River's End

4.6
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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”.
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OT
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food & service!

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NT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Perfect. Can I enter 10 stars. From the moment we walked in until we left it was outstanding. I am a 2 million mile traveler and could not ask for a better experience.

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BW
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I highly recommend The River's End. The food was Outstanding! We really enjoyed the cozy atmosphere and Beautiful Ocean View. The Waitstaff was wonderful and really made my Birthday Celebration a very special event.

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AH
Hawaii
2 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

A lovely location with spectacular views. Waitress was delightful and food was great.

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SW
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a fabulous lunch overlooking the Russian River and Pacific Ocean on a glorious sunny day. The food was delicious and a feast on the eyes, too. Service was great. We never felt rushed and never waited for any of our needs. Best crème brûlée!

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d
Richmond
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 5

Amazing view! Had a window seat and enjoyed the anxious river after some heavy rainfall. Food was very good. Especially crime brûlée! Waitstaff seemed aloof.

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CN
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 5ambience 5

Great ambiance and the service was amazing. It was my husband and I were celebrating Valentines days. Our service was exceptional but I am sad to say that the food was less than desirable. The bread basket was the most delicious part of our meal.

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SR
Central Coast
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Service is impeccable. And the view to die for. Awesome experience.

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MN
San Francisco
20 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

River's End has been our favorite restaurant in Sonoma County for 30+ years. We reserved for a special Valentine's lunch, knowing we would be pleased. That was an understatement. We were shown to our favorite table and offered a special appetizer. Every course greatly exceeded our (already high) expectations. Ceviche, Duck Confit, even the chocolate Mousse. Wonderful wines by the glass, and we got lucky with the view. It was a stormy day with 15 foot waves, and we had a front row seat for it all. River's end never ceases to raise the bar. We'll be back, many times.

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e
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

One of the best meals i have ever had. The same dinner would have been at least twice the price in San Francisco. The view is gorgeous and the staff go out of their way. I will be back!

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JD
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on February 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The service, food and ambiance were outstanding. We can't wait to return.

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M
San Francisco
22 reviews
Dined on February 10, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 3

The view was beautiful on a perfect sunny day. The food was very good, but somewhat overpriced. The server was excellent but the hostess was rather unpleasant. In short, go for the view (not for the food) and be ready to wait for a window table even if you do have a reservation.

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AK
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on February 10, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 4

something was off about the experience..it was a nice romantic place and the food was good...but, the service and feeling was not up to expectations

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AT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is a gem of a restaurant. Everything about it (drinks, food, service, ambiance) is top-notch. We had the crab multiple course dinner for my wife's birthday and it was phenomenal. This is a must eat-place.

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K
Sacramento
1 review
Dined on February 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The chef’s tasting menu, (the Dungeness crab and autumn harvest) are amazing! Celebrated my birthday here last fall and my husband’s birthday this weekend. The raviolis are out of this world. We are never disappointed.

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OT
Seattle
1 review
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

The restaurant was freezing, be sure to bring a heavy coat if you plan to eat here in the winter.

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DS
1 review
Dined on February 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Visited River’s End with two friends at sunset on a Tuesday evening. EVERYTHING was brilliant—service, food, wine, ambiance. And the view is to die for. Truly outstanding restaurant in every way. Wonderful locally-sourced food and everything made in house. If near Jenner visit River’s End for a memorable meal.

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t
San Francisco
9 reviews
Dined on February 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Such a wonderful experience. Great food with a stunning view and friendly professional service. One our favorite places to take visitors. They are always impressed.

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

Magnificent meal and service.

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VS
San Francisco
21 reviews
Dined on February 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always a delicious meal with a killer view of the Russian River meeting the Pacific ocean!

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

Always like the atmosphere and locale but the food was just OK this time for lunch.

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JS
Tahoe
9 reviews
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 5

We have eaten here a few times, but it has been a few years since the last. We are staying with friends who hadn’t been before, so wanted to treat them and we were pretty underwhelmed this visit. The poke lacked flavor, especially the sesame oil I would expect, and the ceviche was better but under seasoned. Sole was a little overdone with a very thin sauce. Just all around disappointing. There were only three tables with diners on a rainy Friday night and we had a hard time getting the server to come to the table to talk about drinks, but I’ll say when she did, she had great input and we found a great bottle of wine. This place feels more worthy of the prices when you can see the view. That’s really what this place is about. The elk was a good dish!

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MG
1 review
Dined on January 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our Dinner was fabulous it was my birthday and we had a wonderful time dinner was so good. Our server was so pleasant made my special dinner very memorable. Oh and plus it was locals night fabulous prices had delicious appetizers and a wonderful entrée add they brought dessert of my choice for my birthday. I was definitely a happy girl !!!

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MS
Atlantic City
2 reviews
Dined on January 27, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 5

Great views of where the Russian River and the Pacific Ocean meet. The food quality was good, but portions were small. Overall worth the view.

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SK
1 review
Dined on January 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was great! Our table was ready when we arrived. Staff were knowledgable and professional. We had the dungeness crab tasting menu and it was delightful. View was amazing and the bartender made a great Manhattan.

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G
San Francisco
19 reviews
Dined on January 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

perfect in every way

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SW
Central Coast
3 reviews
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We love River's End for special occassions! A "must do" for a visit to Sonoma Coast. Memorable.

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ES
1 review
Dined on January 23, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

One of the best places on the planet to enjoy a quality meal.

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A
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on January 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Loved everything! Beautifully prepared dishes- we had the beet salad, crab ravioli appetizer (a special), sole, mushroom pasta (also a special), and creme brûlée. I’d recommend all of it. My favorites were the sole and the ravioli. All the tables were ordering what each other had because it looked so good. Great service as well - it was the blood moon eclipse and the staff came around and told tables when it was happening, and everyone rushed outside to see it together. We will be back!

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L
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on January 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I must come here at least once a year during mushroom season-the mushroom soup is so scrumptious! My friend and I also shared the ceviche-fresh, colorful, with a hint of heat. We shared the specials-a crab cake and a seafood ravioli-both divine. The seafood pasta was the main course, pure deliciousness. The only downside was no room for dessert. I heartily recommend River's End.

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l
Hawaii
2 reviews
Dined on January 19, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 2ambience 2

Second time for us as we celebrated our anniversary. Service was slow. Had to ask for water and adult beverage. Once served food was outstanding. Two men across from us used F bombs in their conversation which was loud and annoying. Server seemed nonchalant about their behavior. Overall, we will think twice about returning.

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OT
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on January 19, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

It was good. Sauce was very heavy for the Elk chop that I ordered in my honest opinion.

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RC
Palm Springs
1 review
Dined on January 16, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 5

We always make reservations for the multi-course crab dinner, and it is outstanding. This year's offering, however, was decidedly subpar. Seriously, a crab cake for one of the courses? I expected more creativity.
I thought the dessert and amuse bouche were lacking as well.

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SF
Melbourne / VIC
12 reviews
Dined on January 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The view sets the stage for Excell food and personable service. We LOVE THIs PLACE! We had the crab tasting menu. Fantastic !

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A
San Francisco
11 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent restaurant located on the coast where the Russian River meets the ocean. Superb dining and ambiance.

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JT
Denver
10 reviews
Dined on January 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We were early and the restaurant accommodated us. Had a special on oysters and a crab ravioli, all delicious. Wonderful cardamom ice cream for dessert.

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TA
Sacramento
1 review
Dined on January 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a wonderful date at River's End. The food was amazing! And our server (Leechy) was our friend by the end of our meal.

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CS
1 review
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My friends and I do dine at The River's End at least 2 to 3 times a year. It is ALWAYS excellent--in food and service. However, this New Year's Eve topped all of our experiences there, with the impeccable service and outstanding cuisine. We went for the 'all' crab, five-course meal and it was worth every bite. We each said that we wished we could dine like that more often. We will be back!!

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DM
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 5

We loved driving through our north bay to the coast and enjoying an awesome sunset
and great meal right over the water. Great Patio for sunset viewing while enjoying your favorite beverage or appetizer. Great New Years Eve Dinner... thank you

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r
San Francisco
11 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

The location is a 10. Service and food were good but nothing extraordinary. The menu selections were limited overall. I would certainly go back but it’s not something to rave about

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