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MacCallum House
MacCallum House

MacCallum House Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.maccallumhouse.com/pages/restaurant/
  • Phone: (707) 937-0289
  • Hours of Operation:
    Breakfast: Monday - Friday: 8:00AM - 10:00AM

    Saturday & Sunday: 8:00AM - 11:00AM

    Dinner: Daily: 5:30PM - 9:00PM
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Californian, French
  • Executive Chef: Alan Kantor
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cafe, Entertainment, Farm to Table, Fireplace, Full Bar, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Takeout, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Private Party Facilities: The MacCallum House accommodates groups of up to 200 for weddings and corporate events. We can also host smaller private groups in our dining room and bar area.
  • Private Party Contact: Herman Seidell (707) 937-6756
  • Entertainment: Live acoustic music in the Bar area every Friday at 8:30 pm. Free admission.
  • Special Events & Promotions: We host weddings and other special events.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Lansing St.
  • Public Transit: Mendocino Transit Authority.
  • Parking: Private Lot
  • Parking Details: Ample street parking and we have our own small private lot.
A word from MacCallum House
Everything about the MacCallum House Restaurant and Grey Whale Bar & Café is warm and inviting, from the sunny wrap-around porch to the convivial bar and romantic fire lit dining rooms. An exceptional staff makes you feel as if you've been invited over to dinner by friends.

In the restaurant dinners are served in the former library, graced by two river-stone fireplaces, candles and garden flowers on the tables or, informally, in the sunporch café.

All food is prepared to order with an emphasis on the use of sustainable meats and seafood along with organic produce to create delicious fresh cuisine.

The food is complimented by an extensive wine list featuring local and regional bottles at reasonable prices; here is a full bar and innovative cocktail list with seasonal cocktails and creative concoctions.
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Diner Reviews
  • "The steak was wonderful as was the pork chop. The flavors were perfect and we enjoyed the atmosphere and everything about the meal. Will definitely dine here again!"
    Dined on 8/16/2014
  • "We had brunch here on Sunday. Very limited menu. We both had the McBenedit and it was very good. A little easy on the ham. Bloody Mary was good but made with a mix; I like it from scratch."
    Dined on 8/10/2014
  • "Tasting menu was very good with a couple of real gems. Service was also excellent. My wife and I had a babysitter for the 3 kids and enjoyed an excellent meal here."
    Dined on 8/8/2014
  • "Everything was very good here...nice setting and views; food was very well prepared; wait staff very friendly and attentive. Definitely a good place for a dinner out."
    Dined on 7/23/2014
  • "Dripping with history, the Mc Callum house dates back to the 1870's....it has it all.... A charming Victorian, sitting pretty with a view of the Mendocino headlands and ocean plus an extensive menu featuring the freshest scallops we had ever tasted, an interesting duck pate, as well as many other choices......the interior of the house is well appointed.......our maître d welcomed us like old friends as we came in the door which set the tone for an overall good dining experience......"
    Dined on 7/16/2014
  • "There were four of us in our party and each person was delighted with what they ordered--an amazing feat! Excellent food, friendly staff and pleasant surroundings. We enjoyed the whole experience."
    Dined on 7/15/2014
  • "We had a very enjoyable meal here. Service was excellent and the food very good. Well rounded selection for all tastes and well prepared"
    Dined on 7/11/2014
  • "We went here to celebrate my husband's 40th birthday and it was a wonderful and memorable meal. The food was spectacular and wine sommelier was very helpful in our wine selection. Fire was crackling and lighting was just right; perfect for a romantic evening."
    Dined on 7/9/2014
  • "This is our third time at MacCallum House. This visit, the duck and daily fish (black cod) were amazing - paired with full wine list that included many local wineries. Ask for corner or window seating to add to the romance."
    Dined on 7/5/2014
  • "The food was generally ok/good. The Clam Chowder was the highlight. But expect the service to be slow and not great, it is a small town after all, I assume the pool of applicants for service jobs is lacking."
    Dined on 6/29/2014
  • "Breakfast all 4 mornings was exceptional. Recommend the eggs benedict. Dinner 2 evenings and on both nights the food was excellent. We recommend the caprese salad - filet and Ahi entrees. Service first night was befitting the prices and ambience. The service level dropped the 2nd night. We will return and would recommend"
    Dined on 6/24/2014
  • "Loved everything on the menu. If you go during this summer season (2014) order the clam chowder, light and delicious. Not at all what you'll expect. Also recommend the Fried Chicken big plate and Grilled corn side."
    Dined on 6/22/2014
  • "Charming restaurant in Victorian house. Romantic atmosphere w cozy fireplaces. Excellent service. We had Clam Chowder which surprised us with a dozen fresh clams in shells and a light broth. tasty. Salmon and the duck were delicious and cooked perfectly. Try the Praline Taco served with small scoops of their homemade ice cream for dessert. Good wine list. very good meal. Highly recommend."
    Dined on 6/21/2014
  • "Great food, great ambiance.. I thoroughly enjoyed my time at MacCallum House. The suit was peaceful with the breakfast waiting to great us at the restaurant, I found myself wishing we had stayed more than one night."
    Dined on 6/19/2014
  • "Fabulous in every sense!! Service, knowledge wines & food, meal was outstanding. Highly highly recommend"
    Dined on 6/12/2014
  • "Lovely brunch. Outdoor garden seating, weather permitting, excellent service, variety of typical breakfast choices done well with flexibility, and a fabulous breakfast burrito. Dinner dishes are well prepared and plentiful, high quality meats, but as many places not a lot of vegetarian options. Wine list is lacking."
    Dined on 6/4/2014
  • "For the price, the I expected more from the food. To start, We had Niman Ranch Carpaccio with a pastrami rub. This dish was adequate, but nothing to wow the senses. We also had the duck breast and the scallops. It again was good, but nothing outstanding. I think to substantiate the prices charged for the entrees and food, it needs the wow factor. I was also thrilled when our waiter exchanged our wine glasses for the more open bouquet glasses needed for the red wine we were drinking with dinner but disappointed when they appeared with water drops and clearly had not been wiped dry"
    Dined on 5/15/2014
  • "The food was very good but portions were small. We had to order an extra side of potatoes in order to get enough. Bloody Mary's are excellent with fresh tomato juice. They usually only serve breakfast until 11. Because we inquired, we got to have brunch at noon when almost no one was there. We sat on the front porch in the sun and admired the sparkly day with a view of the gorgeous garden, the town and the ocean."
    Dined on 5/11/2014
  • "Beautiful historic house. All persons from the host to the servers were wonderful. Pricey menu so we expected more from our dining experience. Food was mediocre. My husband's steak was not a distinguished cut of meat, was not cook to order and was barely warm which is the reason for the 'poor' food rating. All else was fair. The only highlight may have been the souffle special ordered for dessert."
    Dined on 5/7/2014
  • "This place has it all for couples - excellent food, scrumptious drinks and very romantic ambience. The food is a great standout - excellent chef!"
    Dined on 3/22/2014
  • "Their version of clam chowder was really different and really good more like a cioppino with white broth but it worked.Torta and duck breast were excellent.Desserts were really good too."
    Dined on 3/8/2014
  • "Very bad service. Everyone from the host to the waitress seemed rushed and dis-interested. They were "sold out" of their signature dessert, the souffle. That seemed so odd early in the evening The food was not well preparef. There is plenty of good places to eat in Mendocino so we will not be back."
    Dined on 2/16/2014
  • "We enjoyed dinner here recently during a visit to Mendocino. They have a nice selection on the menu - not overly creative but all tasty sounding. I enjoyed my beef tenderloin a lot, it was cut it with a fork tender and nice to have something more straightforward after a round of fancier cooking in San Francisco. My husband loved the wild mushroom gnocchi and he had a souffle for desert that he especially liked with the chocolate sauce. There was a nice fire going in the room where we sat. Be advised that they are particular about reservations and won't seat you if you arrive early so as not to get the wait staff and kitchen backed up. The bar is nice and you can drink there while waiting. We will definitely return. Our server was great."
    Dined on 1/13/2014
  • "I'm not playing this stupid game of maximum minimum characters for a review. You can't get anything accepted. We are unlikely to return because at these prices our evening fell short of our expectations."
    Dined on 12/29/2013
  • "Food was very good although pricey. Very limited menu. Has dinner two nights. First night service was excellent. Second night service was slow and the waitress wasn't very attentive."
    Dined on 12/24/2013
  • "Fresh Dungeness Salad, lots of crab, and enough for dinner with the Delicious potato leek soup. Skate wing with crab cake was excellent. Very cozy atmosphere. Cocktails in front of fire in bar area. Huckleberry Cosmo was superior."
    Dined on 12/11/2013
  • "The MacCallum House has terrific ambience. We were there in the evening for dinner, and the noise level was fit for both group chatter as well as romantic settings, as the restaurant had various corners adjacent to fireplaces that would serve the purpose well. The service was great! There was a water girl that was very patient with us, even went into the back to speak with the chef when we had a question about the meal we ordered. Our waitress was patient and knowledgeable as well. The manager even came by to see how we were, and took our check so that we wouldn't have to wait to reconcile our bill. Terrific place. Would highly recommend it."
    Dined on 12/6/2013
  • "We enjoyed our time at MacCallum House. We were in the bar before dinner and liked the REAL wood fire. Then we moved to the dining room and had delicious food and good service. If we're in Mendocino again, we would return."
    Dined on 11/10/2013
  • "Another anniversary dinner on our vacation up to Mendocino. Unfortunately, it isn't what we expected. The hostess nor the server acknowledged my anniversary notes. Our server was new (we've all been there, I'm not mad) but the lady training her was rude in front of us to her. We didn't mind the new server, actually preferred her. We had the duck four ways and it just wasn't good. Also our entrees weren't all that great either. We would have bought another cocktail or 2 and even dessert but we didn't feel that anyone actually cared for our service there and since our bill was already well over $120 dollars, why should we keep spending money? We left and went down the street for another cocktail and dessert elsewhere. We regret going here."
    Dined on 10/25/2013
  • "Food and ambience has always been wonderful at this restaurant. Have been dining here every year for our birthday celebrations. Prices have climbed over the years but the food and atmosphere is still the best in Mendocino."
    Dined on 10/11/2013
  • "We loved the freshness of the food. Presentation was incredible too."
    Dined on 9/30/2013
  • "We have been to the McCallum house many times in the past and enjoyed it immensely. However, the last time we were there (a number of years ago), we didn't find it as good as it had once been. We are very happy to report that the McCallum House is back on top again! We had drinks in the intimate bar beforehand and then we were escorted to our table in the cozy back room, near the window. Our wait person was quite attentive and had an engaging personality as well. The food was outstanding and the presentation was well done. We will definitely be back again."
    Dined on 9/28/2013
  • "Really lovely restaurant with great food and good service."
    Dined on 9/23/2013
  • "The food or the presentation was not what it used to be 2 years ago when I went there for the first time. I had the duck. That was very good but the presentation was horrible. IT was served with some stuff (Could not tell what it was, because it was all smashed together) The goat cheese that was with it was good, the spinach overcooked. My husband had the pork chops and he said it was very dry. I think in general it was overcooked."
    Dined on 9/23/2013
  • "Didn't know what to expect while staying on the Mendocino coast. Very good food and attentive service. Seafood was delicious, well presented with out of the ordinary flavors and the ambiance unique. Glad we stumbled on this place."
    Dined on 9/19/2013
  • "The food was ho-hum and incredibly overpriced. I ordered a pork chop which was slightly overcooked and dry and lacking flavor. Really nothing special. The wait staff was friendly enough and attentive early on in the night, but towards the peak dinner hour they were difficult to flag down for simple requests like the check. The restaurant has a nice ambiance, however. Perhaps this is better as a breakfast/brunch place."
    Dined on 9/4/2013
  • "We had both breakfast and dinner there; both were excellent, especially the dinner as it was less predictable. The restaurant is in a quasi-Victorian building, surrounded by a cottage garden, and within walking distance of the incredible Mendocino headlands. An experience to remember!"
    Dined on 8/31/2013
  • "We were guests if the hotel. We had a 6:30 reservation and wanted to change it to 7:00. They said only 8 was available. When we arrived the restaurant was completely empty. We decide to eat on the cafe side Instead because it felt like a ghost town in the restaurant. Very average food with high prices."
    Dined on 7/21/2013
  • "Wonderful restaurant- always have a fantastic time here"
    Dined on 7/21/2013
  • "My wife and I have eaten at MacCallum House since the 1970s. We ate there several years ago and thought the ambience and charm continued to be wonderful but the quality of the food had slipped. But at our recent visit the food represented the Mendocino coast in fine fashion.The service was very good, professional, friendly and easy-going. The wine list with local wines from the Anderson Valley was excellent representing many small wineries. The best two dishes was the grilled pork chop which was tender and moist with superb grilled flavor and the accompanied vegetables were tasty and nicely cooked. The chocolate decadent browny desert was the best we had in the years. Overall, a very fine Mendocino coast dining experience!"
    Dined on 7/5/2013