Dining

Using Humboldt’s agricultural bounty for inspiration, local chefs and entrepreneurs have created a diverse cottage food industry in Arcata. From organic bagels topped with guacamole to cold-pressed juices to mini gluten-free cupcakes, Arcata is a town to explore with your appetite!  With a diverse range of eateries catering to vegan, paleo, and everything in between, many travelers wait until arriving in Arcata to refuel during long coastal road trips. And you can pair your meal with a pint of local beer or glass of Humboldt County wine: The region is home to six microbreweries and nearly two dozen wineries.  And don’t forget Humboldt Bay oysters! Served grilled, raw or with signature sauces, the regional delicacy can be enjoyed at nearly every restaurant in town. Dining out in Arcata is an experience rich with local flavor and small-town hospitality.

ASIAN

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Bencharong Thai House – Savory Thai Cuisine

Japhy’s Soup & Noodles – Artsy eatery specializing in eclectic soups & Japanese-style noodle dishes, including vegan options

Masaki’s Mongolian Grill & Sake Bar – Salad-bar style Asian fusion cooked on a Mongolian grill

Oriental Buffet – Roomy place supplying unlimited Asian & American grub, with a by-weight take-out option

Pho Hoang – They pride themselves on fast service and fine Vietnamese cuisine

Szechwan Garden

Sushi Tao – Offers a variety of fresh fish and delicious rolls

Sushi Spot – Sushi & Japanese food, appetizers and salads, house special rolls, sashimi and nigiri, house favorite rolls, hot dishes, and drinks

Tomo – This relaxed eatery & bar offers a classic & creative sushi menu, plus hot Japanese entrees & bento

CLASSIC AMERICAN

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Arcata Pizza & Deli – Italian eatery offering specialty pies & a selection of hot & cold sandwiches, with veggie options

Big Blue Cafe – Warm, cozy atmosphere with delicious, fresh meals served up with the Big Blue’s own special blend of organic house coffee

Don’s Donuts – Legendary spot with cheap, homemade donuts at any time day or night, Don’s also serves pizza, ice cream, coffee, and sub sandwiches made to order

Dutchy’s Pizza – Dutchy’s Pizza specializes in East Coast style pizza, offering vegan, vegetarian and organic options as well as traditional toppings

Hole in the Wall Sandwiches – Huge, made-to-order sandwiches with fresh cut meats and fresh sliced veggies, laid out on bread made daily in house

Humbrews – Bar & eatery with a rotating selection of local brews on tap & pub fare, including vegetarian items

McIntosh Farm Country Store – Homemade breakfast and lunch six days a week

Paul’s Live from New York – One of two Humboldt County locations, treat your self to a slice or two of the best thin crust pizza in the north coast

Philly Cheese Steak Shoppe – Truly authentic foods from Philadelphia right here on the North Coast, true Americana fare, cheesy goodness

Plaza Grill – Busy American spot on the third floor of a historic building with stately wood accents & cocktails

Smugs PizzaSmall, by the slice pizza place with a walk up counter, located in the downtown area, not a sit-in design but great shop for pizza on the go

Stars Hamburgers – Quaint pit stop for grass-fed local beef burgers, veggie patties, chocolate malts & other treats

The Alibi – American Restaurant – Bar & Grill

The Jam – Experience the Jambalaya’s live music scene with the best of jazz, blues, electronica, hip hop, indie, reggae, bluegrass and rock

Tony’s – Round-the-clock eatery serving a large variety of breakfast options, burgers, shakes & homemade pie

Village Pantry – Excellent homestyle food, this restaurant serves breakfast, lunch and dinner, make sure to try the homemade pies

Westside Pizza – Sells pizza, wings, pastas, salads and desserts.

COFFEE SHOP

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Blondie’s Food & Drink – Beer, food, games, oh my

Cafe Brio – European-style bistro with casual organic bites & baked goods, plus artisanal coffees & local wines.

JitterbeanLocated on the Arcata Plaza, customize your drink with one or a few of the over 50 flavors offered, some sugar free, also serves a delicious classic cup of joe

Los Bagels – Since 1984, Los Bagels has made the best bagels, breads, pastries & sandwiches

Mosgos Coffee House – Serves reasonably priced coffee drinks and food to enjoy in their spacious and quiet shop

Northtown Coffee – Family-run business with a communal atmosphere, strives to use organic and local ingredients when possible, also has vegan food options 

Ramones – Ramone’s Bakery and Cafe is a community focused, from scratch bakery founded in 1981, they also roast our own organic coffee

Riptide Cafe – Drive thru espresso, ice cream, juice, and smoothies

GROCERY

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Murphy’s Market – Your neighbor since 1971, hot food available on site, a full service deli at each location, and many meats procured from local sources

Ray’s Food Place

Safeway

North Coast Co-op – Focused on local food

Wildberries Marketplace

ITALIAN

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Abruzzi – Sit back, relax, and enjoy a nice meal at their beautiful downtown location, whether you’re just coming to sit at the bar or dine-in they are here to serve

La Trattoria – Local seasonal organic Italian

Mazzotti’s – They are proud to offer an extensive menu that includes authentic Mazzotti family recipes while providing exciting daily lunch and dinner specials, pizzas, calzones, soups and salads and much more.

Pasta Luego – Italian deli, imported meat sliced to your order, Italian subs and panini

NEW AMERICAN

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Cafe Phoenix – It is their goal to provide their customers with good, healthy food that is freshly farmed, locally sourced and utilizes the abundance of our rich community

Folie Douce – An American French restaurant, serving exquisite savory meat, fish, and vegetarian dishes, with an array of desserts to choose from after the meal

Kebab Cafe  Greek cafe whipping up gyros, burgers & dips in a compact space with Mediterranean decor touches

Renata’s Creperie – Art lines the walls of this snug, brightly decorated cafe specializing in sweet & savory crepes

Savory Grill & Cafe – From the simple to the succulent all meals are carefully prepared using only the finest ingredients, with fresh seasonal locally-sourced specials always on the menu

Wildflower Cafe and Bakery – The Wildflower Cafe and Bakery specializes in fresh and delicious meat-free meals

MEXICAN

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Alma’s Mexican Express Food – Hungry for Mexican but every business is closed? Go to Alma’s, the restaurant serves until 11PM Sunday-Thursday and till 3AM Friday-Saturday

Carmela’s Mexican Restaurant – We are Humboldt County’s favorite Mexican restaurant with original flavor from the heart of Mexico, fresh ingredients, all in a festive atmosphere

Fiesta Grill & Cantina – Food is always fresh, tasty and delicious at Fiesta Grill & Cantina

Hey Juan Burritos – Casual Mexican Restaurant/Fast Food Restaurant

Ricos Tacos Taqueria – Tasty traditional Mexican food at a price you’ll love with a vast selection of items to choose from

Rita’s Margaritas & Mexican Grill – Relaxed local chain serving Mexican classics, plus tequila choices & margaritas in most locations

Taqueria La Barca – Great carnitas, authentic tacos and relleno, homemade horchata, fresh salsa bar, and fast, friendly service.

Valley Azteca Restaurant – Cozy atmosphere, readily available seating, and excellent Mexican food in large portions with reasonable prices

BREWS AND BITES

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Arcata Theatre Lounge – Dinner and a show, pay to see an alternative film while being served dinner at your seat, or enjoy your viewership experience on a stool from the full service bar

Bittersweet – What goes great with pie and pastries? Cider of course! Visit this unique establishment which unites two separate businesses, The Local Cider Bar and Slice of Humboldt Pie, in a shared location with both indoor/outdoor seating

Humbrews – Bar & eatery with a rotating selection of local brews on tap & pub fare, including vegetarian items

Libation – Wine bar & shop, pouring world class into your glass

Richards’ Goat Tavern – House infused cocktails, craft beers, local wines, fine imported teas, and Humboldt-made sweet and savory snacks; located at the edge of the world-renowned Arcata Marsh Wildlife Sanctuary

The Alibi – American restaurant – bar & grill

The Griffin – A drinking establishment with a tapas problem

The Jam – Experience the Jambalaya’s live music scene with the best of jazz, blues, electronica, hip hop, indie, reggae, bluegrass and rock

Wrangletown – Wrangletown Cider Company produces truly dry, bottle-conditioned ciders from small, family-owned orchards from Humboldt County, California 

SEAFOOD

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LoCo Fish Co (Redwood Curtain Brewery)– An independent, family-owned, micro-brewery devoted to brewing multi-dimensional hand crafted ales and lagers for beer lovers of all types

Salt – Enjoy fresh seafood and creative cocktails at Humboldt County’s premier seafood restaurant

FAST FOOD

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Carl’s Jr. – Fast-food chain known for its variety of piled-high burgers & meal combos, plus shakes

McDonald’s – Classic, long-running fast-food chain known for its burgers, fries & shakes

Papa Murphy’s Take ‘N’ Bake Pizza – Chain outlet offering build-your-own takeaway pizzas, to be cooked at home

Round Table Pizza – Chain serving pizzas with a variety of toppings & sauces in a simple space

Subway – Subway is a privately held American fast food restaurant franchise that primarily purveys submarine sandwiches and salads