Pacific Tapas infuses the compact cuisine of Spanish tapas with the zinging flavors of the Pacific Rim to create plates full of mix and match delicacies. The rotating menu bewilders noshers with hypnotic swirls and a plethora of choices, which may include the gambas con pancetta, composed of grilled prawns wrapped in spanish bacon and served with a side of sherry dipping sauce ($10.50). Carnivores and horribly confused sea turtles can enjoy the chuletas de cordero, which pairs lamb shoulder chops rubbed in a coating of garlic with cucumber slices and a heap of grilled peach and corn salsa ($10.50) or the empanada turnovers featuring swirling serrano ham and manchego cheese topped with roasted red pepper and sautéed onions ($10.50). While sipping on the two glasses of sangria ($8 value each), watch a breathtaking sunset over the Pacific Ocean or defiantly challenge the moon to a staring contest.
Mammoth portions of sandwiches, comfort fare and classic breakfasts test table strength within the log-cabin interior of Lumberjacks Restaurant. After perusing the lengthy menu, patrons can gaze up at the towering façade of roasted turkey clubs ($8.99), whose three layers of toast house bacon, american cheese, lettuce and tomato. A chili burger ($8.99), topped with cheddar and onions, doffs its uppermost bun to chivalrously greet suiting mouths. A slow-braised post roast with vegetables and gravy ($12.99) assumes its honored position among dinner entrees, arriving at tables with a choice of a side as well as soup or a custom-made lettuce amalgamation from the salad bar.
The restaurant at The Heritage House Resort, 5200 Restaurant & Lounge, embodies the quiet and the elegant simplicity of the property's oceanfront setting. Serving "farm-to-fork cuisine," the chefs draw largely on locally sourced, seasonal ingredients to build stunning plates that are almost too pretty to eat—almost, but not quite.
Perched high atop a bluff in its namesake village, the Mendocino Hotel enjoys unhindered panoramas of the Pacific Ocean. In the 1870s, the quiet coastal town bustled with loggers who harvested the area’s towering redwoods and enlivened its saloons, pools, and fast houses. Although the village has since eschewed its rowdy reputation, the redwoods continue to thrive. Along the bluff, the giant trees shadow traces of old buildings and old anchor lines set into rock. Briny air permeates the town, carrying all the way to the Mendocino Coast Botanical Gardens, where meticulously manicured formal gardens contrast with untouched landscapes. Guests can stroll through thick pine forests, peer into fern-fringed canyons, and frolic on flower-covered bluffs. After getting their fill of local flora and fauna, sojourners can peruse manmade creations at the Mendocino Art Center. Displays of visual and performing arts celebrate still and moving forms, and various studios invite budding Botticellis to fine-tune their own brushstrokes. For those interested in learning more about the area, the Kelley House Museum, set amid an acre of gardens, recounts Mendocino’s history with artifacts, exhibits, and photographs of yesteryear.