Albion River Restaurant - Albion River Inn

4.6
542 Reviews
$31 to $50
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.

PLEASE NOTE: Due to COVID-19 restrictions, reservations are available for outside dining only. With limited availability, reservations are strongly encouraged. Our full menu is also available for take-out and room service. Our current days and hours of operation are Friday-Monday, 5:00 pm to 8:00 pm. 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
Physical Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
What 542 people are saying
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SusanB
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was not only a memorable meal, given that we were able to eat inside post-lockdown; it was one of the best meals we’ve ever had! The location,with windows right on the Northern California coast, is spectacular; the server was outstanding, very knowledgeable and personable without formality; and the food was truly memorable. Cannot recommend this restaurant highly enough.

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vipmaddmag
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The combined service we received by Mercedes and Daisy were excellent and our best dining experience of the weekend!

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LoriO
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The entire dinner was fabulous. The special cocktail was delicious. The caesar salad, soup, salmon appetizer was plentiful and tasteful. For our entree we had the prawns and the filet mignon which were cooked for perfection. We can't wait to go back.

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on April 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Albion is our favorite place to have dinner in the Mendocino area. It is also a beautiful setting for a special event like a small wedding.

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vipMElO
San Francisco
39 reviews
Dined on April 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was fantastic. Highly recommend this restaurant!

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Kieran
London
2 reviews
Dined on April 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was our 30th anniversary and it was spectacular! We got there a bit early and they got us in anyway! Service was attentive and the food was out of this world!! We will be back!!

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preciouspie
Los Angeles
42 reviews
Dined on April 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The view, the service, the food! Perfection!

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Mary
Sacramento
5 reviews
Dined on April 4, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience3

It is hard to provide a luxury dining experience with pandemic restrictions, but Albion River Inn does its best under the circumstances. The staff were wonderful and the food was quite tasty and attractively served. The prices were a bit steep for dining in a tent with a cold wind blowing; the wine was particularly expensive making us seriously consider a $25 corkage for a return trip. We look forward to returning when more normal times allow us to dine indoors and fully experience what this fine restaurant has to offer.

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DarcyB
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on April 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A lovely covid-safe dining experience! Beautiful tent, spaced tables, great service. We had the seafood chowder, house smoked salmon and filet dinners. So great! Dessert by the firepit overlooking the water. I highly recommend!

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flowerwhirlie
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on April 3, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

We love the Albion Inn Restaurant. Always dine here when we are in the area. Food consistently delicious, drinks well made, stunning view, always a lovely evening. They've done a good job of pivoting to accommodate Covid restrictions though tent not as cozy as dining indoors which is to be expected. Always enjoy dining here.

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Excellent
Los Angeles
20 reviews
Dined on April 2, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

We had a lovely evening in the outdoor tent at Albion. The view of the cove and ocean below is great, and the ambiance calm and comfortable. The service was excellent and the food quite good.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on March 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Gorgeous view, wonderful food and lovely service!

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DeborahV
San Francisco
12 reviews
Dined on March 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Simply amazing! Everything from the drinks through dessert was excellent. The guitar music (recorded) was beautiful.

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vipMauricioC
Miami
11 reviews
Dined on March 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Nice setting despite Covid 19 restrictions, wonderful, friendly staff, very good handle on spices, and flavors. All together a wonderful eating experience. Look to come back when the Covid insanity, and restrictions have faded!!

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on March 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Never disappoints!

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JKJarman
Hawaii
1 review
Dined on March 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Delicious dinner by the sea. The portions were very large by our standards and enough for lunch the next day. Our waiter was very friendly and helpful. I highly recommend Albion River Restaurant!

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CatalinaG
San Diego
1 review
Dined on March 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Good ambience, food, and the view was beautiful!!

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RebeccaH
Oklahoma City
2 reviews
Dined on March 8, 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience3

Food wasn’t bad but also not especially good. Service was good/attentive. That said, we likely won’t be back.

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Cookie
Hawaii
7 reviews
Dined on March 8, 2021
Overall3food3service5ambience3

Dining experience okay under Covid circumstances. Eating outside under a tent in the cold, rainy, windy weather not ideal, but it was nice to finally get out. Menu hasn’t changed over the years, could use a change. The servers have always been consistent - very good and attentive.

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LORIL
Tahoe
1 review
Dined on March 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We sat outside under the tent and watched the sun set. Food was amazing and the service was great. We have been there several times now. We will be happy when indoor dining is back so we can enjoy the bar area. The ambiance is just better inside

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OpenTable Diner
San Diego
3 reviews
Dined on March 6, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience2

Staff friendly and helpful. Food was good and generous portions. Heaters were not adequate although blankets are available.

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vipSRSFood
San Francisco
21 reviews
Dined on March 6, 2021
Overall3food4service2ambience5

Made a reservation for a friend’s birthday. This was acknowledged at check in but then not mentioned rest of night. Table next to us got their birthday dessert, my guest received nothing. I just paid for the dessert.

Food was very good as was View. Not too cold, plenty of heaters. Tables flimsy for wooden dining tables. Excellent wine list although I brought something special: Ridge Montebello. Corkage was fair.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on March 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Everything was outstanding. And the view from the restaurant amazing.

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ZingBoom
Central Coast
22 reviews
Dined on March 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Any restaurant that does this well during COVID restrictions is to be congratulated. The outside tent had side panels as wind breaks and plenty of propane heaters for comfort. If that wasn't enough, lap blankets were available for the asking.

The kitchen was at its usual high level of excellence and if the servers were inconvenienced at all, they never showed it.

Nobody does it bette.

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ChristineG
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on February 28, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Great covid safe setting!

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LauraFaith
1 review
Dined on February 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was top notch! The food was amazing, so many wonderful flavors. A pallet teaser! Service was excellent and the view was amazing. Even though we were outside in the tent, it was very cozy warm!! I highly recommend this restaurant if you are visiting the area! Loved it!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on February 26, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience3

It was as expected. Due to Covid and weather, it was cold and windy.

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OpenTable Diner
Sacramento
6 reviews
Dined on February 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were fortunate to have occasion to celebrate and Albion River Restaurant lived up to our 1st anniversary. Outdoor seating because 2020-21. Covered space on a bluff overlooking the ocean. Very happy how it turned out. Oh and the food was delicious

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JacobW
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic, unique, and delicious food and drink. The sound of the waves mixed with the quiet music being played was fantastic. The ambiance and service were perfect. I couldn’t have asked for a better experience.

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RossanaT
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had our Valentine's dinner at Albion River Restaurant. The food was delicious and serving size was well worth price. The staff was very friendly.
You have to try their Coconut and Banana Cream Pie, it was amazing.

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DebraR
Sacramento
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

What a find, went for 35th Anniversary and despite COVID restrictions they exceeded all of our expectations, thank you for a memorable evening.

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vipHazelD
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on February 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Just wonderful!

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JohnB
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on January 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It doesn't get any better! Dinner was really great as always. Everything was perfect and the service was excellent. We also interacted (at an appropriate distance) with a few other wonderful customers who were celebrating getting engaged right there at the beautiful ocean view overlook. Wow, it was a enchanting evening.

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KirillD
1 review
Dined on January 29, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Amazing choice of single malts. Not windy and not too cold.

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MarkH
Sacramento
1 review
Dined on January 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Chef Stephen never fails to deliver an outstanding meal. The COVID seating outside only adds to the ambiance of this fine dining experience. I will be back.

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KristineR
1 review
Dined on January 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Definitely recommend the Albion River Inn Restaurant when ever you are in the Mendicino area. Food is outstanding. Service suburb. And they deserve kudos for their outdoor dining set up. This is a restaurant you don't want to lose because of Covid!!

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Delaney
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on January 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had a wonderful dinner. Everything was delicious! The service was excellent and Laura makes the best craft cocktails! She was very accommodating and we will be looking forward to coming back again soon. The outdoor area had a tent and heaters so it was comfortable even on a cold evening. Good Covid safety protocols

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vipSuze
San Francisco
9 reviews
Dined on January 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A wonderful experience at Albion River Inn's restaurant, even with the restrictions for outdoor dining only. They have set up a tent with pretty overhead lights that still allowed fresh air to cycle through, plenty of heaters to keep you warm, and tables sufficiently spaced apart. Food is absolutely delicious! The prawns with lime sauce were exceptional. Service was friendly and efficient. The restaurant, when things get back to normal, has a beautiful view of the ocean and sunset. A must when traveling to the Mendocino area!

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JohnB
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on January 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As always, great food , great atmosphere and service.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The most amazing and tender filet mignon. Medium rare...beautifully red and juicy inside, but still quite warm. Wonderful, safely socially distanced tables with a gorgeous view!

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Albion River Restaurant - Albion River Inn is rated 4.6 stars by 542 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.