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Black Point Grill at Sea Ranch Lodge
Black Point Grill at Sea Ranch Lodge

Black Point Grill at Sea Ranch Lodge Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://searanchlodge.com/dine/black-point-grill
  • Phone: (707) 785-4807
  • Hours of Operation:

    Breakfast: Daily 7:00am - 11:00am

    All-Day Dining: Daily 11:30am - 9:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Contemporary American, Californian
  • Executive Chef: Richard Whipple
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Beer, Cafe, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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A word from Black Point Grill at Sea Ranch Lodge
The acclaimed Black Point Grill at Sea Ranch Lodge features internationally-inspired California cuisine that emphasizes the freshest local ingredients. Seasonal menus and daily specials tempt with many satisfying options, from delectable entrees, small plates and appetizers to casual tavern fare, resulting in sophisticated yet uncontrived dining. To complement the food, our Oceanside restaurant offers an award-winning selection of about 110 unique regional wines. The evolving wine list showcases some of the best small estate wineries from Sonoma and Mendocino appellations.Continued
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Diner Reviews
  • "We had dinner there one night, the next day took a 6 miles hike along the coast and ended up having late lunch & drinks after the hike. Beautiful place to watch the sunset!"
    Dined on 7/14/2014
  • "Our group of seven--adults and children--were treated veery well for both dinner and lunch. Something for everyone on the menu."
    Dined on 7/12/2014
  • "This was our second dinner at BPG and it surpassed the first one - mostly because of more efficient service. We were seated on time, the staff were very friendly and welcoming, and we got our wine, appetizer, and bread in a reasonable time. The dinners were delicious and the sunset was spectacular. We'll be back once more before we have to depart."
    Dined on 7/6/2014
  • "We ate dinner and breakfast here. Both were excellent...well prepared and well presented. The view is gorgeous! Service was prompt and friendly."
    Dined on 7/6/2014
  • "We had just a wonderful dining experience at the Black Point Grill. We had a table with a fantastic food. And the food was outstanding and so was the service. We will definitely return here on future visits to Sea Ranch."
    Dined on 6/29/2014
  • "The food served was extremely fresh and tasty. The service was excellent. The view is outstanding."
    Dined on 6/27/2014
  • "We stayed at the lodge 2 nights and ate every meal at the Black Point Grill. The food was great at all times. Service was great with one exception. Our server forgot us. When she realized it she admitted her mistake, the house picked up our wine tab and the food came shortly there after. Couldn't ask for a better recovery - we tipped her well."
    Dined on 6/26/2014
  • "Hello, we enjoyed our dining experience the food was so, so. They said all the window seats were reserved yet during our two hours there no one sat at those seats. Therefore we were concerned as to why we were told that."
    Dined on 6/25/2014
  • "Staying at the lodge is serene and scenic. Being able to eat such fresh, good food while remaining peaceful was fantastic. The servers were overwhelmed the night I had dinner, but the service did not falter. Nicely done, Sea Ranch."
    Dined on 6/17/2014
  • "This was our first experience at Sea Ranch and dinner at the Black Point Grill helped make it a wonderful stay. The environment is low key and casual but the views are magnificent and the food was great. We had a salmon dish that was fresh caught locally and really well prepared. I would definitely come back."
    Dined on 6/11/2014
  • "For my husband's birthday meal, this restaurant overlooking the Pacific Coast was the best possible choice. Casual tables along the wall of windows, a competent vivacious server, and incredible views made this unforgettable. My Petrale Sole was sublime and his chicken succulent. Locally crafted beers complemented our meal. I would recommend this restaurant to anyone driving the Norther Sonoma and Mendocino coasts."
    Dined on 5/23/2014
  • "Every time we are at SeaRanch, we always make it a point to eat at the Black Point Grill. We love the food and atmosphere and the view of the Pacific Ocean. "
    Dined on 5/18/2014
  • "The food was very good but our service was a bit of a challenge. The young girl couldn't pronouce the winery names when telling us wines by the glass. She had a huge 'love mark' on her neck which her manager should have addressed. The window by our table was open and the handle was broken so it was a bit chilly and it couldn't be closed. We had two wonderful breakfasts here and both the service and food was excellent. Views are outstanding and we even spotted some whales passing by. "
    Dined on 4/26/2014
  • "We've been returning to the BPG at the Sea Ranch Lodge for more than 30 years. It has had it's highs and lows. After a 2 year hiatus we tried it once again. We had a wonderful lunch one day - great sandwiches and delicious chowder, and excellent upbeat service. The next night we returned for dinner. The menu offers some variety, both "Tavern Fare" and entrees. We tried both the pan-roasted petrale and breaded chicken cutlet. Each were fine, but unremarkable, and both were served at room temperature on cold plates. They had been fired much too early to allow time for our enjoyment of a good Caesar salad and simply got cold. The wine list is still decent, and overpriced. We miss the arm chairs. It's not bad, but it could be so much better. "
    Dined on 4/22/2014
  • "Before the recent visit I regarded this restaurant as little more than an upscale pub. Now its upscale in the best sense of the word. We had one dinner and two breakfasts. You could put this restaurant in any large city and it would do well. The view is hard to find anywhere else. For some, it might seem a little pricey but it easily passes my bang over buck test."
    Dined on 4/14/2014
  • "Unfortunately, the Crab Louie main dish did not work. It consisted of a large pile of chopped lettuce surrounded by tasteless vegetables, canned bay shrimp, canned crab, and sardines. The French-type dressing hidden deep in the lettuce did not add anything to the flavor of the dish. I have to be honest and say it was the most unpleasant meal I've ever experienced in a restaurant. It was pretty---but very disappointing. "
    Dined on 4/13/2014
  • "Good food in a casual yet defined setting. Sweeping views of the Pacific from from every table."
    Dined on 3/28/2014
  • "Our first visit after a new chef was on March 22, 2014. The beef medallions and swordfish special were fabulous. Best meal we have ever had at the Lodge in 30 years!"
    Dined on 3/22/2014
  • "Sea Ranch is a beautiful seaside community...isolated to say the least. It is rare to find both great food and great service in such off the beaten path locations. Seve and Trisha were outstanding wait persons...and Maria...the chef for the night... prepared incredible Petrole Sole and a pasta special that was a Home Run. Excellent! We always look forward to visiting this restaurant...a treat along Hwy 1 along the Sonoma County coast."
    Dined on 3/18/2014
  • "The food was really good. Initially, you have to ask for water as California is in a drought. However, be mindful that the wine list available by glass is only on the paper menu. I was VERY disappointed after spending a good amount of time reviewing the wine list along with potential entrees. The wine list provided shows the wines as by the bottle or by the glass - but don't be fooled, you can't order wine by the glass from their booklet. At that our waiter mentioned he had been there for 7 years - so I was even more disappointed that a a nice place like this they failed to appropriately advertise their wine menu. The food was outstanding and the breakfast burritos were awesome as well, but the service was not up to par."
    Dined on 3/8/2014
  • "worst service I've ever had drinks didnt arrive until 30 minutes later with dinner bread without butter everybody else's table had butter balsamic vinegar and oil we were left with just the oil had to ask multiple times for a refill of water even though the food was delicious the experience was totally ruined due to a young waitress who expected a young couple that wasn't dressed up to be bad tippers. Also I received the request to fill out the survey at 1:30 a.m. In the morning perhaps next time you want a review you could not have some buddies email wake them up in the middle of the night"
    Dined on 2/17/2014
  • "From the crab cake starter to the mahi mahi main course with wonderful risotto this was a great meal. Great ambience as well."
    Dined on 1/28/2014
  • "The setting and feel to this restaurant is like no other. Great menu and wonderful food. The wait staff took quite a while to approach us after being seated and although very friendly could be more knowledgable about their menu items. The view is like no other and I will definitely return to this beautiful lodge by the sea."
    Dined on 1/17/2014
  • "We have eaten here on and off for years, and i believe it is at its best form in a few years."
    Dined on 1/5/2014
  • "Given that this is the only restaurant around for many miles, there should definitely be more vegetarian options available on the dinner menu (most customers are from the SF Bay Area), we shouldn't be given the "the chef is sooo picky and he won't make ANY changes to the menu including removing meat (bacon) from a dish" or "there's ONE salad that comes without meat", the wine list should be longer, the waitress shouldn't read the steak and fish specials to us after we have told her that we are vegetarians, she also should be able to explain what a flat iron steak is to the customer who asks about it at another table, hopefully it'll get there in time, the prices sure are high for the level of service and food that this restaurant is at now."
    Dined on 11/26/2013
  • "This is my go-to spot when I am staying in the area. Good food, and a dated, but nice environment."
    Dined on 11/16/2013
  • "Great view but menu leaves something to be desired for the price."
    Dined on 11/2/2013
  • "We enjoyed our celebratory meal at Black Point Lodge. Our party included a 6 year old, very content with her penne pasta. Our server was attentive. The short ribs and .scallops were good, and the polenta croutons were a huge hit ."
    Dined on 10/12/2013
  • "What a great place to eat great food, drink fantastic local wines and watch the skies for the appearance of celestial bodies, and even the space station! And the waitress knew Venus and Spica on top of that! Lovely."
    Dined on 10/10/2013
  • "We dined here on October 9th, having made a reservation well in advance. The place was swamped with walk-ins, so we were told to wait in the bar (and didn't even get a drink) at the time of our reservation. The wine we ordered took a while to be found, then to be chilled! The food was uninspired and below average. We both had Point Reyes oysters which arrived luke warm (should have been ice cold) and the next day we both felt a bit bloated. I suspect the oysters were on the verge of spoiling. The beef tenderloin main dish was ok but nothing special. The view was fine but hard to enjoy, since we thought there was a herd of elephants in the room as one (of the two) servers stormed around in what sounded like heavy work boots all evening."
    Dined on 10/9/2013
  • "I have to admit it had been several years since we had dinner at this restaurant. The view has always been spectacular, but the food was just mediocre. Times have definitely changed. Food was well prepared, hot, and just plain great! They have a combination tavern and dinner menu that will appeal to different budgets. I had a pork chop while my son opted for the fish and chips off the tavern menu. The soup of the day was a non-creamy tomato soup which was delicious. My wife and I split a great crab cake appetizer and she had a wonderful petrale sole dish. Restaurant was full for a Friday night which tells me that people have found this spot again - a little more buzz in the restaurant made it more fun. Highly recommend for any budget."
    Dined on 9/6/2013
  • "The food was good with only a little miss (sand in my green beans, overcooked brussel sprouts and unevenly cooked tuna). However, the overwhelming problem was the cold air due to a window left open nearby and the loud noise level due to wood everywhere. Having to ask for butter is typical even in SF restaurants that serve only olive oil with the bread but there was only one waits person for a crowd on the labor day weekend. She was amazing but her clone was needed."
    Dined on 8/31/2013
  • "Black Point Grill ins't exactly in a "neighborhood"--Sea Ranch is a sprawling n. California community--but the restaurant is an excellent one in any context. It overlooks the ocean and bluffs, beautiful especially at dinner-time as the sun drops toward the Pacific... The room itself is fine; the food very good indeed (there's tavern-style food, but also "contemporary American"), imaginative and well prepared; the service is orderly and attentive and well-coordinated and pleasant. By northern California standards, not so expensive. Cheerfully recommended."
    Dined on 8/22/2013
  • "We enjoyed the casual but nice setting and of course the view was spectacular. The food was well prepared and better than we expected since this is the only decent restaurant around for 50 miles. We sat at the back of the restaurant and had to deal with lots of kitchen noise, but otherwise it was a great experience."
    Dined on 8/14/2013
  • "From the website description, we were expecting this restaurant to have a frequently updated menu that featured seasonal ingredients, but that was not the case at all. We visited in August, and the menu consisted entirely of winter-themed dishes. Maybe their chef left and they didn't manage to update the menu since the winter? The food was prepared well, but we were just taken aback by the fact that it was not at all seasonal as advertised."
    Dined on 8/9/2013
  • "Over the many years that we have gone to this restaurant when we stay at Sea Ranch, the quality has gone up and down. We have had some excellent meals here, but it is apparently in a "down" cycle right now. It is still a lovely venue, and our server for dinner was very good. The food was presented nicely, but it lacked taste. My butternut squash ravioli with mushrooms was pretty good, but the ravioli was underdone, and it was not something I would order again. My companion got the short ribs. The meat was a generous portion, but the meat was dry and tasteless, and was served without any sauce. For the prices, they should (and can) do better. We will try again at lunch and see if something less ambitious can be done well."
    Dined on 8/6/2013
  • "Stayed at the Sea Ranch Lodge and had dinner at the Black Point. Excellent in all aspects--...plus the view! Also, enjoyed the complimentary, abundant breakfast, which was also one of the best, most enjoyable breakfasts we've enjoyed in a long time. BTW ==> Had to change reservation time for dinner, and staff was 100% accommodating. Thank you! --Luis Etchenique South Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla."
    Dined on 8/5/2013
  • "We were very pleased with our two dinners at the Black Point Grill. Since we were something of a captive audience while staying at the Sea Ranch Lodge, we weren't sure what the food would be like. To our pleasant surprise, it really was pretty good. Service was very attentive and the food was inventive and very tasty. My wife would rate her food - she had scallops one night and fish the next as excellent- I had meat both nights which was very good, so this could really be a 4 1/2 star rating. The rule of thumb for restaurants with scenic views is sometimes the better the view, the worse the food, however in this case it did not hold true. We would definitely recommend the restaurant to anyone staying in the area."
    Dined on 8/2/2013
  • "Had dinner on Monday night. Unfortunately they were out of my first choice (Scallops) and what would have been my second choice (Sole). I was hoping for seafood but settled for a salad and a burger. Turns out the salad was excellent and the burger was very very good. Also had breakfast the next morning which was very good. Service was very good. All things considered, pretty darned good!"
    Dined on 7/29/2013
  • "Black Point Grill is the best restaurant in its area and the area is special. Sea Ranch is a residential community, largely made up of vacation homes and time-shares, nestled between CA Rte 1 and the Ocean. It is about a two-hour drive north of San Francisco. Black Point Grill is located in the Sea Ranch Lodge, the only hotel facility within Sea Ranch (only miles away is Gualala, which has many other hotels and motels). Every room in the Lodge has a stunning view of the Pacific, but those in the Grill may be the best. So the views are a major reason for eating there. That said, the menu is interesting, the food is wonderfully prepared and the service is informed and attentive. If one is in that area, the Grill should not be missed."
    Dined on 7/16/2013