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“Skip lunch here.” 3 of 5 stars
Review of Black Point Grill at Sea Ranch Lodge

Black Point Grill at Sea Ranch Lodge
60 Sea Walk Drive, Highway 1, The Sea Ranch, CA 95497
707.785.2371
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Price range: $15 - $29
Cuisines: American
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Good for: Scenic view
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Reservations
Dining style: Casual Elegant
Description: The acclaimed Black Point Grill at Sea Ranch Lodge features internationally-inspired California cuisine that emphasizes the freshest local ingredients. Seasonal menus and daily specials tempt with many satisfying options, from delectable entrees, small plates and appetizers to casual tavern fare, resulting in sophisticated yet uncontrived dining. To complement the food, our Mendocino restaurant offers an award-winning selection of about 150 unique regional wines. The evolving wine list showcases selected small estate wineries of Sonoma and Mendocino Counties.
Albuquerque, New Mexico
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57 reviews 57 reviews
37 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 30 cities Reviews in 30 cities
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
“Skip lunch here.”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 7, 2013 via mobile

Though the restaurant only had one other table of diners and at least 2 waitresses, they made us wait 5-7 while they each passed by several times without even acknowledging us! Very rude.
The tables in the lunch room were not cleared; the waitress had to clear one so we could be seated--the others weren't bused for a good 15 minutes after we sat down.
I ordered a Cabernet, and instead revieved a Chardonnay (yuck!).
The lunch room is a tiny section away from the main dining room. It's built like a greenhouse, so, naturally, it was extremely hot. Hate eating when I'm sweating behind the ears! Our waters weren't refilled; I wasn't offered another glass of wine.
It was such a relief to get outside to the nice, cool air, put the top down and speed along our way fr here.
The food was fine. The service and atmosphere? Awful!

  • Visited August 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 1 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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San Antonio, Texas
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60 reviews 60 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 31 cities Reviews in 31 cities
56 helpful votes 56 helpful votes
“Food is good but expensive.”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2013

This review was for a group of 17, so it may be better for smaller groups. While the food was good, it was not memorable and we were given a limited menu (3 choices for entrees, one choice for soup or salad, and one choice for dessert for the entire group) at $95 per person (including tax and 20% tip). This was our most expensive dinner in a week-long tour and no other place provided such a limited menu, and since the choices all had to be set in advance, this limitation needs to be reconsidered. We were provided a private room which was great and made everything else okay.

Visited July 2013
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shakey26, General Manager at Black Point Grill at Sea Ranch Lodge, responded to this review, September 21, 2013
Mikee47

Thanks for your comments. The challenge for us with the number of seats in the restaurant and the physical size of our kitchen facilities, is how to deliver everyone's entrees simultaneously. With groups of twos and fours it works well, but trying to get 17 orders all to the table hot and fresh, without part of group being served well after the others is something we work to perfect. That is why for larger groups, pre-fixe menus help expedite the process for us as well as can be expected. But I will share your comments with our team and work toward improving this experience for the future.

Regards,
SEA RANCH LODGE

Lowell Johnson, CHA
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San Francisco
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76 reviews 76 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 17 cities Reviews in 17 cities
114 helpful votes 114 helpful votes
“Pleasantly surprised”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2013

We were very pleased with our two dinners at the Black Point Grill. Since we were something of a captive audience while staying at the Sea Ranch Lodge, we weren't sure what the food would be like. To our pleasant surprise, it really was pretty good. Service was very attentive and the food was inventive and very tasty. My wife would rate her food - she had scallops one night and fish the next as excellent- I had meat both nights which was very good, so this could really be a 4 1/2 star rating. The views of the ocean at sunset were spectacular as the days we ate there were not foggy. The rule of thumb for restaurants with scenic views is sometimes the better the view, the worse the food, however in this case it did not hold true. We would definitely recommend the restaurant to anyone staying in the area.

  • Visited August 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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shakey26, General Manager at Black Point Grill at Sea Ranch Lodge, responded to this review, September 21, 2013
IraP

We appreciate your positive remarks. We strive to deliver this same experience to all diners who visit. Taking into account our rather remote location and the resources at our disposal, I believe we do an excellent job from a Culinary and service perspective. As we recognize, pleasing everyone's palate who dines with us is a near impossible task as it is for any restaurant really, I am pleased with the overall positive response we get from the majority of our guests. Thanks again for taking the time to reflect on your visit and we hope to see you again soon.

Regards,
SEA RANCH LODGE

Lowell Johnson, CHA
General Manager
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The Sea Ranch, California
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9 reviews 9 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 6 cities Reviews in 6 cities
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
“Delicious”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2013

Always good food and beautifully presented. Pricey for dinner but reasonable for breakfast and lunch....well worth it.

Visited July 2013
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shakey26, General Manager at Black Point Grill at Sea Ranch Lodge, responded to this review, September 21, 2013
Diana K

Always good food is certainly what we strive for. We are proud of our California cuisine and our Chef''s presentation skills. Thanks for taking the time to post your review, we hope to see you again soon.

Regards,
SEA RANCH LODGE

Lowell Johnson, CHA
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10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
“Stunning view”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2013

The ocean view from the restaurant was stunning! The food was good but it was slow coming (waited for at least half an hour). We had penne, chicken fingers, fish & chips, a glass of Preston SavBlanc and a beer.

Visited July 2013
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shakey26, General Manager at Black Point Grill at Sea Ranch Lodge, responded to this review, September 21, 2013
Sani M

Thanks for your review. Everyone agrees that The Sea Ranch is a naturally beautiful locale and we are blessed to be right here. My apologies if the service was slower than it should have been, but delighted to hear that you found it good!

I hope you have the opportunity to visit us again soon and enjoy this part of Northern California.

Regards,
SEA RANCH LODGE

Lowell Johnson
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