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
The entrees (enchiladas for me, strudel ...
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 ...
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 h ...
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 ...
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 t ...
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 ...
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 loc ...
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.
The seasonal crepe was delicious with lo ...
The seasonal crepe was delicious with local mushrooms. I also love the fresh fruit they offer. Not your usual..., there was banana, strawberries, watermelon, cantaloupe, to name a few. Staff was very attentive, and there to take care of anything I needed.
I found the restaurant to be rustic but ...
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 ...
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 gorgeou ...
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 an ...
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 dog ...
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. Porti ...
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 ...
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 :-)
We had a great time dining at Raven. The ...
We had a great time dining at Raven. The menu is amazing. Such delicious vegetarian food that is nutritious and delicious. The dining room is beautiful, with big windows that make you feel like you're dining in the trees. Service is great, very kind folks.
Overpriced mediocre food. Poor service. ...
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.
We had a wonderful experience at Raven's ...
We had a wonderful experience at Raven's. We loved eating in a restaurant where dogs were allowed, the fireplace was crackling and live music was playing. Definitely the nicest ambiance we've enjoyed. We also loved the full vegan fare!
The food is vegan. We had 3 meals at thi ...
The food is vegan. We had 3 meals at this restaurant The food lacks imagination and taste. It is very bland. The enchiladas were the only item that were tasteful and quite good with good flavor. The breakfast waffles and pancakes and French toast left a lump in the stomach for hours. Heavy and again tasteless except for the same cinnamon flavor in all three. The breads are dry. Vegan food can be quite good. This was not. It is also way overpriced. Too many better options in the area
As vegans, this restaurant is a rare fi ...
As vegans, this restaurant is a rare find for us, a vegan restaurant of high quality, creativity and freshness. Associated with the charming inn, The Stanford Inn, it has an open airy modern rustic ambience and serves an extensive menu utilizing the fresh produce and herbs from its own garden. The big plate portions are huge, perhaps to ensure that omnivores too are completely satisfied. There is a full bar. The downside was the rather amateurish service at most meals. The hosts rarely offer a warm greeting and other staff seem distracted and forgetful, if well meaning. The only dish we didn't care for was the sea palm seaweed phyllo roll. We loved the beet salad, daily flatbread, and taco with trumpet mushrooms in barbecue sauce with pineapple salsa.
Our waiter was very nice, but a bit of a ...
Our waiter was very nice, but a bit of a language barrier made understanding the food descriptions difficult which were numerous as there were 2 different menus. A Mexican menu and their standard menu. Our food took an exceptionally long time to come out. The heirloom tomato salad was the highlight of our meal. Mole potatoes were fine, but would have made a better side than appetizer as listed. One salad was served with an over abundance of cabbage and uninteresting. Our spinach ravioli was flavorless and the red sauce was very heavy and not good flavor. Dessert options were uninspired and we didn't try after such a disappointing dinner.
Chef made a special meal and dessert for ...
Chef made a special meal and dessert for us that was gluten free and SOS-free (no sugar, oil or salt). We so appreciated the extra effort of adapting the Wednesday night BBQ special to our needs and the chocolate avocado mousse. Thank you.
Even my dairy-devotee husband loved the ...
Even my dairy-devotee husband loved the food here! The vegan sour cream was surprisingly excellent. We had items off the Mexican menu and all were delicious. The pecan torte with coconut-milk ice cream was delicious. Creme brulee was a little disappointing, just too far from the original texture & taste of a dairy-based custard, but overall our experience was excellent and we would absolutely dine here again.
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