MICHELIN Guide California

Harbor House

  • 5600 CA-1, Elk, 95432, United States
  • 180 USD • Californian, Creative
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MICHELIN Guide California

Harbor House

  • 5600 CA-1, Elk, 95432, United States
  • 180 USD • Californian, Creative
MICHELIN Guide’s Point Of View

Drive past sloping vineyards, apple orchards and sun-dappled redwood trees to arrive at this serene sanctuary set atop a cliff overlooking the mighty Pacific. This historic property dates back to 1916, but thanks to an extensive renovation, it is now the very picture of laid-back luxury. The redwood-clad room's windows frame postcard-perfect views of the gardens and crashing waves, while a fireplace adds to an already luring mien. Good looks aside, it is the highly original cuisine here that is worth savoring, so revel in the easy pace.

Chef Matthew Kammerer is devout when it comes to hyper-local and foraged ingredients, so much so that the fisherman's name may casually be dropped into conversation or the apple orchard owner is likely seated next to you. Diners are bound to be smitten from the get-go, thanks to the chef's compelling creations—replete with purity and grace.

Roasted peppers over cubes of tomato water geleé with smoky campfire butter makes for an intriguing starter, while salmon glazed with apple syrup delivers a veritable kaleidoscope of flavors. For dessert, seaweed ice cream with bay nut, quince and shiso flaunts an ingenious union of sweet and savory tastes.

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  • m One MICHELIN Star: High quality cooking, worth a stop!
  • MICHELIN Green Star: Gastronomy and sustainability
  • ô Very comfortable restaurant; one of our most delightful places
The chef's commitment
The ability to forage for seaweed, mushrooms, herbs and edible weeds in our backyard and the surrounding coast and forest has shaped the cuisine to be a true local snapshot of our area. On-site chicken coop provides eggs as well as manure and compost for our gardens.
— Matthew Kammerer
  • Red abalone roasted in kelp with fermented lettuce
  • Veal smoked over cypress with mushroom jus
  • Seaweed ice cream with battera kombu

Facilities & Services

  • T Air conditioning
  • Booking essential
  • f Car park
  • Credit card / Debit card accepted
  • e Great view
  • E Non-smoking restaurant
  • r Outside dining available
  • N Particularly interesting wine list
  • a Wheelchair access
  • With bedrooms


+1 800-720-7474
Opening hours
Closed: lunch: Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, lunch: Thursday-Sunday

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