The Bistro at South River
The Bistro at South River

The Bistro at South River

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.golfclubsr.com/bistro.php
  • Phone: (410) 798-5865
  • Hours of Operation:
    Lunch: Daily: 11:00am - 3:00pm; Dinner: Tuesday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 9:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Diners Club,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: American
  • Executive Chef: Quintin West
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Entertainment, Fireplace, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Colony Crossing
  • Parking: Private Lot
A word from The Bistro at South River
Exquisite food. Extraordinary setting. Avoid the hustle of downtown Annapolis and experience fine dining at one of Edgewater’s most serene settings. The Bistro offers the perfect getaway for family and friends. Located at The Golf Club at South River.
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The Bistro at South River reviews from OpenTable diners
5 reviews since July 29, 2014
Overall Rating4.2
  • Food4
    Service4.6
  • Ambiance4.4
    Noise LevelModerate
100% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
great for lunch (3)neighborhood gem (3)great for outdoor dining (2)scenic view (2)romantic (2)good for groups (1)fit for foodies (1)notable wine list (1)Show More
  • Thank you!
    SRCBistroFan
    Dined on 11/7/2014
    We were all so pleased with our lunch at the Bistro! Erin set the table beautifully and provided service that spoiled us! The menu choices were amazing. We were celebrating a friend's birthday and it was a perfect experience. Thank you so much!
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A Good Night in South River
    SaundersVIP
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    We have been going to the Bistro since they did an extensive renovation about two years ago. It a beautiful venue with stone and mahogany accents. This was, however, our first visit in the summer. I need to preface that we don't golf, and have never been here in the daylight. That said, this is a restaurant on a golf course and we were there in the evening after a rainy Saturday in August. We were the only people in the restaurant. At 8:00. On a Saturday. When the restaurant called us to confirm our reservation that afternoon, I assumed it was because they were busy. It was actually because they were dead empty and wanted to close early. We had a wonderful meal. The chef even stopped by our table. We never felt rushed and will return soon.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • ho hum
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    Nothing special about this place. Very limited menu and very pricey. Waiter graciously offered up the bar's appetizer menu which has far more choices and more adequately priced. Perhaps they should just go with that. I can't imagine going there for a $35 entree. The view isn't that great. We had window seats but still could not see the golf course hardly at all let alone any golfers. We were happy with our appetizers and our waiter was quite nice.
    Special Features:
    scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Nice experience
    Cher
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    A small group of ladies had lunch. Wait staff was very pleasant and the food was delicious.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 1 ratings-only review submitted since July 29, 2014
    • Overall Rating4
    • Food3
    • Ambiance4
    • Service4
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 98 reviews are from the The Bistro at South River reviews archive.
  • Good Service Food Disapointing
    Boobsie
    Dined on 7/11/2014
    Nice table outside with view of the golf course, trees, ponds and geese. Waiter was very nice and attentive. The Bruchetta appetizer was soggy and overdressed with balsamic. The Sea Bass was good but the spinach and risotto sides, though nicely cooked, were oversalted & inedible. The fajitas were pretty good, but the flank steak tough. Wine was good and list average. I would not dine here again due to the disappointing food.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Pleasant Surpries
    Lucky
    Dined on 6/28/2014
    First time dining at this location. Sat on veranda overlooking the 18th hole. Magnificent view of sweeping trees, ponds and walking bridges. Martini just the way I like it (shaken not stirred - tiny slivers of ice, very, very dry - no vermouth, and 3 big juicy olives - no olive juice). Excellent meals. Recommend the lamb chops. Now only the second restaurant in the Washington DC metropolitan area I will order them. Next time I'll order the Chilean sea bass just to be different. Topped off with chocolate/hot fudge cake. Looking forward to coming back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, scenic view, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Would give it six stars if I could
    Ward
    Dined on 6/21/2014
    We took advantage of the OpenTable 1,000 point promo and went to the Bistro at South River for an early dinner. The place was very quiet with only a few golfers enjoying the outdoor deck. The service and food was just fantastic; we felt like royalty. The recommendations were very helpful and spot on. The menu is somewhat limited in terms of the total number of items but the variety was good and both of our entrees were memorable. The steak served over cheesy, crabby potato wedges is even better than it sounds.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Yum yum
    Elizabeth
    Dined on 6/6/2014
    This place was great! My boyfriend and I had a date night out, that we were way over due for, and it was the perfect fit! The food was fantastic and the service was wonderful as well. I'd definitely recommend this place to friends and family.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Anniversary Night Out
    DougInLaurel
    Dined on 5/22/2014
    My wife and I had dinner at The Bistro at South River on the occasion of our 38th wedding anniversary. We both love seafood, and it came highly recommended for that. It's basically a restaurant/bar at a country clubhouse - not a bad thing, as it is a beautiful building with outstanding views and ambiance. We reserved for two at 6 pm on a Thursday evening in late May and would have had no problems getting seated without the reservation. My wife ordered the sea bass and I initially ordered the crab meat ravioli, which it turned out they were out of - that seemed odd to me for so early in the evening on a week day. So I also ordered the sea bass, and was not disappointed. We shared a brownie sundae for dessert, which we both enjoyed.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, special occasion, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Perfect for Brunch
    cjdurand
    Dined on 5/11/2014
    This was an accidental find on my part to take my Mother-in-law out for brunch on Mother's Day. I was taking a chance since I hadn't been there before but the food was perfectly cooked, it had a great variety, and for $30 it was a bargain. I wish they did brunch all the time as it was one of the best I have been to!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Nice place, but...
    SteveinANPVIP
    Dined on 3/14/2014
    It's in a private golf course and the restaurant is the clubhouse. While my friend and I were there, the staff were polite and accommodating, but the other patrons were obviously curious who these people were sitting at their bar having dinner. I had to retrieve something from my car and walked back into the establishment feeling a bit uncomfortable as everyone obviously stopped to see who I was before returning to their conversations. Dinner choices were good and the prices were okay but you can eat at Ruth's Chris for almost the same price and not feel like you're an intruder.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • The food and service were
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    The food and service were not bad however for the price I would have expected better food. The food is priced like a high classed restaurant and I feel the food was lacking that quality. However you are paying for the fact that it is on a golf community.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Too expensive
    WinksVIP
    Dined on 1/12/2014
    Too expensive for a so so brunch. Nice club house atmosphere and pleasant helpful staff
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • New Years Eve at the Bistro
    Sammyc
    Dined on 12/31/2013
    We had a very enjoyable evening at the Bistro. A great table near the fireplace, very good service and food that was well prepared. Chef had a great menu for the evening. Our table had everything from seafood to prime rib. All was tasty and the beef was exactly as ordered. Thank you Bistro staff and chef.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • My Review
    Bluesfan60
    Dined on 10/25/2013
    I was there for a early afternoon meal with a friend.The food and service were acceptable but nothing special.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • I got the caesar salad and
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 9/21/2013
    I got the caesar salad and it was all croutons...kinda disappointing. Everyone else enjoyed their food greatly!
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Just OK
    Blackcloud71
    Dined on 6/8/2013
    Food was alright, but nothing to write home about. Seems a bit pricey for the type of restaurant. It is at a golf course, so don't expect a "fine dining" experience. Lots of families with kids from the surrounding neighborhood, so was a bit loud.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, kid-friendly
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Sunday Brunch
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006VIP
    Dined on 5/5/2013
    An exceptional brunch buffet of entrees as well as an omelet bar (with crab among the ingredients) and very tempting desserts. The service was outstanding and the mimosas we a real treat
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • This restaurant is in what
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 4/12/2013
    This restaurant is in what used to be the clubhouse for a golf course. It is LOUD! It's basically filled golfers and their wives who just shot a round of golf. The food was mediocre at best but priced like a restaurant of much higher calibre. Menu selection is limited to just a handful of items in each section, but they had quite a few specials. However the waitress read the specials directly off a list so fast it was hard to understand what she was saying. Don't go there expecting a quiet dinner, food and service average.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • A very enjoyable evening.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 4/3/2013
    A very enjoyable evening. The bar looked like a great place to sit and converse. Parking is not a problem. Will definitely go back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Best Onion Soup
    DoinwhatcomesnaturallyVIP
    Dined on 3/30/2013
    Brought our family out for a pre-Easter dinner. Our first time at the Bistro. It is on a golf course and the views are very nice from the windows. The food was good--the French onion soup was ABSOLUTELY FANTASTIC! Unfortunately the meat was over-cooked. We ordered prime rib (it was a special on Sat night) and all were well-done. I had lamb and it was well-done. Everything tasted great but not getting the main event right lowers the quality a few stars in my book. Would we go again...definitely for the soup and dessert. I would have to think hard before ordering meat again...sorry.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion, scenic view
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    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Food was fine nothing outstanding
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 3/30/2013
    Food was fine nothing outstanding - very small menu for choices. Nice atmosphere and our waitress was great! We would go again and want to try brunch!
    Special Features:
    scenic view
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Prime rib was perfectly cooked
    Chris
    Dined on 3/23/2013
    Prime rib was perfectly cooked and fantastic flavor. We were full from dinner and took the dessert home. Upon opening it we found a sizable slice of cake in the middle surrounded by sliced strawberries on piped whipped cream. What a delightful surprise! Fantastic evening!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for brunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • 20 minutes early for reservation
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 3/16/2013
    20 minutes early for reservation and no hostess at the desk. A busboy greeted us, went into the kitchen to get hostess. 3 minutes later to take us to our table. Nice decor/not busy. Booth table given was wobbly so we changed booths. Our server came up and we told her about the change and the table. Order the free range chicken and one of their specials "Bloody Mary rib eye". Salads were very good. Dinners slow in arriving due to our server assisting with a large group in the 2nd dinning area. Presentation of dish was nice. My broccoli overcooked. Disappointed with steak, thin cut. Came time for bill took nearly 10 minutes for waitress to collect my card and close.
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Friendly, quiet, relaxing
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 3/10/2013
    Friendly, quiet, relaxing atmosphere with lots of room between tables (read "not too crowded").
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Food was just OK. One in
    MaryVIP
    Dined on 3/9/2013
    Food was just OK. One in our party had a steak that he said was tough and over cooked. I had prime rib special, not much flavor. My husband had the perch which he said was very good.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
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    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 3/4/2013
    food was very good-- crab cakes excellent good value for money --great onion soup
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, scenic view, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Good value for the money.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 3/3/2013
    Good value for the money. Food was okay but not great. Staff were very cordial and helpful. Nice ambiance in newly-renovated section.
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Excellent brunch
    NSLD
    Dined on 2/17/2013
    Four of us had brunch 2/17, using a coupon. The renovated dining room is gorgeous, complete with blazing fire. The food is ssoutstanding - roast leg of lamb or roast beef, chicken and fish choices, ceaser salad, made to order omlettes, plus complementary mimomas and lots of fresh fruit, pls lovely desserts. Something for everyone. Service was unpolished - our server would have done herself a favor if she had just brought a carafe of coffee for our table. Instead she made individual trips each time one of the four of us wanted some, and brought back a new cup - cup only, no saucer. It was a strange way to serve coffee and very slow. Otherwise I look forward to returning and would recommend it without hesitation for small or large group
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, scenic view, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Tasty food. Competent service.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 2/16/2013
    Tasty food. Competent service. A little pricey for club house atmosphere. We had a very nice meal. $31 for lamb chops was a bit high for 3 single chops. For double chops would have been a good price. Very good mushroom risotto. Nice wine list. Would go more often if prices were lower.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Try it, you'll like it!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 2/14/2013
    Very good food at reasonable prices in a quiet residential setting with a cosy fireplace and ample parking in the evening. Try it for a special occasion.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • The smoke frok the fireplace
    EFK4
    Dined on 2/14/2013
    The smoke frok the fireplace was overwhelming. The waitress and the hostess were terrific. The GM restocked the fire but really wasn't accommodating or friendly. The smoke ruined the evening.
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • I've been here a few times
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 2/9/2013
    I've been here a few times and the food has always been great. But most of all I love the atmosphere and the ambiance. It's very cozy and comfortable. It's quiet enough to be able to have a conversation with other guests at your table but it's not uncomfortably quiet. There's a nice fireplace and it has an upscale yet very homey feel.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Wonderful Sunday brunch at
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 1/20/2013
    Wonderful Sunday brunch at the newly remodeled and reopened Bistro. Wonderful selection of breakfast and lunch items, great service and nice ambiance. We'll be back again soon.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for brunch, scenic view, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • A bit overpriced and with
    Bones
    Dined on 1/19/2013
    A bit overpriced and with seven shrimp, three asparagus spears, a relatively stingy dinner, not to mention an inadequate fireplace fire.
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  • Newly renovated in every way
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 12/8/2012
    Newly renovated in every way this is perhaps the most extraordinary venue in Annapolis. The menu is focused on local "farm to table" ingredients and the setting is an authentic Adirondack lodge building. The floors are even reconsituted pine from a factory that manufactured uniforms for the Union Army in North Philadelphia. Amazing place with terrific food.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The Bistro has just re-opened
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 12/8/2012
    The Bistro has just re-opened and now with a new Great Room, with a huge open harth fireplace. It was a great experience that will only get better!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Upon arriving I sat at the
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 6/8/2012
    Upon arriving I sat at the bar and was pretty much ignored by the bartender. We ended up sitting outside which was very relaxing. The restaurant is on a golf corse and we watched the golfers play whatever hole it was that we could see. Our waitress, Aubrey was very nice and well informed. She took good care of us and answered all the questions we had for her.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Mother's Day Brunch
    CoolComfort
    Dined on 5/13/2012
    We went to the Bistro for the 1st time on Sunday for their Mother's Day brunch and it exceeded all of our expectations. The food, presentation and service were as good as we have had since moving to the Annapolis area 19 years ago. Although we sat inside, the tables out on the porch provide a picturesque view of the golf course.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, special occasion, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great after golf, not dinner out
    JMVenhausVIP
    Dined on 4/3/2012
    Out dinner was good quality and promptly served, but nothing remarkable. From the look of their website you might think that the atmosphere is cozy and warm, but it is more of a cafeteria/clubhouse feel. Nice for after a round of golf, but not what I expected for a dinner out.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate