Village Inn & Restaurant

★★★★☆
  • 20822 River Boulevard

    Monte Rio, CA 95462

    Map & Directions
  • 707-865-2304

About Village Inn & Restaurant

Hours
Closed Mon-Tue Sun, Wed, Thu: 5:00pm - 8:00pm, Fri - Sat: 5:00pm - 8:30pm Bar open from 3:00pm Wed -Sun

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My wife and I have been coming to the Village Inn since 2005, and it remains one of our favorite spots to go for a relaxing getaway. Surrounded by towering redwoods on the quiet side of the Russian River, the whole place exudes a sense of relaxed elegance. The gardens are stunningly beautiful, it's always a treat to see how they've developed each time we visit.

The proprietors, Mark and Phillip, are hospitable and friendly, they always make us feel like family. The rooms are comfortable and stylish, but not fancy. This is Monte Rio, after all, not Sausalito.

When we arrive at the Village Inn after escaping the Bay Area traffic, the first thing we do after checking in is head to the inn's bar, which is stocked with an extensive list of local wines. We then order something from the restaurant menu and just have it served at the bar. Very relaxed, very casual. Phillip usually stops by to chat, sipping a glass of wine himself. The restaurant fare is well prepared and tasty, though not terribly daring -- standard American cuisine. They have had a new chef for the past year, and he can make up something special if you ask.

I have no hesitation recommending the Village Inn. Not far from the hubbub of the Bay Area, it's an oasis of peace and relaxation, something most of us appreciate greatly when we need it.

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★★★★★

My wife and I have been coming to the Village Inn since 2005, and it remains one of our favorite spots to go for a relaxing getaway. Surrounded by towering redwoods on the quiet side of the Russian River, the whole place exudes a sense of relaxed elegance. The gardens are stunningly beautiful, it's always a treat to see how they've developed each time we visit.

The proprietors, Mark and Phillip, are hospitable and friendly, they always make us feel like family. The rooms are comfortable and stylish, but not fancy. This is Monte Rio, after all, not Sausalito.

When we arrive at the Village Inn after escaping the Bay Area traffic, the first thing we do after checking in is head to the inn's bar, which is stocked with an extensive list of local wines. We then order something from the restaurant menu and just have it served at the bar. Very relaxed, very casual. Phillip usually stops by to chat, sipping a glass of wine himself. The restaurant fare is well prepared and tasty, though not terribly daring -- standard American cuisine. They have had a new chef for the past year, and he can make up something special if you ask.

I have no hesitation recommending the Village Inn. Not far from the hubbub of the Bay Area, it's an oasis of peace and relaxation, something most of us appreciate greatly when we need it.

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When trying to find a nice meal in Guerneville, the owner of Fern Grove recommended the Village Inn. Unfortunately, we trusted her opinion.

The food was pretty expensive and not good at all. Both of our entrees came with French Onion soup that was ok, but not really anything special.

Then came my entree. I got the duck breast with a blackberry cabernet sauce. I expect that duck will be salty, but this was ridiculous. This was so salty that it was barely edible. The sauce was not good, and the seeds of the blackberries ruined the texture of the duck. It came with a potato cake-like side that was awful. The entire side was extremely dry and had no flavor whatsoever.

Finally, I got a cup of coffee after I got through some of my meal. Unfortunately, even the coffee was a disappointment. It tasted like bad diner coffee.

Our server was pretty good, which is the only reason I am giving the Village Inn two stars, instead of only one.

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★★☆☆☆

When trying to find a nice meal in Guerneville, the owner of Fern Grove recommended the Village Inn. Unfortunately, we trusted her opinion.

The food was pretty expensive and not good at all. Both of our entrees came with French Onion soup that was ok, but not really anything special.

Then came my entree. I got the duck breast with a blackberry cabernet sauce. I expect that duck will be salty, but this was ridiculous. This was so salty that it was barely edible. The sauce was not good, and the seeds of the blackberries ruined the texture of the duck. It came with a potato cake-like side that was awful. The entire side was extremely dry and had no flavor whatsoever.

Finally, I got a cup of coffee after I got through some of my meal. Unfortunately, even the coffee was a disappointment. It tasted like bad diner coffee.

Our server was pretty good, which is the only reason I am giving the Village Inn two stars, instead of only one.

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