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Rive Bistro
Rive Bistro

Rive Bistro Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.rivebistro.com
  • Phone: (203) 557-8049
  • Hours of Operation: Brunch: Sunday: 11:30am -3:00pm
    Lunch: Monday - Sunday: 11:30am - 3:00pm
    Dinner: Sunday - Tuesday: 4:30pm -9:00pm
    Wednesday - Thursday: 4:30pm -9:30pm
    Friday - Saturday: 4:30pm - 10:30pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: French
  • Executive Chef: Eric Sierra
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Fireplace, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine, Wine Bar

Getting there

  • Parking: Private Lot
A word from Rive Bistro
Voted "VERY GOOD" by The New York Times.

Rive is a French Bistro on the Saugatuck River in Westport, created by Chef Eric Sierra whose Bistro des Amis in downtown Westport was, for a decade, the go-to place of some of the world's best French bistro cooking.

Like the legendary bistros of Paris, Rive is warm, and convivial, a true bistro populaire.

The dining room, with a wrap-around wall of windows overlooks a bend in the river, there is fireplace for winter, and in warm weather there is an outdoor patio that feels like a cafe on the Seine.

With a suave lighting, urban decor and, of course, un comptoir (a bar) serving hip cocktails and wine by the glass, Rive is very much of-the -moment, as popular Parisian bistros today.
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Diner Reviews
  • "Lovely setting with river views from most tables. Food was very good. Service not quite attentative enough. Would be nice if they offered a pre-theater dinner and stuck to the timing."
    Dined on 8/23/2014
  • "We came for an early dinner and were seated on the outdoor terrace overlooking the river. It could not have been a more wonderful experience. And since we were early, it was lovely and quiet. Wait staff was attentive, but not overbearing. We each had the salmon, which was very good, but the seasoning could have been a little stronger. I'd go back in a minute!"
    Dined on 8/17/2014
  • "Had a delightful dinner - the setting on the patio is lovely and noise level tolerable. The food was quite good and well priced, especially the mussels and frites. Drinks were tasty; the only drawback was the lackadaisical service - plates were not cleared in a timely manner, and no bread was served with the meal nor with the mussels to soak up the broth."
    Dined on 8/16/2014
  • "The food, service, ambiance were all superb. It was a lovely evening to enjoy the river view. There were so many choices on the menu. Our waiter was also helpful with our selections. We will be back....for lunch this week!"
    Dined on 8/16/2014
  • "We had the duck pate,escargot, gazpacho & croque madam. All were wonderful and service was very attentive. Definitely would eat there again!"
    Dined on 8/15/2014
  • "The food was excellent, we sat outside and the setting was beautiful, right on the Saugatuck river. I recommend it highly"
    Dined on 8/13/2014
  • "What a lovely weeknight dining experience! Between the food, the location, and the atmosphere, we were thrilled with this dining choice and look forward to our next visit."
    Dined on 8/11/2014
  • "We could not have had a better experience. The food was delicious and the service was outstanding. The staff was kind, accommodating and went out of their way to be helpful! We truly had an exceptional and memorable evening!! Thank you!!"
    Dined on 7/26/2014
  • "Rive Bistro continues to be a consistent quality venue in Westport. The gracious service and excellent food are only matched by its lovely location on the Saugatuck River. We've tried many of their dishes and have enjoyed them all. I would highly recommend a visit."
    Dined on 7/24/2014
  • "The location is stellar. There are several options for dining with a view, indoors, outdoors or under the awning. Very pleasantly set up. There is a view from the bar also. French cuisine by a veteran French restaurant owner was excellent. Very enjoyable anniversary dinner. Cool 2CV, and other Citroens out front!"
    Dined on 7/23/2014
  • "Dined on a Sunday evening. Waiter announced they did not have 3 of 6 fish main courses. My husband asked for a side of haricot vert with main course and guess what, they were out of haricot vert, too. Asked for Kale instead - never arrived but showed up on bill. Husband had steak frites - steak cooked well but frites were soggy and lacked seasoning. My trout was supposed to come with haricot vert and instead came with asparagus - I was not informed. Overall, food was bland and lacked seasoning. Starters of seafood sausage and Duck pate were fine but needed seasoning. With so many restaurants to choose from - would not go back to this one."
    Dined on 7/13/2014
  • "We chose this restaurant for its lovely scenic view and outdoor seating and because it was "celebrating Bastille Day." We expected to some specials or a drink or something reflecting the iconic French Revolutionary celebration, but -- other than a few balloons at the front door and a sign "celebrate Bastille Day with us" -- there was nothing. We had a lovely table right by the river and planned to have fish. Unfortunately, we learned the kitchen was out of 3 of the 5 five fish dishes on the menu. The food we did order was tasty and well-prepared, but just not what we had wanted. Additionally, we didn't receive the wine we ordered: a substitution was made without asking us. It was very nice, but not what we expected."
    Dined on 7/13/2014
  • "As one of my favorite neighborhood spots, I have been to Rive Bistro quite a few times, but up till now only for dinner or Sunday brunch since I work in NYC. I happened to be in CT last Friday and went to lunch there for the first time and found them to have an excellent lunch menu at very reasonable prices (certainly when compared with lunch in Manhattan!)."
    Dined on 7/11/2014
  • "As nice as the ambiance is we will never go back. The service was the worst I have ever experienced at ANY restaurant. We sat at the table for 15 min with no acknowledgement from staff. Finally called someone over who offered no greetings/apologies. Gave our entire order right then because we weren't sure when or if he would be back. We ordered mussels, salads, seafood entrees , dessert. Food took a long time to come out. It was ok but nothing to write home about. Never saw our waiter after we gave our initial order, just busers and food runners. We've tried this place 2 other times and each time the service has been disappointing. Decided to try it again because we had guests visiting and wanted to sit outside but that will be our last."
    Dined on 6/21/2014
  • "Rive Bistro is an exquisite brunch experience on the water. Food and service were superb. The outside dining was incredible."
    Dined on 6/15/2014
  • "Can a restaurant have Multiple Personality Disorder? We had a charming waitress whom could not have been more accomodating. Still, the overall service is amateurisitic with a ridiculously long wait between courses. Ordering drinks is an adventure in itself as it takes forever to get your drink and if you want another, the waitress will take your glass to use for a refill as they were running out of glasses at the bar. The menu is very limited but the duck confit and Foie Gras was delicious. The restaurant itself is lovely but the crowd on a Saturday night needs to understand that, in spite of the more relaxed attitude today of what one should wear when going to a fine restaurant, that flip-flops and cargo shorts really aren't appropriate."
    Dined on 5/31/2014
  • "The problem at Rive is principally the service system/organization. They have more than enough staff, but they are very poorly organized/trained ; UNORGANIZED! Bread comes and we ask for olive oil and for 10-15 min it doesn't appear until the olive oil server brings O&V for a salad. Ask the busboy for another drink and the message disappears. 10-15 min later the waiter comes oblivious to our request. Ask the waiter for more bread and the request is never honored until repeated to other service people at least twice. Food was served fast and slow, and the final problem was that the hot desert came 15 min after ordering and was cold. Rive needs a new person to replace some of the staff, organize the service system and train."
    Dined on 5/31/2014
  • "We've had a good meal at Rive, so it was very disappointing to go there on Saturday night. Our waiter was rude (kept skipping our table to serve all the tables around us, and snapped at us when we said we'd been there 15 minutes and would at least like some water!). I ordered the steak frites, which appeared as just a slab of meat on a plate. No garnish in any way. SLAB OF MEAT. And a grisly, tough slab at that. For $36! My mother ordered duck confit and fared somewhat better, but it came with tiny, gluey, potatoes. Would it kill Rive to serve something green on these plates? At these prices, a vegetable seems like a no brainer. Also, we had to scream in order to converse."
    Dined on 5/17/2014
  • "Ideal spot for casual dining along the water. On a nice day, the outdoor patio cannot be beat! The food and service are far better than average for a restaurant outside of NYC."
    Dined on 5/15/2014
  • "Really enjoyable lunch. Delicious food. Excellent service from Jean Pierre. Relaxing atmosphere alongside the river. Bistro appearance could be improved. Definitely will return"
    Dined on 5/14/2014
  • "We frequent this restaurant for its excellent food and (usually) good service. But our dinner for 6 people on Saturday night was ruined by the incredibly inattentive service from our waitress. She should be fired! "
    Dined on 5/10/2014
  • "We went on a Thursday night... must have been an off-night for the food considering all the other reviews-- really tough steak, overdone fish, but there is no excuse for the lack of service. They really need a staff training session or something to build cohesion. Won't go back until diners' reviews mention good service."
    Dined on 5/1/2014
  • "Everything we ordered was solid, very well executed French bistro. The nose level on was a little bothersome. The service was pretty terrible. There did not seem to be a leader running the room and the servers seemed frazzled. There was a long wait for bread and entrees. We were not offered dessert at all. They appeared to be understaffed. I would go back for the food with low expectations for the service. "
    Dined on 4/26/2014
  • "This restaurant is obviously well managed by the long-standing Frenchman of other notable restaurants. He came personally to our table twice at least on each occasion I have dined there. "
    Dined on 4/21/2014
  • "Everything a bistro should be. Charming, delicious and welcoming."
    Dined on 4/20/2014
  • "The food was absolutely amazing. Presentation, taste, etc. The wine selection was very good and fairly priced. We totally enjoyed our meal. The staff were friendly and efficient. Parking was plentiful. I wish we had found Rive Bistro, sooner."
    Dined on 4/20/2014
  • "Great food, atmosphere and service. An all together enjoyable experience."
    Dined on 4/13/2014
  • "We have dined here a few times and the ambience and quality are always excellent. Very attentitive and flexible. If you are looking for a great view and relaxed atmosphere with quality food this is the place in Westport."
    Dined on 4/1/2014
  • "Very good food - the steak was exceptional as was the striped bass special. Really nice vibe and ambiance - cannot wait to return in the summer and see the gorgeous view with trees in bloom. Bar area also looked inviting"
    Dined on 3/29/2014
  • "We had high hopes and had a nice time at the bar but that's where it ended. We asked for bread (after receiving the butter but being promised the bread was coming out of the oven) probably 5 times before it arrived. We were basically forgotten about even though we had a very central table. Food was mediocre at best. We had to ask for our condiments at least 5x before they arrived. They even pulled them from the table next to us saying they "didn't touch them." Who wants old mustard? Yuck. We decided we would go back for a drink before going elsewhere for dinner. Very bummed because its a cool spot and had potential. We won't be back to dine."
    Dined on 3/22/2014
  • "Really enjoyable night out. Great setting, nice vibe and decor and excellent service. Food was good although I'm marking it down because my filet was a bit overdone. Think it was more bad luck than a pervasive issue as everything else was excellent. They ended up comping dessert which was a really nice touch."
    Dined on 3/15/2014
  • "Rive Bistro was a lovely restaurant. Beautiful location & building. Food was very good. An overall very enjoyable evening."
    Dined on 3/14/2014
  • "Everyone in our group thought the food was very good. Particular favorites were: escargot and special red snapper."
    Dined on 3/7/2014
  • "We really enjoyed our dining experience there. The setting is wonderful overlooking the water. The dining room was comfortable and the atmosphere good for couples or groups of friends. The menu had a lot of good options and the food was all very good. We found the service attentive yet not hovering and very well timed. We will definitely return."
    Dined on 3/1/2014
  • "Twinkling Trees, firelight, soft French music, bistro feel. Attentive, smiling servers and delicious choices made for a great evening meal. Our table tried 2 soups, oysters, salad, pizzetta, shrimp casserole, scallops, sole. Worth a trip if you like what you see on the menu :)"
    Dined on 3/1/2014
  • "New to Open Table, this charming bistro is enhanced by the caring presence of its Proprietors who check in and care about your experience. You won't be disappointed."
    Dined on 2/28/2014
  • "It felt like we could've been on a river in France. Rive Bistro in Westport was perfect in every way."
    Dined on 2/27/2014
  • "we loved everything! wild boar sausage was amazing.. butternut squash and pumpkin rav melted in our mouths..choped kale salad was a delight.. chicken basquaise is a must try!!"
    Dined on 2/22/2014
  • "Perfect table overlooking the river - very attentive service and details...great menu variety all of the staff (including the "bus" staff) were all warm and made you feel that they were happy you were there...I had trout almondine - yummy and not floating in butter - my husband had a great rib eye steak with mushroom sauce and awesome au gratin potatoes..can't wait to go back and try some other things on the menu - great place!"
    Dined on 2/22/2014
  • "This was our second time eating at Rivé, we'l come back again and again."
    Dined on 2/17/2014