Food To Match The Views: where the Pacific Ocean views are as inspiring as the fresh, local, farm-to-fork cuisine, the best wines from Mendocino County and creative, garden-to-glass libations infused with local vegetables, fruits and herbs.
5200 is Northern California dining at its best, served with uninterrupted views of the Pacific Ocean and Mendocino coastline in a casual yet sophisticated ambiance.
Highlighting ingredients sourced from nearby fields and pastures, local farms, fisheries and wineries; their cuisine celebrates the rich bounty of Mendocino County. They feature a menu, which infuses classic American specialties with innovative French flair.
While the sights and sounds of The Lounge retain a timeless, cozy charm; the drinks showcase a modern, “garden-to-glass” sensibility with garnishes, fresh fruits and herbs plucked from local grounds. Nearby craft breweries are well represented and the extensive wine selection offers the opportunity. The Lounge menu favors comfort food favorites ranging from Spanish-Style Mussels and Truffle.
Here’s What I tried:
La Poire Peartini: Grey Goose La Poire Vodka, Disaronno, simple syrup, lemon juice, and blue cheese olive garnish. A delicious refreshing cocktail, a nice way to start my experience.
Creole Seafood Stew: with jumbo lump crabmeat, fresh seafood, chopped veggies, Cajun spices and vegetable bouillon. It s a mini cioppino, a nice fresh stew.
Steamed Mussels Buerre Blanc: with white wine sauce, blistered cherry tomatoes, and fresh herbs. I ate the whole bowl, it is just that good.
Fritto Miso: flash fried calamari with zucchini, squash, banana peppers, and citrus remoulade. Many calamaris that I have tried have too much batter; this one is light and super tasty.
Heritage Salad: with goat cheese, mangos, Campari tomatoes, cucumber, golden raisins, cashews, and a vintage vinaigrette. I just loved this salad, it is sweet and glorious.
Jumbo Lump Crab Cakes: pan-seared jumbo lump crab cakes, with mach choux and shallot cream sauce. A very nice rendition of this staple.
Grilled Salmon: with lemon butter sauce, summer vegetables, and Yukon gold smashed potatoes. I would ask for it medium rare so it is not dry, mine was a bit dry, but it was still delicious.
Center Cut Filet: pan seared, with wild mushroom brandy reduction, grilled asparagus, and Yukon gold smashed potatoes. A delicious cut of meat with all the amazing side, a keeper.
California Shrimp Pizza: Jumbo shrimp, fontina, Gruyere, mozzarella, sundried tomatoes, pistachios, and basil pesto. The crust is just perfect with big fat shrimp to match, a slice of heaven.
Brussels Sprout Romesco: nicely prepared, a great side dish.
Grilled Asparagus: cooked al dente, so you get to taste the real asparagus flavor.
Little Caesar: not so little, but a very good Caesar salad.
Witching Stick: 2017 Mendocino, Chardonnay. I loved this wine with the mussels; it is a no no-brainer pairing.
Greenwood Ridge: 2017 Mendocino, Sauvignon Blanc. This wine went great with the pizza, a nice citrus forward flavored wine.
Seebass: old vine 2013 Mendocino, Zinfandel. this is the wine to drink with the steak; big bold jammy flavores will enhance the meat.
Murder Ridge: 2016 Mendocino, Pinot Noir. You can also pair this wine with the steak.
The décor is very tasteful, with perfect picturesque views of the ocean. My server Peach made my experience extra special; she was the perfect guide to all of my culinary goodness.
There are so many lovely dining establishments to try in Mendocino, but this one is right up there with the finest.
Heritage House Resort & Spa
5200 N Hwy 1 Little River, CA 95456
tel: 707.202.9000 I reservations: 707.202.9000