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About 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 sun porch 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; there is a full bar and innovative cocktail list with seasonal cocktails and creative concoctions.

Unfortunately we are unable to accept Open Table gift cards or checks for payment in our restaurant.

45020 Albion Street
Mendocino, CA 95460
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Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
Californian, French

Hours of Operation:

Breakfast: Monday - Friday: 8:00AM - 10:00AM

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

Dinner: Daily: 5:30PM -Call

Cross Street:
Lansing St.

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$31 to $50

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(707) 937-0289

Website:
http://www.maccallumhouse.com/dining/restaurant-and-bar.php

Entertainment:
Live acoustic music in the Bar area every Friday at 7:30 pm. Free admission.

Catering:
Call for information. (707) 937-6756

Parking Details:
Ample street parking and we have our own small private lot.

Public Transit:
Mendocino Transit Authority.

Executive Chef:
Alan Kantor

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

Additional:
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cafe, Corkage Fee, Entertainment, Farm to Table, Fireplace, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Outdoor Smoking Area, Private Room, Takeout, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Special Events & Promotions:
We host weddings, rehearsal dinners and other special events.

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Details
Sun - Thu 5:30PM - 6:15PM 8:00PM - 8:00PM

Fri 5:30PM - 5:45PM 8:30PM - 8:30PM

MacCallum House Ratings and Reviews

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Overall Rating

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food

4.5

service

4.3

ambience

4.5

value

3.9

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Quiet

78% would recommend it to a friend

Special Occasion (14)
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Quiet Conversation (9)
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Cozy (6)
Creative Cuisine (6)
Handcrafted Cocktails (5)
Neighborhood Gem (5)
Notable Wine List (5)
Good for Birthdays (5)
Authentic (4)
Scenic View (4)
Casual (3)
Fit for Foodies (3)
Seasonal (3)
Tasting Menu (3)
Bar Seating (2)
Late-night Find (2)
Vibrant Bar Scene (2)
Worth the Drive (2)
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Waterfront (1)
Happy Hour (1)
Hot Spot (1)
Organic (1)
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People Watching (1)
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·Dined on January 8, 2018

The food was excellent as well as the service. I would highly recommend giving this restaurant a try.

Tags: Notable Wine List, Late-night Find, Good for Anniversaries, Romantic
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 2, 2018

We enjoyed both our meal and the lovely setting in this historic house. My gnocchi was flavorful and creative, and my husband enjoyed his venison.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Local Ingredients, Special Occasion, Handcrafted Cocktails
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 26, 2017

Delicious food and highly competent, professional service.

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·Dined on December 26, 2017

Cozy rustic setting. Amazing food but small portions. Friendly attentive service. Expensive but worth the experience. I'll come again and highly recommend.

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 (Charlotte)·Dined on December 25, 2017

Had a very nice Christmas morning breakfast here. The view is breathtaking from the dining area. Very friendly staff.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Cozy, Special Occasion, Romantic
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 25, 2017

This was not our first dining experience at McCullen House. The food is always 5 star and the service is excellent. This is our favorite restaurant when visiting Mendocino

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Fit for Foodies, Creative Cuisine, Tasting Menu, Bar Seating, Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for Anniversaries, Worth the Drive, Notable Wine List, Casual, Cozy, Good for a Date, Special Occasion, People Watching, Authentic
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 24, 2017

The venison was beautifully prepared. The service was friendly. A delightful place to enjoy dinner.

Tags: Good for a Date, Creative Cuisine
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·Dined on December 19, 2017

Excellent! The food was amazing, our server was attentive yet not obtrusive -- but the real star was the food! So good! Especially the cheese for dessert, what a treat.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries, Comfort Food, Creative Cuisine, Casual, Fun, Scenic View, Quiet Conversation, Special Occasion, Local Ingredients
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 18, 2017

Absolutely love splurging on the seasonal tasting menu with wine pairing. Fabulous place to stay and dine on the beautiful Northern California coast.

Tags: Scenic View, Notable Wine List, Seasonal
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·Dined on December 17, 2017

The Leek soup was very unexciting. The bleu cheese salad was also nothing to write home about. The scallops were delicious and so were the cocktails. The ambiance was ok but the large table we were sat nexto were arguing making for an unsavory meal. Did I mention the cocktails were delicious? All in all, for the price, I didn’t feel like it was worth it.

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Handcrafted Cocktails
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·Dined on December 17, 2017

High quality food overall. This includes both breakfast and dinner options.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Good for a Date, Quiet Conversation, Local Ingredients, Cozy
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 11, 2017

Lovely meal, gracious service--wish I could go there every week.

Tags: Special Occasion, Cozy, Fit for Foodies, Romantic, Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries, Creative Cuisine
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 25, 2017

Always a treat! From the time you are welcomed in until you are leaving with a contented palette and satisfying feeling in your belly- it is a class act for the entire experience!

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 (Central Coast)·Dined on October 4, 2017

Great pork chops! Best I ever ate!! Ambiance was great for s date.

Tags: Good for a Date, Quiet Conversation, Paleo Friendly, Neighborhood Gem, Romantic
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·Dined on October 4, 2017

Lovely food and beautiful setting but unfortunately we felt rushed to leave the table. We had a reservation at seven pm and at 8.15 they lit up the room and it felt like the staff wanted to pack up to go home. May have been unlucky, but it didn't live up to the expectations from previous reviews I'd read.

Tags: Local Ingredients, Authentic, Waterfront
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 2, 2017

So much potential at this place that it is difficult to see it fall just a bit short in places. We were guests at the Inn and had both stayed and dined at Macallum House in years past so we were eager to see what the restaurant was offering on our return. Let me say that the breakfasts, which are included in the hotel stay, are OUTSTANDING. We ordered the cornmeal pancakes and the eggs Benedict and were blown away by the quality. We wanted to order them again immediately, but stayed ourselves till the next day when we had a repeat experience. Definitely worth a visit for the breakfasts even if you are staying elsewhere. One big plus is the option of dining on the lovely wrap around porch with views of the ocean, which also allowed us the option of dining with our dogs. I don't believe they serve dinner out there (usually too cold to be comfortable anyway), but definitely a plus for those traveling with their pets.

I wish I could be as effusive about dinner, but it was just OKAY for us. Server was cordial if a bit laid back, and he didn't seem to be too familiar with the "new" Autumn menu. The Chanterelle flatbread we ordered as a starter was just okay nothing really memorable. The duck entree was the one thing the server seemed somewhat enthusiastic about, so I went with that while my companion ordered the market seafood special, which I believe was halibut with a saffron risotto. The duck was great, well cooked and well seasoned accompanied by flavorful sides, and was a very healthy portion. If anything I think they could cut the portion back a bit and charge a bit less, as it was just under $40. The fish on the other hand was a MAJOR disappointment. The flavor combinations just didn't work, it was poorly seasoned and the Saffron Risotto just wasn't good. Thankfully that healthy portion of duck meat came in handy as that basically fed the two of us. Overall we expected more at these price points, though what they do well they do very well.

Tags: Local Ingredients, Good for a Date, Quiet Conversation, Romantic, Handcrafted Cocktails, Special Occasion, Tasting Menu, Great for Brunch
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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on October 2, 2017

Fabulous food ... among the best chicken I've had in years!

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 (Charleston)·Dined on September 24, 2017

Excellent in every way. One of the finest meals I have had on the North Coast.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 23, 2017

Gorgeous historic house, nice view of the ocean from the front porch. Cozy dining room with a fireplace, very romantic, easy to have an intimate conversation. Service for dinner was perfect. I loved the pork chop, my husband thought the filet was just o.k. Sides were delicious. Nice cozy bar next door with great cocktails and quiet live music later in the evening. I appreciated the great wine list. Overall, we had a fantastic dinner celebrating our anniversary. Highly recommend it!

Tags: Local Ingredients, Cozy, Scenic View, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Sunday Lunch, Good for Birthdays, Quiet Conversation, Notable Wine List, Romantic
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 (New York Area)·Dined on September 23, 2017

Food excellent, but where they seat you is critical. Front room had lovely flickering fireplace, romantic lighting and empty tables. We were seated in the back room with full tables garish lighting, fireplace but no fire, with one side of the table looking into a darkened storage room. Waiter began by apologizing for not yet knowing the new menu, which was an understatement. We ordered pate, assured it had minimal garlic, which makes sick. True, but the pate toasts were made from garlic bread and our main course vegetables had been given the garlic swirl treatment. The point is they're phoning it in. Bar by contrast has great xocktails and service and ambiance. But tiny.

Tags: Happy Hour, Bar Seating, Handcrafted Cocktails, Vibrant Bar Scene
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 22, 2017

Food was good. Being from San Francisco, I wasn't wowed.... but the biggest disappointment is that 1) we were staying there on our 10-year Anniversart and there was NO attempt to acknowledge that, even though I noted it... and 2) we were actually married at MacCallum house 10-years ago, and the hotel didn't make any attempt to make it memorable; no bottle of wine or champagne in the room, no rose petals or ANYTHING to make it special.....very sad that the restaurant/hotel has taken out all the sentimentality.... seems contrary to what a sleepy Victorian would represent, and contrary to why we've been such loyal patrons after all these years.

Tags: Local Ingredients
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 20, 2017

The restaurant has a great ambiance, in an old Victorian style house, and the servers are very good. Unfortunately, those are the only positives I can report. Although we had a reservation for 7:15, we were not seated until 7:40. The hostess did not apologize or treat this as an unusual occurrence, so my impression is that is their normal operation.

The food was not worth the wait--just the opposite. My dinner guest had a salmon fettucine that arrived with pasta floating in broth and tasting like a mediocre fish soup. I had grilled halibut over greens. The greens were sauteed with mushrooms and bacon. You'd think that this would be tasty given the ingredients, but they managed to make this dish not only bland but unpleasantly bitter. The halibut itself was grilled perfectly, but with no seasoning or sauce to add flavor. It was almost completely tasteless.

Adding insult to injury, this restaurant is among the pricier establishments in town. I have not had such a poor dining experience in many years. My advice would be to come here for the ambiance only, maybe for drinks. Be prepared for a long wait even if you make reservations.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 20, 2017

Undercooked Duck Breast. Skin not crispy. Meet raw on the bottom and swimming in blood. Snippy waitress that informed me cooking longer makes it tough.

Table tops scarred and look like came from thrift shop. Bugs in light fixtures. For prices they charge need to put table cloths on tables or white paper.

Breakfast cook next morning couldn't even cook eggs over easy without breaking the yoke. Breakfast sausage over cooked (burned) meat and onions. Gave us make your own Mimosa. Champagne flute with the champagne and orange juice on the side. Who does that! Won't be back!

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 19, 2017

Possibly the best pork chop I've ever had. I come here whenever I come up to Mendocino. Every dish has both delicious, perfectly prepared components, but the key is to try them together - when you discover that the flavors actually harmonize with each other.

Tags: Special Occasion, Neighborhood Gem, Worth the Drive, Business Meals, Authentic
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·Dined on September 16, 2017

Was a great find in Mendocino. Great food, service and ambiance. I highly recommend this place.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 13, 2017

We had a great meal with friends. The steak was fabulous and the clam chowder was out of this world.There were many GF options which made us happy. The Elderflower coctail was also a hit!
We were 15 minutes late and I don't think I earned my table points?

Tags: Organic, Creative Cuisine, Seasonal, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Anniversaries, Good Vegetarian Options, Authentic, Comfort Food, Romantic
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 12, 2017

The food was amazing, including our desert. Josh, our waiter, was wonderful. Prices were somewhat high, including a $20 corkage fee. It was our anniversary so we were happy overall with the evening. Thanks and congrats to Josh on his new baby.!!!!!!!

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 (New England)·Dined on September 9, 2017

Guests for the Hotel kept entering through the restaurant dragging luggage behind them. This was a bit disruptive. This door (a cut through to the hotel) should have been closed.
My food arrived cold and had to be sent back. The quality of the food was good however. No apology from waitstaff re: cold food.

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·Dined on September 7, 2017

Wonderful food and service. Enjoyable evening! Staff was very attentive and informative . Food was delicious and desserts were incredible.

Tags: Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays, Good for Groups, Worth the Drive, Tapas, Good for Anniversaries, Happy Hour, Tasting Menu, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion, Bar Seating, Creative Cuisine
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 6, 2017

Awesome food! The fried chicken is amazing and the clam chowder is by far the best we've ever had. Very highly recommend!

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, Healthy, Bar Seating, Scenic View, Creative Cuisine, Good for a Date, Fit for Foodies, Comfort Food, Romantic, Cozy, Special Occasion
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 (New York Area)·Dined on September 5, 2017

My wife and I enjoyed a splendid dining experience. Great service and yummy food in a lovely environment.

Tags: Casual, Good for a Date, Creative Cuisine, Special Occasion
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 3, 2017

From start to finish it was exceptional. Understated elegance and really delicious food. Thoroughly impressed with the tasting menu!

Tags: Good for Groups, Fit for Foodies, Cozy, Local Ingredients, Tasting Menu, Worth the Drive, Neighborhood Gem, Kid-friendly, Creative Cuisine, Good for a Date
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 (Atlanta)·Dined on September 1, 2017

Our goto restaurant in Mendocino. Have tried then all and keep going back to MacCallum House.

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 (San Diego)·Dined on August 28, 2017

We read fairly good reviews and wanted to support a local establishment while in Mendocino . I read the description of the fish tacos and they sounded great . They were not . The fish smelled very fishy and was a funny color . I was honestly scared we would get sick as we ate a small anount . My husband and I left most on the plate . We were not asked why . My husband ordered a fresh corn salad that was good . It was totally a waste of money . The house that the restaurant is in is charming , the hostess was very sweet and the gardens are stunning . Disappointed that this was our last meal out in Mendocino .

Tags: Scenic View
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 (Portland)·Dined on August 15, 2017

First time to this rather well known restaurant. The hostess who greeted us and also checked in with us during our meal was the friendliest person we encountered. The butter lettuce/shrimp salad was exceptional; my duck was nicely cooked and presented, could have had a more distinctive sauce; halibut nicely done and served. Overall a nice experience, but I think due to all the talk we heard about this restaurant before hand made our expectations too high. The caramel sauce on the ice cream was superb.

Tags: Sunday Lunch, Notable Wine List
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on August 11, 2017

Food not up to par...quaint inn ...downtown in the heart of Mendocino.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on August 7, 2017

We had the tasting menu and it was way to much food, if you are not a lumberjack. Each of the five courses was probably sixty percent of a regular portion including the sides. The wines were not particularly well matched to their course (e.g., sparkling wine and caprice salad). The individual items were well prepared, but needed to be smaller and more focused with fewer sides.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on August 5, 2017

4 of us went for dinner. A wedding party was there so not a normal evening but our food was delish and service was really good. Enjoyed it and would go again.

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 (Detroit)·Dined on August 2, 2017

Good food, a little crowded. Main dining area could use more lighting.

Tags: Good for Groups, Cozy
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on August 1, 2017

great food -- the

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