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Brunch at Le Garage, Sausalito

When a guest walks in, the maître d’ may ask if he can find them a table, in French. It’s all part of the experience at Le Garage, an indoor/outdoor French bistro located inside a renovated former auto shop on Schoonmaker Point Marina in Sausalito.

The only French restaurant in Sausalito, its location’s humble roots extend past the auto shop to the neighborhood itself. With gorgeous views of the waterfront, Le Garage is situated on the northern coast of Sausalito in the Marinship neighborhood. It’s the former site of the Marinship shipyards, where thousands migrated to the Bay Area to find jobs building cargo vessels and oil tankers for the U.S. Navy during World War II.

The garage aesthetic pervades the bistro—think corrugated steel and two large, red-trimmed garage doors—while servers wearing auto shop uniforms whisk around the breezy waterfront tables.

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To start, there are various-sized oyster plates, or the charcuterie or cheese plate. And, of course, the beef tartare or escargot are classic French appetizers not to be missed.

It makes sense that seafood is a star on the menu of this bayfront bistro, from the bouillabaisse filled with scallops, mussels, clams and prawns, to the gluten-free Lotte: monkfish with ratatouille and a lobster beurre-blanc sauce. Or, one may enjoy a duck-leg confit, the flank steak or the vegetarian ratatouille—and, of course, a variety of salads and sandwiches. The bread comes wrapped in a French newspaper.

The extensive French wine and Champagne list is not to be forgotten, with a wide range of offerings from the Loire Valley, the Rhône and Bordeaux regions, and more.

There’s even valet parking for Saturday and Sunday brunch.

Le Garage is located at 85 Liberty Ship Way, Suite 109, Sausalito. 415.332.5625. legaragesausalito.com.

Kary Hesshttps://karyhess.com
Kary Hess is the author of the poetry collection 1912, creator of the SparkTarot® and producer of the feature film Pill Head. She lives and works in Sonoma County, CA.

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