The short ribs were simply spectacular as was the beet salad
Love this place. We dine here every time we come and stay at Bodega Bay Lodge. Well recommended
very disappointed in the experience. The reservation was for 6:30 we arrive at 6:16 and were told we would hav to wait in the bar until 6:30 even though 90% of the tables were empty. As a former restauranteur in Marin and San Francisco I was appalled.
we ordered sea bass and short ribs---the short ribs were OK the sea bass came with cold mini raviolis and the portion was gone in two bites which for $32 did not feel right. Crab cakes also decent but nothing to rave about. The wine list is good except that half bottles and full bottles are mixed together so a little confusing.
the atmosphere is strange, and not at all what one would expect in Sonoma or on the coast. Resembles more of a lodge in the Sierra or a restaurant in an airport chain like Hyatt or Marriott.
The plaid carpet is out of place in Bodegay Bay and a throw back to the 80's.
we live in Dillon Beach 20 minutes away hence we were very excited to try for the first time since our local choices are limited. Unfortunately we will not come back.
Our waiter Austen was the bright light of the evening and he was very pleasant and professional.
Dining room is adjacent to bar and casual dining area with a huge door that remains open. Certain loss of intimacy/separation from the bar scene. Food portions were not generous. Baked chicken was under-cooked and when noted to the manager the response was 'no it isn't". Wine by the glass was significantly overpriced .
Service was above average and attentive.
I had read some Yelp reviews that had some pretty bad things to say so I was concerned. However we had breakfast and dinner and both were excellent. The menu is small but the food was very good and the service was outstanding. If you are looking for a more upscale place to eat in Bodega Bay this is where you should go.
Good food @ a good price in a lovely dining room. Good wine list.
We were so happy to discover they would be serving on Christmas Day. The crab cakes were heavenly. I had the prime rib and my companion had the salmon. Both were excellent. Service was outstanding. Interesting cocktails. Our server picked out wines that paired well with the dinners. Incredibly beautiful view from our windowside table. Altogether a memorable experience.
The food was great but the desert was terrible!!
Was really looking forward to Xmas Eve dinner at Drake’s. Service was incredibly slow. Food was substandard. Ordered the prime rib (meh) and had to wait over 5 minutes for the horseradish. Two in our party ordered the lava cake, which was a joke. Looked like the executive chef chopped off a Hostess cupcake, dug out the filling and called it a day. Along the worst looking desserts I’ve ever seen. Wish I would’ve took a picture of this novelty to upload on OpenTable. For a $74 prix fixe menu, it was overpriced and over-rated. I attribute the slow service to being understaffed, which happens. But the so-so food and dessert is on the executive chef.
Go with Bluewater Bistro instead.
Very surprised and disappointed to be handed a fixed price menu of $74 each on Christmas eve. Was not on website and was not informed when I made our reservation on open table. The bar room, where we were seated was cold(most left on outdoor jackets), noisy and tv was on. Food was outstanding but couldn't make up for the unpleasant surprise.
Food just above average, service much above average, atmosphere very warm and relaxing, prices a bit high. Enjoyed our evening.
Nice place - casual to dressy attire. Good dinner menu, with some vegetarian and fish items, plentiful servings. Great appetizers. Dessert menu a bit limited and a bit standard. Excellent service. C
Our first time at the restaurant. We reviewed the latest menu on their website but found on arrival it did not match the current offering. Slightly disappointing because we specifically were looking forward to one bar item and one dessert item. I think the manager can do a little better in this regard.
Arriving early, we chose a sofa in the lounge to wait and had a drink while talking to a pleasant young couple. The server we had was terrible. Couldn’t tell if she was new, but her attention to detail was poor. We watched our drinks sit at the bar for 10 minutes while she wandered around the lounge looking lost. Eventually the bartender asked if we thought the drinks were ours. How would we know? She needs to know, not us.
With the negatives out of the way, the main dining room was very comfortable. We were seated fireside, very nice! The food was good and on par with equivalently rated establishments. Wholesome local ingredients were welcomed. My wife and I both had the beet salad and braised short ribs. Also had a recommended bottle of red wine to share. No complaints here.
Here’s where the train came off the rails again just a bit. The dessert menu wasn’t a match to what was offered online or in the restaurant. We’re not real picky about sweets so we found a suitable sharing dish.
Overall we would go back without hesitation. We’ll expect the menu to be wrong so not to be disappointed. We’ll also avoid the lounge if the same server is working.
The food was very good .. However the service was slow. I spoke to the Manager and he was great, but we waited an hour for our dinner entrees.
Wonderful atmosphere and just as wonderful customer service! The food was delicious-I had the short rib and my boyfriend had the seafood stew. Can’t wait to visit again-such a beautiful scenery.
Delicious food though service was a bit slow. Our servers were super nice though.
Unfortunately we dined here during the fires in Santa Rosa, so the food was limited as well as staff. Even the Manager was taking orders and bringing food. We were on vacation staying at Bodega Lodge. It was difficult to be on vacation knowing staff was evacuated due to fires. We cut our vacation short and flew home the next day. Plan to return under better circumstances. Staff was wonderful despite the stress of fires looming.
This was our second visit to Drakes, and was just as good as the first time. We both ordered the King salmon special. It was served with a grapefruit-shallot salsa that really complemented the perfectly cooked fish. A reasonably priced wine list by the bottle; a bit pricey by the glass. Ask for a table by the windows overlooking the wildlife preserve.
My wife and I were staying at the Bodega Bay Lodge and Drakes is on the property. You need reservations. Very scenic view of Bodega Bay. Nice wine list and the food was reasonably priced.
Birthday dinner while staying in Duncans Mills. About a 12 mile drive along the Russian River and down the coast to Bodega Bay. I had the rock cod, my wife had seafood stew. Both were excellent. I booked for a sunset dinner, but the fog rolled in. Still a good view of Bodega Bay.
Service was pretty bad, but the beautiful ambiance and delicious food (almost) made up for it. We had to wait about 15 minutes after being seated before anyone even came up to us--that's pretty bad. There seemed to be only 1 waitress working, which was the problem. The delicious cheese plate and seafood stew made me forget the slow service--it was that good!
Love that the restaurant is on the same property as the Lodge Hotel. Love the cheese selection and oysters a must! Nice to watch the sunset from the restaurant. Great friendly service always.
We were celebrating a friends retirement, and wanted the evening to be very special. We received excellent assistance in advance in choosing the champagne, and a recommendation for nearby flower shop. Service and food were absolutely outstanding . The evening could not have gone better. The host greeted us several times throughout the evening and everyone made us feel relaxed and welcome.
Great food, beautiful atmosphere. Chef, Sean, was amazing.
We had never been to Drake's before and was pleasantly surprised. The food was excellent and full of local flavor.
Pork chop was cooked nice, sauce was a little overly salty. Wifes chicken was average, chocolate cake was excellent!! Great server!!
A beautiful room with a wonderful view, good service and old fashioned food. Pork chop brined and too salty, Linq Cod heavily breaded served over starchy corn and improbably topped with guacamole turned a light dish into a heavy one. Too short wine list by the glass.
Breakfast service is fine, professional and very good.
Excellent dinner, the salmon was the best I've ever had. Service was wonderful, and it is a lovely restaurant. This will be the only place I dine when I am in Bodega Bay!
Go for the view and ambiance. The food was good but service was not from the greeter who could not find the reservation list to the slow and uncoordinated drink and dining service.
Drakes is the restaurant at the Bodega Bay Lodge. If it wasn't there, I'm not sure that they would be as popular a restaurant as it is. My wife ordered the cod dish - it was nothing special. I had the fettucine with mushrooms - very fresh and very good!
Had a nice meal here and enjoyed the views. The selection was good and fitting for the area - local ingredients were used in most dishes. The service was slow because there were not enough staff. The waitress was flat-out all night.
We had a most enjoyable meal, however we had a terrible time finding the restaurant. No where did it mention that it was part of the Bodega Bay Hotel and Spa, and no signs appear on the main highway.
Once found it was well worth it
Wonderful place for our Anniversary dinner!!!
we arrived at 5:55 pm for our 6 pm reservation and the hostess told us that they didn't open until 6 pm and we needed to wait...along with 2 other groups! REALLY!
A lovely restaurant to share birthday celebrations! Great cocktails, wine and food. Thanks for a great evening!
Food was great. Service was extremely slow. It took just over 30 minutes to get our first cocktail and the restaurant was not busy. The same time frame for appetizers and the main course. Almost 2.5 hours total, for 2 of us. Again, the food was great.
Ordered the braised short ribs. Was served the equivalent of low grade pot roast. For a 150$ meal for 2 with a screw cap bottle of wine, extremely disappointed with main course. Service was excellent and staff friendly but please don't call that braised short ribs. I'm a chef and know the different cuts of meat and have served higher quality pot roast and much better braised short ribs even while camping with a cast iron pot with briquettes. If you want to cheap out, call it something else please!
Made dinner reservations after a friend recommended it and we were not disappointed! Our server (Joaquin) was excellent, the food was fantastic and the ambiance was fabulous.
Great food. Nice atmosphere for special dinner .