Top things to do in Mendocino

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Café Beaujolais

Mendocino’s iconic, beloved country-Cal–French restaurant occupies an 1893 farmhouse restyled into a monochromatic urban-chic dining room, perfect for holding hands by candlelight. The refined, inspired cooking draw…
Californian in Mendocino

955 Ukiah Street

One of those semi-secret institutions, the menu here changes with what's available locally. When we visited, that meant wondrous things such as a roasted cauliflower, feta and caramelized-onion appetizer. The dimly …
Californian in Mendocino

MacCallum House Restaurant

Sit on the veranda or fireside for a romantic dinner of all-organic game, fish or risotto primavera. Chef Alan Kantor makes everything from scratch and his commitment to sustainability and organic ingredients is nea…
Californian in Mendocino

Mendocino Cafe

One of Mendocino’s few fine dinner spots also serves lovely alfresco lunches on its ocean-view deck surrounded by roses. Try the Thai burrito or the 'Healing Bowl' of soba noodles, miso, shitake mushrooms and choice…
Music in Mendocino

Mendocino Music Festival

Enjoy orchestral and chamber music concerts on the headlands, children’s matinees and open rehearsals.
Clothing in Mendocino


Twist stocks eco-friendly, natural-fiber clothing and lots of locally made clothing and toys.
Wildlife in Mendocino

Mendocino Whale Festival

Wine and chowder tastings, whale-watching and plenty of live music.
Pizza in Mendocino


There is no Sicilian-style simplicity to these pizzas, they are pure Californian with piled-high organic ingredients such as cremini mushrooms, Canadian bacon, roasted red peppers and pineapple (not combined, fortun…
Burgers in Mendocino

Tote Fête Deli & Burger Grill

Dine in or take away at this serious burger place with its all-natural, grass-fed beef and 11 choices, including veggie and portobello-mushroom options. Also on the menu are seafood dishes, such as fish tacos, calam…
Gallery in Mendocino

Mendocino Art Center

Behind a yard of twisting iron sculpture, the city’s art center takes up a whole tree-filled block, hosting exhibitions, the 81-seat Helen Schonei Theatre and nationally renowned art classes. This is also where to p…