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“Great clam chowder” 5 of 5 stars
Review of The Birds Cafe

The Birds Cafe
1407 Highway One, PO Box 1030, Bodega Bay, CA 94923
(707) 875-2900
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Ranked #10 of 24 Restaurants in Bodega Bay
Cuisines: American
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New Jersey
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45 helpful votes 45 helpful votes
“Great clam chowder”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2013

As you are going through Bodega Bay on Highway 1, and round the curve across from Pelican Plaza you see a small patio with picnic tables. There is a "kite and candy" store next to it on the curve.
If you pass it, the sign just after reads something like " you just passed the best fish and chips and clam chowder".
We turned around and pulled in. They have their own parking lot. Birds Cafe looks like a little house, it is actually next to their home (I think). We met locals there, so the quality speaks for itself.
I wanted a bowl of clam chowder, as did my husband. I asked Manhattan or New England, to which they responded New England. Well, it was much better than New England. The broth was lnice and light, not thick like New England. Full of clams ( not over loaded with potatoes), I thoroughly enjoyed their chowder. It was seasoned well, and I still can't believe how many clams were in it.
We didn't have any fish, as it was in between meaks and was filling enough.
One bonus is that the patio area outside looks over the marina, so we had a scenic view.

  • Visited July 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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English first
Vacaville, California
2 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
“Good food”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2013

Based on the movie "The Birds", I expected to see more in their tiny cafe about the movie.
The cafe is tiny, holding maybe 8 people in line at a time. Lines out the door and only out door seating. The staff were great as was the food. The tiny kitchen isn't really capable of handling high volumes of people at once so the wait was 30 minutes once we ordered. Most everything is fried but with an excellent light breading. The fries were soggy with grease and the fish was too greasy. Frying oil probably not hot enough to handle high volume. It is easy to miss the restaurant on Hwy 1. It is across from Pelican Plaza next to a kite store. Definitely will be back to try the fried artichokes. I had fish tacos...very tasty. For kids, corn dog or fried chicken strips.

  • Visited July 2013
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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Lodi, CA
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“Great new restaurant in Bodega Bay”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2013

We were looking for good fish and chips while camping in Bodega Bay over the 4th of July week and we found it at a new little restaurance called The Birds Cafe. You also have to try the artichoke fritters and onion rings as well as the fish tacos. All were very good.
Also the staff is extremely friendly and the view of the harbor is great.

  • Visited July 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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