Trident Philosophy (circa 1960s)


It was a another time, but the same place...Where you can still channel your inner love

child and groove on the original Trident atmosphere and philosophy, which advocated

 “positive energy projection” and offering “good-tasting, natural, wholesome, organic

foods in a living, growing and stimulating atmosphere.” And, as in those heady, halcyon

days, we invite you to “...take a deep breath, relax and dig on the love and artistry

about you. May all our offerings please you. Peace within you.”


Pre-Trident History


Perched on the Sausalito waterfront, The Trident occupies a turn-of-the-century

landmark built in 1898 to house the San Francisco Yacht Club, in its time the social hub

of Sausalito, hosting yacht races, regattas and gala parties. In 1927, the Yacht Club

moved to new premises, and for the next couple of decades the building went through

several different incarnations, one of them a jazz club called the Yacht Dock.


The Kingston Trio’s Trident – The Happening Era


In 1960, the Kingston Trio purchased the Yacht Dock and kept that name until about

1966. At that point the Beat Generation had given way to the ‘60s hippie movement,

and the club underwent major groovification and a name change to The Trident – a

musical entertainment venue, natural foods restaurant and the place to hang out. With

their wholesome image and comic folk ditties, the Kingston Trio may have seemed

unlikely founders of such a counterculture establishment, but like the times, the Trio’s

style evolved, contributing to a folk music revival and influencing a new generation of

folk icons – who reflected and often impacted changes in the political climate – such

as Joan Baez, Bob Dylan, Peter, Paul and Mary and The Byrds.

In those free-thinking times, the new hippie subculture valued living in harmony with

nature, artistic experimentation – particularly in music and the visual arts – and the

expansion of the mind through various means. The Trident quickly became a gathering

place for like-minded locals and celebrities from around the world, and was known for

its its laid-back vibe, healthy, organic cuisine, creative cocktails, comely waitresses,

artistic decor, stellar views and its many famous patrons. Janis Joplin (a regular with her

own table), Jerry Garcia, Joan Baez, Clint Eastwood, Bill Cosby and the Smothers

Brothers were often on the scene, and Bill Graham was a frequent patron – most

notably hosting parties at the restaurant for the Rolling Stones during their two Bay Area

concerts in the1970s. And In 1971, The Trident was immortalized in film (where you can

see the original Trident decor in its entirety) when Woody Allen filmed a scene here for

Play it Again Sam.


Today’s Trident – Still Groovy After All These Years


But times change, and in 1980 The Trident closed its doors and became the popular

Horizons restaurant. Now we’ve come full circle once again to The Trident, where you

can enjoy the original decor from the 1960s, including the famous wall (and ceiling) art

and rich, warm woodwork featuring voluptuously flowing curves. And following its

original philosophy, The Trident offers satisfying and sophisticated fare showcasing local,

organic and sustainably produced ingredients.

Peace, love and bon appétit!




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