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Rivers Restaurant
Rivers Restaurant

Rivers Restaurant Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.theriversrestaurant.com
  • Phone: (970) 928-8813
  • Hours of Operation:
    Brunch: Sunday: 9:00AM - 2:00PM

    Dinner: Daily: 4:30PM - 9:30PM
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: American, Comfort Food
  • Executive Chef: Mike Schlicher
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Takeout, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Catering: Rivers offers catering service at many locations with any kind of services from white linen service to casual buffets. Please email or call us for more information.
  • Private Party Facilities: Rivers offers a semi private room called the Atrium, which is enclosed 3 sides and is adjacent to our main dining area. It has a capacity of 45 guests. The entire restaurant can be used for private events. Please contact us for more information.
  • Private Party Contact: Anita Wan (970) 928-8813
  • Entertainment: Live Music Every Friday Night Featuring Local Bands from 9 - Midnight. No Cover Charge
  • Special Events & Promotions: Let Rivers Restaurant do the planning for your special event, whether it be a sit down dinner with a planned menu for a wedding of 200 guests, or a buffet for a small group, or even just hor d’oeuvres and dinner off our regular menu with our award winning cuisine; our beautiful facility is ideal for any size event. We have a full bar and ample parking for your convenience.

    Visit our website at www.theriversrestaurant.com to tour our restaurant. Please call to request for our special events menu, we have several tiers of pricing to suit any budget. We can customize a menu to suit your dining desires. My name is Anita Wan, general manager of Rivers Restaurant,
    I am looking forward to planning your memorable event.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: 23rd Street
  • Public Transit: Free Ride Glenwood bus or Taxi service
  • Parking: Private Lot
  • Parking Details: We have ample off street parking
A word from Rivers Restaurant
Since 1994, Rivers has enjoyed serving plenty of locals and out of towners alike.
Our Newest direction is based on Colorado Comfort Cuisine; featuring value dining with unique and innovative preparation, using locally grown and raised ingredients whenever possible. We intend to bring you the freshest of foods with the finest of service. Whether you are joining us in our light and airy bar, white linen dressed dining room or outside on the deck overlooking the Roaring Fork River, we sincerely hope you enjoy!
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerOutdoor Dining
  • Diners' Choice WinnerRomantic
Diner Reviews
  • "Rivers was a confusing southern, meet bachelor party, meet wanna be formal fine dining. Fish and Chips was excellent. Service was terrible and ambiance was confusing. Very loud."
    Dined on 7/11/2014
  • "The owners must not know what they have. This restaurant sits right on the banks of the Roaring Fork River, offering its patrons an incredible view. Unfortunately, all the tell-tale signs of a struggling enterprise totally ruined our experience. The restaurant is very poorly manicured and improperly maintained. The atmosphere and menu items are dated. Very few people were there. Our server was kind of awkward. The wine was over-poured and there were several staff members just sitting around playing on their phones (including what appeared to be the manager). The men's room was not clean and had graffiti on the wall. The list goes on and on. I'm not sure why we stayed. We would not visit Rivers Restaurant again in its current condition."
    Dined on 7/3/2014
  • "We searched Google for a restaurant in GWS and it came up with Rivers. We took the chance hoping it would be a good restaurant and we were so glad we went. Place was lovely and staff was great! The food was excellent along with the choices of wines. Definitely will recommend this place."
    Dined on 7/3/2014
  • "We had Sunday brunch and everything was great. The table overlooked the Rio Grande River. The menu included both breakfast and lunch items, which were all very creative. My husbands crabby benedict was yummy and my salmon salad was looked with salmon, vegetables and dried fruits. Our server was very attentive."
    Dined on 6/29/2014
  • "We sat out on the patio overlooking the river. It was a beautiful, romantic setting. The good was lovely and the service was excellent. We had the steamed mussels for our appitizer. They were perfectly steamed and in a delicious beer based sauce. The fish and chips were both very fresh and tasty. Hubby ended up getting the corn chowder and a garden salad. He really enjoyed both. Excellent resturant!"
    Dined on 6/26/2014
  • "My husband and I came here on our honeymoon. We really enjoyed the local Colorado food and the great view of the river."
    Dined on 6/26/2014
  • "Our table was ready when we arrived. We sat out on the deck with a beautiful backdrop of the river and mountains. The food was excellent and reasonably priced. The service very good and friendly. The restaurant was beautifully decorated. We had a wonderful experience. The only negative was that there was a large group having dinner inside and they were very noisy. We were glad that we sat outside. We will return here the next time we are in Glenwood Springs. "
    Dined on 6/5/2014
  • "I used to work at this restaurant from 1987-'91 when it was named Penelope's... I loved it then & still love it now! You can't beat the view from the deck, the whole building is gorgeous & the staff very friendly. We ended up having drinks & dessert on the deck on a Saturday night then came back for brunch on Sunday... had the delicious Prime Rib hash, every bit as good as I remembered!"
    Dined on 6/1/2014
  • "We were able to sit on the deck, which was the best part. The service was horrible, the server was awkward and inattentive. We asked our server and the manager for more butter and were ignored. Our glasses remained empty and he never asked about the food. Friends of mine ordered the lobster tail and it was under cooked as was the salmon. He rattled off the specials but gave gave no prices. I ordered the halibut special, it looked horrible, but tasted pretty good. The prime rib was over cooked and the ahi tuna looked grey. He even added items to our bill that we did not order. I informed the manager, while she took off our bottle of wine her reception was less than apologetic."
    Dined on 5/31/2014
  • "When I booked the reservation, I stated it was our 25th wedding anniversary but nothing was said or done. I couldn't even get a second glass of wine. The waitress asked if I wanted another & took the glass & we waited. Then my husband told the waitress & she said she forgot & was busy. And that was that, we couldn't wait to pay the bill & get out."
    Dined on 5/17/2014
  • "We really enjoyed our brunch on Mother's Day. Good food. attentive service and kickbutt mimosa's! We'll definitely return soon."
    Dined on 5/11/2014
  • "My wife an I had an enjoyable dinner along the Roaring Fork River!"
    Dined on 5/4/2014
  • "My family and I spend time in Glenwood and every time we dine at Rivers. Best food and staff. Our number ONE choice."
    Dined on 4/26/2014
  • "The food at The Rivers was some of the best food I have ever eaten! We went for my boyfriend's birthday, and they made it a special night! I will go back anytime we go to Glennwood!"
    Dined on 4/26/2014
  • "The staff were so pleasant even though working at lightning speed to serve and re-set tables on a very busy day. The special dishes prepared for that day were delicious and presented beautifully. What a pleasant experience! Thank you!!"
    Dined on 4/20/2014
  • "Eleven of our family members made Easter reservations for lunch and upon arrival the table was not ready. The hostess asked if we wanted to sit outside and never explained that it would be very sunny or that the tables outside were not as beautifully decorated as the ones on the inside. Personally, for an Easter event the inside tables were elegant and nice and we were taken outside to 3 connecting tables (one with a table cloth and the other 2 without) in a very hot environment with 4 kids ranging from 3 to 10. Silverware was not even set up. Hmmm.... For our FIRST time there I was highly disappointed. Waitress was nice and food OK.......we ordered the crepes, prime rib hash, and french toast. "
    Dined on 4/20/2014
  • "We booked this restaurant for Easter Brunch for 12pm. When we arrived there was a long line and no hostess to be found. About 5 minutes later (12.05) she came and found our reservation and told us to wait. My husband went to get a drink at the bar. Finally at 12.30 we were seated, and my husband although seated at the bar was never served a drink. The barman was simply too busy with table drinks - not good. After we were seated it took 8 minutes for the waitress (after we finally asked for one)to take our drink order and another 10 mins for us to get it. The food was good and the waitress was nice the place was just understaffed and the wait staff and barman just could not give good service which just made our Easter lunch very frustrating."
    Dined on 4/20/2014
  • "Consistency is a key for the Rivers, they continue to provide high end dining experiences."
    Dined on 4/16/2014
  • "We were on vacation in glenwood and wanted some American game meat. We looked up this restaurant on open table, my wife wanted the meatballs but apparently they don't have those anymore, so she tried the bison meatloaf which was delicious and full of flavor. I had the lamb dish and is was also very rich in flavors abs did not disappoint. My son had The Elk quesadilla and he also loved it. Food was great, service seemed a little rushed. The view we had of the river right outside our window was beautiful. Overall, it was good and I recommend it to anyone who is in the glenwood springs area."
    Dined on 3/27/2014
  • "I was happy to be able to make a reservation for Rivers since the town of Glenwood Springs was overflowing with families on Spring break. We met my dad, stepmom and niece there as they had just made it to town and the place was fairly empty. We wondered if that was a foreboding of a poor dinner experience, but we were very pleasantly mistaken! The 6 of us who dined enjoyed our meals of prime rib, buffalo meatloaf, shrimp fettuccini, and lamb osso bucco. Delicious! My stepmom even asked the chef to come out to take a bow! Our server, Kim, was excellent. The restaurant is a lovely place and in the summer it would be so nice to sit outside to enjoy the mountain views and the river. We highly recommend this restaurant and will be back!"
    Dined on 3/23/2014
  • "A quality meal at a quality restaurant in a nice setting. The food was good but not extraordinary, perhaps a bit over-priced. But the atmosphere is great, a classic fine-dining aura. Service was very good, but not over the top. I particularly liked the selection of Scotch available."
    Dined on 3/22/2014
  • "My wife and I just love this place. Always treated right and the food is great!"
    Dined on 3/13/2014
  • "Always wonderful! Prime rib is great! Service is very good.desserts are imaginative."
    Dined on 3/10/2014
  • "We always try to dine at the Rivers when we're in Glenwood. The setting is lovely, the food is great, the prices are reasonable, and the service is good. Had to wait awhile for our check after we were done with our meal and after dinner drinks, but our server was nice."
    Dined on 2/28/2014
  • "We made a very early reservation to enjoy the view, and it was beautiful. The service was wonderful and the food was perfect. I had the duck breast wrapped in bacon, and it was crispy and moist, not at all greasy or oily like duck can be sometimes. Our server was very friendly but not intrusive, and he gave great wine recommendations."
    Dined on 2/19/2014
  • "It was busy ( Valentine's Day) they set up tables in the bar area. We happened to have one of those tables so it was very noisy. The food however was cook to perfection. Despite the busy nite we were well taken care of."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "We went for Valentine's Day. We had a reservation and ended up having to wait for an extra 30 minutes, but we weren't in a hurry and the bartender was very nice and accommodating. Our waiter didn't come up to our table after we were seated for twenty minutes and we had to wait quite a while for him to bring us a drink. The hostess was very nice and the waiter became a lot more friendly after we received our food and the food was great. I think they were overwhelmed by the number of people that came in at the same time being that it was Valentine's Day and Friday of President's Day Weekend. I would definitely try it again when it isn't a holiday weekend."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "Excellent in every way! Price is definitely right."
    Dined on 1/24/2014
  • "Rivers Restaurant is one of the best in Glenwood. The food is always delicious, the waitstaff is excellent, and the views during the day can't be beat."
    Dined on 1/16/2014
  • "My wife and I celebrated our 25th wedding anniversary at the. Rivers and it was the perfect location. Great food and great ambiance!"
    Dined on 1/11/2014
  • "This was our first time dining at Rivers, and the experience was wonderful! We were greeted with smiling staff, I gave my last name for our reservation and she already new my party details without having to look it up! Our server promptly greeted our table and told us about the specials. I LOVE that our server was present in the dining room, silently checking on us, not interrupting our conversation, but was on it when we needed her! The entire experience was great, food was outstanding and our server was attentive and genuine, we will be back!"
    Dined on 1/8/2014
  • "We were only in Town for New years Eve Glad I Made Reservations Here,Of course my decision was based on reviews on open Table . I would love to Go back,and will the next time we are in Glenwood The Food was Superb an the service was outstanding,and this was on New years Eve at 7:30 The place was Packed,and they handled it well"
    Dined on 12/31/2013
  • "My sister (from Louisiana) and I (from Mississippi) were at Glennwood Springs to visit her son for Christmas (he did not even show up). There were not many places open to have dinner and someone, I think at Hotel Colorado, suggested we try you. The food was fine and so was everything else. Portions were very small though."
    Dined on 12/25/2013
  • "The Christmas special was awesome with all the traditional fixings and half ham and turkey. What made it even better is that we were spending Christmas in Glenwood Springs and Rivers was the only restaurant open, so we had an actual Christmas dinner. Thanks for that Rivers :) Our only complaint was the service left A LOT to be lacking. Our waiter forgot our drinks and had to be reminded after we were half way through eating to bring them, then he never showed us to clean up the plates, bring our dessert or check on us. We finally had to ask for the dessert as well and then waited about 15 minutes after we finished our meal for him to even show up with the check."
    Dined on 12/25/2013
  • "Everything was perfect. We always eat at Rivers. The hostess is the best. She always has our reservation correct. She is cordial and friendly all the time no matter how crowded the restaurant is. We especially like going on Thanksgiving and Christmas. It's festive and the whole experience is great."
    Dined on 12/25/2013
  • "very slow and quiet on the nite we were there, so hard to judge the listed characteristic recommendations. we did enjoy it and had a good meal."
    Dined on 12/22/2013
  • "We visited Rivers during a stay in Glenwood this past weekend, and the food, service and ambience were excellent!"
    Dined on 12/22/2013
  • "The food and service was great . We have eaten there many times over the years and has always been outstanding."
    Dined on 11/28/2013
  • "I remember visiting Rivers about 10 years ago when I was in Glenwood Springs. But the experience the other night was fabulous. A friend had told me to try the "Trout Pate". Not something I would normally have chosen, but was hoping my friend wasn't crazy. It was the BEST appetizer I have ever tasted. We ordered a bottle of wine and enjoyed our conversation. Then dinner came and was wonderful as well. Highly recommend for a wonderful dining experience."
    Dined on 11/17/2013
  • "Our first time at Rivers Restaurant was outstanding! The food was delicious and our waiter was extremely friendly and a pleasure to interact with. I had the Buffalo Meatloaf and my girlfriend had the Green Mountain Chicken. Both were outstanding!"
    Dined on 11/16/2013