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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…
Top Choice Italian in Fort Bragg

Piaci Pub & Pizzeria

Fort Bragg’s must-visit pizzeria is known for its sophisticated wood-fired, brick-oven pies as much as for its long list of microbrews. Try the ‘Gustoso’ – with chevre, pesto and seasonal pears – all carefully orche…
Top Choice Microbrewery in Arcata

Six Rivers Brewery

One of the first female-owned breweries in California, the ‘brew with a view’ kills it in every category: great beer, amazing community vibe, occasional live music and delicious hot wings. The spicy chili-pepper ale…
Top Choice Californian in Anderson Valley

Table 128

Food-savvy travelers love the constantly changing New American menu here, featuring simple dishes done well, like roasted chicken, grilled local lamb and cheesecake. The family-style service makes dinner here a free…
Top Choice Winery in Clear Lake

Kaz Winery

A cult favorite, supercool Kaz is about blends: whatever’s in the organic vineyards goes into the wine – and they’re blended at crush, not during fermentation. Expect lesser-known varietals like Tannat and Lenoir, a…
Top Choice Californian in Clear Lake

Saw Shop Gallery Bistro

The best restaurant in Lake County serves a Californian-cuisine menu of wild salmon and rack of lamb, as well as a small plates menu of sushi, lobster tacos, Kobe-beef burgers and flatbread pizzas. Laid-back atmosph…
Top Choice Cafe in Ukiah

Schat’s Courthouse Bakery & Cafe

Founded by Dutch bakers, Schat’s makes a dazzling array of chewy, dense breads, sandwiches, wraps, big salads, dee-lish hot mains, full breakfasts and homemade pastries.
Top Choice Fusion in Arcata

3 Foods Cafe

A perfect fit with the Arcata dining scene: whimsical, creative, worldly small plates (think Thai-style tacos or buttermilk fried chicken) at moderate prices (a prix fixe is sometimes available for $20). The lavende…
Top Choice Californian in Jenner

River’s End Restaurant

Unwind in style at this picture-perfect restaurant, perched on a cliff overlooking the river’s mouth and the grand sweep of the Pacific Ocean. It serves world-class meals at world-class prices, but the real reward i…
Top Choice Vegetarian in Ferndale

Lost Coast Cafe

Step into a homey kitchen, where the soups, sandwiches, salads and baked goods are easily the best vegetarian choices north of Fort Bragg. Organic coffee is on the house. Cash only.