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Established in 2012, the GoodLife Cafe & Bakery offers delicious, organic, whole food, fine French pastry and baked goods, as well as Mendocino's best coffee drinks! Everything we offer is made in house, from scratch. We strive to use local produce, products and organic ingredients whenever possible. We offer an extensive menu of Gluten Free items including Mac & Cheese, Enchiladas, Deli Salads, Soups and Baked Goods! Our deck is sunny and dog friendly and our dining room is cozy and cheery. Stop by for a taste of the GoodLife! Open daily, 8am - 4-ish.
PRICE RANGE
$2 - $20
Special Diets
Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
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Breakfast, Lunch, Brunch
CUISINES
American, Cafe, Healthy
FEATURES
Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Accepts Credit Cards, Street Parking, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Discover, Dog Friendly, Gift Cards Available
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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

Food was delicious and service was excellent. The ONLY reason we did not give this a 5 star was due to the cost. We each had an Americano and a croissant egg sandwich and spent $45. Coming from the Midwest, this felt like sticker shock....But the food was excellent!!!More

Date of visit: September 2022
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Both days the food & drinks & bakery were fantastic. You place your order at the register and they promptly delivery it to your table. Indoor & Outdoor seating; even a self service farm stand area!

Date of visit: August 2022
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Reviewed August 5, 2022

Good selection of Breakfast pastries (both sweet and savory) and bagels. Lines form before 8 am but moves quickly. I love the coffee. A

Date of visit: August 2022
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Reviewed July 20, 2022

We wished we could have tried everything, but we fell in love with the cowboy cookies and the blueberry buttermilk muffins. I went home and tried to recreate the cookies--and everyone loved them, although the cafe's were probably better. We didn't have a full breakfast,...but they looked really delicious.More

Date of visit: July 2022
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Reviewed July 2, 2022

Food is wonderful. You order at the counter and they bring it out to you (or you can take away). Nice patio area to eat outside. Great place to stop for a quick lunch in Mendocino. Would have eaten here again if we stayed longer.

Date of visit: June 2022
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Reviewed June 16, 2022 via mobile

We were visiting Mendocino for 5 days and decided to try the Goodlife Cafe for breakfast. Let me say, the breakfast sandwich and the chicken fried steak and eggs were good, although lacking in presentation, no garnish, etc... Our beef is with the gent who...took my order and I think he's the owner. Perhaps you should consider posting a sign or chalkboard with the "proper" process to dine in your establishment. As a first timer in your cafe, I have never felt so uncomfortable in a restaurant in my life. I'm glad you have regulars who know the routine, but I nearly walked out after the way I was treated. I felt scolded for not knowing what to do and when. I like when owners appreciate their employees, and hopefully the mandatory 15% gratuity on all orders achieves the desired purpose, but we typically give 20% when treated fairly. I just hope all of the tip money goes directly to all of the employees and if you were a little kinder, they would probably get more! Lastly, I know enough to finish the self-serve water I've poured for myself. I can definitely respect the fact that Mendocino is in a drought.More

Date of visit: June 2022
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Talma, Owner at Goodlife Cafe and Bakery, responded to this reviewResponded June 17, 2022

Hi, I’m so sorry you felt put off by the cashier. I am the owner and a woman, I’m not sure who served you but I will certainly share this review with staff and express the need for patience and more guidance for diners. We...More

Reviewed June 8, 2022

Excellent bakery with great options for breakfast. Can be quite crowded, but worth waiting the 15 or 20 minutes. Outside seating available. Dogs allowed outside.

Date of visit: June 2022
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Reviewed May 28, 2022 via mobile

This place had a line out the door and it’s easy to see why. The breakfast items are awesome, the baked goods on display are fabulous, and the available drinks are excellent. There is a great outdoor patio too. You won’t be disappointed!

Date of visit: May 2022
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Reviewed May 8, 2022

My sister and I enjoyed our delicious breakfasts of avocado toast and breakfast sandwich and beautiful cappuccinos. And the pastries!! So good we went back later in the day after sight seeing for iced coffees and macaroons. Very friendly staff and comfortable atmosphere.

Date of visit: April 2022
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Reviewed April 30, 2022

Ate breakfast here 2 days. Delicious! The counter is full of baked goods of all kinds. Bagel and cream cheese was so good and huge. Homemade cookies too

Date of visit: April 2022
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Reviewed December 28, 2021

Stopped at Good Life Cafe after high recommendations from locals. I ordered the Buena Vida Bowl and I was not disappointed, the ingredients were fresh and the bowl was delicious! Being from Tucson, I thought the salsa was too mild, but it had good taste....Everyone in our party was happy with our lunches, including the portobello mushroom sandwich, black bean burrito and veggie cakes. All were deemed yummy and the portion sizes were appropriate for lunch. The wait was long for our food, but the restaurant was super busy and finding seats was a challenge. We were disappointed to have to use portapotties as the restaurant bathrooms were closed "due to Covid." Not sure how Covid closes bathrooms, but using portapotties at a nice restaurant is a big downer. Highly recommend this restaurant, but try to avoid the typical lunch hour rush.More

Date of visit: October 2021
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Reviewed October 23, 2021

Lovely service and food. Have been here before and will return. Cubano and green soup were so delicious! Would come back and have already recommended it to friends

Date of visit: October 2021
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Reviewed October 10, 2021

I've eaten there several times, and never been disappointed. The coffee is great- the food (I LOVE the bacon waffle) is out of this world and very generous! The burrito is huge also.

Date of visit: October 2021
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Reviewed August 28, 2021

We were in Mendocino for three days and came here SIX TIMES. Unbelievable house made pastries, great coffee, vast and delicious breakfast and lunch menus and kind, helpful people…it is truly wonderful, lease for and enjoy as much as we did.

Date of visit: August 2021
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Reviewed August 18, 2021

Breakfast burritos were terrific. The rhubarb tart was scrumptious. Coffees and Lattes were perfect. We went back several times during our stay in Mendocino.

Date of visit: August 2021
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We have a lot of great options for vegans; A savory pumpkin curry stew with organic brown coconut rice A vegan enchilada plate Many deli salads and green salad options Always a soup or two that are vegan Our bialy is vegan... More
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  • Food: 4.5
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