Albion River Restaurant - Albion River Inn

4.7
329 reviews
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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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1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

OT
Tahoe
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
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 6 days ago
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
22 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.

K
St. Louis
11 reviews
Dined on July 18, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Beautiful setting, right on the coast, great service!

OH
San Francisco
42 reviews
Dined on July 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

As always, Albion River is a wonderful dining experience. Great ambiance, views of the bluffs, and delicious food. Highly recommended.

P
San Francisco
16 reviews
Dined on July 15, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Beautiful and unpretentious, fair prices, gracious service, and spectacular views. Carefully curated wine list of both local and imported wines.

SS
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on July 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Beautiful views, outstanding food and excellent service!

MM
1 review
Dined on July 14, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

The food was wonderful and the service and view were more than you could ask for. We will certainly return.

t
San Francisco
19 reviews
Dined on July 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food, nice professional service and lovely location and views. We have for dinner twice before and will be back again when we visit Mendencino.

P
Central Coast
1 review
Dined on July 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

While the atmosphere and quality of the food was excellent, it was topped off by the wonderful experience with our server, "English Janet." She made the meal and experience so enjoyable, with her genuine, sincere attitude. She engaged with us and made us feel that we were her friends, not just customers. Thank you, Janet!

e
San Joaquin
1 review
Dined on July 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Just perfect. Excellent cocktails. Excellent foods all in a beautiful setting.

L
Sacramento
8 reviews
Dined on July 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A beautiful evening at Albion River Inn Restaurant. The service was exceptional and the food was fresh and delicious. The views from our table were spectacular. My father brought me to the Albion River Restaurant over 20 years ago. It was as magical as I remembered. Thank you.

OT
Chicago
10 reviews
Dined on July 4, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 4ambience 4

So the view is amazing. We found the food to be good, but overpriced for the offering. Tables are tiny, and very tightly spaced. We went the next evening to Little River Inn and had an exceptional meal and experience for 60% $.

KS
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on July 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great experience and the food was delicious! Amazing view of the ocean. Service was really great too!

R
San Francisco
34 reviews
Dined on July 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

What a gen on the coast. Such a surprise on our travels. We will be back!

VC
1 review
Dined on June 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was perfect, it was our 10th anniversary. Rose petals strewn across the table, ocean view, perfect salmon dinner!

D
New York Area
26 reviews
Dined on June 27, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 4

A great view, a wonderful bar and probably a nice place for a visitor to the Coast. But the Albion River Inn restaurant continues to disappoint with food variety and quality. Entrees serve up the same vegetable presentation with different proteins...lazy and over priced . Disappointing.

PB
Charleston
15 reviews
Dined on June 26, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

The fish and prawns and clams were over cooked. Warm beet salad was too hot for a salad.

S
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on June 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We’ve returned many times—it’s our favorite place to celebrate or meet friends in the bar. Rare Scotches in flights are a favorite.

OT
Dallas
4 reviews
Dined on June 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food. Nice ambiance. Service is outstanding. Need to get the piano bar back up and running 😊. Good place for a wonderful evening!

ME
Washington DC
10 reviews
Dined on June 24, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

A place you don't want to miss, what a meal, what a view - go!

RM
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on June 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

From the front of the house to the back Top Notch! I have never had a bad meal in over 40 years. The food ambiance and service are the best! Do yourself a favor and try it! You will be glad you did

FM
1 review
Dined on June 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Such a great spot for dinner!!!! Went back the next night!!

BB
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on June 16, 2019
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.

MQ
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on June 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Consistently delicious food and excellent service in a beautiful setting.

KB
Sacramento
15 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.

L
Orange County
10 reviews
Dined on June 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

What a view! The food was very good, the service impeccable, the ambiance appropriate for the venue but the view was like having dessert throughout the meal!

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.

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

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

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.

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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