Little River Inn Restaurant

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379 Reviews
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$31 to $50
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Contemporary American
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.
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KH
Sacramento
10 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

We enjoyed a marvelous dinner. The dining room is fantastic with large windows all around. You feel you are having an elegant meal in the garden! Started with a cocktail and sourdough bread and butter. We tried the clam chowder with steamers in the bowl, fish and chips and even their burger. All very delicious! We had dessert sharing a cobbler and a hot fudge sundae. Our waiter was very attentive and friendly. Will definitely go again and again and again...

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OT
1 review
Dined on June 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of the best dinners we’ve had on the Mendocino Coast!

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s
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on June 4, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

This was ok,. No what I was hoping for. Portion size to large needed more attention to details and presentation .

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PG
Tahoe
1 review
Dined on May 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Two of us shared three dishes. The first and second came together, as requeted. One was the steamed clam chowder, with clams in the shell. One of the best either of us can remember...and we lived in New England for several years. We asked for an extra spoon and the kitchen split the chowder in separate bowls...no charge. Second course, same time, was fried calamari. It was dusted in rice flour and very crisp, not at all greasy. Served with an unusual sweet and hot mustard sauce and lemon to squeeze. Superb. The final course was scallops with orzo in a very deep herbed sauce, and grilled asparagus.

The dining room is surrounded by lush gardens, with one side facing the sea.

Our server was Jen, and she was great.

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S
Adelaide / SA
14 reviews
Dined on May 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This trip was our annual jaunt to Mendecino and we always stay at the Little River Inn. The ocean view from our room was beautiful. The restaurant has courteous staff who are knowledgable about the food and beverages.

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OT
1 review
Dined on May 26, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 3

Ehhhh....
Had reservation, was seated right away but waited 15 minutes for water, 20 minutes for server attention and 45 minutes first plate. Not awful but couple that with a couple seated after us with no reservation had main dish served before we received appetizer with the same server did not feel so great. Food was good, clam chowder was unique but the main dish was basic. We were guests at the inn and while we would stay there again we would skip dining there.

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Vancouver
1 review
Dined on May 25, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Reservations regarded. Table was ready. Service was a little slow but it was busy. Food was delicious & warm.

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PC
1 review
Dined on May 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always have a delicious & romantic time there. Love the gardens surrounding the dining room. Our dinner the 1st night became a little too noisy with a large family with young children who stayed a little too long, but once they finally sent the kids out, the ambiance resumed to comfortable. Food is always outstanding!

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SS
Sacramento
3 reviews
Dined on May 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A favorite place when visiting ! Loved the window seat~ such a quaint place!!

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r
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on May 14, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 3

Special Occasion dinner booked in advance and confirmed with the restaurant a week ahead of time with the restaurant advised it was a Special Occasion dinner. Asked for a window seat with ocean view, got a window seat with garden view and never offered a table in the ocean view room. No recognition from the restaurant staff of it being a Special Occasion event. Fried calamari appetizer was OK, no different from what you get anywhere else. Bouillabaisse was very good-lots of seafood. Service was ok. Prices were Mendocino County high, which is expected. Just a middling experience unfortunately. With so many other options in Mendocino County, I will likely not return.

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MF
1 review
Dined on May 13, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Very accommodating!! Had a meet with the chef and he was extremely helpful and informative regarding my celiac disease. Made my experience dining there a wonderful one.

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BR
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Beautiful old world hotel / restaurant with great food
Fabulous views of the Pacific Ocean

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CD
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

My wife and I enjoyed our dinner very much. We were greeted by Jim, who could not have been nicer.
We were offered options for our table and we chose a table in very cozy room with views of the ocean.
Our server was very friendly and courteous. Although the special starter abalone and corn fritters, was not what I was hoping for, the batter overpowered the abalone flavor, the Bouillabaisse entre and the berry cobbler, made for it. I will definitely be returning, we really enjoyed our evening; next time I will have to order a different starter dish.

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JM
1 review
Dined on May 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent as usual. Scallops were cooked to perfection. Friendly service. Amazing view of the ocean, and a beautiful view of Nancy Collins’ watercolors. Little River Inn is our every six months treat!

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J
San Francisco
10 reviews
Dined on May 3, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Portions are Very large. Salads are huge and if fries come with your selection it is a bit much.
The 'bar menu' is fantastic. Many of the diners ordered from the bar menu. The staff both in the bar and the restaurant are outstanding. The two female bartenders know how to mix a drink. Best margarita I have ever had! Excellent fish tacos and fish and fries. Korean chicken sandwich was a bit too spicy but still tasty.

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h
San Francisco
123 reviews
Dined on May 1, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 3ambience 3

OK, nothing special. Fancy-sounding dishes made very ordinary, and very expensive. $5 for a cup of tea? And an added charge for sharing a dessert? Rather petty.

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V
San Francisco
16 reviews
Dined on April 30, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 4

Great location facing the Pacific Ocean. However, the main dining room does not offer a view. There is a smaller dining room offering water views. Hence, when making reservations you can request.
Their menu is very diverse, offering seafood, chicken, and seafood.
Service was excellent and personable. A very enjoyably dining experience.

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JR
San Francisco
26 reviews
Dined on April 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Delicious prix fixe meal, generous portions. Attentive service.

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MO
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on April 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The mission of the Inn is very much felt in the atmosphere of the Dining Room. The team who served us were friendly, accommodating, but not intrusive. I had hoped to have scallops but they were not on the menu the night we were there. I had them on a previous visit and they were outstanding. Our fish entrees, halibut and petrale, were prepared to perfection and I didn't miss the scallops! Our selections were flavorful and hot when served. The accompanying dishes paired well with the meal. Overall, a very enjoyable meal.

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LK
San Francisco
12 reviews
Dined on April 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent service and the boulabaise fish stew was a delight

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JG
1 review
Dined on April 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We always enjoy dining at the Little River Inn. Ambiance and food wonderful. Ole's Whale Watch Bar is great to have a cocktail or two and enjoy the stunning view. Love everything about the Little River Inn!

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TM
Sacramento
3 reviews
Dined on April 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The visit was all we expected it would be. The staff was very friendly, the food delicious, and the ocean view incomparable. All together a most delightful experience.

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BE
1 review
Dined on April 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always enjoyable to eat at the Little River Inn. Great food with beautiful surroundings.

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MM
San Francisco
24 reviews
Dined on April 10, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

This is a beautiful place. The restaurant has large picture windows into green gardens and has a feeling of being at grandma's place. The service was terrific at our table of 9. We all enjoyed the food very much with an assortment of seafood and steak. Prices are reasonable. We came back for breakfast (loved our room at the inn as well), which was excellent with large portions.

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SP
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a lovely dinner with excellent service. Both of our dinners were perfectly prepared. Would definitely return!

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OT
Portland
6 reviews
Dined on March 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food and service were exceptional. The braised beef short rib was one of the best I’ve had. You also must try Mischa’s Martini.

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DA
1 review
Dined on March 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We have been to the Little River restaurant several times in the past. It's always been tasty and the service is always great.

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c
San Francisco
16 reviews
Dined on March 26, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

We had a very delicious dinner with an excellent bottle of red wine recommended by our server.

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JT
1 review
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Nice location, good service, and good food, We'll be back

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Las Vegas
38 reviews
Dined on March 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We love coming to this restaurant because of the food and service. The wine list is very good and the food is delicious. Our server Jenn, was very outgoing and friendly.

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MP
1 review
Dined on March 19, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Food was great! Price for crab cakes was a little high for the size but they tasted very good. Service was somewhat slow but we weren’t in a rush. Will be back!

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KR
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on March 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

We were given a nice little table in a quiet room which I had requested, and was thankful for because the main room was very noisy. Our service was prompt and very good. We had several waiters which seemed odd, but it was fine. The young man who filled the water was very odd. He would swiftly march into the room, walk very quickly around in a circle and leave. It was a bit disruptive.
Our food was excellent. We had the calamari appetizer which was prepared well and not greasy.
I had the salmon with spinach purée and my husband had the sole almandine. Both were excellent. We ordered cobbler to go and it did not disappoint!

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OT
1 review
Dined on March 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

We come every St. Pat’s Day to savor their corned beef and cabbage meal. Absolutely the best!

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B
San Francisco
13 reviews
Dined on March 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful service and spectacular chef’s special in the lovely garden dining room

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OT
Portland
27 reviews
Dined on March 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Beautiful restaurant setting and lovely food. Wonderful wild boar ragout - definitely would be back

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J
San Francisco
13 reviews
Dined on February 28, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Excellent dining in a lovely setting. Setvice was top-notch. Try the cobbler of it’s on the menu.

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SR
San Francisco
15 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Enjoyed our dinner with friends Fri 2/22. Our server Susan was wonderful!

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Service was excellent! We had sunset view and it was amazing. I had the scallops and it was yummy! The oysters were sweet and delicious! My husband had the flat iron steak and even that was amazing! We were given truffles made by the head chef and my husband enjoyed it to the fullest. Next time we will stay there!

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BF
San Francisco
11 reviews
Dined on February 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was great. I especially liked the zucchini papradelle.

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j
Sacramento
4 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Friendly service and a great menu.
I HIGHLY recommend you making a reservation to eat in the dining room (the place fills up very quickly).
The calamari is amazing!

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