Garberville Food Guide: 10 Must-Eat Restaurants & Street Food Stalls in Garberville

April 14, 2018 Roseanne Arnett

Garberville is a census-designated place in Humboldt County, California. It is located on the South Fork of the Eel River 52 miles (84 km) south-southeast of Eureka, at an elevation of 535 feet (163 m). The population was 913 at the 2010 United States Census. It is approximately 200 miles (320 km) north of San Francisco, California, and within a fifteen-minute drive to Humboldt Redwoods State Park and a sixty-minute drive to Eureka, the county seat. Garberville is the primary town in the area known as the Mateel Region, consisting of parts of the Mattole and Eel River watersheds in southern Humboldt and northern Mendocino counties.
Things to do in Garberville

1. Benbow Inn Restaurant

445 Lake Benbow Dr, Garberville, CA 95542-3616 (Formerly Benbow Inn) Parking Available, Television, Free Wifi, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Free Off-Street Parking, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Discover, Accepts Credit Cards American, International, Contemporary, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch SGD 26 - SGD 59 +1 707-923-2124
Excellent
57%
Good
25%
Satisfactory
11%
Poor
4%
Terrible
3%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 303 reviews

Benbow Inn Restaurant

Reviewed By PukstaFam3 - Missouri City, Texas

We called to make reservations and were told no pet rooms, we made a reservation online and upon arrival there was a pet room.....we made reservations for dinner....our second stop on the PCH trip. Our waitress was obviously not a fan of the new chef and didn’t know the specials for the night. We ended up paying a corking fee and drinking our own wines, paired with an excellent cheese board and dinner....ribeye and salmon! We will be back, the hostess and other waiter were amazing and the hotel and restaurant are also amazing!

2. Getti Up

849 Redwood Dr, Garberville, CA 95542-3106 Cafe +1 707-923-7231
Excellent
50%
Good
0%
Satisfactory
50%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 2 reviews

Reviewed By LizaBragg - Torrance, California

Easy, fun place to get your coffee on the run! Stopped by on our way north on Highway 101. We were NOT disappointed!

3. Deb's Great American Hamburger

3340 Redwood Dr, Redway, CA Takeout, Seating, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol American Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner +1 707-923-2244
Excellent
30%
Good
38%
Satisfactory
19%
Poor
8%
Terrible
5%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 36 reviews

Deb's Great American Hamburger

Reviewed By dmc50 - Brookings, Oregon

we stopped here once before and enjoyed our meals, was surprised i hadn't written a review - not at all like me. we stopped again and was pleased again with the service, the food. hubby had (again) a chili-dog with fries. dog and chili and cheese and onions were quite good. fries were very good. my grilled chicken sandwich was excellent - chicken breast was large and juicy, fries were plentiful - too many fries, actually, for me. fountain drinks were refillable - always a plus in my book :).

service was terrific. i always check what other people are eating and every else's plate looked really good, too. and they appeared to be very happy munching down.

we were in town (garberville) when the temp was in mid-90s, so we appreciated their air conditioning and overhead fans :).

p.s. this establishment appears to be a real favorite of the locals.

4. Cecil's New Orleans Bistro

773 Redwood Dr, Garberville, CA 95542-3136 Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar American, Cajun & Creole, Seafood, Gluten Free Options Dinner SGD 26 - SGD 52 +1 707-923-7007
Excellent
51%
Good
37%
Satisfactory
9%
Poor
1%
Terrible
2%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 120 reviews

Cecil's New Orleans Bistro

It's not often that you find true southern-style food, prepared by a chef that's intimately familiar with the traditional cooking style of the Deep South. At Cecil's New Orleans Bistro, not only will you enjoy richly prepared food by an experienced chef, you'll get the full dining experience, complete with amazing cocktails and superior service. We're bringing the mouth-watering cuisine options that New Orleans is known for straight to you and serving them up with tremendous flavor. Check out our specialties to get your taste buds primed for a full-on culinary experience: Gumbo and Jambalaya: Two of the most famous southern dishes, you can't have a true dining experience at Cecil's New Orleans Bistro without trying our jambalaya or New Orleans gumbo in Garberville! Our veteran chef has intimate experience working with both of these dishes and understands the subtle nuances of what makes them a classic favorite among diners. Let us transport you to the bayou with a batch of either of these signature dishes. Steaks and Seafood: Looking for something meatier to dine on? Cecil's New Orleans Bistro specializes in a number of superb steak and seafood entrees, giving you a wide array of meal options to quell your hunger. Each of our meat and seafood options is prepared to perfection, illustrating the down-home cooking style that Louisiana is revered for. Cocktails and Spirits: What's dinner without a good drink or two along the way? At Cecil's New Orleans Bistro, we take pride in crafting some of the most enticing drinks around, using all-natural ingredients whenever possible. Try a traditional cocktail or be adventurous and try one of our custom creations: the choice is yours! If you're looking for a bistro in Garberville where you can get a world-class meal, exceptional service and enjoy the amazing atmosphere while you dine, be sure to visit us at Cecil's New Orleans Bistro. Call us today at 707-923-7007 to inquire about our authentic southern and Cajun dishes or to make a reservation. We'd love to hear from you!

Reviewed By robert e - La Palma, California

This was a most welcome surprise and exceeded expectations. Very nice surroundings and great service. Everything we ordered was delicious and well presented. This place definitely has it's act together. As a bonus there is a bar with live music. Believe it or not there is fine dining in Garberville.

5. The Lost French Man

3344 Redwood Drive, Redway, CA 95560 Seating, Waitstaff Pizza, International, French, Gluten Free Options, Vegetarian Friendly Lunch SGD 8 - SGD 26 +1 707-923-2030
Excellent
64%
Good
18%
Satisfactory
6%
Poor
0%
Terrible
12%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 16 reviews

The Lost French Man

We are a locally owned family restaurant located in downtown Redway. We serve French style paninis, salads, sandwiches, and soups made with organic and local ingredients. We have a full juice, smoothie, and wheat grass bar, and we serve beer and wine. Come enjoy our outdoor patio seating, or call in an order for convenient pick up! (707)923-2030

Reviewed By Tammy D - Oakley, California

While staying in nearby Garberville, we searched for somewhere to eat dinner. We drove to Redway and found The Lost French Man. It was a quaint little place. It was busy at dinner time. We were in no rush and we enjoyed watching the chef prepare the food. The menu was not the standard pizza menu. Our waitress was very pleasant and accommodating. She explained we should order our pizza the way we want it. We ended up getting two pizzas with four different types of toppings. To our surprise and delight, the pizza was excellent. The beer was great too. We really enjoyed our experience and the excellent pizza. When we travel back up that way, we will make a point to stop at The Lost French Man for dinner!

6. Bon Bistro & Bakery

867 Redwood Dr, Garberville, CA 95542-3100 Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff American, Cafe, Vegetarian Friendly Breakfast, Brunch, Lunch +1 707-923-2509
Excellent
56%
Good
40%
Satisfactory
4%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 47 reviews

Bon Bistro & Bakery

Reviewed By ronandsue2015 - Vancouver Island, Canada

Friendly staff greet you at this small but delightful bistro. Fresh bakery goods are delicious. Had breakfast bagel (Jalapeño and cheese bagel) as well as a ciabatta breakfast bun. Yummy! Saw several diners order and received the Asian salad which looked terrific. Coffee is freshly brewed and plentiful. Very popular place which is nice to see given the effort made by staff.

1055 Redway Dr, Redway, CA 95560 Seating, Reservations Contemporary Lunch, Dinner +1 707-923-2748
Excellent
50%
Good
50%
Satisfactory
0%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 12 reviews

Persimmons Garden Gallery

Reviewed By Marie C - Salt Lake City, Utah, United States

This hidden gem is a great garden restaurant with live music, friendly and accomodating staff and fun, friendly regulars! We received personalized attention from the owner who made our wine sampling adventure absolute fun. One of the vintners came over to our table and chatted with us for a long time. The menu is limited but we only had appetizers (which was unique and excellent) and wine, which was our sole purpose. Love this place, it was so quaint and relaxing. A very fun night! If you are in a hurry, want standard, standard restaurant fare or are not a stop and smell the roses type person-don't bother. This place is meant to be taken in and leisurely enjoyed.

8. Woodrose Cafe

911 Redwood Dr, Garberville, CA 95542-3108 Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Street Parking, Serves Alcohol, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Discover, Wheelchair Accessible, Accepts Credit Cards American, Cafe, Healthy, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Breakfast, Lunch, Brunch SGD 13 - SGD 26 +1 707-923-3191
Excellent
39%
Good
43%
Satisfactory
10%
Poor
5%
Terrible
3%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 140 reviews

Woodrose Cafe

All organic produce with carnivorous, omnivorous, vegetarian and vegan options. Gluten free choices, Made to Order Organic Juices and Smoothies. A Humboldt County tradition since 1977.

Reviewed By Carol C - Templeton, California

Good breakfast food in a cozy setting. The restaurant serves regular diner food, eggs, omelets, pancakes, etc. But also has matte, organic juices, yogurts. The counter staff knew folks' orders before they even sat at the counter. Our wait staff was friendly. Service was good.

9. D'amato's Pizza

3460 Redway Drive, Redway, CA 95560 Pizza Lunch, Dinner +1 707-923-2174
Excellent
50%
Good
25%
Satisfactory
0%
Poor
25%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 8 reviews

Reviewed By Richard F - Oroville, California

Not many choices in shelter cove, but this pizzeria is perhaps the best of any we've had. You won't be disappointed.

10. Eel River Cafe

801 Redwood Dr, Garberville, CA 95542-3121 Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff American, Cafe, Diner Breakfast, Lunch, Brunch +1 707-923-3783
Excellent
33%
Good
49%
Satisfactory
12%
Poor
2%
Terrible
4%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 83 reviews

Eel River Cafe

Reviewed By Gudwill - Crescent City, California

Peering in the window from outside, the diner looked like it was stuck in the late 1950's and what I wanted was an old-fashioned breakfast sandwich from my youth. But the ham, egg and cheese on sourdough bread with potatoes on the side was average, at best. The coffee was weak and, even though the place was virtually empty, service was slow.

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