About Village Inn & Restaurant
Monte Rio, CA 95462
The Village Inn & Restaurant is located on the Russian River, the perfect spot for drinks and dinner. We feature Sonoma Wine Country cuisine, in a relaxed, casual atmosphere. A favorite return spot for local residents and visitors alike!
American, Bar / Lounge / Bottle Service, Wine Bar
Hours of Operation:
Open Friday through Sunday. Happy Hour from 3PM to 6PM; Dinner service starts at 5PM
$30 and under
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
With prior arrangement we will be pleased to coordinate your perfect event.
Convenient, complimentary parking is plentiful in our private lot. Complimentary limousine, bus, RV and motorcycle parking is available as well.
Sonoma County Transit bus 20 is convenient, as is Bill's Taxi at (707) 869-2177
Private Party Facilities:
Parties for all occasions are welcome. Gatherings from 2 to 80 are possible in a variety of indoor and outdoor locations for daytime and evening private and semi-private functions.
Private Party Contact:
Judy Harvey: (707) 865-2304
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Fireplace, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
Special Events & Promotions:
The Village Inn & Restaurant is perfect for reunions, weddings, retreats, meetings, presentations, social and business gatherings of all types. We have private and semi-private dining areas to accommodate groups of 6 to 40.
Village Inn & Restaurant Ratings and Reviews
Made a reservation for New Years eve for my Husband and I and another couple. We had dine here before and remembered that we really like it. It was the first time for the other couple. We had a wonderful meal and will definitely be going back. Nice way to start the New Year!
A wonderful way to spend Christmas Eve. Our dinner was delish...ahi bite, sumptuous clam chowder and generous prime rib (mine wasn't as rare as I requested but then it's hard to take me as seriously as I do re: rare beef). Lovely martinis and manhattans by Chris as was his attentive and friendly service throughout our meal. Almost felt as if he were hosting us in his own home.
We stopped here for dinner after a ride up the coast. It was great to drive inland a little & find the sun!! We sat on the lovely patio with a great view of the river & wooded area. The service was excellent. The food was terrific. We both had the wild salmon. It was delicious. A brownie topped off a great dinner. We tried to get in for our last night in California but unfortunately they were closed on Monday's.
The formal dining room is quiet and peaceful, but there was never more than one other couple dining besides us. All the other diners were in the "Club".
The lobster bisque was velvety and flavorful with a good amount of meat. The salmon was cooked to order, with cheesy polenta making the meal richer than I'm used to. The asparagus was under-cooked however. The halibut and risotto were fine, but the abundance of whole basil leaves was over-kill and didn't add anything to the dish.
We had the most expensive chardonnay on the menu, it was excellent. Turns out the wine steward has a personal relationship with the winery and had only good things to say about it, compared to anything else on the list. The big disappointment is that while we were waiting for the wine steward to talk with us about the wine list, the soup was served. Otherwise the staff were very pleasant and accommodating.
My partner and I went to The Village Inn & Restaurant for a special anniversary. We sat outside on the patio, overlooking the Russian River. The staff was very friendly and attentive. Several of them visited our table - the owner, our server, the bartender, a bus person. They all went out of their way to make us feel welcome and special. In addition to the great service, the food was beautifully presented and delicious. I highly recommend this restaurant for a special romantic dinner, or a fun night out with friends.
The Village Inn is a spectacular place to be. We were there on the 3rd of July a VERY busy weekend in Monte Rio! We felt they were understaffed however attempted to do a great job. The food was out of this world. We have been there before and will continue to go! I hope you try it also!
This was our 4th time to have dinner with friends.
What we have noticed the last three times is the owner is not friendly and inviting. The greeting upon entering is awkward and it is becoming uncomfortable not sure if we will return.
The food is okay they do tend to be out of the popular items when they are only into the first 30 minutes of the dinner hour . ( Not sure what that indicates ) .
As a local, this is a wonderful tucked away restaurant I wish we remembered to go to more often. The view of the Russian River is so peaceful and beautiful on a nice night out on the desk.
Our waitress was so accommodating. Good cocktails and everyone enjoyed their meals.
We go there special to celebrate our birthdays. In the past years they had confetti on the tables and had a candle in our dessert. This year nothing. Food was not as good as past years, I was very disappointed in the meal. The steak was tough, the fish was dry.
I was surprised to see how beautifully this place has been restored. I have driven by it so many times over the years and it appeared run down and neglected. The new owners have done a beautiful job and it is a joy to see. I can't wait to go up and stay there for a few days. We had a seat by the window and could enjoy the view of the river. Our server was delightful. The new owner came by to chat and we couldn't have been happier. They had a mid week special for $29 which we couldn't resist but there are items on the menu that would please anyone. I hope the community will support this wonderful place. The food we had was homey and good. You can see the attention to detail in every aspect of the place. Go and enjoy!!!!
We celebrated our 23rd wedding anniversary there and while we did enjoy just about everything, I have to say the large group next to us was a bit loud, drinking, swearing. Thank goodness no kids. It also would have been sweet if they would have presented us with a little anniversary dessert instead of us paying for it. Just sayin.
The new owners need to pay more attention to customers. There was only one waitress. We weren't brought our water and bread in a timely manner, we were charged for someone else's drinks, we were brought the wrong drink. The owner/hostess should have helped bus tables. Gone are the little appetizers before the meal. There just wasn't that homey feeling there was before. I would go back again because the food was great, but the prices are a little higher than before.
Nice, intimate setting in a great inn. Food was decent and menu balanced. The service was a bit on the spotty side, although friendly. It just seemed like our waitress (the only one servicing the dining room) had not been well trained. We wouldn't drive there just to have dinner but it was nice to have the dining room open in this rather out of the way location. A nice peaceful dinner given the far out location and with the peaceful setting and historic inn, all made for a nice overnight. (Note dining room and kitchen is closed on Mondays and Tuesdays and there isn't much else around).
We went for Valentine's dinner and it was a prefix menu for $75 each. It's a cozy room. There was only one other couple and they tried to sit us right next to them. They did let us choose another table but it felt rather difficult to accommodate for a room of empty tables. I think they had a lot of cancellations later that night because it remained empty all night. (Two young couples left after sitting down, from sticker shock). The first thing the server told us was they were out of the oysters with caviar. So not off to a great start walking in the door. The Amuse was very small portions but good: foie gras with brioche bread was really good, the beets with goat cheese was okay. The potato leak bisque was very tasty with the white truffle foam on top. My risotto was good and a large serving. The striploin steak was good and came with one prawn. We enjoyed the wine, was a local russian river winery. We actually went to see it and bought some bottles to take home the next day. Overall it was good, and maybe we are just spoiled after living in SF for so long, but it was a $280 dinner and not what we are used to getting for that price point. Two $75 prefix's and one cocktail and two glasses of wine each. It is right on the water so would be nice for sunset or drinks. Good for special occasion. Nice staff and the service was good all night.
We came here for a romantic Valentine's Day dinner and were very pleased. We had a delicious reimagined wedge salad, amazing short ribs with mashed potatoes and root vegetables and sauteed greens. Every course was out of this world good. We finished with a wonderful cheese course. The food was fantastic, the wine list was great and well priced.
We are regulars at the Village Inn, so it would be easy to take it for granted. We really shouldn't!
Our most recent meal there was our second since the change of chef. It was EXCELLENT. Whilst we loved the former chef's offerings (particularly, the tombo tuna appetizer, the new menu is great so far too. The steak was superb, and the addition of a burger option to the menu, means even our 15 year-old son is now happy:-)
Add to that, Judy's warm welcome, Chris' wonderful cocktails, and the addition of some great wines to the all-Sonoma County list, you really can't go wrong. If you've never been, you should.....and if you have, you should go back
This has become our "go to" restaurant. Judy and her team ensure a thoroughly delightful experience. There's a new chef in town and he's working his magic. Generous portions and boffo flavors. Service is timely and responsive. We'll be back, and often, too!
My husband & I were looking for a local restaurant to celebrate our anniversary. We stumbled across the Village Inn. Its a little off the beaten path in Monte Rio. It definitely exceeded our expectations not only in portion size but the flavors as well. My husband had the roast chicken which was amazing. It was a half of chicken! I had the butternut risotto which was lovely. Judy the owner was an absolute star and provided us a comp dessert for our anniversary.
So happy we went and had a wonderful evening. We plan on going back and stay at the inn sometime.
We had two excellent dinners at Village Inn Restaurant. I don't eat meat, and on the first night I had the butternut bisque and the butternut and mushroom risotto, both very good. On the second night, they made me a vegetable plate from side dishes served with other dinners: Mashed potatoes, sauteed collards, and baby roots. It was delicious and quite enough for a dinner. My husband had the bronzino with black-eyed peas that he liked so much he had it again on the second night. At his request, they made it without bacon. We really appreciated the way they tailored the meals to our individual wishes.
They had a limited menu which served them well. Odd service and wine list was not impressive. The server didn't seem to know anything about wine which felt odd for the area. But, they certainly made up for it with the food! Appetizers, salads, soups and main courses were all amazing! It felt like fine dining quality (beautifully presented) but for affordable costs. We were also pleased that they sat us away from a crying child in the other room. No offense to the family but this was NOT the place to bring your screaming baby. We could still hear the baby from the other room but at least it was a distant noise.
We were spending a romantic week in Guerneville and read about the Village Inn. It was superb. We actually enjoyed it so much that we went twice in a week. The first time was a Thursday night, and we had a perfect meal with speedy service and a brilliant, knowledgeable server.
The second time was with a family member for a celebration, on a Saturday night, and the service was notably slow. Our waiter was rather ditsy but she did pick up as the evening went on. The food was equally wonderful though.
Excellent wine list and great full bar.
We were seated in the bar and asked about drinks immediately, which no one wanted. We asked for water and then were ignored for quite some time 15-20 min. A party of 10 moved in from outside on the deck next to us. It happens, but it was hard to talk over them. Menu has changed with new owners. We were told specials and then left alone for quite some time again. Food was OK, but nothing special. Still no water when we ordered after a 2nd reminder. Salad was delivered by another person other than the waitress in reasonable time. Still no water so third request made at over 30 minutes now. That request was successful some minutes later after the salad girl went back and found our waitress, however it was never checked on or refilled during dinner. Beet salad was fine, just more greens than beats. I had 4 scallops on top of a bed of fettuccini with summer squash for around $24. I was never offered pepper or Parmesan on top, which would've helped the bland flavor. It was fine, just nothing to brag about. My mom had roasted chicken breast over some potatoes and veggies and enjoyed it. My husband had a flat bread pizza appetizer which he said was fine but lacked flavor, and an interesting looking ceaser salad with a Parmesan crusted piece on top which he said was fine. The owner came in several times, but mostly to help the big party. She did ask us who our waitress was (I wondered why she didn't know whose station it was if she was managing the house) and she asked us how our meals were to which we replied "fine."
We did recognize that the staff was entirely new and the owner told us she had bought the place only several months earlier. So given that, we'll try it again and hope that it improves, because we've enjoyed this place for over twenty - five years and we want her to be succesful.
We had a very, very tasty dinner at the Village Inn. Appetizers were very good - I had the flatbread. What was even more notable was the fresh salad. While I am not normally a 'salad person' it was great - interesting and tasty combination of testures and tastes. My Risotto special was yummy and my husband's rolled pasta dish was as well. There was a little 'wait-staff' shortage that caused small delays but the bartender, and front-door staff bridged the gaps.
One surprise was the not particularly exciting wine list. Nothing terrible, but nothing really notable either. (But our bartender made a very nice gibson!)
I've seen the changes over the years and I believe the newest owners are trying very hard to keep it a Monte Rio, CA favorite. One thing I did notice is that there was no bar tender. I think one is needed especially on Friday, Saturday and Sunday nights in the Summer.
If you haven't visited The Village Inn in Monte Rio, then you're missing out on a great treat. Got an anniversary? Visit VI. A special occasion? Visit VI. Just want to have a great meal in a nice quiet atmosphere? Visit VI. I can't recommend this place enough. Friendly and fast service, nice owners, an incredible locale, and the food is fantastic.
We had an early Sunday dinner indoors in the cozy and charming bar area, with views of the Russian River out the window. The rustic flatbread appetizer was the first tip-off to great food. My adult children had the pea soup and the House Rolled pasta, which they loved. My wife had an excellent salmon and I really enjoyed the risotto with scallops. We finished it off with fabulous desserts - a banana split (split that serving between two or more!), and a couple of chocolate creme brulees. We poked around outdoors and saw the attractive outdoor dining areas on multiple decks and the rooms of the inn connected by wooden bridges and walkways. Made me want to spend a night or more there!
The service was very good but not great - our server seemed disinclined to smile for any reason and was sometimes out of sight for longer than we would like - but the place has a homey charm and the manager at the reception and bar was very welcoming.
All in, the price was reasonable for a special night out, and we left in time to catch the sunset at Goat Rock State Beach about 20 minutes away. A very pleasant surprise for a restaurant so remotely tucked in along the banks of the scenic Russian River. Who'd a thunk it?
My cider-brined pork loin was cooked to perfection and served on a bed of yams, string beans and sauteed slivered apple. Desert was fruit cobbler a la mode, vanilla bean ice cream....wonderful! Portions were also very generous for entree as well as dessert.
I can't wait for our next visit to try something else on their menu.
Thank you Chef Oliver for your wonderful dining experience.
While the salads were delicious, the Calamari appetizer missed the mark, being extremely rubbery and lacking flavor. The New York steak, that was to be cooked medium rare was barely almost gray in color and as dry as the Mojave desert with no flavor.
I've loved this restaurant for many years, but this dinner was a disappointment, sorry to report.
Went to the Village Inn Restaurant for the first time on NYE for the prix fix. This is NOT the night to try a place for the first time and we will go back to give it a fair shot. Everyone working this night was very friendly and fun. The wait staff were very nice and service was good. The food left something to be desired. I don't cook or use much salt so I'm sensitive to it. It seemed like the kitchen didn't use ANY salt at all. The food was good but every course needed seasoning. That being said we still had a very nice time. I would really like to try and go back in warmer weather as the outdoor areas look really nice.
My husband and I went for dinner on Christmas Eve....the atmosphere was festive, warm and tasteful...the food was beyond amazing....from start to finish. We finished off our evening with a nightcap in their cozy bar. The entire evening was really wonderful!
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