River's End

4.6
1817 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Californian
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  • Scenic View
  • Waterfront
  • Worth the Drive
The epicenter of Sonoma Coast dining...the River's End is located in the quaint village of Jenner by the Sea about 20 minutes north of Bodega Bay. The restaurant is set on a bluff overlooking the Russian River spill into the Pacific Ocean. During lunch you can watch the Osprey dive in the river for fish or the harbor seals frolic at riverside. Dinner time is all about the sunset ... the show is worth the visit. Fortunately, the restaurant chefs and service staff aim to outdo the natural surroundings. The kitchen prepares California cuisine with a focus on local ingredients. Chef Martin Recoder prepares menus that are changing with the seasons and delight the heart. The service staff is led by Maitre d'/Owner Bert Rangel, who has owned and managed the restaurant for over 10 years. The Chef in the Redwood Bar is talented Patrick Keane. Trained at the French Culinary Institute, Patrick utilizes the freshest ingredients and classic techniques to create truly “Artisanal Cocktails”.
Dining Style
Fine Dining
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Cuisines
Californian, Global, International
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Hours of operation
OPEN 5 Days a week.
Lunch: 11:30am - 3:00pm
Dinner: 5:00pm - 8:30pm
CLOSED WEDNESDAYS and THURSDAYS.
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Phone number
(707) 865-2484 ext. 111
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AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Smart Casual
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Executive chef
Chef Martin Recoder
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Parking details
Limited parking with additional turnout and riverside parking.
Additional
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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RM
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

Our visit to the Rivers End was enjoyable. The service was very good. The menu's description of my meal was a bit over stated. It was to feature prawns with pasta. The serving was small and the prawns were very small as well. I think the price of the actual servings were very high.
However i did enjoy the bottle of wine!

I would visit the Rivers End in the future and not order the prawns

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l
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My 4th visit to this wonderful spot! 3/4 in my party were celebrating birthdays so it was a special event. The food, as always, delicious. I am thinking of renting a cabin for a get-a-way.

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R
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 3

We were on time for our 7:45 reservation but there was no seating available. The overworked and grouchy host said that we could get a drink at the crowded bar or sit outside on the deck but he didn't know "if" we would be able to get a table. Not very welcoming at all! Food was mediocre, edible but not memorable. Extra charge for really boring bread. Server was nice but inexperienced and he didn't seem to have a thorough knowledge of the menu. I hear the sunsets are great from here and there really isn't any other place to eat in Jenner so they've got a captive audience I guess. Next time I'll bring a picnic dinner to eat on the beach and save $200!

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JG
San Francisco
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We went to River's End to celebrate our friend's birthday. The waitstaff were aware of the occasion and treated him as special. The wine and food were outstanding. Service was expert but friendly. The view is great.

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C
San Francisco
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had a lovely dinner here last Saturday. Had salmon and it was fantastic! Highly recommend! You need a reservation.

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TM
San Francisco
11 reviews
Dined on September 15, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

We really enjoy River's End even though a bit of a drive for us. We have dined there twice in the last six months. This last meal was to celebrate our anniversary. The food is delicious, the servers very friendly and knowledgeable and the view is spectacular.

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SS
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on September 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The salmon special was delicious along with the shrimp and pasta dinner. The view is outstanding and our server was very informative. We will be back!!!

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OT
San Francisco
9 reviews
Dined on September 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We attended River's End for our anniversary. We both had the salmon over black rice which was a seasonal (salmon season) special. And home-made strawberry ice cream. All exceptional and delicious. We each ordered a glass of Sonoma Sauvignon Blanc which was perfect. Service was constant but unobtrusive.

We arrived early and spent time on the deck overlooking the ocean. We enjoyed the view, food, and opportunity for quiet conversation. A wonderful way to spend part of our anniversary.

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G
Sacramento
18 reviews
Dined on September 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding lunch! This was our third visit but first time for lunch at River's End. We have been dazzled by the food served for dinner and lunch proved to be the same excellent experience. The salmon chowder was creamy and layered with nuances of several different flavors and spices. It contained generous portions of salmon. The fettucini with prawns was also exceptional. The pasta is homemade and had a perfect consistency. The cream sauce was rich and buttery and the prawns perfectly cooked. Also tried the roasted beet salad with goat cheese. Again the balance of flavors was amazing. Thanks for another great meal!

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G
Palm Springs
70 reviews
Dined on September 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Wow—A real gem—terrific setting on the estuary/marine management location @Jenner—Fabulous service—-Fresh local salmon was superb, with a fresh corn/watermelon sauce—-Real issue could be the Parking[ we were lucky] —only about 15 spaces in front/on busy Route 1–thus the 1 star ding on Ambience-J

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B
1 review
Dined on September 9, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 5

We had a really special day with the window seating we requested, and coffee on the deck overlooking the Russian River and the ocean. The pelicans and other birds were putting on quite a show.
Everything we ordered was delicious! However, my petrale sole had what was probably meant to be a crispy outside but it was too tough. The fish inside was delicious and the vegetables were seasoned extremely well. Overall very enjoyable. The portobello, heirloom tomato appetizer was outstanding! ..and the Fish and Chips are always great.

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OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on September 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

After hearing about this place for years, we finally gave it a go. Being our anniversary we made reservations for 7:15. We had to wait about 10 minuets to get our seat. In the meantime we had a drink at the bar. This alone was worth the drive, fantastic drinks and a great bar. When our table was ready the sun was just starting to set and the waitress recommended we go outside to take pictures. We returned to our window table and had one of the most enjoyable meals that I can remember. This restaurant is by far our new favorite. Everything about it was first class. Cannot day enough good things about The Rivers End. Can’t wait to return.

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RW
1 review
Dined on September 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a pleasant time on their deck with a before dinner drink while waiting for our table. Very relaxing and lovely view.

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d
San Francisco
20 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fabulous wild salmon with black rice and watermelon salad - yum, best ever. Flavors melded together. Even though it was pricey, so worth it. Didn't need dinner.

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B
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on September 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was excellent (except fog instead of sunset, but they can’t control everything). Highly recommend apps, entrees, and dessert. Salmon is in season and perfect. The homemade strawberry ice cream is not to be missed

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D
1 review
Dined on September 5, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 3

The good: Excellent view of the coast, quality food with a decent seasonal selection, friendly service.

The bad: Decor needs a bit of updating, bread basket was medicore (and served with cold butter - quel faux pas!). Chef's salad was overpriced for what you got.

Highlights: the strawberry ice cream. We don't order ice cream. Order this one. Duck Two Ways was nicely cooked and paired with a fantastic mousse. The salmon chowder was excellent.

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JB
1 review
Dined on September 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

This place has it all, our friends loved it. Fog wouldn’t let us enjoy a sunset, but I guess the restaurant can’t control everything. HA Ha.

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K
San Francisco
10 reviews
Dined on September 3, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Great view, originally built in 1927, now basically new and neat and clean. Parking is tricky with limited spaces in front just off the highway (2 lane) with a blind corner which you have to back out into.

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RA
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on September 3, 2018
Overall 2food 1service 2ambience 3

Whoever gave this restaurant five stars must have a palate set for McDonalds.

First, had to wait 8 minutes to be greeted for an on time arrival at 8 pm on Sunday night. You can always tell the quality of a hotel and a restaurant by how you are greeted.

With rave reviews I expected a better menu offering. The menu was excellent if you loved salmon, otherwise adequate.

Our waiter was told by a 70 year-old that she could not tolerate pepper and was allergic to it. He actually had the temerity to ask "is the allergy severe?" Told us everything was made with pepper. Couldn't figure a way around that. I came up with the solution for the petrale: serve the petrale sole with the sauce on the side.

Heirloom tomatoes are hard to screw up but they did by baking them with mozzarella cheese and an overdose of balsamic that was a bit rough. Not aged balsamic. Mushy tomatoes were a disappointment, but there was more to come.

I have enjoyed petrale for 50 years and cook it myself about once a week. I requested it be undercooked.
It was served severely overcooked and hard. Not once but twice. Two of us had ordered it. Both were identically hard.

The McDonalds crowd can have River's End. For me, this was "The End."

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KB
Chicago
1 review
Dined on September 3, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Food, view, and service were great! The menu is was not extensive but everything we had was delicious and they had fresh local items. The parking situation was not the ideal as there is limited parking and nowhere else within close distance for overflow parking. The restaurant was quite full and we were happy we made a reservation ahead of time (we were seated immediately).

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OT
Sacramento
1 review
Dined on September 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing sunset dinner!!

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DW
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on September 2, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

good salmon selections--seasonal.
I ordered filet mignon and was disappointed. Too much blue cheese choked out the steak.
Wait staff was giddy and chatty.
Sunset view was spectacular.
No internet--so you better know how to get home. No cell service outside the restaurant either. They brag about this, disconnected feature, but it's not helpful. I was visiting from out of town so it was a gamble getting home.
Anyway, the restaurant is a beautiful piece of property. Stick with the seasonal specials and you'll be fine.

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Denver
1 review
Dined on September 2, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Great local food in excellent setting. Service was great, too. Seating was crowded and inside temperature was warm.

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CR
1 review
Dined on September 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Never a disappointment! Beautiful views, delicious and art-fully served food, enjoyable drive to and from.

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C
San Francisco
13 reviews
Dined on August 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Never disappointed with The River's End. Everything is top-notch, from the beverages to the food (the desserts are pretty special, too) and especially the fine service provided by the staff.

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OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on August 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Staff is incredible! Food is incredible! View is incredible! Get the forbidden rice salmon dish.

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j
Hawaii
3 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 5

We were seated at a view table for the beginning of our reunion weekend. It was magnificent, such a gem in a lovely location with scrumptious food for all dining challenges.

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D
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on August 22, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

There was nothing exceptional about the food and the ambiance, except for the view, was just okay. Thus, for the price, this restaurant is overrated.

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JL
San Francisco
12 reviews
Dined on August 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A lovely restaurant with beautiful view and delicious food. Rivers End is my go to place for my birthday.

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Indiana
1 review
Dined on August 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was my favorite experience yet! Food was amazing. Very beautiful

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CT
1 review
Dined on August 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We've been coming here every since their remodel. Always great food with equally great service. What more is there to say?

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p
San Francisco
18 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 4

We have been here many times before. I actually have been raving about this place for 6 years! Yesterday’s lunch was horrible! There were 2 things we have always counted in and ordered no matter what “season” it was. They are the Portuguese clams and the duck confit salad with lentils. They were not avail and “not in season”. Really?! We tried to make the best of it, and ordered the burger, salmon crudo, beet salad, duck confit rolls. All were failures. The services was not good. We ordered a bottle of wine, which took forever to arrive. Then he forgot to pour all of us. Finally brought our bucket of ice to chill the wine. The best part of our lunch was the wine! Now I cannot recommend what used to be our go to place.

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N
Tahoe
18 reviews
Dined on August 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Absolutely fabulous. Wonderful relic ... a 90 year old roadside diner with fabulous coastal view converted to understated 5 star gourmet restaurant. View outstanding, but closely followed by food and service.
Look forward to returning!

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V
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on August 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious food, beautifully presented. The cold watermelon and tomato soup was amazing. The costal rustic ambience and low noise level make it ideal for quiet, intimate conversation. Highly recommend!

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c
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on August 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Beautifully crafted tasty food, fantastic location. Hosts are gracious. Will definitely return.

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RB
1 review
Dined on August 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Tight table space, great view, food & service. A definite repeat.

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C
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful view and very good food. Very smart people. Thank you for this wonderful experience

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OT
1 review
Dined on August 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Anniversary

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PE
1 review
Dined on August 7, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 4

The food was delicious, the waitstaff was professional. The view is nice.
Parking can be difficult at prime time.
The maitre d is an arrogant jerk, we walked in and said hello and he stood there and looked at us like we we're imposing on him. We had a reservation, I get the sense he enjoys turning folks away that do not.
I hope he is not one of the owners, if so shame on him.

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JD
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on August 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A beautiful view, great service and delicious food. Can't wait to come back.

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