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Looking for the best restaurants in Mendocino? This list is all of my favorites from my many visits here. Mendocino is one of my favorite weekend escapes on the California coast thanks to its beautiful nature, charming downtown, and wonderful accommodations.

We visit multiple times every year. There’s so much to do, from exploring many nearby state parks to browsing local shops in the village of Mendocino—and of course, dining out.

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The dining scene in Mendocino is low-key and friendly, with the same emphasis on the local, organic, and sustainable that defines many of Northern California’s top restaurants. Access to fresh ingredients is plentiful, leading to high-quality dishes and a focus on fresh seafood.

Mendocino’s coastal location means it’s easy to find a great ocean view, and I’ve included plenty of restaurants on this list that are perfect for watching the sunset on a day spent exploring. Below are my picks for the best restaurants in Mendocino, CA as well as several others along the coast that are well worth leaving the city limits.

What are the Best Mendocino Restaurants with a View?

Flow Restaurant & Lounge easily has the best view in Mendocino for dining. It sits right on the water and sports huge windows in its dining room, so you’ll see beautiful panoramas whether you’re seated inside or out. There are also several nearby coastal options with incredible views, such as the restaurants at the Harbor House Inn, Elk Cove Inn, and Little River Inn.

Planning a Trip to Mendocino? Here Are My Top Picks for the Best Hotels in Mendocino:

  1. Heritage House Resort and Spa, for the best luxury hotel
  2. Little River Inn, for a classic Mendocino stay
  3. Brewery Gulch Inn, for the best ocean views
  4. Mendocino Grove, for the best glamping stay

If you’re planning a trip, don’t miss my roundup of the best Mendocino hotels and my full weekend guide to the town of Mendocino!

The 13 Best Mendocino Restaurants


1. Café Beaujolais

Opened in 1977, upscale Cafe Beaujolais is a must-reserve right in town for French classics like steak tartar and seafood linguini. Their current takeout menu offers more diverse options, such as pizza and their hit smash burger. Dining on-site at the restaurant is also a treat; it’s set inside an 1893 Victorian farmhouse and surrounded by a stunning garden bursting with antique roses and edible flowers.

Address: 961 Ukiah St, Mendocino, CA 95460

2. Fog Eater Café

Fog Eater Café is a unique concept. It’s a vegetarian restaurant specializing in recipes from the deep South, but with a fresh, plant-based, Northern California twist. Produce here is all organic and local, sourced from Mendocino County and Sonoma County, ensuring dishes are as fresh as possible. The restaurant can also easily cater to dietary restrictions beyond vegetarian: Its menu can be entirely vegan, and several gluten-free options are available.

Address: 45104 Main St, Mendocino, CA 95460, United States

3. Fog Bottle Shop & Wine Bar

An extension of Fog Eater Café (see above) with a personality all its own, Fog Bottle Shop & Wine Bar offers daily wine flights, glasses of white and red wine, and small plates. Fog focuses on natural wine from both near and far and even offers a wine club. It puts on several fun events and pop-ups throughout the year, so give their calendar a look.

Address: 45104 Main St, Mendocino, CA 95460, United States

4. The Brickery

Opened in 1990 to house production of parent Café Beaujolais’ housemade bread, The Brickery began a new life as a wood-fired pizza restaurant in 2017. Its thin crust, Neapolitan-inspired pizza was a natural extension of its brick oven and quickly became a hit on the Mendocino dining scene. Its dog- and child-friendly garden is a comfortable, laid-back setting for enjoying a pizza and a craft beer outside.

Address: 961 Ukiah St, Mendocino, CA 95460, United States

5. The Restaurant at MacCallum House Inn

For fine dining, try The Restaurant at MacCallum House Inn, a bed and breakfast housed within a historic Victorian Home. The restaurant has been committed to organic and sustainable dining since the early days of the movement and today uses only the highest-quality ingredients sourced from local farms. It’s open for breakfast and dinner every day, and a five-course tasting menu is available for dinner in addition to a la carte options.

Address: 45020 Albion St, Mendocino, CA 95460, United States

6. Luna Trattoria

Tucked within an alleyway, there’s a little piece of Northern Italy in Mendocino. The charming Luna Trattoria, decorated in a celestial theme in keeping with its name, offers the classics done right and with fresh ingredients. The handmade pasta is a standout here, from gnocchi to lasagna, and the wine list includes vintages from both California and Italy.

Address: 955 Ukiah St, Mendocino, CA 95460, United States

7. Trillium Café

Set inside a historic home in Mendocino and offering a beautiful, dog-friendly patio , Trillium Cafe offers a lovely dining experience both inside and out. Fresh local food and classics like a roast baby beet salad are always a win and have made the café a favorite among tourists and locals alike. Trillium also offers to-go picnic boxes that you can take with you as you explore Mendocino.

Address: 10390 Kasten St, Mendocino, CA 95460

8. Mendocino Café

Mendocino Cafe

If you’re looking for a classic spot to grab a good bite with a nice outdoor patio, Mendocino Café is a good bet. Best known for its lunches, the restaurant prides itself on serving international dishes, from Brazilian fish stew to masala curry to nachos, made of organic ingredients. The menu has plenty of healthy options like salads and crab cakes.

Address: 10451 Lansing St, Mendocino, CA 95460

9. Goodlife Cafe & Bakery

Goodlife is a great spot in town for organic pastries (including gluten-free), made-from-scratch New York style bagels, and a variety of fair-trade coffee drinks. But it’s not just a morning spot—it stays open for lunch and dinner, offering salads, soups, entrees, desserts, and more. Indoor and outdoor dining are both available, as is takeout, including for family portions.

Address: 10483 Lansing St, Mendocino, CA 95460, United States

10. Flow Restaurant & Lounge

Without a doubt boasting the best view in town for dinner, head to Flow for great outdoor dining and drinks right on the water. The menu features organic meats and vegetables, with many vegan and gluten-free options for diners with dietary restrictions. This spot is a local institution and one I visit regularly when in Mendocino.

Address: 45040 Main St, Mendocino, CA 95460

11. Patterson’s Pub

For a casual dining option, head into town to Patterson’s Pub for fish and chips and other pub classics with an Irish flair. The pub has been part of the Mendocino for more than three decades and is well-loved by the community. Patterson’s Pub is also known for its daily specials, which are posted on the porch of the charming building that houses the restaurant, once a rectory for a Catholic church dating back to 1866.

Address: 10485 Lansing St, Mendocino, CA 95460

12. Ravens Restaurant at Stanford Inn

Inside the Stanford Inn is Ravens Restaurant, a vegan restaurant serving breakfast and dinner. Diners can expect a high level of creativity in dishes, such as a take on Kalua pork that uses onions and mushrooms to recreate the taste and texture, or the restaurant’s signature sea palm strudel. The menu was designed to be environmentally sustainable, anti-inflammatory, and ethical.

Address: 44850 Comptche Ukiah Rd, Mendocino, CA 95460, United States

13. Frankie’s

The family-owned and run Frankie’s builds on the concept of a classic pizza and ice cream parlor with a couple of key additions. Falafel, owing to the owners’ time spent in Israel; and espresso drinks, tea, beer, and wine. The atmosphere is friendly and welcoming, meant to be a gathering spot for the local community. There’s an emphasis here on sustainability, from LED lighting to compostable to-go packaging to local, high-quality ingredients.

Address: 44951 Ukiah St, Mendocino, CA 95460, United States


Restaurants Nearby on The Mendocino Coast

1. Harbor House Inn Restaurant (Elk)

Harbor House Inn Restaurant is one of my favorite restaurants in Northern California, set inside one of my favorite hotels. A meal here is a bucket-list event, offering guests the chance to dine with breathtaking ocean views in an intimate setting. With two Michelin stars and one Michelin Green star, the restaurant offers Japanese-inspired, seafood-focused tasting menus of 8 or 12 courses focused on what is (in its own words) “this place at this time.”

Address: 5600 CA-1, Elk, CA 95432

2. Good Bones (Caspar)

Come to Good Bones for natural wines and “coastal comfort food,” as the restaurant calls it. Located in a historic roadhouse—formerly an inn—in nearby Caspar, its ever-changing menu may feature dishes like local rockfish stew, black cod, or braised lamb. Think of elevated dishes in a rustic yet beautiful dining room setting.

Address: 14957 Caspar Rd, Caspar, CA 95420, United States

3. Ledford House (Albion)

Seven miles south of Mendocino, atop a bluff on Highway 1, Ledford House offers elevated cuisine and jaw-dropping ocean views. The menu reflects the provencal style of Southern France, and dishes are based on the restaurant’s herb gardens and homemade bread, as well as local farms and wines. Casual elegance defines the bistro, with massive windows bringing the outdoors in.

Address: 3000 CA-1, Albion, CA 95410, United States

4. Little River Inn Restaurant (Little River)

The food at Little River Inn is delicious, with Chef Marc Dym putting a modern twist on regional dishes, and the restaurant has a great cocktail menu, too. The setting is also a special one; over the years, I’ve loved sitting at the bar here to watch the sunset over the ocean. It’s an especially convenient choice if you’re staying at the Little River Inn, one of the best ocean view hotels in the Mendocino area.

Address: 7751 CA-1, Little River, CA 95456

5. The Pub at North Coast Brewing Company (Fort Bragg)

Beer lovers should check out The Pub at North Coast Brewing, a pioneer of the craft beer movement since 1988. In addition to traditional pub fare, the menu features plenty of healthy options. The brewery also points out great pairings with its award-winning, barrel-aged beers where possible.

Address: 444 N Main St, Fort Bragg, CA 95437, United States

6. Sibo Restaurant at Elk Cove Inn (Elk)

Sibo Restaurant is a French-inspired restaurant inside the Elk Cove Inn, a high-end property right on the water. The restaurant is zero-waste, with dishes such as coq a vin, braised rabbit stew, and escargot all prepared fresh daily according to preorders. The restaurant takes farm-to-table seriously, with its chef planting and harvesting fruits, vegetables, and herbs right on the property and foraging for wild seafood and mushrooms nearby. 

Address: 6300 S, 6300 CA-1, Elk, CA 95432, United States

7. Princess Seafood Restaurant (Fort Bragg)

Along the river, tucked under the Noyo Bridge, is Princess Seafood Restaurant. It features some of the best seafood on the West Coast—all caught by a crew of women. Oysters and seafood-heavy soups, salads, and seasonal specials feature prominently on the menu, and a grab-and-go cooler at the nearby Princess Seafood Market also sells takeaway snacks like dips and ceviche. The restaurant is lively, with live music every Saturday and Sunday and 12 beers on tap.

Address: 32096 N Harbor Dr, Fort Bragg, CA 95437


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