Sausalito may be a small town, relatively speaking, but you can’t deny it: Sausalito is home to some incredible restaurants to enjoy ethnic cuisine. From rich Indian to comfort-food Chinese and world-class sushi to other more familiar flavors like Italian and Mexican, there is no shortage of ways to travel the world on a plate in this charming city.
Many people are surprised to learn that you can also enjoy great Thai food in Sausalito too – and there’s more than just one option! There are actually three great Thai restaurants in Sausalito, and each provides a unique take on this dynamic cuisine; there’s more to Thai than Pad Thai. (Don’t be fooled by other websites claiming there are “10 BEST Thai Restaurants in Sausalito” – they’re including nearby communities you can’t reach without a car!)
While I have pretty strong preferences for various ethnic cuisines, Thai is one of my favorites. Even if you’ve never tried Thai food before, your Sausalito visit is a great time to start. If you’re craving hot and spicy soups, savory noodle dishes, and more adventurous options you can only find in Thai cuisine, here’s where to go for great Thai food in Sausalito.
Sausalito is the traditional lands of the Graton Rancheria, Miwok, and Me-Wuk (Coast Miwok) peoples. With respect, I make a formal land acknowledgment, extending my appreciation to the past and present stewards of these lands. To learn more, I invite you to explore Native Land.
This post was originally published in August 2022, and was updated in January 2023.
Arawan Thai Cuisine
Arawan Thai Cuisine is one of the most beloved Thai restaurants in Sausalito. A small little joint on Caledonia Street, Arawan is easy to miss if you’re not looking attentively (aren’t hidden restaurants always the best ones, anyway?).
But its small size isn’t reflective of its gastronomy. Everything about this restaurant is superlative and there’s not one dish this restaurant hasn’t mastered to perfection. Their curry has a divine creamy texture, the perfect depth of flavor given by a rich and intense spice base, and a citrus fragrance that will lure any person walking down the street into the restaurant.
Their Pad Thai is just phenomenal, reaching the perfect sweet to savory ratio – it has endless reviews proclaiming it the best Pad Thai in Marin County. Their Tom Kha soup really hits the spot with its tangy notes and rich and creamy texture, especially on a foggy Sausalito day.
I could go on naming dishes, but no description will do them justice. Just make sure you swing by Arawan Thai Cuisine for a quick lunch next time you’re in Sausalito. You won’t regret it.
Kitti’s Place Restaurant
Ask for recommendations on Asian restaurants in Sausalito and you’ll hear (or read) the name Kitti’s Place Restaurant over and over again. Kitti’s Place Restaurant is a family-run joint located on Bridgeway Promenade. A local institution, it’s been delighting the plates of locals for over 30 years.
While they mainly have traditional Thai dishes on their menu, Kitti’s Place could be defined as a fusion restaurant, with Chinese and even Mexican dishes. This variety makes it one of the best Thai restaurants in Sausalito for those who are traveling with people who may not be the biggest fans of Thai food.
They are famous for serving the best potstickers in Sausalito, with people coming all the way from San Francisco to try them out. You can’t go wrong with any dishes, to be honest. No matter what you order, you’ll get to enjoy generous portions of fresh and flavorful dishes.
Here are a few suggestions you can enjoy if you go. Starters such as lettuce cups and rice paper spring rolls with your choice of fillings are delish. As a main dish, try the Won Ton soup, which has a refreshing ginger overtone, or any of the Curry dishes. Don’t miss the irresistible desert of forbidden rice with mango & coconut cream –delicious enough to be smothered in!
ThaiTanic Streetfood stands out as one of the most authentic Thai restaurants in Sausalito for two reasons. One, the venue is designed to recreate the tin-roofed street food stands found everywhere in Thailand. Two, the owner, Dolaya Chaisirikun, has created a menu based on the Thai dishes she misses from home.
Chaisirikun always instructs the chefs she hires to prepare the dishes as they are prepared in Thailand, meaning there’s more basil, garlic, and chili paste, and fewer sweet notes. Their most popular item is the sriracha wings, which are served piping hot in a bowl layered with sauce textured with garlic and offset by crispy Thai sweet basil. Is your mouth watering yet?
The only downside is that the restaurant has quite limited seating, but they offer food to go. So, order online, take your food to go, and have a Thai picnic in a public park in Sausalito with a view of San Francisco Bay.
Have you ever visited these great spots for Thai food in Sausalito, or do you know of somewhere else I missed (or maybe a restaurant with a few good Thai dishes)? Let me know in the comments below!