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River's End

4.6
1633 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
What 1633 People Are Saying
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4.6  based on recent ratings
4.6
food
4.7
service
4.6
ambience
4.2
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96% of people would recommend it to a friend
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Chip (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined 4 days ago

Always one of the best. Never has let us down. The elk was amazing and their beet salad might be the standard.

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OpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined 5 days ago

We have been there a few times before and it’s always great. Last night was probably my favorite visit yet. Everything was perfect. Service was great, food was great and the sunset was incredible. Perfect night.

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vipJoeK (San Francisco)
4.0  Dined 5 days ago

Enjoyed the Crab Feast tasting menu with wine pairings. Food tasty and most wines hit the mark. Not worth trying to arrive for sunset dinner as bar folks stand on the deck blocking views and parking is at a minimum. Wait till sun sets in winter to eat.

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Margaret 
5.0  Dined 6 days ago

Our server Sarah was especially kind! I had an upset stomach and she brought me a bitter from the bar which helped right away! The food was delicious and beautifully presented. What a very special evening we had!

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TomB 
5.0  Dined 6 days ago

Beautiful view for dining. Double check times and days before making the drive. Parking very limited.

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OpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined 7 days ago

Romantic weekend

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OpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on February 14, 2018

We had lunch on Valentines Day. Great food, great service, great atmosphere.

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vipOpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
4.0  Dined on February 14, 2018

Valentine’s Day

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OpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on February 14, 2018

Great food and amazing service. Don’t miss the sunset!

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vipOpenTable Diner (Tahoe)
5.0  Dined on February 13, 2018

Great al the way!!!

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OpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on February 11, 2018

Great overall experience! Filet initially came out under cooked but they fixed right away.

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bpsmith (San Francisco)
4.0  Dined on February 11, 2018

Loved this place, got to watch the sunset over the ocean from our table! Service was impeccable, both at the bar and at our table. Dinner was very tasty and portioned appropriately. Unfortunately, it was a bit breezy to enjoy a lovely cocktail on the deck which overlooked the mouth of the Russian River. Place is a little cramped, but the ambiance is still wonderful. Will definitely return for a special occasion or romantic dinner with my wife.

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regulate (Palm Springs)
5.0  Dined on February 11, 2018

We had a group of six friends from Southern California wine tasting in the Russian River Valley and this restaurant was recommend by one of the local wineries. We had a wonderful lunch with an amazing view of the ocean during a beautiful cold and windy day. Would love to come back for dinner some day.

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Jessica (San Francisco)
3.0  Dined on February 10, 2018

It's a beautiful location, with decent food, but unfortunately the poor service took away from it all. We arrived at about 5:20 for a 5:30 reservation, and went outside on the deck until our table was ready. We saw servers grab other people for their reservation, so we patiently waited our turn. At 5:45 we went back in to check, and were seated. It was another 15 minutes before they came back with a menu and a server. We were also sat right next to the back door, which was cold with people coming in/out. I think they forgot about our table and did not nothing to acknowledge their mistake. The food was pretty good, but for the price & experience, it wasn't worth it.

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RiversEnd2018 (San Francisco)
2.0  Dined on February 10, 2018

My husband and I first stumbled upon River's End 8 years ago for our first anniversary. We had such a great experience and excellent food. My husband still says it was the best scallops he's had and we have been looking forward to going back for a little while.
Fast forward to last weekend when we revisited for a special occasion, a "BabyMoon" as we are expecting our 1st child shortly.
I made reservations well in advance to get a good table to watch the sunset which is probably one of the main reasons people visit this restaurant. The evening started out good, we got there early and enjoyed some time on the deck overlooking the water. Since they don't start dinner service or seating until 5, we expected most of the people there were waiting as we were for our table. We were seated in the window which we were excited about. To get straight to the point, apparently many of the people on the deck were just there to watch the sunset. There were a group of 4 women who bought a drink at the bar and proceeded to stand, yes stand directly in front of our table basically blocking the entire sunset experience. There were also folks walking back and forth as well. What a disappointment and frankly what's the point of eating there when you can spend $20 bucks vs. a couple hundred to stand on the deck and watch the sunset. The management team as to do something about that.
As for food, we ordered the crab tasting menu. Let's just say that each course progressively got worse. The first was good and the next 4 courses were each worse than the one prior. Our 3rd course was a Tom Ka soup which was barely served cold.
There were 2 entree courses, Filet Mignon or a Lobster and Crabcake. The Filet came with a Huckleberry jam which was way to sweet and the crabcake was more panko breadcrumbs than crab or lobster, more like something you get from a freezer section. Lastly, dessert was lackluster scoop of grapefruit sorbert. We will only return if we think improvements are made.

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JanC (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on February 9, 2018

We come from the Bay Area to stay in a local inn for a weekend and ALWAYS stop in to River's End for lunch or dinner. WE LOVE everything we have ever had there...and I am not kidding. Wanted to stay in a cabin this last trip, but that didn't work out. Whenever we are within 1/2 hour drive we will be coming in for a great time. Brought my sister & bro in law and they are hooked now as well.

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DougR (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on February 9, 2018

O.K. where to begin? Alright...RIver's End is arguably one of the best places to eat in Sonoma County. I've lived here for years and have had many a meal at this iconic restaurant and with that said, the other night my wife and I had a meal that was so good, well, it was just hard to stop talking about how good the food and service were that evening. We ordered the Duck Confit Rolls, followed by their legendary Mushroom soup and then dove into the North American Elk entree. The chef knocked it totally out of the ballpark in terms of his preparation and combination of flavors. Fantastic! We finished off things with the Fresh Berry Trifle. OMG! Seriously, I've eaten at Sonoma Counties best places for years but River's End has an attraction, charm and quality that is truly really unique. Believe me...you will love this place. We do and can't wait to our next dinner there.

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JaneA (Chicago)
5.0  Dined on February 6, 2018

Always reliable, good food, terrific staff!

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OpenTable Diner (San Diego)
5.0  Dined on February 6, 2018

River's End is a great restaurant to have dinner at sunset along the Sonoma Coast in Jenner. My wife and I drove to the Coast after several days of wine tasting in Sonoma County. Along the way, we stopped at Armstrong Redwoods Preserve state park just north of CA 116. After a wonderful hike through the redwoods, we continued on to the coast and enjoyed gorgeous views of the Ocean, at the mouth of the Russian River. Having satiated our need for tranquility and beauty, we enjoyed a delightful crab menu, created by the chef at River's End. The theme of course is seafood, but we saw many people enjoying steak and other delights. The cocktails are well made, and the wine list is extensive, featuring Sonoma County's excellent wines. The Crab Menu, when it is available is prix fixe, and a bit pricey, but we thought it well worth the cost. Reservations are advised, especially in good weather, when many tourists head for this restaurant along with the locals. Easy parking adjacent. The views from the restaurant are spectacular, so make reservations for just before sunset.

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HLAGP2018 (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on February 6, 2018

A truly one of a kind experience, with exceptional food and a wonderful view of the Russian River meeting with the Pacific Ocean. And a splendid view of the Goat Rock beach. Did I not say that the staff are simply wonderful!

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