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Benbow Historic Inn, Garberville, CA

Benbow Historic Inn

4.5
4.5
145 Reviews
$31 to $50
French American

Welcome to the Benbow Historic Inn, a premiere North Coast Hotel, Golf Course and KOA RV resort located near Garberville – a small town in the heart of California Redwood Country near the Avenue of the Giants. Nestled on the banks of the Eel River in Humboldt County, California. Our resort offers something for everyone seeking a California Redwoods vacation.

Historic Hotels Awards of Excellence
Each year, the Historic Hotels Awards of Excellence honor, encourage, and recognize the most exemplary historic hotels, hoteliers, and leadership practices. The Historic Hotels Awards of Excellence are presented to historic hotels and hoteliers demonstrating innovative leadership, stewardship, and contribution to furthering the recognition, preservation, and celebration of these preeminent historic hotels and their histories.

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Dining areas

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Cuisines

    French American, Tapas / Small Plates, Farm-to-table

  • Hours of operation

    Brunch Daily 7:30 am–10:30 am Lunch Mon–Fri 3:00 pm–9:00 pm Bar Daily 3:00 pm–9:00 pm Dinner Daily 5:00 pm–8:30 pm

  • Phone number

    (707) 923-2124 ext. 246

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Business Casual

  • Executive chef

    George Tannahill

  • Catering

    Depending on your special occasion, Chef George has prepared several different menus and menu options, and is happy to accommodate special requests and dietary needs.

  • Private party facilities

    We offer multiple private party settings, from our outdoor lawn down by the river, to our beautiful back terrace over looking the lawn and the river, to a private room for 40 to 50 people.

  • Private party contact

    Doreen Kaplan - catering@benbowinn.com: (707) 923-2124 ext. 175

  • Neighborhood

    Garberville

  • Parking details

    Public Lot

  • Entertainment

    Live music during the summer on Tuesday night through Friday night.

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Entertainment, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Indoor Fireplace, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

What 145 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

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

4.5
4.5 based on recent ratings
  • 4.4Food
  • 4.5Service
  • 4.6Ambience
  • 4Value

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  1. PS

    PatriciaS

    Hawaii

    9 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    9 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall4food4service4ambience5

    Lovely historical inn on the river. We started with an innovative cocktail and fresh from the oven dinner rolls. The salad came spilt for us and full of fresh from the garden goodies! It was dressed in a very light dressing. Two of our party ordered the shrimp entree served with homemade pasta. The chef’s special was a 10 ounce rib eye, garlic mashed potatoes, and fresh vegetables. I ordered the New York steak. It was accompanied with crisp fries, and a salad. The meat was tender and everything as tasty. Live music added to a delightful meal.

  2. c

    crisl

    Los Angeles

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Kelly was a great host. Gave us insights and history to the Inn that only a great host could give. Will come back for BI’s 100th anniversary!

  3. MS

    MichaelS

    Yosemite

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 5, 2022

    overall3food3service4ambience4

    Mixed review. Location is outstanding; there's nothing remotely like it in southern Humboldt County. They offer both indoor service and an outdoor dining option on the covered terrace where we ate. Tent and propane heaters kept us warm through a (much-appreciated) rainy evening. Metal chairs without pads felt a bit cold, though. My wife's entree was excellent; lamb done two ways. Nicely done and tasty. I wish I could say the same about mine. I had Beef Bourguignon consisting of a modest amount of grey cubed beef drowning in a sea of pearl onions in a thin, surprisingly lightly seasoned brown sauce. Meh. Ambience would have been ideal had it not been for a group of VERY loud folks camped out in a corner of the terrace. To be fair, the loudest member of the group had asked for a table where they could be loud. He did not disappoint. That sort of self-awareness is admirable. The hotel itself is overpriced and could use a lot of annoying "little stuff" maintenance to justify the $500/night room charge. But that's a review waiting to be written (actually, it already has, by many others, if you check out some hotel review sites).

  4. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 28, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5

    Lovely meal, truly excellent dishes for fair pricing for what you get.

  5. TF

    TruFoieGrasFoodiw

    Philadelphia

    12 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on May 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Our first time here….simply splendid. Food, ambiance and service were all outstanding.

  6. EX

    ElizabethX

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Very good food. Enjoyed the ambiance and the entire experience.

  7. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Honeymoon din we

  8. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    5 reviews

    4.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on April 18, 2022

    overall4food3service4ambience5

    We had our late anniversary dinner and the food choices are limited! I enjoyed my salmon but my hubby had the lamb and did not really enjoy it! But overall we had a great time here😊

  9. c

    cjlima

    San Francisco

    25 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    25 reviews

    Dined on April 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    As always a wonderful weekend getaway. Food and service was incredible. Loved the breakfast. Loved our room!

  10. CV

    ChristiVon

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Really enjoyed our dinner here - creative options, good service and very romantic dining room.

  11. S

    Stanley

    San Francisco

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on April 2, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Quiet and serene, cozy, intimate, and lovely all around. Excellent service!

  12. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    The hotel is lovely with great food

  13. MR

    MickiR

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 25, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5

    We stayed at the Inn and had reservations for a special birthday dinner for one of our party. Beautiful dining room, very friendly and attentive staff. There were only 6 entrees listed on the menu, one wasn’t available ( the one 2 in our party chose) and they had just run out of another. The food was very good, small to normal portions, but very expensive for what it was. There are not many restaurant options nearby so will eat in the bar tonight. They have 3 bar entrees, but you can order from the main menu also.

  14. MW

    MaryW

    San Francisco

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 6, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4

    Our dinner order was put into the kitchen but not taken by the cook right away so we had to wait for our entrée. Without any compensation. Otherwise our meal was delicious

  15. CW

    ChristineW

    San Francisco

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on February 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    The food was amazing! Well cooked and portion size was generous. Dessert was so good. Service was awesome.

  16. LD

    LygleD

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 15, 2022

    overall3food2service5ambience5

    The service was great. We sat outside on the front porch where it was very nice and quiet. We ordered our steak cooked medium rare and came well done, very disappointed ☹️. The lobster was good, so was desert.

  17. NJ

    NinaJ

    San Diego

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on February 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Fabulous food. Great Service, and the terrace dining was Covid safe. Try the mushroom and tarragon soup. Delicious! The stuffed peppers were also good !

  18. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 11, 2022

    overall2food3service4ambience2

    50th birthday

  19. RP

    RebeccaP

    San Francisco

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on January 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    The chef does an excellent job with food prep and creativity. Thanks !

  20. CT

    ChrisT

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 27, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Great foods and wonderful services in a lovely dinning room in a beautiful historical Inn.

  21. LS

    LesS

    Central Coast

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on December 17, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience4

    Great service our sever was really good. her recommendations for dinner and desert were spot on We go back again for dinner tonight

  22. e

    eskaw

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 14, 2021

    overall5food4service4ambience5

    This is one of our favorite places to stop when we travel on the 101. It never disappoints especially when it is beautifully decorated for Christmas.

  23. LJ

    LynetteJ

    San Francisco

    7 reviews

    4.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on December 3, 2021

    overall4food4service5ambience4

    our dinner was very nice. the dining room is quite, the servers were very helpful and food tasty. If you have not gone to Benbow for dinner - you need to go. Eating at the Bar is great too. Lj

  24. S

    Sonomamaestro

    San Francisco

    8 reviews

    4.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on November 27, 2021

    overall4food3service5ambience5

    Beautiful atmosphere, attentive service, but we found the food to be underwhelming.

  25. A

    Andrea

    Baltimore

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on September 27, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Anniversary weekend trip to the redwood forest area It’s our second time staying at Benbow Inn both trips have been great It’s us a unique Californian historical treasure inn experience Excellent food for dinner and breakfast Facility is lovely and well maintained Dog friendly - We were able to bring our French bulldog to enjoy our visit with us she loved our private terrace porch We will recommend it to friends and hopefully will be back again! 🌲🌲🌲🌲🏡

  26. B

    Buck

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 27, 2021

    overall2food1service3ambience3

    Was looking forward to dinner at the Benbow Inn, but it was a disappointment. My pork was undercooked. I returned it. My wife finished her entree and the remainder of her dinner was in a box before my entree came back. It was dry, well done, and as hard as a tire apparently from sitting in the microwave. The dining room was loud at times, but no complaints about the service.

  27. DR

    DeborahR

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 27, 2021

    overall5food4service5ambience5

    Good vacation. Nice & quiet. A little expensive but worth it.

  28. K

    Kari

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 27, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Excellent food and service. Great outdoor seating with a view. Very good Covid precautions. We'll be back.

  29. N

    Nameless

    San Francisco

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on September 18, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    All staff members were friendly and Rebecca was a very attentive server. Wonderful food.

  30. LC

    LauraC

    San Francisco

    13 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on September 18, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Great service and nice dinner options at this historic inn. Servers knew the menu well and very helpful with suggestions. Outdoor patio is a wonderful setting to compliment the main restaurant.

  31. f

    foodiefun1

    Orange County

    21 reviews

    4.0

    21 reviews

    Dined on September 15, 2021

    overall4food4service5ambience5

    Lovely historic inn/restaurant. Well with the trip from wherever are. My husband and I enjoyed a lovely alfresco dinner last night including chicken Marsala and pasta pomodoro with shrimp. Our server (Natalie?) was a gem! We are also staying at the inn. Beautiful!

  32. GN

    GlenN

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 20, 2021

    overall5food4service5ambience5

    Good service, good food, nice tents for outdoor dining. Great hotel and ambience.

  33. SH

    SueH

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 19, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Great setting, incredible service and delicious food...music was nice too!

  34. ES

    EldonS

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 15, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Great food. Experience appropriately limited by COVID.

  35. JT

    JimT

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 3, 2021

    overall5food5service4ambience5

    Considering that this was during COVID and the menu was limited, the restaurant was excellent, and the food preparation far exceeded my expectations. Hoping to return when they can bring back a more expanded menu, and also have full hot breakfasts. And would love to have the steelhead again! Service was very good, and you simply cannot beat the ambience and views from the window tables.

  36. L

    Lady

    Chicago

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 14, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    We enjoyed our dinner of all the delicious appetizers plus dessert! We ate in the dining room. Tables were well spaced apart. Could have been a little warmer in the room. I had to keep my jacket on. Noticed that a gentleman at another table put his jacket back on too.

  37. DJ

    DrewJ

    San Francisco

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on April 10, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    My husband and I spent 4 days at the Benbow Inn. We ate at the restaurant every day and every dish was amazing. We tried the halibut, sole, steak and chicken and we enjoyed every dish as well as the soups. The desserts were all delicious. The caesar salad was the only dish that was a little disappointing, it was a bit flat.

  38. CL

    CatL

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 3, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Food is very good, we had Petrale Sole, soup and salad, and fabulous desserts, especially the Creme Brulee! Service is wonderful, not pushy, very attentive and knowledgeable waitress, lots of fun. Ambience is LOVELY inside, very relaxing and beautiful, we sat by a window. We will be back!!

  39. KR

    KarlaR

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 20, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    The prime rib was delicious and the desserts were outstanding ♥

  40. JJ

    JamesJ

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 18, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Benbow Inn reminds us of the National Park Lodges built in the '20s and '30s, but quieter and much less crowded. The Dining Room is large, easily accommodating social distancing; the ambience was comfortable and relaxing. Our server, Kebra, provided excellent, unhurried service, informative about the menu and about the Inn (which has a rich history), attentive without being intrusive. We both had the halibut special ... among the top three halibut dinners we've had traveling in the Pacific Northwest and Alaska, good sized piece of lightly breaded halibut with a very tasty salsa sauce, beautifully presented with wild rice and broccolini/carrot mix. The Merry Edwards Sauvignon Blanc was an excellent complement. The chocolate torte was delicious, too. So the whole dining experience was extraordinarily satisfying.

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
    • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
    • Contactless payment available
  • 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

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Benbow Historic Inn is rated 4.5 stars by 145 OpenTable diners.

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Google Map for Benbow Historic Inn

445 Lake Benbow Dr Garberville, CA 95542-3616

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Neighborhood

    Garberville

  • Hours of operation

    Brunch Daily 7:30 am–10:30 am Lunch Mon–Fri 3:00 pm–9:00 pm Bar Daily 3:00 pm–9:00 pm Dinner Daily 5:00 pm–8:30 pm

  • Cuisines

    French American, Tapas / Small Plates, Farm-to-table

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Dress code

    Business Casual

  • Parking details

    Public Lot

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive chef

    George Tannahill

  • Entertainment

    Live music during the summer on Tuesday night through Friday night.

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Entertainment, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Indoor Fireplace, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

  • Phone number

    (707) 923-2124 ext. 246

  • Catering

    Depending on your special occasion, Chef George has prepared several different menus and menu options, and is happy to accommodate special requests and dietary needs.

  • Private party facilities

    We offer multiple private party settings, from our outdoor lawn down by the river, to our beautiful back terrace over looking the lawn and the river, to a private room for 40 to 50 people.

  • Private party contact

    Doreen Kaplan - catering@benbowinn.com: (707) 923-2124 ext. 175

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