Restaurants Near Abalone Bay
Restaurants and cafes in The Sea Ranch and neighboring communities of Mendonoma offer a wonderful selection of dining experiences and food options including artisanal baked goods, locally handcrafted gelato made from local organic jersey cow milk, local artisanal cheese, wine, jams and much more. Dishes in many of the area’s restaurants are crafted using local produce, freshly caught local fish, wild mushrooms, and wild game. All restaurants are great family venues and offer a wonderful cook’s holiday. For those of you desiring more international flavors, you’ll find Mexican and Thai restaurants, as well as good ol’ pizza.
Insider’s Tip: Be sure to verify the restaurant accepts credit cards. Many smaller cafes and restaurants accept cash or checks only.
Map of Mendonoma Restaurants
Located on this Google map is a selection of the listed Mendonoma Restaurants described below.
Restaurants in Sea Ranch
Black Point Grill- Closed
Update: The Sea Ranch Lodge and Black Point Grill are now under new ownership. Their goal is to open the Black Point Grill first. Stay tuned for further updates
60 Sea Walk Dr |Sea Ranch, CA 95497 | (707) 785-2371 | Breakfast 7-11; All Dining 11:30-9
The Ranch Cafe is one of the newest restaurants in Sea Ranch. The cafe offers breakfast and lunch starting at 6:30 am and going late into the afternoon. Visit their Facebook Page to read their rave reviews. It certainly is a hit with the locals. Highly recommended is their Toasted Italian Sandwich. The bread was a French roll and the crust had a perfect crunch after toasting while the fresh bread remained soft to the bite.
As it is the newest, spot in The Sea Ranch you can be sure to expect a constant stream of people. So far, however, they have kept pace with it all. But to make ordering easy, you may wish to call your order in ahead of time.
Because they have so many specials the best plan is to come on in and check them out in person. Their daily breakfast menu offers:
- Build Your Own Breakfast Sandwich,
- Organic Fruit Parfait,
- Biscuits & Gravy,
- Savory Pinwheel,
- Breakfast Burrito,
- Bagel & Cream Cheese,
- Cinnamon Toast
All in all, expect a very good experience.
Restaurants in Stewarts Point
One of the favorites of all the restaurants near Sea Ranch is now found at Stewarts Point Store.Managed by Twofish Baking Company the store offers not only the famous bakery treats of TwoFish Bakery but also sandwiches, pizzas in the corner store and brew establishment. Not hungry? Then discover a small selection of sundries, and delightful locally made treasures.
The Sea Ranch Friday Pizza Night traditionally held at TwoFish Bakery is now held at the Stewarts Point Store. No reservations are available for dining in the restaurant located upstairs.
Located south of Sea Ranch at the corner of Highway 1 and Skaggs Springs Road.
Restaurants in Timber Cove (17.5 miles South of Abalone Bay)
Re-opened after extensive remodeling July 2016, this location provides an exceptional Sonoma coastal cuisine dining experience with panoramic Pacific Ocean views. Noteworthy of the location is the Bufano Peace Statue Monument located next to the hotel and restaurant. Nearby stops include Fort Ross State Historic Park 1 mile away and Flowers Vineyard and Winery 4 miles away.
The Coast Kitchen offers organic, seasonal fare with clean, crisp presentations served amidst stunning ocean views. Open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner seven days per week, Coast Kitchen offers a delectable menu featuring dishes sourced from local vendors and wine pairings from predominantly Sonoma-based vineyards. Dine in the intimate indoor dining room or outdoor patio overlooking the fire pit. Either one features a romantic, cozy atmosphere.
The Hirsch Room is Timber Cove’s very own exclusive dining room, the perfect fit for private gatherings and events. Their 12-foot dining table is handmade by a local craftsman from a single redwood tree, with endless ocean views in the most distinguished room of our resort. The Hirsch Room is the ideal setting for a private party of up to 13 guests or a luxurious meeting space for your next corporate retreat.
Coast Kitchen daily:
Timber Cove Inn, 21780 CA-1, Jenner, CA 95450 | (707) 847-3231
Restaurants in Gualala (7 miles north of Abalone Bay)
Established in 1903, this gem on the Northern California coastline recently reopened (soft opening) under new owners and management. We look forward to their continued improvements, making it the grand lady it once was.
39301 South Highway One, Gualala, CA 95445 | (707) 884-3441
Authentic local Mexican Food. Their new location is larger and on the Coast Highway in 2019 (what used to be Bones Roadhouse BBQ). Still offers up great taste and service!
39080 CA-1, Gualala, CA 95445 | Gualala, CA 95445| (707) 884-1789
Mendonoma’s newest restaurant near Sea Ranch is fun, fast and fresh. Located on the north side of Gualala in the historic Bakertown center, the Gualala Seafood Shack offers the highest quality seafood sourced directly from the ocean out back (in Antonio’s Tacos old site).
The Seafood Shack opened for service Friday, April 5, 2019, to good reviews.
Its owners, Ross and Susana, of Trinks fame, invite you to experience the true meaning of Ocean to Table dining.
Shrimp sandwich was good with grilled-to-order shrimp.
Photo credit: Charles Mills
Its décor is minimal. Some may call it “clean”; others call it stark offering communal zinc-topped tables with no cushions on the benches. Guests place their orders and pick them up at the counter. When finished you must bus your own dishes. For me, the biggest negative was the noise: there is nothing soft in the place and the noise environment is harsh.
Their fish tacos (deep-fried ling cod) are reported to be were good. They are topped with a very tasty sauce, kind of a Thousand Island, not a spicy salsa. Others reported the clam chowder was good.
OPEN Friday – Sunday 11 am – 5 pm
38820 S Highway 1, Bakertown, Gualala California| (707) 884-9511 | Friday – Sunday 11 am – 5 pm
Specializes in pizza slices to go, sandwiches, desserts, pastries, ice cream, coffee, and a wide variety of Mexican dishes. Located inside the mall next to Gualala Super Market.
39225 South Highway One, Gualala, CA 95445 | (707) 884-4055 | Daily: 6:00 am-7 pm
Locally Handcrafted Small Batch Artisan Gelato and Cheese. Available at the Surf Market ~ Black Point Grill at Sea Ranch Lodge ~ Trinks Cafe ~ Anchor Bay Thai Kitchen. Join them at the Gelato Cart on Saturdays (Memorial Day-Labor Day)
Pazzo Marco Gelato Cart at Surf Market
North Coast Cuisine made from and fresh local ingredients including freshly caught fish, wild game, and wild mushrooms wonderfully prepared by owner Rosemary Campiformio. St. Orres is a favorite restaurant of ours-perfect for that special occasion. It’s unique architecture whisks you back in time to the 18oos when Russian fur trappers and traders inhabited the area. The Seaside Bar offers tapas (little plates) and unique cocktails great unique mojitos! This is where the locals hang out. Musical entertainment is frequently offered in the bar and lounge area. Check their website for more information on dates and artists. Located north of Gualala proper.
36601 South Highway One, Gualala, CA | (707) 884-3303
A wonderful family run cafe that offers specialty sandwiches, homemade desserts, gourmet coffee, locally handcrafted Pazzo Marco Gelato. Open daily for breakfast and lunch (Monday- Friday 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., Saturday & Sunday 12 p.m. to 4 p.m.). Dinners are available Wednesdays and Fridays 5-8pm. Dinner program varies day to day and usually depends on what is available from local vendors (check the website to see what dishes will be offered). Seating inside and outside with views of the estuary.
39140 South Highway One, Gualala, CA 95445 | (707) 884-1713 | Mon-Sat: 7:00 am- 5:00 pm, Sun: 8:00 am-4:00pm
Located in Cypress Village Center, this is a favorite of local residents. Great views accompany American fare. The pool table and bar make it a fun place to hang out with friends.
International cuisine on Thursday night, locally-curated world class Jazz music events Friday night, punctuated by a casual catch-up with friends and community Saturday. Always check the events calendar.
MendoViné 39145 South Highway One, Gualala, CA 95445 | 707-896-2650 | Hours: Th-Sun 6-9PM
Restaurants in Anchor Bay (10 miles north of Abalone Bay)
Authentic Thai Cuisine, some Vegan, Gluten Free. This restaurant is located in the Anchor Bay Village just north of the town of Gualala on the south Mendocino coast just five minutes north of the Sonoma county line in the Village of Anchor Bay. They specialize in exotic flavors and aromas of Thai cuisine using fresh local organic ingredients whenever possible.
Note cash only, credit cards are not accepted.
35517 California 1, Gualala, California | (707) 884-4141 | Tuesday – Sunday, Lunch: 12:00-3:00 | Dinner: 5:00-9:00
Serving a very wide variety of traditional Mexican cuisine, though they will make hamburgers too.
35501 CA Highway South, Anchor Bay, CA 95445 | (707) 884-1735 |Open: Mon, Wed- Sunday 11am-8: 30 p.m. Closed Tuesday.
This darling coffee and tea shop is owned by Torry and Amanda J Olsen in beautiful Anchor Bay. This location has historically been a community gathering place located in Anchor Bay Village when it was known as the Blue Canoe until it’s original owners retired. Today White Cap continues to be a source of excellent coffee, tea, ice cream and pastries. The list of their offerings covers two very large blackboards and includes all of the regular and irregular offerings of any respectable coffeehouse. You can sit inside or outside in the enclosed garden and you can bring your own book or read one of theirs. Owned and operated by locals it is also a great place to find out what is going on in the area.
35501 CA-1, Gualala, CA 95445 | (707) 884-1800 | Opened: Tue, Wed, Thurs- 6 am -3:30 pm. Fri. and Sat. 6 am-6:00 pm. Closed Tuesday.6:30.
Restaurants in Point Arena (21 miles North of Abalone Bay)
Bird Cafe and Supper Club “exemplifies a passion for community, food, and art through unique dining experiences that emphasize terroir – or the taste of place.” It is a popular location serving locals and visitors alike in the Mendonoma area since 2016.
The cafe offers a 4-course prix fixe menu. To discover what’s cooking at the cafe pop over to their Instagram site for their menu. From their website:
Chef Aaron Peters works with local farmers and ranchers to create local, seasonal, Mendocino country cuisine. We’ve renovated the space, including new murals by Nicole Ponsler. Bird offers an exciting list of Anderson Valley wines, in addition to full bar pairings.
Note: They accept cash and local checks only.
Thursday & Friday 5:30-8ish Saturday 5:00-?
Check for actual hours they are open when you make your reservation.
Located: 190 Main Street in the historic Point Arena Hotel
Reservations are recommended: 707-882-1600
Located: 790 Port Rd/Point Arena Pier, Point Arena, CA 95468
Call (707) 882-1960
A seafood house in a casual atmosphere with an awe-inspiring view of the lively activities at Arena Cove. Get the literal bird’s eye view of the pier, the fishing boats and jagged cliffs plunging into the sea as you dine on fresh seafood, some caught locally that day, or enjoy entrees from the grill. It’s the perfect location to celebrate Fourth of July with a dinner and front row seating for the fireworks shot right in front of the restaurant. The Chowder House has a local wine list and 31 brews on tap. Every day finds colorful locals and visitors alike relaxing at the historic 100-year-old bar or gazing at the Pacific on the deck. Located at Arena Cove, a 2-minute walk. Takes Reservations, Walk-Ins Welcome, Good For Groups, Good For Kids, Take Out, Waiter Service and Outdoor Seating.
Franny’s offer an endless melange of baked goods, both sweet and savory, for breakfast, lunch and of course, dessert, all of which are made at the bakery every morning. Donut Fridays promise a new donut every Friday morning, announced via their Facebook Page. They make their own chocolates, such as our salt caramels, truffles, and pate de fruit, in addition to carrying a colorful range of candies from all our favorite companies. They serve Uncommon Grounds coffee and Espresso from Berkeley and Harney & Sons tea and chai, and an alarming amount of people seem to be addicted to their spicy Mexican mochas! Since our shop is so small, all items are carry-out. Franny’s also offers monthly brunches throughout the spring and summer, as well as birthday cakes and wedding cakes by special order.
Purchases are by cash or check only.
213 Main Street, Point Arena, CA 95468 | (707) 882-2500 |Open Wed.-Sat. 8 am- 4pm
Family run cafe—come enjoy our homestyle food! Breakfast & lunch served daily.
Dinner served Friday through Sunday.
Tues-Thurs, 8am-2pm, Fri-Sun, 8am-8pm
Hwy 1 N at Lighthouse Rd,Point Arena, CA 95468, |(707) 882-207 | Open: Tues-Thurs, 8am-2pm, Fri-Sun, 8am-8pm
Breakfast served all day, tasty lunches, nightly dinner specials, and tantalizing desserts to satisfy your taste buds, you will always go home feeling like a winner! Relax in the cozy dining area or join the gang at the bar. Enjoy a glass of delicious beer,or wine and never miss a beat of your favorite sports on our large flat screens televisions. Minors are now welcome in the River Grill before 9 PM. Must be accompanied by a responsible adult at all times.
22215 Windy Hollow Rd, Point Arena, CA 95468 | (707) 882-2077 | Open: 9am-11 pm
Which of the Mendonoma Restaurants Will You Try Next?
Because everyone deserves a holiday we know all will have a great time enjoying the flavors found in our Mendonoma Restaurants when staying at Abalone Bay, including the cook. While it’s always a pleasure to have home-cooked meals at Abalone Bay, there’s so much more to explore in Sea Ranch, Gualala, Point Arena, Stewarts Point, and Timber Cove. Please let us know either here or on our Facebook page what you thought of the place you selected for your meal.
And let us know if you have discovered a new restaurant not listed. We’ll be happy to add it to our Mendonoma Restaurants list.