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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
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.
For being in the middle of nowhere this place is decent. What was excellent was the service. We ordered the calamari for an appetizer which was ok, but heavy on the breading, we split a Caesar salad that was light on the dressing and for some reason chopped into minuscule pieces. Later looking on the menu I saw that they had a Romain chopped salad on the menu, thus explaining why they used the same chopped Romain for our Caesar.
I had the clams which were good and the wife ordered the broiled mussels which were huge and overcooked, making them tough and stringy to eat.
Their wine list feature great local wines which were priced very reasonable. All in all, the dinner was decent and the service excellent especially for the area.
Overall a good dinner. Service was quick and the table kept current. Server was very friendly and helpful. Food was good but not great. My dining partner did love the halibut and said it was great. If we eat here again, we'll sit at the bar. Seems like the view is good when the fog has lifted.
About halfway through our outstanding meal, a party of about half a dozen women came in screaming with laughter and continued to keep up a high-volume party. I guess there's not much that can be done about that. Otherwise, it was a fabulous dinner: fast and friendly service, fantastically good food, lovely room, we left totally satisfied and would absolutely return again.
The Little River always provides reliable, affordable dining. We like that they are always so accommodating. The regular menu can be limiting, but combined with the bar menu, there are lots of choices. We especially enjoyed the salad with shrimp with tarragon dressing...clean and yummy! We plan to return when we visit the area again.
We always eat here when we visit Mendocino. The food is invariably excellent and the garden views from the dining room make it a special occasion. We enjoyed the vegetable torte, the beef bourginion, the BLT sliders (superb), and crab cakes. All were excellent.
Everyone was very friendly and they had a nice little activity book for my kids. Service was good, food was just okay. I ordered spaghetti and meatballs - the meatballs were overcooked and the spaghetti sauce was little more than tomato sauce. They boys ordered grilled cheese sandwiches and they come with fruit or fries - the fries and olallieberry cobbler were probably the best part of the meal.
We had both dinner and breakfast at the Little River Inn during a recent trip to Mendocino. The Inn is only 2 miles south of Mendocino, so very convenient to Mendocino. We dined here out of curiosity, but also because we were staying at the Stanford Inn and could not take the vegan only fare there. Both meals at the Inn were very nice. The dinner menu is extensive and creative, service was very attentive and the garden room décor is pleasant. The food at both meals was very good. Service at breakfast was a bit less attentive, but acceptable.
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