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Applewood Inn Restaurant Restaurant Review: Set your GPS for this backwoods yet refined dinner destination. It’s actually not hard to find, just over the river from the town of Guerneville, tucked into the secluded and peaceful Applewood Inn. The upstairs dining room makes a romantic venue, with cozy fireplaces and a solarium overlooking a trickling fountain and courtyard below. Chef Jamil Peden took over the kitchen in early 2015 and re-created the à la carte menu, as well as a five-course tasting menu. The cuisine melds creative Mediterranean influences with local Sonoma sensibilities, as borne out by the grilled Spanish octopus with fingerling potatoes, olives, capers, parsley and chicories, or the duck liver mousse spread on grilled baguette. For mains, try the roasted Mendocino rock cod with saffron mussels with olive oil mashies and snap peas, or the roasted lamb loin atop farro-asparagus-maitake-mushroom risotto. Happy endings include the creamy coconut milk panna cotta or the three-layer chocolate caramel mousse. The wine program skews Russian River-centric. Sundays are “Russian River Nights," offering a reasonably priced three-course prix-fixe menu.