Raven's Restaurant - Stanford Inn by the Sea

4.5
303 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Vegetarian / Vegan
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The Ravens, nationally acclaimed award winning restaurant serves organic vegan cuisine. The restaurant sources many ingredients locally, from sea palm to chanterells and other ingredients including produce, fruit and edible flowers from the restaurant’s certified organic farm. On Wednesdays The Ravens features an ever changing "Ethnic Menu" - special menus from around the world. And every evening Happy Hour is offered as well as an extensive appetizer menu. Dinner features the Ravens signature Sea Palm Strudel featured in culinary magazines and cooking shows globally and chocolate mint ganache tort.

Breakfast features Ravens" Portobello "Benedict" on house made English Muffins; signature Citrus Polenta with freshly harvested greens and cashew cream sauce; Ravens Chiliquilles, and much more.
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
Vegetarian / Vegan, Californian, Global, International
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Hours of operation
Breakfast 8:00-10:00 AM
Dinner 5:30 - Call for actual closing times which vary seasonally.
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Phone number
(800) 331-8884
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Payment options
AMEX, Carte Blanche, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Jeff Stanford
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Catering
N/A
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Coast Highway 1
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N/A
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Special events & promotions
Every Wednesday is Ethnic Night featuring a changing menu of priced fixed cuisine from around the world.
Additional
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Fireplace, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, High Tea, Outdoor dining, Private Room, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
What 303 People Are Saying
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96% of people would recommend it to a friend
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5.0Dined 7 days ago

I took my parents here for Father's Day brunch. It was delicious! There were so many amazing looking options on the menu we had a hard time deciding what to order. As a vegan, that's such a novelty for me. My parents are not vegan and they thought the food was delicious also. My meat and potatoes loving dad even had tempeh for the first time and loved it! The dining room is lovely and peaceful and has a beautiful view. The staff were very courteous and helpful. All around a great experience. Oh, and we had vegan creme brulee for dessert~ soooooo good!

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5.0Dined on June 15, 2018

Classy dining room but acoustics were such that noise from other diners (with young children) detracted from an otherwise special outing. Most of menu is VEGAN, so be aware! The BBQ pulled "pork" flatbread sandwich was spicier than I expected but a good substitute for the real thing. Coleslaw was a bit bland. Fries, soup, salad and creme brulee were excellent! Sometimes the waiter will deliver an item compliments of the cook. A nice touch!

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5.0Dined on June 9, 2018

Our trips to Mendocino are not complete without a dinner at Raven's. We love everything about this place - the location, the ambiance, the chef, the staff, and most of all, the food. This was our anniversary and Raven's did not disappoint. We love the enchiladas and the beet salad!

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4.0Dined on June 9, 2018

I LOVE The Raven's restaurant -- it's my favorite restaurant, I've been there a handful of times over the years and no matter what I've ordered it's tasty, healthy, fresh, and creative! I wish it was closer to my house and I'd eat there more often. I'm enjoying trying recipes from their cookbook too.

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5.0Dined on June 8, 2018

The Stanford Inn by the Sea and the Ravens restaurant are absolutely astounding. We eloped at the inn and dined in the restaurant all week. It was such a luxurious treat and we will definitely be coming back for anniversaries. We bought the "dining at the Ravens" cook book and I can't wait to try out the recipes!

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5.0Dined on June 7, 2018

This is our favorite place to celebrate a birthday. For Vegans there is no better place--just came back from Paris--and Raven beats vegan options in Paris. I will say no more.

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3.0Dined on May 25, 2018

A beautiful spot and an ok vegan choice. But Trillium was our favorite in Mendocino.

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5.0Dined on May 13, 2018

Exquisite vegan cuisine! We had the lotus root strudel and the mushroom flatbread which were both delicious. Dessert was the pecan pie with maple infused dairy free ice cream - absolutely divine! Took my Mom for Mother's Day Eve - we will make a return trip whenever in the area!

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5.0Dined on May 11, 2018

Excellent high-end establishment,
Not cheep but worth every penny. We will return.

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5.0Dined on May 10, 2018

Excellence that surpassed our last visit. We enjoyed the freshness of the produce and flavors.

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5.0Dined on May 6, 2018

You MUST visit. Period.
We stayed at the Stanford Inn for two nights, and ate at the Raven's for (3) meals. The presentation, fresh plant-based ingredients, and service were all outstanding! Thanks!
Our meals included:
- Burrito* – Scrambled tofu or braised tempeh, mixed garden vegetables, black beans, rice, Ravens’ enchilada sauce and our cashew cheese in a whole wheat tortilla. With salsa cruda and sour cream, choice of country potatoes, sweet potatoes or refried pinto beans 12.50
- Garden Scramble – Seasoned tofu or tempeh, braised seasonal garden vegetables. Choice of country potatoes, sweet potatoes or refried pinto beans 12.50
- Stanford Herbed Polenta – Our signature brunch entree – grilled herbed polenta with garden greens sautéed in our braising sauce. Served with our cashew “cream” sauce 15.00
- Chilaquiles – Tortilla chips sautéed in enchilada sauce, (optional: served with tofu-spinach scramble), Spanish rice and refried beans 13.00
- Kale Salad – Massaged kale with raisins, avocado verjus vinaigrette topped with cauliflower ceviche and avocado tartare 14 (GF, NF, OF)
- Sea Palm & Root Vegetable Strudel – Local sea palm, carrots, onions in sesame phyllo, accompanied by a stir-fry of broccoli, shiitake, bell pepper and cashews. Served with Umeboshi and wasabi sauces 27 (NF option)
- Ravens Tres Tacos – One of each taco with shredded lettuce, avocado, achiote rice, pinto beans, Ravens salsa 23 (GF; NF & OF option).
All of our meals were so good that we bought the cookbook, and will attempt to make them at home. Wish us luck!

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5.0Dined on April 22, 2018

This vegan restaurant serves interesting and delicious vegan food in a gourmet restaurant setting. We came with low expectations, because of the vegan limitation and had a wonderful time.
One of the non-vegetarian guests declared that this was the best vegan food they ever had.

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5.0Dined on April 14, 2018

Great service and delicious food. I’m not vegan but nothing was missed in the meal.

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5.0Dined on April 14, 2018

Great as always.

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1.0Dined on April 3, 2018

We have been vegans for a couple decades. Over the years vegan dining has grown in breadth and sophistication. One of the most ironic parts of the Ravens Restaurant, is just outside the doors of the restaurant, the lobby has a bookstore of vegan books for sale which shows how great vegan dining can be. Yet the menu at the Ravens offers, Mexican, Italian and other basic offerings which are easily available anywhere else. Every vegan knows how to order vegan at non vegan restaurants. The fact that the Ravens offer their versions for 4-6 times the prices is a HUGE letdown. The food is totally inspired, and no better than what you might have found thirty years ago - without the sprouts. It's time the management and the chefs open up the books found in their own lobby and revamp the menu. A WELL BELOW average dinner for four (two adults and two kids (10 & 12) - and the kids had pasta with sauce) with no wine with tip was $235. On the positive side, the servers were great. We also, out of desperation, returned for breakfast the following morning and found tasteless tofu scramble, old potatoes and more Mexican. Lame, lame, lame.

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5.0Dined on April 1, 2018

It was such a treat to dine somewhere where every single item is exceptional. My sea palm strudel was unique and delicious. The barbecue trumpet mushroom tacos were delightful, and the portobello tacos, while very different, were just as good. The pecan torte was perfection.

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5.0Dined on March 31, 2018

We visited Raven's Restaurant to celebrate our anniversary. As vegans with special dietary needs, this was one of the best options we have experienced! We loved the Kale salad, and the red pepper ricotta is perfect! We attended both breakfast and dinner here, breakfast was the best!

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5.0Dined on March 31, 2018

The food was amazing! I had to leave the area but the rest of my family stayed one more day just to be able to eat breakfast and dinner here the next day. High quality, beautiful and amazing tasting food.

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4.0Dined on March 29, 2018

Whether you are a vegan, or not this place is fantastic. Local, organic ingredients are combined to bring you an adventurous and tasty meal. Good selection of wines, mixed drinks and beers. Oh ya, the desserts are very good, as well.

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5.0Dined on March 25, 2018

The food is exceptional! Delicious, healthy and very fresh.

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5.0Dined on March 22, 2018

I loved everything about my dining experience -- in fact, it exceeded my expectations.

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5.0Dined on March 17, 2018

From the moment we arrived until we stepped away from our table, every aspect of dining at The Ravens was memorable. Our server was kind and well-informed. Service was prompt but not hurried. The food felt like it had been created not only with the best fresh organic ingredients available, but also with caring. My husband and I commented on both the artistry of the meal and the presence of loving attention given to its creation, something impossible to "see", but an aspect of our experience at The Ravens that we both felt palpably.

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3.0Dined on March 15, 2018

Ethnic Night!

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4.0Dined on March 15, 2018

Being a committed carnivore, I am astonished at what flavors this chef can tease out of plants. It is a game changer and we .will definitely return

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5.0Dined on February 17, 2018

This might be my favourite restaurant on the planet!

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5.0Dined on February 16, 2018

Delicious full size organic breakfast included with a hotel stay here at the Inn. Delicious breakfast options, gluten free options marked. The polenta is my favorite breakfast option. The garden scramble used to be my favorite, but it has a sort of tangy taste now that I don't care for. My husband had the ranchero which was really good as well.

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5.0Dined on February 16, 2018

The food was fantastic, organic, and there were gluten free options listed on the menu. We ordered the enchiladas and tamales, and they were so delicious.

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5.0Dined on February 15, 2018

Delicious full breakfast menu for guests and diners. Free full breakfast included for all guests. Lots of delicious options to choose from. My husband chose the portabello florentine and I had the polenta and greens. Both meals were large and delicious. Several gluten free options

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5.0Dined on February 15, 2018

The Valentines menu wasn't their best. I was thoroughly disappointed with the menu item which had plain white quinoa, with plain steamed greens, bbq tofu/veggie skewers and super dry plain cornbread. I was choking on the food because it was so dry, but I finished the meal. I highly recommend this restaurant but not the menu item I chose. Their regular menu items are far superior to the Valentine's menu this year. We also did not get the salad that was supposed to be included. The appetizer and dessert were good, and my husbands entree of eggplant ravioli was good as well.

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5.0Dined on February 10, 2018

Our server Alex was fantastic, the food was delicious, and the ambiance was cozy and comfortable.

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5.0Dined on February 4, 2018

We had such a great experience celebrating our Anniversary. The food was excellent and vast. We had so many items we wanted to try and had to end up bringing our main course home. Dining here is unlike many other establishments. The flavors and presentation of each plate add to the experience. The only thing we found out of place was the fact that they purchase the organic bar salsa. It is not made on site nor is it locally sourced. Everything thing else was superb. We will definitely be a return customer.

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5.0Dined on February 2, 2018

We loved our time here -from the warm welcome to the fab food and sweet ending

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5.0Dined on January 25, 2018

We have been to Raven’s several times and each time has been a very enjoyable
dining experience. January 25 is our wedding anniversary and our meal was exceptional.

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5.0Dined on January 18, 2018

We love the food at the Ravens! It is our favorite restaurant on the coast. Delicious, organic and healthy! What more could one ask for?!

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4.0Dined on January 14, 2018

While we are not vegan - and far from it - my husband and I were intrigued by the vegan options and decided to try it for ourselves. We were certainly not disappointed. Their bar selections were outstanding, and my husband commented that his Moscow Mule was the best one he had had. We shared a salad to start, and it was thoughtfully split and arrived on separate plates. The entrees just continued our excellent experience. The BBQ oyster mushroom sliders were the highlight followed a close second by the sea kale strudel. We were too full for dessert! The evening was made that much more special since we were able to bring our two pups right into the dining room with us. It's sometimes a challenge when travelling with furry friends, but The Ravens was welcoming in every way possible. I highly recommend it !

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5.0Dined on January 12, 2018

This is vegan heaven! My boyfriend and I are from Napa Valley and there's not one place that comes near the options for vegans. We will happily drive three hours to eat another meal here, so happy we came across it!

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5.0Dined on January 5, 2018

We enjoyed breakfast, afternoon tea, dinner and dessert very much! Vegan, gluten free, healthy and delicious. A wonderful food experience!

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5.0Dined on January 3, 2018

We absolutely love The Ravens and are always amazed at how reasonable the prices are, given the nature of the food - local, healthy, vegan, etc. The atmosphere is lovely - particularly during the holidays when it looks especially elegant, warm, and cozy. We will go here whenever we are in the area.

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4.0Dined on December 31, 2017

Vegan meals which were excellent. We bought the cookbook they have in their gift shop. New Years eve, so they were busy. The waiter made a mistake on our order but quickly corrected it. He also made a mistake on the bill which the management caught and corrected before running the charge card. The restaurant is casual in atmosphere with lots of hard surfaces so is a bit noisy but not to a point where we could not have a conversation. We would definitely return.

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5.0Dined on December 30, 2017

Fantastic, attentive service, perfect place for a fancy date night! The dishes we ordered were beautifully plated, especially the kale salad. Our favorite appetizer was the Rustic Flatbread, and we loved the amuse-bouche. Don't miss the coconut crème brûlée for dessert! Great atmosphere, especially the fireplace in the lobby. We will be making reservations again in the future!

Pictured below: Sea Palm & Root Vegetable Strudel, Crème Brulee – Vanilla bean and Frangelico coconut custard brulee

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