Colusa Food Guide: 10 Must-Eat Restaurants & Street Food Stalls in Colusa

April 14, 2018 Diedre Savory

Colusa (formerly Colusi, Colusi's, Koru, and Salmon Bend) is the county seat of Colusa County, California. The population was 5,971 at the 2010 census, up from 5,402 at the 2000 census. Colusi originates from the local Coru Native American tribe, who in the 1840s lived on the opposite side of the Sacramento River.
Things to do in Colusa

1. Rocco's Bar and Grill

546 Market St, Colusa, CA 95932-2426 Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Wheelchair Accessible American, Bar, Pub Dinner, Lunch +1 530-458-8646
Excellent
59%
Good
33%
Satisfactory
8%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 36 reviews

Rocco's Bar and Grill

Reviewed By Mike B - Lancaster, California, United States

Excellent service and the food is outstanding. Had the short ribs with bread pudding which was both excellent. Small dining area that evening and large groups with children running around proved to be noisy but bearable. Will be back

2. Granzella's Restaurant & Deli

451 6th Street, Williams, CA 95987 Takeout, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Free Wifi Italian, American, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Late Night +1 530-473-5583
Excellent
36%
Good
40%
Satisfactory
16%
Poor
6%
Terrible
2%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 578 reviews

Granzella's Restaurant & Deli

Reviewed By Triumph3A - Davis, CA

We've been driving for nearly 40 years from Northern California to Ashland, Oregon at least once a year for the terrific theater in Ashland, the Oregon Shakespeare Festival. We stop along the way for a lunch or dinner, and I'm going to offer reviews, one by one. We've been doing this for a long time, so we know quite a few establishments. Since hundreds (maybe thousands) of Californians make this trek during the 9-month season at OSF, I thought these comments might be useful. First up: Granzella's, in Williams, CA. This is an old deli and restaurant founded more than 40 years ago. It started as a sandwich joint and deli, and the food was excellent (we first stopped there about 1980). But as the place grew the food quality declined, and the restaurant was only dimly related to what it was in the early days. We stopped going some years ago, but decided to give it another try this year. Just to be sure, we tried it twice. Today I had a hamburger, which was overcooked and stuffed with way too many ingredients-- so many that it kept falling apart. It was accompanied by a cup of soup, which was quite good, but the waitress forgot to bring it, so by the time it arrived it was cold. My wife had a taco salad, but it bore little resemblance to what is called a taco salad in Mexican eateries. Instead of the usual tortilla bowl, the green salad had taco strips mixed in. The mystery meat included tasted a little off, she reported. On our way out we both smelled what seemed to be old fish on the way through the restaurant loading door. Service was pretty slapdash, the food mediocre. We probably won't be back, but hey, who needs us? They do a big business. One oddity: handicapped parking is located at the door to the bar, rather than the restaurant, while parking nearest the door to the restaurant is for non-handicapped. Very strange, but maybe that says something about the clientele.

3. Don Habanero

221 5th St, Colusa, CA 95932-2410 Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Wheelchair Accessible Mexican, Latin, Spanish Lunch, Dinner +1 530-458-3533
Excellent
76%
Good
14%
Satisfactory
3%
Poor
0%
Terrible
7%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 28 reviews

Don Habanero

Reviewed By ChicoRanMan - Chico,CA

Wonderful Mexican restaurant. Clearly a husband & wife business. They are very cordial and welcoming. Clean bathroom, plenty of street parking. Prices are a little high but the portions are large. The enchiladas were very good. The pollo arroz was so-so. The still-warm chips & salsa were excellent.

4. Louis Cairo's

558 7th Street, Williams, CA 95987 Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Takeout, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Wheelchair Accessible Italian, American, Steakhouse Dinner, Lunch SGD 39 +1 530-473-5927
Excellent
48%
Good
33%
Satisfactory
13%
Poor
4%
Terrible
2%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 124 reviews

Louis Cairo's

Stop on by and try our patio or our sports pub lounge for casual atmosphere, or go on into the dining room for more formal. Start off with a fabulous lemon drop, top shelf margarita on the rocks or a fabulous glass of wine from our extensive wine list. We have it all, from Steaks that are trimmed in house, to every meal being prepared to individual order. Try our calamari, or a dish of pasta. Our steak sandwich is famous, top sirloin steak, complimented by our beef raviolis, crisp salad or home made soup and of course you do have to try the bruschetta or the Blue Louis Bread, but be warned, you are now vampire free, and need to take an order wherever your going to be let in the door!

Reviewed By OregonJohn97338 - Newberg, Oregon

Louis Cairo's has become our go-to spot for a good meal when traveling to southern California or Arizona. Once more, we were not disappointed. From the starting relish tray/antipasto platter through dessert, it was just what we needed.
This evening they were featuring a steak and shrimp special ($25). We each had a generous cut of filet and a handful (forgot to count) of crispy shrimp that followed the opening apps platter and a nice, fresh salad. Crème brulee for dessert was a perfect finale.
Cocktails were also well-prepared -- generous pours and not too pricey. All in all, a fine meal that left us (and our wallet) well satisfied. We'll be back.
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5. Jeff's Freezette

854 10th St, Colusa, CA 95932-2264 Takeout, Seating, Wheelchair Accessible Fast Food Lunch, Dinner +1 530-458-2831
Excellent
57%
Good
31%
Satisfactory
6%
Poor
0%
Terrible
6%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 16 reviews

Reviewed By David V - Redding

This is a great place to eat lunch or dinner. They make the freshest hamburgers and fries you have ever eaten. The quantities are large and the taste is great. They are right on the main street coming into Colusa from the Williams side. Easy access but sometimes parking is tough because it is so popular. You can also order ahead and avoid waiting in long lines. The food is worth the trouble. We eat there whenever we are at the Colusa Fairgrounds.

6. Seasons Buffet

3770 State Highway 45, Colusa, CA 95932-4021 Seating, Wheelchair Accessible, Waitstaff Lunch, Dinner, Brunch
Excellent
51%
Good
27%
Satisfactory
11%
Poor
11%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 18 reviews

Reviewed By Beibolreal - Woodinville, Washington

Not a huge buffet fan because of the normally low food quality, but I was very impressed by the menu and quality here. Service was excellent also. Don't let the crowds keep you away. Worth a bit of a wait.

7. Steelhead Lodge

Colusa Landing, 3249 Butte Slough Road, Colusa, CA Seating, Reservations, Waitstaff Bar, Pub, American Lunch, Dinner
Excellent
40%
Good
48%
Satisfactory
6%
Poor
0%
Terrible
6%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 15 reviews

Steelhead Lodge

Sweet little gem on the river! A quintessential small-town Sacramento River restaurant. It's a great destination place if you're not a local. Loved the fried clams!!

Reviewed By bettyobradCA - California

The staff was friendly and efficient, the drinks generous, and the food was delicious! Loved the chicken Marsala! Seriously, the best I've had in years. We chose to eat inside in the air conditioning and had a view of our boat on their dock, but the patio areas looked inviting as well. This was a gem in a fairly remote spot.

8. Market Street Grill

415 Market St, Colusa, CA 95932-2423 Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Street Parking, Free Off-Street Parking, Wheelchair Accessible, Wine and Beer, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Accepts Discover, Accepts Credit Cards Healthy, American Breakfast, Dinner, Lunch SGD 10 - SGD 46 +1 530-458-6100
Excellent
58%
Good
28%
Satisfactory
0%
Poor
7%
Terrible
7%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 14 reviews

Market Street Grill

At Market Street Grill, we're all passionate about great tasting, real food. We know that freshness and taste go hand in hand, so we are confident you'll enjoy your meal here - from our hearty breakfasts, delicious lunches and sumptuous dinners, to our wonderful scratch baked pies, cookies and desserts. We use only the best ingredients - including Certified Angus Beef(R), Premier Mushrooms and Seattle's Best coffee. If you're hungry, treat yourself to biscuits and gravy, country fried steak and eggs, the Hungry Farmer, or our Kitchen Sink! All of our burgers start with 1/3 pound of Certified Angus Beef(R) . We have a variety of burgers to choose from, including our Cowboy Burger with bacon and onion rings on top, a Bleu Cheeseburger, or our new Mushroom Swiss burger, featuring Premier Mushrooms , and served on a large Thomas' english muffin. For those craving lighter fare, we have a wonderful variety of nutritious and delicious salads and daily fresh made soups. Or try one of our excellent three egg omelets with fresh veggies, meats and cheeses. Our daily specials incorporate ingredients of the season. Our focus is on fresh! We know that you, our customers, trust us to have great tasting food, and we won't let you down! Market Street Grill is dedicated to giving back to the community that we serve. We support community and charitable organizations that have a direct effect on the Colusa County area, and where the focus is consistent with our own of encouraging healthy food lifestyles, local community growth and arts, youth and adult programs and local farming practices. Join us daily for breakfast or lunch, or give us a call for your next catering event. We are happy to cater parties from 2 people to 500 or more. Our catering menu is only limited by imagination. Our creative staff can create a custom catering menu to suit your palate and your budget!

Reviewed By ILike2Fly1 - Colusa, California

My first time at "Market Street Grill" since Tommy sold it, and boy has it changed. The building and appearance of the business has pretty much stayed the same, the service and atmosphere have defiantly had the most impact. My food was fresh but yet unseasoned. The owner didn't say two words to us as she passed our table at least five times. I can't believe how rude she was to us!

9. Riverbank Pizza

620 Fremont St, Colusa, CA 95932-2537 Pizza Lunch, Dinner +1 530-458-4711
Excellent
58%
Good
42%
Satisfactory
0%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 7 reviews

Reviewed By Matt M - Santa Cruz

We stopped in here for an early dinner after visiting the nearby National Wildlife Refuge. The place doesn't look like much from the outside, being in a somewhat run-down strip mall in the center of a small town in farm country; inside, the random styles of the tables, chairs, and booths, and the collection of movie and band posters, and autographed celebrity photos, add up to an atmosphere of small-town pizza joint.

But the pizza was fabulous. Nothing fancy, just really good American-style pizza, with a great crust, sauce that wasn't intrusive, and fresh toppings. The sizes run large, so our "medium"-sized pizza was more in line with what our local pizza places back home would call "large" -- 15- or 16-inch diameter. And compared to what we'd pay back home, this was a bargain, running us only about $16 for the pizza and two soft drinks.

Service was about what we expected for a pizza place, ordering at the counter, serving our own drinks, and seating ourselves while the pizza was prepared. The woman working the counter was a bit strained, but not unfriendly, and it took a little longer than I would normally expect for the pizza to be ready, but it turned out that they were short-staffed that day. Quite a few take-out orders were picked up while we were there, so it's obviously popular with the locals. I can understand why -- excellent pizza at a bargain price. I'm looking forward to our next trip to the area so we can come here again.

10. Dragon Island

535 Market St, Colusa, CA 95932-2446 +1 530-458-4111
Excellent
75%
Good
0%
Satisfactory
25%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 4 reviews

Reviewed By Marilyn W - Colusa, California

It has been a very long time since I tried Dragon Island.. hope it did improve..If anyone out there has more information would love to see it.. Colusa is such a nice town, love to see good restaurants.

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