Bodega Bay is a charming village located along the coast of Sonoma County. This tiny town is most famous for being the place where Alfred Hitchcock filmed his iconic movie “The Birds,” but it is also home to tons of great restaurants.
Fresh seafood reigns supreme, and you’ll find comforting favorites like clam chowder and crab cakes at many restaurants. Whether you’re just passing through on your way to wine country or are planning a full weekend in the area, the local cuisine is well worth exploring.
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Ready to plan your next foodie adventure? From waterfront cafes to fancier spots with great views, here’s my take on some of the best restaurants in Bodega Bay!
The Best Bodega Bay Restaurants
This classic cafe is known for having some of the best clam chowder in Bodega Bay. This waterfront restaurant has beautiful views and there’s a true sense of nostalgia at this locally-loved eatery.
Other popular menu items include the crab cakes, seafood sandwiches, and whole cooked crabs. If you’re not into seafood, definitely get the chili dog with cheese and onion!
Address: 1910 Westshore Rd, Bodega Bay, CA 94923
If you’re hoping to dine where the locals do, head to Terrapin Creek Cafe. This neighborhood spot has a laidback vibe that is balanced by a more modern and elevated menu.
The local Dungeness crab meat ragout is a must-order! Despite the fact that it remains pretty casual like most other Bodega Bay restaurants, this is one of the best spots for a celebratory or special dinners in the area.
Address: 1580 Eastshore Rd, Bodega Bay, CA 94923
Looking for something a bit fancier? Drakes Sonoma Coast specializes in upscale American fare in a refined and classic space. If you can, make a reservation at sunset and request a spot by the window.
The restaurant is located at the Lodge at Bodega Bay which is also one of the best hotels in town. Drakes Sonoma Coast emphasizes seasonal dining and sustainability, so expect lots of local produce and fish.
Address: 103 Coast, CA-1, Bodega Bay, CA 94923
When it comes to oysters, Fisherman’s Cove is the best. This cozy and family-owned seafood restaurant doubles as a bait-and-tackle shop, so expect no frills at this Bodega Bay restaurant. The food is simple yet classic, and you can get both fresh and fried options here.
In addition to oysters, fish and chips are another great thing to order. If you’re looking to take something to go and enjoy a walk along the bay, get the oyster po-boy!
Address: 1850 Bay Flat Rd, Bodega Bay, CA 94923
Fishetarian Fish Market is the definition of a casual yet quality seafood spot. From fish and chips to chowder, the Bodega Bay restaurant sits right on the water and has plenty of picnic tables outside.
Since the restaurant is also a market, you can always pick up some fresh fish to take back for a tasty dinner at home.
Address: 599 CA-1, Bodega Bay, CA 94923
Out of all of the Bodega Bay restaurants on the water, Tides Wharf Restaurant has some of the best views. The restaurant is located at The Inn at the Tides and literally sits directly over the Bay and the scene sunset is breathtaking.
Be sure to check out the cute gift shop before or after you eat!
Address: 835 Bay Hwy, Bodega Bay, CA 94923
From crispy calamari to BBQ oysters, The Boat House is an all-day eatery that serves up all of the works. Far from fancy, the menu at The Boat House also has standard hamburgers and sandwiches.
If you’ve ever wanted to experience an authentic excursion on a fishing boat, The Boat House also hosts private charters and fishing trips.
Address: 1445 CA-1, Bodega Bay, CA 94923
When it comes to coffee, Roadhouse is a local favorite. This cozy and colorful coffee shop is the perfect place to start any morning and the pastries are just as tasty as the brew.
They also have free Wi-Fi if you’re looking for a place to post up and do some work. That said, it can get pretty crowded in the morning, so you may just want to take your latte and croissant to-go.
Address: 1580 Eastshore Rd, Bodega Bay, CA 94923
If you catch a carving for BBQ while in Bodega Bay, head to Ginochio’s Kitchen. The views are great but the food is even better. At breakfast, the brisket burrito is a must-order.
However, if you visit during lunch, don’t miss out on the buttery Dungeness crab sandwich. You can also pair it with a crisp glass of Sauvignon Blanc for the ultimate experience.
Address: 1410 Bay Flat Rd, Bodega Bay, CA 94923
10. Gourmet au Bay
Gourmet au Bay is the best place for a glass of wine in Bodega Bay. The wood-fired flatbread pizzas are delicious and the coastal decor sets the scene for a relaxed evening of sipping and sharing.
Though I recommend sitting outside in front of the water, there is also indoor seating if you prefer that.
Address: 1412 Bay Flat Rd, Bodega Bay, CA 94923
11. The Birds Cafe
Inspired by Alfred Hitchcock’s famous film, The Birds Cafe is a casual, outdoor restaurant that has a scenic bayside setting. Fresh oysters and fish tacos are the most popular things to order, but I also recommend getting a cup of clam chowder.
Grab a picnic table, order your food, and kick back with an ice-cold beer while you take in the surrounding views.
Address: 1407 CA-1, Bodega Bay, CA 94923
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