Where to Eat in Arcata: The Best Restaurants and Bars

April 14, 2018 Velvet Mowry

Arcata, originally Union Town or Union, is a city adjacent to the Arcata Bay (northern) portion of Humboldt Bay in Humboldt County, California, United States. At the 2010 census, Arcata's population was 17,231. Arcata, located 280 miles (450 km) north of San Francisco (via Highway 101), is home to Humboldt State University. Arcata is also the location of the Arcata Field Office of the Federal Bureau of Land Management, which is responsible for the administration of natural resources, lands and mineral programs, including the Headwaters Forest, on approximately 200,000 acres of public land in Northwestern California.
Things to do in Arcata

1. Los Bagels

1061 I St, Arcata, CA 95521-5517 Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Wheelchair Accessible American, Cafe, Kosher, Gluten Free Options Breakfast, Lunch, Brunch SGD 7 - SGD 13 +1 707-822-3150
Excellent
61%
Good
25%
Satisfactory
10%
Poor
3%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 100 reviews

Los Bagels

Reviewed By julesofthesea - Eureka, California

Classic, best of Arcata spot. They do all the right things for bagel experience, community development and international relations. You can't make a better choice of where to get a quick meal or spend your money. Perfect blend for anyone who cares about the world working in a better way.

2. Renata's Creperie

1030 G St, Arcata, CA 95521-5816 Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol Cafe, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Breakfast, Lunch, Brunch, Dinner SGD 13 - SGD 20 +1 707-825-8783
Excellent
71%
Good
23%
Satisfactory
5%
Poor
1%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 189 reviews

Renata's Creperie

Reviewed By Donna L - Weaverville, United States

I love this restaurant! I always plan on a wait because this is a busy, popular restaurant. But, the wait is worth it. Have crepes is a fun meal choice. Renata's has savory to sweet crepes. There are choices to add a salad, or, in my case scrambled egges with jack cheese to go with my sweet crepe. All of the ingredients are fresh and the serving portions large. Additionally they have an expresso bar and I enjoy ordering my lattes. The atmosphere is nice. Customers run from conservative, everyday people to college students and dred locks.

3. Arcata Scoop

1068 I St, Arcata, CA 95521-5518 Takeout, Seating Gluten Free Options 707-825-7266
Excellent
82%
Good
16%
Satisfactory
2%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

5 based on 154 reviews

Arcata Scoop

Reviewed By 2Finediners - Andover, Minnesota

This in house made ice cream was excellent. There was a line out the door. Inside there is fun seating in a giraffe glider. I'd be here frequently if I lived in this town.

4. Kebab Cafe

5000 Valley West Blvd Ste 19, Arcata, CA 95521-4646 Takeout, Seating, Wheelchair Accessible Mediterranean, Turkish, Greek, Middle Eastern, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options Lunch, Dinner +1 707-826-2121
Excellent
57%
Good
34%
Satisfactory
5%
Poor
3%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 117 reviews

Kebab Cafe

Reviewed By PatDSalemOR - Salem OR

Located in a strip mall & not very big, but popular for both their Mediterranean food and their hamburgers (odd combo, but seems to work well for them). Falafel sandwich was delicious. Gyros meat was sliced to order and looked very hot in contrast to another reviewer’s comment (steam coming off meat). Inexpensive.

5. Don's Donuts Pizza & Deli

933 H St, Arcata, CA 95521-6221 Takeout, Seating American Breakfast +1 707-822-6465
Excellent
68%
Good
26%
Satisfactory
3%
Poor
0%
Terrible
3%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 26 reviews

Don's Donuts Pizza & Deli

Reviewed By Rogerdob - La Canada, California

Their weak coffee is compensated by the absolutely wondeful donuts they make. One MUST try their apple fritter and their cinnamon rolls. I stop here EVERY time I pass thru Arcata. The place has a hippie type feel to it with tables, chairs, and plenty of students doing their homework.

6. Folie Douce

1551 G St, Arcata, CA 95521-5647 Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Street Parking, Free Off-Street Parking, Serves Alcohol, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Discover, Takeout, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible French, Gluten Free Options, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options Dinner SGD 24 - SGD 52 +1 707-822-1042
Excellent
70%
Good
19%
Satisfactory
8%
Poor
2%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 109 reviews

Folie Douce

Folie Douce is a local, seasonal, organic California bistro serving dinners Tuesday-Sunday at 5:30. We embody true California cuisine by utilizing as much local, seasonal, and organic produce and meats as possible in dishes influenced by all ethnicities. Seasonally inspired, we have an ever changing menu while also maintaining some of our favorites year round. We highlight our local community by featuring local winemakers, farmers, and artists on a rotating quarterly basis.

Reviewed By Joan S - San Francisco, California

City quality in a coast location with an excellent, very affordable wine list that focuses on local offerings. Excellent service and I love the half size ordering options. I'm in the restaurant biz and would definitely return.

7. Los Bagels Co.

1 Harpst St, Arcata, CA 95521-8222 Cafe Breakfast +1 707-826-5308
Excellent
82%
Good
18%
Satisfactory
0%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

5 based on 16 reviews

Reviewed By bonmom707 - Arcata, California

Fusion of Mexican and Jewish baked goods, roasted coffees, hot chocolates, gift items, and chilled juices. Fun sun room to sit in and people watch, which is ripe in Arcata. Does have parking but you have to be a bit creative to get back out.

8. Cafe Brio

8th and G streets, Arcata, CA 95521 Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Wheelchair Accessible American, Cafe, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options Breakfast, Lunch, Brunch, Dinner +1 707-822-0791
Excellent
52%
Good
36%
Satisfactory
7%
Poor
3%
Terrible
2%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 129 reviews

Cafe Brio

Reviewed By ohdonnaoh - Mountain View, California

This little boulangerie style cafe is reminiscent of a European sidewalk cafe. It smells wonderful and the case of pasties and breads is shiny and enticing. We had the Benedict in a croissant - they must make each flaky croissant with a pound of butter because that's all I could taste ;). The side of bacon was perfection. The sticky buns was sticky and caramely.

But the coffee... Why oh why??? That typical sour/burnt aroma that stops me in my tracks before the first sip. I though maybe it was just the cappuccino so I asked for a regular coffee, undrinkable as well... Disappointing... Otherwise it was charming and tasty.

9. The Big Blue Cafe

846 G St, Arcata, CA 95521-6216 Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible American, Cafe, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Breakfast, Lunch, Brunch +1 707-826-7578
Excellent
39%
Good
51%
Satisfactory
7%
Poor
3%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 93 reviews

The Big Blue Cafe

Reviewed By MaineGuy777

We thoroughly enjoyed our breakfast here! The blueberry French toast was terrific, as was the two-egg plate with great home fries and toast. And the steel-cut oatmeal came with warm, whipped milk! The service was excellent, as well. The prices for all of this were quite reasonable, with the dishes running from $4-7.

10. Mazzotti's Ristorante Italiano

773 8th St, Arcata, CA 95521-6203 Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Street Parking, Free Off-Street Parking, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Digital Payments, Free Wifi, Accepts Discover, Reservations, Accepts Credit Cards Pizza, Italian, Vegetarian Friendly Lunch, Dinner, Late Night SGD 8 - SGD 47 +1 707-822-1900
Excellent
34%
Good
41%
Satisfactory
15%
Poor
7%
Terrible
3%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 152 reviews

Mazzotti's Ristorante Italiano

Mazzotti's on the Plaza features an exquisite menu, with exciting daily specials. In addition to beer and wine, we offer a full service bar. Seating at the bar in Arcata provides a comfortable place to wait for friends or a table. The atmosphere is warm and inviting; as always the food is outstanding. Everything on the menu is available for take-out. For information or reservations for parties of 6 or more, please call ahead. We look forward to seeing you!

Reviewed By Cameron M - Martinez, California, United States

We've been here a couple times per year for the 4 years that The Girl has been an HSU student. She's out now, we're unlikely to be back to Arcata, and I'm surprised I've never rated this place before. I'm also a bit surprised to give it a 5-pip rating.
As the title says, we've always been satisfied with our experiences at Mazzotti's. We've been here with parties of 2, up to parties of 8. The service has been at least adequate. On our most recent visit our server was efficient and super pleasant. It was a Sunday evening and the place was about half full, with plenty of staff to go around.
The beer selection is adequate, on tap and in bottle.
All the typical Americanized Italian dishes you'd expect. The Girl loves the chicken parmesan, The Missus was very pleased with the hearty spinach salad, and I enjoyed my scampi especiale.
It's a small local chain, and they seem to have a working formula.

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