Where to Eat in Clearlake: The Best Restaurants and Bars

April 14, 2018 Etsuko Causey

Clearlake is a city in Lake County, California. Clearlake is 4.5 miles (7.2 km) north-northwest of Lower Lake, at an elevation of 1417 feet (432 m). As of the 2010 census, the city had a total population of 15,250, up from 13,142 at the 2000 census. It takes its name from Clear Lake.
Things to do in Clearlake

1. Main Street Bar & Grill

14084 Lakeshore Dr, Clearlake, CA 95422-8160 Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Reservations, Full Bar American, Bar Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch SGD 29 +1 707-994-6450
Excellent
27%
Good
47%
Satisfactory
19%
Poor
3%
Terrible
4%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 94 reviews

Main Street Bar & Grill

Reviewed By dawn m - Fort Lauderdale, Florida

This a small town. Nice view. It’s typical breakfast spot. We had a good breakfast. Staff was very friendly.

2. Happy Garden Reataurant & Bar

13440 E Highway 20, Clearlake Oaks, CA 95423-9331 Takeout, Seating, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Waitstaff Chinese, Asian, Thai Lunch, Dinner +1 707-998-0398
Excellent
40%
Good
48%
Satisfactory
8%
Poor
0%
Terrible
4%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 50 reviews

Reviewed By jaduckcoin - Kelseyville, California

There are 7 Chinese restaurant around the perimeter of our lake. We have tried them all and each have their own twist. But maybe Happy Garden we should consider the best. Really it's 2 restaurants in one. They serve both Chinese & Thai at the same place. You can even mix & match as we have done in the past. But the Chinese is out of this world only equaled to maybe in Southern California. Of all of these types of restaurants it's unfortunate that it happens to be the furthest from our home in Kelseyville. Yes Clearlake Oaks is on the northern side. It's all the way on the other side of the lake. So we don't travel there as much as we would like. But on special occasions we make sure that we do. We did go just the start of the new year but have gone many times each of the 11 years up here since we retired. They also have friendly faces & service to go with the great food. The selection is just too large to go into it but you can't go wrong no matter what you order. They serve large portions but the pricing is reasonable. You never have to fight with your meat like some places for everything just seems to melt in your mouth. They always look busy & full but we never had to wait. Both are a good sign we seem to never have the crowds like in the big cities down south. We seem to eat more dinners than lunch but have done both. You sure will like this place when you do try it.

3. Catfish Coffeehouse

14624 Lakeshore Dr, Clearlake, CA 95422-9290 Takeout, Seating, Wheelchair Accessible Cafe Breakfast +1 707-320-8818
Excellent
42%
Good
48%
Satisfactory
10%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 19 reviews

Catfish Coffeehouse

Reviewed By krwhome w - Lake County, California

Its a nice Coffee House place is fairly clean and friendly service there coffee is good but the food is just so so its a nice place to stop for a break in your day.

4. Danny's Roadside Kitchen

9800 Highway 53 #J, Lower Lake, CA 95457 Wheelchair Accessible Barbecue Lunch, Dinner +1 707-701-6025
Excellent
100%
Good
0%
Satisfactory
0%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

5 based on 11 reviews

Danny's Roadside Kitchen

Reviewed By pammundell - Alameda, California

This is it!!! Food made infront of you. BBQ and burgers and fries!!! The best this South African lady has ever tasted!!! Actually the best fries I've ever eaten in USA, they even gave me mayonnaise!!! I definitely will recommend and will come here again!!!

5. Kour Thai

14677 Lakeshore Dr, Lucerne, CA 95422-9290 Takeout, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff Asian, Thai Dinner, Lunch SGD 13 - SGD 20 +1 707-995-2860
Excellent
59%
Good
31%
Satisfactory
10%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 19 reviews

Kour Thai

Reviewed By Lakegirl777 - Lucerne, California

We heard good things about this place and were disappointed it had moved from Lucerne. You can find them in Clearlake (the town) by Redbud park. On the Friday we visited they had a guitar player that was pretty good. Not many people in the place. The food however was just ok. I recommend the fresh spring rolls with shrimp. Really that was the only thing we had that was decent. The special garlic chicken was bland and the Larb chicken salad was plain awful (I couldn't eat it).

6. Cactus Grill

3900 Baylis Ave, Clearlake, CA 95422-8161 Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Waitstaff Mexican, Southwestern Lunch, Dinner +1 707-994-0905
Excellent
48%
Good
34%
Satisfactory
12%
Poor
4%
Terrible
2%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 41 reviews

Cactus Grill

It's on every other website, Facebook, Google, yelp, yellow pages..etc etc and its the saving grace of Clearlake

Reviewed By Bakbouk - Sacramento, CA

This is an interesting and more sophisticated restaurant in Clearlake. I ordered the salmon taco, which was excellent, and the Chile relleno, which was mediocre (mostly just a mass of melted cheese).
Nice atmosphere, good service.
They also have an outdoor patio.
Good salsa bar with a variety of heat levels.
It's difficult to notice from the street due to a lack of good signage, so make sure you have the address so that you don't miss it.

7. Fosters Freeze

9860 Highway 53, Lower Lake, CA 95457 +1 707-995-0685
Excellent
80%
Good
20%
Satisfactory
0%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

5 based on 5 reviews

Reviewed By Kathy S

This place is great for your ice cream fix. They have everything from shakes to banana splits. I asked for a chocolate chip shake and it's not even on the menu and they made it for me anyway without question. If you are in the mood for a good home made style burger it's a great place for that as well. Very friendly and professional staff.

8. Yiayia's Coffeehouse

14812 Olympic Dr, Clearlake, CA 95422-9521 +1 707-994-2200
Excellent
33%
Good
67%
Satisfactory
0%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 3 reviews

Reviewed By KenBobPDX - Tigard, Oregon

Small and intimate, very friendly people, reasonable prices and the coffee is awesome. We visited for a quick coffee fix and were very impressed.

9. Country Kitchen Cafe

13300 Ca-20, Clearlake Oaks, CA 95423 Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible American, Mexican, Cafe Breakfast, Lunch, Brunch +1 707-998-4019
Excellent
62%
Good
22%
Satisfactory
16%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 18 reviews

Country Kitchen Cafe

Reviewed By krwhome w - Lake County, California

I eat at Country Kitchen about 4 to 6 times per month most times very good breakfast now and then not so hot but fairly rare that I get a bad breakfast. egg's bacon hash browns toast no coffee runs 11.78 coffee is 2.00? or there what they call a 2x2 eggs pancakes with bacon + coffee is 11.78. people are friendly place is fairy clean nice place to stop for a bite to eat

10. The Spot

14625 Lakeshore Dr, Clearlake, CA 95422-9290 Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Street Parking, Free Off-Street Parking, Television, Wine and Beer, Free Wifi, Reservations American, Bar, Pub Dinner, Lunch, Drinks +1 707-900-8671
Excellent
32%
Good
50%
Satisfactory
6%
Poor
4%
Terrible
8%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 49 reviews

The Spot

Lakefront Diner and music venue. Enclosed and open patio seating. Seating also on lawn area during warm season. Outdoor music stage. Live music 3-4 days per week weather permitting. Property includes beach, pier and boat dock for boating customers. Theme is classic 50s diner, with bar (beer and wine). Local favorite gathering spot for vintage car crowd.

Reviewed By Michael M - mkm1013

The place was recommended for the burgers and did not disappoint. Service was spotty, with a new trainee, but staff was very friendly and pleasant. Prices okay. Will go back.

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