While Hopland is small, it does feature a surprisingly number of good restaurants. Here are a few we have visited to date:
Blubird Cafe has been located in downtown Hopland for years and is our go to restaurant when we find ourselves in town. The service is friendly, the food delicious. Recommended items include the elk burger and the Tuscan salad with the addition of ahi tuna on top. Many ingredients are sourced locally including local beef and bison meat. Known for their burgers including an ostrich burger.
The restaurant is divided into two primary rooms – a small side room and their main room with counter top seating. There is usually parking directly on the 101 (either side of the highway). One side of the outside of the south facing part of the building always has a big advertisement, usually for Jeriko Estate Winery.
Rock Seas Farm Fusion is conveniently located on the left as you drive into town from the south – address: 13456 South Highway 101. Founded by traveling artist Rock Sand Clay (Roxanne Hampl), this restaurant focuses on both seafood and meat dishes including being able to prepare any dish on the menu gluten free. The space is small with a number of tables setup mostly for couples located along the walls. Bar dining also available.
Very well regarded since they opened – the dishes are creatively prepared using seasonal local ingredients as well as local seafood. Two highly recommended dishes are the Grilled Baby Octopus and the Rock Sea Scallops. Not always able to find an off-dry pear cider, we were pleasantly surprised to find one on the menu. Decent Mendocino County focused wine list including wines from a number of their tasting room neighbors. During a recent visit service was extremely efficient. This is a superior restaurant absolutely worth making a drive for. Visit: www.rockseas101.com
STEEP Organic Coffee and Tea is located in the northern part of Hopland in a small building complex that is also home to several tasting rooms. Offers a very focused selection of coffees including lattes, espresso, macchiato and some teas. Several tables are located inside which are surrounded by a variety of crystals, assorted rocks and some jewelry. Also outside seating if the weather is warm. A chill place to hang out for both locals and visitors. Also serves basic items including croissants, muffins and cookies. Very friendly staff who are happy to welcome you to their town, even if you are just passing through.
Stock Farm is one of Hopland’s more prominent buildings seen on your right as you drive north into town (plenty of parking). Located in the former Hopland Inn this space is now utilized in two ways. The Inn with seven suites is located upstairs and two spaces for eating and drinking are located downtairs: the Taverna is a historical looking old bar space offering a variety of drinks including beer from all over the state; the Hopland Stock Farm Room contains their kitchen and wood-fired pizza oven. Both rooms offer plenty of seating. Both lunch and dinner are served. For more details and menus, visit: www.stockfarmhopland.com
The Golden Pig was a welcome addition to town when it first opened in 2017 and complemented the existing culinary and sip scene. Classy and contemporary yet retains a strong historical component to the space – housed in one of the older buildings in Hopland (a former saloon) and contains an intriguing old bar originally from Pennsylvania.
The Golden Pig focuses on locally sourced products and creatively prepared dishes. Both indoor and outdoor seating available (check out the cozy space in the back). A great selection cocktails. We were told owner Julie Golden also owns the nearby SIP Mendocino, a wine shop and tasting bar as well as Golden Vineyards. Visit: www.thegoldenpig.com