The 6 Best Restaurants in Jenner

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Situated on a bluff overlooking the Russian River and Pacific Ocean, the tiny town of Jenner is known for its panoramic views and rustic charm. Some of the best spots to enjoy the landscape include the popular restaurants and cafes that dot Sonoma’s Northern Coast; here are a few that stand out.

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Restaurants / Jenner

River’s End

A visit to River’s End boasts stunning views of the Pacific Ocean and Russian River, and food that matches the quality of the scenery. This restaurant and inn has roots dating back to 1927, when the property was used by the loggers and fisherman who came to the area, but today, visitors come to experience romantic ambiance and internationally influenced cuisine made from locally sourced ingredients. River’s End has a full bar with a great cocktail menu, and a wine list that has received the “Award of Excellence” from Wine Spectator Magazine.

Insider Tip

Make a reservation to dine on the deck during sunset to really set the mood.

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Restaurants / Jenner

Ocean Cove Lodge Bar & Grill

A long-standing favorite, Ocean Cove Lodge Bar & Grill delights regulars with its American pub fare and fresh coastal seafood. The comforting dishes, like beer-battered fish ‘n’ chips and salmon piccata, are served in a relaxed atmosphere, complete with views of the ocean.

Insider Tip

Check the schedule to see when live bands are playing.

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Restaurants / Jenner

Russian House #1

Russian House #1 was founded with a unique idea in mind: that diners should be able to enjoy an experience similar to visiting a Russian friend’s home, complete with food, conversation, and board games. Guests will find neither servers nor menus when they sit down; what they will find is fresh, organic Russian food served family-style from a buffet table in the bright, cheery salon. After dinner, stick around to enjoy the relaxing atmosphere over a game of chess, or regale in a stimulating conversation with the daily “philosophy club conversations,” where cultural dialogue is encouraged.

Insider Tip

No checks are presented, but cash donations are appreciated.

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Restaurants / Jenner

Cafe Aquatica

Café Aquatica is a standby roadside eatery known for great coffee and fresh, locally-sourced organic foods. The small riverfront café has a quaint, bohemian vibe, and while the cozy interior is inviting, the serene riverfront tends to draw many visitors out onto the deck where they’re treated to live music performances. The baked goods are made in-house, and the sandwiches and soups are made fresh each day: try the clam chowder or chicken pesto sandwich on focaccia.

Insider Tip

If the plan is to enjoy some time on the water, there is a river access point right by the café, making for an easy kayak launch.

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Restaurants / Guerneville

Cape Fear Cafe - Duncan Mills

After a stay in Jenner, a stop for brunch or dinner at Duncan Mills’ Cape Fear Cafe should not be missed. Cape Fear Cafe’s cozy, coffee shop atmosphere and sophisticated dishes make for an enticing combination, with fresh takes on comfort favorites like grilled meatloaf and house-smoked salmon and ricotta tortellini. The charming interior is bright and airy, decorated with peach-colored walls, and a brass chandelier ornaments the vaulted ceiling.

Insider Tip

The cafe is situated among a cluster of high-end specialty shops, so schedule enough time to do some shopping.

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Gold Coast Coffee and Bakery

Situated next to the Duncan Mills Post Office, Gold Coast Coffee and Bakery beckons with its freshly roasted coffee and yummy pastries. They offer traditional brew, as well as espresso drinks and a great chai latte, and pastries like the butterhorns and bear claws are so popular that there is often a long line on the weekends. For something a little more substantial, pizza by the slice is offered as well.

Insider Tip

Situated next to the Duncan Mills Post Office, Gold Coast Coffee and Bakery beckons with its freshly roasted coffee and yummy pastries. They offer traditional brew, as well as espresso drinks and a great chai latte, and pastries like the butterhorns and bear claws are so popular that there is often a long line on the weekends. For something a little more substantial, pizza by the slice is offered as well.

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