About Café Beaujolais
Café Beaujolais, a California French restaurant opened in 1968, is located in the historic town of Mendocino on the Northern California Coast. Café Beaujolais gained prominence after the iconic chef Margaret Fox purchased the restaurant in 1977 and began serving breakfast and lunch, turning Café Beaujolais into the culinary destination that it remains today. In the spring of 1984 the restaurant began serving dinner with Executive Chef Christopher Kump. In 1990 the Beaujolais brickery was opened, and the restaurant began serving and selling wood-fired brick oven bread. (please see the History section for more colorful Café Beaujolais history). In September 2016, Peter and Melissa Lopez bought Café Beaujolais with their son Julian, who is the executive chef and contributes to all aspects of the business, overseeing all points of service and quality. The new family owners plan on maintaining the strong legacy of the restaurant.
Executive chef Julian’s passion for food and cooking formed at a young age. At age 18, Julian had the opportunity to intern for Sebastien Chambru at the Michelin star recipient Le Moulin de Mougins restaurant in France. This led to a cooking role at Sante restaurant in Spokane, WA where he worked with celebrated chef Jeremy Hansen. After graduating from Gonzaga University with a business degree in Operations Management, Julian began cooking at Mar’sel restaurant in the beautiful Terrenea resort in Palos Verdes, CA. Most recently, as the executive chef at Il Mattone Trattoria in Claremont, CA he created a highly reviewed Northern Italian menu. Julian has also traveled Europe extensively most recently working in kitchens in Italy.
You are invited to experience our classic yet innovative cuisine in an elegant and relaxed atmosphere. Café Beaujolais' cooking concept starts by seeking out the finest ingredients, from organic local produce to diver scallops from Nantucket Bay and olive oil from Spain. We serve humanely raised meats from Niman Ranch, and wild line-caught from local fishermen and sustainably farmed seafood . We prepare our food in a simple yet innovative style to reveal the natural flavors of the product.
We honor our local ranchers and farmers with our beautiful photographs by local photographer John Birchard displayed in our dining room. Our distinguished wine list proudly offers many local Mendocino wines as well as wines from all over the world. Our wine list boasts over 400 offerings and at least 50 by the glass, proudly served in Reidel stemware.