Top Seafood Restaurants in Bodega Bay
The Sonoma Coast town of Bodega Bay is best known for its fresh California seafood, from sweet Dungeness crab to rockfish, salmon, ling cod, albacore, and halibut.
There's little better in life than this fresh-from-the-sea goodness draped in garlic butter and kissed with lemon, or deep-fried and dunked in tangy tartar sauce. This small town on the Sonoma Coast is big on excellent restaurants, where the chefs shop the docks daily and prepare their fresh choices in many mouthwatering ways.
Located at the Inn at the Tides, the Tides is known as the backdrop for scary scenes in Alfred Hitchcock's horror classic, 'The Birds.' And yes, this oceanfront eatery specializes in local seafood, like breakfasts of grilled snapper, eggs and hash browns; a cioppino lunch stocked with Dungeness crab, prawns, scallops, clams and mussels; or a dinner of Pacific red snapper.
One of the best-known destinations is a tiny café that looks more bait shop than restaurant, called Spud Point Crab Company. It makes sense, because the café is owned by Tony and Carol Anello, and the Anello family has two sturdy fishing boats that bring in the fresh catch.
During the season, watch crab cooked whole in the boiler right outside the store, then buy it by the pound to take home. Or, if you're feeling picnic-y, take a seat at an outdoor table and dig into crab cakes, crab cocktail, or crab sandwiches. Oh, don't forget the clam chowder; and, if you've ever had it, you never will. Make sure everyone gets their own pint. It's just that good.
The idea is similar at The Boat House, where owner Captain Rick Powers' schooner hauls in the crustaceans, which his cooks craft into buttery crab cake sandwiches, light-as-air fish-n-chips, briny oysters, and breaded clam strips to eat at a table overlooking the Bay.
Everything tastes even better with the stunning sunset views across the Bay at this large, waterfront restaurant and bar. The ocean is right before your eyes, and the chef takes care with the fresh catch, for seasonal specialties like seared ahi with pesto crostini, a fried oyster sandwich, crab cakes, and the stellar seafood stew served steaming in a pot. Sipping glass of wine or cocktail in front of the huge windows is an extra slice of heaven.
In addition to selling fresh seafood, the Fishetarian Fish Market on Highway 1 features a menu of fish and chips, clam chowder, grilled fish tacos, and more, with gluten-free and vegetarian options, all using organic, locally-grown ingredients, and made in the healthiest way possible.
For some international variety, La Bodeguita Mexican Grill promises Mexican cuisine, and it delivers, with Dungeness crab cakes served with aioli, clam chowder, or an array of seafood burritos.
Many Bodega Bay restaurants offer stunning ocean views, often mere steps from the boats that brought in this beautiful Bodega bounty. For other options, check the list of Sonoma County Restaurants and click on "Coasts & Sea Villages", and read about 5 Fun Things to do in Bodega Bay.