Skip to content

Top recommendations from locals

From sightseeing to hidden gems, find out what makes the city unique with the help of the locals who know it best.
Grocery or Supermarket
“Fridays - Sundays in the peak season there's a BBQ out front in the parking lot. Flank steak and BBQ ribs are both easy for groups & very good. Good cheese & wine selection.”
  • 17 locals recommend
Café
$$
“Really good food. Short walk to ocean, Bluff Trail, good look out to river and ocean, bench to view. ”
  • 22 locals recommend
Art Gallery
“Art exhibits, live music, theater, festivals, special events, workshops, classes, lectures, beautiful grounds and trails, sculpture garden, an architectural gem nestled in the coastal redwoods.”
  • 12 locals recommend
Park
“Parking across from the park on the east side of Hwy 1 is free. Good mix of paved and easy flat surfaces. Good option for strollers.”
  • 14 locals recommend
Lodging
$$$$
“Great Californian Cuisine . I heard the cocktails were amazing! Pasta is delicious!”
  • 8 locals recommend
Restaurant
$$$
“If you're looking to celebrate a special occasion, St. Orres restaurant is the place to go. Delicious food in an architecturally astounding location. They serve a little bit of everything, from California coastal cuisine to Mexican inspired dishes.”
  • 7 locals recommend
Video Store
“One of two grocery stores in town. You can find everything you need here, including over the counter medications. ”
  • 6 locals recommend
Clothes Shop
“Beautiful and unique items - women's clothing, shoes, jewelry and some home decor. ”
  • 6 locals recommend
Restaurant
“Sometimes after a long day of hiking, exploring and drinking wine all you want is to cozy up and enjoy some pizza. Upper Crust will do just the trick! Locally owned for many years this is a local favorite.”
  • 4 locals recommend
Natural Feature
“Look for signs along Hwy 1 by St. Orres for CR-526. Park on the roadside. Take the trail down to a nice, crescent shape beach cove. Good for dogs.”
  • 6 locals recommend
Bar
“This hotel is 110+ yrs old. It's located right on Hwy One, East side. Friendly restaurant staff will serve breakfast, lunch and dinner. You will enjoy American foods! It has a full bar, and it's a gathering place for locals and tourists. ”
  • 8 locals recommend
Book Store
“This community-owned bookstore is a quaint watering hole for visitors looking for their next best read, or simply wanting to relax and sip coffee with fellow bibliophiles.”
  • 6 locals recommend
Place to shop
“Adventure Rents canoe and kayak livery is a full-service river outfitting company offering delightful boating experiences on the Gualala River to people of all levels of ability. They provide self-guided rentals in the top of the line watercraft; single and tandem kayaks and canoes, for up to a 2-hour paddle, a 2-4 hr. ‘half day’ tour for time to picnic, swim and explore or a full day river adventure. We welcome individuals to large groups of all ages and skill levels, including young children and pets. Our experienced staff can also provide guided excursions with or without catered meals. ”
  • 6 locals recommend
American Restaurant
$$
“New management, fabulous views where the Gualala River enters the Pacific. Day light and sun sets are good times to visit. ”
  • 5 locals recommend
American Restaurant
$$
“Tasty food at a reasonable price, with awesome ocean views. Full service bar with excellent pours and the price is right! ”
  • 3 locals recommend
Restaurant
“Now knows as Patty's Tacos, this is a local favorite almost at the north edge of downtown Gualala. You know this place is patronized by locals when they don't even display the prices of the food they serve. And don't you make the mistake of judging the quality of food by the prices. Expect to be delighted by the flavors and the lip-smacking assortment of Salsas. ”
  • 3 locals recommend

Top restaurants

Café
“Really good food. Short walk to ocean, Bluff Trail, good look out to river and ocean, bench to view. ”
  • 22 locals recommend
Restaurant
“If you're looking to celebrate a special occasion, St. Orres restaurant is the place to go. Delicious food in an architecturally astounding location. They serve a little bit of everything, from California coastal cuisine to Mexican inspired dishes.”
  • 7 locals recommend
Restaurant
“Sometimes after a long day of hiking, exploring and drinking wine all you want is to cozy up and enjoy some pizza. Upper Crust will do just the trick! Locally owned for many years this is a local favorite.”
  • 4 locals recommend
Bar
“This hotel is 110+ yrs old. It's located right on Hwy One, East side. Friendly restaurant staff will serve breakfast, lunch and dinner. You will enjoy American foods! It has a full bar, and it's a gathering place for locals and tourists. ”
  • 8 locals recommend
American Restaurant
“New management, fabulous views where the Gualala River enters the Pacific. Day light and sun sets are good times to visit. ”
  • 5 locals recommend
American Restaurant
“Tasty food at a reasonable price, with awesome ocean views. Full service bar with excellent pours and the price is right! ”
  • 3 locals recommend
Restaurant
“Now knows as Patty's Tacos, this is a local favorite almost at the north edge of downtown Gualala. You know this place is patronized by locals when they don't even display the prices of the food they serve. And don't you make the mistake of judging the quality of food by the prices. Expect to be delighted by the flavors and the lip-smacking assortment of Salsas. ”
  • 3 locals recommend
Restaurant
“As far as Gualala restaurants go, this one's pretty solid. In absolute terms, it's very blah. But remember, this is Gualala, not Mendocino. Not vegetarian friendly, but a decent assortment of seafood.”
  • 3 locals recommend

Get to know Gualala

Explore more on Airbnb

Experiences in Gualala