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Albion River Restaurant - Albion River Inn

4.6
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435 Reviews
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$31 to $50
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Californian
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.

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
Social Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
Personal Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
What 435 people are saying
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4.6based on recent ratings
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4.7
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4.7
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1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food4service5ambience5

The ambience and service was excellent. The staff were friendly and the view of the ocean/cliff was spectacular. The Latin inspired soup was so tasty! The main food was good but could have been better. The cod was chewy and the steak was not as flavorful as we had hoped for. The food was still good just not as excellent as the ambience.

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JohnB
San Francisco
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As before, this place was beyond outstanding in all manners!! We love it.

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LorenaE
1 review
Dined on August 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We'll definitely be back.It was a great experience for dining out with the view of the Pacific.

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TeenaD
1 review
Dined on July 12, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

We love coming here anytime we are in the area. I would have rated it higher but with the covid 19 restrictions in place it was not quite as charming as usual. I can't blame this on the Albion but it will be nice to get things back to normal!!

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vipMccyawl
San Francisco
41 reviews
Dined on July 11, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience5

This was a great find in the Mendocino area. Beautiful patio for dining overlooking the coast. Cuisine was up to the reviews I had read. Will return!

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michaelh
1 review
Dined on July 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outside dining was great. Inside dining room is a bit sterile.

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LynnR
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on July 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I had the filet mignon. It melted I. My mouth. The light sauce was beautifully paired and the vegetables cooked perfectly. Service was outstanding. The tables were set way apart for COV-ID. I felt totally safe.

A great dinner out.

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eblu111
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on July 4, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

We have eaten here before but it's just a different environment due to the Covid requirements. The menu was a little limited and we weren't able to bring in our own wine but oh well. We were good with it. The service was excellent. It's still a great place!

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Ripley
1 review
Dined on July 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The window seat overlooking the ocean was stunning. My dinner was excellent. The servers were very helpful in choosing wine and informing us about our dinner choices. The dining room is nicely space noting the COVID-19 issues.

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vipKarenJ
San Francisco
13 reviews
Dined on July 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Couldn't have asked for a better Anniversary dinner. We were lucky to have beautiful clear sky and able to dine outside overlooking the gorgeous view of the cove through the garden. Our server Matt was fantastic. The food was beyond expectations. This is one of our first times dining out in the midst of Covid and we felt very safe with he precautions by the restaurant and our server. Can't wait to go back.

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vipAntbis
San Francisco
24 reviews
Dined on July 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We dined outside with a fabulous view of the ocean! The food was spectacular! We almost felt like we were alone on a cliff! I would definitely come back and request to sit outside! Service was spectacular our waiter was Matt and he took amazing care of us! 💕

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KGil
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on July 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic, amazing food and spirits with the best views we have found on the north coast.

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vipMendonomaOpenTabler
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on June 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The restaurant at the Albion River Inn (ARI) reopened last Friday (6/26/20) after having been closed for three months because of the coronavirus pandemic. The number of tables has been reduced to allow for proper spacing, and there is no seating at the bar. The menu is slightly shorter than before, with a couple fewer choices of appetizers and entrees because of the smaller headcount. The most important thing, however, is that they haven’t missed a beat. The kitchen is as good as ever (we split a roasted garlic Caesar salad and had the filet mignon and the grilled prawn entrees). Outstanding! The dining room personnel – hostess, wait staff, bussers – are well-trained and gracious, as always. Cocktails continue to be excellent. So happy that ARI is back in business!

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MarkS
San Francisco
16 reviews
Dined on March 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful tasty meal, from the yummy smoked duck breast salad and the pork shank was fall off the bone! Excellent presentation and great staff. Dessert was the chocolate- raspberry cake, decadent and moist. The wine list is fantastic! We will be back!

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MichaelA
1 review
Dined on March 14, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience5

My wife and I had dinner while staying in the area. The restaurant is located on a bluff overlooking the ocean and had a beautiful view from our table. I have been trying hamburgers from different places since having an amazing burger in Inverness. The ARI burger was very good cooked to order. My wife had the Lime and Ginger Grilled Prawns and said it was one of the best meals she had ever had! We finished with homemade ice cream which was delicious. Definitely will be back on our next trip.

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on March 13, 2020
Overall4food2service4ambience4

You’re paying for the view. The food is mediocre. Massive wine list but the waiter knew nothing about it.

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BobB
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on March 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Good and attentive waitress, with beautiful window ocean views. Food was quite good. Enjoyable experience and we would go back there.

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bobo
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on March 12, 2020
Overall4food3service5ambience5

Ambiance and views are superb. Staff were very attentive. Somewhat disappointed in the food: my swordfish was a little overdone and covered with a mushroom sauce that I did not think was a good compliment to the fish. Roasted brussel sprouts were soft and too heavy with asiago cheese.Saffron based Bouillabase was very good.

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MarkQ
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on March 11, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Have been coming here for years. I was happy to see a NY steak back on the menu, but was disappointed that it was tough, though well-cooked. At $39.50, it should have been a tenderer cut. My wife’s price fix dinner was great and the atmosphere and service was superb, as always.

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vipMothernlaw
Sacramento
52 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience5

We really enjoyed the Rock Cod which was the special fish of the night. They were very accommodating in preparing the fish without truffles or truffle oil. I normally do not get dessert but definitely have the chocolate pudding if you love chocolate and the rocky road ice cream was way better than any rocky road I have ever had. Highly recommend! Make your reservation by a window with a sunset

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PatrickA
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Great food, nice selection of wines and a huge list of beers. Portion size was huge.

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StephenP
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing view with excellent service and food.

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samj
1 review
Dined on February 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and service.....pricey but great food,, service was good, Bar tender was very knowledgeable on wine collection

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RetroDaisy
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful food, staff and location. This is a great restaurant for a special dinner.

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vipscasagra
Chicago
12 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Great food by world-class chef, beautiful setting, amazing selection of scotch and whisky. I'll be back!

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CatherinaJ
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Matt was a wonderful server. We liked him a lot.
The hostess was very kind and accommodating too. The steak was delicious and the Caesar salad was light and refreshing. The ambiance was nice and overall we were very pleased and it was a very good choice to celebrate our Valentine’s Day dinner at Albion Restaurant.

MJ
MichaelJ
Des Moines
6 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall4food5service3ambience5

Food tasted good. Waitress unfortunately had issues moment we sat. Not sure why. Not unfriendly, but other servers looked like they were making dining an enjoyable experience for their guests, while ours was slow and minimally attentive. Just a bad draw. Maybe next time.

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vipSksavage2
San Francisco
19 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Beautiful spot, great food, fun bartender! Thank you Laura!!

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LetsGoOut
Central Coast
5 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great everything (food, service, decor, value, etc) for a Valentine's dinner...on a 3-day weekend! And we're fairly certain we got a special table because we reserved early. Highly recommended!

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TRB46
San Francisco
14 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience2

It is quaint restaurant right on the coast...setting beautiful. Tables very close to each other and very little privacy...very noisy...food was okay and service was not the best but not the worst.

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vipJeffreyO
Berlin
2 reviews
Dined on February 11, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Very well prepared delicious food and lovely service. A special spot on the north coast.

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vipSteph
Adelaide / SA
18 reviews
Dined on February 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always feel welcome when we arrive at the Albion River Restaurant. We arrived about 15 minutes early for our reservation and they were so welcoming and provide us the view at a window table immediately. The waitress was timely in greeting us, getting our drinks, and helping with our selections. I chose the NY steak with garlic potatoes and vegetables, cooked perfectly. My friend selected the lime and ginger shrimp dish with vegetables - again cooked perfectly, Our desserts were Chocolate mousse and a lemon/raspberry pie-tasty to the last bit. Looking forward to going back again!

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JanetL
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We celebrated our 30th anniversary with yet another wonderfully memorable dinner at our favorite Mendocino Coast restaurant at the Albion River Inn. The friendly service was superior from our delightful host, Mercedes, as well as our excellent server, Janet, who thoughtfully recalled one of our previous visits. We we’re seated at a romantic fireside table that had been adorned with celebratory ribbons and flowers. Both the Warm Winter Beet and the Point Reyes Blue Cheese Salads were fresh and incredibly flavorful. The entrees we chose were also fabulous, with one of them even being readily adapted by the chef to include elements from two different menu options, the Cavatappi Pasta with Domestic and Wild Mushrooms and a delicious meat ball choice. The grilled wild swordfish could not have been any tastier! We loved the excellent Black Kite pinot noir that Janet suggested for us. It was perfect for our love of Pinots and quite beautifully made; yet, being a local wine unfamiliar to us, we likely wouldn’t have known to select it on our own. The evening was topped off by the luscious celebration desserts of divine Chocolate Raspberry Cakes enjoyed with our final sips of Black Kite Pinot. We can’t wait until our next time dining at the Restaurant at Albion River Inn!

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GregL
1 review
Dined on February 9, 2020
Overall4food5service2ambience4

Beautiful ocean views. Superb food. While we've had excellent cocktails here before, they were not good this evening. I can only assume that the regular bartender was absent and a temporary fill-in was handling the drinks. The cocktails lacked flourish. Too many bitters were used. It was only a problem this time around and we've rated Albion higher before. As always, we'll be back!

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BobH
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on February 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Not cheap, but we haven't ever had a bad meal here! Nice presentation, attentive wait staff, and a beautiful environment, right on the coast. Great for a special occasion!

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MaryS
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on January 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful experience beautiful views great staff highly recommend!

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eihlea
78 reviews
Dined on January 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely dinner at Albion River Restaurant. We arrived just before sunset and enjoyed a beautiful view while sipping wine. The food was delicious, the service was excellent and we will definitely return.

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ChristineE
1 review
Dined on January 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our dinner here was amazing. The service was wonderful and the staff was helpful and friendly! John the bartender was very knowledgeable and helpful as well. I would recommend this place to everyone visiting or staying in the Mendocino area!

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OpenTable Diner
Charleston
4 reviews
Dined on January 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We celebrated a late Christmas dinner with our family. Food, service, wine and view were all amazing!!

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AlanA
1 review
Dined on January 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Based on previous great experiences we were not hesitant to invite our best friends to Albion River Restaurant as our guests and we were NOT disappointed. We were the last ones to leave but the staff were so kind and even fun. Each of the 4 of us was more than happy with our dinner. Looking forward to our next trip to Ft Bragg.

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