River's End
River's End

River's End

  • Dining Style: Fine Dining
  • Website: http://ilovesunsets.com/home.html
  • Phone: (707) 865-2484 ext. 111
  • 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”.
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerRomantic
  • Diners' Choice WinnerScenic View
  • Diners' Choice WinnerSpecial Occasion
River's End reviews from OpenTable diners
128 reviews since July 30, 2014
Overall Rating4.5
  • Food4.4
    Service4.5
  • Ambiance4.6
    Noise LevelModerate
95% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
scenic view (120)special occasion (91)romantic (85)fit for foodies (69)notable wine list (38)neighborhood gem (30)great for lunch (26)great for outdoor dining (10)hot spot (8)good for groups (7)great for brunch (7)kid-friendly (3)vibrant bar scene (2)Show More
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 11/22/2014
    Dining at sunset was spectacular. Incredible view. Very good food, wine and service. No seating until 5:00 pm.
    Special Features:
    scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • River's End, Jenner CA
    jimbo
    Dined on 11/13/2014
    Menu may change with the season. Intimate dinning with beautiful views of the Pacific. Dinner presentation was equalled by the hight quality of our food. Service was excellent. Would definitely recommend it to friends.
    Special Features:
    romantic, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • great food, outstanding service!
    win2win
    Dined on 11/9/2014
    We were there ti celebrated my birthday. My wife had the Duck cooked three way, it was done just right, medium rare. I had the Sea Bass, very tender and smooth. Our Waiter, Rick is wonderful, paid attention to detail, explained very well and kept us posted.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • outstanding!
    caliTraveler
    Dined on 11/9/2014
    Great food, great sunset views, great service! Definitely will go again!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Extremely Disappointing!
    elkhead6x6
    Dined on 11/9/2014
    We have dined at River's End several times over the past year & have "ALWAYS" enjoyed beautiful sunsets, great food & excellent service but this time was unacceptable. We were forced to stand outside in the cold for 20 min.'s because our reservation was for 5:00 & we arrived at 4:45. The wind had picked up & the temp was cold. When we arrived a number of patrons were already seated at various tables around the restaurant but most tables were vacant. Our waitress Lichi, was rude, condescending & inattentive. We waited for 25 min.'s before she took our order while waiting on patrons who arrived after we did. We received far better service for less money at Lucas Wharf in Bodega Bay. We are not sure if we will return to River's End.
    Special Features:
    scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • joeeats
    Dined on 11/9/2014
    A great experience - seat at the window - service was excellent and they have obviously upped their game on food since the last time I was there. Will definitely return soonl
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, notable wine list, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • A little disappointing
    CarolElise
    Dined on 11/8/2014
    We used to find this restaurant a romantic special place with great food. Now the food is good but a little esoteric(pomegranate seeds) and expensive. The mushroom soup was very good. The tables have been rearranged so that more can be fitted in. Now tables for two have a cramped feeling. Beautiful view was spoilt by people on the deck who had come just for drinks and to meet buddies.
    Special Features:
    scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • rivers end does it right.
    captainchattan
    Dined on 11/7/2014
    We have eaten here many times. The food, the people,the view, all have always impressed.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A surprise Worth the Drive
    Berty
    Dined on 10/31/2014
    We happened on River's End when we were looking for a change of pace from the wine tasting we were enjoying in Sonoma. Did not expect much but heard the view was fantastic. Was not disappointed..the view was special and made us trek to the ocean after lunch for a stroll on the beach and a quick dip in the ocean. But the highlight was the food. Great choices, prepared and presented in exquisite fashion. This would be a foodies delight. it was worth the trek...highly recommend it!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Beautiful view, great food
    dlh1
    Dined on 10/28/2014
    We thought the view was spectacular, food was very good--particularly the wild mushroom soup. But the salads and entrees seemed a bit over-priced.
    Special Features:
    romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Wine country/ Ocean Front
    thebothmanVIP
    Dined on 10/25/2014
    While we visited Russian River Pinot wineries, made to journey to the coast to have dinner at this most impressive location along the Russian River and Pacific - Great food, wonderful location.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Fabulous Food
    Experiences
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    Our meals were absolutely delicious. We each had one of the salmon specials. The service was impeccable. Our server was attentive but not bothersome at all. Our courses were served at perfect intervals. We had a window table so were able to enjoy the wonderful view. Needless to say, we highly recommend the River's End.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Amazing view
    Leebur
    Dined on 10/17/2014
    The restaurant is on a bluff overlooking the ocean. We arrived early, just as the sun was setting. Beautiful views from every table. Not a large menu but everything we had was delicious. Try and go when it is not overcast. Highly recommended.
    Special Features:
    romantic, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Glad we returned!
    YogaMary
    Dined on 10/13/2014
    We visited Jenner two years ago and happened to be here on a day the restaurant was closed. So, this year we made sure to return to Jenner to try River's End. And we are very glad we did! Our waiter was top notch, recommending wine pairings and even bringing a few sample pours for us to aid in our choices. The seafood was fresh and creatively prepared. The view was absolutely breathtaking! We cannot wait to return again soon and will always recommend River's End to anyone we know of traveling to this area.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fine dining
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    We really enjoyed our lunch. Everything was perfectly prepared and tasted excellent. We will definitely be back.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for lunch, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Worth the drive
    MSNYCVIP
    Dined on 10/10/2014
    Hanging right off the high hill where the Russian River empties into the Pacific Ocean, you will not find a more scenic setting. A rustic old inn, very relaxed and casual, yet every item served here is exquisitely prepared and would rival the best restaurants in Manhattan. Excellent service, well paced and attentive but never rushed. The menu varies with the season and consists of local seafood, meats, vegetables and fruits and always fresh. Every dish here is a creation and culinary delight. I have been here many times over the past 10 years and I have never been disappointed. Without doubt, one of the best restaurants on the Sonoma Coast.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • No better view
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008VIP
    Dined on 10/9/2014
    It would be difficult to find a view better than the one from River's End. To enhance it, the food is tops and the service impeccable. We look forward to a return visit.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wow
    Bucketist
    Dined on 10/8/2014
    Watched a great sunset, had a few glasses wonderful wine and the food was outstanding.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Sunset
    WeezyVIP
    Dined on 10/7/2014
    Having had the opportunity to live on the water for 6 years of my life and nearly one of those years being in Key West, I have to say that the sunset I saw at River's End was one of the best of my life. The food and ambiance were excellent. I ordered the filet mignon and my wife ordered the king salmon special (salmon was in season). Both were delicious, but if you're going to pay $45 for a steak, it should be better than the chewy steak I received. Wine selection was great, but the bartender did not know how to make a dark and stormy.
    Special Features:
    romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • River's End
    Sterling
    Dined on 10/5/2014
    Fantastic place for enjoying Sonoma Coast. If the weather is right, view is incredible. Food was really good w/ great choices for Salmon, Ahi, Duck, Steak, etc. We started w/ tri-color beet-salad (very nice). Better half had had mussels with Chorizo, etc, which was very good . I had the "Kicking Ahi" which was seared on outside and raw on inside (Excellent). Not quite end of the world dining but definitely end of the river. Best place to go if you are anywhere in the area. .
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/29/2014
    We were there for a sisters' reunion. It was a wonderful meal. We had an attentive wait person who admitted mistakes, helped with our selections and refilled our water glasses faithfully. Ours was the last group and yet we didn't feel like we we're rushed in any way. Just a lovely evening.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 9/29/2014
    The seafood pasta dish had outstanding flavour. Watching the sunset was stunning.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • havedinewilltravel
    Dined on 9/28/2014
    Great food, service was fantastic, great location. The only negative I have, and I understand the physical layout of the business, the tables are bunched together and I felt I was ease drooping on tables on each side. Overall a very pleasant dining experience.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fabulous
    OpenTable Diner Since 2004
    Dined on 9/26/2014
    Food and view cannot be beat! This is a restaurant that should not be missed when in the Bodega Bay area.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • 5 Star Dining!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/23/2014
    The lunch of local fresh salmon was excellent and the delicate sauce was 5 star and the view was exquisite. It was a special Anniversary and the Rivers End made it a memorable and perfect occasion. Service was kind, attentive and fun. Wine list and pairings were as good as the finest restaurants in the world. Oysters from 1 little local mile or so away ….I could go on but no more space. Just go and turn all your cares over to them and you will leave feeling heavenly!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • great views
    hard2pls
    Dined on 9/22/2014
    fantastic setting, and the food was pretty good too. small but adequate wine list. don't miss if you're in the area.
    Special Features:
    romantic, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Dining at River's End
    Scotta
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    We read about River's End in a local magazine, so we decided to try it out. The view is spectacular. The service was quite good and more than pleasant. The food was average (reasonably prepared but bland) and, given the prices (at the high end), not worth the price. We are unlikely to go to River's End again.
    Special Features:
    scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great food and view!
    OpenTableFanVIP
    Dined on 9/17/2014
    A great out-of-the-way find! The view is only surpassed by the food.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Scenic Place for a Romantic Dinner
    Live2live
    Dined on 9/16/2014
    If you are traveling through the wine country, River's End is worth the drive for a romantic and peaceful meal.
    Special Features:
    romantic, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great spot off a scenic Hwy
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 9/14/2014
    Views are great (except be prepared for bar patrons to stand outside on the balcony blocking your table view at sunset). Food was delicious and pretty to look at. Restaurant doesn't look like much from the road, but it's very warm and inviting inside.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • krazykat
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    We've dined several times here, and chose River's End for our anniversary dinner for the 2nd time in a row. It's great for special occasions, due to many window tables overlooking the ocean. But at our requested window table, only I could see outside -my husband's view blocked by the wall. Gracious, attentive service -server had excellent knowledge of food-wine pairings and took great care of us. We had fresh oysters, the beet salad (wonderful), the salmon crudo (very fresh and delicious), then my husband had the filet (cooked perfectly) and I had the duck (breast was exactly as I specified, medium rare - but the confit accompanying it was salty and tired, and asparagus way out of season). Too full for dessert. We will return!
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    Service impeccable, food fantastic!! View breathtaking. A must for anyone visiting the area
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Annie
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    Our group of 4 women friends and visited here for the second time since the end of last May. We had a very lovely lunch after an equally lovely coastal hike in the area. We decided t make it a tradition!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fantastic !
    cwalkVIP
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    Truly wonderful location, food & service. What a treat!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 9/9/2014
    Best meal ever- 10 out of 10! Amazing views and equally outstanding food,
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Lovely Sunset!
    Luvmysarg
    Dined on 9/9/2014
    Celebrated our 25th wedding anniversary on a warm summer eve. The skies were clear so we were happy to view the sunset. I started with the salmon chowder & it was delicious! My husbamd had the filet which he liked but said it wasnt the best he's had. I had the pasta with prawns, it was absolutly scrumptious! Homemade pasta, yum! We also enjoyed wine, good service & gorgeous views. Finished with the cream brulle for two. Overall a wonderful experience!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • excellent
    jaym
    Dined on 9/9/2014
    from the friendly bartender & waitress, the food and dessert was outstanding, and the view impeccable....HIGHLY recommended
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • roadwarrior
    Dined on 9/9/2014
    Outstanding view and dining exerience. A very special and memorable place
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, hot spot, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • all around perfect meal
    kevin
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    We had driven past many times but never stopped and were looking for someplace above the ordinary - River's End delivered on all counts. The environment and location are great, all of the staff were friendly and helpful and attentive. And the food as superb. The four of us samples appetizers and salads as well as several of the specials. It was all delicious. The salmon was in season and incredibly fresh. We cant wait to go back during crab season!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Never disappoints
    OpenTable Diner Since 2004
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    We ate here for lunch on September 5th and 6th on our way to San Francisco and return from Sea Ranch. We love the place, great food, excellent service, and of course the view. The restaurant was full by 1:30 so go early ( opens at noon for,lunch) and or have reservations. We have been going for a decade now for lunch and dinner and are never disappointed. Special salmon and oyster meals on certain days. Soups are first rate, currently the salmon chowder is on the menu and fantastic. My wife had the heirloom tomatoes...first rate.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall