. Very high quality ingredients used in all the dishes including the salads and clam chowder that we ordered. I ordered this blackened Snapper sandwich which was cooked perfectly and very tender. Staff was very accommodating and friendly too. Highly recommend for anyone visiting Sausalito!

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vipPCM627
San Francisco
37 reviews
Dined on April 18, 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience4

Very good food. Great views. Some outside seats are directly in the sun. Bar area looks great, Sit inside or close to the water,

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on April 17, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Nice view!

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Jasmine
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on April 17, 2021
Overall4food3service4ambience4

Great service and beautiful views from almost any table!

RC
RhodoraC
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on April 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place for a brunch or lunch! Great views and absolutely wonderful staff.

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Barrel House Tavern is rated 4.5 stars by 649 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.