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River's End Restaurant

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11048 Highway 1, Jenner, CA 95450
(707) 865-2484
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12:00 pm - 3:30 pm
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
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Hours:
Sun - Sat 12:00 pm - 3:30 pm
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night
Description: The epicenter of Sonoma Coast dining...the River's End is located in the...
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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Good for:
Fine Dining
Romance
Local cuisine
Special occasions
Scenic view
Entertaining clients

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  • 221
    Excellent
  • 94
    Very good
  • 41
    Average
  • 13
    Poor
  • 7
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
Most recent review
Fabulous dinner and phenomenal view

Exceptional customer service, excellent menu and extraordinary sunset view describes our evening at River's End. We had a fabulous dinner and experienced attentive service throughout our enjoyable evening. Would highly recommend!

5 of 5 starsReviewed February 24, 2015
goldtown
,
Northern California
Good for:
  • Fine Dining
  • Romance
  • Local cuisine
  • Special occasions
  • Scenic view
  • Entertaining clients
  • Breakfast/Brunch
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Reservations
  • Late Night
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376 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

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Northern California
Top Contributor
66 reviews 66 reviews
41 restaurant reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 24, 2015

Exceptional customer service, excellent menu and extraordinary sunset view describes our evening at River's End. We had a fabulous dinner and experienced attentive service throughout our enjoyable evening. Would highly recommend!

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Woodland, California
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120 reviews 120 reviews
67 restaurant reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 23, 2015

We happened to visit on Tueday, 'Local's Night', though we are not exactly locals, so the menu options abounded. This is a lovely, historic, oceanside roadhouse that always surprises and delights. We went for fish - mussels, bay crab, sole, but other stuff looked great, too. On Tuesdays, they do down home stuff like burgers and meatloaf that looked delicious.... More 

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Orinda, California
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82 reviews 82 reviews
73 restaurant reviews
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

We had lunch here and while the place is cramped, with little parking, and sort of off-the-beaten-path, we were surprised at how good our meals were. Fish and Chips were light and crispy, tuna tartare fresh and flavorful, duck egg rolls were crispy and light. More than adequate local wine list. It was clear to us the professionals in the... More 

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Austin, Texas
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24 reviews 24 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 14, 2015

Dined here on 1/29 for an early dinner that ended up being a late night. We started with oysters, chowder and salad which were excellent. Our server, her name escapes me now, was great. We had the desert she recommended which topped off an enjoyable evening. I totally recommend this place.

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Mill Valley, California
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33 reviews 33 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 3, 2015

This is a wonderful restaurant and the view is spectacular. Lunch is best in winter since it gets dark early. Food preparation shows creativity.

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Moscow, Russia
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9 reviews 9 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 27, 2015

Our family was in Sonoma only for 4 days and we did not plan much in advance. We stayed in Healdsburg and started asking around for a cool place to try for lunch. River's End was recommended at one of the local wine shops as a "great view location" and for some reason we assumed that the place would be... More 

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Rohnert Park, California
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17 reviews 17 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 22, 2015

We have been to the Rivers End on so many occasions .. this is an absolutely spectacular restaurant! The location is incredible and the food is not to miss.. Sunset at the rivers end is always a gift! This is where we chose to have our intimate post wedding gathering, the staff, management, Chef and especially our waiter Rick made... More 

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Santa Rosa, California
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57 reviews 57 reviews
39 restaurant reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 6, 2015

Wife took me there for birthday and it was one of the best meals we have had. The view is amazing. We had a beet salad that was amazing. It was multi colored beets with goat cheese and nuts and other spices. Soooo yummy. Then I had the sea bass and wife had shrimp and pasta in a truffle cream... More 

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Northern California
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36 reviews 36 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 5, 2015

First, the view of the ocean with large rocks out in the water is incredible. Second the food is very fresh and delicious. We had a crab cake appetizer, then my wife ordered the fish & chips, while I had the prawns with pasta. We paired the food with a bottle of Hook & Ladder gerwertztraminer. Service was very pleasant... More 

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Boston, Massachusetts
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3 reviews 3 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 2, 2015

We had a tasting menu of local Dungeness crab and it was excellent and a nice variety of foods using the crab. We got the wine pairings to go along and it was nice that the wines were all local from Napa and Sonoma. The service was great, and our server was very friendly and upbeat. Would definitely return when... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 11048 Highway 1, Jenner, CA 95450
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Sonoma County  >  Jenner
  • Phone Number: (707) 865-2484

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 10 - 40
  • Cuisine: Eclectic

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Dining Style: Fine Dining
  • Good for: Romance, Local cuisine, Special occasions, Scenic view, Entertaining clients

Description

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”.
Open Hours
Sunday
12:00 pm - 3:30 pm
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Monday
12:00 pm - 3:30 pm
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Tuesday
12:00 pm - 3:30 pm
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Wednesday
12:00 pm - 3:30 pm
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Thursday
12:00 pm - 3:30 pm
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Friday
12:00 pm - 3:30 pm
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Saturday
12:00 pm - 3:30 pm
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm

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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?