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Best dinner with a view near Bodega Bay

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Des Moines, Iowa
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Best dinner with a view near Bodega Bay

Traveling with wife and adult daughter to Bodega Bay area May 11th weekend. Will be celebrating 40th anniversary so was looking for nice dining experience that would have a nice view of ocean @ sunset time. Currently holding reservations at Terrapin Creek. Am sure the food is excellent but do not think it shares a view with the Pacific.

Looking for other ideas that might fit the bill in the area. Does not have to be in Bodega/Bodega Bay - willing to drive a few miles to find the right spot.

Thanks for any tips. Richard in Des Moines, Iowa

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1. Re: Best dinner with a view near Bodega Bay

The Duck Club @ Bodega Bay Lodge & Spa has pretty views and excellent food! :)

Healdsburg, CA
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2. Re: Best dinner with a view near Bodega Bay

A little south of Bodega Bay, Nick's Cove is excellent, or north of Bodega Bay, River's End in Jenner has great views as well.

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3. Re: Best dinner with a view near Bodega Bay

I love the River's End. Great food, great bar, great chef.

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4. Re: Best dinner with a view near Bodega Bay

Since Bodega Bay is on the Bay and not directly on the ocean, if you want an ocean view, it will not be a direct one. With waves and surf. But it will be a "water view" out there.

Rivers End in Jenner, if you can get a table overlooking the spots where the Russian River enters the ocean, would be a better view, but the ambiance of the restaurant is not as upscale as the Duck Club in Bodega Bay. They are 10 miles apart.

Your choice.

Des Moines, Iowa
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5. Re: Best dinner with a view near Bodega Bay

Best of both worlds. Lunch at Rivers End Saturday and evening meal at Duck Club. Thanks for tips. Richard in Des Moines

Wilmington, DE
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6. Re: Best dinner with a view near Bodega Bay

Had lunch at Lucas Wharf a few days ago. Based on that I'd consider it for dinner.

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7. Re: Best dinner with a view near Bodega Bay

Err....I would choose Duck Club over Lucas Wharf, personally.

Lucas Wharf is a place we stop often on our travels up the coast for a kind of view and a very good lunch. I would not consider it over the Duck Club for dinner.

Des Moines, Iowa
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8. Re: Best dinner with a view near Bodega Bay

Duck Club was just great. View was obstructed by ever present fog. Food and service was excellent and room is lovely. Enjoyed sitting around fire pit at end of evening albeit it very chilly. Had lunch at Rivers View in Jenner and that was really special too boot. Could have stayed there all afternoon. Thanks for tips. Richard in Des Moines

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9. Re: Best dinner with a view near Bodega Bay

Thank you for the follow up Richard.

How was the rest of your trip?

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