Top things to do in Mendocino

Top Choice Californian in Mendocino

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

Luna Trattoria

Follow the boardwalk lit with fairy lights to this cozy and casual Northern Italian restaurant where the bread and pastas are homemade, portions are generous and the service is outstanding. There's a lovely garden o…
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…
Fusion 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.
Lighthouse in Mendocino

Point Cabrillo Light Station

Restored in 1909, this stout lighthouse stands on a 300-acre wildlife preserve north of town, between Russian Gulch and Caspar Beach. The grounds also contain a collection of restored 1930s-era houses and a large se…
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…