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About River's End

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”.

11048 Highway 1
Jenner, CA 95450
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Dining Style:
Fine Dining

Cuisines:
Californian, Global, International

Hours of Operation:
OPEN 5 Days a week.
Lunch: 11:30am - 3:00pm
Dinner: 5:00pm - 8:30pm
CLOSED WEDNESDAYS and THURSDAYS.

Dress Code:
Smart Casual

Price Range:
$31 to $50

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(707) 865-2484 ext. 111

Website:
http://ilovesunsets.com/home.html

Parking Details:
Limited parking with additional turnout and riverside parking.

Executive Chef:
Chef Martin Recoder

Additional:
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine

River's End Ratings and Reviews

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4.5

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.5

service

4.5

ambience

4.7

value

4.1

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Quiet

96% would recommend it to a friend

Scenic View (41)
Waterfront (36)
Worth the Drive (30)
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Good for a Date (30)
Local Ingredients (29)
Romantic (25)
Special Occasion (24)
Good for Anniversaries (22)
Good for Birthdays (16)
Fit for Foodies (14)
Creative Cuisine (13)
Casual (13)
Healthy (13)
Great for Lunch (12)
Neighborhood Gem (12)
Cozy (11)
Authentic (10)
Bar Seating (7)
Quiet Conversation (7)
Notable Wine List (6)
Seasonal (6)
Sunday Lunch (5)
Comfort Food (4)
Organic (4)
Handcrafted Cocktails (4)
Great for Brunch (3)
Fun (3)
Hot Spot (3)
Business Meals (2)
Late-night Find (2)
Great for Outdoor Dining (2)
People Watching (2)
Tasting Menu (2)
Good Vegetarian Options (2)
Kid-friendly (1)
Gluten Free Options (1)
Great Beer (1)
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Happy Hour (1)
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Spicy (1)
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 (Sacramento)·Dined 3 days ago

The mushroom soup was the best I have tasted. Hubby had the mushroom pasta special which had 5 types of mushrooms and a divine sauce. Petrale sole was rolled and baked, light and flakey. Don't miss the crème brule.

Tags: Scenic View, Bar Seating, Tasting Menu, Casual, Seasonal, Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries, Waterfront, Local Ingredients, Good for a Date
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 (San Francisco)·Dined 3 days ago

Truly an awesome dinning experience. Celebrated our 25th Anniversary! It was perfect!

Tags: Seasonal, Romantic, Great for Lunch, Comfort Food, Authentic, Quiet Conversation, Cozy, Good for Anniversaries, Sunday Lunch, Fun, Local Ingredients, People Watching, Tasting Menu, Creative Cuisine, Healthy, Great for Brunch, Worth the Drive, Good for a Date, Scenic View, Casual, Spicy, Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion
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·Dined 5 days ago

This place was warm and romantic with an incredible sunset seen from our window seat. The service was top notch and the food delicious. Yet the portions were incredibly small for the cost. Overall, the whole experience makes me want to go back and do it all again.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Paleo Friendly, Great for Brunch, Special Occasion, Romantic
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 (Sacramento)·Dined 5 days ago

Fabulous! We went two days in a row. The oysters so fresh, the mushroom soup and fresh bread divine, the duck confit crazy good, the sole...yummmmm! And let me repeat...the oysters best ever! Also their desserts are great too!

Tags: Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays, Local Ingredients, Good Vegetarian Options, Romantic, Casual, Sunday Lunch, Special Occasion, Worth the Drive, Great for Lunch, Good for Anniversaries, Waterfront, Scenic View
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 5, 2017

The food, service and ambiance of Rivers End Restaurant is consistently excellent. We have been celebrating birthdays and anniversaries at Rivers End for approximately 15 years and consider it to be our all time favorite dining experience. Highly recommend the crab tasting menu.

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 (San Diego)·Dined on November 12, 2017

Wonderful dining experience and you can't beat the view!!! 😊

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vip
 (West Virginia)·Dined on October 24, 2017

Memorable and superb . The views, the food and the service are beyond compare.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Local Ingredients, Romantic, Scenic View
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 (Tahoe)·Dined on October 7, 2017

Very good food. The roasted heirloom tomato salad was ver interesting & good.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Cozy, Casual, Local Ingredients
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 7, 2017

Great 16th wedding anniversary spot for us. Been there several times over the 16+ years. My wife’s favorite spot not only food but the great view of the sunset.

Tags: Romantic
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 6, 2017

River's End is located in Jenner where the Russian River runs into the ocean. The restaurant has a deck overlooking the river and viewing the sunset from there with a drink in your hand, chatting with other travelers, is a wonderful experience. The ambiance of the restaurant is rustic but elegant. Service was a little rushed and I wished someone would have taken drink orders out on the deck, but overall it was fine. The food is a little pedestrian. The beet salad was very nice. The sauce accompanying the duck wonton rolls was overly sweet and the rolls were just ok. The salmon chowder was good but relied too much on cream for my taste. The salmon dish was nice, served over a medley of roasted corn, watermelon, and some other things that I can't remember. Overall, we thought the food ranged from just OK to pretty good, but we will definitely go back for the sunset on the deck.

Tags: Waterfront
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 (Naples)·Dined on October 6, 2017

Absolutely cool place with Great food. Had salmon and it was over the top. I'd give 6 stars if I could. Don't miss this place!!

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·Dined on October 2, 2017

Great place to celebrate a special occasion, especially during sunset

Tags: Romantic, Good for a Date, Scenic View, Waterfront
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 29, 2017

Amazing views abs the service that Billy provided. All of the staff were very welcoming and the food was hot and delightful! Treat yourself to the Trifle for dessert! Our server Billy suggested it and he was not wrong! We will be coming back!

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 (Atlanta)·Dined on September 29, 2017

Exquisite dining with friendly, knowledgeable service. Great sunset views!

Tags: Happy Hour, Hot Spot, Authentic, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays, Worth the Drive, Good Vegetarian Options, Local Ingredients, Business Meals, Special Occasion
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 26, 2017

River's End has been a favorite for many years. The view around sunset is always a show stopper. The service is always good too. the night we were there the specials were king salmon. My fish was excellent but the sides were lacking flavor. I assume they do not use salt. The citris beurre blanc was good. The beet salad was impressive looking, a tower of beets, but again the flavor was boring. This is a wonderful location but next time I will go for drinks and leave after the sunset and go eat somewhere else. Food needs to be flavorful, and I think it lacks it.

Tags: Scenic View
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 (Central Coast)·Dined on September 24, 2017

Delicious seafood! Everything we ate was too-notch.

Tags: Authentic, Good for a Date, Fun, Neighborhood Gem, Fit for Foodies, Local Ingredients, Waterfront
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 23, 2017

What a fabulous time we had at this beautiful place amazing !! Love the bartender and the maître d' so hospitable !!! Stayed the night - wonderful!!!

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date, Worth the Drive, Waterfront, Cozy
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·Dined on September 22, 2017

Salmon was amazing, the sole was average. Appetizers and dessert were off the charts . And of the course, the wine was world class.

Tags: Notable Wine List, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Portland)·Dined on September 20, 2017

Rivers end is better than the other wine country restaurants that were on the various "lists" offered by the usual guides. Exceptional food, reserved but very warm staff that made our visit relaxed. The ocean was stormy, which gave us a good show.

Tags: Cozy, Good for Anniversaries, Creative Cuisine, Worth the Drive, Notable Wine List, Scenic View, Waterfront, Handcrafted Cocktails, Great for Outdoor Dining
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 (New York Area)·Dined on September 18, 2017

Excellent fresh salmon and a beautiful sunset view accompanied by attentive and friendly service.

Tags: Healthy, Scenic View, Special Occasion, Worth the Drive, Romantic, Good for Birthdays, Local Ingredients, Casual, Hot Spot, Good for a Date, Fit for Foodies
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vip
 (Baltimore)·Dined on September 17, 2017

Rivers End has a spectacular view of the Pacific, as it sits high on a bluff. The food is thoughtful and well presented and delicious. We really enjoyed our dinner, as well as the view of the sun sinking into the Pacific.

Tags: Scenic View, Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Casual, Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 15, 2017

Waiter was brusk and rude....

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·Dined on September 15, 2017

Amazing establishment. Waited many years to visit, will absolutely visit again

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 (New York Area)·Dined on September 8, 2017

This is the third time my wife and I have celebrated our anniversary at River's Edge. It's a beautiful setting and if you time it right you'll see incredible sunsets. They are noted for their salmon, and we were definitely happy with our meal. However, the service was off and we had to wait an inordinate amount of time for our main course (we think they forgot us!). Also, the lighting is somewhat annoying and we had to move our table to get out of the spotlight.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Hot Spot, Healthy, Creative Cuisine, Scenic View, Waterfront, Good for Birthdays, Worth the Drive, Romantic, Local Ingredients, Special Occasion
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·Dined on September 4, 2017

I've lived in Sonoma County for more than 30 years and this is my favorite place to eat for any and all occasions. We celebrate everybody's birthday here: from my 21 yo son to my 61 yo husband. We all LOVE it. Great service, great food, great drinks and a view that's hard to beat.

Tags: Romantic, Seasonal, Handcrafted Cocktails, Casual, Creative Cuisine, Fit for Foodies, People Watching, Sunday Lunch, Special Occasion, Bar Seating, Good for Birthdays, Kid-friendly, Local Ingredients, Good for Anniversaries, Scenic View, Quiet Conversation, Good for a Date, Authentic, Cozy, Waterfront, Great for Lunch, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Houston)·Dined on September 4, 2017

Only downside was no sunset. Oh, and a slightly snooty host--but waitress was great.

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·Dined on September 4, 2017

Amazing views and both the food and service were fantastic
If you're there during salmon season I highly recommend trying their salmon specials

Tags: Local Ingredients, Scenic View, Worth the Drive, Notable Wine List
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 4, 2017

It was our second time dining at River's End. I loved salmon chowder and beet salad. Sunset view was incredible.
Make sure to seat by the window.

Tags: Healthy, Scenic View, Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays, Organic, Worth the Drive
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 3, 2017

Good interior ambiance with great coastal views. Outdoor balcony is small and limited to those with a beverage. Service was very good. Lunch Menu somewhat limited. Featured local salmon, though prices were high on these. Ceviche was excellent. Vegetable Napoleon and pork sandwich were very good.

Tags: Good for a Date
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on August 30, 2017

River's End is one of the best restaurants on the Sonoma Coast. The view of the ocean is fantastic and the food is fresh and wonderful.

Tags: Special Occasion, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List, Romantic, Good for a Date
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on August 28, 2017

Great experience. Had the salmon crudo and petrale sole along with Dehlinger Rosé.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on August 27, 2017

Nice waterfront lunch with good service. The food was good but not spectacular the fish and chips were very good but the tartare sauce and cocktail sauce that came with it were really poor.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Waterfront
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·Dined on August 27, 2017

A marvelous dining experience. The salad and the salmon were exquisite, and the view was almost beyond compare.

Tags: Good for a Date
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on August 26, 2017

River's End has been a favorite of ours for many years. We love to take friends from out-of-town to this special place. If available, try the Salmon Chowder - you will be amazed.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Worth the Drive, Creative Cuisine
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on August 26, 2017

Amazing from beginning to end

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on August 25, 2017

We were seated in a corner of the building facing the wall. It was horrible & only to be seated next to (7) 40+ year old bachelors preparing for their bachelor party. If they ever sat me in the corner again, I would leave before water arrived. (My bad for accepting this table).

The views as we walked through the restaurant to get to the corner were stunning. The food presentation was fantastic. The flavors were delicious.

This place came highly recommended to us and the 90 minute drive each way will be worth it next time. I would recommend this place however you know what to do if they give you the "corner table".

Tags: Worth the Drive, Fit for Foodies, Local Ingredients, Waterfront, Sunday Lunch
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on August 25, 2017

It was a perfect Sonoma Coast experience. There sky was clear and there was no wind. Drinks on the balcony as the sun set gently over the river/ocean. We had a window table, two couples. It is salmon season so we started off with salmon crude and the salmon chowder, both of which were excellent. I would come back just for the delicate salmon chowder with chunks of salmon and a delicate, not heavy creamy consistency. Two of us had the duck two ways with duck mousse and a duck gelatin on sautéed kale and asparagus and carrots with a blackberry sauce. The portion was very generous with two large slices of duck breast perfectly cooked. It would have been enough for two, easily. The other two had the king Salmon with black forbidden rice and corn. The citrus glaze was excellent and subtle.

For dessert we had the creme brûlée for two-yummy and the trifle. Topped off with A Dehlinger rose at the beginning. It was an excellent meal.

Tags: Romantic, Special Occasion, Creative Cuisine, Good for a Date, Waterfront
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·Dined on August 24, 2017

We reserved a table for 2:00 because we wanted to hike the Kortum Trail before lunch. We arrived in our hiking clothes but that did not seem to present a problem. The service was fantastic, friendly and not obtrusive. The Chef's Salad, the Heirloom Tomato Salad and the Prawns and Pasta were all superb: great ingredients prepared as to let their flavors shine. The chocolate mousse and the creme caramel were heavenly, we passed them around and polished the plates clean. The view of the river's mouth, the sand bar and the ocean is amazing. We noticed several people ordering post lunch beverages at the bar and taking them out to sheltered spots on the deck (it's almost always windy there) so that they could continue watching the water. The prices are high, but not unreasonable for what you get. The only thing that would have made the experience better would have been to have booked one of their cabins for the night and just hung out all afternoon until dinner rather than driving home.

Tags: Good for Groups, Good for Birthdays, Scenic View, Great for Lunch, Healthy
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 (San Diego)·Dined on August 21, 2017

Beautiful views, excellent food and service. Overall, a fantastic experience.

Tags: Special Occasion, Romantic, Casual, Fit for Foodies
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on August 19, 2017

We had a nice Friday evening dinner at the Rivers End with a wonderful view of the ocean and the tail end of the Russian River below us. The food was very good and was presented well. Everything was fresh and organic. We would definitely make the drive here again for another nice evening out.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Scenic View, Romantic, Waterfront, Bar Seating, Quiet Conversation
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