The Restaurants at The Mendocino Hotel & Garden Suites

Two Award-Winning Restaurants and Bars Offer Casual, Bistro, or Fine Dining

A Guest in The Garden Restaurant.The Mendocino Hotel offers three dining options: the Garden Room for organic specialty coffees, a scrumptious breakfast or lunch. Cocktails and wine are served from 11 am. Each dining room features Ocean views, house baked breads, desserts, organic salads, classic entrees, local specialties, fine local wines and impeccable service. A Guest in The Garden Restaurant. Painting by Olaf Palm, a noted local painter. The Lobby Lounge features a handsomely carved antique bar, a magnificent stained glass ceiling and a bistro-style menu (with selections appealing to children) from 5 pm until closing. The Victorian Dining Room is handsomely appointed with antiques for an intimate and elegant dinner and offers true Mendocino Coast fine dining. Room service is available as well as a heated outdoor garden terrace and ocean views. Recipient of the Award of Excellence from WINE SPECTATOR for the past eleven consecutive years, and designated “Best of Northern California Restaurants” by Gourmet Magazine, 2008.

Our Philosophy of Customer Service

Wine Spectator Award of Excellence 2013While a guest might visit a restaurant for a specific dish, rave about a certain bottle of wine, or love the soft glow from the lights in the dining room, it is important that they feel taken care of and that their needs have been met and exceeded... that someone listened to them and understood them. The guests must feel that the employees of The Mendocino Hotel are on their side, acting as their advocates for the evening. This type of hospitality is a key component of The Mendocino Hotel experience.

“Dine or stay at the Mendocino Hotel. Sample Bouillabaisse or Oysters Mendocino with a filling of crab scallops prosciutto and spinach.”


Skylight Magazine, May–June 2010

While some may confuse hospitality with good service, they are vitally different. Good service ensures that food arrives on time, that one has the correct flatware with which to eat one’s meal, that finished plates are cleared properly and discreetly, that an appropriate glass is offered to enjoy the wine, and finally that the check arrives when asked for and that it is correct. While correct service will be offered, it will not supplant hospitality. Hospitality ensures that ALL the needs of the guest have been met and exceeded.

Victorian Dining Room

For the discriminating food and wine enthusiast: Local • Fresh • Seasonal • Organic

Victorian Dining Room Christmas Cheer at The Hotel Stained Glass Panels in the Victorian Dining Room

The Victorian Dining Room is handsomely appointed with antiques for an intimate and elegant dinner and offers true Mendocino Coast fine dining.

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“The Mendocino Hotel offers elegant dining featuring California cuisine and an extensive wine list.” The Boston Sunday Globe

The Garden Room

Tasty filetThe informal Garden Room is the perfect setting for breakfast or lunch. Featuring house-made soups from scratch every day, salads, classic entrees, local specialties including the Hotel’s famous Ollalieberry Pie, fine local wines, and impeccable service. The Hotel’s dining rooms and lounges are popular gathering places for local residents and visitors alike.

The Garden Restaurant at the Hotel. Painting by Olaf Palm, a noted local painter.The Garden Restaurant at the Hotel. Painting by Olaf Palm, a noted local painter.
Garden Room Hours of Service:

“Dark wood panelled walls...and a California menu that’s right on the mark.” ZAGAT Survey 2007

“The new chef adds zest to the menu!” ZAGAT SURVEY 2008

Wine and Tapas Bar

WineglassA new Wine and Tapas Bar has recently been introduced at the Mendocino Hotel. An eigteenth century carved oak bar offers a unique venue for cold and hot “small plates” and tasty Tapas.

Tiffany Dome in BarThe Lobby Bar has a Tiffany stained glass dome.The Lobby Bar offers organic coffee or alcoholic beverages, and selections from a Bistro menu. The lobby bar features a handsomely carved antique bar, and interesting conversation, cocktails, local and other fine California wines by the glass or bottle. Locally made beer is on tap or by the bottle. A tasty eclectic Bistro Menu (served from 5 pm until closing) is a favorite of locals, and it also offers great value and selections for children.

"A remarkable stained-glass dome was installed over the bar…believed to be a Tiffany… replete with leaded windows and Oriental rugs (it) evokes the Victorian era perfectly… Dinner can be very pleasant." GOURMET MAGAZINE

Gargoyle (detail from the Bar)Gargoyle (detail from the Bar) "One of the most outstanding restaurant wine lists in the world." Marvin R. Shanken Editor and Publisher, Wine Spectator Years 2003-2008

"One of the finest dining rooms in town." The San Diego Tribune

"The Mendocino Hotel does everything right, including big breakfasts...in a garden room with a view out to the crashing surf. Romance doesn’t get much more romantic than this." Santa Rosa PRESS DEMOCRAT