The River Oyster Bar
The River Oyster Bar

The River Oyster Bar

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.therivermiami.com/
  • Phone: (305) 530-1915
  • Hours of Operation:
    Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:30am - 5:00pm; Dinner: Monday - Thursday: 6:00pm - 10:30pm, Friday - 6:00pm - 12:00am; Saturday: 5:30pm - 12:00am Sunday: 5:30 pm - 10:30 pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Diners Club,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Seafood, American
  • Executive Chef: David Bracha
  • Dress Code: Business Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Private Party Facilities: Semi-private, 20 people maximum
  • Private Party Contact: Christelle Collongette 3055301915

Getting there

  • Cross Street: 7th Street
  • Public Transit: 8th Street Metro Mover
  • Parking: Private Lot
  • Parking Details: Self Park off 7th Street; Monday -Wednesday and Valet, Thursday through Saturday on South Miami Avenue.
A word from The River Oyster Bar
David Bracha, Executive Chef and partner of The River, has been pleasing palates across South Florida for more than 15 years. Bold New American Cuisine inspired by native flavors, the comfort of an oversized mahogany bar and remember your name" service provides an alternative for low-key business lunches, power happy hours, relaxing dinners or late night bites. The River Oyster Bar is the perfect destination to meet or be met.
Join us for our Happy Hour Monday - Sunday 4:30pm -7:00pm for Half Price Oysters and Nightly Drink Specials!
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerFit for Foodies
  • Diners' Choice WinnerVibrant Bar Scene
  • Diners' Choice WinnerAmerican
The River Oyster Bar reviews from OpenTable diners
86 reviews since July 30, 2014
Overall Rating4.6
  • Food4.7
    Service4.3
  • Ambiance4.1
    Noise LevelModerate
96% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (61)neighborhood gem (43)vibrant bar scene (37)hot spot (27)special occasion (25)notable wine list (17)good for groups (16)romantic (14)great for lunch (9)late-night find (7)kid-friendly (3)great for brunch (2)scenic view (1)Show More
  • Outstanding for Years
    jimm
    Dined on 11/21/2014
    Great place to eat. Am really hoping they take the food, ambiance, and even the old furniture to their new location next year.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • The best food in miami
    Masscoll
    Dined on 11/15/2014
    Great food, good service, lovely atmosphere, I've been here many times and never got desappointed. Gnocchi with blue brab...to jump on the chair!
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great seafood
    OpenTable Diner Since 2003
    Dined on 11/15/2014
    Super fresh seafood simply prepared. Happy hour half price oysters even on Saturday. Service was a bit slow on the night we visited. Seemed to be from the kitchen; our server was very attentive.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent food, nothing neighborhood
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 11/14/2014
    This restaurant has great food and a very active bar scene. Obviously, it is quite popular. The service is very friendly. The downside: It is right in the middle of a massive, ugly high rise building construction site with no parking except valet (which costs $10) and your car will take quite some time to retrieve. But to me, the sea food makes it all worth while.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, late-night find, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 11/11/2014
    Service Warm Friendly Courteous. Good Pacing...and Polite (patient to allow guest to have casual business conversation. Delicious. Had Chicken and Goat Cheese Salad. Fantastic. Gazpacho awesome.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Fresh and delicious
    Lovegoodfood
    Dined on 11/10/2014
    Great place for fish and seafood lovers. Everything is very fresh. Great selection. Prepared with great taste and for different taste buds. Many choices of preparation. Beautiful presentation. Great service. Dim lights. Bravo! Starting with mussels in coconut milk with Thai spices, going into fish soup and conch chowder, continue with Bronzino in salt - simply to die for and finishing it off with passion fruit sorbet. It was most delicious and pleasant dinner experience we've had in a long time.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Outgrown their space
    Gradygirl
    Dined on 11/3/2014
    A new location will be a good move. They have outgrown the space and construction and traffic take away from the experience. Great food, oysters, ceviche, pasta, and desert were amazing. Glad I took the time to find this place.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Excellent for fish- nice ambiance
    nonchu
    Dined on 11/1/2014
    The food was overall excellent. I had snapper with avocado which was very well prepared- NOT FISHY. All the appetizers with tuna tartare, sashimi snappers and salmon were delicious and fresh. We were a group of nine and only the one that had beef said it was cold. But the wine was excellent and they saved the table for us even though we were late an hour. Traffic and parking were awful. I don't know if it was that Saturday or if it is always the same to get there.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Our best seafood experience in MIA
    Beachkid
    Dined on 10/27/2014
    Oyster selection and quality was very good. Mushroom topped grouper was cooked perfectly. Service was what you expect from a high end restaurant. A little hard to find but worth the effort
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Waited too long...
    PepeWhite50
    Dined on 10/25/2014
    ...despite having had a reservation for 9:30 p.m., and arriving at 9:15 p.m., my party was not seated until 9:50 p.m.! Although they were notably busy, I noticed the rear space reserved for large parties is wasted by not alternatively setting it up with smaller tables when there are no large parties using it!
    Special Features:
    hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Oysters!
    MickyMVIP
    Dined on 10/25/2014
    Very good selection of Oysters, both East and West coast. Enjoyed the Island Creeks! Waiter knew the menu very well.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Outstanding Miami site: The River
    Robert
    Dined on 10/22/2014
    My wife was presenting a paper in Miami and I went along for the "ride." As we both like seafood we selected The River Oyster Bar as it was near our hotel. We had no idea what a find this small unpretentious restaurant would turn out to be. Our reservations were for 7:00 PM, but we arrived at 6:50 PM. We were told that both drinks and oysters were half priced until seven. What luck! We shared a dozen Blue Points. They were at the peak of freshness - oysters to die for. Pat had the Bronzini baked in a salt shell. When cracked open it was a moist, herbed, and garlic presentation that was perfection itself. I had a broiled wild salmon in a simple preparation. When in Miami you should go out of your way to visit this establishment.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • as always, a great place for
    JVAM
    Dined on 10/15/2014
    as always, a great place for lunch or dinner with great fresh food. Great wines and oysters fresh as can be.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Amazing seafood
    OpenTable Diner Since 2003
    Dined on 10/10/2014
    Super fresh, simply prepared seafood. Very attentive service. Reservations, at least on the weekend, are a must!
    Special Features:
    hot spot, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • esdoyle
    Dined on 10/4/2014
    Fire roasted oysters were delicious! Blue crab gnocchi was great!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Vibrant Friday Night
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008VIP
    Dined on 10/3/2014
    We have dined here umpteen times. We always have a great time. As usual, Friday night was perfect. The fried oysters on the appetizer menu are consistently the best anywhere (well, at least the best outside of New Orleans).
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, hot spot, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 9/26/2014
    Food was fresh and portions were good. I will definitely return.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • FoodLoverVIP
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    Happy Hour was great....Oysters was fresh and the waiter (Jeff) was very informative on the menu.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Lovely and Lively
    SM67
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    Lovely very lively place. Really excellent waitress very competent, friendly, attentive and knowledgeable. Menu is very clever with many creative and differnt items. Food was excellent from start to finish!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great seafood
    rb1617
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    We tried a variety of oysters and loved them. Also had the whole snapper which seems to be a very popular dish. It was very good. Service was good and very attentive. Plus it was happy hour until 7,: even on a Saturday night. Highly recommended.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, late-night find, romantic, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • RaulVIP
    Dined on 9/7/2014
    Best seafood restaurant in Miami with a very reasonable and great wine list.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Ango631VIP
    Dined on 9/4/2014
    First time here. Me and my wife actually ended up eating at bar. They have half price on the oysters between 4:30 and 6pm and also other appetizers on happy hour at the bar. Everything was outstanding,the oysters were nice and fresh,the pork belly flatbread was amazing. The hit was the fire roasted oysters with chorizo and manchego cheese,so good. The bartender was really friendly and helpfull. We definitely gonna be back to try their dinner menu.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 9/3/2014
    Great fun drinking Martinis with the Best Oysters in the East Coast. Top of my list for happy hour.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Very dark and empty
    lauren43VIP
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    I booked a 1pm reservation but then wanted to change to 130 and open table only had 2pm so i booked that. When we got there it was empty and had no atmosphere of a lively fun place for brunch. The hostess said that Open Table only books by the hour and i should have called. Who knew? The food was good, not great and i was a disappointed. I wanted it to be a festive place for my friends birthday. The server was nice. They were out of Absolute Vodka which i found strange but the Berry drink was good.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The River? The Bomb.
    DamianD
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    Try to get out to River Oyster once a month or so. With all the choices in SoFL, it's that good. Took some friends for their first time and it was amazing again. Had to have the fire roasted oysters (2 orders), tried the scallop tiradito, the mushroom flatbread, and a dozen Kumamoto oysters. There was king salmon, whole snapper, and crab gnocchi for entrees. Every dish was so flavorful and handled by skilled hands. Even the scallop tiradito that I thought might be boring was dressed so beautifully that held its own against the fire oysters. Only the flatbread was not memorable, though kinda like Kylie Kenner vs her sister Kim Kardashian, very nice but difficult comparison against the other dishes. Oh, and try the Lolita cocktail.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • great happy hour; nice dinner
    bekrierVIP
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    We got to the restaurant before 7 and saved on great wine and oysters thanks to happy hour specials. Meal was tasty. Would recommend - was less expensive than our normal date nights and a very enjoyable meal!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Not fun
    differentdrummer
    Dined on 8/6/2014
    Five of us went for a birthday dinner during the week and the bar was so loud we couldn't hear ourselves at our table! When the wait staff happened to come to the table they were very attentive, but when we needed them, no one was around and no one paid attention to us. We ran out of butter for the bread while waiting for our food and it took 15 minutes to get someone's attention to bring more. The food was excellent when it finally came but the service was atrocious. They added on a 20% tip to the bill (which I would have left anyway) but our group figured that that was why the wait staff was so indifferent to us--they were getting their 20% no matter how bad the service was, so why try harder?
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • BMacVIP
    Dined on 8/5/2014
    The restaurant delivered in every way possible. Efficient service, great food, nice atmosphere and easy to have a discussion during lunch hour without the noise level being out of control. Great for a buisiness lunch without feeling like you are in a business envrionment. In fact, there did not appear to be many "business types" (other than me) at this restaurant. My group really enjoyed all the food---salmon was delcious as were the fish tacos! We have already made plans to come back again.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • love the place...
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    We always enjoy eating here. The seafood is very good. We live more North and consider it a special occasion. it is certainly not the cheapest place but worth it once in a while. We were both a little disappointed that our second glass of wine was not given to us at happy hour price. Our waiter failed to remind us of the change.
    Special Features:
    special occasion, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • excellent, as always
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    we have never been disappointed. always wonderful!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 56 ratings-only reviews submitted since July 30, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.6
    • Food4.6
    • Ambiance4.2
    • Service4.4
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 563 reviews are from the The River Oyster Bar reviews archive.
  • Best Meal We Had In Miami
    JRoseVIP
    Dined on 7/27/2014
    Was in Miami for a weekend and went to some of the highly touted nationally know chefs, and they did not close to the superb dining experience we had at River. The food was fantastic -- creative, perfectly cooked and presented. The crab gnocchi was better than the reviews and their software shell crab gnocchi was better than the reviews. The ambience was warm and friendly -- packed with people who actually live in Miami and know where to go. I can't wait to go back next month when I am back in town.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A place for Oyster Happy Hour
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 7/27/2014
    I went to The River Oyster Bar for Brunch and I would definitely go back, but maybe for only what I liked. About 50% of what was served was amazing. I had the fish and grits which a mouthwatering dish that I could eat over and over again. The Oysters I had were from the west coat with a creamy and buttery taste. Just how I like them. I also tried the Fire Roasted Oysters which were good, but not a wowing experience. Their Crab Benedict was lacking in flavor. The poached egg was over done and didn't have the runny yolk I love so much. The cocktails, Aperol Spreetz and Lolita, were given a good three shakes by the bartender and did not impress. I've had better similar combinations. This was my first time, but I'll try it again.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great place for Seafood
    BigPatch
    Dined on 7/24/2014
    The gnocchi blue crab is to die for!!!! Worth every calorie.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Amazing!!!!!
    MichaelD53VIP
    Dined on 7/24/2014
    A great restaurant for any occasion. Food and Service were amazing. Highly recommend for anybody looking for a excellent dining experience!!!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Disappointing
    RobertVIP
    Dined on 7/24/2014
    Order whole snapper grilled, finished boning it and ended up with whole snapper burnt and dry, returned it with a request that the Chef( if they have one) taste it, Tried the soft shelled crab as an alternate, dry also, but not burned AT LEAST, WAITRESS WAS VERY NICE, and did what she could, but she couldn't cook the food, a shame probably.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Fresh food, great service.
    Asoutullo
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    I reserved dining at this restaurant to celebrate my one year anniversary with my fiancé. We were immediately seated once we arrived. The server was very prompt to take our order. The seafood dishes were all fresh and tasted delicious. We definitely recommend this restaurant.
    Special Features:
    special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • my fave!
    tinab
    Dined on 7/7/2014
    river oyster has been one of favorite restuarants in mismi since it opened.. It's always my first choice.. The cobia sashimi is beyond yumm & the whole snapper is a treat, but I always save a little room for their fantastic desserts too!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great meal
    CG2013VIP
    Dined on 7/7/2014
    Dined with a client and we both thought it was excellent. Really fresh fish and oysters. The food all was well-prepared and delicious. Good service, too. We will go back. Make sure you go before 7 for 1/2 price oysters and happy hour specials!
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • romantic
    restaurantcritic
    Dined on 7/5/2014
    No matter the occasion it seemed all the patrons were celebrating something different and they all were having a great time. The food was amazing and they accommodated my evening while I delivered a marriage proposal. I used to live in Miami and to come back and experience this was perfect.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Oysters Gallore!
    tinman1970VIP
    Dined on 7/5/2014
    River Oyster Bar has become a monthly staple for us. We LOVE the atmosphere, and the food is even better… and if you have the chance, get there for happy hour and enjoy $5 wines and 1/2 off the oyster selection. And don't be afraid of the house wine… my wife and I enjoy their house cabernet sauvignon (Dante). It's great for the price. Also, this is a great place for those of you who want to eat organic. The beef selections are grass fed, as well as some of the other red meats. This time we also tried the panna cotta for dessert… DELICIOUS! You can't go wrong here at the River Oyster House in Brickell!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.