Little River Inn Restaurant
Little River Inn Restaurant

Little River Inn Restaurant

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.littleriverinn.com/
  • Phone: 7079375942
  • Hours of Operation:

    Breakfast: M-Sa 8:00am-10:30am
    Breakfast: Su 8:00am-12:00pm
    Dinner: Su-Th 6:00pm-8:00pm
    Dinner: F-Sa 6:00pm-8:30pm
    Brunch: Sa 8:00am-10:30am
    Brunch: Su 8:00am-12:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Seafood, Bar / Lounge / Bottle Service, Contemporary American
  • Executive Chef: Marc Dym
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Takeout, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Private Party Facilities: Little River Inn boasts inspirational ocean views from both our conference facilities and guest rooms. Your meeting or event will be expertly handled by dedicated innkeepers whose family has been hosting guests for nearly a hundred years.
  • Private Party Contact: Melissa Ivankay 7079622197

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Little River Airport Road
  • Parking: Private Lot
  • Parking Details: Parking is complimentary.
A word from Little River Inn Restaurant
Family hospitality meets fine cuisine at this landmark coastal resort. Looking out upon magnificent ocean and garden views, Little River Inn is well known for its comfortable atmosphere and enticing fresh local fare. Executive Chef Marc Dym creates dishes that are at once familiar and modern, while the friendliest staff on the coast make you feel like part of the family.
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Little River Inn Restaurant reviews from OpenTable diners
30 reviews since April 22, 2014
Overall Rating4.1
  • Food4
    Service4.1
  • Ambiance4.3
    Noise LevelModerate
94% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
scenic view (19)special occasion (16)romantic (11)vibrant bar scene (6)great for brunch (5)fit for foodies (5)kid-friendly (3)hot spot (2)great for lunch (2)good for groups (2)neighborhood gem (1)notable wine list (1)Show More
  • Maggie
    Dined on 8/10/2014
    Lovely room with garden view. Received wonderful service and enjoyed our meal very much!
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • consistently good!
    enjoyfoodandwine
    Dined on 8/5/2014
    Every time we visit Mendocino, we stop at two restaurants for their food and views. Little River Inn is one of them. The food is always seasonally good with old standbys which are delicious...hanger steak and seasonal cobbler for dessert. Wine selection is mostly local and food friendly, so bring your own if you prefer. Will return.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • special occasion
    luvgetaway2014
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    We came back here after many years and can say that the service and the view are terrific if you eat in the Ocean view dining room. They have very good burgers and the Ole short cakes are excellent for breakfast. The dinner was very good as well. We enjoyed our experience staying at the Inn as well. We were there celebrating our anniversary.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great place
    lovedit
    Dined on 7/27/2014
    Excellent food, great service and comfortable environment
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, scenic view, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A delightful evening
    Everyman
    Dined on 7/21/2014
    Our Dinner at the Little River Inn Restaurant was a wonderful experience. I suggest making a reservation. We were seated promptly at a window overlooking the Mendocino Coast. The service was friendly and attentive, and the waitress made excellent recommendations for both wine and food. The food was prepared with obvious attention to detail and respect for our specific requests. To be sure, this is not a swinging scene, but a quiet, well prepared meal in a pleasant, romantic setting. All in all, memorable.
    Special Features:
    romantic, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A bit disappointing
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 7/20/2014
    After eating at the Little River many times, our group felt the meal was off. Service was OK although the server brought the wine, but never checked to re pour glasses. It seemed like the kitchen had lost a bit of sparkle and the food was just ordinary, where in the past, excellent meals and service. We will try again, as we love this restaurant, and hopefully things will improve.
    Special Features:
    scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • still a great place to dine
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    returning to Mendocino area after 25 + years we found the restaurant is still one of the top places to dine at, all in our party loved the food.
    Special Features:
    scenic view, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Outstanding
    YumYum
    Dined on 7/5/2014
    Every time we return to the Little River Inn and the Restaurant, we love it!!! The food is wonderful and the staff makes the dining experience even better.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Must miss
    MaxiVIP
    Dined on 5/24/2014
    Unless you are 70+ and like mediocre food I'd skip this restaurant.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Outstanding in every way!
    tstar
    Dined on 5/16/2014
    Dinner was great - the welcome, the atmosphere, the drinks, wine, clam chowder, entrees, coffees, desserts, and service. We were seated in the quieter of the dining rooms, at our request, and the noise level on a Friday night was fine for normal conversation. Everything was so enjoyable that we returned for Sunday brunch - everything was delicious and very reasonably priced - and it included complimentary champagne. The entire dining experience was a delightful surprise!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, special occasion, scenic view, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Pleasant but view is wasted
    PhilVIP
    Dined on 5/12/2014
    We were in the Mendocino area and this restaurant had been recommended by a friend as well as having generally positive reviews on various services. The food was generally fine, although not spectacular. My wife had a torte for her entree that was very tasty but got incredibly soggy and difficult to eat. I had the lamp shank and it was fine - not super tender but quite edible. It came with a "rosemary/garlic bread pudding". This frankly tasted like turkey stuffing. An odd combination. Had the crab cakes as an appetizer which, as others had noted, were excellent, but seemed quite expensive for what you got.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Very nice meal
    Jamie
    Dined on 5/10/2014
    Very nice wine list with lots of local wines very moderately priced. The list was well chosen. Food was very good and nicely presented. Don't go here though expecting a fabulous Mendocino coastal view...the restaurant is nice but lacks any ocean view.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Highly Recommend
    Bill
    Dined on 5/4/2014
    We have dined here many times, trying many things on menu. Each time food is suburb, service is great and of course setting is outstanding.
    Special Features:
    special occasion, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • good for breakfast
    CaptVideo
    Dined on 5/3/2014
    We had Ole's favorite, and an omelet. both excellent. Service pleasant. Not too speedy, but ok.
    Special Features:
    Great for Brunch, Scenic View
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great experience!
    rightchoiceindining
    Dined on 5/2/2014
    We were pleased with the food and service, we enjoyed breakfast and dinner on my wife's birthday on 05/02/14! The staff pays attention to serving the guests and are very friendly!! Will recommend it to anyone going to the Mendocino coast! We'll go back on our next visit!! The champagne was superb.......................
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • The food is pretty mediocre
    dinerVIP
    Dined on 4/25/2014
    The only ocean view is from the bar. The wine list was delightful and excellent value. The restaurant had a lovely garden view. The staff was very good. But overall the food was mediocre. Disappointing.
    Special Features:
    Scenic View
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 14 ratings-only reviews submitted since April 22, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.1
    • Food4
    • Ambiance4.2
    • Service4.1
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 5 reviews are from the Little River Inn Restaurant reviews archive.
  • Excellent
    JeanneVIP
    Dined on 4/13/2014
    We are locals and simply love Little River Inn for brunch or dinner. The people are very friendly and know exactly what we want almost before we do!! Sara does a wonderful job at keeping everything flowing. Kathy and Paul are our favorites also. We do wish that they would serve lunch as we would be regulars as we are sure others would be also. We are in need of a good lunch restaurant. Don't hesitate to stay at the Inn or eat there. When we first moved to the Coast Little River Inn was the first place we stayed. It made us fall in love with the area and we still stay there occasionally. They do a wonderful job.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, romantic, scenic view, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A Scenic View
    marriedw3plus1
    Dined on 3/22/2014
    My husband and I went here for our anniversary dinner. It was very crowded (restaurant venues in this part of the county are very limited). My husband had been to this restaurant many years ago with his parents (this place has been around for decades). The service was a little off, maybe because of the crowd, who knows. The crabcake appetizer was plated very appealingly and tasted wonderful. The soup was excellent - a tomato based soup with cannellini beans and prociutto. I ordered a chicken and it was unfortunately over salty. My husband ordered a New York steak and he said it was very good. The plating of that dish could have been better. It was served with an au jus that bled into everything else on the plate, with a rare steak.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Food 9, dessert 4
    BayAreaNativeVIP
    Dined on 3/8/2014
    This was our first time to Little River Inn after years of driving by it for other destinations in Mendocino. Service was really excellent in terms of seating, water service, and overall ambiance/mood. Appetizer crabcakes were outstanding and we are tough crabcake critics. Scallops and cioppino main courses were well presented and perfectly prepared. Wine list was appropriately focused on unusual local vintners with reasonable markup and broad price range. Coffee and dessert unfortunately did not match the rest of the meal, but we would still return given the good value and very pleasant evening with terrific entrees and service.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Go for the view - stay for the foo.
    JuliemzuzuVIP
    Dined on 1/26/2014
    Brunch was delicious. We happen to be there on a big crab festivals. Yummy! But the scones are the best!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • LRI = little river inn
    JuliemzuzuVIP
    Dined on 1/24/2014
    Wonderful romantic inn. Food is great. Service fast and the inn the best on the north coast!
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, great for brunch, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.