See the Duck Club Restaurant in the Hotels listing for Bodega Bay Lodge & Spa.

Secret Sonoma Coast Seafood Spots

To be honest, my favorite seafood spots in Bodega Bay aren't the big restaurants, but the little roadside shacks that most tourists overlook, such as Tony and Carol's Spud Point Crab Company (1860 Westshore Rd., Bodega Bay; tel. 707/875-9472;, a tiny takeout stand where everything's made on-premises, including their smoked salmon, crab cakes, and crab sandwiches. I'm going to start an argument here and claim that they make the best clam chowder in California (and people, I've tasted a lot of clam chowders).

Another favorite is the Island Style Deli (599 Hwy 1, Bodega Bay; tel. 707/875-8881), which is located next to the Lucas Wharf Restaurant. It's gone through several name changes over the past 2 decades, but that little deli still cranks out the best fish and chips I've ever had, made from caught-that-day fish brought in straight from the wharf.

My other top seafood dining secret on the Sonoma Coast is Cape Fear Cafe (25191 Main St., Duncans Mills; tel. 707/869-2659;, in a town you've never heard of called Duncans Mills, located a few miles inland from Hwy. 1 near Jenner. It's so damn cute and the service so friendly that it almost seems fake, like a movie set from On Golden Pond. I discovered the Cape Fear Cafe on a motorcycle trip about 10 years ago and have been making regular day trips there from Mill Valley just for breakfast -- it's that good (their Hangtown Fry and Poor Boys made with fresh Tomales Bay oysters are wonderful). The cafe is open for dinner and brunch as well.

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