If you’re planning a trip to Mendocino and you’re looking for food recommendations, this is the Mendocino dining guide for you. Read about some of my favorite restaurants here that I highly suggest you try out.
Best Dinner Date Outfits
I’m frequently asked what to wear or what I pack for a trip so I’m sharing my Best Dinner Date Outfits below. This is constantly evolving throughout various seasons so take a look back in another season to see what I share!
Brewery Gulch Inn
If you’re looking for a location to dine and stay, the Brewery Gulch Inn on the Mendocino coast is absolutely perfect. You get to enjoy some spectacular views while feasting in the dining room or up on the patio, which makes for a seriously wonderful experience. For a more in-depth review, read the full article Brewery Gulch Inn a Heavenly Mendocino Hotel I Adore here! 9401 CA-1, Mendocino, CA 95460
Fantastic all-inclusive breakfast!
Views on the patio with beautiful weather.
Cafe Beaujolais will blow you away with their classic yet innovative French cuisine. Their kitchen, lead by seasoned executive chef Julian, seeks out the finest, freshest ingredients by sourcing from local farmers and producers. They also have an amazing wine list that will pair well with any dish. Their in-house brickery makes some of the best pizzas in town – not a restaurant you can miss out on! 961 Ukiah St, Mendocino, CA 95460
Fog Eater Cafe
This recommendation is for my vegan readers! All menu items at the Fog Eater Cafe are vegan-friendly and at no expense of taste. Pair your meal with their delightful selection of natural wine, beers, or wine-based cocktails. Make sure you visit this charming, cute restaurant when you get the chance! 45104 Main St, Mendocino, CA 95460
Frankie’s Pizza and Ice Cream Parlor
Excellent toppings, perfect crust, fresh ingredients. What more can you ask for from Frankie’s Pizza and Ice Cream Parlor? This family-owned and operated joint might be serving some of the best pizza in the area. After your meal, make sure to try their tasty ice cream that many locals love! The restaurant currently only does take-away and delivery, so if you’re staying close by, bring one back to your room and enjoy a delicious pie.44951 Ukiah St, Mendocino, CA 95460
Little River Inn Restaurant
I had the pleasure of dining at the Little River Inn Restaurant during my stay. The outdoor dining space has a beautiful, magical ambiance – the restaurant has decorated this space with string lights, heaters, and greenery to keep the atmosphere lively all while following CDC guidelines to ensure every customer’s safety. The food was delightful. I ordered a jeweled cauliflower and their red wine braised ribs, which paired perfectly with my glass of sparkling wine. If you’re looking for Mendocino dining locations, I would highly recommend this restaurant. Read more on The Little River Inn Mendocino here. 7901 CA-1, Little River, CA 95456
Italian dining at Mendocino doesn’t get better than Luna Trattoria. Here, you can enjoy some authentic, flavorful Italian food. Following CDC guidelines, they have also opened their patio area so you can indulge in some alfresco dining. The romantic outdoors setting enhances the atmosphere so you can fully enjoy their fine cuisine. If you get the chance, definitely call in advance to reserve a table for your visit as they are in high demand. 955 Ukiah St, Mendocino, CA 95460
If you’re looking for some late-night bites with a good atmosphere, Patterson’s Pub is a no-brainer for the area. This cozy eatery is serving some of the best pub grub around, with even options for vegans. It’s a popular location, so make sure you get there early when there’s less of a line. There are plenty of safety measures, including outdoor seating, so bring a friend and hang out at this intimate location next time you’re in Mendocino dining! 10485 Lansing St, Mendocino, CA 95460
The Harbor House Inn
The restaurant at the Harbor House Inn is a Michelin find whose menu is curated by executive chef Matthew Kammerer, an acclaimed Michelin chef, and James Beard Awards semi-finalist. The restaurant’s seafood-based menu changes every day to reflect the ever-changing Mendocino environment. If you’re looking for meticulously prepared seafood in Mendocino, this is the place to go. Enhance your evening with their selection of fine wines. 5600 CA-1, Elk, CA 95432
A popular spot, loved by locals and travellers, is Trillium Cafe. They have a beautiful garden area with outdoor seating where you can enjoy oceanside views! If you’re looking for a restaurant options with great social-distancing, this is the place to go. Either dine in or get your meal to-go in their gorgeous picnic boxes – take their classical American dishes to other parts of the town or to the beach. (Although, make sure to return them!) 10390 Kasten St, Mendocino, CA 95460
Sandra Speck-McElroyApril 20, 2021
Hi, I own a restaurant in Mendocino. Why did you leave out my restaurant Trillium Cafe? We are the premier place to dine in Mendocino right now. Right next to fog eater. We are one of the only places taking reservations. The only place with ocean views in town. We are also always # 1 on Yelp.
Eric YangApril 21, 2021
Sandra, thanks so much for the comment – I’ve never dined at your restaurant, so we left it out. However, based on your glowing reviews, it sounds like you are a Mendocino gem. I’ll be adding you to the guide shortly. Thanks again for reaching out!