In reading the other reviews on this site I wondered if we had actually been to the same restaurant. We ate there last night and would never go back. Arrogant front-of-the-house staff, mediocre food, dated decor, and veeeerry overpriced. Obviously living off the view. We had reservations and had to wait 45 minutes to be seated though there were many empty tables. Wait staff plopped down the food and never came back except to find out if we wanted dessert. We live in wine country and have experienced truly fabulous dining so this joint just doesn't compare. Go to the coast and take in the view then drive back to Healdsburg or Santa Rosa and have a really good dining experience.
We stopped here for dinner and did not expect to be wined and dined as well as we did. The view is amazing, the service was excellent, and the presentation of each dish was a work of art. We arrived just in time for sunset.
I did quite a bit of research into options in Jenner and the local area and saw mixed reviews on everything. I'm fairly picky when it comes to lodging and as a frequent traveler I enjoy quality hotels and expect clean comfortable settings. I knew I would not find the Westin, but what I found at the Rivers End was well worth the money.
First off, the room. We stayed in cabin #4...it was isolated, quiet and cozy with absolutely amazing views of the ocean and river. The room was clean and comfortable. The bed was very comfortable, the sheets were clean and the comforter was warm and clean. The room itself had a cozy wood cabin feel with a patio and deck chairs. The bathroom was a bit aged and the towels were thin and cheap, but as I said, I wasn't expecting the Westin. Overall, we were very pleased with the room.
As for dinner, the food and service was great. We enjoyed a wonderful meal with desert and wine. The service was prompt and professional, our waters were never empty, and the food was delicious. After dinner drinks were also quite good at the bar.
I've read previous reviews about issues with management. I can't speak to the subject as I had no interaction with management. My sole interaction with staff at the Rivers End consisted of dinner and lodging check-in, both of which went fine.
Overall, we had an excellent experience both with the room and with dinner and I would recommend the River End and definitely plan to return.
The service was fine, the coconut shrimp and duck confit sandwich were great, but the most remarkable thing was the children's menu. The seared halibut with mashed potatoes and veggies was delicious and well presented. The spatzle and veggies was less impressive, but still a far cut above the usual grilled cheese and fries type of kid's meal. Although there were only a few items on the childrens's menu, the thought and care put into their meals were equal to the regular menu. The kiddo's meals were $8 each, and ours were about twice that. It was 100% worth it. We'll be back.
Caroline in San jose
We ate at the restaurant twice, and the food, atmosphere, and view and view were excellent. The people there are very friendly and helpful! Call ahead for reservations if possible, but if not, arrive early and sit at the bar. The best restaurant experience in the area, although there are other good ones as well.
We did not stay at the cabins but stopped, by chance, at the restaurant. The unpretentious exterior did not prepare us for such a culinary delight!! The food and wine were Fabulous and the service was exceptional! We are already planning another trip to Ca. and another visit to River's End!
When you are in the area there is no better restaurant than River's End.
The food is great and consistant. I love the scallops, my huband can't wait to get back to the clam chowder and rack of lamb. The service is friendly. The view is wonderful and the wine list impressive.
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