River's End

4.6
1749 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Californian
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  • Scenic View
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  • Waterfront
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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Payment options
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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Neighborhood
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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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Central Coast
3.0Dined 6 days ago
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 5

Have been to Rivers End many times through the years. This will probably be my last for dinner. The dishes were carefully plated but did not taste fresh, i.e.: seafood in the 'Cobb salad'. The Poke was not a Poke but more like tuna guacamole. It was even served with fried chips! Tuna was a weird color and tasted more like it was sort of a weird ceviche. Also it was Visually very bland. The beet salad was prepared carefully but flavor was lacking compared to previous visits. The cocktails were fantastic however and Having one of these or a beer or a nice glass of wine out on the deck, and if you stop there, you will not be disappointed. Also out on deck you will not have to deal with the very unhappy looking/occasionally grumpy wait staff.

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K
Los Angeles
5.0Dined on July 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

The setting is lovely, staff was welcoming, service was prompt, food was delicious. Only downside was that our server was somewhat schoolmarmish and condescending. I was also put off by the fact that the signature elk was farmed, from Nee Zealand.

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BS
San Francisco
3.0Dined on July 4, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 3

Great view, good food, but the service was very slow. The staff was very cordial, nice mix of patrons.

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w
Portland
5.0Dined on July 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always a pleasure. Staff is knowledgeable and engaged. Good dining options. Excellent food preparation and presentation.

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MK
New England
4.0Dined on July 1, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Rustic ambience, lovely view of the river and shore area, excellent food and service. Would highly recommend.

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PR
San Francisco
4.0Dined on July 1, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 5

One of our favorites for a beautiful sunset. Fog rolled in this time but still great. Food wasn’t up to par tonight. Our tuna poke was not chilled enough and skimpy on the tuna. My petrale sole was over cooked and dry, husband had elk which was chewy but good. Homemade strawberry ice cream didn’t have enough strawberry flavor. This was the first time our food wasn’t up to par. We’ll be back as I said it’s a favorite spot.

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SS
San Francisco
2.0Dined on July 1, 2018
Overall 2food 3service 2ambience 2

We were not impressed this time, the service was very slow and the food took a long time to get to our table.

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BM
4.0Dined on June 30, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

Been there numerous times! Each time is a real pleasure!

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San Francisco
5.0Dined on June 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I've been to this restaurant more times than I can count. If you are on the Sonoma Coast this is the premier venue for excellent food and a world class view of the Russian River entering the Pacific Ocean. On this most recent visit we were served by a young woman who was exemplary in the quality of service she provided.

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OT
5.0Dined on June 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful food awesome view

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ST
San Francisco
5.0Dined on June 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food, service and view were fantastic. The only problem was parking; however, we later found that we could park by the cabins down the 5 mph road. Overall an excellent experience.

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OT
5.0Dined on June 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great meal, view for our anniversary dinner!

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d
Houston
4.0Dined on June 23, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

One of our go to spots when in Bodega Bay for dinner on the coast. Not a bad drive from bodega and worth the trip.

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T
Cincinnati
5.0Dined on June 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We were out visiting Sonoma County wine country from the midwest. I wanted a place for dinner on the coast and found River's End on Open Table. My wife and I loved it and will be back when our travels bring us west. Simple local ingredients with homemade pasta....delicious!!!!

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PF
5.0Dined on June 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent service and outstanding food. Loved everything about this restaurant and will return again. Spectacular location too.

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KB
St. Louis
5.0Dined on June 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing service, fantastic food and beautiful view. Top Notch!

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OT
San Francisco
5.0Dined on June 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My 1st time here. You get a view of the water and great food. No pub grub here! Highly recommend

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OT
San Francisco
4.0Dined on June 18, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Try to visit when we’re here on vacation. Never disappoints!

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OT
Greensboro
5.0Dined on June 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Here on vacation and took in the sunset at River’s Edge. Wonderful meal, excellent wine pairing and service!

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FC
4.0Dined on June 18, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

The food is very good, fresh, well presented. It's pricey but no more than any other higher end restaurant.
The greeter and wait person s speech were a little flowery for Jenner, but very friendly.

I would recommend River's End to friends...

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OT
San Francisco
5.0Dined on June 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Absolutely excellent. The vegetable lasagna SO good and the trifle just magnificent. The view can't be beat. Can't wait to go back

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S
San Francisco
4.0Dined on June 17, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

Wonderful choice for dinner with friends, who visit with us every year. We all enjoyed our dinners, the sun finally came out as we were dining, and the view is stunning. See my photo.
We'd highly recommend River's End to friends who are seeking great food with a view!

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OT
San Francisco
5.0Dined on June 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful!

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T
San Francisco
5.0Dined on June 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Have been eating at Rivers End for about 30 yrs. usually 2-3 times a year. We have never been disappointed with the service or the food. There are other popular restaurants in and around Bodega Bay , but they don’t compare.

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San Francisco
4.0Dined on June 11, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

It was nice, we went at sundown to watch the sunset. You can’t really watch the sunset from most of the tables.

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KS
Chicago
4.0Dined on June 10, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Excellent service, they actually sat us an hour earlier than our reservation. Very friendly staff and the food is amazing!!

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San Francisco
5.0Dined on June 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The delicious food and service match the dramatic scenery......and the unbelievably good duck sandwich and duck salad are back on the menu! This is a must stop when driving the coast.

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JR
San Francisco
5.0Dined on June 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Good was absolutely amazing from the drinks to the dessert and the service was impeccable. Only issue was the seating, I requested a window seat to watch the sunset a couple months in advance, but half our view was blocked. Otherwise everything was perfect. Looking forward to returning.

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M
San Francisco
5.0Dined on May 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Beautiful views, outstanding staff and great food.

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San Francisco
5.0Dined on May 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Crab ravioli is ultra high end-Bruerre blanc sauce takes it even further. The following large portions of Tasting menu were very tasty. What great service , wasn't expecting such treatment at this roadside gem. The view is totally electrifying, Russian River meeting the sea. Wine pairing is perfect and generous. Worth the trip to Jenner.

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GE
San Francisco
5.0Dined on May 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Rivers End is a wonderful place with great food and a fabulous location. The food is sublime, go for sunset. Special Occasion place, not cheap but worth it.

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LC
Washington DC
1.0Dined on May 26, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 3

Extremely poor service. Took 15 minutes to even be given a menu and water, and the restaurant was not even full. Food was overpriced and overcooked. (I had the clams and the duck.) Poorly seated despite me booking far in advance and requesting a table for a special occasion. Do not recommend.

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DE
San Francisco
5.0Dined on May 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Celebrated our marriage there for the first time and it was amazing! Thank you for the memorable experience.

The Hurlburts

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DF
5.0Dined on May 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is one of my favorite restaurants in Sonoma County. Excellent food, excellent service and incredible views. I've been there many times for dinner and lunch and would recommend it to all. The only drawback is parking is very limited and can be challenging to park alongside the road. I had a choice for dinner at any restaurant for my birthday and I chose River's End.

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AH
3.0Dined on May 19, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

Made a reservation this past Friday night for my fiances birthday. Asked for a table by the window to enjoy the view in the reservation, since that was the biggest draw to the restaurant. We were sat in the corner in the back of the restaurant so I couldn't really see out. I also noticed that the people who walked in without a reservation right before us were seated at a much nicer table, which was kind of annoying. We ordered the tasting menu and everything was just OK. It wasnt bad, but not worth the $72 per person. On top of that, there was no mention of it being my fiances birthday. Not that we need singing or any of that stuff, but it would have been nice for it to have been acknowledged. Service was fine, the experience was just underwhelming, especially considering the price point.

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l
Hawaii
5.0Dined on May 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

First time at the restaurant. We will be back! The filet was the best. My wife had the elk and it was incredible. Service was over the top. Overall, well worth it.

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n
San Francisco
4.0Dined on May 19, 2018
Overall 4food 1service 2ambience 5

The beet salad didn’t taste fresh! My filet had too much blue cheese on it!!! The creme brûlée had chocolate on the bottom. My dinner was gross and so was my husbands duck and chocolate mousse! The view was wonderful. Go for a drink not dinner!!!

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OT
San Francisco
4.0Dined on May 18, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Can’t beat the view of the ocean for ambience. The service was outstanding. We didn’t order any main dishes, but the beet and chef’s salads were delicious! Great place for a date :-)

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j
San Francisco
4.0Dined on May 18, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Note: window seating is "first to reserve", so make your reservation as far ahead as possible to snag one of the few prized window tables. Starters and salads were excellent, but entrees faltered due to a really awful "mint chimichurri". First of all it was a terrible sauce, and second it was too-generously slathered all over both lamb entrees. This was a major mistake of the "if some is good, a lot is better" wrong-headedness. It ruined two lovely lamb chops as well as a nice little lamb burger on excellent ciabatta. Service from Rinko was outstanding; they should hire her to train all their staff because her cheerfulness and sense of timing is first-rate! Despite slip-ups on the sauce, we still consider River's End one of the better restaurants on the Sonoma Coast.

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Cleveland
5.0Dined on May 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Ambience outstanding
Great wine recommendation
Dinner and desert great

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