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Albion River Restaurant - Albion River Inn

4.6
4.6
761 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.

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2 people

7:30 PM


Booked 8 times today

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Cuisines

    Californian, Seafood, Contemporary American

  • Hours of operation

    Mon, Fri–Sun 5:00 pm–8:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (707) 937-1919

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Business Casual

  • Private party contact

    Chelsea Strupp: (707) 937-1919 ext. 194

  • Neighborhood

    Little River

  • Parking details

    Private Lot

  • Public transit

    Albion River Inn is located on the ocean side of Coast Highway 1, a six mile drive south of the historic village of Mendocino, only minutes from galleries, boutiques, state parks, beaches, golf & tennis, hiking, canoeing, kayaking and horseback riding along California's Mendocino coast.

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Indoor Fireplace, Non-Smoking, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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What 761 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.6
4.6 based on recent ratings
  • 4.5Food
  • 4.7Service
  • 4.7Ambience
  • 4.4Value

NoiseModerate

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  1. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall4food4service4ambience5
    It was great!
  2. D

    Dafe

    San Francisco

    75 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    75 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall3food3service5ambience4
    Table was too small, located in the hottest area of dining room. Food was not hot when served. Couldn’t wait to get outside for fresh air.
  3. BE

    BrooklynExpatriat

    San Francisco

    25 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    25 reviews

    Dined on August 7, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The Single Malt selection is extraordinary! Served with an eye dropper of water to open the whiskey - clearly a unique experience. My wife had the dinner special of Halibut and I had Petrale Sole. We enjoyed an incredibly good half bottle of wine and dessert with a marvelous view and a live piano in the background.
  4. CR

    ChrisR

    Sacramento

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 7, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great restaurant, with great service, in a great location and ambiance.
  5. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Toronto

    10 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on July 31, 2022

    overall1food1service4ambience3
    New chef- rice was literally raw. Server acknowledged it and said “I know”. She said “that’s how the chef cooks it he refuses to change”. Was given polenta instead. Was just ok. At this time wouldn’t recommend unless a new chef comes in
  6. JC

    JudyC

    Baltimore

    22 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    22 reviews

    Dined on July 26, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    If I could I would have given 4.5 stars. What a wonderful restaurant. The view amazing, the staff professional, thoughtful, and welcoming. The food was good. This establishment can be romantic or family friendly. Great beverage list. A gem by the sea.
  7. SK

    SherryKae

    San Francisco

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on July 26, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    We have been going to the North Coast for many years and have been to numerous restaurants. Albion River Restaurant is undoubtedly the best for food, ambiance, view and service.
  8. TL

    TriciaL

    Orange County

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had an amazing dinner here. The view from our table by the window was beautiful (we got one of the early reservations). The service was incredible from the person continuously filling our water, the hostess (who Googled the name of a plant in their garden I liked), to our server who never made us feel rushed but was very attentive. The food was delicious (the pork stuffed with sausage and wrapped in bacon - wow) and the cocktails fun. We'll be back again!
  9. TB

    TimB

    Phoenix

    2 reviews

    2.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 19, 2022

    overall2food1service2ambience5
    My dinner, beef tenderloin with pasta was not good. I became ill after leaving the restaurant . I have been to this restaurant before and had a wonderful meal.
  10. SS

    SamS

    Richmond

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on July 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Great food, view, service.
  11. L

    Lynn

    San Francisco

    24 reviews

    3.0

    24 reviews

    Dined on July 17, 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience3
    The “shrimp salad” w/celeriac & avacado had about 6 minuscule shrimp on it, but was tasty in spite of the small size. My husband’s fish dish had a long black hair in it, and my entree had a long blonde hair in it! We’ve Ben staying - and dining - at Albion River Inn for over 30 years and to say we were disappointed is putting it mildly. The young man who poured our water told us they were short staffed in the bar and the kitchen. We won’t be going back again, needless to say. It makes us very sad indeed.
  12. DM

    DougM

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    beautiful table settings, very courteous yet friendly servers, safety measures taken for covid
  13. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on July 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent food, large portions.
  14. J

    Jenny

    Washington DC

    24 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    24 reviews

    Dined on July 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wow. Just wow! What a beautiful setting…the views, the flowers! We loved the wine list, the fresh salads and the fillet mignon was amazing. Bonnie was especially wonderful and attentive and answered every question that we had about the area. We’re from Atlanta, Georgia and we’re so jealous of the locals and what a beautiful gem they have. You must go to Albion River Restaurant if you’re in the area. It won’t disappoint! The food is delicious (best cheesecake ever) and the service is on point. Thanks, Bonnie! You made our night!
  15. C

    Cindo

    San Francisco

    12 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on July 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We celebrated a wedding anniversary there and they congratulated us and gave us a glass of champagne! Salmon was delicious and so were the scallops. Excellent service and a great wine list too!
  16. EF

    ElenaF

    San Francisco

    13 reviews

    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on July 2, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    It’s a very nice restaurant, we go there almost every time when in Mendocino. The food is good, the service is pleasant, the view is great. It’s such a pity that even good expensive restaurants don’t have some live music (though there is a piano there, maybe just we’re not lucky enough?) I highly recommend the restaurant.
  17. B

    Barbj20

    Oklahoma City

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on June 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This place is underrated. I had the fish and risotto special and it was the best I’ve ever had. Absolutely warm and delicious. The lemon cheesecake was so light and delicious I wanted to ask for the recipe. Excellent service, beautiful view. It was truly one of my all-time favorite meals.
  18. PK

    PeterK

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    One of the best nights ever. Service, Food, View, all great.
  19. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Sacramento

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wonderful and delicious!!
  20. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Denver

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had a great anniversary and well cared for at Albion River Inn!
  21. EM

    EileenM

    West Palm Beach

    9 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on June 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Impeccable view and service. Food was fabulous. Would highly recommend for a relaxing and romantic experience
  22. MB

    MelissaB

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We have been eating at Albion River Inn since our first trip to the Mendocino coast in 2014 and we've never stopped! We eat here 1-4 times per year! We own a vacation rental home in Irish Beach. The food is ALWAYS exquisite, the service is impeccable and the Chocolate Mousse is the BEST EVER in the universe! It's elegant yet relaxed, romantic and quaint with incredible views! Views of the beautiful ocean, mountains, sunsets, stormy cloud clusters and the to die for plants and landscape that look like Sunset magazine year round. I just can't say enough....This trip we brought our 3 year old granddaughter and her father, our youngest son. Our waitress was INCREDIBLE! Such a personality with special attention to Fiona. She devised the perfect meal for her! We didn't wait for anything and the tab was there right when we needed. Oh...my memory. She had a very pretty name that starts with "M"! Well, if I could give 20 stars I would! See you in a couple months Albion River Inn!
  23. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Hawaii

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on June 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food was real yummy!!
  24. SD

    SDEOB

    Los Angeles

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on June 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This restaurant is a gem that overlooks the Albion River & Pacific Ocean. The food is delicious & service is great. We had breakfast twice & dinner once. We were on a five day road trip & our meals here at the Albion River Inn Restaurant were the absolute best we had!!
  25. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Sacramento

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on June 21, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    My wife’s seafood entree was too salty & had to be returned, but my entree was well prepared.
  26. L

    Lovethewinecountry

    San Francisco

    180 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    180 reviews

    Dined on June 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had a wonderful dinner at Albion River Inn. We had a lovely table along the window overlooking the garden and coast. We enjoyed cocktails and then shared a Caesar salad which was just perfect. My husband had the filet and ate all of it and said it was delicious. I had the petrale sole which was cooked perfectly in a wine sauce. The servings were generous and we couldn’t finish everything but we did save room for dessert which was ice cream with a cookie. We had such a great experiences. We have eaten at Albion several times over the years and this was the best meal I can remember. The service was excellent - both our waiter and the busboy were very attentive and helpful.
  27. S

    Sharon

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 20, 2022

    overall3food2service4ambience3
    Overall, I was a little disappointed. For the expense, you should be able to expect really good food. This was the second time we have eaten here and both times the food was underwhelming-- heavily salted, without distinctive flavors, and really expensive.
  28. S

    Somesmiles

    San Francisco

    24 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    24 reviews

    Dined on June 20, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    What a view! Food is innovative but on the heavy side.
  29. AD

    AlbionDiner

    San Francisco

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on June 18, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Wonderful views of the ocean for a romantic setting.
  30. 1

    1divadiner

    Orange County

    4 reviews

    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on June 14, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience3
    Very good - need more local wines (Anderson Valley) by the glass
  31. T

    Touche

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 13, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience4
    It was excellent! The food was very good although the portions were rather small. As always, fabulous views!
  32. G

    Great

    San Francisco

    4 reviews

    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on June 12, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Great spot for a getaway. Breakfast was good, dinner waaay toooo salty (I ordered pork tenderloin over pasta). Too salty to enjoy.
  33. D

    Dave

    Sacramento

    42 reviews

    5.0

    42 reviews

    Dined on June 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food was absolutely wonderful and perfect service without being overbearing. Highly recommend the scallops appetizer. The soup special, asparagus and crab, was scrumptious. Fine dining without being pretentious. We will absolutely be going whenever we are here.
  34. r

    rickr

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 11, 2022

    overall3food2service3ambience4
    Been here many times, this time was surprisingly mediocre. I ordered the special, rib eye and doubled up on veggies instead of potatoes. The steak was supposed to be medium rare to medium, it was well. The veggies came in a broth or something that had way too much liquid on the plate and was extremely salty, almost like it was strong beef broth or something. I never send food back, don't trust any kitchen staff anywhere with something like that. The Caesar Salad was good enough, seemed a bit lack luster. They had a really good Sangria on the drink menu, a couple of those helped get past the rest of it. My Wife said she liked whatever she had, can't remember what. This place has always been top notch and you pay for it, the view of course was beautiful. I'm looking forward to my next visit being back up to their normal standards.
  35. WC

    WalterC

    Yosemite

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on June 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Delicious meal. Only complaint is that the room was very warm, A very warm day in Mendocino, which is rare.?Needed a ceiling fan to move air:
  36. i

    igetaround

    San Francisco

    8 reviews

    4.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on June 6, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience5
    Small intimate restaurant with outstanding ocean view, friendly staff. Unique recipes, delicious! Portions are generous. They seem proud ($$$$) of their wine/alcohol offerings.
  37. j

    jsbsf

    San Francisco

    30 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    30 reviews

    Dined on June 5, 2022

    overall3food5service2ambience3
    There were not enough waiters. She was good, but service very slow, appearing related to not enough servers. Meal overall very unpleasant due to extremely loud noise level. We were at a table for two and had to shout at each other to communicate. There was a larger noisy table. I saw other diners looking at them too due to their noise level. The restaurant should have noticed them and quieted them some since it was ruining many peoples dining experience.
  38. JP

    JohnPhilip

    Sacramento

    37 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    37 reviews

    Dined on May 30, 2022

    overall4food2service5ambience4
    The up side: great cocktails, outstanding table with a view, and fantastic scenery. The downside: dining room was very uncomfortably hot for our early dining reservation (~5:30p) and entrees, while we’ll presented, lacked flavor. Would consider again in the future though for drinks and appetizers.
  39. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We have been there many times as guests staying at the inn. It is still very nice !
  40. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Nashville

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Always an absolutely excellent experience, from the food, the service, to the piano player, to saying hi to Flurry, the very kind owner of the Inn. The best Filet Mignon my husband and I have ever had! But then, every dish would have us saying the same thing. We love it there!

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Physical distancing

    • Limited number of seated diners
    • Distancing maintained in common areas
    • Extra space between tables
  • Protective equipment

    • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace

FAQs

Albion River Restaurant - Albion River Inn is rated 4.6 stars by 761 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:30 PM


Booked 8 times today
Google Map for Albion River Restaurant - Albion River Inn

3790 Highway 1, Albion, CA 95410

Additional information

  • Neighborhood

    Little River

  • Hours of operation

    Mon, Fri–Sun 5:00 pm–8:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    Californian, Seafood, Contemporary American

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Dress code

    Business Casual

  • Parking details

    Private Lot

  • Public transit

    Albion River Inn is located on the ocean side of Coast Highway 1, a six mile drive south of the historic village of Mendocino, only minutes from galleries, boutiques, state parks, beaches, golf & tennis, hiking, canoeing, kayaking and horseback riding along California's Mendocino coast.

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Indoor Fireplace, Non-Smoking, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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