Set sail aboard the Sausalito ferry for dinner at this Mexican smash-hit just steps from the harbor’s bobbing yachts. Colorful and casual, Copita’s most coveted seats are on the patio (complete with partial views of the water and quaint downtown), but a spot at the well-stocked tequila bar or in the brightly tiled dining room is no disappointment.
A light meal of tacos may include the al pastor, spit-roasted on the fire for a bit of smoke and paired with pineapple for sweet essence. Dungeness crab empanada is then drizzled with chipotle aïoli for a surprising yet delightful pairing. Options also abound for heartier appetites, like the 24-hour carnitas or chicken mole enchiladas. Of course, its lively surrounds are a hit with kids, who love sipping on the house-made horchata.- MICHELIN guide inspectors