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River's End
River's End

River's End Details

  • Dining Style: Fine Dining
  • Website: http://ilovesunsets.com/home.html
  • Phone: (707) 865-2484 x111
  • Hours of Operation: Lunch: Friday - Monday: 12:00pm - 3:30pm; Dinner: Friday - Monday: 5:00pm - 8:30pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Californian, Global, International
  • Executive Chef: Chef Martin Recoder
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), View, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Getting there

  • Parking: Private Lot
  • Parking Details: Limited parking with additional turnout and riverside parking.
A word from River's End
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”.Continued
Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Ambiance
  • Diners' Choice WinnerCalifornian
  • Diners' Choice WinnerRomantic
Diner Reviews
  • "We came for the view, but were happily surprised at the quality and presentation of the food. Fresh fish dishes (salmon with farro, halibut)were wonderfully prepared and presented. Nice wine recommendations and great service. Make reservations as this place is popular."
    Dined on 6/22/2014
  • "All five of us (age range 22 to 93) enjoyed a relaxing, tasty meal, good service and of course a fantastic view. Not to miss dishes are the salmon chowder - we wanted to take a gallon home with us, ceviche - beautifully prepared ample serving, the bass with kale - excellent paring, and the fish& chips - flaky light fish and yummy chips. We also had the local salmon finding the texture was a bit mealy, the shrimp pasta arrived as a smallish serving and the beet salad was more of a beet stack sans greens - otherwise all were well prepared. We selected wine and a cocktail from their well stocked bar with offerings displayed in their cool digital menu. We appreciate that the food rivals the view at this spot and will eat here again."
    Dined on 7/4/2014
  • "My wife and I were very happy with our dining experience at River's End. She had an excellent Salmon dinner that was cook perfectly. I had duck cooked 3 ways and it was done wonderfully. It takes about an hour to drive to the Restaurant from Santa Rosa but it is a beautiful drive. The view from the restaurant is spectacular of the mouth of the Russian River."
    Dined on 7/3/2014
  • "I brought some friends who were visiting from Kenya. They loved the views and the food! They had never had fish and chips before and River's End does great fish and chips, down to the homemade ketchup! The service was attentive and the staff was friendly. It's a little pricey but worth it for a special trip."
    Dined on 7/3/2014
  • "Everything was outstanding!! Loved it!! The prices were very good for the amount & Quality we received!!we had the best seat in the house! Corner window!service from bar to table: unbelievably good!! Our food took a little longer, cause chef didn't like the way my pork came out, do he made another. It was excellent and I do appreciate his standards!"
    Dined on 7/1/2014
  • "We were in Sonoma County to celebrate our 25th anniversary and wanted a romantic restaurant with fine dining and a great view. River's End sounded amazing on the internet, and turned out even better than it sounded. The view of the river and the Pacific was unmatched. The spectacular sunset made it even better. But the food... We ordered one of each item in the seasonal, local King Salmon menu. As good as any dishes we've ever had anywhere, and that's saying something! This experience moved straight to the top of our all-time favorites. Don't miss this quiet, out-of-the-way spot."
    Dined on 6/30/2014
  • "Such a great venue, with awesome food! Thanks for the Anniversary celebration! Mr. And Mrs. Thomas"
    Dined on 6/17/2014
  • "This was an excellent dining experience. They were featuring Wild Salmon. We had the crudo, salmon chowder and salmon with asparagus. Everything was delicious. Our waiter was very knowledgable about the food and wine selections. They have a beautiful view too. Highly recommend!"
    Dined on 6/29/2014
  • "Waitress wonderful, food out of this world. The clams are to die for,"
    Dined on 6/27/2014
  • "We celebrated our 25th wedding anniversary at River's End, having gone there two years ago for another nice dinner. It was everything we remember -- quiet, romantic, fabulous fresh food, delicious Sonoma wine, and great service. We watched a lovely sunset and had a nice, quiet dinner. The food was amazing -- especially the fresh salmon -- as was the service. We were totally unhurried and even shut down the restaurant. We will return whenever we are in Sonoma."
    Dined on 6/22/2014
  • "This place is popular with tourists. The food and wine is good but way overpriced and heavy accent on seafood. Their mushroom soup (in season) is worth the stop. Difficult and dangerous parking. Don't serve any food between lunch and dinner hours which is annoying. Furnishings could use some updating. Sundeck is the best spot."
    Dined on 6/19/2014
  • "My husband and I went to River's End for dinner and we had a great time! Great food, ambiance and view!"
    Dined on 6/14/2014
  • "We came here on a suggestion wanting a restaurant with a view and this was a view and more. We got the fish and chips, it was incredible!!"
    Dined on 6/17/2014
  • "If you are in Sonoma, do plan at least one meal at River's End. It's located right on the Russian River at the spot it empties into the Pacific. The scenery is spectacular and the sunset we experienced was awesome.."
    Dined on 6/15/2014
  • "Fabulous dining experience. Fresh salmon specials were perfection. Great wait staff & view."
    Dined on 6/17/2014
  • "We had a great overnight getaway. The room was very nice with the advertised view living up to expectations. The staff is friendly and helpful. Great dinner with the salmon, oysters and dessert. Highly recommended and hope to get back again someday."
    Dined on 6/15/2014
  • "Being a frequent traveler for work, I see a lot of restaurants and the River's End is one of, if not the favorite. The food is always extraordinary, perfectly prepared and the plate presentation is fantastic. Our service was top notch from the greeting at the door and the timing and professionalism of our server. That alone, would be enough; but, the location and ambiance is what pushes this place over the edge to greatness. Even if you don't get a reservation (early) for a cool sunset (but I would highly recommend it), the view is spectacular even for a lunch date. The sea lion colony is always a fun watch too. Love love love this place."
    Dined on 6/15/2014
  • "Outside of the parking challenges, we had a great late lunch at River's End. Highly recommend the duck salad, king salmon tartare and local oysters."
    Dined on 6/15/2014
  • "We celebrated our first anniversary with dinner at the River's End restaurant. As requested, we got a window table, and timed our dinner perfectly to enjoy the sunset. The multicolored beet salad was beautifully presented and very flavorful, and both our entrees were cooked to perfection (salmon and sea bass). Our server (Lychee?) was attentive but unobtrusive and the pace was perfect. The only downside (and this hopefully will not affect any one reading this review) was the couple at the table behind us discussed (at length) their experiences with swinging. ICK."
    Dined on 6/13/2014
  • "There isn't a whole lot in Jenner, north of Bodega Bay on the Coast. This spot is worth stopping. The food was great...the wild king salmon was outstanding. The drinks and appetizers were great too. Then there's the view. Definitely one of the better views you'll find looking out at the ocean waves crashing at the mouth of the Russian River. Worth the drive to River's End!"
    Dined on 6/13/2014
  • "The food was outstanding. Mother nature did not give us our sunset that we have seen before. We save this place for special occasions because of the distance from home. If I lived in the area, I know I would eat here more often. Great food, good wine and great view. We would highly recommend this restaurant."
    Dined on 6/7/2014
  • "The seasonal salmon menu is wonderful, the entrees as well as the lovely, delicate chowder. We were seated in the glassed-in sunroom overlooking the ocean, and watched pelicans and kayakers."
    Dined on 6/11/2014
  • "This has to be the best dining experience we have ever had in the USA. We are from Australia and are visiting California for 3 weeks. Apart from 3 great meals in San Francisco I have been disappointed with the overall quality of the culinary experiences to date . However Rivers End was totally different. Obviously the location was amazing but the food and the service was equal to this. Our server whose name we cannot remember was a most delightful young lady who had been working at the restaurant for 3 years. I would thoroughly recommend it to anyone visiting Northern California ."
    Dined on 6/9/2014
  • "We arrived before sunset and had a window-side table. The sunset and view was breathtaking and the food did not disappoint! I had the local King salmon that was in season and it was wonderful. My husband had local duck prepared 3 ways and it was excellent as well. The wine selection was great as you would expect at the Sonoma coast."
    Dined on 5/27/2014
  • "What a wonderful place to celebrate an anniversary! A lovely view and wonderful food to go along."
    Dined on 6/7/2014
  • "This was our first visit to River's Edge and it will not be our last. What a find. Everything was sublime!"
    Dined on 6/6/2014
  • "What a wonderful place! River's End was recommended by a co-worker for my husband's birthday and what a great idea! We both enjoyed the view of the ocean and the accompanying sunset, very relaxing. Then there's the food - oh so delicious, everything down to the citrus infused water they serve. The service was attentive and our waiter noticed me give my husband his b-day card and brought out his dessert with a lit candle in it. The strawberry ice cream was amazing. This place will be our "go-to" for special occasions due to the expense but we are definitely going back again. Best to make a reservation."
    Dined on 6/3/2014
  • "Excellent food and a beautiful view. What more can you ask for? Lamb burger was to die for. "
    Dined on 6/2/2014
  • "Awesome, fresh caught Salmon dishes. The view is spectacular where the Russian River meets the Pacific. A perfect way to experience fine food and great views."
    Dined on 6/2/2014
  • "It was really wonderful to find everything working together at this restaurant. I have driven by here many times over the years and finally made a lunch reservation for a birthday. It was divine food and excellent setting, the hostess sweet and the whole place felt for warm and comfortable."
    Dined on 5/31/2014
  • "A special occasion place where the ocean meets the Rivers' End where the elements are reformed into new creations for the senses and the person you wish to share it with... and a hip iPad wine list (exceptional) in leatherette case...tres cool...but it's the place the chef's selections all locally derived surprise the palette....a locals' delight....the sunset lingers and the light changes...it's time to just relax and enjoy the moment and your ambiance."
    Dined on 5/30/2014
  • "Love this restaurant. So happy to have a place with excellent food and wine so close to home. The ocean view makes it perfect especially at sunset."
    Dined on 5/27/2014
  • "The view, of course, is out of this world. The food is absolutely outstanding, and the wine, incomparable. Check out the wine list on the iPad! Our waiter, Rick, was just the best. Can't wait to go back. "
    Dined on 5/25/2014
  • "While driving the Sonoma coast on a gorgeous, clear & warm day, we decided to stop at our favorite restaurant in the area and have a nice late lunch at Rivers End in Jenner. Seated immediately, we were served by long time employee – Evan. After a couple of drinks we started with the fresh & delicious Ceviche served with homemade tortilla chips. Excellent, could have had a meal of this!! Our entrees were fresh seared ahi on a bed of coconut jasmine rice and the duck confit sandwich with sweet potato fries. Only complaint…. the duck confit was not an entrée but a sandwich as we’ve had in the past. Maybe next time. Wonderful food, service, drinks located at the best spot on the Sonoma coast."
    Dined on 5/25/2014
  • "The food, especially the salmon, was mouth watering and worth the trip to Jenner in itself, while the creme brulee was truly inspired! The waitress, Kate, was the friendliest we had met all weekend long and the view was beautiful. "
    Dined on 5/20/2014
  • "We had a wonderful time. Early enough that we could see the seals on the beach. Meal was terrific. I had the Tuesday Local's special. Last night of this season but will be back for it next year!"
    Dined on 5/20/2014
  • "had a superb lunch with superb service -- met our every expectation"
    Dined on 5/20/2014
  • "Terrific food, friendly and professional service, unparalleled view. Can't say anything bad about this restaurant. I'll continue to eat here at every opportunity."
    Dined on 5/17/2014
  • "Myself and two friends enjoyed a delightful meal. The beet appetizer and salmon chowder were amazing. We were suprised that there were no beef dishes, but my one friend and I thoroughly enjoyed a vegetarian meal over ferro, and a fresh pasta dish with truffle oil. My one friend, who is the foodie of our group, ordered the ahi. The first time it arrived, it was overcooked. The second time it came out, it was cooked fine, but had an odd color, nothing resembling the seared ahi we've enjoyed at other restaraunts. The flavor was mediocre at best. The atmoshphere is wonderful, and we were seated at a window, as requested in our Open Table reservation. The waitress was pleasant, and attentive. Overall, a good dining experience. "
    Dined on 5/17/2014
  • "I love this restaurant! If I lived closer, I'd be back more often, but I don't mind the drive because the wonderful food and the fantastic view make the drive worth it. "
    Dined on 4/25/2014