Top 10 restaurants in Trinidad, United States

April 14, 2018 Marissa Gamble

Trinidad (Chetco-Tolowa: tvm-sray-me’; Karuk: áas uyâahitihirak; Yurok: Chuerew; Wiyot: Da'guchwayawik, "land is curved") is a seaside city in Humboldt County, located on the Pacific Ocean 8 miles (13 km) north of the Arcata-Eureka Airport and 15 miles (24 km) north of the college town of Arcata. Situated at an elevation of 174 feet (53 m) above its own North Coast harbor, Trinidad is one of California's smallest incorporated cities by population (367 residents in 2010, up from 311 residents in 2000). Trinidad is noted for its spectacular coastline with ten public beaches and offshore rocks, part of the California Coastal National Monument, of which Trinidad is a Gateway City. Fishing operations related to Trinidad Harbor are vital to both local tourism and commercial fishery interests in the region.
Things to do in Trinidad

1. Larrupin Cafe

1658 Patricks Point Dr, Trinidad, CA 95570-9706 Takeout, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Street Parking, Free Off-Street Parking, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Wine and Beer, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Discover Steakhouse, Seafood, American, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options Dinner, Late Night SGD 26 - SGD 52 +1 707-677-0230
Excellent
74%
Good
19%
Satisfactory
4%
Poor
1%
Terrible
2%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 459 reviews

Larrupin Cafe

Reviewed By JE and JA D - Alexandria, Virginia

Bring an appetite or consider sharing: Our meals were huge! Ribs were tasty and the special dipping sauce was great. The cordon bleu was juicy in the center and well prepared. Food quality gets high marks.

They have a very limited non-alcoholic drink selection, a few sodas and iced tea, so if you aren’t interested in a beer or wine, (the only alcohol they serve), you are limited to sugary sodas or water. Given the tastiness of their menu, it’s surprising they haven’t come up with some creative non-alcoholic options.

The cost is pretty high—two meals (no appetizers or alcoholic drinks) was $70 sans the tip. So, pricy but consistent with the high quality of the food.

The dining room downstairs was full by 7pm. I’d recommend making a reservation.

2. Beachcomber Cafe

363 Trinity Street, Trinidad, CA Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Free Wifi, Wheelchair Accessible American, Cafe, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Breakfast, Lunch, Brunch +1 707-677-0106
Excellent
58%
Good
32%
Satisfactory
9%
Poor
1%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 152 reviews

Beachcomber Cafe

Reviewed By vaidaman

This great owner-operated cafe serves not only great coffee and great breakfast dishes but also great attitude--bright, genuine, funny, and welcoming (even to strangers like us). The rooms are pleasant, too. This place is the wonderful center of a wonderful town.
My dream is to retire and see if I can get hired at the Beachcomber.

3. The Lighthouse Grill

355 Main Street, Trinidad, CA 95570 Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Parking Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Discover, Serves Alcohol, Wine and Beer, Accepts Credit Cards American, Gluten Free Options, Vegetarian Friendly Lunch, Dinner SGD 5 - SGD 20 +1 707-677-0077
Excellent
49%
Good
39%
Satisfactory
9%
Poor
2%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 232 reviews

The Lighthouse Grill

Reviewed By Melanie141974 - Sheffield, United Kingdom

I was dragged here by a friend who had been raving about the 'mashed potato cone'. A waffle cone filled with mashed potato and gravy. So, I tried it. Good Heavens. Never have I tasted anything so gross. A SWEET cone with SAVOURY filling????? Needless to say, I couldn't eat it and it ended up in the bin. The mashed potato was nice enough. The staff were okay, the place itself seemed cute, so I am not saying that the place is not pleasant, but if you go there AVOID the mashed potato cone!

607 Parker St, Trinidad, CA 95570 Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Free Wifi American, Seafood, Soups, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch SGD 7 - SGD 49 +1 707-677-3777
Excellent
46%
Good
36%
Satisfactory
12%
Poor
4%
Terrible
2%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 424 reviews

Trinidad Bay Eatery & Gallery

The Trinidad Bay Eatery is located in the heart of Trinidad, California, just above Trinidad Bay. We specialize in American Cuisine and are especially known for our fresh local seafood dishes, New England style Clam Chowder, Fresh on-premise-homemade Fudge and Blackberry Cobbler. We are open year-round for Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner and feature coffee drinks made with Vanelis Craft Roasted Coffee.

Reviewed By Travelmorejoy - Enniskillen, United Kingdom

One of the best breakfasts we had whilst travelling the west coast. We shared the Two+Two+Two and the scone of the day which was pineapple. Absolutely delicious with friendly prompt staff.Hello, Joy! Thanks for coming to The Eatery! We appreciate your feedback and knowing we exceeded your expectations to earn your 5-star review. Thanks for joining our online conversation with goodness. Hope we can have you back again soon. :-)

5. Moonstone Grill

100 Moonstone Beach Rd, Trinidad, CA 95570-9619 Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar American, Seafood, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options Dinner, Late Night +1 707-677-1616
Excellent
52%
Good
33%
Satisfactory
10%
Poor
3%
Terrible
2%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 199 reviews

Moonstone Grill

Reviewed By Neil T - Eureka, California

For decades, I've eaten many delicious meals @ dependable Abruzzi's in Arcata, the "sister" restaurant to Moonstone Grill. But last night, my dinner @ Moonstone was quite terrible. The best part was the cup of seafood chowder. After that, dinner went downhill. My rib eye steak [I asked for medium-rare] was about 50% medium-rare and 50% chewy-tough-raw. I couldn't eat it. When I'm paying $37 for a rib eye, the chef needs to know how to cook it. The garlic mashed potatoes were fine, but the Brussels sprouts were hard and tough, not steamed or cooked. I complained to our server [my wife doesn't recall me ever complaining about a restaurant dinner], who relayed my comments to the chef. I was told the chef apologized After my terrible dinner--and although 3 of the 4 of us were celebrating birthdays--Moonstone didn't even comp a dessert ice cream. Our server [Anton] did his best--hell, he wan't in the kitchen--and we left him a more-than-generous 20% tip.Chris [the MG & Abruzzi owner], I hope you read this review.

6. Murphy's Market & Deli

1 Main Street, Trinidad, CA Takeout, Parking Available, Wheelchair Accessible American, Delicatessen, Gluten Free Options Lunch +1 707-677-3643
Excellent
44%
Good
41%
Satisfactory
12%
Poor
2%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 129 reviews

Reviewed By brtech - Mars, PA

This is a full service grocery store with a deli counter. It really has most of what you would find in any other supermarket, has a very reasonable alcohol section, decent organic and conventional produce, and very nice people. I made many visits to the grocery during the week we were here but patronized the deli only once. Very high quality. Fast service. I thought reasonable prices. They have a smoker going on the weekend.

For groceries, it really does have pretty much everything you need, so don't drag a lot of stuff from home unless you really want to.

Also has a purified water dispenser outside: save your gallon water bottles, refill them and save big $$. They charge something less than a buck a gallon.

7. Seascape Restaurant

Pier at Trinidad Bay, Trinidad, CA 95570 Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol American, Seafood, Soups Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch SGD 7 - SGD 29 +1 707-677-3762
Excellent
23%
Good
40%
Satisfactory
21%
Poor
9%
Terrible
7%
Overall Ratings

3.5 based on 353 reviews

Seascape Restaurant

Reviewed By trout42 - Salt Lake City, Utah

This is a sleeper of a restaurant with a location right on the pier if you know where to find it. Good seafood of all types at very reasonable prices.

8. Seascape Restaurant

1 Bay Street, Trinidad, CA 95570 Seating, Waitstaff, Takeout, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol American, Seafood Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner +1 707-677-3762
Excellent
44%
Good
32%
Satisfactory
11%
Poor
11%
Terrible
2%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 43 reviews

Seascape Restaurant

Reviewed By OhioHick - Ohio, USA

We ate at the Seascape based on the recommendation of a local (the young lady who let us into our rental house). We ate at the Seascape on a Saturday evening in early August. We arrived at 5:00 and were seated right away. We were lucky to get a table with a great view right next to a window. We were overlooking the beach and pier. We saw otters frolicking around on the rocks out in the cove. That was probably the highlight of the meal.

As for the restaurant, the service was very good but the food was just average. Honestly, I was expecting better of a seafood place right on the coast. Everything was edible, actually tasted fine, but the meal was just nothing special. Good, but not great. My sister-in-law, who is not a fan of seafood, just had a burger which she reported was just OK. I tried the chowder but it had a very gritty texture, although the taste was good. My wife and I had grilled seafood platters which were fine, but again nothing out of this world. Good food, but not as good as I hoped.

Would I eat here again? Sure, but I would study the other local options as well. 

9. Sunset Restaurant

27 Scenic Dr, Cher-Ae Heights Casino, Trinidad, CA 95570-9767 Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Free Off-Street Parking, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Takeout American, Steakhouse, Seafood, Vegetarian Friendly Dinner SGD 20 - SGD 33 +1 707-825-2770
Excellent
42%
Good
18%
Satisfactory
29%
Poor
3%
Terrible
8%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 58 reviews

Sunset Restaurant

An enticing new menu, specialty cocktails and that always breathtaking view await you at the new Sunset Restaurant at Cher-Ae Heights Casino. Casual Humboldt County dining that will absolutely delight your senses. Sunset Restaurant at Cher-Ae Heights Casino truly brings the Pacific to your plate. Enjoy a menu focused on local ingredients, featuring sublime seafood, steaks, pasta and more, prepared by a top-notch culinary staff. Expect a true culinary and sensory experience as you watch the sun dip slowly into the sea. Enjoy inspired nightly specials seven days a week. Sunset Restaurant welcomes the whole family with an option for everyone. This is also the perfect venue for your special occasions and private parties. Ask about our special event menu with choices that can't be rivaled. Enjoy an amazing cocktail at the premier North Coast bar, the Sunset Bar. Creative fresh fruit cocktails, an expansive martini menu and a variety of specialty house-infused spirits will make your evening a true delight. Make sure to ask the bartender about all the new offerings; there is sure to be a libation perfectly suited for your evening. Partake in well crafted drinks before your meal either at the gorgeous Sunset Bar or in the relaxing seating area. Post up at one of our bistro-style tables and enjoy some great appetizers with your cocktail while enjoying the view as the sunsets over Trinidad Bay.

Reviewed By BoulderNut - Sonoma, California

The views are outstanding of Trinidad and ocean. Sit by the windows!
Food seems expensive for the value. Steaks are $27+. We always expect Casino's to go overboard but this one was just average. Could smell cigarette smoke too.
Excellent staff and good price value for their local wines.

10. Aztec Grill

101 Main Street, Trinidad, CA 95570 Mexican +1 707-677-9266
Excellent
56%
Good
22%
Satisfactory
11%
Poor
0%
Terrible
11%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 9 reviews

Reviewed By MJulien1 - Sacramento, California

I was very surprised the first time that I decided to get food from Aztec Grill (while getting gas at the Chevron), about a year ago. I took a chance on the $1 tacos, which ended up being some of the best tacos that I have ever had. I have also ordered the carne asada burrito, which was also a good meal. I make sure to stop by on the rare occasion that I am traveling through the area. I was also happy to find out that Aztec Grills are located in other Chevron's around the northern coast, down to Santa Rosa.

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