Le Petite Rive – A Culinary Treat on the Mendocino Coast
Monday, June 9th, 2008

For Details on hours and location, view our earlier post.

It was my birthday and four friends joined my wife and me for our first dinner at Le Petite Rive in Little River this week.

We were greeted by Chef Troy Barrett, who said “we are running a little late.” Seems he and his wife/chef Melanie Barrett had been desparately searching with police for an hour for their 6-year-old son, who had disappeared in the blink of an eye. Turned out, even though new to the neighborhood, the youngster has spotted a friend down the street and went off to play. A happy ending …

We were surprised and impressed how well, under the circumstances, the Barretts managed to recover and create a great dining experience. Both Barretts apparently were cooking, serving and clearing off tables, never forgetting to drop by the table to see how we were doing. I have heard nothing but positive reviews from locals. Since I’m not a food critic I’m not going to give you a blow-by-blow account. I can only say that we all enjoyed our food, from Petrole Sole to stuffed filet mignon. I also liked that they offered a really good house chardonnay for only $22.50 / bottle. So often, places rip you off with overpriced wines.

Everything from the sauces to the atmosphere and service were great. We’re all going back … that’s high praise from locals who are brutal on new places. Usually we give a place a couple of chances. If they don’t cut the mustard in those visits, they usually don’t make it. Le Petite Rive appears to be here to stay.

One Response

  1. charles says:

    I wholeheartedly agree with your review. We had a wonderful experience recently with some out of town guests at Le Petite Rive. Entrees were reasonably priced and included a “lagniappe”, Soup, Salad, intermezzo, and they offered us some yummy looking deserts which we had to pass on being too full to continue. Corkage was a reasonable $15 for the special bottle of wine we brought along, and the final bill was a most pleasant surprise. Didn’t know Troy and Melanie had a 6 year old! They already earned our respect for opening a new restaurant with an infant!

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