Little River Inn Restaurant

4.2
342 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.

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New York Area
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
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
10 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was great. I especially liked the zucchini papradelle.

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j
Sacramento
4 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
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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KH
San Francisco
13 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

We ate two dinners here while we stayed in the Little River Inn for the weekend. The food was great and the atmosphere is beautiful. I loved the flat iron steak and the sole and the homemade cobbler is worth saving room for! I highly recommend this place for a nice romantic dinner away!

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MQ
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Good standby for north coast dining. Great service and good food.

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BS
1 review
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We enjoyed soup and salad, wine, coffee and dessert. Charming location, look forward to going back!

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VS
Los Angeles
16 reviews
Dined on February 7, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

We had an enjoyable meal. Our waitress, Jen, was helpful, attentive and friendly. This was our second diner at the Little River Inn this visit. We will come again.

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J
1 review
Dined on February 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great time
Romantic and enjoyed every minute. Had dinner 25 ago and will not wait that long next time

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j
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 1, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 2ambience 3

This was our second dinner at Little River Inn. As was true the first time, the food and the ambiance were outstanding (we were seated privately in the parlor because we brought our small dog with us). However, this time the initial service was unacceptably slow; we were not even offered any bread until at least 20 minutes after we had been seated (and only after we asked for it).

We learned that our waiter was a fill-in serving for the first time. The hostess eventually intervened to ensure that we were taken care of going forward. To her credit, she comped both our salad and our dessert, and she checked in regularly once she understood our initial frustration.

To be clear, we left completely satisfied that our concerns had been dealt with and that the management understood (and cared) that we had been treated poorly. I am confident we will return, and we did enjoy the food very much (I ordered the steak Diane and my wife had the sole amandine, both of which were prepared perfectly). I just felt I had to report the lengthy delay that we initially experienced.

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DM
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on January 27, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

Excellent service from Carol!

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JS
1 review
Dined on January 27, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 5ambience 4

We had reservations for 6:15 and arrived at 5:15 hoping to sit and get a cocktail before dinner. The bar was packed and hardly anywhere to stand let alone sit. We ended up leaving and walking around the parking lot until we were too cold. We attempted again to get a drink and it was successful. Thought it was weird how many people were milling around outside in the cold and almost dark. Show have a bit more seating until dining room is open. Our waitress "Jen" was lovely we had a wonderful dinner.

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KH
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on January 24, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 4

I had not been at this restaurant for many years. Although the service was good, the food was not. I am unlikely to go back here in the future.

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MC
Portland
13 reviews
Dined on January 24, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

The food was well prepared and tasty. The scallops were overwhelmed by too much spice. They should have been a simpler recipe.

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OT
Sacramento
2 reviews
Dined on December 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had a very good dinner there, service was excellent. Value very comparable for the area. Beautiful setting.

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MN
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on December 29, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 4

We were staying at Little River Inn over the year-end holidays. On the 2nd night, we ate at the dining room which was a huge disappointment. Based on our prior experience (albeit probably 15 years ago) and on very positive reviews, we were looking forward to this dining experience. Our party of 4 ordered oysters to share. The oysters were tiny and not very flavorful - very watery. The red wine we ordered was good but would have been better if served in a red wine glass. I won't be snooty about this if it were not at a high end restaurant that did stock appropriate stemware. 2 people in our party ordered the dry-aged grass-fed ribeye steak (priced at $38 each). They came out overcooked AND stone-cold. My husband politely asked them to re-do both his and our daughter's. After about 12 minutes, they brought back the steak, which was now well done (because they tried to reheat it as supposed to grilling new ones) and still cold! The waitress was useless, so her supervisor stepped in. They offered to re-do it again, but at this point we had lost interest and appetite. In the meantime, our other daughter and I had the wild boar ragout. The pasta was so mushy and overcooked as were the broccolini that were limp. To their credit, they took the steak charges off entirely and comped us dessert, but we were still very disappointed as we expected much better dining experience than what we ended up having....

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L
San Francisco
24 reviews
Dined on December 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We have driven by this restaurant for years always saying we should go! This year we made a reservation and went...it was great. Beautifully directed for the holiday season. Excellent service from the Host, wait staff and bus staff. We had cocktails, appetizers and entrees. All were outstanding. Topped it off with the sorbet, which is seasonal, blackberry for us - delish!

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OT
1 review
Dined on December 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We have celebrated our anniversary at the Little River Inn for the past 10 years and have always enjoyed the rooms, the resturant and bar. We have stayed at the White Cottage and room 264 on many occassions and the beds are comfortable and clean and housekeeping does an excellent job on a daily basis. The staff is always friendly and helpful. The spa is excellent, we have had massages from Mexico to Canada including the spas and Calistoga and we have had the best massages at the Little River Inn Spa, Ask for Naraha, Chinese medicinal deep tissue specialist, I guarantee Naraha will cure what ails you. Overall the Little River Inn is the place to stay on the Mendocino Coast. Thank You so much for your hospitality. We will be back.

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W
San Francisco
57 reviews
Dined on November 25, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 4

Have been here a number of times. This time the experience was less than expected. Pacing was bad
as I got my starter almost ten minutes before my wife got hers. (We reminded the waitress as we thought she had forgotten the salad order) We both had the eggplant main course and the plating was haphazard like it was done in a hurry. Not an attractive presentation as in the past. I ordered hot tea two times before it finally came when I was almost finished with my entree.
Hope this was just a very off night and not a trend!

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AT
1 review
Dined on November 24, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 1

Bland, expensive food in a too bright dining room.

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D
San Francisco
12 reviews
Dined on November 22, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 3

Very. Good food, well prepared and presented. Recommend the small dining room as the main room is abitnoisey

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R
Hawaii
2 reviews
Dined on November 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was a great place we loved the food! The drinks were wonderful! I wish we would of found this place sooner.

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OT
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Nice menu. Food was excellent, servers very helpful and friendly. We’ll be back!

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OT
Indiana
5 reviews
Dined on November 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Great little gem at Little River. It was only one of four restaurants that popped up on Open Table. Menu is well rounded and fresh offerings, yet make sure to get there early if you want a seat to see the sunset! All staff really embodied visible teamwork, thank you!

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OT
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on November 5, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 4

Place was ok. Food was decent but definitely not worth the price. All around this was an ok place.

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JW
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on October 28, 2018
Overall 3food 5service 3ambience 3

Visited the restaurant on a Saturday evening after finding that our preferred location was closed. Was looking for a semi-quiet location as I have a slight hearing deficiency. Reservation was honored in a timely fashion. Restaurant was jammed both in the bar and main dining room. Was seated at a table directly adjacent to the kitchen entrance/exit. My fault for not requesting a different table but believe that the table should have been saved for walk-in patrons. Couple of other two-seat tables were available at the time. Food was excellent, service good, but ambience spoiled by table location and much too noisy for reasonable dinner conversation on a busy evening.

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NS
1 review
Dined on October 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My husband and I had a wonderful time on our Honeymoon, it will be a tradition from this year forward.

-Thank You

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T
Tahoe
21 reviews
Dined on October 24, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Very good food and service. Ideal when staying at the Inn.

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c
San Francisco
61 reviews
Dined on October 21, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Scenic historic hotel with excellent restaurant. One room overlooks ocean while other has picture windows into gardens. Setting and service excellent. Dinner entrees very good, ample servings of fresh salmon and other fish are probably best selections.

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d
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on October 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our “go-to” place in the Mendocino area. Great bar, great wine, beer and drink selections! Menu offers good variety and the good is always outstanding! The staff takes good care of you without hovering. It doesn’t matter where you are staying Little River Inn should be one of your meal selections. Breakfast is killer! Lunch is fantastic and dinner is great!

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KW
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on October 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent service starting with Jim the "greeter" and then with Carol (Kay?) our server. Excellent scallops and Petrale sole for dinner and a great bottle of very reasonable Zinfindel. We got lucky and had a beautiful sunset and no fog which is more typical of fall on the north coast we are told . All in all a very special way to celebrate our 29th anniversary.

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BM
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on October 14, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

We were celebrating my girlfriend’s birthday and had made a reservation for two. On arrival we were immediately seated to a window table which to me was perfect for the occasion. I was happy that they seem to have read the purpose of our dinner considering that there were other tables open that evening. Thank you for making our dinner so memorable. The room given to us was perfect as well, second floor with a good view of the ocean.

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m
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on October 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The evening was very enjoyable.... a beautiful setting to watch the sunset, attentive servers, great food and quiet enough to enjoy coversation

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JA
1 review
Dined on October 8, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 5

Wine, martini , oysters, bouillabaisse, ocean view, comfy bar, great service, easy access on hwy 1. What's not to like? Nothing!

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DS
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on October 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We ate at the twice for dinner and once for breakfast. Both dinners were very good. The clam chowder was some of the best I have ever had we had breakfast in our room. I had an early tee time. The restaurant got the food on time and very hot. It was delicious. They went out of their way to make our stay wonderful.

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s
Hawaii
2 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2018
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 3

Food was good, but service was horrific!! Our waitress never returned to take our order. Never. Not even once. We had to flag down another waitress who tried to take care of us despite being over-loaded herself. She did an honorable job... When I asked if she would receive the tip we left, she said they pool it and all share it. What? That is WRONG! Our original "assigned" waitress should not receive one penny... and the one who tried to do her best should have received it all. It's as though the restaurant has forgotten what the gratuity is meant to do! Motivate excellent service... not reward horrible service!

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OT
Sacramento
10 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We celebrated our parents 60th anniversary in the dining room. Everything was perfect; service, food and drink. Mom and Dad agreed that this was the best meal of their lives. Wonderful dining experience.

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DG
San Antonio
1 review
Dined on October 5, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 3

Good food but the bar was excessively loud which ruined the ambiance. Think perhaps the bar should be in a separate area

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m
San Francisco
16 reviews
Dined on October 4, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

We love having dinner at the LRI & have been doing so for over 20 years. It’s one restaurant you can always count on for being good with such a lovely atmosphere.

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A
Pittsburgh
4 reviews
Dined on October 3, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

The location is great especially for the sunset. Food was good, service was good but the noise level was too loud. Definitely not a place to go for a romantic special evening because of the noise and open room set up. But if yo7 are ok with that, it is worthwhile.

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WT
Sacramento
1 review
Dined on September 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Wonderful location, great food and service! We will be back for another stay and the food!

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