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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RD
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

s
Chicago
11 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service4ambience5

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

CJ
San Francisco
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
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
Des Moines
6 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
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.

S
San Francisco
18 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

LG
Central Coast
3 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
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!

TR
San Francisco
14 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
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.

JO
Berlin
2 reviews
Dined on February 11, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience5

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

S
Adelaide / SA
15 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!

JL
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!

GL
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!

BH
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!

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

Wonderful experience beautiful views great staff highly recommend!

CE
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!

OT
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!!

AA
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.

RF
1 review
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing views, kind staff and very accommodating. A favorite for sure!

AS
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on January 9, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Excellent restaurant, great place to celebrate special occasions. The food is very tasty and the views are superb. I will be back.

OT
Sacramento
2 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My wife and I had a wonderful New Year's Eve dinner, the food and service were great. I had the special which was Long cod and my wife had the Shrimp both were delicious. Albion is definitely on our list for a return visit.

CY
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience3

We did a get-a-way with friends for the New Year. The were 4 of us. Each one of us had a great meal. The ambiance during the day for breakfast is fantastic because of the ocean view from the dining room, but at night, not so much. New Year's even celebration was crowed so it was noisy, but to be expected. We ate at 3 restaurants on our trip and the Albion was right up there with the best and famous of the area.

OT
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience4

Beautiful table against the window which would have been a great view over the water had it not been already dark outside (limited light in the winter months seems to foreclose most of the opportunities to have a view during dinner dining hours!). Service was good enough, professional, attentive. Food feels like a bit of a relic of mid-1990s french-informed California cuisine: cream-butter-based sauce on the fish of the day plate with parboiled vegetables and a starch of some kind, all of which wasn’t very distinct in flavor, tasty but moderately bland. Salads were nice enough, though Caesar dressing was moderately underwhelming (I was close to wondering if mayo was the base for this dressing). All in all, a fine place for a dinner out, though feels static in style and rather traditional menu offerings, not quite worth the price in my opinion — though the view may have made up for that!

DM
San Francisco
33 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

There are not a lot fine dining establishments along the sparse North California Coast. However, The Albion River Inn will provide a memorable gastronomic fix to anyone looking for it along the North Coast. The setting is one of the best you'll find and the service is quite good. I had the duck as an appetizer and the pork shank as my entree and was not disappointed. It is on the pricey end, but I really believe the food quality, the service and the setting justify it. Plus, they definitely know how to shake a proper cocktail, which is always welcome. It would be nice if the bar was open for afternoons in the winter, as the bar and restaurant is closed shut until 5pm sharp; so plan accordingly.

r
Sacramento
13 reviews
Dined on December 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Albion River Restaurant was one of very few open for Christmas day dinner and serving their entire menu, so we gave them a try. What a lucky find! Our dinner was wonderful. We look forward to returning on our next visit to Mendocino.

IN
Los Angeles
15 reviews
Dined on December 25, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Nothing special. Because we were staying at the hotel, my wife and I went in for Christmas dinner. Completely unmemorable.

F
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on December 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

All the staff members were so nice. The food was really good too.

OT
San Francisco
16 reviews
Dined on December 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

From the moment we were greeted very warmly by the Hostess until we left after a wonderful meal, my husband and I had a lovely Christmas evening. The food and service were outstanding. Looking forward to going there again!

RD
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a delicious meal with a beautiful view! Everything was fantastic!

OT
1 review
Dined on December 24, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Christmas Eve dinner

OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on December 22, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

We love the Albion River Inn and make a pilgrimage there whenever we get out to the Mendocino coast. They have a lovely, warm dining room with exceptionally friendly, kid-tolerant service. The food is tasty, albeit not particularly memorable, the whiskey options are endless, and the wine and cocktails are excellent. Lots of locals stop by for happy hour (5-6 pm).

J
San Francisco
117 reviews
Dined on December 21, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Truly delicious food! From the bread and butter, to the roasted garlic Caesar salad and the lemon chicken soup! And definitely order the A.R.I. chocolate mousse! A true fine dining experience. Stellar views too!

EG
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on December 20, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience2

Very loud, duck appetizer was bad. Bouillabaisse was so so but my wifes swordfish was good. Service was good. Expensive so i dont think ill go back

MM
1 review
Dined on December 18, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was our 41st wedding anniversary, they put rose petals on our table, server amazing food, and gave us a chocolate moose for dessert.
The bar tender went with us outside to take pictures of us by the amazing view.

JC
1 review
Dined on December 14, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

My food was delicious however my boyfriend said his swordfish tasted frozen, not fresh. Also, the chocolate raspberry cake was underwhelming, a bit dry and just not up to the yummy tastes of the other food presented to us.

OT
Tahoe
1 review
Dined on November 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our food was fantastic. So many flavors in everything we tried! Love this place. Hope to come back next year when we visit again!

KW
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on November 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The entire meal was DELICIOUS!!! From start to finish, an enjoyable experience.

w
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on November 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great, delicious turkey and all the trappings dinner. Great wine list, too. Very nice Thanksgiving dinner.

f
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on November 28, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Such a lovely space, modern yet warm. Great service, appealing food. Looking forward to returning!!

DM
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on November 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great experience. Would highly recommend to anyone.

A
San Diego
3 reviews
Dined on November 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Enjoyed the Thanksgiving menu. Staff, especially our server, Cindy, was exceptionally delightful. The turkey dinner plate was filled with all the traditional trimmings. We also enjoyed the steak on the menu paired with a wonderful peppery demi glaze. For dessert, we shared the the pumpkin pie and homemade ice cream, flavors were pumpkin pecan and ginger lime. Hit the Thanksgiving spot! Highly recommend as the food and drinks were great and the sunset views were phenomenal.

DD
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on November 28, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Always reliable - good food and service. Great views!