Surprise! Cafe

Surprise! Cafe is a family-run establishment, located in the historic Cressler and Bonner Building located on Main Street in Cedarville. Due to our unique local character, friendly staff and distinctive menu, our cafe has been a community hub since 2005. Folks from all over California, Oregon and Nevada, as well as from around the world come visit our cafe for a taste of the local culture as part of their Northern Sierra Nevada exploration. 

Located on the northeastern edge of California, Surprise Valley is well known as a focal point to explore breathtaking natural beauty, or to experience a more relaxed and alternate route to points beyond.  The journey always includes a stop at the Surprise! Cafe.

In addition to free wifi, vibrant ambiance, and Cafe Mam espresso, we hand-make desserts, breads, seasonal soups, sandwiches, and waffles. We also serve California wines and microbrews. On Thursday and Friday nights a crowd gathers for our delicious handmade pizza with lots of seasonal local ingredients. Waffle Saturdays are a local favorite, with waffles named after the surrounding wilderness areas. More than likely you'll be served by one of us, the owners, Joshua and Adrien Mefford. We delight in meeting new people and sharing our favorite pastimes and travel tips, South Warner Wilderness trail conditions, and where to stay. Our son, Juba, is the 6th generation in our family to be raised in Modoc County.

From a cup of coffee or lunch with a friend, you'll find yourself indulging in local culture. We proudly offer local artisan gifts and treats, such as Dick Mackey Pottery and Fall River Wild Rice Chocolate Bars. In addition, the cafe is adjacent to Floating Island Books, which has one of the best collections of rare books and guides to nearby natural destinations, as well as several books written by local authors.

Please watch the video in the sidebar to learn more about our cafe and to meet Joshua. See you soon!

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Latitude: 41.528528 Longitude: -120.172406 Elevation: 4648 ft
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Hours Open

Tue-Wed 9am-3pm, Thur-Fri 9am-9pm, Sat 8am-1pm *Hours Change Seasonally*

Seasons Open

February though December

Price Style for this Establishment


Eco-Friendly Notes

We use seasonal, local produce when available, and we compost and recycle daily. Check out our video in the sidebar to learn more. We also have some biodegradable to-go containers.

Locally or Family Owned Business Notes

Our cafe was started by Mom & Pop. In fact, Pop is a 5th generation Modoc County resident. We are one big happy family here in the Surprise Valley, and we employ other local families and support local artisans and farmers by showcasing their works of art and using their seasonal produce.

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