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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
This restaurant has a lovely atmosphere with gardens, and overlooking the ocean. The food was superbly prepared, and plated. Our waitress was excellent; very friendly and professional. We highly recommend this restaurant to anyone visiting the Mendocino Coast.
This restaurant was a score! A plus. We accidentally went there, while actually looking for a different restaurant that was located down the road. So I assumed. This time what a GREAT assumption. They served us immediately, had reservations but still...ok been there before on the mystic Mendocino Coast line, but it's been years. WOW the food was amazing. The only disappointment were the oysters, but only cause they were so small, otherwise Fabulous. there were three of us, all ordered different selections and shared. Treat Yourself.....
This was a lively bar and restaurant with lots of good service and friendliness. Food was great, although they were out of the cheesecake dessert we wantedeven though it was a relatively early reservation (6:45). The noise level was high, almost too high. But we had a great time and had a wonderful table with views of the ocean.
What a magical evening! From being greeted by the host to signing the bill, every experience with staff was a pleasure. We felt so taken care of and special, and that was on a busy Saturday night. The wine and food were spectacular. The view from the bar is gorgeous, and the dining room has a lovely garden outlook.
My birthday celebration. I was looking forward to a great meal. I ordered the Parmesan crusted eggplant. Of the 3 slices of eggplant served, two were burnt on the outside and one was practically raw. The server was great and ended up giving me a different meal so my dining companion would not have to wait for me to be served to finish her meal. The substitute meal was very good, but not what I wanted, and I continued to have a burnt taste in my mouth even after eating the other dinner. I was given a free dessert, which was very nice, but I was disappointed with the meal overall, especially since it was my birthday celebration. However, gIven that the replacement meal was good, I would still recommend this restaurant.
Very good food in one of the world's most scenic settings on the Mendocino coast. The menu is designed for a well-heeled, older crowd rather than the adventurous foodie diner, featuring seafood, plenty of meat options, sufficient if not exciting vegetarian choices, nice desserts, very good wines. The dining room is painted in calm sea colors with abundant seating. The view is fantastic. I took the picture below in the parking lot in front of the restaurant.
All service in this corner of the world is a tad too languid for my taste (possibly owing to Mendocino County's ubiquitous #1 agricultural product), but we had our best service here. We saw a veteran maitre d' pleasantly handle an obnoxious patron.
The small bar is close to the dining room and was very noisy the night we were there, but the design seems to keep the noise from spilling over too much.
When we were first met by the Gentleman that sat us, we knew we were off to a great start - Thank You Sir. We sat by an opened window that provided us with a wonderful and a magical breeze and view of the ocean. It was a quiet corner, the drinks were tasty, the food was well-prepared and presented by Marc - the salmon and scallops were very succulent, and we will be back.
The meal was great from the start. The calamari was tender and perfectly seasoned with an delicious, delicate mustard based sauce. The entrees were prepared with incredible skill. The salmon was clearly caught within the last 12 to 16 hours, grilled to perfection and served with an excellent polenta. However, the spinach puree was an acquired taste. On the other hand, the scallops were tender, translucent, and also perfectly seasoned. The scallops were served with a roasted corn risotto and fresh peas in the pod that were served hot, yet still had a wonderful snap when eaten. All of this was followed with a marscarpone based cheese cake that you simply have to taste to believe. What made the evening completely over the top was the service. From the wine steward to the wait staff to the manager, we were treated with sincere respect and concern that we experience an incredible evening. I recommend Little River Inn for any occasion. You have to visit here if you are in Mendocino County - or any where within an eight hour drive. Trust me, it is worth it.
Food was excellent!! Best clam chowder I have EVER had and the Elk Ragout with home made pasta was superb. We did not have dessert as we were too full. The portion size is very generous. The dining room was almost full when we were there so it was somewhat noisy but that subsided as other guests finished their meal and departed. Overall a most excellent meal at a beautiful location on the ocean.
This restaurant is adorable and the food was amazing. However, the front door slams very loudly every time someone goes in and out of it and we happened to be sitting just beside the door. It was horrible. We were on a date and it must've slammed 50 times. I don't understand why they would not fix that with a simple bumper. Our food was very late (they forgot to put the order in) but it was very delicious.
Made to feel very welcome by all the staff. However the decor was tired, the food mediocre, and the ambience subdued. Ingredients were fresh, but lacked a certain finesse, the steak was very chewy and the peppercorns somewhat took away any chance of tasting the steak beneath. Both fish dishes were very fresh, but once again suffered a lack of appealing to the eye. The kids menu though limited, was fine, but once again expensive.
Considering the price of the meal, we would expect better surroundings and food. We left disappointed, but not hungry, and we must say again, the staff were very pleasant and efficient. We could not recommend this restaurant, and our sentiments were borne out as we left. A young couple were looking at the menu and asked us if they should sit down for a meal. Our immediate response was to suggest that they went elsewhere.
The service was fantastic! The host gave us an option between some tables. We appreciated that since most places don't. Our waitress was great, we never felt rushed. We split a steak and they cut it and put it on two plates. Excellent place with fantastic food!!
We were visiting Mendocino area for the weekend and a friend recommended the Little River Inn for brunch or dinner.
We had brunch there and had a lovely time.
Great food, great service, reasonable prices, and beautiful location.
My husband and I definitely plan to return there in the future.
Trish & Derek
My husband and I were celebrating our anniversary and we could not have picked a better restaurant. The food was great but what made the evening so special was our server, Jenn. She made sure everything was perfect from the moment we were seated---thank you Jenn!!
We visit Mendocino often and had never eaten at the Little River Inn, so decided to try it. The Hostess was terrific and big on personality. Service was good, but food preparation was quite poor. I had the Salmon with polenta and spinach. Salmon was watery, polenta was not good and the spinach was pureed. My husband had the Sole, topped with Shrimp. Fish was also watery with tiny thawed out shrimp. This restaurant claims to have a world-renowed chef, but Saturday evening must have been his night off.
It was a great experience. Our dinner was wonderful. I had the Alaskan Halibut and my husband had the peppercorn New York. We both enjoyed our meals. Then to top it off we finished the night with Ollalaberry cobbler. Delicious! Great way to celebrate our 17th wedding anniversary!
As always the food was excellently prepared and presented. Peppercorn N.Y. steak was over the top good as was the Petrale Sole. Spring greens salad were very tasty and refreshing. Service was impeccable
Came back for breakfast and the avocado,bacon and sour cream omelet was to die for as well as the homemade scones. Made our mini trip to Mendocino an experience to remember. Going back in September 2017.Patrick
Little River Inn & restaurant is a gem! Not easy to get to, but so worth the drive. We've had many breakfasts & dinners here, and have always been impressed with the food and service. Try their killer Bloody Mary's, they're the best. Simply put, I love Little River Inn.
Made reservations for and ate in the main dining room. Bar menu on back of menu left the impression that you had to be in the bar to order from this section. Not the case... and my fault for not asking. If the main meals were good, no need to second guess myself. Since they weren't, I feel like a good meal slip away. Other diners around us ordered from bar menu and it looked and sounded from the comments like it was great. Oh well.. maybe next time.
The best dining experience we had during a week of enjoyable dinners in Mendocino. I had perfectly crisped eggplant with zucchini papardelle. We will make the Little River Inn a vacation destination next so we can also experience breakfast, lunch, brunch, and the bar, which has its own menu and incredible view of the Pacific. Wonderful local hospitality.
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