Be sure to dine at Cafe Beaujolais Mendocino. We’ve eaten at most of the restaurants in Mendocino and this is easily our favorite Mendocino restaurant.
Prior to enjoying a meal here, we had heard lots of great things. Our expectations were high, which is not always a good thing.
However, this place lived up to its reputation. The food was wonderful and the service was excellent throughout the meal.
It’s a charming restaurant converted from a small cottage. The ambiance is intimate and relaxed. The hostess and our servers were friendly and knowledgeable.
The California French cuisine is outstanding with an emphasis on organically grown local produce. The food we ordered was perfectly prepared. We shared a bowl of white bean soup topped with an heirloom tomato salsa. A great starter!
Kathy had Mary’s Free Range Chicken Breast with white cheddar risotto. The sauce on the chicken was creamy and full of flavor. The risotto had a rich, buttery yet tangy flavor that we both loved.
I devoured the Pan Roasted California Sturgeon Fillet. Served with a house made tagliatelle, truffle emulsion sauce, wild forest mushrooms, beets and snap peas. . .it melts in your mouth. The fish was tender and juicy.
I enjoyed the local blackberry crisp for dessert. It was served with an amazing Tahitian vanilla bean ice cream.
I loved my dessert, but Kathy’s was even better. She had their classic creme brulee. I’ve eaten creme brulee at many restaurants and this is definitely one of the best. It had a rich vanilla flavor and was so creamy.
We will definitely return to this Mendocino restaurant whenever we are in the area. If you haven’t eaten here, we highly recommend it. Make reservations because this is a small, popular establishment. They serve both lunch and dinner.
Fun Things to Do in the Mendocino Area
Explore the small town of Mendocino by foot. You’ll find lots of interesting shops, art galleries, and wine tasting rooms. The city is perched along the coastline so take a stroll down the paths that meander along the shore. It’s stunning scenery!
Visit Van Damme State Park. It’s just three miles south of Mendocino. This is the place for camping, hiking, and walks on the beach. You can even dive for abalone during the season. It’s mostly a place to relax and enjoy the spectacular views.Go Wine Tasting at a few of the many wineries in Mendocino County. This area is producing some outstanding wines. Browse the list of wineries and read the descriptions to find a few that you want to visit. Wineries in this area are mostly small, family owned wineries. If they charge a fee for tasting, they usually waive that fee if you purchase a bottle of wine.
Cafe Beaujolais Mendocino
Address: 961 Ukiah St., Mendocino, CA
Directions Driving North On Highway 1
1. Exit at Main Street.
2. Turn right onto Evergreen Street.
3. Turn left onto Ukiah Street.
4. It is on your left.
Directions Driving South on Highway 1
1. Turn right onto Little Lake Road.
2. Turn right onto School Street.
3. School street ends at Ukiah Street and the restaurant is on your left.