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About 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.

Call for Breakfast and Brunch reservations.

7901 Highway One
Little River, CA 95456
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Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
Contemporary American, Seafood, Bar / Lounge / Bottle Service

Hours of Operation:

Breakfast: M-Sa 8:00am-10:30am
Breakfast: Su 8:00am-12:00pm
Dinner: Su-Th 6:00pm-8:30pm
Dinner: F-Sa 6:00pm-9:00pm
Brunch: Sa 8:00am-10:30am
Brunch: Su 8:00am-12:00pm

Cross Street:
Little River Airport Road

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$31 to $50

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(707) 937-5942

Website:
http://www.littleriverinn.com/

Parking Details:
Parking is complimentary.

Executive Chef:
Marc Dym

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: (707) 962-2197

Additional:
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking, Takeout, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Little River Inn Restaurant Ratings and Reviews

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4.5

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.5

service

4.5

ambience

4.3

value

4.2

Noise

Moderate

98% would recommend it to a friend

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Local Ingredients (12)
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Romantic (11)
Creative Cuisine (9)
Good for Birthdays (9)
Fit for Foodies (8)
Cozy (7)
Notable Wine List (7)
Quiet Conversation (7)
Waterfront (7)
Good for Groups (6)
Neighborhood Gem (6)
Casual (5)
Healthy (5)
Vibrant Bar Scene (5)
Authentic (4)
Comfort Food (4)
Fun (3)
Great Beer (3)
Hot Spot (3)
Seasonal (3)
Good Vegetarian Options (3)
Handcrafted Cocktails (2)
Happy Hour (2)
People Watching (2)
Sunday Lunch (2)
Afternoon Coffee (1)
Great for Brunch (1)
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Gluten Free Options (1)
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·Dined on December 10, 2017

Always delicious. The wait staff and busers were very nice and friendly to us . They were very busy and we were not ignored . So nice!

Tags: Good for Groups, People Watching, Happy Hour, Comfort Food, Scenic View, Neighborhood Gem
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 9, 2017

Our dinner was great!! We had the sole and bouillabaisse. The bouillabase was loveley with a light note of saffon. The sole was light, flakey and done to perfection. Be sure to save room for the cobbler.

Tags: Good for a Date, Fit for Foodies, Local Ingredients, Vibrant Bar Scene, Scenic View, Good for Birthdays, Good for Groups, Notable Wine List, Bar Seating, Romantic
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 9, 2017

This is our go to spot when staying at the Inn. It's so easy to check in and then walk to dinner. The food has always been very good. This time was better than before. My wife and I both ordered local fish dishes and they were excellent. Hers was the Petrale Sole and mine the Salmon. Her clam chowder was terrific and featured clams in the shells. My potato leek soup appeared to be the same base as the chowder with bacon instead of clams. This is good food in a really good restaurant that is so convenient that it trumps any negatives (if ever there were any)

Tags: Worth the Drive, Vibrant Bar Scene, Local Ingredients, Waterfront, Good for a Date, Scenic View
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 (Las Vegas)·Dined on October 27, 2017

Went for a quiet meal on a foggy evening in Little River. Meal was delicious and wine great. Wonderful meal.
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 (Sacramento)·Dined on October 8, 2017

Food was good but it took forever. Server was having a rough night I gues..

Tags: Good for a Date, Special Occasion
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·Dined on October 8, 2017

The food was delicious, perfectly prepared, and unique. The pureed spinach was incredible! We were greeted warmly and made to feel very welcome. The only very minor glitch was that our server was spread too thin between two different rooms. It wasn't her fault, but it limited her ability to check on tables frequently. But that was very minor in the big picture of a great meal.

Tags: Gluten Free Options, Cozy, Scenic View, Authentic, Vibrant Bar Scene, Worth the Drive, Pre/post Theatre, Local Ingredients, Casual, Sunday Lunch, Special Occasion, Healthy, Fit for Foodies, Bar Seating, Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays, Creative Cuisine, Good Vegetarian Options
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 29, 2017

Everything was terrific. The only knock is that the decor needs to be updated in the dining room. The service was outstanding. Highly recommended.

Tags: Good for a Date, Healthy, Local Ingredients, Bar Seating
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on September 28, 2017

Everything about our experience at the restaurant was wonderful. The staff was very attentive. We liked it so much that we went back again the next night. The clam chowder soup was fantastic - not the usual thick pasty stuff many restaurants serve. This one had the clams still in their shells and the broth was so flavorful.

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·Dined on September 28, 2017

My wife and I get away for 3 or 4 days every other month and The Inn At Little River was exceptional and will differently be on our Fave rates List.

Tags: Casual, Comfort Food, Tasting Menu, Quiet Conversation, Worth the Drive, Creative Cuisine
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 26, 2017

This is a very nice Mendocino Restaurant with views of the ocean from the bar, you are able to witness beautiful sunsets!
The dining area is nice with big windows of greenery. The staff is friendly and helpful, very nice overall. We enjoyed the salads, fish and desert!

Tags: Bar Seating, Good for Birthdays, Worth the Drive, Special Occasion
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 26, 2017

Is there any dish Chef Marc cannot do to delicious perfection at the Little River Inn Restaurant? We stayed at the Inn three days for our anniversary and enjoyed three dinners and two breakfasts, each one amazing. Dinner hour is particularly popular. Mendocino Coast ocean views are stunning from anywhere on Inn property. Some tables have an ocean view but most look into the garden. Only complaint would be a minor fly issue when windows are open on a warm, nice day, which is the weather we got for our getaway. The staff is unfailingly cheerful, efficient and kind. Cannot recommend them highly enough.

Tags: Scenic View, Great Beer, Good for a Date, Fit for Foodies, Cozy, Worth the Drive, Casual, Good for Anniversaries, Notable Wine List, Quiet Conversation, Special Occasion, Neighborhood Gem, Romantic, Bar Seating
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 24, 2017

The meal was good, but the staff was stretched thin trying to accommodate a large birthday party. Also, the noise level was uncomfortable. Worth trying once more.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 19, 2017

This restaurant has a lovely atmosphere with gardens, and overlooking the ocean. The food was superbly prepared, and plated. Our waitress was excellent; very friendly and professional. We highly recommend this restaurant to anyone visiting the Mendocino Coast.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Good for a Date, Scenic View, Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries, Waterfront, Good for Birthdays, Local Ingredients, Romantic
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 (Sacramento)·Dined on September 18, 2017

This restaurant was a score! A plus. We accidentally went there, while actually looking for a different restaurant that was located down the road. So I assumed. This time what a GREAT assumption. They served us immediately, had reservations but still...ok been there before on the mystic Mendocino Coast line, but it's been years. WOW the food was amazing. The only disappointment were the oysters, but only cause they were so small, otherwise Fabulous. there were three of us, all ordered different selections and shared. Treat Yourself.....

Tags: Hot Spot, Fit for Foodies, Romantic, Worth the Drive
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 17, 2017

Great breakfasts....Wonderful scones, espresso drinks, omelettes, Swedish pancakes. Champagne service on Sunday mornings.

Tags: Notable Wine List, Seasonal, Local Ingredients, Creative Cuisine, Bar Seating, Great for Brunch, Healthy, Romantic, Good Vegetarian Options
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 17, 2017

Great food, friendly attentive wait staff, delightful
host, beautiful appointed dining room. Had one of the best Halibut dinners ever and my wife had a lovely vegetarian entree.

Tags: Good Vegetarian Options, Hot Spot, Local Ingredients, Authentic, Bar Seating, Romantic, Creative Cuisine, Healthy, Great Beer, Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 17, 2017

This was a lively bar and restaurant with lots of good service and friendliness. Food was great, although they were out of the cheesecake dessert we wantedeven though it was a relatively early reservation (6:45). The noise level was high, almost too high. But we had a great time and had a wonderful table with views of the ocean.

Tags: Special Occasion, Scenic View, Neighborhood Gem, Vibrant Bar Scene
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on September 17, 2017

What a magical evening! From being greeted by the host to signing the bill, every experience with staff was a pleasure. We felt so taken care of and special, and that was on a busy Saturday night. The wine and food were spectacular. The view from the bar is gorgeous, and the dining room has a lovely garden outlook.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Neighborhood Gem, Bar Seating, Worth the Drive, Creative Cuisine, Notable Wine List, Scenic View, Romantic, Good for a Date, Good for Groups, Fit for Foodies, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Cozy
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 12, 2017

The food was absolutely devine and the service was outstanding! I'd go back there if ever in the area again. We not only had dinner there, but also enjoyed breakfast as well. Yummy!

Tags: Hot Spot, Fun, Romantic, Seasonal, Waterfront
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 9, 2017

Birthday celebration

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·Dined on September 9, 2017

We were up from the bay area staying next to the restsurant. Walking distance. We also had breakfast that morning. We enjoyed our visit to little River and enjoyed your restaurant very much.

Tags: Sunday Lunch, Scenic View, Special Occasion
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 7, 2017

Great dining experience that I would highly recommend! The food was great and the timing between courses was perfect. The staff was great too, and didn't make us feel rushed. Very pleasant night!

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Quiet Conversation, Creative Cuisine, Special Occasion, Worth the Drive, Casual, Scenic View, Good for a Date
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 3, 2017

Service and waitstaff was top notch. Adorable ambiance. Great view for sunset. Wonderful attention to detail and accommodating food allergies.

Tags: Scenic View, Special Occasion, People Watching, Good for a Date
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on August 30, 2017

This is a charming inn near Mendocino. The food was good - not great - the people were
so nice and friendly. Would probably go back for the bar and appetizers rather than a meal.
Beautiful views of the Pacific Ocean.

Tags: Scenic View, Bar Seating
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on August 29, 2017

My birthday celebration. I was looking forward to a great meal. I ordered the Parmesan crusted eggplant. Of the 3 slices of eggplant served, two were burnt on the outside and one was practically raw. The server was great and ended up giving me a different meal so my dining companion would not have to wait for me to be served to finish her meal. The substitute meal was very good, but not what I wanted, and I continued to have a burnt taste in my mouth even after eating the other dinner. I was given a free dessert, which was very nice, but I was disappointed with the meal overall, especially since it was my birthday celebration. However, gIven that the replacement meal was good, I would still recommend this restaurant.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on August 28, 2017

Very good food in one of the world's most scenic settings on the Mendocino coast. The menu is designed for a well-heeled, older crowd rather than the adventurous foodie diner, featuring seafood, plenty of meat options, sufficient if not exciting vegetarian choices, nice desserts, very good wines. The dining room is painted in calm sea colors with abundant seating. The view is fantastic. I took the picture below in the parking lot in front of the restaurant.

All service in this corner of the world is a tad too languid for my taste (possibly owing to Mendocino County's ubiquitous #1 agricultural product), but we had our best service here. We saw a veteran maitre d' pleasantly handle an obnoxious patron.

The small bar is close to the dining room and was very noisy the night we were there, but the design seems to keep the noise from spilling over too much.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Waterfront, Good for a Date, Worth the Drive, Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion, Local Ingredients, Romantic, Vibrant Bar Scene, Scenic View, Bar Seating, Seasonal
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·Dined on August 27, 2017

When we were first met by the Gentleman that sat us, we knew we were off to a great start - Thank You Sir. We sat by an opened window that provided us with a wonderful and a magical breeze and view of the ocean. It was a quiet corner, the drinks were tasty, the food was well-prepared and presented by Marc - the salmon and scallops were very succulent, and we will be back.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Good for Anniversaries, Creative Cuisine, Healthy, Casual, Special Occasion, Scenic View, Worth the Drive
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on August 26, 2017

Fantastic experience. Superb food and impeccable service.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on August 26, 2017

The meal was great from the start. The calamari was tender and perfectly seasoned with an delicious, delicate mustard based sauce. The entrees were prepared with incredible skill. The salmon was clearly caught within the last 12 to 16 hours, grilled to perfection and served with an excellent polenta. However, the spinach puree was an acquired taste. On the other hand, the scallops were tender, translucent, and also perfectly seasoned. The scallops were served with a roasted corn risotto and fresh peas in the pod that were served hot, yet still had a wonderful snap when eaten. All of this was followed with a marscarpone based cheese cake that you simply have to taste to believe. What made the evening completely over the top was the service. From the wine steward to the wait staff to the manager, we were treated with sincere respect and concern that we experience an incredible evening. I recommend Little River Inn for any occasion. You have to visit here if you are in Mendocino County - or any where within an eight hour drive. Trust me, it is worth it.

Tags: Cozy, Scenic View, Good for a Date, Local Ingredients, Waterfront, Good for Anniversaries, Creative Cuisine, Notable Wine List, Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for Birthdays, Good for Groups, Special Occasion, Romantic
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·Dined on August 20, 2017

Food was excellent!! Best clam chowder I have EVER had and the Elk Ragout with home made pasta was superb. We did not have dessert as we were too full. The portion size is very generous. The dining room was almost full when we were there so it was somewhat noisy but that subsided as other guests finished their meal and departed. Overall a most excellent meal at a beautiful location on the ocean.

Tags: Cozy, Good for Groups, Fit for Foodies, Comfort Food, Fun
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·Dined on August 19, 2017

This restaurant is adorable and the food was amazing. However, the front door slams very loudly every time someone goes in and out of it and we happened to be sitting just beside the door. It was horrible. We were on a date and it must've slammed 50 times. I don't understand why they would not fix that with a simple bumper. Our food was very late (they forgot to put the order in) but it was very delicious.

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·Dined on August 18, 2017

No complaints! Great food, excellent service and reasonable prices. Definitely a gem!

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Cozy, Good for a Date, Great for Lunch, Good for Birthdays, Bar Seating, Special Occasion
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·Dined on August 15, 2017

Made to feel very welcome by all the staff. However the decor was tired, the food mediocre, and the ambience subdued. Ingredients were fresh, but lacked a certain finesse, the steak was very chewy and the peppercorns somewhat took away any chance of tasting the steak beneath. Both fish dishes were very fresh, but once again suffered a lack of appealing to the eye. The kids menu though limited, was fine, but once again expensive.
Considering the price of the meal, we would expect better surroundings and food. We left disappointed, but not hungry, and we must say again, the staff were very pleasant and efficient. We could not recommend this restaurant, and our sentiments were borne out as we left. A young couple were looking at the menu and asked us if they should sit down for a meal. Our immediate response was to suggest that they went elsewhere.

Tags: Quiet Conversation
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 (Tahoe)·Dined on August 14, 2017

The service was fantastic! The host gave us an option between some tables. We appreciated that since most places don't. Our waitress was great, we never felt rushed. We split a steak and they cut it and put it on two plates. Excellent place with fantastic food!!

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 (Sacramento)·Dined on August 13, 2017

We were visiting Mendocino area for the weekend and a friend recommended the Little River Inn for brunch or dinner.
We had brunch there and had a lovely time.
Great food, great service, reasonable prices, and beautiful location.
My husband and I definitely plan to return there in the future.
Trish & Derek

Tags: Romantic, Waterfront, Neighborhood Gem, Afternoon Coffee, Afternoon Tea, Happy Hour, Good for Groups, Good for Anniversaries, Great for Brunch, Scenic View, Great for Lunch, Good for a Date, Fun
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 (New England)·Dined on August 13, 2017

Little River Inn is a gem. The food gets better every time we visit.

Tags: Cozy, Creative Cuisine, Comfort Food, Local Ingredients, Fun
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on August 9, 2017

My husband and I were celebrating our anniversary and we could not have picked a better restaurant. The food was great but what made the evening so special was our server, Jenn. She made sure everything was perfect from the moment we were seated---thank you Jenn!!

Tags: Casual, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on August 9, 2017

Great food and attentive service. All seafood cooked perfectly. Great abalone fritters! Would definitely return without hesitation.

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 (Tahoe)·Dined on August 6, 2017

Birthday brunch

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vip
 (Central Coast)·Dined on August 6, 2017

The food is good, but not great, the view is mainly from the bar, not the restaurant seating, but the LRI has a soul, and I would never miss a chance to go there.

Tags: People Watching, Comfort Food, Vibrant Bar Scene, Fun, Scenic View
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