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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MA
1 review
Dined on October 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was delicious and the view was outstanding! We came to celebrate our anniversary and had a wonderful, relaxing dinner.

ER
San Francisco
48 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My boyfriend and I spent our anniversary at the restaurant and it was incredible! The view was beautiful, every person on staff was so kind. On top of the amazing service and atmosphere the food was delicious to match.

m
Sacramento
7 reviews
Dined on October 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Beautiful view, great service, food & beverages. We enjoyed this dinner as a family.

OT
Sacramento
5 reviews
Dined on September 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great food, beautiful setting!

LS
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on September 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food, great views, great value and they’re open on Mondays.

JR
San Diego
61 reviews
Dined on September 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Just the best view in Albion and Mendo! Too it off with excellent menu and food presentation: fit for foodies m romantic dates. We loved our corner view table and experience, thank you staff n chefs

A
San Francisco
12 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We celebrated our 33 rd Anniversary and they put red rose petals on our table. What a nice touch.

OT
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on September 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had dinner here about 20 years ago on our anniversary, and by chance we were in Fort Bragg for our 44th. This place is just as good as my memory said it would be! Red rose petals scattered on our table were a nice touch, and the food was outstanding. Hopefully, we’ll be back sooner next time!

SN
Sacramento
1 review
Dined on September 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is the best of everything. The best mac and cheese I’ve ever had. The best caprese salad I’ve ever had and scampi described as cocaine-addictive. Service was attentive. The room was softly lighted. Perfection. Can’t wait to return.

S
Sacramento
1 review
Dined on September 23, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Ambiance was superb with a world-class view of the spectacular Pacific! The landscaping just outside our window was gorgeous, with hummingbirds on the flowers. Our service was excellent, all the employees were very attentive. The salad was delicious. The seafood chowder was good but not outstanding.

LA
Kansas City
6 reviews
Dined on September 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

First time back for many years and just as pleased as the past. We had the Baja Swordfish special and it was wonderful!! Window viewing for an incredible sunset on our anniversary. Wine selection is excellent as are the mixed drinks. If you get the chance to dine here it is a special place! The gardens are magnificent and we saw several hummingbirds while eating. We will be back for sure!

L
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Good service, nice view, friendly place. There aren’t a lot of good options in the area but Albion’s was very good.

JC
San Francisco
26 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fabulous service, food and beautiful sunset!

MB
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on September 13, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

An amazing view of the ocean and cliffs out of the window and tasty food. Just be mindful that on sunny afternoons it gets extremely hot when sitting right at the window (no A/C), so you might want to get a table away from the sun to enjoy the ambiance of this family ran restaurant.

AA
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on September 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Came here with my French family to celebrate the end of our road trip, the view is amazing, the location is great. We had a nice time, the staff was friendly and professional. The food was great, it was shellfish for me and coconut ginger shrimp for my family. Delicious! It’s a great place for date or romantic dinner, nice treat for a family too. I’ll definitely go back when I’ll be around.

PS
1 review
Dined on September 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Have already recommended to co-workers - Very happy with the service, our meal outstanding for a birthday celebration, just perfect according to the birthday boy!

d
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on September 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a wonderful experience. Food was wonderful. Service was outstanding. Views were beautiful. Hope to go back again soon.

S
Philadelphia
9 reviews
Dined on September 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We love this place. We live in the Bay Area and are used to good food and this is as good as any of it PLUS you will have outstanding service and a phenomenal view. This time we saw a whale!
We have come here every year now for many years, at least once, when we venture up the coast for a few days off.
Every time it has been a delight for our taste buds.
This time we had seared tuna over a warm salad of wild mushrooms and Napa cabbage and honestly, it was as good as food gets.
The restaurant is low keyed ... calm, elegant, but in that California kind of way where you can dress or wear jeans and no one seems to notice. We love that.
Last time there was a local man singing opera and he was good!
Always a treat; always some pleasant surprise.
Don't miss it.

D
Los Angeles
6 reviews
Dined on September 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The view, food and service are exceptional. Best restaurant on coast.

W
San Francisco
65 reviews
Dined on September 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our first time and we were delighted with an outstanding dinner in a wonderful setting.
Only wish we lived closer and could enjoy it often!

TH
Seattle
1 review
Dined on September 1, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

We we’re there for two .birthdays. The setting is beautiful. With the open dining room it was fairly noisy. The seafood chowder was wonderful. The entres were very good, although the bouillabaisse was quite bland for my taste. Our server was excellent; as our reservations were for 8 p.m., the rest of the staff were obviously ready for us to leave. All in all, it was a very pleasant experience.

AD
1 review
Dined on September 1, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Several people working the table - kind of confusing. Tended to reach across you rather than come from the side.

Salads and bread are excellent.

Would have liked a draft beer but you have none.

KM
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on August 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic food!!!!

LW
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on August 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We went early on a Thursday evening and had a marvelous meal and dining experience. We got a table overlooking the ocean and everything we ate was wonderful. My husband had the macaroni and cheese and it was luscious. My rock cod was excellent on a tasty brown rice. My partner had the pork shank with polenta. the sauce was divine. The Meyer lemon, orange cheese cake was light and tasty. Lovely meal. We will come back.

TM
San Francisco
12 reviews
Dined on August 28, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 5ambience 1

We had been to Albion River restaurant in the past, our anniversary dinner was not the romantic dinner as before. The piano bar turned in a karaoke night. Disturbing! To say the least! Will not be going back anytime soon.

OT
San Francisco
91 reviews
Dined on August 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always good! Our favorite restaurant in the Mendocino area. Delicious salmon this time. We come here every time we are up this way.

D
San Francisco
42 reviews
Dined on August 26, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

A lovely place with a terrific view - not every part of Mendocino has this. The food is well curated and thoughtful, though I'd love more small plates. Fresh fish every day and only the best ingredients. Definitely try the mixed seafood with cream and brandy - really great. Good wine list and a decent number of wines by the glass.

SP
Hawaii
1 review
Dined on August 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best dinner!! I had braised pork on polenta, hubby had pork tenderloin special. They were both absolutely wonderful.
A nice touch was added to our table with rose petals, as it was our Anniversary. Also was given a table in the corner with a beautiful view of the ocean, hills and Albion River bridge.

After dinner We were so full we couldn’t eat dessert, but we did take it back to our room. It was a wonderful chocolate cake with vanilla ice cream . It was packaged up very nicely . We will be back .
Thank you
Joe and Sharon

OT
1 review
Dined on August 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful view of ocean; servers, bartender and hostess all very accommodating.
Food and wine selections outstanding.

OT
Tahoe
2 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful experience!
The food, service and ambiance were phenomenal. Nothing better than watching the sunset with dinner.

AJ
Denver
1 review
Dined on August 15, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Ambiance was casual but the service was gracious and attentive without getting in the way of the gorgeous views and serene location. Food was good, too!
We truly appreciated the extra touches they gave us for our 40th anniversary celebration.
We're from Colorado, visiting the Mendocino coast and so glad we chose the Albion River Restaurant for dinner.

KW
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 3

The appetizers were delicious. But the entrees were expensive and boring. My husband returned the pasta dish because it had no flavor. My fish dish was fine, but the fish could have been cooked better. This was an expensive restaurant for a sub par meal. Beautiful view, lackluster food.

S
Los Angeles
24 reviews
Dined on August 7, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 5

Beautiful setting - wonderful views - comfortable space. Food was good - view was way better

KK
San Diego
3 reviews
Dined on August 7, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Our party of five had a lovely dinner at Albion Inn- the salads were all enormous and the entrees were as expected- tasty ands served perfectly. One of our companions asked for the burger to be served sans bun, but the bun accompanied her plate. The staff refills water and asks if you need anything during the course of the meal, very unobtrusively. Corkage is $20, but $15 at most other area restaurants. Not a big deal, but something you might want to note. The views are lovely, food delicious and we will definitely go again.

OT
Louisville
1 review
Dined on August 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Birthday dinner

T
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on July 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Perfect from beginning to end. The views are spectacular, our waitress was awesome, and the food outstanding. Just a wonderful night and dining experience.

SD
1 review
Dined on July 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Given the food is delicious and ocean views beautiful didn’t mind dinner was over $200 for a party of 4 adults

OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on July 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My wife and I came here for our first anniversary, and we had a great experience! The food and service were both excellent.

I
Portland
5 reviews
Dined on July 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fun night out with fabulous food. We’re going to be back again

RK
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on July 21, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Located where the Albion River meets the Pacific Ocean, the view is amazing! Ask for a window table where you can take in the gorgeous scenery & watch the Hummingbirds flit among the flowers. Nice menu with some added specials & a nice wine list. Service was warm & attentive. Yes, we’d go back.

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