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“Anniversary Dinner”

River's End Restaurant
Ranked #1 of 10 Restaurants in Jenner
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: US$10 - US$40
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Good for: Local cuisine, Special Occasion Dining, Romantic, View
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Breakfast, After-hours, Reservations
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".
Reviewed 3 August 2014

First time here, and we were staying in Monte Rio. Nice drive and views are terrific. Unfortunately Mother Nature did not cooperate with a sunset, but it is still scenic and we had a window seating for two. We were early and had a drink at the bar. Theo, the bartender was quick to acknowledge us and made a perfect drink. We were able to be seated even before our 7:15 reservation. We also brought our own wine with us, and as their menu states there is a $20 corkage fee. My husband started with the Technicolor beet salad and I had the Orozo salad. Both very good. (Orozo Salad could even be a great vegetarian main dish - it was large) We both opted for the King Salmon menu I with the Southwest and he Salmon and asparagus. Both were very good - but I think the flavors of the corn, forbidden rice and watermelon salad of the Southwest entree won out. If we are every back here again - will make this a definite place to stop!

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Thank 1redheartz
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Reviewed 31 July 2014

Nice location. Staff was friendly, but we thought the food was just okay and somewhat over priced. Some tables (the one we sat at) were in a corner and cramped.

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Reviewed 31 July 2014

After a long drive from San Francisco, The River's End in Jenner was a terrific place to stop for a relaxing lunch.

Perched at the mouth of the Russian River and high on the bluff overlooking the Pacific is this lovely restaurant. Parking is a problem if you come a peak times, but well worth the stop for a tasty meal.

First off, there are limited food options in this part of California. You drive up the northern California coast for the dramatic coastline views, and there are very few towns along the highway. And, none of the towns are very large, so fine dining options are few and far between.

The River's End Restaurant offered great food (I ate their salmon which was delicious, it had a tasty watermelon salad and a roasted corn dish, all of which was very good. Even splurged on the homemade strawberry ice cream for dessert. Excellent meal.)

Saw another reviewer's comments. Yes, on my visit, this was an older crowd. So what???? You too will get old one day, and what does that have to do with the quality of the food?

The service was good. Didn't know how long it would take to drive from San Francisco, so made no reservation (which is recommended). Despite arriving just after the peak lunch crowd, was seated right away -- with a window seat no less.

Very pleased with the food and the service.

Prices are somewhat high for travelers from other parts of the country, but are average for California. So don't expect to have a nice lunch and a glass of wine for less than $30 per person.

Great meal. Looking forward to a return visit.

Thank PhoenixRising88
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Reviewed 31 July 2014

Pretentious and overpriced, three out of five dishes excellent. Slow service, gorgeous setting, older clientele.

Thank davidspin
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Reviewed 25 July 2014

Just can't beat the location, looking over the mouth of the Russian River. And the food was very good, although a bit pricey. Their fresh salmon was the best.

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Thank Larry G
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