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“Come for the sunset, stay for the gourmet dinner!” 4 of 5 bubbles
Review of Little River Inn Dining Room

Little River Inn Dining Room
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Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $20 - $35
Cuisines: American, Bar, Seafood, Soups
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Restaurant details
Good for: Business meetings, Special occasions, Large groups, Romantic, Local cuisine, Bar scene, Scenic view, Families with children
Dining options: Dinner, Lunch, Drinks, Breakfast, Full Bar, Parking Available, Private Dining, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Dining style: Casual Elegant
Cross street: Little River Airport Road
San Jose, California
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105 reviews
60 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 48 helpful votes
“Come for the sunset, stay for the gourmet dinner!”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 31, 2014

Stopped here to celebrate my birthday! Very nice restaurant and menu. Great sunset! Lively Bar nearby.
The food was well prepared, the wait staff attentive but not pushy, and the dining room well decorated.

  • Visited June 2013
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Food
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Thank Peter S
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English first
Mendocino, California, United States
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31 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
“Ole's pancake craving”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 28, 2014

Took my family for brunch while they were visiting me here in Mendocino on Memorial day. The swedish family recipe pancakes here are the BEST! The breakfast menu is in my opinion the best around fo quality and value. Hours of operation are limited (8 to 10.30 am) so you have to hurry, and the staff oozes annoyance if you show up around 10.15. The food was great, but service was disappointing. Order was messed up, server told us flat out, we did not order what we did, then charged us for what we did not get, and left something else we did get Off the bill, so I guess it worked out? Dining staff were so glum and uncommunitive it was almost to the point of rudeness. If the food wasnt good, we would have left when a busser, after leaving us standing at the door for several minutes, came by and without eye contact or greeting, mumbled that someone would come seat us and continued walking away. Such a beautiful historic old establishment, seems management could pick some more cheerful help!

  • Visited May 2014
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Jenifoofoo
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Richvale, California
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47 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
“favorite place to eat”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 21, 2014

this restaurant is wonderful. the food is excellent and the presentation is great. we always went back to the bar after dinner and had their hot fudge sundae. great ice cream too.

Visited May 2014
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Thank ricequeen12
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Alamo
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18 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
“Close, but not quite.”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 17, 2014

For starters, there is a spectacular view available IF YOU ARE SITTING AT THE BAR in a separate room. The dining room is behind this and surrounded by a narrow perimeter of garden. A miss. There appears to be a smaller dining room that does have an ocean view but we were not shown or offered it, noticing it only on the way to the restroom. The food was OK. The crab cake appetizer was fine, but a bit pricy for what you got. I had the lamb shank and it was OK, but could be more tender. It was served with an odd item - rosemary/garlic bread pudding - tasted like thanksgiving stuffing. My wife had a vegetable torte and it got very soggy very fast. To their credit the service was very exceptional and made for a pleasant dining experience even with the food issues.

  • Visited May 2014
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Philip W
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Moline, IL
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97 reviews
63 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 41 helpful votes
“A view with great food”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 13, 2014

Can't say enough about our early dinner at the Little River Inn. My husband stopped by after visiting our favorite wineries. We shared the shrimp cocktail. The shrimp were bay shrimp (very small) but very tasty. Little River makes their own cocktail sauce which was very good with a slight kick to it. I had the fish tacos and my husband had the cajun fish sandwich. We both enjoyed our meal. You can't go wrong at this place. We sat at the bar which overlooks the ocean. This place shouldn't be missed when you are in Mendicino County.

  • Visited May 2014
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank rockriver2
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