Albion River Restaurant - Albion River Inn

4.6
312 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 4food 4service 5ambience 5

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

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t
San Francisco
19 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
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.

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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.

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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.

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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% $.

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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!

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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!

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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!

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Dallas
2 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!

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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!

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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

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

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

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BB
San Francisco
4 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.

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

Consistently delicious food and excellent service in a beautiful setting.

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KB
Sacramento
14 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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L
Orange County
9 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!

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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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