Most Popular Restaurants in Mendocino

April 14, 2018 Russell Mellin

Shop, eat, and enjoy the feeling of going back in time to a simpler era as you groove to the vibes of downtown Mendocino’s hippy past and quaint New England style architecture. Find a secluded bluff, and listen to seals splashing and barking. Visit the Mendocino Art Center, started by San Francisco artists in the 1950s. Enjoy a Mendocino Theater Company performance. Stop in historic Ford House, which doubles as city museum and Mendocino Headlands State Park visitors center. Mendocino Headlands State Park winds around Mendocino Bay, and is a wildlife corridor linking coast and inland areas. Savor the spring wildflowers. In July the Headlands and city are home to the Mendocino Music Festival. Groove to the ocean views, blowholes, wave tunnels, sea arches, grottos, and tide pools as you hike the beaches and cliff trails. Along the Mendocino Headlands Trail, watch for old cross-ties from the oxen-powered railway that dumped lumber to ships below the bluff. Drive 2 miles north of Mendocino to Russian Gulch State Park for rock fishing, swimming, skin diving, tide pools, bicycling, a 36-foot high waterfall, and a Devil's Punch Bowl of churning water. Savor spring rhododendron blooms at Mendocino Coast Botanical Gardens. Take the family on the half-day Skunk Train roundtrip from Fort Bragg to inland Northspur. Bird watch at Cleone Lake, a tidal lagoon in MacKerricher State Park, 3 miles north of Fort Bragg. Enjoy MacKerricher’s wheelchair accessible nature trail, Ten Mile beach, fishing, hiking, jogging, horseback riding, and bicycling. Take the kids to Point Cabrillo Light Station State Historic Park. Tee off at the 5,458-yard, 9-hole coastal golf course at Little River Inn, which also offers llama treks. Take the family to Little River State Park and Van Damme Beach State Park, which are near Little River Airport (KLLR). Kids love the recently renovated Point Arena Lighthouse, because they can climb to the top.
Things to do in Mendocino

1. Goodlife Cafe and Bakery

10483 Lansing St, Mendocino, CA 95460 Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible American, Cafe, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Breakfast, Lunch, Brunch SGD 3 - SGD 20 +1 707-937-0836
Excellent
56%
Good
35%
Satisfactory
7%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 406 reviews

Goodlife Cafe and Bakery

Established in 2012, the GoodLife Cafe & Bakery offers delicious, organic, whole food, fine French pastry and baked goods, as well as Mendocino's best coffee drinks! Everything we offer is made in house, from scratch. We strive to use local produce, products and organic ingredients whenever possible. We offer an extensive menu of Gluten Free items including Mac & Cheese, Enchiladas, Deli Salads, Soups and Baked Goods! Our deck is sunny and dog friendly and our dining room is cozy and cheery. Stop by for a taste of the GoodLife! Open daily, 8am - 4-ish.

Reviewed By worldseeker2014 - San Francisco, California

We had lunch at this cafe twice and enjoyed both lunches. Be prepared to wait in line. Locally sourced and organic produce was fresh and delicious; along with vegan options. Staff friendly and helpful. The vegan chocolate almond torte was excellent!

2. Frankie's Pizza and Ice Cream Parlor

44951 Ukiah Street, Mendocino, CA Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Free Wifi Pizza, Italian, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner SGD 4 - SGD 20 +1 707-937-2436
Excellent
45%
Good
40%
Satisfactory
13%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 293 reviews

Frankie's Pizza and Ice Cream Parlor

Reviewed By 190Daniel - Suffolk, United Kingdom

There's really not much more to say, other than what I've put in the title, but I'm required to type another 22 characters (oh, made it!)

3. Moody's Organic Coffee Bar

10450 Lansing, Mendocino, CA 95460 Takeout, Seating, Free Wifi Cafe Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner +1 707-937-4843
Excellent
50%
Good
36%
Satisfactory
9%
Poor
2%
Terrible
3%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 179 reviews

Moody's Organic Coffee Bar

Reviewed By Adventurer2day - Antigua and Barbuda

Very good pastries - and coffee. Friendly staff and you will find something here for everyone in the morning!

4. Circa '62 at the Inn at Schoolhouse Creek

7051 N California Hwy 1, Little River, CA 95456-9514 (Formerly Creekside Restaurant - Inn at Schoolhouse Creek) Takeout, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Free Off-Street Parking, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Accepts Discover, Accepts Credit Cards Mexican, Contemporary, American, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options Brunch, Breakfast SGD 5 - SGD 24 +1 707-937-5525
Excellent
84%
Good
13%
Satisfactory
1%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

5 based on 144 reviews

Circa '62 at the Inn at Schoolhouse Creek

Open everyday but Tuesday (all we ask is one day a week to sleep in a little) at 8:00 + Open to the Public! In 1862, just ten years following the arrival of the first settlers on the Mendocino Coast (and a year before Lincoln's Gettysburg Address), mill owner and rancher Charles Perkins, built the Inn's historic Ledford Farmhouse. In 1888, Perkins built a mansion on the hill to the south of the Inn and, in so doing, renovated the farmhouse to give to his daughter as a wedding present. The coffered old growth redwood ceilings you see while dining at Circa '62 were added for the wedding and were quite the statement of affluence and style for the time. We do our best to live up to the beauty of Mr. Perkins home(yes, some of our guests and staff believe he's still here) by serving a great breakfast that shows off the best local stuff, has a sense of fun and is really just an extension of our own home... We can't wait to meet you!

Reviewed By Joan88 - Mill Valley, California

Brilliantly delicious! My husband enjoyed the huge ‘raft’ concoction the first day while I appreciated being able to order smaller items from the sides menu. Scrumptious slice of french toast was perfectly decadent. You can find some healthy choices too, if you don’t want to indulge. Vegan option of almond pancake was interesting! Charming little rooms, fireplace roaring, birds galore outside, friendly owner came out to say hello and lovely servers. It will be our go to breakfast spot in the Mendocino area from now on.

5. Garden Bakery

10450 Lansing, Mendocino, CA 95460 Takeout, Seating Breakfast, Lunch +1 707-937-3140
Excellent
56%
Good
23%
Satisfactory
15%
Poor
4%
Terrible
2%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 69 reviews

Garden Bakery

Reviewed By Helen R - Port Townsend, Washington

Got a couple kind of dry cinnamon rolls and 3 mediocre day old croissants. $11. Jeesh. Kind of sad. Should be better for that price. Really.

6. Albion River Inn Restaurant

3790 N Hwy 1, Albion, CA 95410-9781 Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Accepts Discover, Highchairs Available Bar, American, Seafood, Vegetarian Friendly Dinner, Breakfast SGD 33 - SGD 52 +1 707-937-1919
Excellent
67%
Good
18%
Satisfactory
11%
Poor
3%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 397 reviews

Albion River Inn Restaurant

Reviewed By DaveJ_Mayor - Roseville, California

The Albion River Inn Restaurant was the highlight of our dining experience during our trip to Mendocino!!! The seafood was incredible, the sunset was spectacular and the atmosphere was perfect!!! If you're looking for a romantic dinner this is the place to take your loved one!

7. David's Deli

163 Boatyard Dr, Fort Bragg, CA 95437-5739 Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Free Wifi American, Cafe, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options Breakfast, Lunch, Brunch +1 707-964-1946
Excellent
69%
Good
26%
Satisfactory
3%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 278 reviews

David's Deli

Located in the Boatyard. we have a wonderfull staff and excellent food. Serving Breakfast and Lunch 7 days a week.

Reviewed By hortaegg - Cameron Park, California

Stopped in for breakfast. I had a tradition assortment of food: eggs, hash browns, sausage, pancake. The eggs and potatoes were cooked just right though the portion of potatoes was small. The sausage patty was flatten out so much that it got way over cooked and had very little flavor. My wife had eggs with biscuits and gravy. The gravy seemed to have lots of meat but it seemed to be old bits of bacon and that tasteless sausage. Though the dish is my wife's favorite, she hardly touched this plate.

8. Cafe Beaujolais

961 Ukiah, Mendocino, CA 95460 Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol French, International, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner, Brunch SGD 46 +1 707-937-5614
Excellent
61%
Good
22%
Satisfactory
12%
Poor
4%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 898 reviews

Cafe Beaujolais

Reviewed By rlwlawrisk - San Francisco, California

My wife and I just had a fabulous dinner at the Cafe. I had one of the best-ever duck breasts and my wife had the blackened cod. The restaurant was busy and we had to wait a few minutes, but the wait was worth it. We can;t wait for our next visit. The prices are not cheap, but the quality of the food is excellent.

9. Wild Fish

7750 N Highway 1, Little River, CA 95456-9500 Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Discover, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Accepts Credit Cards American, Seafood, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner +1 707-937-3055
Excellent
69%
Good
19%
Satisfactory
6%
Poor
3%
Terrible
3%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 532 reviews

Wild Fish

100% Local & Organic The culinary team at Wild Fish procure produce locally from farmers, fishermen & women and foragers - the fish is always wild and fresh. Everything is made from scratch and in house.

Reviewed By coinsenuf - Port Ludlow, Washington

The restaurant is tucked in behind the Post Office in Little River. The restaurant was filled to capacity and we had to wait about 30 minutes beyond our reservation time. The owner with his London accent made the wait pleasant enough. The service when we were seated was smart and well done. The food was excellent. Although not inexpensive, it was a solid value for the overall experience.

10. Ledford House

3000 North Highway One, Albion, CA 95410 Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar American, Gluten Free Options Dinner +1 707-937-0282
Excellent
66%
Good
21%
Satisfactory
10%
Poor
2%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 180 reviews

Ledford House

Reviewed By PeterandJinx - Coronado, California

We were scheduled to dine at Wild Fish (see a separate review) but arrived early. Staff there suggested a walk across the street to Ole's. It was jammed (two seats left at the bar so I stood). The bar looked out on the Pacific across Highway 1. Everyone at the bar was having dinner. We had our drinks (as DD I had an Arnold Palmer) but my wife said that made a mean martini, and our daughter recommends the bubbly. Thanks to the staff at Wild Fish.

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