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About Little River Inn Restaurant
Family hospitality meets fine cuisine at this landmark coastal resort. Looking out upon magnificent ocean and garden views, Little River Inn is well known for its comfortable atmosphere and enticing fresh local fare. Executive Chef Marc Dym creates dishes that are at once familiar and modern, while the friendliest staff on the coast make you feel like part of the family.
Little River, CA 95456
Contemporary American, Seafood, Bar / Lounge / Bottle Service
Hours of Operation:
Breakfast: M-Sa 8:00am-10:30am
Breakfast: Su 8:00am-12:00pm
Dinner: Su-Th 6:00pm-8:30pm
Dinner: F-Sa 6:00pm-9:00pm
Brunch: Sa 8:00am-10:30am
Brunch: Su 8:00am-12:00pm
Little River Airport Road
$31 to $50
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
Parking is complimentary.
Private Party Facilities:
Little River Inn boasts inspirational ocean views from both our conference facilities and guest rooms. Your meeting or event will be expertly handled by dedicated innkeepers whose family has been hosting guests for nearly a hundred years.
Private Party Contact:
Melissa Ivankay: (707) 962-2197
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking, Takeout, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
Little River Inn Restaurant Ratings and Reviews
We were in Mendocino for birthday weekend. Little River recommended by family that visited regularly ( 10+ years ago). Part of resort complex. Dining room a bit dated, bar is sparse, views to the Pacific are impressive. Great maitre d' service, very professional.
Service was pleasant and responsive. Wine list well rounded and fitting of abundant local wineries. Crab cakes and oyster fresh, wedge and beet salads abundant. Osso Bucco very well done but Vege Torta was doughy. No recognition of birthday even w reservation comment.
Restaurant empty when we left at 9:30p w only local guests at the bar.
Worthy but value not fully equal to the cost.
Every time we go up to Mendocino we always eat at the Little River Inn. We have never been disappointed with the menu selections and the service is very good. We sometimes set in the bar area and have a beer and fish and chips, But the dinning area has a relaxing view and get for breakfast and dinner.
Even though we will continue to recommend this restaurant to friends etc., please note that we were very disappointed with certain dishes at our annual family get together. Normally, every dish is superb, which we have become accustomed to over several decades of family gatherings. This time, however, the sole almondine (two of us ordered that dish) was mediocre, and only mildy flavorful. I think it was perhaps overcooked and therefore two 'squishy'. The chicken dish ordered by another of our group was similarly not all that good. The crab cakes were excellent, as were the salads. I think they may have been a bit understaffed, as it took way too long to get a class of lemonade to our grandson - well into the meal. I don't blame our server, as she was constantly busy.
Ate here on our Anniversary and were given a nice table with a great view of the ocean and the whales passing by. Food was excellent. They wished us a happy Anniversary on more than one occasion and even presented us with special chef-made truffles for our late night celebrating. They went the extra mile with the service and it was very much appreciated.
lovely, old fashioned restaurant with a twist. Food was delicious and I even had a 2nd serving of the mussels with a topico cream sauce - delicious.
Lovely service, good wine list, great food options, and a good value.
I would certainly recommend coming here.
We have eaten here several times in the past and always been happy with the food , but this time I had a crab pot pie which was dismal. It was mostly peas and potatoes. I may have had 1 1/2 ounces of crab at best. It certainly did NOT merit the $28 ala carte price
By far the best meal of our 3 day getaway. Service was comfortable and casual, with the right amount of attention and personal focus. The drinks and calamari were a delcious start, the squid having a delightful mustard sauce. Our meals, pasta sugo and osso buco were perfectly cooked, ample, each bite lasting throughout the long evening. We ended with a dessert of creme brûlée, tasty, but the grayish custard a bit offputting. Overall, this place continues to provide the romantic environment and quality that Mendocino is known for.
First evening in town and this was reco'd by the place we were staying.
Found it to be very busy, popular with families, and extremely noisy.. Wait staff was attentive and did the best they could
The menu read well but didn't deliver
- chowder was flat and uninspired
- Hangar steak Diane that the waitress said they were known for, while cooked perfectly missed on the classic "Diane flavor profile" and the meal was just average
Service was excellent, though only one veggie entree and an optional vegan sandwich are quite limiting options (beyond traditional American comfy food) - would expect more from a "special occasion" Restuarant like this one. Also, when we noted that it was where we came to dine after our engagement 2 years ago and we came again same date last year, they didn't honor that with any special dessert or any other manner so a bit disappointing, though my husband loved his pork shanks.
The service was exceptional... Arrived with a headache. When asked if aspirin was available, they were able to find some. My headache eased and we had the most wonderful dinner. Very friendly staff. My husband had the meatloaf and I had the chicken. Finished with a cobbler.
My wife had the halibut with mushroom risotto which she raved about. My braised pork shank, however, was a "never again." Lots of fat, thick red sauce covered it, and couldn't really tell if it was atop mashed potatoes, polenta, or something else. The server was personable and professional. Views were non-existent. I'd seek better-ranked restaurants (Raven) before coming here.
Great setting so you feel special going in. There was a group event going on so VERY noisy and made service a little slow and spotty. Food was very good and they dropped the corking fee since service was spotty. All in all a good evening and memorable experience. WILL RETURN
This restaurant is in a dramatic setting along the northern California coast. The dining room is small - read cozy - but the service is attentive and cheerful, the food is well prepared, the wine list is essentially all at retail prices and the total package makes this well worth the drive. Don't miss The Little River Inn if you are on the coast.
This is a country club, for after the golf game. The food was excellent, as was the service. The dining room is crowded: the low ceiling makes for bad acoustics: very loud. We were shouting at our waitress, and she at us! But, if you can make it through to dessert, have the Chocolate Decadence. Overall, I would recommend this restaurant if you are staying in Little River or Mendocino.
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