Rivers End: The Russian River Meets the Pacific at a Gourmand’s Scenic Restaurant

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River’s End Restaurant has prime real estate. It overlooks the meeting point of the Russian River and the Pacific Ocean, where one waterway ends and another begins. The restaurant’s food and ambience is as seamless as the flowing River. Once a haven for fishermen, it remains an unpretentious, sixties-ish, funky, fabulous haven for the area’s gourmands. The chefs work with local purveyors and take cues from cuisines around the world, resulting in utter freshness and international flavors (my father’s Portuguese clams an example of this unique combination). If you are cruising north of Bodega Bay, do not miss a mystical meal at the romantic River’s End Restaurant.

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Orzo salad at River’s End. Butternut squash, zucchini, shaved fennel, feta, organic greens tossed with a citrus vinaigrette over warm orzo

Portuguese clams at River's End. Manila clams steamed in white wine with house made chorizo, sauteed garlic, tomatoes, and the house herb butter

Portuguese clams at River’s End. Manila clams steamed in white wine with house made chorizo, sautΓ©ed garlic, tomatoes, and the house herb butter

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Jenner, CA: Where the Russian River meets the Pacific Ocean

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Goat Rock

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River’s End Restaurant in Jenner, CA

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The mouth of the Russian River

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Technicolor beet salad at River’s End. Roasted multi-color beets layered with redwood hill farms goat cheese, macadamia nuts and fresh basil with an orange balsamic reduction

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Technicolor beet salad at River’s End, unhinged

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Seeped tea at River’s End

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The view at River’s End

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Above, a private cottage at an inn, perched at the Pacific’s edge.
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