Fort Bragg may be a small town, but here you’ll amazing culinary creations from talented local chefs. Whatever you crave, you’ll find it here.

 

The Mendocino Coast was an early adopter of the eat local and farm-to-table movements, and our establishments are known for serving fresh-caught fish from the harbor and sourcing ingredients from nearby farms. You’ll feel right at home — the friendly waitstaff always greet customers with a smile. Fort Bragg’s restaurants offer a variety of cuisines, but they all have one thing in common: they’ll hit the spot.

 

When planning your culinary tour, remember to save room for dessert! Many of our restaurants offer great options, so you can always ask to see the dessert menu after you finish your meal. Alternatively, stop by one of our bakeries or cafes to pick up gourmet sweets for later. Or, if you want to eat dessert first, we won’t judge!

 

Plan Your Adventure

Ambience is important, and we highly recommend having at least one meal in scenic and historic Noyo Harbor, where you’ll enjoy fantastic food and spectacular views. Savor fresh-caught seafood and other dishes while you watch the sea lions frolic and the birds splash in the water.

You can find full menus for most of the restaurants on this list here.

 

From breakfast to dinner and everything in-between, Fort Bragg’s restaurants, delis, and cafes have you covered. We recommend starting the day off right with a hearty breakfast from one of these popular locations:

  • Eggheads (326 N. Main St.) You won’t miss Kansas at this popular Wizard-of-Oz-themed restaurant that cooks up a bewitching breakfast, featuring your favorite egg dishes.
  • David’s Deli (163 Boatyard Dr.) Perfect for early risers and anyone who likes a hearty and traditional breakfast, David’s opens at 6:00 am and is ranked as the #1 restaurant in Fort Bragg on TripAdvisor.
  • Café One (753 N Main St.) This yummy and low-key organic breakfast spot is loved by locals and visitors alike for its healthy, tasty meals.
  • Cafe Jaavy (120 S. Main St.) This hidden gem offers great Mexican breakfasts.

Catch of the Day

In Noyo Harbor, you’ll find lots of delectable dishes featuring fresh-caught fish, as well as free-range meat and vegetarian options. Try one of these restaurants to enjoy delicious cuisine with an unbeatable view:

  • Princess Seafood Market & Deli (32410 N Harbor Dr.) Reap the fruits of the labor of the F/V Princess crew, which is women-led. Enjoy local beer and fish from their grill for lunch at the outdoor café or take fresh-caught fish home to cook.
  • Django’s Rough Bar Cafe (32096 N. Harbor Dr.) Enjoy outdoor seating, live music, and a lively atmosphere at this waterfront restaurant. Be sure to try the clam chowder!
  • Silver’s at the Wharf (32260 N Harbor Dr.) For more of a fine dining experience, visit Silver’s, where you’ll find lots of choices, from ceviche to salmon to nachos, depending on the season. For those who would like an aperitif, the bar is happy to oblige.
  • Noyo Harbor Inn Restaurant & Tavern (500 Casa Del Noyo Dr.) A relative newcomer to the Fort Bragg scene, the Noyo Harbor Inn already has a devoted following for its outstanding menu and craft cocktails. You’ll also have one of the best views of the Noyo River in town from the terraced deck, open for outdoor seating all day long.
  • Sea Pal Cove (32390 N Harbor Dr.) This local hangout is the go-to spot for fish and chips, clam chowder, burgers, and dozens of local beers on tap. Self-serve outdoor deck seating is very low-key but offers great views of the marine life and the fishing boats unloading the day’s catch.

 

South of the Border

Fort Bragg is home to a large Latino community, and you’re never far from delicious Mexican food. These restaurants are perfect for Taco Tuesday or any other time you want authentic Mexican cuisine:

  • Los Gallitos (230 N. Franklin St.) After years of their restaurant being filled to capacity, Los Gallitos expanded to a much larger space… where it’s still packed, because everyone loves the food!
  • Mayan Fusion
  • Taqueria Ricarda’s (647 E. Oak St.) Ricarda has been serving up her specialties for years, and she has a devoted fan base among locals, many of whom have grown up on her wonderful meals and kind words of encouragement.
  • La Playa (760 S. Main St.) Enjoy favorites familiar and new from La Playa’s extensive menu, as well as an excellent variety of drinks from the bar.
  • The Purple Rose (24300 CA-1) The Purple Rose is well-known among locals for its family-friendly environment, tasty food, and impressive margarita options.

 

Asian Adventures

Find amazing flavors at these local restaurants that draw inspiration from Southeast Asia, China, and Japan:

  • Taka’s Grill (250 N. Main St.) Chef Taka has meticulously created a menu that will wow you. Much of the fish for the sushi is sourced from the harbor, and there are non-sushi choices, including teriyaki, gyoza, and tempura.
  • Asian Fusion Sea Valley Cafe (301 N. Main St.) Take your taste buds on a tour of Southeast Asia with these remarkable dishes, including spring rolls, curry, fried rice, and noodles.
  • Nit’s Café (322 N. Main St.) This cozy café serves great Thai food, including vegan, vegetarian, and meat options and the ever-popular Pad Thai.

 

Comfort Food

These restaurants cook up hearty home-cooked meals to rival the ones from your favorite childhood memories.

  • Laurel Deli (401 N. Main St.) The family-friendly menu offers plenty of options for even the pickiest eater — and the desserts are the stuff of legend.
  • D’Aurelio’s (438 S. Franklin St.) Lasagna, pizza, and pasta done right. The portions are generous enough to share, but it’s so good you might not want to!

 

Downtown Favorites

These restaurants elevate dining to an artform.

  • Mayan Fusion (418 N. Main St.) Savor superb tapas from Central America as you take in the vibrant atmosphere.
  • Cucina Verona (124 E. Laurel St.) The rich flavors will transport you to Italy. (And the bread is fabulous!)

Beer & Bites

Craft beer, tasty food, and lively company… what could be better? These breweries and pubs are perfect for having a good time over great food and libations.

  • North Coast Brewing Company (444 N. Main St.) This internationally renowned craft brewery also has fantastic cuisine. Be sure to try their beer-battered fish and chips!
  • Overtime Brewing (190 E. Elm St.) Overtime Brewing serves up hearty meals and handcrafted ales. Stay for fun events like trivia night.
  • Piaci Pub & Pizzeria (120 W. Redwood Ave.) They have a wide variety of beer and wine, and the thin-crust pizza will blow you away! Try delectable flavor combinations you won’t find anywhere else.

 

Dessert

Told you to save room! These places are perfect for anyone wanting to finish on a sweet note:

  • Headlands Coffeehouse (120 E. Laurel St.) Enjoy delicious baked goods fresh from local bakeries. Stay for the live music. Open late.
  • Mendocino Cookie Company (301 N. Main St.) Enjoy amazing fresh-out-of-the-oven cookies, get your coffee fix, and take home a tub of cookie dough for later!
  • Cowlicks Ice Cream (250 N. Main St.) This charming ice cream parlor earns universal rave reviews for its unique and incredible flavors as well as fantastic takes on traditional classics. Whichever one (or two or three) you pick, they’ll all wow you! Dairy-free options also available.
  • A Sweet Affair Patisserie (401 N. Main St.) The local culinary artist behind these scrumptious creations moved back home to Fort Bragg after graduating from the Culinary Institute of America and working with world-renowned pastry chefs. The only thing better than looking at the beautiful tarts, macarons, cupcakes, and other desserts is eating them.