Le Petite Rive (The Small Bank) Opens in Little River
Wednesday, December 5th, 2007

Hours: two seatings (5:30 pm and 8 pm) Thursday – Sunday
For reservations: 707-937-4945
Location: 7715 N. Highway 1, across from the Little River Inn

I’m reaching back, but long before Gerry and I moved to the Mendocino Coast (maybe as far back as 25 years), we came to love the Little River Restaurant, a tiny 6-8 table restaurant with two seatings next to the Little River Post Office. The chef/owner back then was Jamie Griffiths, the current chef-owner of 955 Ukiah in Mendocino Village. We liked everything about it — the food, quaintness, ambiance, price. It was one of our favorites. After Jamie, a number of owners have run restaurants there. I haven’t dined at Le Petite Rive, the latest iteration yet, but San Francisco Chronicle reader Kenny Yip from Berkeley raved about chef-owners Troy and Melanie Barrett’s five-course dinner. Open about a month, this is the first review I’ve seen. I’m interested to hear what others say. We’ll keep you updated.

4 Responses

  1. M. S. Klein says:

    Our dinner at La Petite Rive last Thursday was excellent in every respect, and we’ll look forward to returning. The atmosphere is relaxed and refined, with a splendid ocean view, and Troy and Melanie Barrett have created an imaginative Cal-Continental menu, with emphasis on local ingredients and wines. The all-Menocino wine list is priced extremely inexpensively. Because each main dish includes 5 courses (an amuse-bouche, soup, salad and palate cleanser in addition to the entrĂ©e) the prices ($17-29) represent a real bargain. Troy’s Cordon Blue training and attachment to the local Mendocino scene, and the Barretts’ warm hospitality give La Petite Rive a distinctive personality. Each dish was beautifully prepared. There are 2 seatings (5:30 & 8:00PM), and reservations are required.

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  4. Dan P says:

    One one-line commentator said his dinner at La Petite Rive was the best he’s ever had. “Ha. Internet hype,” I thought.

    Until I ate at La Petite Rive.

    Seriously, I had one of the best dinners I’ve ever had ANYWHERE right here, at this tiny unpretentious restaurant that is an absolute gem. I don’t do “bests” ’cause it’s kinda crude. But I do five stars and this place is a solid five-star experience. I have not had a better meal anywhere, including NYC, LA, SF, Chicago, Vegas.

    The most bizarre thing about the place? The price. Two of us had a $40 bottle of Anderson Valley wine with our dinner. The total bill? $110. That’s not a typo. Eat this food and you’d gladly pay twice that much, not including the wine.

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