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Village Inn & Restaurant
Village Inn & Restaurant

Village Inn & Restaurant Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.villageinn-ca.com
  • Phone: (707) 865-2304
  • Hours of Operation: Open Wednesday through Sunday. Bar from 3PM; dinner service starts at 5PM
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: American, Californian, Contemporary American
  • Executive Chef: William Oliver
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Fireplace, Full Bar, Non-Smoking Area, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Smoking Area, Smoking Area (patio only), Takeout, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine, Wine Bar
  • Catering: With prior arrangement, owner Mark Belhumeur will be pleased to coordinate your perfect event.
  • Private Party Facilities: Parties for all occasions are welcome. Gatherings from 2 to 80 are possible in a variety of indoor and outdoor locations for daytime and evening private and semi-private functions.
  • Private Party Contact: Mark Belhumeur (707) 865-2304
  • Special Events & Promotions: The Village Inn & Restaurant is perfect for reunions, weddings, retreats, meetings, presentations, social and business gatherings of all types. We have private and semi-private dining areas to accommodate groups of 6 to 40.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Bohemian Highway
  • Public Transit: Sonoma County Transit bus 20 is convenient, as is Bill's Taxi at (707) 869-2177
  • Parking: Private Lot
  • Parking Details: Convenient, complimentary parking is plentiful in our private lot. Complimentary limousine, bus, RV and motorcycle parking is available as well.
A word from Village Inn & Restaurant
The Village Inn & Restaurant is located on the Russian River, with its spectacular views and majestic redwoods. It's the perfect spot for drinks and dinner. We feature Sonoma Wine Country cuisine serving local meats, environmentally safe and sustainable seafood, hand-rolled pastas, fowl and vegetarian dishes, variety of salads and small plates and homemade desserts in a relaxed, casual atmosphere. We have a full bar with a premium well and a multi-award-winning wine list consisting exclusively of Sonoma County vintners or vines There are three distinct dining areas to enjoy: Our seasonal deck overlooking the River is the perfect place for an al fresco meal or drinks. Hampton's Riverside Bar is charming and intimate with extensive art, a fireplace and lots of windows to enjoy the views and the Dining Room, reminiscent of a trans-continental rail dining car which offers the same spectacular views. A favorite return spot for local residents and visitors alike!Continued
Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerRomantic
  • Diners' Choice WinnerScenic View
Diner Reviews
  • "The Village Inn is an absolute gem. The duck confit tostadas were excellent as was the flatiron steak. The special risotto of the day was with fava beans and lamb tenderloin and was just delicious. The zeppole's for dessert were heaven! Jacqueline's professional service completed a perfect meal along the Russian River!"
    Dined on 7/9/2014
  • "A great get away restaurant. My wife and I celebrated Easter and our anniversary this year with an overnight stay which included have a great dinner and Easter brunch at the Village Inn. Every thing from the room to the bar and the restaurant is highly recommended."
    Dined on 4/19/2014
  • "A hidden hideaway...not to be missed! Great food.....beautiful overlook of the Russian River!"
    Dined on 6/8/2014
  • "Excellent meal, attentive service. Lovely setting by the river."
    Dined on 6/7/2014
  • "I really wanted to like this place, but it was just OK. We would not return."
    Dined on 5/25/2014
  • "We loved every moment here. This was a special birthday dinner and the staff reserved us a lovely table overlooking the russian River with Happy Birthday written on the paper table cover. The wine was delicious, the food outstanding and lots of it! They brought us a complimentary dessert for our birthday. Will return again & again!!"
    Dined on 5/21/2014
  • "Village Inn has it all. Perched above the Russian River, with endless decks for dining and sipping, Village Inn is the perfect place for a quiet evening. The food is always delicious, the wait staff lovely and accommodating, and the ambience unmatchable. A real delight."
    Dined on 5/23/2014
  • "Village Inn is very charming. It is also located in a cellular (ATT) deadspot, so when our daughter did not arrive to meet us for dinner, we were very worried. She was over an hour late, we were unable to reach her. The waitress graciously let us use her personal cell phone to locate our daughter. She also boxed our food and arranged for a to-go dessert order so that we could provide a dinner for our daughter when we finally met her later. "
    Dined on 5/16/2014
  • "Nice building and restaurant setting. Greeting was nice. Service was extremely slow and restaurant was not busy. Terrible bloody mary cocktail. Basket of bread was weak. They were already out of the French toast which was recommended for children and had only been serving for 2 hours. The balance of the food was just ok. Kobe beef burger that was from a frozen patty. Fries were homemade and good. Mommy's meal was supposed to have a horseradish sauce that never made it to the plate. She said her meal was fine other than that. She was being polite. Did not get a water glass refill until we had finished lunch. Desert was supposed to be Meyer Lemon cheesecake, came out as plain cheesecake with a berry drizzle on top. No thank you or goodbye."
    Dined on 5/11/2014
  • "Got a great outside table overlooking the Russian River. The weather, beautiful views, and very comfortable seating set the stage. Service was good, although a little slow, which was alright with us. Menu was creative, and well executed. Overall, a really nice experience! "
    Dined on 5/11/2014
  • "The new Chef here is amazing. The steak was great and the Russian River locale is scenic. It was well suited for a romantic dinner. The service was friendly and efficient and the bar charming. Very pretty artwork. We will definitely be back for dinner as we are adding the Village Inn to our list of regular restaurants."
    Dined on 5/2/2014
  • "Warm welcome from the owner, who added some thing special for our anniversary on the table as well as a complimentary desert. Service was great. My partner greatly enjoyed his steak. Wonderful view of the River and Bridge from our table. Overall, a wonderful experience!"
    Dined on 4/26/2014
  • "We recently met friends for a dinner at Village Inn and took advantage of the great weather to eat outside on the deck, overlooking the river. It was wonderful! The food was great (try the tuna appetizer) the wine list generous, the service excellent and the view was beautiful. I highly recommend Village Inn."
    Dined on 4/6/2014
  • "My wife and I celebrated our 33rd anniversary and chose The Village Inn for our special dinner. We've eaten here a handful of times previously and have never walked away with anything but good things to say about it. Tonight was extra special because it was still light enough outside that we could enjoy the view of the Russian River through the window at our table. The view was perfect and only got better as the sun began to set over the hills. The VI is a perfect place for a romantic dinner. The service was good and friendly, the food was presented beautifully and tasted as good as it looked. I highly recommend a visit."
    Dined on 4/4/2014
  • "We decided to try this place for Sonoma County Restaurant week. They were very busy so the service was a little slow. Overall the food was pretty good. Their fried calamari was very fresh. The entrees were good, a vegetarian potato/mushroom "lasagne" but would have been better with some kind of sauce. Two people had the steak entree which was good but nothing really special. I'd like to return on a nice warm summer evening, sitcom the patio and try something off the regular menu."
    Dined on 3/15/2014
  • "The Village Inn and Restaurant is perfect for that out-of the way dining you crave once in a while. Under the redwoods with a few of the river!! Quaint old style. Wonderful food and service. We recently visited during Sonoma County restaurant week. We had a fine meal with luscious wine pairings.Very enjoyable atmosphere. The mushroom potato "lasagne" was delicious as was the Rhode Island style clam chowder!"
    Dined on 3/14/2014
  • "At 6:30 P.M. the sun is setting through the redwoods. A glass of champagne and clam chowder is the only thing you could ask for. The beet salad with the cheese flan was different and tasty. The ravioli stuffed with duck was a very small serving but what wa there was delicious. I had a prime rib that was under seasoned but came with a potato cake that was amazing."
    Dined on 3/15/2014
  • "A wonderful "find" off the main road-what a treasure!"
    Dined on 3/14/2014
  • "Tucked away in tiny Monte Rio and perched above the Russian River, VI is the height of intimate charm. Three friends joined me for dinner during Restaurant Week. The three course special prix fixe offered plenty of delicious choices. I had a potato/wild mushroom 'lasagna' that was one of the most memorable dishes I"ve eaten. The soup and desserts were also delicious, as was the wine. But the real draw here is the picturesque, unpretentious, old world charm and caring service. All four of us agreed that this was one of the loveliest, most unpretentious dining experiences we've had. P.S. I understand that the lovely riverfront patio is open on weekends for drinks….and possibly meals. Nothing like it!"
    Dined on 3/13/2014
  • "We started with the Duck Confit Tostadas. They brought out a colorful dish, the duck was tender and perfectly complemented the strawberry mole sauce. Our entrees consisted of a very well cooked NY strip and the handmade pasta of the day was pappardelle with slow braised pork tenderloin. Kind of bland, but adequate. For dessert we tried the Lemon Meyer Cheesecake which was very rich and possibly the best cheesecake I've ever tasted. We also had their White Chocolate Strawberry Turnover which was amazingly tart and sweet. Would highly recommend this restaurant. As a side note, the Russian River 2012 Pinot Noir was light, subtle and sweet."
    Dined on 3/12/2014
  • "We were not expecting much from such a small town, but omg, great food, great service! Would definitely go back. The waiter was such a polite young man and did not hover - he was the perfect waiter! Great experience!"
    Dined on 2/13/2014
  • "Mark and his crew are always warm and inviting. Food with new chef is fantastic. Nothing like sitting by a roaring fire on a rainy night with good food, wine and friends. Will be back!"
    Dined on 2/5/2014
  • "If you can make an opportunity to dine here, you must do so. Everything was perfect."
    Dined on 1/16/2014
  • "Congrats to the new chef and folks at Village Inn! The new menu is delightful! We left completely satisfied and look forward to trying more of the new entrees and appetizers. An added treat was the all Sonoma County wine selection! Thank you Mark and Cathy for keeping us locals well fed, year after year!"
    Dined on 1/11/2014
  • "My wife and I were on a getaway weekend for our 20th anniversary and one of the nights we stopped at Village Inn. If you like an historical view while dining, this is the place. The food was excellent, the service was superb, made for a great evening of relaxation."
    Dined on 11/15/2013
  • "The restaurant and guest rooms are top notch. The Village Inn was built in 1905, and was the set for the movie Holiday Inn, staring Bing Crosby and Fred Astaire. The song, White Christmas, was introduced in that movie. It's always a treat to walk on to the property that includes meticulously maintained gardens that overlook the Russian River. Head for the restaurant for the very best in atmosphere and dining. The food is to die for, the service is great, and the wine list is extensive. My best advice is that you try it for yourselves. You won't regret it. It's a totally unuique experience, and is very affordable. This is one to write home about!"
    Dined on 11/29/2013
  • "Has really upgraded over the last decade, light and airy with grate view of the river. We are going back for Thanksgiving."
    Dined on 10/26/2013
  • "Village Inn and restaurant is a hidden gem. You must and I mean must go and stay. The grounds are immaculate. Upscale outdoor furniture and an awesome view from where ever you sit. Cathy is the innkeeper and she goes out of her way to make you feel at home. We are going back and bringing friends. Great food and drinks."
    Dined on 10/26/2013
  • "Dinner took unusually long to arrive . However, I think this was an anomaly. We will give the restaurant another try as we enjoyed the food and location."
    Dined on 10/19/2013
  • "The setting is romantic: an old inn overlooking the Russian River. Nice table, accommodating and professional staff. The key issue was the food: while well prepared, it was bland, seeming like something out of the 50s or 60s. If the food were better, this would be a romantic-in-a-kitschy-way destination. With ordinary food/menu, unfortunately it's not worth a second visit."
    Dined on 10/18/2013
  • "This is the best of quaint unpretentious West County dining. It is also a cozy and historic hotel for an occasional reconnecting. We stayed over on our anniversary last year, and returned for dinner on our 11th last week. The service is caring and professional. They accomodated our special requests for gluten free etc. with not a hint of agitation. The portions were extremely generous and the wine excellent as well. The dining rooms are adorned with a very real collection of art..during the day the quiet river setting is lovely at any time of year. Do not overlook The Village Inn. Real greatness usually is accompanied by understated humility. And you don't have to travel to France. They are right here!"
    Dined on 10/6/2013
  • "The food was great and plentiful, but the best part was the staff and the feeling that this really was a part of the area, people knew each other, and it was really friendly. I'd highly recommend."
    Dined on 10/5/2013
  • "Really enjoyed our dinner. The little vacation town is old-fashioned & charming, the restaurant is the set for Bing Crosby's Holiday Inn & is cute, the outdoor deck overlooks the river & is really nice before the sun sets, & our waitress was so nice, as were the other people sitting outside. Looks like a quiet nice place to stay the night, too."
    Dined on 5/31/2013
  • "This place is always a special spot for us. The bar is very small and European like. Mark, the owner, is always cordial and he makes great drinks! The view is lovely, the people are fun, what's not to like?"
    Dined on 9/20/2013
  • "Went for our 31st wedding anniversary. Once they heard it was our anniversary they gave us the best table on the river. We had excellent service. Beautiful weather. Dinner was marvelous and they bought and made us a special dessert. it was a wonderful experience."
    Dined on 9/8/2013
  • "Spend a very nice evening at the VI. Dinner on the deck overlooking the river was fantastic. Great meal with good service knowledgeablew of the area. Followed by an enjoyable after dinner drink at the bar."
    Dined on 9/13/2013
  • "We often stop to see Mark and company because they make their guests feel welcome, comfortable, and very satisfied. The Village Inn is a lovely spot with great food and excellent service, all overlooking the Russian River. A true gem in Monte Rio, CA."
    Dined on 8/31/2013
  • "Wow, a surf and turf special for $38 which consisted of 3 not-so-big shrimp and a shrimpy sized piece of (nicely cooked) beef. The protein was dwarfed by the baked potato. When we told the manager we thought this was not much bang for the buck, he was polite but did not deal with our obvious disappointment in the portion size. We've come many times before, but the lack of customer service left a bad taste in our mouths."
    Dined on 8/22/2013
  • "First time back to Village Inn in nearly 40 years and what a change!. From cheap vegetarian to high quality all around choices. The four of us had different entrees and all were excellent. Service top notch."
    Dined on 7/28/2013
  • "the service & the ambiance were fine- the food was a huge dissapointment. oily & bland. the fish was way overcooked & dry. they offered tartar sauce & sadly, it was an improvement :( my partner had the chicken & it was also oily & bland."
    Dined on 7/25/2013