Restaurants Near Sea Ranch Abalone Bay
Dine at restaurants and cafes in The Sea Ranch and neighboring communities of Mendonoma that operate at the peak of a farm-to-table ethos. You’ll discover a wonderful selection of dining experiences and food options many originating from family-owned and sustainable farms, dairies, and vineyards. Discover artisanal baked goods, locally handcrafted gelato, 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.
Catering Resources Too!
Not everyone wishes to be in the kitchen while on vacation! For those special times when you want to eat in but don’t want to do the prepping and cooking, consider any of our local catering services listed below.
Who Needs Google’s “Restaurants Open Near Me”
Be sure to refer to this list rather than asking Google to find “restaurants open near me” when visiting The Sea Ranch and nearby areas.
You’ll find that many of the smaller, locally owned eateries are cash only businesses. Others may accept credit cards if the cost of the purchase will cover their credit card fees. Be sure to always check if your night out requires a quick check to the nearest ATM- found at WestAmerica Bank in Gualala’s Sundsrtom Shopping Center (South, 39225 Highway 1, Gualala, CA 95445).
Insider’s Tips In the Time of COVID-19
In collaboration with efforts to keep our community safe and supported during the COVID19 crisis, some restaurants and cafes have now offer pre-paid curbside food pickup. Others have set up a special outdoor eating area and very limited seating with safe space between fellow diners.
As conditions and COVID precautions may change suddenly, we recommend you call ahead to verify if the establishment remains open, what its method of service is (curbside, inside, or outdoor eating experience), if masks are required, or any changes in hours and method of payment.
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 Restaurants in the coastal Sonoma County and Mendocino County area near The Sea Ranch listed below.
Enjoy sushi on the beautiful Mendonoma Coast! All of their deliveries are contact-free! They provide a safe dining experience that you can enjoy in the comfort of your own home!
They do deliveries from The Sea Ranch to Anchor Bay Beach Area
Deliveries are done on Saturdays only from 5 pm – 6:30 pm.
Celebrate the splendor of the Mendonoma coast through food brought to you by Black Oak Catering, based in rural Annapolis. When staying at Sea Ranch Abalone Bay they are able to accommodate intimate dinners
They also accommodate large parties (booked off-site of Sea Ranch Abalone Bay). For parties of twenty or more, they recommend making reservations at least two months in advance.
COVID-19 Home Delivery
Black Oak Catering is proud to introduce home meal delivery. This will allow us to bring you the dishes you love, without compromising your health and safety. This option is available for individuals as well as small groups. Contact us for specific details!
Contact Book through the website: www.blackoakcatering.com, or give Tanya a call: (707) 291-7320.
Rebecca Stewart Sea Ranch Catering and Cooking Classes
Rebecca holds to traditional preparations and with absorbing passion plays with wonderful expression, emphasizing fresh and seasonal ingredients, showcasing her attention to detail. “Not afraid of flavor” is her mantra. She delights in taking risks with her creations.
Chef Stewart’s life and career have been centered around food, entertaining, and art. She has had the pleasure of working with and gained inspiration from Jacques Pepin, Hugh Carpenter, Perla Meyers, Diane Kennedy, Marzal Hazan and Madhur Jaffrey, among others.
Stewart spent many years in Victoria, British Columbia, where she honed her seafood cooking skills at two locales: Her self-named award-winning restaurant, “Rebecca’s”; where it was named in the best 100 restaurants in Canada ten years running; and The White House Restaurant and Inn, featuring new world comfort food with wonderful in-house preserves, breads, and house-cured charcuterie.
The best part about Rebecca’s cooking is that, for better or worse, she refuses to be bored. Her menus change with the seasons, keeping some favorites but bringing on new dishes and accompaniments depending on what ingredients are best at the time. Chef Stewart’s famous cioppino, a show-stopper of ocean prawns, day boat scallops, shellfish, freshwater prawns, and fresh coastal catch, steamed in a red chili sauce, topped with a Dungeness crab and herb crostini is hard to beat.
Custom private or group cooking classes
Flexible at home cooking lessons to fit your schedule
“You learn to cook so that you don’t have to be a slave to recipes. You get what’s in season and you know what to do with it.” Julia Child
Sea Ranch Gourmet with Chef Adrienne Clune
Sea Ranch Gourmet’s Che Adrienne Clune provides services that includes special events, cooking classes, and of course events catering. Catered events in the Sea Ranch, provide exquisite dining experiences from private dinners to special occasion events. Whether you are planning a staff breakfast, high tea, or an intimate private dinner, Sea Ranch Gourmet can design a personalized menu for all your catering and entertaining needs. Adrienne has been referred to as “The Martha Stewart of the Frontier.” Adruis a certified culinarian with the American Culinary Federation.
Chef Adrienne has worked in some of Los Angeles’ top restaurants, including Michelin award-winning Saddle Peak Lodge with executive chef Adam Horton and Savory, Malibu with executive chef Paul Shoemaker.
She has independently catered to numerous private clients and worked as a personal chef for Derrek Lee (MLB), Ryan Braun (MLB), Barbra Streisand, James Garner, and Tom Petty. She has also taught cooking classes both privately and for Beverly Hills High School.
Full catering is available – read more about Co-owner and Executive Chef, Rosemary Campiformio’s marvelous restaurant, and local cuisine below.
Restaurants in Sea Ranch
The Sea Ranch Restaurant
The acclaimed The Sea Ranch Lodge Restaurant is now opened and features in-season, locally sourced with quality ingredients, impeccably prepared – for lunch and dinner. It is redesigned to a gathering place for the community and guests in a fresh and new space that honors the legacy of the Lodge while tantalizing the palette with flavors that celebrate the bounty that the area has to offer – from lush produce to the freshest catch. We aim to offer fair and approachable pricing – inviting locals regularly and inspiring visitors to make the trip – and to serve meals with the warmth and care of being in someone’s home.
The Dining Room: 5 pm-9 pm Thursday-Monday
Reservations made via OpenTable: The Sea Ranch Lodge:
The Bar + Lounge
4 pm-10 pm Thursday- Monday
The bar, literally the center of the building, has become the social center of The Sea Ranch once again. It is an easygoing, intimate space to enjoy a drink and small bites, with a focus on regional fare with particular attention to the season. At their cozy bar or in the fireside lounge and solarium with views onto the Pacific, plans are in place to utilize this incredible space to host jazz nights, winemaker events, lecture series, trivia nights, and more.
7 am-3 pm daily
Because no great trip is complete without a good cup of coffee. Just inside the doors, conveniently located next to the General Store and the Post Office, find a casual cafe offering freshly roasted Sea Ranch Coffee (think Blue Bottle goes to Sea Ranch), aromatic teas, smoothies, juices, and quick and healthy breakfast and lunch offerings, as well as picnic-ready takeaway options. Whether guests prefer to grab something on the go or to linger in the solarium or the meadow just below, the cafe will be serving a wonderful menu of seasonal treats.
Restaurants in Stewarts Point
[5.3 Miles South of Abalone Bay]
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 tradition continues. 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.
Wednesday, Thursday: 7:30 AM – 3:00 PM
Friday: 7:30 AM – 4:00 PM
32000 CA-1, Stewarts Point, CA 95480 |Phone:(707) 785-2406
Restaurants in Timber Cove
[17.5 Miles South of Abalone Bay]
The Coast Kitchen restaurant at Timber Cove Resort is open to the public Sunday – Thursday. Coast Kitchen serves our in-house guests only on Fridays and Saturdays, with reservations required.
About Timber Cove and Coast Kitchen
Enjoy 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]
Check their Facebook page for updates and any changes.
This is our favorite pizza joint! It is right next door to the historic Gualala Hotel. They serve the yummiest homemade sourdough pizza. The dough is made fresh every morning. Also on the menu are their massive Calzones, refrigerated salads, and chicken wings. There is a wide variety of beer and cider on tap and bottles plus plenty of other drink choices. It’s always a fun place to hang out especially on their front. porch with a great local vibe. Call in for a take-out order at 884-1324. And don’t forget they have take-and-bake pizzas too. Their service is super friendly and always welcoming. Gluten-free available.
Open Mon, Tues, Wed, Thurs, Fri & Sun 3-8. Sat 12-8. To Go Orders Only!
39331 South Highway One, Gualala, CA 95445 | (707) 884-1324
Shrimp sandwich Photo credit: Charles Mills
Mendonoma’s newest restaurant (2019) 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.
Its owners, Ross and Susana, of Trinks fame, invite you to experience the true meaning of Ocean to Table dining.
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. Note there is nothing soft in the place causing the noise environment to be loud.
Their fish tacos (deep-fried lingcod) are topped with a very tasty sauce, kind of a Thousand Island, not a spicy salsa. Others report the clam chowder is good.
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
COVID UPDATE: Provides seating outside, Take out
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.
39102 Ocean Dr Gualala, CA 95445 |(707) 884-1835 | Daily: 11:30 am -9:00 pm
Reservations only. 707 884-3335.
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. Its 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 created under Lupe’s masterful hand. You must try her great unique mojitos and basil martini! 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) 884-3335 | Tue.-Sun
They offer select made-to-order meals, baked goods as well as frozen soups, entrees, and baked goods from their retail freezers.
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 5-8 pm. The 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-4:00 pm
Vue offers fireside and outdoor oceanfront dining for spectacular views of the Gualala River Estuary as it mingles with the sea. As you dine experience beautiful sunsets and views of the whales. Located on the west side of Highway 1 just as you enter the south end of Gualala. The restaurant serves California cuisine. Be sure to ask for the specials of the day. The bar is a great place to rub elbows with the locals and tourists alike. Service is excellent, laidback, polite, and earnest.
Insider’s Tip: Reserve your Table -Seating is limited. If you are celebrating a special occasion ask for a corner table on their lovely outdoor patio.
39300 S, CA-1, Gualala, CA 95445 | (707) 884-9180 | Wed.- Sun. 5:00-9:00 pm
This small, delightful Taco place is tucked in the corner of the bright yellow building shared with Tangles Hair Salon located in the middle of Gualala. The family-run business provides solidly authentic, flavorful Mexican dishes. It is open for breakfast, lunch, and early diner. Several clean picnic tables are available in their yard out front. You’ll find the service is friendly and ready to offer up chips and salsa.
Seating is limited
39150 CA-1, Gualala, CA 95445 | (707) 884-1692 | Tue.- Sun. 8 am- 6 pm
Gualala Hotel and Saloon- [closed]
Established in 1903, this iconic gem on the Northern California coastline is unfortunately closed.
39301 South Highway One, Gualala, CA 95445 |
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 southern Mendocino coast just five minutes north of the Sonoma county line in the Village of Anchor Bay. They specialize in the exotic flavors and aromas of Thai cuisine using fresh local organic ingredients whenever possible.
Insider’s Tip: Cash only, credit cards are not accepted.
35517 California 1, Gualala, California | (707) 884-4141 | Tue. – Sun., Lunch: 12:00-3:00 | Dinner: 5:00-9:00
Offers Tex-Mex. Locally owned and run, good people. Locals rave about it.
Delivery offered within a 10-mile radius.
Insider’s Tip: Cash only, credit cards are not accepted.
Call (707) 884-1735 for details.
White Cap Coffee and Tea
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- serving local “Little Green Bean” coffee, fair trade, and organic. There’s also an assortment of fresh loose leaf teas. And for an extra treat enjoy 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 | Mon., Wed., Fri., Sun.: 8:00 am – 1:00 pm
Restaurants in Point Arena
[21 miles North of Abalone Bay]
Japanese Izakaya-style restaurant at 150 N. Main St. in Point Arena, offers take out and dine in.
Visit their Facebook Page for updates and any changes in hours
Their kitchen is focused on local, seasonal ingredients prepared with Japanese cooking techniques. Their bar pairs those offerings with a curated selection of sake, beer, and wine. They are committed to operating our establishment as sustainably as possible, to better serve our guests, our community, and our planet.
Book a table for Ramen Night. A once-a-month ramen-focused menu where all proceeds are donated to the JACL (Japanese American Citizens League)
Their menu includes Sunomono, a cucumber salad tossed in seasoned vinegar and toasted sesame seeds; Karaage Chicken, Japanese fried chicken served with kewpie mayo; Paitan Ramen, creamy chicken broth served with poached chicken breast and seasonal veggies; Vegetarian Ramen, shiitake seaweed broth served with seasonal veggies and a soft-cooked egg; and Kamo Don, braised duck served with a soft-cooked egg over rice. Vegan and gluten-free options are available.
Tipping at Gama is optional. The owners pride themselves on paying a living wage. Their staff doesn’t rely on tips, but if our guests want to show their gratitude monetarily, it is most welcome.
150 N. Main St., Point Arena | (707) 845-9232 | Thurs.- Sun. 3:00 pm -9:00 pm
Take out menu available Facebook page
Bird Cafe and Supper Club, located in the historic Point Arena Hotel, “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.
Insider’s tip: They accept cash and local checks only. Reservations are recommended- check for actual hours they are open when you make your reservation.
190 Main Street | ( 707) 882-1600 | Thurs. & Fri. 5:30-8ish, Saturday 5:00-?
Owners Pete and Melissa are pouring their beers and offering a small menu too. Inspired by European tradition, they are a small, true family-run brewery. Plenty of indoor seating and a wind-protected deck outdoors make the Brewery a perfect gathering place.
Currently they offer a limited menu, expecting a full menu to be offered in February 2023.
Pete and Melissa happen to be the owners of Mendocino’s favorite, Cafe Beaujolais as well!
OPEN ONLY FRIDAYS & SATURDAYS 4PM-9PM.
Dine-in · Takeout
265 Main St, Pt Arena, CA
The cafe has a very small inside seating area with a nice outside seating area as well. It was a chilly morning when we visited so they were able to start a propane fireplace for guests seated outside. Very friendly staff. We were very glad we stumbled upon this cafe on our journey!
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch
Open: Wednesday- Friday 8am- 2pm
Franny’s offers 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.
Open: Wed/Thurs/Fri/Sat 8 am- 2 pm & Sunday 8 am-noon
•Please place all orders via phone at 707.882.2500 or in person. Please note they DO NOT accept orders via email•
CASH OR CHECK ONLY
213 Main Street, Point Arena, CA 95468 | (707) 882-2500 |
COVID UPDATE: Point Arena Pizza will be open five nights a week with a To Go Menu only. Facemasks are required at all times. Please call in your order: 707-882-1960
This family-owned woodfire artisan pizzeria offers organic, locally grown salads along with a variety of pizza pies, including gluten-free.
Open Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday, Monday from 4 pm to 8 pm
COVID UPDATE: New hours- outside dining: Open Wednesday through Sunday 8 am to 2 pm.
Family-run cafe—come enjoy our homestyle food! Breakfast & lunch served daily.
Dinner served Friday through Sunday.
Hwy 1 N at Lighthouse Rd,Point Arena, CA 95468, |(707) 882-207 | Tues-Thurs, 8am-2pm, Fri-Sun, 8am-8pm
COVID UPDATE: Updated Hours: 2 PM -9:30 pm Facebook Page
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 |Daily, 9 am-11 pm
Based in rural Annapolis, California, is an independent catering company that celebrates the splendor of the Mendonoma coast through food. Black Oak Catering is proud to introduce home meal delivery. This will allow us to bring you the dishes you love, without compromising your health and safety. This option is available for individuals as well as small groups.
They are able to accommodate both intimate dinners and large parties. For parties of twenty or more, they recommend making reservations at least two months in advance.
A sushi delivery service serving fresh sushi on the beautiful Mendonoma Coast. Deliveries are done on Saturdays only with service between The Sea Ranch to Anchor Bay Beach Area.
They deliver from 5 pm – 6:30 pm.
Jill Nussinow is an author, educator, and vegetarian cooking expert. For current information visit her Facebook account
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.