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Benbow Historic Inn

4.7
4.7
124 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 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–8:00 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.

  • Neighborhood

    Garberville

  • 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

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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What 124 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

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4.7
4.7 based on recent ratings
  • 4.4Food
  • 4.8Service
  • 4.8Ambience
  • 4.3Value

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  1. A

    Andrea

    Baltimore

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 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! 🌲🌲🌲🌲🏡

  2. 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.

  3. DR

    DeborahR

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 27, 2021

    overall5food4service5ambience5

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

  4. 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.

  5. 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.

  6. 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.

  7. f

    foodiefun1

    Orange County

    19 reviews

    4.0

    19 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!

  8. 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.

  9. 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!

  10. ES

    EldonS

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 15, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Great food. Experience appropriately limited by COVID.

  11. 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.

  12. 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.

  13. 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.

  14. 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!!

  15. 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 ♥

  16. 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.

  17. RS

    RussellS

    San Francisco

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 27, 2021

    overall4food4service5ambience5

    Missed the scones and tea. Maybe suggestions of things to do... Hiking trails , golfing etc. Have the gas fireplace on in the sit-ting room in the morning and heater on on the front deck.

  18. AB

    AnnetteB

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 5, 2020

    overall5food5service4ambience4

    Food was delicious and fresh. We dined on the tented patio and were quite comfortable. Christmas decorations make this magical.

  19. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 26, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    I went to the Benbow for Thanksgiving with friends. The food was delicious! Service top notch as usual. The Owner Mr. Porter stopped by our table twice to see that everything was perfect and it was. This was the closest to spending Thanksgiving with family, states away, imaginable in this pandemic.

  20. RG

    RobinG

    Anchorage

    3 reviews

    3.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on November 19, 2020

    overall3food2service4ambience2

    For $120 meal for 2 (l glass of wine) Very overpriced! Wouldn’t recommend or return.

  21. CM

    CarolynM

    Yosemite

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 16, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Our 4th stay at the Benbow Inn! Always enjoy our stay!

  22. JM

    JimM

    San Francisco

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on November 16, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    A quiet and relaxing hotel and grounds with friendly service & outstanding chef! Terrace room 111 was large, comfortable and very clean. The food is outstanding and service is above par! We will definitely be back, next time in the summertime.

  23. CJ

    CathleenJ

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 14, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Stunning setting will whisk you back in time! My husband and I shared the Market fish and had the chef split it for us. It was a delicate Rock Cod with Mango Salsa sitting on a Coconut Curry sauce. The presentation was flawless and the flavors meshed magically. Take the time to book a dinner and you will have a memorable experience!

  24. TF

    TeriF

    Seattle

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 13, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    What an incredible stay. Great old Hotel but large comfortable rooms. Nice balconies food was incredible Staff really great. Worth the trip for sure.

  25. YM

    YatesM

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 10, 2020

    overall4food1service5ambience5

    As a Disabled Vietnam Veteran I was astonished that Benbow Inn did not have any type of recognition of Veterans Day. The restaurant food for dinner. given the covid-19 restrictions, was like tv dinners. We spend $88 on food that was pre-made. The free breakfast burritos were much better than the dinner. I did notice that they do have an electric car charging station and the new elevators make it much easier for those of us with limited mobility to access the front desk and rooms. If you can bring food or don't mind going into Garberville for meals or to pick something up from Ray's I could fully recommend the Historic Benbow Inn.

  26. L

    Lauren

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 8, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    The dinner at benbow inn was phenomenal. The atmosphere of the dining room was lovely and the waitstaff are great. Not to mention the amazing food!

  27. PT

    PTownLocal

    San Francisco

    17 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on November 8, 2020

    overall4food4service4ambience4

    Fine dining during Covid-19. The Filet was perfectly delicious on night one. The Pork Loin did not disappoint on the second evening. The Inn's ambiance is like taking a step back in time. The hostess was gracious and dressed the part . Our server was polite but hard to hear behind her mask. Our table unfortunately was right next to the outside access and there were many tables out there - under warming lamps. They were likely warmer than I was with the door opening and not closing every 2-3 minutes with another server/busser. We had planned to splurge for fine dining at the Inn on the first night and finding something in town on night 2. With such limited options, we elected to share 2 salads and an entree between 3 of us light eaters on the second night and did well. On night one there were leftovers. Breakfast burritos are being served instead of brunch - day 2 we asked for them without potatoes - they were much better. The wine list was great too and not overpriced. Our server really worked hard on night 2, splitting our meal for us, heading back to the kitchen for extra anchovies, substituting mashed potatoes for yams and fixing it when the yams arrived. All in all, it's expensive and a splurge for me - but this was fine dining and priced appropriately for the chef's skills. Very tasty.

  28. JL

    JL56

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 28, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    We love the restaurant at The Benbow. Our most recent meal, celebrating a birthday was as good as it could be under the Covid circumstances. We dined outside in the tent and it was fine. The food was really terrific. The three of us all commented how the sides that accompanied the mains really complemented them in a way that was noteworthy. The service and deserts were terrific as well.

  29. BY

    BYRONM

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 18, 2020

    overall3food4service4ambience1

    Sat outside in a tent with lots of noise and kids. Not the evening my wife and i were looking forward to. Only 4 items on the main course list no beef items. But had the fish it was good. Service was good.

  30. d

    delighted

    San Francisco

    4 reviews

    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on October 16, 2020

    overall4food4service5ambience3

    Very fine simple meal considering the time of Coronavirus. Weekday with few people. Sitting inside the dining area was superior to being outside in a "tent". Our waitress was most gracious and knowledgeable. All in all a very nice evening at an excellent Inn.

  31. L

    Lovetoeatout

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 10, 2020

    overall3food2service3ambience3

    Food was very over priced and not very flavorful. Disappointed as other reviews said it was so good. Would not recommend and will not be going back.

  32. JW

    JeffW

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 3, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    it was amazing! I will be back.The staff was on top of everything.

  33. j

    juliep

    Los Angeles

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on September 26, 2020

    overall4food4service4ambience4

    We sat outside on the deck which was lovely. There was at least 10 feet between tables. Our waiter was very nice but not too informative in regards to questions we had about items on the menu. All staff wore masks and gloves. The food was very good, but very overpriced. Overall it was an enjoyable (but expensive) evening out.

  34. PD

    PattyD

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 19, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Freshest food I’ve had outside of home in a long time ! There is a garden on site and the chef visits the local farmers market weekly. I also had fresh albacore from Shelter Cove on Sunday nite, really nice.

  35. PM

    PamelaM

    San Diego

    12 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on September 19, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    A wonderful place to have dinner. We’ve been there twice and enjoyed both of our experiences. I must say that JODI was in credible in helping us more fully enjoy this great place.

  36. RM

    RobM

    San Francisco

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 7, 2020

    overall3food2service5ambience5

    Unfortunately my blackberry chicken dish was served with a hair in it. I didn’t say anything but the dish was excellent despite the small error. My wife’s vegetarian pasta dish was not good. The vegetables were under cooked, lacking flavor and was not worth the $36 charged for it.

  37. TF

    ThanksForReading

    New England

    3 reviews

    2.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on September 6, 2020

    overall2food3service2ambience5

    We had a wonderful experience at this restaurant our first night at the hotel. The food was wonderful, as was the service. They’ve really made an effort to adjust during COVID. We enjoyed ourselves enough to go back a second time. The second time, we did not have such a great experience. What we ordered was not what came (and what came had pork in it which my husband doesn’t eat). They fixed it but there was no adjustment to our bill or anything. The vegetarian dish was bland. And a shrimp dish we ordered came with shrimp tails without the shrimp (did someone eat one before it was brought out? I don’t know). It also took a very long time at every stage of the service such that our dinner took 2 hours even though we didn’t get dessert (we intended to but it took so long we bagged it). I’m sure these are very nice people but I would not recommend this restaurant, especially because it’s extremely expensive for what it is.

  38. JH

    JanelleH

    San Francisco

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on September 3, 2020

    overall5food5service4ambience5

    Excellent food, live music, and a beautiful setting. It just doesn’t get much better than dinner at Benbow.

  39. s

    shelleyw

    San Francisco

    24 reviews

    3.0

    24 reviews

    Dined on August 30, 2020

    overall3food3service4ambience4

    the food was expensive for what was offered. some items were better than others. the gazpacho tasted like tomato sauce; very disappointing. Nice location. Some tables were better socially distanced than others.

  40. TT

    TeeTime

    Phoenix

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 25, 2020

    overall3food3service4ambience5

    The soup was barely warm and the Caesar Salad dressing was tasteless. Originally brought 3 tiny pieces of bread but replenished when requested. Entrees were much better. Filet and Fish of the day. Ambience was great as we sat by the railing outside at dusk. Prices seemed like they were trying to recoup their renovation cost super fast.

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Benbow Historic Inn is rated 4.7 stars by 124 OpenTable diners

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Google Map for Benbow Historic Inn

445 Lake Benbow Dr Garberville, CA 95542-3616

  • 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–8:00 pm

  • Cuisines

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

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Dress code

    Business Casual

  • 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.

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