To call Sushi Ran "a sushi joint" is to call Guy Savoy, Paris, a "local bistro". There's a reason that this place is well-attended by locals and that the weekend nights are full - namely, one of the most imaginative restaurant menus we've seen anywhere. This place is no ordinary sushi joint, and if you're looking for a cheap bowl of noodles, go somewhere else. If, on the other hand, you want to really impress your date - and you're willing to tolerate a waiting time on a weekend night, or to sit away from the sushi bar - then come to Sushi Ran. We made the mistake of showing up on a Sunday at 5.30 and were told (politely) that we'd have to wait.
The restaurant is separated into two parts - a smaller part, with a small seating area near or at the sushi bar, and a small backroom for families - and a larger part, which has an actual alcohol bar and more seats, but is much noisier. So, if you're a couple, do what we did: make an early reservation for a Monday night, and ask to sit near the sushi bar, the most prestigious seats in the house.
The dessert menu is worthy of a top-tier French restaurant. We tried three desserts- all delicious. The ginger cake was delectable, the Bananas Foster superb, and we can't even remember the third choice, except that it was great! The sake menu is extensive. The green tea is bottomless. The wasabi is freshly ground - completely different from the "tube wasabi" you get elsewhere. Our server was excellent - a young woman who wore no name-tag. Be aware that the sushi bar has its own exclusive menu of pricey rare fish sushi for those seated at the actual sushi bar, in addition to all the other choices. The general menu is eclectic. We had (among many other things) carrots in a cream mint sauce; superb. We also had some maki sushi and all was high-quality and inventive.
This place is quite expensive, but for good reasons. Where else can you get this quality of food in a place where casual clothing is acceptable?
There is no dedicated parking, but some street parking is available. Suchi Ran sits on a back street that runs parallel to the main street of Sausalito. There are several other restaurants nearby - Thai, Indo-Pak., genuine thin-crust pizza, etc. A 10-minute walk from the ferry docks in downtown Sausalito. If we lived in downtown SF, we'd probably ferry here just for the food.