The Riverhead Project

The Riverhead Project

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.theriverheadproject.com/
  • Phone: 6312849300
  • Hours of Operation:
    Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:30am - 4:00pm; Dinner: Sunday - Thursday: 4:00pm - 10:00pm, Friday - Saturday: 4:00pm - 11:00pm (Bar menu available later); Brunch: Sunday: 11:00am - 4:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Contemporary American, Tapas / Small Plates
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Fireplace, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Late Night, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Catering: Please email ask@theriverheadproject.com or call for information.
  • Private Party Facilities: The private dining room and adjoining Vault Bar are available for groups, rehearsal dinners and conferences of up to 28 people. Internet, phone, and data connectivity is included for all business needs. Cocktail events for up to 40 people can also be accommodated.
  • Private Party Contact: Keith Kraus 6312849300
  • Entertainment: Dennis' Fashion Sense.
  • Special Events: Please email ask@theriverheadproject.com or call for information.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Maple Ave
  • Public Transit: LIRR: Riverhead Station (21 W. 2nd St.)

    Bus Line (stops at Riverhead RR): S58, S62, S90, S92, A8.
  • Parking: Private Lot
  • Parking Details: Over 60 parking spots directly adjacent to the building, as well as non-metered street parking.
A word from The Riverhead Project
Located in the District Neighborhood, The Riverhead Project offers American food with ethnic influences in a contemporary setting. TRP is open for lunch, Sunday brunch, and dinner daily, while offering smaller plates in the Lounge & Bar. During warmer months, the patio is open for outdoor dining and casual seating.
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The Riverhead Project reviews from OpenTable diners
88 reviews since May 1, 2014
Overall Rating4
  • Food4.1
    Service3.9
  • Ambiance4
    Noise LevelModerate
84% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (49)special occasion (38)neighborhood gem (34)romantic (24)great for outdoor dining (19)good for groups (15)great for lunch (13)vibrant bar scene (12)hot spot (12)great for brunch (11)late-night find (8)notable wine list (4)Show More
  • RiverheadDestinationVIP
    Dined on 8/28/2014
    tRP has introduced a more moderately priced lunch menu. Smaller portions with all the flavour and style and wonderful presentation of dinner. Now tRP can be a destination for a leisurely lunch, not just a special dinner. Recommended any time of day.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • perfect
    CLok
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    I never write review, but this was so good I have to. My wife and I came out the the Hamptons on Friday and decided to go out for dinner and did not want to wait like we always do for a table somewhere so I checked out Open Table at the last minute and found TRP. I read the reviews and although it was a bit of a ride we decided to try it. About the reviews; they always make me laugh. It is not kid friendly; leave them home and enjoy an adult night out. The portions were fine size (this is not Burger King) and delicious. My wife and I shared our meals. We had oysters - great, crab cakes - delicious for appetizers and duck and scallops for the main meal. The help staff was very attentive and we will go back. (My wife loved her Cosmo.)
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • A wonderful dining experience.
    Italianfoodie
    Dined on 8/20/2014
    The food was beautifully presented and tasted wonderful. My trout was perfectly prepared. We particularly enjoyed a delicious desert appropriately called "Chocolate Mess". The service was excellent.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great find in Riverhead
    JHM1VIP
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    When you first enter TRP you could mistake it for a Manhattan restaurant as it has an urban chic décor. However, the food (and the prices) also reflect what would be an excellent dinner in Manhattan or Riverhead. We had the pork tenderloin which was excellent, and there is a fine wine/cocktail menu as well. A few tables for two are a bit close together, but otherwise you should not be disappointed.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great experience
    Steveb
    Dined on 8/14/2014
    We really enjoyed our dinner at TRP . The staff were all very nice and attentive. The food was well prepared and nicely seasoned. We'll definitely be back and highly recommend this restaurant to everyone.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Delicious!
    Halfpintny
    Dined on 8/13/2014
    We went to The Riverhead Project because I had a Gift Card and it was my wedding anniversary. I work for a law office around the corner and many attorneys go for lunch. My husband and I were very impressed with our dinners. In fact my husband is still raving about how good his bass was! My scallops were cooked perfectly and were delicious. Will definitely be back!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • alylee
    Dined on 8/13/2014
    We went for lunch during the week, restaurant was on the empty side so we hoped the owner who was there would stop by our table to check in. They offer free popcorn at that table when you are seated. It was way over salted. So were the fries that came with my meal, I asked for a new order. Overall we had higher expectations and probably wouldn't make the trip again.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Still wonderful
    jp13
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    We've loved this restaurant from the beginning, it's worth a 45 minute drive for us. We're happy that the new chef is maintaining the high level of quality and inventiveness that we came to expect from TRP.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • lb
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    no review today.........................................................................................................................................................................................................................................
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 8/3/2014
    Good food friendly staff. Just wish servers with long hair kept it up comfortably so they are not constantly swinging their head/hair to get it out of their eyes. Not a big deal just a little distracting.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • NANALEEN
    Dined on 8/3/2014
    Chicken was horrible. Rice and beans on plate were burned. Striped bass dry and unseasoned. Even worse was the fact that waitress never asked how everything was even after she saw plates barely touched. Only one to suggest we should have ordered steak or fried olives was the bus boy while clearing the plates. Explains why there were only two tables filled at 6 P.M. on a Sunday.
    Special Features:
    late-night find
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Exceptional Food & Service
    DandyAndy
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    The food here is amazing. The fried olives are addicting, so is the Lobster Mac n Cheese. Leave room for dessert, which is hard to do. Apple-berry crisp and rice pudding make you wish you could order seconds. Service here is outstanding. Choice of background music was a bit odd- a mix of electronic/industrial/new age-maybe because it was a Saturday night. Overall, a great experience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • 5 of 5
    edram01
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    Very good food, the staff was very pleased around and lastly the place was very clean in its entirety. Congratulations.
    Special Features:
    romantic, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • TRP
    GiovanniPescatore
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    Great experience, as usual! Drinks were perfect, food was excellent, service was professional and the way it should be, personal, at reach, and not over bearing.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • An Unexpected hidden gem TRP
    Balanced
    Dined on 7/25/2014
    What an unexpected beauty in old town Riverhead. Simply great decor, great food and great service. We will be back many times for sure.
    Special Features:
    romantic
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Absolutely delicious
    DBethVIP
    Dined on 7/21/2014
    Lovely restaurant with inventive, imaginative and delicious food. Service was excellent. I'd highly suggest if you're in the area.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great ootential...but size matters!
    Jake
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    To be fair, the quality & service were very good & the decor modern and tasteful. Really liked the cocktails, crab cake & buffalo mozzarella appetizers, all plentiful and delicious. Also, my "rack" of lamb 2 pieces), while not large, was delicious and filling. BUT (size matters), my wife's entree, Lobster Risotto, was shockingly small, a saucer size portion, 1/8 inch in depth. While a small portion of lobster can be expected, this was beyond small. Clearly, adjacent tables were similiarly diappointed. The take away: RESIZE the Risotto portion and if not cost effective charge more $$’s. Don't serve a tiny portion that leaves you stunned and hungry...a real turn off to what otherwise had the potential for a pleasant dining experience.
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  • Great service, tiny portions
    nanimarVIP
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    I've been to Riverhead Project since they opened. It's a beautiful restaurant with outstanding service. The general manager is a gem. My girlfriends and I decided to order an appertizer each and share to main dishes. Steak and the fried chicken (a favorite in the past). We asked how many pieces of chicken their were and were told 3. We said perfect! Well, the pieces were so tiny. It was as if the chicken was cut in 16th's (rather than 8ths). The steak portion was okay. My husband split lamb chops and fried chicken with his friend. If we thought the chicken portion was small, it was HUGE compared to the lamb chops. It seemed that he got the chops but no lamb. Literally, 2 bites and gone. I really don't remember the portions being so tiny.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • First time here
    WoodmomVIP
    Dined on 7/17/2014
    Came mid week and had prix fixe menu. Food was good but not memorable. Nice to see a good restaurant in downtown Riverhead.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • stanleybrowntVIP
    Dined on 7/6/2014
    Within the blocky and rather ugly former bank building is an attractive and sophisticated room. There is also a small, attractive, area to eat outside in good weather. The new chef, Arielle Ferrara, is off to a very good start: We enjoyed delicious curry-flavored mussels, very good striped bass, and a truly amazing tandoori chicken. A number of items remain from menus of previous chefs, notably the "chocolate mess." The service is attentive and friendly, and Dennis McDermott is as ever a charming host
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Delicious food, fun vibe
    TYSFVIP
    Dined on 7/6/2014
    The Riverhead Project has been a winner since they opened. Neat renovated bank that works. Food is delicious, the service is gracious and spot on. Dinner is always a hit, brunch amazing.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • TRP Experience
    RiverheadLocal
    Dined on 7/6/2014
    The service was excellent, the staff really went out of their way to accommodate us and ensure our visit met our expectations. The food was very good. However, the cost is quite a bit pricey, much higher than anticipated. Those prices may work during the tourist summer season but once the weather turns colder and tourists go home, I don't see locals frequenting this restaurant too often. Great place for a special occasion if you want to splurge but unless you are quite wealthy, even happy hour would be too expensive here.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • GooD food, Nice ambience
    Floridaed1VIP
    Dined on 7/5/2014
    Very nice meal, good service and a moderate pricepoint (for a restaurant of this quality). We would de4finitely go back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Very nice and very good
    LCsreview
    Dined on 7/4/2014
    Great food. Nice bar. Would go again when in river head. Try it out you will like it.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • RiverheadDestinationVIP
    Dined on 6/29/2014
    Wonderful food - as always. Well worth a visit. Recommended
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • still great
    jp13
    Dined on 6/28/2014
    The Riverhead Project has a new chef since the last time we were here; we were hoping that it was as good as we remembered, and we were gratified to find that it is. The food, service and ambience make it worth a 45 minute drive for us. this is one of the top restaurants on Long Island.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Good food, good atmosphere
    AramVIP
    Dined on 6/28/2014
    Although the portions are a bit smaller than I would like TRP does a fantastic job with everyday ingredients to create a magical dish. I was truly surprised with both of my dishes.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, late-night find, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • BULLDOG1147
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 6/27/2014
    ENJOYED THE RIVERHEAD PROJECT. I DIDN'T GET MY SIDE DISH WITH MY FOOD. HOWEVER, THE RACK OF LAMB WAS OUTSTANDING.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Nice Restaurant
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 6/27/2014
    Went for an early lunch on a Friday. Took our time were not rushed. Shrimp tostadas delicious. They gave us a wine tasting before we ordered our glasses to be sure we liked it. I would go back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 6/26/2014
    The food was very good but a bit on the pricy side.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • RiverheadDestinationVIP
    Dined on 6/12/2014
    Don't be misled by the exterior that looks like a 60s bad dream. The food is exceptional and the interior stylish and understated. The fried chicken is a stand out - crisp, tender and delicious
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent
    Balanced
    Dined on 6/12/2014
    This place is a gem. excellent food, very unique decor, excellent service. very pleased.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Delicious
    Steph
    Dined on 6/7/2014
    Came to TRP on a last minute weekend escape from the city. I had the steak and my fiancé had the scallops. We also shared the devils food dessert. All dishes were great - my fiancé wished the dessert was larger but I thought with the richness, the size was fine (even to share). I wished they brought bread out before you got your main dish...we were confused and thought they just forgot to give it to us but I think that's their thing. Met the owner and he was very friendly and gave us some background on the Riverhead area. This seems to be a clear choice if you're looking for somewhere nice to go there.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • tRP never fails
    Bill
    Dined on 6/7/2014
    Love TRP, food is always outstanding and the service is top-notch. Glad they finally upped their beer came and started carrying craft brews, especially on draft. However, there are three breweries downtown and not one is available, which is surprising. Also, the available beers lack in diversity of styles, not a single dark beer is available. Lastly, I yern for the day they will not serve my beer in a cold glass. In any event, i'll be back on Friday!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, great for lunch, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Overrated
    Fitter2
    Dined on 6/7/2014
    It was very nice walking in, great ambience... After that all downhill.. The young hostess seemed inexperienced and could barely walk in her 5 inch heels.. I had made specific reservations which clearly were not looked into so we had our table switched... The service was not great.. Were were always looking around for our waitress, whether we had no drink or needed something... The good portions were small.. Make sure you get bread, appetizer, dinner and dessert or you'll go home hungry.. Nothing special about the food.. Would never go back.. It was the new hype in town, too bad it's not better... Hope this helps pull there loose ends together for the sake of Riverhead!!!!
    Special Features:
    late-night find
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Disappointing
    John
    Dined on 6/7/2014
    My wife and I had come here for brunch in the winter and were excited to come back for dinner. What a tremendous disappointment. The food fine....just fine. The service was quite terrible.
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  • OpenTable Diner Since 2009VIP
    Dined on 6/7/2014
    The East End of Long Island is notorious for over-priced restaurants with mediocre food and service. TRP stands out and is a wonderful addition, although not technically on the East End. Very good food, fun mid-century decor and outstanding service. I am allergic to garlic, which was noted on my Open Table reservation. Very, very few restaurants pay much attention to this in advance. Not only did TRP note this, but when I arrived, they placed a fully annotated menu at my place. It showed everything I could or couldn't have. I was blown away. That is truly above and beyond and demonstrates a tremendous commitment to guests. I will definitely be back.
    Special Features:
    special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Food was ok
    Foodies
    Dined on 5/30/2014
    It was hard to select something from menu. Ingredients weren't the best quality. Service was slow. Not child friendly decor was very nice though
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Friendly Get Together
    marcus
    Dined on 5/24/2014
    Food, service and vibe were all great. Had a group of 8 that grew to 10 and they accommodated us with no problem. Ordered several different apps to share and all were great. Everyone loved their entree as well. Had a couple drinks int he lounge area before sitting and the bartender was very helpful with suggestions and brought all our drinks over very quickly. Will be back again soon.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OysterponderVIP
    Dined on 5/23/2014
    TRP is the centerpiece of a reviatalized downtown Riverhead. Food gets better every year with exciting new menu items. Don't miss dessert!!! Clientele is an eclectic mix of North and South Forkers. We go as often as we can.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, great for lunch, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet