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About Raven's Restaurant - Stanford Inn by the Sea
The Ravens, nationally acclaimed award winning restaurant serves organic vegan cuisine. The restaurant sources many ingredients locally, from sea palm to chanterells and other ingredients including produce, fruit and edible flowers from the restaurant’s certified organic farm. On Wednesdays The Ravens features an ever changing "Ethnic Menu" - special menus from around the world. And every evening Happy Hour is offered as well as an extensive appetizer menu. Dinner features the Ravens signature Sea Palm Strudel featured in culinary magazines and cooking shows globally and chocolate mint ganache tort.
Breakfast features Ravens" Portobello "Benedict" on house made English Muffins; signature Citrus Polenta with freshly harvested greens and cashew cream sauce; Ravens Chiliquilles, and much more.
Mendocino, CA 95460
Vegetarian / Vegan, Californian, Global, International
Hours of Operation:
Breakfast 8:00-10:00 AM
Dinner 5:30-8:00 PM - Call for actual closing times which vary seasonally.
Coast Highway 1
$31 to $50
AMEX, Carte Blanche, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Farm to Table, Fireplace, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, High Tea, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Takeout, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
Special Events & Promotions:
Every Wednesday is Ethnic Night featuring a changing menu of priced fixed cuisine from around the world.
Raven's Restaurant - Stanford Inn by the Sea Ratings and Reviews
I'm on the fence about value. Food was good, but nothing amazing. I would normally not find value in taste vs cost. However, all the food was vegan and therefore there was added complexity therein and if you only eat vegan food this restaurant may offer value.
As far as service goes, we had a group of five and were charged 20% gratuity without choice. That's normally what I tip for average / good service, but what we got was less than good, but we had no option but to pay 20%. If tip is going to be required it should be a part of the price of the food.
First thing's first. Breakfast at Ravens' restaurant is phenomenal. We had on occasion the savory polenta and the florentine, both of which had a varietal flavor mixture that was perfect for a morning start, and the service was quite attentive. No complaints at all and cannot recommend it enough. The remainder of this review will focus specifically on our dinner experience.
We opted to start with the potatoes in mole, which had a delicate spiciness on top of the chocolate and cashew cream that went well with the fingerlings. The tamale entree was fine although I felt that themasa shell was a bit underdone, and the pecan pie was adequate. As the menu is seasonal it's difficult to really complain about the food, although the dessert menu left a bit to be desired. In terms of service, we received excellent service right up until our appetizer was delivered. From that point on we were completely ignored - no one came to take our plates, refill our waters or check on us for about 30 minutes, at which point they delivered our food. After that we received sparse attention from our server, who dropped off our check after dessert and promptly disappeared from the dining room for the remainder of our time there. As we were guests of the Inn we just billed the meal to the room, but overall a disappointing experience, particularly when they did everything right during breakfast.
Overall - go for breakfast for sure, but keep your expectations low for dinner service.
Minor peeve: would love if the vegan restaurant eliminated the non-vegan wines from the menu.
My friends and I are a very chill group of people. We felt like the waitress was very removed and wasn't present the whole night. She reacted quickly with a frustration if we could bring a small tabe to connect with a large one. The energy just shifted for all of us. Second, the meals were overly priced for the service and taste. Yes, it was nicely decorated food but it didn't seem to hit the home run. The enchiladas that I ordered, the rice was dry the only thing that had flavor was the portobello mushrooms. My friend across from me ordered tacos and all I see cabbage stacked (not so appealing) and her comment was that it didn't have much going on besides the mushroom filling. The next day all 6 of us discussed about our experience and it wasnt the best.
Overall what we got away from this experience is that we are confident to cook a meal with more creativity and mastering the taste!
I Just want to make it clear, we don't mind spending more on our food and being in a nice atmosphere because that's what we intended.
It's time to change the wheel and have an outstanding presentation for what Raven represents. Thank you.
I was really excited to try this place. It's probably the only fancy vegan restaurant in the area...but the food was mediocre and bland and the restaurant is part of a very family oriented hotel and is basically adjacent to the gift shop and front desk which caused the ding to the ambiance for me.
The entrees (enchiladas for me, strudel for her) were good, but did not live up to their price points. The dessert (banana split) was just bad -- the ice cream seemed like it had been in the freezer for months on end. The service was solid. Ambience was fine except for the toddler running laps around the neighboring table. For the price, I would not recommend this restaurant.
I wanted to love this place. I had heard about it for years. The ambiance was nice. Our waiter was very quiet and didn't offer much in the way of information or suggestions. The appetizers were okay, and it went downhill from there. Both of our mains were close to inedible. My sauce was so unbalanced, my boyfriend's food was so mushy and fairly tasteless. The desserts were good.
Vegan kitchen: yeah! I was excited and happy because I had heard good things about the place and the previous cook's food is excellent. And I really wanted it to be good but it was not.
The sushi appetizer was mediocre, the kale salad had sand in it throughout, not just a little but it was well distributed. Other than that it was tasty. My main dish was a sea of palm, root vegetable roll made of phillo. It was overpowered by the seaweed, and the veggies and nuts below did not relate or complement the dish. The raspberry sauce on the side looked very spectacular and was yummy but did not pull the dish together.
Beforehand I had asked the waitress what she would recommend between 2 dishes. She related what was written on the menu and did not try to steer me away from it ... I'm assuming that she had never tried it.... unfortunately.
My partner's dish ( three tacos) was good but not overwhelming. My daughter liked her ravioli but was not overly impressed.
The view from the dining room was great and I learnt at the end of the meal that our drinks were half price because we had started during happy hour. It was a nice surprise.
But unfortunately I would not recommend the food at this time. I just wondered if the cooks actually tried the food they were preparing. The serving staff clearly did not.
If I am up there again, I'll probably try them one more time just because it's hard to find
a vegan restaurant..... but with big hesitations.
I'm hoping that things will change to the better. As I said in the beginning the previous chefs, now running a restaurant in Berkeley, cook excellent meals and this place had been recommended before. So I'm truly hoping it was just an off night.
I've been looking forward to trying this place for months and it did not disappoint! The food was fantastic, the service was great, and the ambiance was cozy and inviting while maintaining an upscale atmosphere. I'm the only vegan in my family, but the rest of the group agreed that the food was great and this is now one of our favorite spots to eat in Mendocino. Looking forward to coming back!
We have been to the Ravines restaurant three or four times before and it's just as wonderful as always, we love the Stanford inn and the Ravens restaurant, it's a great place to getaway to and just relax for a night or two and they are Dog friendly and I do mean Dog Friendly you can even take your Dog into the dining room with you for dinner (that's dinner for you not the Dog) your Dog can lay next to you at the table.
So if you are going to be in the Mendocino area with or without your Dog it's a great place to stay and eat.
Raven's is a lovely restaurant and as a vegetarian I was happy to be there! We went on locals' night and were able to eat more inexpensively. Wednesdays, at least in this month of December, there is an entree for $17.50 and alcoholic beverages are 50% off. The ambience is quite nice, lots of wood, lots of windows. The service staff were gracious and attentive. The meal we had was the falafel plate - the roasted vegetables and fresh vegetables were delicious. The falafel, hummus and flatbread were a bit dry and didn't have much taste. We did take a look at the dessert menu but the options were much too expensive for us, averaging around $12. I would definitely recommend the restaurant.
Delicious vegan breakfast in a great location. This dog-friendly restaurant serves great food that even meat lovers would enjoy. My wife and I came for breakfast and afterward stayed in the reading room and browsed through the books as we waited out the rain. The Ravens is quite a treat.
I found the restaurant to be rustic but comfortable. We were seated immediately. Our waiter was kind & efficient. We did, as others have noted, have to wait awhile for our food. My husband & I shared the roasted beet salad. I had the enchiladas & my husband had the tres tacos. Everything was good tasting but not great. I'm vegan but my husband is not. We live in the South bay area so as nice as it was we probably won't go again.
Vegan food that tastes "healthy" (not in a good way). I've had delicious vegan food, which leads me to believe that with the level of plate presentation at Ravens, ( it was very polished) and for the prices (about $25/entree), the food lacked a level decadence. Not sure I'd go back, which is unfortunate because I love their mission statement and what they are trying to do. And the Stanford Inn is absolutely beautiful.
First, the setting and hotel are gorgeous...full of tranquil earthiness that would expect from Mendocino, with a hillside, ocean view and their own, organic gardens from which they derive their offerings . The dining room is also beautiful and offers some fabulous views of the sunset. Our meal was very good and we liked just about everything that was served to us. The service had some issues, but I'm sure that our server was new to the job, so I'm hesitant to give him low marks, as I'm know that he'll improve in short time. We would definitely go back again.
We had both breakfast and dinner here and loved it. It was especially nice being able to bring our dog with us to dine. We had the ravioli, enchiladas, and creme brûlée for dinner and then the french toast and tofu scramble with a yummy scone for breakfast. I thought the menu had plenty to choose from and would definitely stop by next time I am in the area.
We loved The Raven -- and so did our dogs who were welcome to join us in the inside dining room. (There is a wonderful view from the non pet friendly dining room.) Cosy atmosphere. Terrific cocktails! And vegan wines! (Who knew they'd be just as good as their non vegan counterparts?) Truthfully, I'm not sure I'd want to eat vegan every single night for the rest of my life, but the food was very, very good, and we know it was healthy. Love the outdoor areas, views and gardens. The wait staff could not have been nicer. Most certainly we will be back when next we are in the area.
It's a lovely take on vegan food. Portions are a little overwhelming (a tofu dish came with an entire package - maybe two of tofu as an appetizer) and some of the recipes are over spiced / very rich. Presentation is lovely. The fresh ingredients are wonderful. The local sea palm dish is something unique and worth a try: expect to taste all the salt of the sea as it is very much that and is delicious with puffed pastry and what i believe is fresh (not powdered) wasabi.
Definitely worth a try if you're intrigued by vegan cuisine as it grows in California.
We had reservations at The Standford Inn and a dinner reservation at The Ravens for months in advance, so we had a lot of time for expectations to build. Unfortunately, the result was somewhat underwhelming. The food was fine, but not delicious. The service was nice, but not spectacular. We had breakfast from the restaurant 3 mornings in a row and were quite happy with those meals. Dinner let us down a bit, however. Coming from the Bay area and having travelled to several vegan restaurants around the world, perhaps I'm spoiled :-)
Overpriced mediocre food. Poor service. Wrong food came out twice and blue sky soda was substituted with a can of Hansen's without checking with us. When we questioned the switch, the server argued with us, saying it was a comparable substitute. Server could not tell us ingredient in the signature dish and had to go ask someone in the kitchen. This vegetarian was very disappointed.
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