Albion River Restaurant - Albion River Inn

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Overlooking the sea on the Mendocino Coast, the Albion River Inn Restaurant celebrates California coastal cuisine in a romantic and cozy ambiance. Chef Stephen Smith's menu draws its inspiration from the sea, and showcases seafood, meat, poultry & pasta dishes prepared with local, organic produce.

The award-winning wine list, acclaimed cuisine, cozy fireplace, full service bar with an extensive Scotch collection, attentive service, and our incomparable Mendocino coast ocean views offers one of the best dinning experiences on the coast. Come early and join us for Happy Hour from 5-6 PM nightly.

PLEASE NOTE: Window tables may be reserved at the first seatings of the evening, 5:00 and 5:15, for parties as large as four. We cannot guarantee window tables for any other reservation times. Please call with questions, 707-937-1919.
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BB
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had seafood and scallops. The food was so delicious and generous portions. The views are amazing. It was a romantic setting but there were also a lot of families and kids.

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MQ
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Consistently delicious food and excellent service in a beautiful setting.

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KB
Sacramento
12 reviews
Dined on June 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Yes. We never miss eating a chef special dinner at the Albion Inn restaurant whenever we go to Mendocino. Great service, reasonable prices and gourmet food.

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F
San Francisco
18 reviews
Dined on June 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We have visited the Albion River Inn for many years and are never disappointed in the excellent service and quality of food at the restaurant. The setting is spectacular and the facility is well maintained.

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OT
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on June 9, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Fabulous view. Food was delicious. We will be back.

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OT
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on June 8, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 2ambience 1

The tables are set so close together that when the waiter pours water for the neighboring table their elbows are in your ears. Very disappointing. We won't go back.

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S
Adelaide / SA
14 reviews
Dined on May 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The restaurant staff eagerly welcomed us - the waiter was knowledgable in the wine list
T. We selected the 3 course chef menu - the Caesar salad was excellent then we had the pork tenderloin with mashed potatoes and vegetable medley and then finished with sorbet and chocolate mousse— planning to back the next I eat we are in Mendocino area.

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LH
Phoenix
3 reviews
Dined on May 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing views! Excellent food! Would definitely recommend.

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RB
1 review
Dined on May 25, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

We have been here a couple of times in the past, and absolutely loved it. However this time it didn't measure up. The menu choices were not inspiring, the food itself was fine but not great, and the service felt more like what you would get in a diner rather than a fine restaurant. Not sure what happened, but we'll try some other place on our next trip to Mendocino.

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TD
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on May 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Terrific by all accounts.
Great for date or special occasion

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SU
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on May 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

All time favorite when in Mendocino, the Albion River In never fails to deliver a memorable meal.

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PR
San Francisco
19 reviews
Dined on May 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The Albion River Restaurant is one of our favorite places to revisit on the Mendocino Coast. The food is consistently delicious, with fresh seafood, local produce, and comfort foods with a creative twist. Overnight guests enjoy a savory breakfast beyond the usual "B&B" options. There are always delicious options for vegetarians. The dining room is cozy, with beautiful views overlooking the ocean and gardens. Perfect for any occasion.

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T
San Francisco
16 reviews
Dined on May 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We were sending our good friends off to Italy for 3 weeks and celebrating their adventure to be. Everything was what we expected, very good food, good service in a cozy atmosphere.

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JC
Tallahassee
79 reviews
Dined on May 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

What a great evening. From the setting and view to the meal and the wine it was perfect. The evening was highlighted by outstanding service. My party raved about every aspect and we highly recommend the grilled prawns and the mousse for dessert.

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SF
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on May 19, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Dining here is a delight. The restaurant has a breath-taking view of the ocean and cove and especially beautiful at sunset. The food is excellent, thoughtfully prepared and neither over seasoned nor over- salted. The service is first-class.

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LL
Houston
1 review
Dined on May 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great food and large portions. The staff was very pleasant.

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S
San Francisco
12 reviews
Dined on May 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We love coming to the Albion Inn for dinner when we are on vacation in Northern California. It is our special date night together.

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MD
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Albion River Restaurant is perfect down to each last detail. View, amazing. Atmosphere, quiet, romantic, peaceful with locals as well as tourists, lovely dining room, and warm, friendly service folk. Food is elegant and satiating, delicious and beautifully prepared. Everything just clicks. We had a wonderful dining experience.

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RR
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on May 9, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 5

The view is so outstanding that one can be forgiving about the food. The fresh fish was very nice but the chef put way too many ingredients on top of it for my taste.

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OT
Dallas
1 review
Dined on May 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was wonderful. The view was spectacular. The service impeccable. Will definitely return.

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R
Sacramento
14 reviews
Dined on May 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My wife and I went to Mendocino this weekend and this restaurant was recommended by the B&B we stayed at, Joshua Grindle Inn. The restaurant lived up to the recommendation. We had the Cod and Pork Shank. Both were excellent and the service was very good. We also has Ken Wright Pinot Noir from their wine selection which is one of our favorites. Great view of the ocean. We would highly recommend both the Albion River Restaurant and Joshua Grindle Inn for anyone planning a trip to Mendocino.

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LM
1 review
Dined on April 23, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 5

Besides errors in our food order, which were promptly attended to, the overall experience was just what we had in mind. Good salads and wine to enjoy while watching the beautiful sunset. Friendly, accomodating staff, comfortable and attractive atmosphere. Perfect spot to give my east coast visitor a taste of Mendocino coast.

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MS
1 review
Dined on April 20, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

The place and ambiance is very nice, ocean front, beautiful views. However, I was disappointed with the food. I took pasta with mushrooms and it was "cheap", not a homemade pasta, but simple one from Safeway, with cheap cheddar and a few tasteless pieces of mushroom floating in tomato sauce. Very everyday meal, nothing that I would expect from the 4,8 restaurant. On the bright side, cocktail I ordered was great and my husband's pork was delicious. I would take this pasta definitely off the menu.

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TT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on April 16, 2019
Overall 2food 1service 4ambience 4

Our meals were unsatisfactory, same with three different wines we tried. Meal presentation was not acceptable. I had New York Steak which was thrown on top of the mash potatoes and asparagus. The steak was very "chewable" (tough). Everything had to be pulled apart before the steak could be cut. We haven't been here in a couple of years now, so there my be different cook or owner. A screaming child was present which totally defeats the purpose of going out to a nice dinner to enjoy & relax.

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s
Sacramento
24 reviews
Dined on April 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The Albion restaurant was such a treat! The service was attentive and sensitive to our special anniversary celebration, giving us ample time to enjoy our beautiful ocean view, drinks and each course of our meal in our own time. We chose the enticing fish specials for our entrees, which included swordfish with perfectly sized and flavored sides and a white fish that was both tender and tasty. The chocolate mousse dessert was incredible. I am a chocoholic and the quality and depth of this silky dish was to die for! Although it was a bit noisy at times, this was no fault of the restaurant, we just happened to end up seated next to a table that had a tired little one whose parents tried diligently to calm him. It wasn't really a problem for us...but a challenge for the parents. Would highly recommend this restaurant to others and hope to return ourselves soon!

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K
Sacramento
8 reviews
Dined on April 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always enjoy our meal at Albion River Inn when visiting Mendocino. Thanks!

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NS
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on April 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This place was beautiful and the food was great. We attended happy hour at 5. Not a secret as many swooped in at same time. The bartender seemed completely unphased as to how many people came in at the same time. She was gracious and handled the small crowd very promptly. We would return if we were in the area again for sure.

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EK
London
1 review
Dined on April 9, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

The food was delicious and we had a lovely evening.

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RE
1 review
Dined on April 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

First time there but we will definitely be back. Great view, friendly staff and great food

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AR
San Francisco
9 reviews
Dined on April 4, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

My wife and I dine here every time we visit Mendocino. On this visit, we had dinner. The hostess sat us at the table next to the cozy fireplace. On previous occasions, we’ve sat at a table near or next to a window. During an anniversary trip 18 years ago, we got the corner table, great for a romantic dinner for two and definitely the best view. They also have a lawn area just outside the dining room which is accessible thru a door for photo opportunities.

The food has been great every time and the service always fantastic. My wife started off with a seafood chowder, I had a Caesar salad, both were very good. We then had their cod and swordfish specials. For dessert, we had the chocolate decedent and sorbets, excellent!

We brought our 15 year old son with us. He has a severe allergy to peanuts and other nuts. The waitress walked him through the menu and told him what items were safe for him to have. We really appreciated their attention to the note I included when I booked the reservation.

The chef has been here for many years and changes the breakfast and dinner menus regularly. We look forward to our next visit.

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OT
San Francisco
86 reviews
Dined on April 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious NY steak with mashed potatoes. Excellent salad with apples, walnuts and cheese. Tasty desserts. Friendly service. Loved watching the 2 Ospreys circling the cove.

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DS
San Francisco
13 reviews
Dined on March 31, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Very good service from our waiter Matt. Beautiful view of the ocean. Food was very good.

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BS
1 review
Dined on March 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Spectacular view, sunset following a rain storm, whale spouts, great drinks, appetizer, meal, and home-size dessert (plus good coffee). Delicious. Wonderful waitress. Relaxing and romantic. While I appreciate getting as many guests as possible seated by the windows, we were too close to the tables on either side of us - so close it felt awkward (though we did end up talking with folks on both sides ;-). Thank you for a lovely experience.

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DC
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on March 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing whiskey list! The food was wonderful and our server, Janet, was great.

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OT
Miami
7 reviews
Dined on March 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always great service and the food is the best! The views looking out over the oceans rolling waves are wonderful. This is a “must do”restaurant when traveling around Mendocino area. It won’t disappoint.

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C
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 5

Food was pretty mediocre (lacked originality and flavor), but wine selection and views are great!

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M
San Francisco
23 reviews
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had a wonderful birthday dinner!

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TH
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always impressive every time we go to the coast. A must stop. Staff is great. Food is perfect. View is amaze.

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a
1 review
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We will always remember our 10th anniversary, because we experienced the Albion Inn restaurant! There is not a comparable wine list on the coast, exceptional. The appetizer and dinner orders were absolutely top-notch. Special care went into EVERYTHING except...dessert. Standard run-of-the mill crème brulee. The sorbet was good and they also offered chocolate mousse. I guess because everything else was so amazing my expectations were up for dessert, but it seems only a standard good dessert is offered, Lol.

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KJ
1 review
Dined on March 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of my favorite places to eat at. My family has been coming to the Albion River Inn for dinner for the last 10-15 years and it never disappoints. Plus, it has the best views of the coastline.

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