Visit this tucked away eatery, in the morning, when the local fishermen hang out over coffee and donuts, and you’ll quickly realize that this is an authentic spot, not some gussied-up tourist joint.
Surrounded by bobbing fishing boats, gulls squawking and rigging clanging, this place can’t help but serve fresh-as-it-gets seafood, including award-winning chowder. It’s well worth a drive along the wild coast to get here—San Francisco is about 2 hours south via breathtaking Highway 1. Spud Point serves the absolute freshest of crab and king salmon, straight from the boats of owner Tony Anello and his son Mark. There are also outstanding crab cakes, and sandwiches featuring the catch of the day. Nothing fancy here—and it doesn’t have to be: the view is all you need. Settle in at a picnic table outside and watch the sunlight dance on the bay while you enjoy your meal, or watch the fog roll in over signature Bodega Head. Note: Spud Point is open 9 to 5 daily.
Insider’s tip: Wildlife watchers, bring your binoculars. Bodega Bay is known as a terrific spot for birding. On clear days, drive to the top of Bodega Head for excellent whale watching, typically December through March.