Macy's - The River Room
Macy's - The River Room
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Macy's - The River Room

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Phone: 6512925174
  • Hours of Operation:
    Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:00am - 3:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: American
  • Executive Chef: Tim Scott
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Beer, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Takeout, Wine

Getting there

  • Cross Street: 5th Street
  • Parking: Public Lot
  • Parking Details: Public ramp adjacent to the downtown St. Paul Macy"s store.
A word from Macy's - The River Room
The elegant River Room opened its doors to guests in 1947 and has remained a dining tradition servicing Saint Paul, its neighbors and visitors for five decades. Our store remodel in 2002 presents a traditional European decor crowned with four beautiful Waterford crystal chandeliers. Today, the River Room continues its tradition of offering fine food and impeccable service in a charming atmosphere.
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Macy's - The River Room reviews from OpenTable diners
  • My party's experience was
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 2/1/2013
    My party's experience was excellent. The food & service was wonderful even though the restaurant was packed to full capacity & it was there closing day. Well done River Room! You will be greatly missed!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for brunch, neighborhood gem, special occasion, great for lunch, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • I love the River Room. There
    Repeaters
    Dined on 1/30/2013
    I love the River Room. There is no use recommending it for any of the features above as it is closing for good, today. It's a sad day.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Everything was excellent and
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 1/29/2013
    Everything was excellent and we again are very sorry it is closing!!!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • So sad to see the River Room
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 1/29/2013
    So sad to see the River Room close, it is a lovely place for lunch, linen table cloths, napkins and of course the chandeliers. Most important are the Popovers!!!!!!!!!! Very special memories were had at the River Room.
    Special Features:
    special occasion, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • I selected using Open Table
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 1/29/2013
    I selected using Open Table to ensure that I had an opportunity to get a reservation at the historic River Room before they closed. This gave me the freedom to select from several dates that fit my schedule and what was avaialble. The process was simple and rewarding. I was not disappointed. Service and food were great and I had a no-fuss dining experience. Thanks Open Table for making it a great last impression.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • We will miss this family tradition.
    RealtorPaula
    Dined on 1/28/2013
    We will miss this family tradition. Great food, Limited hours. Get in before the close for good. Well worth the wait if you do not have a reservation
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, special occasion, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Everything was good, except
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 1/28/2013
    Everything was good, except I had a reservation when I gave the name the person taking names at the entrance said oh it will be just a minute and then she seated about 5 other people ahead of us. I went back up to the person to check why we hadn't been called, and she quickly told the Hostess to take us to table 21 which was about the worst table in the place/where servers are exiting and entering to get water, and we were not pleased with that. She must've crossed us off the list, and then when she saw me realized what happened, never apologized just gave us an awful table. The one saving grace was we had the "the best server" She was just perfect, it made up for the first part. The server was attentive, quick but much more than that.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • I think that they should leave
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 1/28/2013
    I think that they should leave the River Room open, even if they have to put it at another location in downtown St Paul, I'm sure they would do a great business. It's very sad to have to see this great place go.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, special occasion, great for lunch, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Our group has enjoyed the
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 1/25/2013
    Our group has enjoyed the River Room for years and are sad to see it leave. Would like to see the restaurant continue at another spot in St. Paul...anywhere in St. Paul.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Macy's is closing. I have
    Gwen
    Dined on 1/25/2013
    Macy's is closing. I have had lunch there many times in the past and have always been pleased. The food this time was barely mediocre. I know they are having challenging times right now. I wish my last memory of the river room was more positive.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Wonderful, elegant restaurant.
    ethniceater
    Dined on 1/24/2013
    Wonderful, elegant restaurant. How unfortunate that it is closing.
    Special Features:
    special occasion, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Please find some way to carry
    Bonnie
    Dined on 1/24/2013
    Please find some way to carry on this wonderful traditional place. Saint Paul will really miss the River Room when it is gone.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • RE-OPEN SOMEWHERE!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 1/24/2013
    SORRY TO KNOW IT WILL BE CLOSING SOON. WE HOPE THE MENU, CHANDELIERS, ETC. WILL BE TRANSFERRED TO ANOTHER "RIVER ROOM". THANKS!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for brunch, special occasion, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • End of a St. Paul era
    OldFinnVIP
    Dined on 1/24/2013
    The River Room closes at the end of January. I will miss the option of a comfortable, reasonably priced lunch spot in St. Paul - often featuring Minnesota food and famous for their popovers.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • So sad to see it closing...
    JanFS
    Dined on 1/23/2013
    So very sad that it is going out of business. I hope someone takes it over and rejuvenates it.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • We will miss Macy's River
    smiles
    Dined on 1/23/2013
    We will miss Macy's River Room restaurant. A favorite gathering place for special occassions and just to go for a relaxing yummy lunch with fabulous food and atmosphere.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Give your review a title (optional)
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 1/23/2013
    Friendly wait staff. Quick service. Delicious meal.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Wish that the chefs would
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 1/22/2013
    Wish that the chefs would open a restaruatnt and keep the same menu after Macy's closes. Have been dinning there for 40 years, it will truly be missed. tank
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion, great for lunch, hot spot
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Everything was excellent -
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 1/22/2013
    Everything was excellent - even though they had no wine or champagne to serve -- all sold out!
    Special Features:
    special occasion, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The food is wonderful. The
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 1/22/2013
    The food is wonderful. The staff is great. The atmosphere is elegant.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, romantic, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Well, they ran out of both
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 1/21/2013
    Well, they ran out of both milk and wine. The food was only so-so. The service was slow. But the place is closing...and in spite of everything, lunch was STILL THE BEST. Great memories. What will we do without the River Room?
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • So long River Room!
    PattiVIP
    Dined on 1/21/2013
    Sorry to see them close - but it was a great run Macy's!
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • I have worked in Downtown
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 1/21/2013
    I have worked in Downtown St Paul for 7 years and have never dined here until now. So sad this place is closing! The food was amazing and the service was wonderful. The big, flaky popovers were a pleasant surprise with my meal. I had the open faced turkey sandwich and really enjoyed it. It was served with the perfect amount of gravy and some cranberry chutney. The kiddie cocktail was a fun lunchtime drink too.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The atmosphere, food, service,
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 1/21/2013
    The atmosphere, food, service, diners are all first class. The food is exceptional and the service is professional. Don't really go to many restaurants these days with all these qualities....kind of a lost art. will dearly miss this gem within Macy's.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • I have been going to the River
    kfneighbors
    Dined on 1/21/2013
    I have been going to the River Room since my childhood as has many others who were there on Monday. Unfortunately,with Macy closing the St. Paul store, there will be no River Room restaurant by the end of this month.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Eating at the River Room has
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 1/21/2013
    Eating at the River Room has always been a delightful and delicious experience. I'm sorry it's closing.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Last Hurrah
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 1/18/2013
    The Restaurant will be closing Feb 1st, so it was a great pleasure to go to favorite spot before it closes. Sad to see it go.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, great for lunch
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    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • I had lunch with a friend
    LCM55417VIP
    Dined on 1/18/2013
    I had lunch with a friend and we hit the River Room because we knew it would be closing soon with the departure of Macy's from downtown St. Paul. A St. Paul icon for I don't know how many years - my mom was once a waitress there in the early 60's. As expected the place was packed - fortunately, I had a reservation. It was about 10 minute, maybe more, before our waiter even noticed we were there. My friend and I both ordered exactly the same meal and wine. He came back with two champagne glasses and an almost empty bottle of wine - one we didn't order - and told us that was all he had left and they had no clean wine glasses. The pot pies were good, but not outstanding. It's the end of an era, and I'll miss that.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Don't go!!!!!!!!!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006VIP
    Dined on 1/18/2013
    It's a shame it's closing on Feb 1st. Wish it could open as a stand alone restaurant. Love the menu and the ambience!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • It was noisy. They were out
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 1/17/2013
    It was noisy. They were out of a key menu item. Otherwise the popovers were great and it was a fun place to go for lunch.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • The River Room has been a
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 1/17/2013
    The River Room has been a favorite of mine since the Dayton's store opened many years ago. I was disappointed when a few years ago they changed to lunch hours only and more disappointed when weekend lunch hours were discontinued. And now that Macy's has decided to close the St. Paul store, well I REALLY DISAPPOINTED! A small group of friends had our "farewell" lunch together on Friday. Just as usual, wonderful popovers, interesting and varied menu, all food plated and served beautifully and promptly. It was a pleasure once again to have a luncheon in a beautiful dining room with tablecloths and cloth napkins, and quiet enough so you could visit with friends at your table.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • It was great, we will really
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 1/16/2013
    It was great, we will really miss the River Room - sad that it's closing.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Give your review a title (optional)
    Nancy
    Dined on 1/16/2013
    We will really miss the River Room when it closes in 2 weeks. :(
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • It was wonderful and so sorry
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 1/16/2013
    It was wonderful and so sorry it will be closing. Six of us had a wonderful time with good food, excellent service. Did not feel hurried although they had people waiting an hour without reservations.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, kid-friendly, great for lunch
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The River Room is a great,
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 1/16/2013
    The River Room is a great, reasonably priced option, for those of us who work downtown St Paul. It will be greatly missed.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Was looking so forward to
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 1/15/2013
    Was looking so forward to the Chicken Pot Pie but was disappointed. The recipe had been changed, not as good. Service was bad but taking into consideration how booked they are until closing in February. Service has always been slow.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • It is heartbreaking to lose
    Teddyandme
    Dined on 1/15/2013
    It is heartbreaking to lose this gem. I have known most of the employees for all of my working life. I will miss them.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, special occasion, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The River Room has always
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 1/14/2013
    The River Room has always been a gem in St Paul. It will be a real loss when it closes. The end of a tradition for many of us.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, special occasion, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • From 4 Star to No Star
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 1/11/2013
    took the day off because we wanted to go to the final month at Macus River Room. could not believe waht happened next. we were seated looking over the menue ordered the burger like my roomate and he asked for 2 popovers and he and I were told they did not have any. There signature item. they said they were gone for the day yet they were taking walk in reservations. We get out 2 plates of best burgers in town and looked at the frys and they looked funny, My roomate tasted one and it was sweet potato frys. I was like you got to be kidding me, we said we have always had regular fries. waitress said we are running out of food. What! we asked a manager to adjust bill, when we got it it was 3.00 off this was a 4 star resturant what fools we were
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Food was not hot and the service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 1/11/2013
    Food was not hot and the service was slow in refilling soda's.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate