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“Great dinner, innovative breakfast - seriously good fare” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of MacCallum House Restaurant

MacCallum House Restaurant
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Ranked #8 of 22 Restaurants in Mendocino
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $12 - $37
Cuisines: American
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Restaurant details
Good for: Bar scene, Romantic, Special occasions, Local cuisine
Dining options: Lunch, Late Night, Brunch, Dinner, Breakfast, Full Bar, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Waitstaff
Dining style: Casual Elegant
Cross street: Lansing St.
Transit: Mendocino Transit Authority.
New Haven, Connecticut
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21 reviews
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“Great dinner, innovative breakfast - seriously good fare”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 13, 2006

Stayed here - and ate here - from 13-14 September 06. Had a light dinner which was truly excelent - seared Mahi-Mahi with a side of superb risotto (a mix of shitake and duck). Service was perfect; the meal was well presented and perfectly cooked. Added bonus: a roaring fire and good company. Breakfast equaly good - innvoative variations on assorted breakfast themes. MacCallum is particularly good at using locally sourced produce, and presenting a menu with a twist. I eat at some of the best places in London, and this was definitely on a par. I strongly recommend it.

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Louisville, Kentucky
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“It was hit and miss for us”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 11, 2006

We were very excited about dinner based on reviews, but the experience wasn't as wonderful as we'd hoped. We enjoyed the crab cakes with spicy aioli sauce appetizer. My husband had a filet with a side of potato gratin that was oddly flavored. There was only one vegetarian entree, a spinach and sundried tomato lasagna which was slightly overdone; the top layer was hard. I didn't like the overpowering mushroom layer, it was too salty and there was nothing subtle about the flavors. I could only eat a few bites of it, and I'm not a picky eater!
Breakfasts, however, were excellent. On the first day I had the breakfast burrito and guests at the Inn were given a choice of juice or a Mimosa, which was yummy with fresh squeezed orange juice. Salsa as a side is extra, but it's absolutely delicious. So are the buckwheat pancakes. Service is friendly, not stuffy and the view of the ocean and the property is lovely.

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“Big City Dining in a Small Historical Village”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 8, 2006

I used to live on the North Coast so the MacCallum House Restaurant has always been a favorite of mine. I have eaten there too many times to count and have never been disappointed. You can dress up and eat in the more formal, quiet dining rooms or go casual in the sunporch cafe, which is part of the Grey Whale Bar, a lively local hangout where you can eat right at the bar, on the sunporch with views of Mendocino Bay or even on a Victorian humpback sofa in front of the fire. Every room in the place has a cozy riverstone fireplace. From the current cafe menu my favorites are the Dungeness crab cakes with a spicy chile sauce and the roasted pork tacos with mole rojo that the chef said he learned how to make on his vacation this year to Oaxaca. The fried oyster popover with bacon and a buttermilk slaw is great, too. From the dining room menu there is always fresh fish, Rosie organic chicken, Niman Ranch lamb or pork and steak two-ways and the side dishes are always outstanding themselves. You can order extra of any side dish on the menu. Wine Spectator named the chef the best on the coast and I don't doubt that for a minute and the New York Times says it's the best place in Mendocino to spend an entire evening. The desserts are incredible - hand cranked ice creams like caramel-macadamia nut with chocolate swirl and the chocolate with black currants are the ones I tried last time - but don't miss the Napoleons, this time made from Meyer lemon curd. Sometimes I like to share an old fashioned banana split, made from a trio of the ice creams or get a cookie taco that has a tiny scoop of every ice cream in the house in it. I sure do miss eating here more often but I head straight back to the restaurant when I come back down from Oregon to work or visit friends. Don't miss it!


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“A Destination Restaurant”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 5, 2006

In the center of a magical seaside village is a setting for a California dinner that will remain a happy memory.

Chef Alan Kantor is known for honoring the best coastal food producers, fishers, growers and foragers in creative dishes that would be stellar if they were offered in a metropolitan hot spot. As it is,the intimate connected dining rooms in a Victorian inn are the perfect ambience for experiencing Kantor's takes on local cheeses, the freshest vegetables and the bounty from ranches and the sea.

No visit to Mendocino is complete without a dinner in the cozy environs of Maccallum House. If you are sleeping there, all the better -- Kantor-designed breakfasts are an a la carte feast.

I'm a frequent traveler in the area and can vouch for this rare dining pleasure.

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“Eat Here Now”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 3, 2006

I'm a Bay Area traveler who has eaten my way up and down the coast of California and MacCallum House is among my very favorites. The food is exquisite--most memorable dishes include a wild boar sausage and some scallop quenelles that were like little pillows. from what I gather the chef makes everything from scratch daily, including mozzarella cheese and ice cream. The attention shows. I also appreciate that he gives the farmers and ranchers who supply him due credit and buys from them judiciously. (He used to have a poster up with a map of California that showed where all his ingredients came from, but I didn't see it the alst time I was there.)
Oh, also: the daily cocktail is not to be missed, especially if it's the pomegranate martini.

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