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

April 15, 2018 Phylicia Berquist

Gualala (formerly, Guadala, Walhalla, and Wallala) is an unincorporated community in Mendocino County in the U.S. state of California. It is located north of The Sea Ranch and south of Point Arena, California. Gualala shares its southern border with the southern border of Mendocino County. It is located on the Pacific coast at the mouth of the Gualala River, on State Route 1. It serves as a commercial center for the surrounding area. Gualala was once a logging town, but tourism is now its central economic activity.
Things to do in Gualala

1. Trinks

39140 S Highway 1, Sea Cliff Center, Gualala, CA 95445-9559 Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Free Wifi American, Cafe, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Breakfast, Lunch, Brunch, Dinner +1 707-884-1713
Excellent
58%
Good
33%
Satisfactory
6%
Poor
2%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 269 reviews

Trinks

Reviewed By Claudia119

We stayed in the hotel next door and went here for breakfast! So yummy! I had a key lime tart so good! Great bakery very personable! Definitely would go here again!

2. Pazzo Marco Creamery

Hwy 1, Gualala, CA Takeout +1 707-884-9548
Excellent
100%
Good
0%
Satisfactory
0%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

5 based on 18 reviews

Pazzo Marco Creamery

Reviewed By Robert R - Gualala, California, United States

Had the good fortune to visit the creamery to not only watch gelato being made, but also sampled many extremely delicious flavors.

3. Anchor Bay Thai Kitchen

33517 S Highway 1, Anchor Bay, CA 95445-9515 (Formerly Sea Sprite) Takeout, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol Asian, Thai, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner +1 707-884-4141
Excellent
56%
Good
34%
Satisfactory
7%
Poor
2%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 96 reviews

Anchor Bay Thai Kitchen

Reviewed By michael g - Santa Rosa, California

Our host at our B&B, who is also a chief, recommended this place. We expected good Thai. We got great Thai ,comparable to the best Thai we've eaten any where in the world,
Plan on going early and don't be put-off by the facade or decor. GO FOR THE FOOD!! We ordered a variety of dishes including dessert. Everything was wonderful.

4. Upper Crust Pizza

39331 S Highway 1, Gualala, CA 95445-9571 Takeout, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Television Pizza, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner +1 707-884-1324
Excellent
52%
Good
40%
Satisfactory
6%
Poor
2%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 97 reviews

Upper Crust Pizza

Reviewed By Wallis F - Peyia, Cyprus

We arrived in this lovely town late and our hostess told us to eat soon as everything closes early. We chose this pizzeria and were not disappointed. Freshly made and tasted divine....we had the medium between us and still took some back. If you are there it is a definite stop.

5. St. Orres

36601 S Highway 1, Gualala, CA 95445-8583 Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wheelchair Accessible American, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options Dinner, Breakfast +1 707-884-3335
Excellent
57%
Good
26%
Satisfactory
10%
Poor
4%
Terrible
3%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 203 reviews

St. Orres

Reviewed By travel4funn - Sacramento, CA

We are still basking in the after glow of a wonderful dinner, friendly people and great service. I ordered off the Cafe Menu and my husband ordered from the dinner menu, which comes with soup and salad. The soup was amazing, a cold peach soup. Salad was an heirloom tomato with fresh basil and mozzarella cheese. His entree was lobster and shrimp with drawn butter. Presentation was wonderful and everything cooked to perfection. I had the salmon with avocado plate, cooked also to perfection. Truly a memorable experience.

6. Cove Azul Bar & Grill

39102 Ocean Dr, Gualala, CA 95445-8351 Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Television, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Takeout American, Bar, Seafood, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner +1 707-884-1835
Excellent
29%
Good
41%
Satisfactory
25%
Poor
2%
Terrible
3%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 147 reviews

Cove Azul Bar & Grill

(707) 884-1835

Reviewed By klutzWestBend - West Bend, WI

We were searching for a restaurant for Saturday night dinner with our son's family that included a 1-year old and 6-year old. They were very accommodating of us all. There was a kids' menu, reasonably priced menu, all with white clothed tablecloths. Unfortunately, our credit card was left there, but they had it the next day. Salmon was very good.

7. Antonio's Tacos

38820 S Highway 1, Gualala, CA 95445-8432 Takeout, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Wheelchair Accessible Mexican, Latin, Spanish Dinner, Breakfast, Lunch +1 707-884-1789
Excellent
50%
Good
34%
Satisfactory
6%
Poor
6%
Terrible
4%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 43 reviews

Antonio's Tacos

Reviewed By Manuel L - Fernley, Nevada, United States

It's not directly on CA-1, a short walk from Surf Motel. Almost the locals recommend this. We had enjoyed the dinner. They have sitting inside and great cook. Phone just keep ringing while we were waiting.

8. Mariachi's

Mariachi's, 35501 S Highway 1, Gualala, CA 95445 Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol Mexican Dinner, Lunch +1 707-884-1735
Excellent
48%
Good
42%
Satisfactory
3%
Poor
7%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 26 reviews

Mariachi's

Reviewed By xyzsail - Strongsville, Ohio

When I arrived about 50 minutes before they were scheduled to close, the place was deserted. Only one guy mopping the floor. I said "Are you still serving?" and he ambled to the back to ask if they would cook me dinner.

Everybody else that straggled in got the same treatment, though, asking the kitchen permission to cook another meal.

The food when it came was ok, but nothing outstanding.

9. Gualala Pizza & Bakery

39225 S Highway 1, Gualala, CA 95445-8696 Takeout, Seating, Wheelchair Accessible Breakfast, Lunch +1 707-884-4055
Excellent
28%
Good
63%
Satisfactory
9%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 21 reviews

Gualala Pizza & Bakery

Reviewed By R J - Santa Rosa, California

We had 2 great deli sandwiches. We ordered one ham and cheese on flat bread and one roast beef on flat bread. The custom sandwiches were delicious and the deli staff was amazing. The is a full service grocery store that has a deli and Peets coffee that was also fantastic.

10. Taqueria Del Sol

39150 S Highway 1, Gualala, CA 95445-9559 Seating Mexican Lunch, Dinner +1 707-884-1692
Excellent
56%
Good
30%
Satisfactory
7%
Poor
7%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 13 reviews

Taqueria Del Sol

Reviewed By Geraldine L - Gualala, California

Very nice place, not much on fancy decor but the service and food more than make up for the plain decor. Plain but homey. The owners, Maria and Joaquin, are committed to serving good food with friendliness. Their daughter, Carina, and her husband, Rafael, both work there and definitely uphold the " service with a smile " attitude. The food is fresh and you can watch them make it if you are curious. Everything I've tried here is tasty, from burritos to hamburgers to baked goods. I suspect the French fries start out frozen but that's hardly a mark against them since most places use frozen fries. They have a whole fish that a friend of mine raves about; its on my list of dishes to try. The menu is not huge but there is something for every taste on it, and it's all good. And very inexpensive, not a budget-breaker.

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