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Rhody's Garden Cafe


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Rhody's Garden Cafe is open seasonally (Apr - Sept), with the same level of high-quality ingredients from regional providers including fresh-picked produce from our own organic Vegetable Garden. Made-to-order sandwiches on organic Fort Bragg Bakery and Roland's Bakery breads (including gluten-free), house-made soups, and beautiful organic salads with house-made dressings. Daily lunch specials include grilled gourmet Panini sandwiches, and there is always a vegan option. There's no admission fee to come eat at the Cafe. Great desserts are back-enjoy a cup of Thanksgiving Coffee with a daily treat from Bolliver's Fine Foods, Costeaux Bakery or one of Marie's fresh-baked cookies. Gluten-free desserts
$4 - $10
Special Diets
Vegetarian Friendly
Cafe, Deli, Healthy
Outdoor Seating, Seating, Parking Available, Free Off-Street Parking, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Accepts Discover, Takeout, Wheelchair Accessible, Accepts Credit Cards
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Reviewed July 12, 2018 via mobile

Can't do better for eating lunch amidst lush landscapes. There's no entrance fee for the cafe at the Botanic Gardens. Lunch specials change daily. All are made to order, so prepare to wait. My curried chicken salad in pita was yum. My husband, who is...More

Date of visit: July 2018
Thank HouMSW
Reviewed June 12, 2018

Order at window #1; pick-up at window #2 when your name is called. Outdoor seating in a delightful covered patio with a wonderful view of the Botanical Gardens. Nice selection of sandwiches and specials - all fresh, organic and very yummy. It's a perfect lunch...More

Date of visit: June 2018
Thank Sue L
Reviewed May 28, 2018

There were wonderful options available at this cute little cafe in the Botanical Gardens. We enjoyed everything we tried. They had fabulous sandwiches, soup and cookies.

Date of visit: May 2018
Thank Margie C
Marie2009, Manager at Rhody's Garden Cafe, responded to this reviewResponded May 29, 2018

thank you, hope you visit us again, Marie

Reviewed May 27, 2018

Simply good food. Outdoor dining. Great iced tea and sandwiches. They have cookies and ice cream for dessert!

Date of visit: May 2018
Thank joanntownsend
Reviewed May 18, 2018 via mobile

I just LOVE this cute little seasonal Cafe at the Mendocino Coast Botanical Gardens. Different lunch specials each day. Delicious cookies, coffee, and Cowlicks homemade ice cream. We super love the friendly ladies who work here and feed us good!

Date of visit: May 2018
Thank TwoTeaTotalers
Reviewed September 30, 2017

On a fair Friday afternoon, cool with light breeze this was a great spot for a quick lunch. It is self service,order and pickup, but was quickly prepared. Had a tuna on Sourdough bread, very good. Tables arranged out in open or under shade, and...More

Date of visit: September 2017
Thank Thomas P
Reviewed September 17, 2017 via mobile

Just had coffee here and I'd advise that you stop somewhere else for your caffeine. The sandwiches looked tempting but the coffee turned me off.

Date of visit: September 2017
Thank JosephB919
MendoBotanicGardens, Manager at Rhody's Garden Cafe, responded to this reviewResponded September 18, 2017

So sorry you didn't like the coffee, we generally have rave reviews and people wanting to know where to buy it. We use Thanksgiving Organic Nicaraguan Songbird, med roast. Make sure you check in with our food choices on your next visit. Marie

Reviewed August 28, 2017 via mobile

We had a great lunch on the patio here. Raspberry ice tea was nice and the sandwiches were tasty. They offer FREE ice cream for dogs and our corgi loved it! Wonderful spot prior to visiting the Botanical Gardens. Highly recommend. We will be back!

Date of visit: August 2017
Thank Lakegirl777
MendoBotanicGardens, Manager at Rhody's Garden Cafe, responded to this reviewResponded August 29, 2017

thank you for visiting us and I'm glad you had a good experience. Our dog friends are always welcome, see you again. Marie

Reviewed August 27, 2017

Others rave about this famous lunch spot, but based on my experience, I cannot. I ordered a simple ham and cheese sandwich at a cost of about $7. The sandwich contained two ultra-thin slices of ham and a barely visible slice of cheese. I should...More

Date of visit: August 2017
Thank outandabout49
MendoBotanicGardens, Manager at Rhody's Garden Cafe, responded to this reviewResponded August 29, 2017

Hello, sorry you didn't like your sandwich, but I'm glad your party enjoyed their meals. Our basic sandwich not only includes meat and cheese, but condiments, mayo and mustard, lettuce, sprouts, tomato, onion and pickles, I'm not sure if you ordered a light sandwich which...More

Reviewed August 12, 2017

The location is the main attraction for this small cafe inside the Mendocino County Botanical Garden. We frequently grab lunch here after visiting the gardens. You order at the window and food is brought to your table. Sandwiches and dessert are the best offerings. The...More

Date of visit: July 2017
Thank Neoscona
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