With its rugged coastlines, small-town vibe, and year-round mild temperatures, Mendocino is one of Northern California’s most popular destinations for those looking to escape the hustle and bustle of the Californian lifestyle. Vacation rentals abound, and our luxury villa Chateau Frolic is where our guests come to relax, unwind, and bask in the area’s delights. First on the list? Wining and dining! Keep scrolling for our pick (in no particular order!) of the top 5 places to eat out in Mendocino.
MacCallum House Restaurant (45020 Albion St, Mendocino, CA 95460)
Located inside the historic MacCallum House, built in 1882 for the town founder’s daughter and her new husband, the MacCallum House Restaurant is fine dining at its very best. Organic, sustainable recipes derived from the finest local ingredients are what make this gem a must-visit, all paired with palette-indulging wines and signature cocktails mixed with love and local ingredients. Dine inside or out, but be sure to arrive ahead of time as space is limited.
Mendocino Cafe (10451 Lansing St, Mendocino, CA 95460)
Well worth a visit! The Mendocino Cafe inside the Mendocino Hotel serves up the kind of local fanfare that will have you a repeat customer in no time. They are open for lunch and dinner, and the yogurt-marinated chicken skewers with cucumber salad are to die for! Meals are freshly prepared with local ingredients and servings are generous, all in a cottage dining-style ambiance with humble service to boot.
Harvest at Mendosa’s (10501 Lansing St, Mendocino, CA 95460)
Drop into the Harvest Market Bakery for morning muffins, mouthwatering bagels, or one of the delicious harvest cookie varieties, made with pure butter, real vanilla, and organic flour. Mermaid Sushi, onsite, offers delicious takeaway trays for small groups or large gatherings, and the Market Deli serves up full meals, salads, and vegetarian options. It’s a takeaway junkie’s dream, and all just a short drive from your vacation rental Mendocino, Chateau Frolic.
5200 Restaurant and Lounge at The Heritage House (5200 CA-1, Little River, CA 95456)
Think American classics infused with French flair, served by undeniable professionals with a passion for service. With uninterrupted views of the Pacific Ocean and Mendocino’s captivating coastline, the setting is casual but classy and all plates and cocktails are derived from fresh, local ingredients, down to the garnishes. Tables are allocated on a first-come, first-served basis, so get in early!
Albion River Inn Restaurant (3790 CA-1, Albion, CA 95410)
Another just a short drive from vacation rentals in Mendocino, the Albion River Inn serves a Braised Boneless Lamb Shoulder with garbanzo beans, eggplant, and basmati rice that will have you looking up real estate in the area. The ocean views are majestic and the sunsets unbeatable, all enjoyed deckside with a glass of local wine in hand.
And a bonus!
North Coast Brewing Company (444 N Main St, Fort Bragg, CA 95437)
This hometown gem has received numerous awards for its locally brewed craft beers and tasting floats. They deliver everything from stouts to IPAs. Meals are fresh and casual (think fish, chips, and burgers) and designed to fill the stomachs of hungry hikers, day drivers, and locals alike. Take a day trip to the nearby redwoods and head over to the brewery for late afternoon drinks with the family. It’s an easy taxi ride from Chateau Frolic for those without designated drivers.
You really can’t go wrong in Mendocino when picking where to fill up! Stay tuned in coming posts for our guide to the unbeatable eateries surrounding the most luxurious vacation rental properties Hawaii has on its books!