We really loved the little restaurant that used to occupy this space (Chapter and Moon), so we thought we'd give Heron's a try. It's billed as an Italian eatery (even the menu uses Italian terms), but seems to be run and staffed by people all speaking Spanish. Having seen the menu on the window, and online, we were prepared for a nice light meal after a day of hiking on the Mendocino coast. The clam chowder was advertised as one of their "signature" dishes, so imagine out surprise when we were told the were out of it (at 6:30 pm on the Saturday of Presidents Day weekend). They substituted a "seafood soup" which seemed more like a canned vegetable minestrone with added heat and canned clams - NOT impressive, or even that good. Added to that, it took almost 30 minutes, and two requests, to get it to our table.
I'm afraid the poor service and low quality soup colored our experience enough that we also didn't enjoy the otherwise tasty mixed green salads with raspberry vinaigrette dressing. The calamari fritti was pretty good (although I've never had chipotle added to the dipping sauce at an Italian restaurant before - see initial comment above), but had been out of the fryer too long before it got to our table.
To sum up, some of the food was pretty good, the service was barely acceptable, but the overall experience was such that there is no reason we would return for another meal, with so many other choices available.
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