California’s Humboldt County may be more well-known for its wild beauty and plethora of outdoor adventures, but that doesn’t mean that folks here don’t appreciate the finer things in life like good food, wine and microbrews. Whether you’re in the mood for haute cuisine or comforting pub fare, you won’t run out of options here. The list below is just a sampling of the many Humboldt County local restaurants you can choose from and you can always hit us up if you need particular recommendations.
Larrupin Cafe – Located a bit off the beaten path, which makes it appealing for those who want to linger over dinner. One of the best-reviewed restaurants on the North Coast.
Moonstone Grill – Enjoy waterfront views while dining on fresh seafood and other gourmet cuisine. Another Trinidad treasure.
Beachcomber Cafe – Fair-trade coffee and fresh, organic and locally sourced ingredients. Remember to bring your own mugs if you’re getting coffee to go.
Seascape Restaurant: It doesn’t get any fresher than the Seascape Restaurant on the pier in Trinidad. Seascape Restaurant has been a favorite dining spot with travelers, fishermen and locals since 1961.
Trinidad Bay Eatery & Gallery: Has been a favorite of locals, visitors and fishermen since 1975. Cozy cafe with hometown hospitality at it’s best.
The Lighthouse Grill: Home of the Mashed Potato Cone. All Burgers & Sandwiches served on homemade buns or bread, along with homemade organic ice cream.
Sunset Restaurant: Enjoy some of the finest and most romantic dining the north coast has to offer. With unrivaled ambiance and cuisine, Sunset Restaurant will delight you with a unique and wonderful dining experience.
Folie Douce – Opened in 1991 and already something of a local institution. Serves seasonal, organic and locally sourced fare and is a great favorite among locals as well as visitors. Lonely Planet has named it “Arcata’s best dining option.”
Renata’s Creperie – The place to hit for breakfast and brunch or anytime you want to enjoy a sweet or savory crepe and a cup of coffee.
Tomo Japanese Restaurant – Another local institution, centrally located inside the Hotel Arcata right on the plaza. Tends to be busy at night.
Abruzzi: Best known for its unique and delicious pasta, Abruzzi is an Italian province of farmers and shepherds with a deeply traditional cuisine featuring local hams and cheeses from the mountain areas, sausages and cured meats, fresh fish and other seafood, and a bounty of fruits and vegetables.
Porter Street Barbecue: Family-owned and operated business. Famous for their Tri Tip Sandwiches, Pulled Pork, BBQ Chicken, Tofu, Hot Links, Polish Dogs, chili, potato salad, macaroni salad or cole slaw.
Mazzotti’s : Mazzotti’s on the Plaza, is home to a long tradition of serving fine Italian food on the north coast. Offering authentic Italian dishes and specialties, eating at Mazzotti’s on the Plaza is a true culinary delight.
Plaza Grill: Offers inspired American Grill cuisine. Plaza Grill presents award-winning oysters, fresh salads, unique sandwiches, fresh seafood, artisan burgers, baby-back ribs, hearty steaks and homemade desserts.
Rita’s Margaritas & Mexican Grill: Mexican food at it’s best. Offer the freshest, most authentic and versatile Mexican food, as well as Exceptional Margaritas in a wide array of flavors.
Tomo Japanese Restaurant: Offers patrons traditional Japanese food in a casual relaxed atmosphere. Tomo means “Friend” in Japanese, and that’s exactly what Tomo is all about.
Brick & Fire Bistro – Easy to miss if you don’t know where to look – it’s at 1630 F St., a mostly residential area – but a must-visit if you have a hankering for Mediterranean cuisine.
Restaurant 301 at the Carter House Inns – The go-to place for those who want to celebrate special occasions in style. Fresh, locally sourced cuisine and an impressive wine list.
Lost Coast Brewery – Casual and laidback and currently serves 9 microbrews; the Great White is a popular choice. Note the distinctive beer logos designed by local artist Duane Flatmo.
Bayfront Restaurant: Delicious Italian specialties, inter-woven with a traditional Japanese menu featuring fresh sushi and sizzling teppanyaki.
Brick & Fire: In Historic Old Town…. The massive artisan-built brick oven is at the heart of the warm ambiance and the inventive menu. From beautifully seasonal salads and fire-roasted polenta lasagna, to seafood-stuffed calamari and slow-roasted osso bucco, the menu runs from rustic casual to redefined Italian favorites.
Cafe Nooner: In Historic Old Town..Providing fresh, good food, Cafe Nooner is a locally owned, family friendly experience emphasizing the use of premium local, organic and natural ingredients.
Cafe Waterfront….Step in , relax and unwind in Cafe Waterfront’s comfortable atmosphere. Serving fresh seafood and Farmers’ Market produce.
Five Eleven: In the heart of old town is Eureka’s newest fine dining destination “Five Eleven,” a modern, stylish yet casual spot for all to enjoy. Menu is crafted with only the finest from around the globe.
Oberon Grill: In Old Town: The chef has created a menu featuring California flavors. With a focus on quality steaks and fresh seafood, Oberon Grill serves up American food with a twist.
Restaurant 301: Meals showcase herbs, greens and vegetables from our own gardens as well as our region’s finest seasonal delicacies.
The Sea Grill: In Old Town….The wide variety of fresh seafood on the menu is exquisitely prepared – sautéed, grilled, charbroiled, poached, pan or deep fried, and accompanied by delicate sauces.
Eel River Brewing Company – Has the distinction of being the first certified organic brewery in the country. If you’re on the lookout for handcrafted beer, you should definitely stop by.
Kome – Fortuna’s favorite sushi hangout. Their specialty rolls are a popular choice.
Bob’s Footlongs – Has been around since 1949 and is located near the Fortuna High School. Classic American comfort food.
Six Rivers Brewery: Freshly made food and hand crafted brews. From Sushi to Southern fried chicken to the hottest wings in town.
Luzmila’s Mexican Restaurant: Appetizers, combination plates and many side orders, it’s easy to find something that will satisfy you.
Ramone’s Bakery & Cafe: The highest quality desserts and baked goods since 1986. Whether you crave a breakfast treat, a delicious lunch, or an afternoon pick-me-up, this is the place to come.
Good Humboldt County local restaurants aren’t confined to the larger cities. You’ll run across quite a few in smaller communities as well such as the Samoa Cookhouse in Samoa, which bills itself as “the last surviving cookhouse in the West,” the Mad River Brewing Company in Blue Lake, which was named the country’s “No. 1 Small Brewery” at the 2010 Great American Beer Festival, and so on.
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