About Village Inn & Restaurant
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!
Hours of Operation:
Open Wednesday through Sunday. Bar from 3PM; dinner service starts at 5PM
$31 to $50
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: 707-865-2304x
Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Farm to Table, Fireplace, Full Bar, Non-Smoking Area, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Smoking Area, Takeout, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine, Wine Bar
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
Such a surprise!
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.
Service needs work
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.
Loved our night at the village Inn... Fo ...
Loved our night at the village Inn... Food was amazing but service was slow and they didn't come back and check to see if we needed anything. Dessert was amazing as well. The owner Came by and said hello which was very nice.
Nice, intimate setting in a great inn. ...
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).
Creative fancy food with a view ($$$$)
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.
Not informed when booking of pre-fix menu
but nevertheless the food was pretty good. On the pre-fix there was only one veggie option, which did not have many veggies. The history of the place and the view is worth the visit.
Dinner was great! The charcuterie was outstanding! Great little dining room, and I'm sure the outdoor dining is beautiful in warmer weather. We stayed at the hotel and enjoyed our stay very much.
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.
As good as ever
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
My meal was excellent and the ambiance was lovely.
My meal was delicious and the staff were friendly, attentive and accommodating.
Keep it coming!
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!
Unexpected Charm and Flavor
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.
Two great dinners at Village Inn
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.
The food was SPECTACULAR!
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.
Superb meal in the boonies
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.
4152034481 Been coming to the Village in for 30 years. Always a pleasure any time of year. Chef really hitting it out of the park under new owners. Who are proving gracious service. An exceptional charming comfortable delicious oasis. Cheers!
Average Restaurant w/poor service but great view
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.
Lovely meal: lovely place
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!)
Great place for romance
This place has great food. It also has a lot of charm. It is great place to relax and have a good meal. They a great wine list there as well.
New owners - fresh menu
The riverside hotel and dining room with a classic old bar has been restored very tastefully. The food was fresh and well prepared. Cocktails, bartender and server were pros.
The Village Inn has been a Monte Rio favorite!
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.
Beautiful view and wonderful food
The staff was very friendly and attentive. We have a great table by the window, which gave us a view of the river. The menu was not extensive, but everything we ordered was very good. I'd recommend this restaurant to anyone visiting the Monte Rio area.
Romantic, with a view
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.
Who'd a thunk it?
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?
Village Inn Restaurant, Monte Rio, California
Our Friday evening dinner was the best of our trip to California. We all enjoyed the wild salmon and it was perfectly delicious. The relaxing evening by the Russian River was just what we hoped it would be.
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. Nms
Off their game...
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.
The ease of booking our dinner and the awesome food made our dinner a memorable event. Chef Oliver will not be the best kept secret in Monte Rio very long. The spot is a perfect getaway venue for anyone.
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!
Local favorite with change of ownership
The Village Inn is historic and charming and the food has always been good. When I went in early December, 2014 there was a change of ownership. So now we are hoping the quality will continue to be what we have always enjoyed.
From start to finish our dining experience was great!
Birthday party for 6 was great!
Excellent steak, wild salmon, pasta and wines. Great service and ambience with fire place
The Villaage Inn 2014
Excellent service, delicious food and wine along with ambiance that made you feel cozy and special. Also a lovely view of the Russian River and surrounding redwoods. I will certainly return.
Amazing food! Amazing service! Did I mention amazing food?!!! :)
Stayed till way past our bedtime
After a fabulous dinner - love the padrone peppers, we had an after dinner drink in the bar. Had a fabulous time talking with friends and the great bartender/owner. Interesting conversations. Love this place and the view. We ate outside even it was a little chilly. It's always so beautiful and peaceful on the deck.
very good but not special
A friend recommended Village Inn to us so we were excited to see where the movie Holiday Inn was filmed and experience a lovely meal. We were seated on the terrace with a picturesque view of the Russian River and the setting sun. Wait staff was friendly but not attentive throughout the whole meal. We were not served the trade mark pickles or bread basket until we read about them on the menu and requested them. Seared Ahi-Tuna appetizer was ah-mazing! Salmon dinner was blah as was wine accompaniment. Pricey for not being memorable. Even though we were disappointed, would go back again to see if it was just an off night.
Friendly staff, underwhelming food
This is on a lovely spot on the river, with nice views, friendly staff and a cozy atmosphere, but we found the food to be under-seasoned and lacking in flavor. A lamb pasta dish that was said to have been slow-cooked, had no depth at all, or any taste other than the lamb itself.
Another great dinner
It doesn't happen very much but our second dinner at Village Inn was just as great as our first visit. The setting is lovely, the staff are so, so friendly yet professional and the food was great. Cozy bar for drinks, great outdoor space if the weather cooperates.
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