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.
Be sure to refer to this list rather than asking Google to find “restaurants open near me” when visiting The Sea Ranch and near by areas.
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 closed their indoor seated service and offer instead pre-paid curbside food pickup. Others have set up a special outdoor eating area and very limited seating with safe space between fellow diners. All require guests to be masked and maintain a 6-feet distance between others.
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), 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 Mendonoma Restaurants described below.
Restaurants in Sea Ranch
Covid Update: Open 7:30-4 with outdoor dining. Order and pay over the phone to help with social distancing. They offer To-Go, Carside Pickup, & Delivery.
The Ranch Cafe, our community’s very own local cafe is nestled in the corner of our commercial area on Verdant View. The cafe offers breakfast and lunch starting at 7:30 am and going late into the afternoon. Visit their Facebook Page to learn of their daily specials and 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.
Given its popularity, we recommend to make ordering easy, 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.
Hours 7:30 AM -4 PM (may be subject to change)
35590 Verdant View |Sea Ranch, CA 95497 | (707) 785-4529
Black Point Grill- Closed for renovation
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 |
Restaurants in Stewarts Point
[5.3 Miles South of Abalone Bay]
Covid Update: Thanksgiving Dinner To-Go Menu is now available on their Facebook page. The ordering window is open as of now! Please note that orders must be in by 11/22/20.
Customers must be masked and distanced. They continue their famous pizza on Fridays from 3 pm till closing at 5 pm. You can customize your pizza-to-go as long as you order before 3 pm (no half and half pizzas please). They also provide cocktails to go. You bring the clean screw top container and a masked Andrew mixes the drink that goes into it exactly the way you like it. Visit their Facebook Page for more information.
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.
Monday, Wednesday, Thursday: 7:30 AM – 3:00 PM
32000 CA-1, Stewarts Point, CA 95480 |Phone:(707) 785-2406
Restaurants in Timber Cove
[17.5 Miles South of Abalone Bay]
COVID UPDATE: Coast Kitchen offers their outdoor dining room, room service, and takeout so that you can enjoy the flavors of Coast Kitchen wherever you’re most comfortable.
Re-opened after extensive remodeling in 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]
Gualala Hotel and Saloon- [closed]
Established in 1903, this gem on the Northern California coastline
39301 South Highway One, Gualala, CA 95445 |
COVID UPDATE: Check their Facebook page or updates and any changes. Outdoor dining and limited indoor dining available.
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
COVID UPDATE: In collaboration with efforts to keep our community safe and supported during the COVID19 crisis, The Gualala Seafood Shack will be closing their doors and offering pre-paid curbside food pickup. Please see the menu found here.
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
COVID UPDATE: Open for take-out. Social distancing and masks are required, with one customer at a time in the store.
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
COVID UPDATE: St. Ores is now open for indoor dining! Limited occupancy, social distancing, and masks except when eating. They also offer dining in their gardens and on the decks at 4 pm and of course, dinner with cocktails to go. Reservations only. 707 884-3335.
Saint Orres will be offering a traditional Thanksgiving Dinner with all of the trimmings To Go. They will have details as to what is included and how to order in the very near future. (Watch for the preorder cut off date.)
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 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.Tue
36601 South Highway One, Gualala, CA | (707) 884-3335 | Tue.-Sun
COVID UPDATE: Trinks is now offering food for pickup and outdoor dining, physically distanced conforming to state and county guidelines, for the safety of customers and staff
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
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 | Thur.-Sun 6:00-9:00 pm
COVID UPDATE: Outdoor Dining and Take-Out Only. The staff wears masks, face shields, and gloves. The manager will take down your name and contact information for contact tracing purposes.
Place Order By 8:30 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
COVID UPDATE: Take out and outdoor dining available.
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
Restaurants in Anchor Bay
[10 miles north of Abalone Bay]
COVID UPDATE: Take out available
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 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
Covid Update: Accepts phone orders, outdoor seating, and take out
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]
A new Japanese Izakaya-style restaurant has opened temporarily as a pop-up at 250 N. Main St. in Point Arena, for take-out only. Currently, it is operating as a seasonal noodle soup pop-up, that provides a sense of ease through these uncertain times. Takeout only, you will be able to enjoy hot, soothing broth, from the comfort of your own home. Gama offers primarily ramen along with some small dishes and rice bowls. Meanwhile, Chefs Elyse and David Hopps continue their work towards making their restaurant space located at the Wildflower Boutique Motel.
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.
250 N. Main St., Point Arena | 707( 845-9232 | Thurs.- Sun. 3:00 pm -9:00 pm
COVID UPDATE: 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-?
COVID UPDATE: Closed until after winter for the health and safety of our staff and community.
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.
COVID UPDATE: As of September 28, 2020, on vacation to reopen October 28, 202. Offers curbside pickup during regular hours.
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.
213 Main Street, Point Arena, CA 95468 | (707) 882-2500 |Wed.-Sat. 8 am- 4 pm
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.
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.
Tues-Thurs, 8 am-2 pm, Fri-Sun, 8 am-8 pm
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
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.