The Lighthouse Bar & Grill

4.6
178 Reviews
$30 and under
American
It all started in 1992, when Annette and Gerner Andresen opened the Lighthouse Café in Sausalito in its present form. The Andresens, both born in Denmark, had recently immigrated to the U.S., and along with them they brought the Scandinavian flair for simplicity, good quality and tasty food. The café has over the years become famous for its breakfast and lunch, with American classics like good old-fashioned burgers and a great selection of omelets, along with Scandinavian classics like Danish Meatballs or Norwegian Salmon. Now with four restaurants, The Bar & Grill offers Brunch Lunch & Dinner.

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
  • Contactless payment available
  • 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
  • Staff temperature check required
What 178 people are saying
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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful food, excellent service and calm ambiance - pricey but well worth it!

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DanaT
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Horrible food and service. I would never dine here again. Ever. And I will tell everyone I know.

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Dano
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on April 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience3

This is a hidden gem with really good food and on the water. Staff was very attentive. Due to covid, it is slightly sterile and stark and drafty as the doors were open. All good and I can't wait to go back for the rib specials. Very local place and super nice varied menu. Will definitely return.

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vipJackC
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on March 31, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

good to be back to outdoor dining in a friendly environment

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Juls
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on March 28, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience5

No matter what you choose from the menu you will enjoy every bite! Spanish omelet for brunch was excellent...all other omelets were wonderful in taste and presentation. Salads superb! Servers very attentive, polite...working very hard to keep all patrons feeling special & happy. Have been here many times.....all visits equally the same.

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adoy
Tahoe
2 reviews
Dined on March 28, 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience4

We came for a Sunday brunch, no signs really advising the restaurant location ? We found with some help from people in parking lot...the staff was clearly "running" as they did
their best to service the customers...they where very good...management gets a
minus for the poor staffing. The food was quite good, although some items had sold out...
again a mine for management...so overall we will return...good value and atomsphere.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on March 26, 2021
Overall1food3service1ambience3

I am pretty sure they were not properly staffed. We had a 5pm reservation since we were eating out with our 15 month old son. We were not addressed by the wait staff for 15+ minutes after being seated. From there I had to walk into the bar to get a waitress to come take our order. Once we were able to order we were able to get our drink and appetizer order in only to wait another 15 minutes+ to get our drinks and the waitress did not ever come back to take our dinner orders. We ended up having to flag down a bus boy to get our bill around 90 minutes after we were seated without having eaten dinner so that we could get our son home for his bed time. It was the first time in at least 30 I went to a restaurant and was not able to get a meal.

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vipJohnW
San Francisco
114 reviews
Dined on March 24, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

We eat there about once a week. Obviously we like it.

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Jazzy81955
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on March 23, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Enjoyed Taco Tuesday...quite a bargain! The wine was a good value also. Awesome, fun waitress!

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on March 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of the best spots in Marin!

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PamelaD
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on March 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I just love this place. Great breakfasts on the weekend, good fish and chips, burger, etc.
Wonderful outdoor dining area, socially distanced tables, and the setting can't be beat. I can ALWAYS count on a good meal there.

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ElisabethW
1 review
Dined on March 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My aunt and I came for lunch. We both had the frickadellar. My mom was Danish so I know a great one when I taste it. And they were great. We usually go to the lighthouse in Sausalito where they are served differently. I do love the sauce they use but the frickadellar were so much better at the harbor point location. They were a better consistency. Delicious

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vipdellron
San Francisco
40 reviews
Dined on March 13, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience3

Exceeded expectations
Food very good
Very noisy family with out of control small children spoiled the ambience
We will return

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DanM
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on March 13, 2021
Overall1food2service1ambience3

We waited for 30 minutes before a waiter came to our table!
Then we had to wait for our drinks so we almost completed our meal before our drinks came.
We even waited for our check!
We will not return!

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
18 reviews
Dined on March 7, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

We had a very nice Sunday brunch with a nice selection to choose from off the brunch menu. Waitstaff was very friendly and checked on us regularly. Nice quiet location within The Club at Harbor Point (resort like ambiance) and the food was excellent with perfect portion sizes too.

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vipalisond
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on February 20, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Great well kept secret! Food and cocktails were delicious and so nice to be in the water

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JermaineW
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The Lighthouse is a great place for outdoor dining. Although, it is winter the tables and heat lamps are strategically placed to ensure diners are warm and comfortable. Excellent service coupled with delicious and reasonably prices entree's.

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Latinladylaverde
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Valentines lunch, had an amazing time. View to die for, food delicious. Definitely coming back when it is less cold outside

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ElizettG
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on February 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were quickly sat and the service was quite nice, warm and welcoming. They took really good care of us. We will definitely be returning when out there.

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AnneP
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We have been here twice and we will definitely return, making it one of our "go to" places. The food was delicious, I loved the Salmon and my husband loved the Filet Mignon. The service is great. We highly recommend this restaurant.

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and beautiful location !

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TomB
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2020
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Actually it is not fair for me to review the food or service. I booked a 7 pm Tuesday evening reservation and when I arrived I was told that the kitchen was closed. So either Open Table or the restaurant need to properly post the operating hours. And someone should have noticed that a reservation was taken for a time when the restaurant was closed and notified me. The food and service may be excellent, but I'll never know.

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vipAndreaG
San Francisco
44 reviews
Dined on November 1, 2020
Overall4food4service3ambience4

My friend and I each indulged in the $5 weekend Bloody Mary's and I had the BLT (but without bacon). They were nice enough to substitute avocado for the bacon for me and it was delicious!

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vipGeorgeP
San Francisco
15 reviews
Dined on November 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place, good food and beautiful views. Hidden gem !!

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viplilysmom
San Francisco
45 reviews
Dined on November 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Beautiful setting, good breakfast, good service. Got my order wrong, but rectified quickly and friendly.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
13 reviews
Dined on October 31, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience3

We went on Halloween 🎃 it was dead.
But peaceful , no special on this day
I was hoping for a pumpkin dessert... but nope. Always a nice place to go .

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Gofoodie
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on October 25, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Wonderful outdoor dining with beautiful views. Service was spectacular for a bday lunch. Robust menu and food came out quickly.

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vipNora
San Francisco
10 reviews
Dined on October 25, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

We went for a 50th birthday brunch – it was a lovely experience. The food has always done just right and every egg is cooked the way you want it. The bottomless $10 mimosas and $5 buddies are enough reason to go. Classic dishes like eggs Benedict are fantastic but they are known for their giant pancakes. Lunches are also great – especially the club sandwich. The servers work their tails off – sometimes it can be slow but only because they’re so busy – but absolutely no fault of the servers.

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vipdinerd
San Francisco
40 reviews
Dined on October 18, 2020
Overall3food4service2ambience4

We encountered the same issues we have experience at Harbor Point Lighthouse Bar & Grill: a long wait to be seated even with our reservation, and an even longer wait for our food to be served. Management needs to examine its hospitality policies and practices.

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AnneP
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on October 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was delicious! Service fantastic!
My husband loved the Filet Mignon, I loved the Salmon
Stephanie made perfect cocktails.
We really enjoyed everything about this place

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PebbleBeach
San Francisco
32 reviews
Dined on October 17, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

A bit out of the way from the main dining area; if not for OpenTable, we'll not find this place. Nice view from our outside seating. Great service. We'll consider coming back when in the area.

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on October 16, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Fantastic food, great location, torn between keeping this relatively unknown gem a secret & telling everyone about it

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Morgan1
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on October 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great outdoor atmosphere and the food is delicious. Super waterfront location.

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KarenT
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on October 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is our third time here. The views are great. Service good and food has been amazing. Will go back.

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on October 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food, ambiance and service!

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vipRudolph
San Francisco
149 reviews
Dined on October 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely ambiance & delicious food, especially the seafood pasta. The pork chop is scrumptious, drinks are superb & the desserts are divine!

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vipSarahA
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on October 3, 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience5

The setting by the water and ambience is worth the trip. The service was friendly but a little rough. They got our order wrong (delivered wrong menu item) and were nice about trying to make it up to us, but it was frustrating since we actually discussed the details of the menu item and wanted what we ordered. The food was ok (seafood soup was good, crabcakes were average, burger was good). There was a lot of garlic in our food, which I don't tolerate well but I also feel like it is overused as flavor enhancer and think it can be a crutch. Cocktails were nice, pour felt a little light. We'll probably give it another shot and recommend for lunch or cocktails and apps by the water.

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JeanG
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on October 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Terrific food, friendly service, casual atmosphere!

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GregD
Tampa
3 reviews
Dined on September 26, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Hate to post a review for this place as I'd rather it remained our little secret. It's very decent food, great service, a lovely view and the prices are very fair. Best of all there's almost always room and nobody seems to know about it - let's keep it that way, please don't go ;-)

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vipSimone
San Francisco
44 reviews
Dined on September 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We just love the Lighthouse for the great food. Always well prepared, fresh and tasty. The best are their danish meatballs and for dessert the apple pocket with vanilla ice cream. Service is always very friendly and the view is beautiful right by the water. Any time again!

FAQs

You can order delivery directly from The Lighthouse Bar & Grill using the Order Online button. The Lighthouse Bar & Grill also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (415) 381-4400.

The Lighthouse Bar & Grill is rated 4.6 stars by 178 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.