Little River Inn Restaurant

4.5
371 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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Sacramento
3 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
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
4 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
8 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
2 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
14 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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KH
San Francisco
13 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2019
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 13, 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 8, 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 6, 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 2, 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 January 31, 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
8 reviews
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

Excellent service from Carol!

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JS
1 review
Dined on January 26, 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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