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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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4.6

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.6

service

4.7

ambience

4.6

value

4.2

Noise

Moderate

96% would recommend it to a friend

Scenic View (33)
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Romantic (28)
Local Ingredients (27)
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Good for a Date (23)
Good for Anniversaries (21)
Creative Cuisine (21)
Quiet Conversation (16)
Notable Wine List (13)
Cozy (12)
Great for Lunch (12)
Good for Birthdays (12)
Neighborhood Gem (11)
Fit for Foodies (11)
Authentic (10)
Seasonal (10)
Casual (9)
Fun (9)
Sunday Lunch (9)
Tasting Menu (8)
Healthy (6)
Good Vegetarian Options (6)
Great for Brunch (5)
Handcrafted Cocktails (5)
Bar Seating (4)
Organic (4)
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Good for Groups (2)
Hot Spot (2)
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People Watching (2)
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Kid-friendly (1)
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 (San Francisco)·Dined 2 days ago

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

Tags: Worth the Drive, Romantic, Notable Wine List, Special Occasion
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 (San Francisco)·Dined 3 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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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined 3 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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·Dined 4 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!

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Comfort Food
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·Dined 4 days ago

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

Tags: Sunday Lunch, Healthy, Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date, Local Ingredients, Organic, Creative Cuisine, Notable Wine List
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 (San Francisco)·Dined 5 days ago

Romantic weekend

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 (San Francisco)·Dined 6 days ago

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

Tags: Romantic, Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for a Date, Cozy, Good for Birthdays, Great for Lunch, Waterfront, Good for Anniversaries, Scenic View, Fit for Foodies, Worth the Drive, Special Occasion
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined 7 days ago

Valentine’s Day

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on February 14, 2018

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

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vip
 (Tahoe)·Dined on February 13, 2018

Great al the way!!!

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on February 11, 2018

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

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 (San Francisco)·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.

Tags: Romantic, Special Occasion
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 (Palm Springs)·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.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Seasonal, Scenic View, Waterfront, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Local Ingredients, Good for a Date
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 (San Francisco)·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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 (San Francisco)·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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 (San Francisco)·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.

Tags: Disabled Access, Local Ingredients, Healthy, Fun, Romantic, Afternoon Coffee, Sunday Lunch, People Watching, Scenic View, Good for Groups, Afternoon Tea, Waterfront, Great for Brunch, Handcrafted Cocktails, Fit for Foodies, Notable Wine List, Good for Anniversaries, Great Beer, Creative Cuisine, Paleo Friendly, Bar Seating, Good Vegetarian Options, Organic, Good for a Date, Quiet Conversation, Worth the Drive, Casual, Good for Birthdays, Cozy, Special Occasion, Hot Spot
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 (San Francisco)·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.

Tags: Romantic, Authentic, Fit for Foodies, Scenic View, Waterfront, Special Occasion, Handcrafted Cocktails, Quiet Conversation
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 (Chicago)·Dined on February 6, 2018

Always reliable, good food, terrific staff!

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 (San Diego)·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.

Tags: Scenic View
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 (San Francisco)·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!

Tags: Special Occasion, Casual, Local Ingredients, Good for a Date, Quiet Conversation, Scenic View
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on February 3, 2018

I wanted very to lower my rating because my experience started out when I had to park ⅓ of a mile away and walk up highway one to the restaurant because all the parking closer was taken. Then, we waited 45 minutes after our appetizer to get our main course. Both events were quite frustrating. However the server was so charming and excellent and the food is clearly five star all the way, and the experience being there at sunset was so lovely, I had to stick with the five stars. Next time I hope I have better parking karma! It’s not many restaurants that I would have been able to get past the first two events and ever gone back. The food and ambiance is that good!

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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on February 3, 2018

Beautiful setting where the Russian River mixes with the Pacific. Great sunsets, great nature watching, terrific food.

Tags: Waterfront, Worth the Drive, Good for Anniversaries, Authentic, Creative Cuisine, Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Romantic, Scenic View
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on February 2, 2018

Beautiful views, saw whales while enjoying a glass of wine on the deck before dinner. The duck appetizer is the best, seasonal dishes were delicious, pleasant service.

Tags: Local Ingredients, Waterfront, Scenic View, Seasonal, Good for a Date, Casual, Creative Cuisine
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on February 2, 2018

The restaurant is overlooking the water and has very attentive staff, yet the seafood is not fresh and not flavorful. I read some previous reviews and saying their food didn’t taste fresh or flavorful. Unfortunately they turned out to be true. Living in the Bay Area we expect more.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 30, 2018

Our table was perfect for the sunset. We really enjoyed the crispy duck confit rolls and the shrimp pasta in truffle butter. Our entire meal was delightful!

Tags: Waterfront, Quiet Conversation, Local Ingredients, Scenic View, Worth the Drive
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 (New Mexico)·Dined on January 27, 2018

Pleasant, casual ambiance. Attentive and caring service. Special Dungeness crab tasting menu outstanding; kudos to the kitchen staff

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Waterfront, Local Ingredients, Worth the Drive, Seasonal, Fit for Foodies
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 23, 2018

The food is exceptional. This restaurant is a gem.

Tags: Scenic View, Vibrant Bar Scene, Special Occasion, Worth the Drive, Seasonal, Local Ingredients
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 22, 2018

We made a lunch reservation, and when we arrived, we were treated like royalty. The table they reserved had a gorgeous view of the river-ocean confluence. It was a bit sunny and warm in January, so we used the pull-down screen after while. My husband ordered the mushroom soup and I sampled it -- it was the most luscious soup I had ever tasted. I had fish and chips, my husband had the pulled-pork sandwich. Both were delicious. We shared a scoop of chocolate cardamom ice cream for dessert. We really didn't want the meal to end! Service was respectful, down to earth and unobtrusive for the most part. Highly recommend!

Tags: Casual, Cozy, Worth the Drive, Romantic, Quiet Conversation, Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date, Local Ingredients, Great for Lunch, Good for Birthdays, Scenic View, Good for Anniversaries
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 21, 2018

It was a rainy Sunday evening off season and a perfect meal with friends and an out of town guest. The clam appetizer was delicious, the sole main was cooked to perfection and the pasta special was tasty. The sound of the rain drops on the roof and ocean view were lovely. Service was on spot and we enjoyed a quiet unrushed perfectly timed meal.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 20, 2018

My wife always enjoy our drive along the Russian River out to the Pacific Ocean. We are rewarded with great views and wonderful food/service at River's End. We highly recommend this restaurant.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Romantic, Waterfront, Fit for Foodies, Worth the Drive, Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays, Scenic View, Good for a Date
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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 20, 2018

Went for the view. Was seated at a very small table shoved in the corner. Very disappointing

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 (Milwaukee)·Dined on January 20, 2018

We were there for lunch. Amazing view!!! Good service. Excellent bottle of Champaign. Unfortunately, less than average food. Ceviche was pure vinegar - couldn't taste the fish. No salt, no pepper, no any other flavor - just vinegar and a lot of it. Beet Salad very pretty but the same: no salt, no pepper, no any other taste. I like beets but I can have it plane at home. The oysters were good (not great and very very small size). I would guess that for lunch there is no chef if there is, it is even worse. I would not recommend this restaurant. So sad, loved the view. :-(

Tags: Waterfront
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vip
 (Sacramento)·Dined on January 19, 2018

Came for a long Jenner weekend with 2 friends and to early celebrate one birthday. They had fantastic pasta and I had ceviche.......excellent! Waitress was happy to be there and very professional.......will go there again and again.....

Tags: Waterfront, Good for a Date, Worth the Drive
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 (Columbus)·Dined on January 19, 2018

This place is fantastic. Not only are the views incredible, the food is a great complement.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 16, 2018

Phenomenal. Always. Service is friendly and casually excellent. Not over done - just perfect. The food is beautiful and generous. I recommend taking a look at the menu before you go so you can plan. Prices are not cheap, but the food isn’t either! It is NOT over priced but it is an expense. Entrees are shareable, so you can enjoy more variety! I could go on forever. I have never had a bad experience here and will always look forward to going back!

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Romantic, Waterfront, Worth the Drive, Special Occasion, Notable Wine List, Great for Lunch, Scenic View, Cozy, Bar Seating, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Fit for Foodies, Creative Cuisine, Local Ingredients
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 15, 2018

This was our second visit to River's End...and it was equally as wonderful as the first time! The menu had changed a bit (seasonal) but the Crab Tasting menu (my choice) was outstanding! Looking back, I wish I had also chosen the wine pairing with it, however our cocktails were great and I had a great glass of wine as well. Due to weather we missed the view of the sunset -however it was a beautiful view just the same. The evening was EXTRA special thanks to our OUTSTANDING server "LEE"....she is a gem....she served us the first time as well, and now after this visit ---we would always request to be seated in her section. Probably one of the best servers I've ever experienced in fine dining. Friendly, knowledgeable, and knows the menu...including the wines! Cheers to "Lee" Thank you for making our dining experience memorable once again and my birthday very special!

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Fit for Foodies, Good for Anniversaries, Seasonal, Tasting Menu, Special Occasion, Romantic, Good for Birthdays, Handcrafted Cocktails, Cozy, Worth the Drive, Creative Cuisine, Scenic View, Notable Wine List, Good for a Date, Quiet Conversation
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 (Orange County)·Dined on January 14, 2018

We did the crab special 5-course meal...man was it worth it! The food was amazing and we had a wonderful view.

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on January 9, 2018

This is the fourth time we've had lunch at River's End. We've made it a regular stop every time we are in the Russian River area. The cuisine is inventive, locally sourced, and delicious.

Tags: Tasting Menu, Scenic View, Waterfront, Seasonal, Quiet Conversation, Local Ingredients, Neighborhood Gem
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 6, 2018

Great location and menu. I went there with a friend and we enjoyed watching the ocean and seals. The views are spectacular and the cuisine great. Our server was knowledgeable and friendly and told us about the history of the restaurant. The chef is creative and uses local food sources. I will definitely go back again.

Tags: Cozy, Healthy, Romantic, Great for Outdoor Dining, Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays, Worth the Drive, Good for a Date, Waterfront, Quiet Conversation, Great for Lunch, Tasting Menu, Local Ingredients, Organic, Great for Brunch, Neighborhood Gem, Authentic, Kid-friendly, Fun, Creative Cuisine
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 2, 2018

This is one of our favorite places to eat, the food is absolutely delicious! Our waitress was very friendly and provided excellent service. We can't wait to go back!

Tags: Cozy, Good for Birthdays, Hot Spot, Romantic
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