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About 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.

60 Sea Walk Drive
The Sea Ranch, CA 95497
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Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
Contemporary American, Californian

Hours of Operation:
Breakfast: Daily 8:00am - 11:00am
Lunch 11:30am - 3pm
Dinner 5:30pm - 9pm

Cross Street:
60 Sea Walk Drive

Dress Code:
Smart Casual

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(707) 785-4821

Website:
http://searanchlodge.com/dine/black-point-grill

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.

Parking Details:
Free Parking

Executive Chef:
Rebecca Stewart

Additional:
Banquet, Bar Dining, Beer, BYO Wine, Cafe, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Fireplace, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking, Private Room, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Black Point Grill at Sea Ranch Lodge Ratings and Reviews

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3.9

Overall Rating

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3.6

service

3.8

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4.2

value

3.2

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73% would recommend it to a friend

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Fit for Foodies (4)
Good for a Date (4)
Neighborhood Gem (4)
Worth the Drive (4)
Good for Anniversaries (3)
Cozy (3)
Local Ingredients (3)
Great for Lunch (3)
Quiet Conversation (3)
Romantic (3)
Seasonal (3)
Special Occasion (3)
Authentic (2)
Good for Birthdays (2)
Fun (2)
Gluten Free Options (2)
Notable Wine List (2)
Bar Seating (2)
Afternoon Coffee (1)
Good Vegetarian Options (1)
Great for Brunch (1)
Business Meals (1)
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 16, 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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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 15, 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!

Tags: Cozy, Good for a Date, Waterfront
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 10, 2018

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

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·Dined on December 30, 2017

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

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Worth the Drive, Scenic View, Waterfront, Romantic
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 (México)·Dined on December 28, 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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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 28, 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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 (Sacramento)·Dined on December 28, 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!

Tags: Casual, Local Ingredients, Waterfront, Authentic
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 26, 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 👏👏👏

Tags: Fit for Foodies
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 19, 2017

The site is breathtaking, overlooking the Pacific across Mendocino meadow-lands. Its cuisine has not in the past been the draw, but that's all changed now.

Rebecca Stewart is a very talented chef with an impressive background that has gifted her with a very fine hand for invention as well as excellent skills in training her sous chef staff to recreate her dishes with perfection. A native of Victoria on Vancouver Island, she brings an Indian fusion to her presentations, but while rich and delicate, they aren't overly hot-spicy. She specializes in local growers and proving that healthy can still be delicious.

Mussels and clams came in a rich coconut milk/masala sauce. We were equally pleased by fried calamari of amazing tenderness and a wonderful Basic Burger. The grilled salmon melted in your mouth.

Becca's husband Brian Diendorf is working wonders with the wine list, which was a year ago rather dull. We ended with cappuccino and a dense but delicate chocolate torte suffused with raspberry which we washed down with a lovely 20-year-old Tawny Port.

Be warned: there are stairs! But well worth the drive.

Tags: Good for a Date, Local Ingredients, Sunday Lunch, Notable Wine List, Business Meals, Fun, Quiet Conversation, Good for Birthdays, Afternoon Tea, Tasting Menu, Afternoon Coffee, Waterfront, Worth the Drive, Fit for Foodies, Creative Cuisine, Great for Lunch, Authentic, Romantic, Gluten Free Options, Good for Anniversaries, Cozy, Seasonal, Great for Brunch
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 7, 2017

I live in this area part time. Unfortunately there are not a lot of upscale restaurants in the area, so its hard to avoid taking friends and family here. The food has recently improved significantly and you can't beat the views. The thing that really takes away from the experience is the surly service. From the hostess on, generally the staff acts as if they are doing you a favor. Typically they are very understaffed, so service is slow or poor. You expect more from a place where spending $60 plus per person for dinner is easy to do. My guess is they figure the patrons are tourists and won't be back. so who cares? This assessment is based on at least 6 meals at least over the past year, so this isn't a one time experience.

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·Dined on October 7, 2017

Unfortunately, the food was average and the cost was high for what we were served. The restaurant used to be exceptional. Possibly they had a bad night?

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 4, 2017

On a positive note, the duck was excellent and the server was trying very hard.
Otherwise a very mediocre night. We went for a significant birthday celebration and I requested a specual table and desser but the harried
staff seemed to not even have a reservation record of any sort. Even a lousy table there has a good enough view and that was what we got. I did feel sorry for the staff but overall it was a disappointing dinner. Bland salad and veg option was school cafeteria fare.
Management needs to get a handle on this business. It's not inexpensive!
I will not return.

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 (Denver)·Dined on September 24, 2017

Great local food & outstanding waiter who shared his honest opinion of food & wine

Tags: Healthy, Worth the Drive, Good for Anniversaries, Scenic View, Special Occasion, Good for a Date
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·Dined on September 24, 2017

We were celebrating our 45th Anniversary and had been told this was a nice place to come. We stunned that when we got there at our reservation time, we were told it would be at least 20 minutes later, offered a seat in the bar area where we sat for about 15 min, but no one came to see if wanted a drink. Finally we flagged someone down -- that server (Taryn) took it upon herself to seat us right then close to her section, even tho she was waiting on a large party in another room, and then proceeded to give us very good service, including free dessert. If not for Taryn, we would have gone away very very disappointed. The food was so, so - another surprise is that the menu offers so little fish for being right on the ocean. The thing is, there were about 10 empty tables in the dining room when we got seated - apparently not only were they experiencing a brand new bartender (on a Sat night) but did not have enough wait staff to handle their reservations. A very poor showing really. I would go to St Orres next time.

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 (Sacramento)·Dined on September 22, 2017

The meal started promisingly with a very good Ceasar salad and a special caprese both of which were fresh and well dressed . The pot roast was a major disappointment particularly at a restaurant highlighting the source of its beef. Tough and literally unable to cut without major effort. To the credit if the staff the largely inedible meat was taken off the bill. The salmon with curry sauce was average. The sauce was pleasantly aromatic and not overpowering but the salmon had a hard shell like exterior that was too hard and stiff to permit fork accessibility. Disappointed given the relatively expensive accommodations. Should add that breakfast was well above average although one would hope the cleanup crew would have completed the vacuuming prior to inviting guests to enjoy the start of the day.

Tags: Scenic View, Handcrafted Cocktails
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 20, 2017

This was a second visit to Black Point Grill within a five-day period. While the view is superb and the waitress helpful and friendly, the food fell short. The only option for a vegan meal was the side dressing for the halibut steak. Evidently during the week the vegetable plate is not available. My son's beef short ribs were dry and flavorless. We justified the price charged by the opportunity to watch the sunset and the fellowship.

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 (Central Coast)·Dined on September 19, 2017

A great dining experience. Great food and service with comfortable and relaxing Sea Ranch ambiance. Memorable views of the Sonoma coast and sunset!

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Romantic, Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion, Authentic, People Watching, Local Ingredients, Comfort Food, Notable Wine List, Good for Groups, Great for Lunch, Casual, Good for a Date, Late-night Find, Waterfront, Fit for Foodies, Scenic View, Cozy, Good for Anniversaries
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 17, 2017

The choices for a vegan are quite limited on the menu, yet the chef prepared an attractive and tasty vegetable plate. The reason for coming to Black Point Grill is always the beautiful view of the ocean at sunset. In addition, our waitress was bright, friendly, and helpful.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 16, 2017

The view is a multi-million dollar view. I repeat what I just said. One can walk out, before or after dining a short 1/2 block distance (though there are no blocks around this neighborhood) to see seals, sea lions, whales spouting, a spectacular turquoise-water-color inlet. Everyone feels like they were one of the first ever to see this experience because there are so few people there, maybe 2 or 4 on the entire walk. The food. It is good, not spectacular or great, but good. The idea of watching the ocean and the people and the privacy of this area is worth the entire meal.

Tags: Good for Groups, Worth the Drive, Scenic View, Fun, Good for a Date, Neighborhood Gem, Business Meals, Romantic
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·Dined on September 14, 2017

Food was amazing. Ivan, our server, made the evening. He made it a real celebration as if he were celebrating with his own family.

Tags: Waterfront, Creative Cuisine, Special Occasion, Worth the Drive, Local Ingredients, Handcrafted Cocktails, Healthy, Good for a Date, Paleo Friendly
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 14, 2017

We were celebrating our wedding anniversary with friends. We were disappointed in the quality of the food. I think it has gone downhill since we were last there. They were out of some items listed on the menu by 7:00pm. Other items listed on their website were not available, an example was the lamb. I hope they improve the food and the menu, because it is a pleasant and convenient place to eat when staying at Sea Ranch.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 14, 2017

Waiter forgot to tell us most of the specials. The food peppery and had no other flavor.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 4, 2017

We stayed at their lodge, Sea Ranch Lodge. I wish this whole place was better. The dining room is beautiful, with ocean views. The food was unmemorable. The service was terrible. The staff was nice but they just kept making mistakes: our Caesar Salad didn't arrive until 30 minutes later with our entrees, by that time it wasn't crunchy. Cioppino wasn't served with a 'graveyard' dish and a spoon. When we asked for a spoon, it was given to me instead of my partner who asked her. This is the memory of my dinner there, unfortunately. I will not be returning.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 4, 2017

This is a favorite family spot for special events while we are at Sea Ranch.
Brand new Chef (about Sept 1) has added some nice new things to the menu. Seems a bit of an asian touch in places.

We had terrible serving problems this Saturday night. We waited nearly an hour to get our entree! We believe it was due to them having a large private party in one of the dining rooms.
Certainly not the waitress's fault. Spoke the General Manager of the restaurant and he wouldn't take any blame. According to him: mostly due to new chef getting used to the kitchen and kitchen staff.
But: The sunset was lovely. Just could not keep drinking until the food arrived!!

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 (Naples)·Dined on August 27, 2017

The new chef, Rebecca, has performed a miracle. The food and atmosphere are much improved. The food was very fresh and creative. The staff's attitude was extremely positive. I hope this new trend continues.

Tags: Sunday Lunch, Good for a Date, Local Ingredients
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·Dined on August 27, 2017

Overall experience was one of best I have had after years of eating there. One of the best meals ever.........all five people at table (all locals) agreed on best meal.

Tags: Special Occasion, Neighborhood Gem
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on August 26, 2017

The quality of the food here has really deteriorated. We ordered a caprese which was served with old mushy tomatoes and vert little cheese. Even the fish and chips were off, the cole slaw was terrible. Good service, great view but lousy food..

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 (Chicago)·Dined on August 23, 2017

Great place. Good food. View is as good as it gets anywhere. Good value. Highly recommend

Tags: Waterfront, Gluten Free Options, Quiet Conversation, Scenic View, Good for a Date
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on August 22, 2017

Lovely meal with a lovely view of the ocean. Friendly staff. A little pricey but food was excellent.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Neighborhood Gem, Good for a Date, Quiet Conversation, Creative Cuisine, Special Occasion, Cozy, Authentic, Scenic View, Romantic
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·Dined on August 18, 2017

Every time we come to The Sea Ranch lodge or homes we have enjoyed this beautiful restaurant. Top flight service and amazing food. Put that together with a relaxing seat by the windows looking out at the Pacific ocean for a sunset and... well you know why we keep coming back.

Tags: Cozy, Authentic, Happy Hour, Quiet Conversation, Good for Anniversaries, Worth the Drive, Romantic, Waterfront
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 (Austin)·Dined on August 15, 2017

Succotash and wild rice were overcooked. Mushy.
Schnitzel meat very tough.
Long periods between wait staff visits.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on August 14, 2017

Wonderful views from restaurant! However, I tried calling twice with a question and got a recording. Initially, we were not credited with Open Table Points. And, after being seated, we had to ask our hostess to get us a waitperson

Tags: Romantic
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on August 13, 2017

Lovely view and the front house staff was good, but the kitchen was very slow and the food was only so-so.

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·Dined on August 12, 2017

Read the views & was not sure about this restaurant, but we had a wonderful dinner. Also it was my husbands 35 birthday & on the reservation I asked if they could bring out a desert with a candle on it. I didn't even have to ask our wonderful waiter at the end of dinner. My husband tried to give him the credit card but I mentioned I wanted to see the dessert menu & our waiter knew what I was asking and minutes later brought out his dessert with a candle & my husband was so surprised.
Also you cannot beat the view!

Tags: Scenic View, Notable Wine List
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 (Houston)·Dined on August 11, 2017

We have been coming here for 4 summers and this year the restaurant has slipped in food, offerings...not too exciting and bland and service and decor need to be freshen up.. It needs updating, cleaning, and an infusion of cash. Perhaps, clean carpeting, new chairs, and general decor could be refreshed. The view is spectacular but the room needs care and updating.

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·Dined on August 10, 2017

Excellent, friendly service with an upscale menu and good wine list. Beautiful views of sunset over the ocean. Fish-and-chips is a very reasonably priced favorite, and it's done right.

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·Dined on August 9, 2017

Good food, but not worth the value. It's fine dining price, but doesn't really meet the standard. We went to low key places not long after that surpassed the food here. Service and view were good though.

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 (Central Coast)·Dined on August 7, 2017

The clam chowder was excellent! The beef short ribs were awful- dry aand sinewy. Service is great.

Tags: Romantic, Local Ingredients
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 (Sacramento)·Dined on August 7, 2017

Food was awful. Excessive sauces, undercooked risotto, soggy salad. Waitress forgot items ordered

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on August 5, 2017

Spectacular view, wide variety on the menu, delicious food, happy and prompt service, great ambiance plus a quiet and serene lodge to stay in nature. Loved it!

Tags: Romantic, Good for a Date, Organic, Good for Birthdays, Fit for Foodies, Good for Anniversaries, Scenic View, Special Occasion, Waterfront
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