A mystical river ends . . . a celebration of food and wine begins.
It’s an apt description of River’s End restaurant in Jenner, where food and wine and spectacular vistas mingle into one intoxicating experience you won’t soon forget.
Perched high above the delta of the Russian River and the Pacific Ocean on the Sonoma Coast, River’s End features window walls to views. The narrow deck running across the water side is lined with chairs where guests sip wine by the
glass or enjoy cocktails prepared to your taste. And let me tell you, it’s hard not to be entranced by the wisps of fog moving inland to flavor the grapes. You might pause to study the slow-moving kayakers at the river’s end, kite-flying children running along the beach, and the massive black arches of spouting whales in the ocean waves. Arrive for a sunset drink and prepare to be mesmerized as the day’s tension drifts from your body.
When the restaurant’s artful menu begins to tantalize, step inside for dinner service at the bar. Better yet, call ahead to make table reservations – but book early to ensure seating.
We enjoyed the Ahi Poke with crispy wontons. Fresh and tender, the poke was prepared with avocados and cucumbers and infused with Asian vinaigrette that offered just enough acidity to balance the natural sweetness of the fish. We also were impressed with the Crispy Duck Confit Rolls. Another Asian-inspired taste, the rolls were at once delicate and savory and were served with a crunchy-sweet salad of Napa cabbage, carrot and water chestnut.
The restaurant’s wine list, which features more than 125 Sonoma County wines, has consistently been recognized by Wine Spectator with its Award of Excellence. Two wines by the glass to enjoy are the full-bodied 2010 Philip Staley Viognier and the fruity, dry and crisp 2009 Terlato Pinot Grigio.
If you’re inclined to stay over and keep enjoying the food and the view, River’s End also offers oceanview cabins for singles and couples.
11048 Highway 1 (20 min. north of Bodega Bay), Jenner, CA
707-865-2484 ext. 111