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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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4.6

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.5

service

4.5

ambience

4.3

value

4.2

Noise

Moderate

94% would recommend it to a friend

Scenic View (16)
Good for Anniversaries (14)
Worth the Drive (14)
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Local Ingredients (13)
Good for a Date (12)
Special Occasion (11)
Bar Seating (11)
Cozy (9)
Fit for Foodies (8)
Quiet Conversation (8)
Romantic (8)
Good for Birthdays (7)
Comfort Food (7)
Neighborhood Gem (7)
Waterfront (7)
Casual (7)
Creative Cuisine (5)
Happy Hour (5)
Sunday Lunch (5)
Vibrant Bar Scene (5)
Authentic (4)
Good for Groups (4)
Great for Lunch (4)
Notable Wine List (4)
Kid-friendly (3)
Seasonal (3)
Healthy (3)
Great for Brunch (2)
Fun (2)
Gluten Free Options (2)
Great Beer (2)
People Watching (2)
Quick Bite (2)
Handcrafted Cocktails (1)
Hot Spot (1)
Organic (1)
Pre/post Theatre (1)
Tasting Menu (1)
Vegan (1)
Good Vegetarian Options (1)
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 (San Francisco)·Dined 6 days ago

Went to Mendocino for a short vacation. Eating at this restaurant was simply an altogether pleasurable and relaxing experience. Great view from the table by the window, a very good menu with an excellent prix fix option. Pleasant surroundings quiet enough for conversation.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Quiet Conversation, Local Ingredients, Comfort Food, Cozy, Scenic View
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 7, 2018

Wonderful restaurant. Have been many times. Very friendly people and beautiful ocean setting. Also great place tin stay.

Tags: Casual, Good for Birthdays, Worth the Drive, Handcrafted Cocktails, Comfort Food
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 3, 2018

We frequently visit Mendocino County and we have two favorite restaurants: River's End and Albion River Inn, We occasionally also visit the Little River Inn as we did over New Year's. Unfortunately, while Carol provided great service, the food was not up to par. My Halibut was dry and tasted a little over the Hill. As a result, I didn't finish it. Hopefully, our experience this time was an aberration.

Tags: Cozy
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vip
 (Las Vegas)·Dined on December 31, 2017

Meal was great and service outstanding for such a busy night.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 30, 2017

We've been here many times and keep coming back! The olalaberry (sp) cobbler is incredible and the menu always has a few surprises. If I changed anything it would be a few more seafood options.
It is a wonderful place!

Mark Chapman

Tags: Authentic, People Watching, Casual, Good for Anniversaries, Great for Lunch, Local Ingredients, Good for a Date, Quiet Conversation, Seasonal, Cozy, Scenic View, Fun, Worth the Drive, Special Occasion, Kid-friendly, Good for Birthdays, Sunday Lunch, Organic, Happy Hour, Healthy, Bar Seating
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 30, 2017

We have been here before for Sunday Brunch and it was very good. They don't do that great for dinner. The Caesar Salad was dry, the dinner portions were small for the price and the spinach served with the salmon was cold, like paste and had no taste. The service was very slow. Not recommended for dinner.

Tags: Sunday Lunch
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 28, 2017

One of the most predictably good eating spots in the Mendocino area. Great breakfasts, very good dinners, and excellent service

Tags: Cozy, Fun, Local Ingredients, Quiet Conversation, Authentic, Seasonal, Comfort Food, Good for Birthdays, Great for Brunch, Good for Groups, Scenic View, Casual, Worth the Drive, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Vibrant Bar Scene, Fit for Foodies
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 27, 2017

From beginning to end the experience at the Little River Inn Restaurant was superb. Our waiter (Alejandro)was attentive without being intrusive and the star of the show was the food. We had shrimp salad and crab cakes as appetizers and the eggplant and fish & chips as main courses - all were incredibly delicious - the crab cakes, my wife and I agreed, were the best we've ever had; and the fish from the fish and chips was melt in your mouth good... One of the better dining experiences we've had. The whole team at the restaurant was just great - keep up the good work!

Tags: Special Occasion, Comfort Food, Quiet Conversation
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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on December 20, 2017

Superb service, ambiance and sensational menu options and food!!

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 20, 2017

This time we ordered from the bar menu and were completely happy. Ole’s Burger and the fish taco are excellent examples of their genre. The room was festive for the holidays and it buzzed with good cheer. As before, service was attentive. Our waitperson this evening was somewhat tentative in answering my questions regarding ingredients, but this was minor overall. Oh yes, this night we chose beer from their long, interesting list.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Creative Cuisine, Neighborhood Gem, Seasonal, Waterfront
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 (Central Coast)·Dined on December 15, 2017

In a word, fabulous! The waitress answered all our questions and led me to choose a dish I had not originally decided on. I'm so glad I changed my mind. I have had bad luck in the past ordering fish, but again, Little River Inn prepared my meal fabulously. Appetizers, dinner, dessert, was all better than expected. Service was great, and it was all served with a smile! Can't wait to go back.

Tags: Good for a Date, Local Ingredients, Vegan, Sunday Lunch, Special Occasion, Creative Cuisine, Scenic View, Romantic, Waterfront, Worth the Drive, Great for Brunch, Good for Anniversaries
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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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vip
 (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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vip
 (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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vip
 (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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vip
 (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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