MacCallum House

4.4
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557 Reviews
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$31 to $50
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Californian
MacCallum House is reopen for Garden Dining - no reservations.
Everything about a meal at MacCallum House is still warm & inviting, from the sunny wrap-around veranda to the flower-filled grounds, firepit & meandering paths -- you will hardly miss our fire lit dining rooms.

Dinner, once served inside the Main Historic House, will now be enjoyed alfresco. Enjoy a hybrid of full tableside service with glassware, silverware, all with the safest precautions around!

As always, food is prepared to order with an emphasis on the use of sustainable meats & seafood along with organic, seasonal produce to create delicious fresh cuisine.

The food is complimented by an extensive wine list featuring local and regional bottles at reasonable prices; there is a full bar & innovative cocktail list with creative concoctions that change to highlight the best of the season.

We are not currently accepting reservations & are unable to accept Open Table gift cards or check payment.
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MaureenM
1 review
Dined on March 14, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Great food. Very cute dining area. great food and quick service.

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vipMikeM
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on March 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always fresh and delicious. A real deal for foodies. The steak and the duck are always choice, and the fried chicken on the cafe menu is a classic. Great ambiance in a magical location.

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vipMarRudy
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience3

When we initially were seated, the wait staff was quite attentive. However, it took a bit before our actual waiter came and began taking our order. Two in our party shared the crab cocktail and thoroughly enjoyed it. They were still talking about it the next day. When our main courses came, the food was just warm and one dish had to be sent back because of this. The flavors were good but since the dishes did not come out hot, it took away from the enjoyment of the meal. It’s ashamed that this seemed like an off night, as we have had better experiences at McCallum.
One thing that we all agreed on was that the corkage price was too high at $30 per bottle. This was a surprise as we were not told this upfront. Guess we should have inquired, our mistake.
Would we come back, Yes.

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vipLindaD
San Francisco
15 reviews
Dined on March 6, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience5

This is a more upscale B&B in Mendocino. Better linens, better beds, even a tv. Their cocktail lounge with a real roaring fire is awesome and great cocktails. Also had dinner and it was above average with spectacular service. Grounds are a fairytale setting. Stayed in the barn in the lower rooms -- really no view and noise from upstairs. Still, how much are you in your room with the cliffs so close by. Great central location. Have stayed at 6 or 7 other venues there and this is my favorite.

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vipMelindaB
Sacramento
7 reviews
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall3food2service3ambience5

This has always been a favorite place for us to dine in Mendocino. This last visit was very disappointing. My salad was outstanding but everything else was either poor or lacking. We specifically asked that my daughters duck breast have no pink in it. We made a special point to emphasize this with our waiter. It came blood rare. My scallops while cooked perfectly were bland. My husbands filet was cooked perfectly and seasoned well but the smallest one we’ve ever seen, buried under a sea of arugula. Desserts were unmemorable. My beignets were basically donut holes, my husbands banana split was served on a green banana.

Now with that being said our lodging was outstanding and the breakfasts delicious. Dinner was just disappointing

MacCallum House
Responded on March 7, 2020

Thanks for your feedback, Melinda. Sincere apologies for missing the mark on your meal this past Saturday. We will always be happy to revisit a dish for you if the temperature is not right, or not to your liking. Hope we manage to remain a favorite place for you to dine and glad your room and breakfast were a hit, as usual. Look forward to your return.

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MiriB
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love coming here every time I'm in Mendocino. The restaurant is charming and the food always exceeds our expectations. Wonderful attentive service!

MacCallum House
Responded on March 1, 2020

Thanks for your wonderful review and your loyal visits. Look forward to seeing you again soon!

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AshleyM
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on February 21, 2020
Overall4food3service5ambience4

This was our first visit to the MacCallum House restaurant. We felt that the quality for the value was just okay. The prices were a little high. We got the crab cocktail - which looks and has the consistency of a chicken salad. It was okay but not great. We had the gnocchi appetizer which was pretty good. We got the lamb shank which had lots of meat and was cooked well but a little salty and a pretty heavy dish overall. My husband had the duck our waitress mentioned it would be cooked medium rare which is normally fine but it was cooked inconsistently throughout. So some pieces were really rare one looked barely cooked. The souffle dessert and drinks were great. Overall it was a good experience the service and ambiance were great but we will probably choose someone else next time.

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vipqueenmother
San Francisco
70 reviews
Dined on February 20, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved the service and food!!
I had the best salad ever!!!

MacCallum House
Responded on March 1, 2020

Great OT profile name, queenmother. So please you had a great experience AND the best salad ever <3. Appreciate the review. Look forward to having you back!

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LeoR
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

A great place to experience all a fine dinning menu has to offer.

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shepardg
1 review
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

You can't go wrong. Very memorable. Should be on the list for everyone visiting Mendocino

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vipEGR64
San Francisco
25 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, great service, wonderful ambiance in a really beautiful little town!

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KevinG
1 review
Dined on February 3, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Very pleasant wait staff and the food was excellent.

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BLEEVEIT
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall3food5service3ambience3

For a small town, off season, I felt we should have a more personal touch. Young staff and we gave them a good buffer and tipped them well. But, there was a rowdy table around us and for a small town you would think someone would have apologized or offered another course or just personalized the experience a bit since we did the tasting course...

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vippanzai
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on January 20, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely place to have a meal! Great service and great food. They also have a tesla charger!

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vipStewartv
Las Vegas
24 reviews
Dined on January 18, 2020
Overall1food1service1ambience5

This unfortunately was one of the worst dining experiences I have had. The restaurant itself -very cozy, receptionist nice no complaints there. And the menu was impressive. We were seated at 7pm. And the place was pretty full. No sign of the waiter for 10 minutes to obtain a drink order. No problem he came—we got warm tasty homemade sourdough bread... then we ordered. The menu choice I made was -starter-gnocchi with black trumpet mushrooms and a tangy cheese reduction . Main course was Niman Ranch broiled pork chop in a red wine reduction pork belly reduction sauce with Yukon gold potatoes gratin and sautéed spinach. Yummy right? I got a bad feeling when the gnocchi starter came without any mushrooms—but ok, it tasted good enough . 90 minutes passed with the main courses finally arriving—pork chop without any reduction sauce and tough as shoe leather —with the potatoes and spinach extremely overcooked as well. I confronted the waiter who offered another entree. I told him that this should have never left the kitchen. They generously comped our wine and my entree. Clearly this is a kitchen that doesn’t know what it’s doing and at a price of $36+ an entree, take our advice and avoid McCallum House .
Worst meal/service we’ve had in Mendocino.

MacCallum House
Responded on January 19, 2020

Dear Stewart, I am so sorry to read your review. I am the receptionist (and GM) with whom you dealt last evening. I know your entree did not come out to your standards, or ours. I did my best to mitigate your disappointment table side. Please know, it is our utmost goal to serve and delight happy guests. Very sadly, on a busy holiday evening, your meal seemed to be the casualty of the night. I want to express my apologies again, and hope we can win back your patronage for a second chance.

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IGgingerbreadred
1 review
Dined on January 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic dinner from start to finish. I've lived in the area for 8years, and that was probably the best meal we've had since moving here from San Francisco. The appetizers and dessert were good/average for a local higher end restaurant, but the main course exceeded expectation. The steak was perfectly cooked and seasoned and melted like butter in our mouths, the Scallops were perfection, my moms plate looked like she had licked it, and the Tuna was also a huge hit. Sides were so good too, not at all after thoughts. I couldn't finish my steak, so my friend graciously offered - he finished my spinach and my potatoes too! It was just one of those meals that you remember long after you're finished, it the best possible way.

MacCallum House
Responded on January 17, 2020

What a pleasure to read your review. We hope we win your regular patronage as a local. Please come on back again and again!

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on January 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food
Special attention to seasoning
Everything tasted great
Nothing to complain about at all
Love this place

MacCallum House
Responded on January 17, 2020

Thanks for your review. We love it! Come back soon.

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operahouseater
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

the new year's eve menu was a standout!! will do again. dress warmly, the dining room is chilly

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vipSksavage2
San Francisco
19 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Tasting menu with wine pairing is extraordinary!

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TheresaD
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Delicious meal! I had the Ahi special, my husband had the duck - both choices were perfectly cooked and seasoned, with delicious accompaniments.

I felt a little uncomfortable in the dining room just off the entryway - lots of waitstaff and guest traffic past the table - but it was nice to enjoy the fireplace. My elderflower martini was delightful, especially with the addition of a small flower from the garden. The service was adequate, not amazing - but our water glasses were well-attended which I always appreciate.

The restaurant is little pricey for everyday, but I think it’s pretty much on par with the rest of the area. I’d definitely go back for another wonderful meal - might ask in advance for a quieter table so we can thoroughly enjoy the delicious food and drink.

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
105 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We visit here whenever we are in the area. Food is well prepared and often imaginative. I had the vegetarian dish of mushrooms with polenta and two sauces. Delicious. My husband raved about the duck breast.

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MaryB
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very impressed—one of the very few top drawer restaurants to make a truly gourmet, complex, absolutely delicious vegetarian main course... As good as the fish and meat, which everyone also raved over!

Mac House for dinner is a winner!!!

MacCallum House
Responded on December 31, 2019

Thanks you for the review, Mary! The maitake mushroom has been a stellar plate this autumn. We are so proud of our evolving menu and the ability to source incredible flora and fauna that allow the menu to be varied and able to accommodate many tastes. We so appreciate that you enjoyed our offerings. Come back soon.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Houston
15 reviews
Dined on December 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delightful meal!

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Marcella
San Francisco
16 reviews
Dined on December 25, 2019
Overall3food3service2ambience3

Food varies from year to year in terms of quality. Tuna was excellent; soup was lacking in flavor. Roasted mushrooms OK but nothing memorable. Service was pleasant but very slow.

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vipMikeM
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on December 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

An outstanding Christmas prime rib dinner, and a delightful seasonal menu with local ingredients as always!

MacCallum House
Responded on December 31, 2019

Thank you Mike! Hope you join us again soon.

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JANM
Sacramento
1 review
Dined on December 25, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

The service was wonderful and sitting by the fireplace was perfect. The leek soup lacked something in the flavor but my order of scallops more than made up for it. The vanilla bean ice cream was real ice cream and was perfection. But the most memorable item was the coffee!! Just as rich as it should have been!

MacCallum House
Responded on December 31, 2019

Thanks for the feedback, Jan. So glad you left happy. Come back soon. Warmest wishes.

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vipKENNETHH
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and service! Saya is amazing and she made our visit that much more special. Every staff was wonderful and the food was exceptional. Truly magical. The cocktails were delicious too.

MacCallum House
Responded on December 31, 2019

She is! Thank you Kenneth. a pleasure to have you join us by the magical fireplace.

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SydneyE
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on December 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We live here so we are partial to this cozy spot to bring anyone visiting. Everyone that works here is kind.

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Diego
7 reviews
Dined on December 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fabulous in all regards!

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vipfastdoced
San Francisco
30 reviews
Dined on December 13, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Nice location in Mendocino. As with older B&B's many rooms require walking up older wooden stairs. Fireplace needed for heat - quaint

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vipPres9114me
San Francisco
9 reviews
Dined on December 6, 2019
Overall2food2service1ambience3

With the reputation MacCallum House has, we were expecting a wonderful dining experience for our wedding anniversary dinner. Our experience started off with our main wait staff greeting us with his clothing in disarray, saying he had to fix it and walking away. Next, we were brought bread and butter. The bread must have been left over from the morning service, stale and hard as a rock. My wife ordered the Venison which was cooked properly and was very tasty, the vegetables did not look appealing, and seemed very pedestrian. I had the Filet Mignon, ordered medium. I received a gray looking piece of meat, that was very thin, not much thicker than a strip or flank steak. Not at all what I expected for a $45 Filet. I also received two golf ball sized yukon gold potatoes cut in half, crispy on the outside, very dry on the inside. The surprise of the meal was the sauteed spinach with bacon...very tasty with crisp bacon chunks. Honestly, we've had better meals at Outback or Sizzler for a quarter of the price.

MacCallum House
Responded on December 12, 2019

So sorry to hear your meal was not to your expectation. Your description is disappointing indeed. Our food is our pride and it is a pity to hear of your experience. We aim to have satisfied guests who look forward to many returns. Please know in the future, we would be happy to remake anything for you that wasn't to standard during your meal with us. Hope to win you for a second try. Thanks for your feedback.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on December 6, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Beautiful historic building with very nice woodwork. Meal was even better: I had Scallops then Steak, my bride had the pasta. Scallops were perfectly cooked and the steak melted in my mouth; I had a bite of the pasta - very good too & more importantly, She liked it. Dessert was apple beignets/cinnamon ice cream and was quite delicious. We would definitely recommend MacCallum House. Enjoy.

MacCallum House
Responded on December 12, 2019

So pleased you had a great time and enjoyed a delicious meal to celebrate. Congratulations! Hopefully you will join us for sweet anniversaries to come.

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FredrickB
1 review
Dined on November 28, 2019
Overall4food3service5ambience4

the service was excellent-the food good-the ambience very nice-however, for the price, there are at least two restaurants in the area that I would rate more highly.

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familygathering
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on November 28, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience5

Lovely restaurant, friendly staff. This was a set Thanksgiving menu so the rest of the review applies only to that meal. Food was fine, felt like the kitchen phoned it in though. There was a set menu with several seatings, the experience had a rubber stamp feel which I've not come across with other set holiday meals. Plating was sloppy, and for the price and reputation of the house the culinary skills were not notable. The staff bussing the table asked me to hold onto my used utensils after the first course - what?? Even my neighborhood cafe has the good sense to replace a knife and fork.... Coffee slopped onto saucer, plates placed clumsily on the table, no followup on beverage service. All in all, we felt like customers, not guests. Other meals at MaCallum House have been much more satisfying.

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ThreeBears
San Antonio
14 reviews
Dined on November 26, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Had the wine pairing dinner. Great food and experience

MacCallum House
Responded on December 12, 2019

Thanks! Please join us again soon.

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vipLauraM
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on November 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was a lovely setting with roaring fireplaces and delicious food.

MacCallum House
Responded on December 12, 2019

Isn't it?! Come back soon.

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vipJoeK
San Francisco
159 reviews
Dined on November 21, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

We think easily the best restaurant in Mendocino.
Menu always has nice selection, but would recommend the very filling tasting menu with wine pairing for a terrific dinner.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on November 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our 27th anniversary dinner was splendid. The food was top notch only topped by our servers and staff. The ice cream desert left me wanting more. It was a
Wonderful experience.

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HollyH
Sacramento
1 review
Dined on November 11, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had breakfast with my husband and a friend, got the daily special- - it was delicious! Would definitely go back.

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LeeN
Los Angeles
6 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2019
Overall3food3service5ambience4

Service was excellent including the bartender but the food was disappointing. In the past it had been excellent.

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MacCallum House is rated 4.4 stars by 557 OpenTable diners.

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