Black Point Grill at Sea Ranch Lodge

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280 reviews
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$30 and under
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Contemporary American
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  • Scenic View
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  • Waterfront
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 unique regional wines. The evolving wine list showcases some of the best small estate wineries from Sonoma and Mendocino appellations.
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
Contemporary American, Californian
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Hours of operation
Breakfast: Daily 8:00am - 11:00am
Lunch 11:30am - 3pm
Dinner 5:30pm - 9pm
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Phone number
(707) 785-4821
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Smart Casual
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Executive chef
Rebecca Stewart
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Catering
We offer catering for celebrations of all kinds, weddings, birthdays, anniversaries, family reunions, holidays and corporate gatherings. Dial 707-785-4812 direct for Special events.
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
60 Sea Walk Drive
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Parking details
Free Parking
Additional
Banquet, Beer, BYO Wine, Cafe, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Fireplace, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking, Private Room, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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3.0Dined on July 3, 2018

Birthday celebration was noted on the reservation through open table. Waitress was informed as we were seated. No congratulations, or a special treat offered at the end of our meal.
Service was disappointing: never checked with us to see if we needed anything, very slow and attitude was ‘doing us a favor’ by waiting on us.

We return here each year for a few days, the coast and The Sea Ranch is so beautiful. Great scenery, wonderful coastal walks and much to enjoy.

Unfortunately the dining room at the Lodge is in need of updating. The dining-room’s views are the very best, we wish the food, service and facility could match. What could be a four star venue is sadly 1/2 Star. Let’s hope that management takes notice and improves in all areas.

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3.0Dined on June 29, 2018

Lovely view. We arrived early and they seem flustered. Agreed to seat us and let us know dinner did not start till 5:30pm. We said okay so then they Seated us and let us enjoy the view with a drink. Not an extensive menu and food was good.

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4.0Dined on June 27, 2018

Good food, wine and service in a stunning place.

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5.0Dined on June 17, 2018

Enjoyed a really great dinner! Very creative and full of interesting flavors. The cold coconut and watermelon soup was delicious followed by a perfectly cooked halibut filet with all sorts of amazing flavors. Hats off to the chef and wait staff!

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1.0Dined on June 14, 2018

This restaurant badly needs upgrading. The food and service are appalling, but the setting demands quality. It's beyond my understanding that Searanch has such an inferior dining option to offer its occasional guests.

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5.0Dined on June 11, 2018

Great food, great service, the BEST view!!!

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3.0Dined on June 10, 2018

Off day??? It was early on a Sunday - ahead of time the menu looked great but I think they were off their game that day. Avocado 1/4, requested on the side of the salad came out of the kitchen 'old' - bruised and mushy. Not only did the chef put it in the window but the waitress brought it to the table. I heard a nearby table complain about their order as well. It was ok, not impressed.

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4.0Dined on June 1, 2018

They need to learn how to process s dining reward.

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3.0Dined on May 27, 2018

The view was beautiful, the furnishings a bit tired, the service was friendly but slow, and the food was not memorable given the high prices.

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5.0Dined on May 26, 2018

We were so well taken care of and my husbands birthday lunch was very special. Our meals were lovely and staff went out of their way to be accommodating.

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5.0Dined on May 21, 2018

Really nice dining experience. Food was delicious both nights we were there. Service was excellent and friendly. Fish and lamb dishes cooked expertly.

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4.0Dined on May 17, 2018

Had the best margarita here and the sunset view was unforgettable!

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4.0Dined on May 9, 2018

It's all about the location. Sea Ranch Lodge is in an impossibly beautiful spot. We were a little late for our reservation because we were mesmerized by a couple of mother whales and their calves hanging out just beyond the bluffs in front of the restaurant. The view from the restaurant is lovely. The food is somewhat hit or miss and at prices that reflect the remoteness and uniqueness of the location. But if you are in the area, it's a wonderful place to dine and you will have a memorable meal.

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3.0Dined on May 4, 2018

Not as good as it used to be. Maybe a bad night, but we weren't impressed.

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2.0Dined on April 29, 2018

Very inconsistent! We have had both the best and the worst BLTs, Fish and Chips, etc.

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4.0Dined on April 27, 2018

View was spectacular with a nice relaxing ambiance, and decor was like being transported back to the 70’s. Food was great (especially the cheeseburger and homemade lemon cheesecake), but it was my friend’s bday and I made that notation in the reservation, plus told the waiter before and after dinner...normally they comp a dessert or something. We ordered dessert, and although he did bring it out with a candle in it, we were still charged full price for the bday dessert. Otherwise, was a great night overall. Would still recommend it. Definitely a locals spot.

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3.0Dined on April 22, 2018

Great Food/Limited Conversation
As a long time resident of Sea Ranch I can say the food has never been consistent. We dined at the grill Saturday night. All four of us had halibut and it was excellent. Service was very good.

However the noise level was off the charts. I could not hear the person seated next to me. More tables have been added so tables are closer together. I have sat in the dining room many times and have never experienced this level of noise.

My advise is sit in the bar or in the solarium if it is open. My advise to the lodge, do something.

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5.0Dined on April 18, 2018

We had a delicious dinner once again at this beautiful ocean front restaurant. We enjoyed the Caesar salad as a starter and then had their special fish entree which was an amazingly tasty halibut with a very light curry coconut(?) sauce which sounds strange but was incredible tasting. We savored every bite. The new chef who came in last fall has done an amazing turnaround of this restaurant that we have gone to off and on for 15 years most often disappointed. We’ve gone three times with the new chef and been blown away every time. It’s important that they have now added some “non gourmet” items to the menu because sometimes you want something like that. The crowds are picking up as well so the good word is spreading.

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3.0Dined on April 11, 2018

Been patrons and residents for years and always LOVED the menu. However, re

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3.0Dined on April 7, 2018

We have eaten at this restaurant off & on for over 40 years. Many changes in ownership, management, chefs & servers. The location & views are outstanding unless you are stuck with banquet seating facing the wall.

We made our reservation at the 5:30 opening time and arrived 5 minutes early. We were told we would have to wait so we sat in the bar near the hostess stand and ordered some drinks. After a 15min wait and 2 parties who came in after us had been seated, my wife asked "did you forget us"? We were taken into an empty restaurant to be seated at a banquet table which I refused, so we were taken to a window table by the kitchen entrance. Host & hostess who had previously ignored us were not very friendly or welcoming.

The clam chowder was excellent but our cheeseburgers were small with too soft buns for the price. Noisy location by kitchen but the service was very good.

The main draw for this restaurant is the view. The many different servers are always friendly and hard working in what can be a challenging environment (up & down food, poor management & what can a busy place).

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5.0Dined on March 28, 2018

Food was great, cheeseburger was ordered Medium and it came out medium well to almost well done. Still yummy but would have been all the better.

The waiter was great but didn’t mention that you had specials. We found out when the waiter at the adjacent table was announcing them to his guests.

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5.0Dined on March 23, 2018

We had a great dinner. Very personable server and manager and the food was fantastic. We had a view of the sun setting over the water and it was worth the price.

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5.0Dined on March 23, 2018

Celebrated our 10 Anniversary at Black Point. Every thing was perfect. Brian selected an excellent bottle of See Bass wine to compliment our Pork shank and lamb chops.

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3.0Dined on March 23, 2018

The Black Point Grill is, of course, oceanfront, so the view is spectacular. Service was also friendly and prompt. Cocktails were nicely done and wine by the glass was decent quality. It's a shame that the food did not measure up to the service and ambiance. I had a kimchee burger, ordered medium. It was served closer to rare. The inside was cool and reddish pink. The pork belly on top was not sliced and spread out so you would get multiple tastes. It was just two chunks, similar in size and shape to butter patties, stacked on top of each other. Tasty when you found them, but not really an over-all enhancement for the burger. The fries looked good, but were not crispy at all. Over-all, a dish with great promise that turned out to be mediocre.
My wife had a special, spicy halibut. It was anything but spicy. It was properly cooked, but less than thrilling in taste.
Pricing for everything, including cocktails, glasses of wine, and food, was reasonable, considering the view that came with it.
The Black Point Grill could very well be a destination restaurant. But the kitchen needs to step up to match the promise of the view and the attentiveness of the service.

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4.0Dined on March 21, 2018

We have eaten at Black Point Grill many times over the years. It is one of the most attractive, romantic places to eat on the North Coast: beautiful Sea Ranch architecture, stunning windows and setting, well-maintained, and comfortably elegant. Expect a chef's dining room experience.

Since we have become Vegan, it is less appealing. The chef WILL prepare an off-menu Vegan plate, which has been tasty both times my wife has had it. But it has been low-protein: no beans or tofu or other primary protein food. I have "flexed" back to fish the past two visits, but I don't think I will do so again. (Also, I have a dairy allergy, and the chef has been able to prepare me excellent plates with no dairy. So, kudos for custom service!)

On this visit, we were greeted by a host who seemed a bit "lost." He seemed challenged by getting two (or three ?) dining groups seated, despite the fact that there were plenty of open tables, and both the group in front of us and ourselves had reservations. Our waitress started out a little "above us" in feeling, but actually warmed to us when we made special requests. So that was really nice. She was attentive at just the right level.

You can probably tell from the first paragraph that we are extremely fond of the restaurant, but given the change in our diet and the lack of Vegan options, I'm not sure we'll be back :-(

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4.0Dined on March 7, 2018

If you are at Sea Ranch stop by the Lodge and visit this Grill. It has had it's ups and downs over the years, but is now on an up with new chef.

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5.0Dined on February 18, 2018

The new chef is a keeper. Our meals were top notch and our waitress, just her 2nd or 3rd night on the job, was efficient, pleasant and competent. She told us her name, but it escapes me. She is from Point Arena. The service tends to be a bit slow at the lodge, but it has improved. The halibut special had an Asian flair and was outstanding. The winter salad also excellent. The crab aioli served with the steamed artichoke was my favorite. We spread what remained on our bread so as not to waste a morsel.One of the best meals we have enjoyed there.

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4.0Dined on February 12, 2018

Probably the best cioppino I ever ate! The servers were very friendly and helpful.

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5.0Dined on February 10, 2018

New chef Rebecca Stewart brings her flair for spices to The Sea Ranch Lodge's Black Pt. Grill.
She's the former owner of award-winning Spice Creek Cafe in Chico, and other notable restaurants in LA, Las Vegas, and Victoria, British Columbia. She and her husband Mark Diendorf (the new restaurant owner) are revolutionizing and revitalizing a restaurant that had become a bit staid over the years.

We had the seafood ciappino (chocked full of fresh, local seafood, tomatoes, and freshly ground spices + a toasted sourdough toast topped with just caught local crab), crusted fresh halibut (with fresh local ingredients and a very subtle and slightly spicy peanut flavored sauce with light, jasmine rice), and a yummy, hearty mushroom lasagna surrounded in a flavorful tomato sauce.

Highly recommend this place now, and can't wait to see what's coming to the menu as the winter wanes and spring begins!

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2.0Dined on February 4, 2018

We made a reservation for 11:15 on a Sunday expecting Brunch. However, when we arrived we were told breakfast was no longer being served. Two people in our party ordered Reuben sandwiches that came on cold toast rather than grilled and the cheese had not even melted and there was very little corned beef. In addition, the toast was half rye and half sourdough. In the past, the Lodge was famous for its Reuben served on marble rye with a generous amount of corned beef. Another in our party ordered the bacon, lettuce, avocado and tomato on sourdough sandwich. It also came on half rye and half sourdough and several pieces of toast were burnt as were several pieces of the bacon. It was a very disappointing meal.

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4.0Dined on February 1, 2018

Dinner was great, but better still was breakfast the following morning when they let us bring our dog in.

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5.0Dined on January 27, 2018

We went to the Grill for our anniversary. The view at sunset was spectacular. The food was tasty, presented nicely and prepared to our order. The service was excellent. We plan to return for out next anniversary as well. It is worth the trip.

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3.0Dined on January 15, 2018

New chefs menu is unique but could be better. 40.00 chippino had too many muscles, no crab and wasn't spicy at all. Halibut was good but not sure curry was the way I would go. The creme bulee wasn't toasted on the top at all because the torch wasn't working. I get it winter is not their peak season but staff attire was super casual (one waitress was wearing a beanie) and just doesn't support their prices overall. Sometimes really good sometimes not.

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4.0Dined on January 14, 2018

We stayed at The Sea Ranch Lodge so we had dinner at the Black Point Grill, as it is the only restaurant for miles. The service was friendly and attentive, despite how busy they were. The food was very good and reasonably priced, although I did order lasagna and was surprised to find an unstructured bowl of pasta & sauce. It tasted great, however, so maybe this was a take on "deconstructed lasagna". All in all, it was a very nice dinner and we will look forward to returning the next time we stay at the lodge. Thank you!

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2.0Dined on January 9, 2018

Food too weird. No decent choices. Very rich and seemed like chef trying to make up super fancy concoctions.

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4.0Dined on December 29, 2017

Always a great dinner at a fantastic location. worth the visit when in the area.

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1.0Dined on December 27, 2017

The manager and server were both warm and attentive. The food was a disaster (who puts a garlic dressing with a blue cheese salad; and then the bacteria bomb, par-cooked, re -cooked chicken that was part as overcooked and dry as sawdust on one end and raw on the other). I was told there was a new chef and she was legit. No. Food was a mess. Make something simple and good before you are throwing grapes and prunes and overcooked mushy rice and a huge portion of poorly cooked, unsafe chicken into a bowl, and saying it’s a chefs food. Simplify your menu and make it good before you try make it great. Cook a chicken breast in a hot cast iron pan and throw it in the oven for 25 minutes and serve it with some potatoes and a lemon. I’d pay $30 for that done right, but I won’t stay at Sea Ranch Lodge again until they fix this mess of a restaurant.

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2.0Dined on December 27, 2017

Over the past 3 decades, we averaged 1-2 trips/year to Sea Ranch, always dining at least once at the Lodge. Quality has fluctuated markedly — unfortunately, it is low at the moment.
On arrival, we learned that there was live music in the lounge; we asked to be seated as far as possible from the noise. The waiter and maitre d' conferred and we were taken to the table closest to the lounge. The waiter later explained that all the other tables did not seat parties of four (not true). Off to a bad start.
The waiter disappeared for a few minutes, then announced special menu items. He then disappeared without providing menus/water. We caught his eye 5 minutes later and asked for menus — he provided them but forgot the wine list (it took another 5 minutes to receive that). Water and the wine list arrived eventually and we were able to order. The menu is more limited than previous years (I appreciate the difficulty of stocking a kitchen in this remote locale so I give them a pass on this). The appetizers arrived but the wine arrived well after we has eaten the appetizers. And getting bread required another request. The waiter also brought the wrong wine — I had ordered by the name of the vineyard. He replied "fume blanc". I said "no, chardonnay", which he acknowledged. Alas, the wrong bottle was opened (my bad for not reviewing the label).
Food was adequate but service was abysmal. The waiter explained: they are chronically short of staff, several waitstaff had not arrived, and the needs were increased by serving the people attending the live music. He said that the music was being discontinued because of staff shortage and that we should have been informed of the live music when we made the reservation.
Overall, a disappointing experience. My kids, now adults, have a fondness for the restaurant based on lots of good experiences in their younger years. But, my patience is worn thin.

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4.0Dined on December 27, 2017

We have come here frequently over the last 12 years, and it varies in experience; we think because there seems to be turnover in staff and chef. Last evening was one of our best experiences. Kudos!

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5.0Dined on December 25, 2017

We had an amazingly good dinner here Christmas evening. The new chef Rebecca is very skilled. The salad was great, the lasagne was very gourmet and not heavy and cheesy, the turkey entree was great, the pumpkin cheesecake was fabulous according to my husband and my dessert of a shortbread cookie and vanilla gelato was wonderful. Wow!!! You need to come try eating at the Lodge again 👏👏👏

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