The Lighthouse Bar & Grill

4.6
163 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.
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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
35 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
44 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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AmyI
San Francisco
4 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
39 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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OpenTable Diner
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
148 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!

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vipAmyH
San Francisco
103 reviews
Dined on September 26, 2020
Overall4food3service5ambience5

The overall four stars reflects the outstanding service and the view from the deck. Inside I wouldn’t go higher than three. The serving staff was above and beyond good and so friendly. They’re attentive and made us feel special. The view from the deck is awesome - right on the water with placid bay waters and lovely houses and trees all around.

The food (we had brunch) was ok. My husband has a scramble that was good - I had a pancake and fruit and the pancake was dense and cheery. Not so good. But coffee was good and service made the overall worth the cost. It’s a tad higher but then again it’s also Mill Valley!

We might go back but I wouldn’t rush.

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food4us
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on September 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love the deck & location

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JoAnneS
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on September 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent as usual and for a lunchtime outing the location could not be better.

JM
vipJustMe
San Francisco
19 reviews
Dined on September 19, 2020
Overall3food4service1ambience2

Might not have been their best night. Food was good but service was not. This is the restaurant to a tennis and swim club and they kind of obviously treated the members they new better than us.

Ordered a glass of wine. It was corked. Ordered another and it was too. At that point I didn't return the second but ordered a cocktail. The second glass sat on my table untouched and our server never asked if there was a problem with it or anything. It was as if the person never noticed. (By the way, they should probably not keep their open bottles of red wine in front of a window. )

Took an hour to get two salads and bowl of chowder.

Again, we may. have just hit a bad night (which happens) but it is not a place we will try again.

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vipMarie88deLuna
San Francisco
18 reviews
Dined on September 13, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Beautiful view with delicious food and great service! We will be back.

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DianneF
1 review
Dined on September 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

From the moment we arrived we were made to feel so welcome.Outstanding,friendly service.Food delicious.I took guests and the two words they used after dining there,
The Best.

GJ
GabbyJ
1 review
Dined on September 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service was great and food was delicious. Definitely will go back when in the area. Beautiful outdoor area as well

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Keylimepieguy
San Francisco
17 reviews
Dined on September 5, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience4

A little off the beaten path, but the food was excellent, at a table on the water made it worth the drive from the East Bay.

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on September 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Socially distanced outdoor dining with a water view. Kind and attentive staff.

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vipjontivi
San Francisco
42 reviews
Dined on August 30, 2020
Overall4food4service3ambience4

Food is always excellent. We had brunch items and all was good except for the coffee. They always serve us room temperature old bitter coffee and we have to ask for fresh brewed. It seems they brew a whole vat in the morning so if you go after 1pm, you get the leftovers, which is not great for Sunday Brunch.

Great addition of the violinist. Nice to hear live music!

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DanaK
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on August 30, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Such a beautiful Sunday sitting on the water eating yummy food and drink. It was a very friendly and upbeat staff during these trying times.

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vipterrik
San Francisco
18 reviews
Dined on August 27, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Beautiful setting. Delicious food. Good service. Good value.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on August 22, 2020
Overall5food3service5ambience5

Nice casual place with amazing views

OT
OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on August 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I took my wife here for Brunch, great service, food and drinks. We will definitely be back

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vipcarmenP
San Francisco
34 reviews
Dined on August 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I was impressed by the service, the food and the view on the outside deck! The men in the group are committed to returning.

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vipjontivi
San Francisco
42 reviews
Dined on August 9, 2020
Overall3food5service1ambience3

When I asked our waiter, Matteus, what makes it ‘Danish Style’ Schnitzel, his response was ‘ I don’t know, I’m not Danish’.

Then he forgot to bring the toast and the coffee. When we asked someone else for the coffee, he brought a room temperature bitter coffee.

Otherwise the view was nice, setting was serene and the food excellent. Maybe the capers made it Danish style?
The omelette was also good and the coffee once we got a freshly brewed one.

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KarenT
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on August 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and service. This was our second time here. Very peaceful sitting along the water. Server very good. Will go back again.

MS
MichelleS
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 8, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Great ambience. Loved sitting outside on the deck overlooking the water.

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vipSteveS
Phoenix
13 reviews
Dined on August 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Really great grill food I a terrific setting. Friendly people.

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LouiseF
1 review
Dined on August 2, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great Find... The waitress was lovely, chatty and pleasant. The food was excellent (we had brunch). Set in beautiful surroundings - we had a seagull visitor to our hightop table! And he was very well behaved! They serve bottomless mimosas (what more can I say?!)
A great way to split up our Sunday morning hike along the Bay Trail

FAQs

The Lighthouse Bar & Grill offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (415) 381-4400.

The Lighthouse Bar & Grill is rated 4.6 stars by 163 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.