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“Great view (best for outside drinks)”

River's End Restaurant
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Ranked #1 of 9 Restaurants in Jenner
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: US$10 - US$40
Cuisines: American, Seafood, Soups
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Good for: Special Occasion Dining, Child-friendly, Romantic, View, Local cuisine
Dining options: Dinner, Lunch, Accepts American Express, Accepts Discover, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Off-Street Parking, Full Bar, Parking Available, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Street Parking, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Wine and Beer
Dining style: Fine Dining
Description: The epicenter of Sonoma Coast dining...the River's End is located in the quaint village of Jenner by the Sea about 20 minutes north of Bodega Bay. The restaurant is set on a bluff overlooking the Russian River spill into the Pacific Ocean. During lunch you can watch the Osprey dive in the river for fish or the harbor seals frolic at riverside. Dinner time is all about the sunset - the show is worth the visit. Fortunately, the restaurant chefs and service staff aim to outdo the natural surroundings. The kitchen prepares California cuisine with a focus on local ingredients. Chef Martin Recoder prepares menus that are changing with the seasons and delight the heart. The service staff is led by Maitre d'/Owner Bert Rangel, who has owned and managed the restaurant for over 10 years. The Chef in the Redwood Bar is talented Patrick Keane. Trained at the French Culinary Institute, Patrick utilizes the freshest ingredients and classic techniques to create truly "Artisanal Cocktails".
Washington DC, District of Columbia
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147 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 119 helpful votes
“Great view (best for outside drinks)”
Reviewed 1 December 2013

We stopped by this restaurant for late lunch recommended by wine tasting room stuff. The sun room was comfortable & has great scenery. We ordered fish and oyster, and the food was excellent. They have a deck outside of bar with chairs & great view. It'd be a great stop just for afternoon drinks.

The beach below is where a river ends with ocean (the heavy stream changes by minute,great photo ops), and some seals hang out in the ocean. Strolling the beach is a must after meals/drinks.

  • Visited October 2013
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Pismo Beach, California
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
“Great food with a view!”
Reviewed 23 November 2013 via mobile

You have to try this place if you are: a foodie, a nature-lover, a fan of local beers and wines, and/or want to try something really unique. Perched on the river's end with spectacular ocean views, this cozy hole-in-the-wall is a one of a kind gem. The place is packed with locals, which is the best endorsement a restaurant can get (spell that "repeat customers"). Please give it a go. Worth every penny and we plan our coast sojourn around it. Excellent service without the pretensions.

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San Jose, California
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50 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 47 helpful votes
“Proven Gem on the CA Coast”
Reviewed 12 November 2013

Confirming the other positive reviews of the River's End Restaurant in Jenner, we had dinner here two nights in a row in November, 2013. Of the approximately 10 menu main dishes, we had four (vegetable Napoleon, sea bass, pork tenderloin, white prawns on home-made pasta), and all were uniformly excellent. The restaurant also makes its own duck confit, which we sampled in two different appetizers or salads. Additionally, the wine list is extensive and not egregiously overpriced. Given the fantastic setting, the food doesn't need to be so good, but it really is, and would be worth an hour's drive even if it weren't spectacularly located. Very highly recommended.

  • Visited November 2013
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“The premium”
Reviewed 2 November 2013

This is the place to go when visiting West Sonoma County. Situated in one of the most beautiful spots on the coast, with views galore! A little pricey, but worth it. The food was excellent! Always crowded when I've attended. Heard the rooms were beautiful, but have not experienced them as I live quite close.

  • Visited May 2013
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Grass Valley, CA
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“Terrific view; great dinner at the bar.”
Reviewed 30 October 2013

THE place to enjoy the sunset in Jenner. Then had a delightful dinner at the bar and a great conversation with the bartender. Hope to get back soon...

Visited May 2013
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