Where to Dine
This vegan restaurant is perched on a hillside overlooking the Big River and downtown Mendocino. The creative menu will satisfy even the most ardent carnivore, and the wine list is thoughtfully curated to pair with menu items. In fact, the list has earned the Raven's Restaurant recognition from Wine Spectator for 11 years in a row. Wednesday nights bring special "ethnic inspiration" specials like Indonesian yellow curry and tofu satay.
Raven serves top notch plant-based cuisine, earning rave reviews from vegans, vegetarians, and carnivores alike. Many of the organic ingredients are grown right on their lush oceanfront property. The restaurant has also been recognized by the Wine Spectator for its extensive wine list featuring wines made with both organic and traditionally produced grapes.
Offering both ocean and lush garden views from the dining room, Ravens serves plant-based cuisine that earns rave reviews from vegans, vegetarians, and carnivores alike. Many of the organic ingredients are grown right on their property.
Trillium offers modern California cuisine, using locally-sourced organic ingredients to create an ever-changing, seasonal menu. With a fireplace, ocean views, and beautiful culinary flower garden, this romantic spot is a feast for the senses as well as the stomach.
This is organic Californian cuisine at its finest, with locally sourced ingredients coming together to create coastal inspired meals. Situated on the headland, lunch and dinner guests can enjoy a view of waves crashing into Little River Cove during the day and a stunning sunset in the evenings.
Just steps from our boutique hotel the JD House, the Trillium Café is a bright, romantic restaurant with ocean views and a cozy fireplace. Its menu is classic California cuisine: fresh, local, and ever-changing with the seasons. The wine list here is made up exclusively of California wines—and affordable ones too, with the average bottle price in the $30-40 range.
Moody's Organic Coffee Bar
Can’t start your day without a jolt of caffeine? Look no further than Moody’s for your iced vanilla half-caff no foam double espresso. Make sure to ask for a to-go cup so you can stroll to the ocean just a few yards away.
Mendocino Market and Deli
Looking for the best sandwich in town? Well, you've found it. With endless ways to customize your creation, this shop stocks abundant homemade sides and cold beverages to complete your midday meal.
Frankie's Pizza & Ice Cream Parlor
Serving pizza, falafel, and locally made ice cream, Frankie’s puts an environmentally-friendly twist on the traditional ice cream and pizza parlor. This is a low-key spot to kick back and enjoy some well made wholesome fare.
This California French restaurant prides itself on preparing dishes that reveal the natural flavors of its ingredients. Sourcing ingredients from around the globe, this gem is an iconic Mendocino classic with a sterling reputation (and the street cred to back it up).
GoodLife Cafe & Bakery
Sticky buns, lemon bars, pain au chocolate, oh my! Using organic flour and eggs and other premium ingredients, the GoodLife Cafe serves up a wide array of sweet and savory baked goods from scratch every morning.
This upscale market in the heart of Mendocino has everything you could want for a quick snack or picnic provisions. Dash in and pick up some freshly made sushi, sandwiches, or prepared foods made from organic ingredients.
What the Mendocino Cafe lacks in size is more than made up for with its deck seating, beautiful gardens, and ocean views. Locals and tourists alike flock here for the coastal cool setting and eclectic Thai-inspired menu.
Arguably the best burger in town, Mendo Burgers uses organic grass fed beef and fresh local ingredients at their centrally located joint. They don’t take credit cards, but there’s an ATM close by.
955 Ukiah Street
Here, the chefs use local produce, much of it sourced from their own kitchen garden not far from the restaurant. The wine selection is exclusively those from the Anderson Valley and nearby regions, and the friendly staff can help guide you to one in line with your tastes. Thursday nights bring a special 3-course menu with a glass of wine for only $25.