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Rive Bistro

4.4
4.4
456 Reviews
$30 and under
French

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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  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    French

  • Hours of operation

    Mon - Tue: 11:30 am - 3:00 pm, 4:30 pm - 9:00 pm
    Wed - Thu: 11:30 am - 3:00 pm, 4:30 pm - 9:30 pm
    Fri: 11:30 am- 3:00 pm, 4:30 pm - 10:30 pm
    Sat: 11:30 am - 10:30 pm
    Sun: 11:30 am - 9:00 pm
    Sunday Brunch: 11:30 am to 3:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (203) 557-8049

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Smart Casual

  • Executive chef

    Eric Sierra

  • Private party facilities

    A quaint, elegant and sophisticated restaurant overlooking the Saugatuck River. We offer three distinct rooms perfect for special celebrations and corporate events.

  • Neighborhood

    Westport

  • Parking details

    Private Lot

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar Dining, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Indoor Fireplace, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Menu

Appetizers

  • Mousse de Foie Gras$22.00

    brioche toast, fig marmalade

    • Lobster & Crab Meat Croquettes$18.00

      zesty remoulade

      • Potato Leek Soup$10.00

        chive crème fraiche

        • Kale & Radicchio Caesar Salad$12.00

          parmesan crisp, polenta croutons

          • Escargot & Mushroom Casserole$14.00

            puff pastry

            • Mixed Greens Salad with Fried Goat Cheese$14.00

              marinated tomatoes, walnuts, champagne dressing

              Entrees

              • Grilled Salmon$28.00

                potato puree, sautéed spinach, sorrel sauce

                • Chicken Breast$26.00

                  potato puree, spring vegetables, wild mushroom sauce

                  • Duck Breast a L' Orange$36.00

                    potato gratin, roasted brussels sprouts

                    • Filet Mignon Rossini$38.00

                      foie gras, sautéed fingerling potatoes, haricot vert, black truffle sauce

                      • Branzino a la Plancha$32.00

                        saffron risotto, citrus beurre blanc

                        • Rigatoni with Vegetable Ragout$24.00

                          parmigiano reggiano

                          Desserts

                          • Mousse Trio$8.00

                            white chocolate, dark chocolate, raspberry

                            • Coconut Cake$8.00

                              chocolate sauce

                              • French Apple Tart$8.00

                                vanilla ice cream

                                • Fresh Fruit with Sabayon$10.00

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                                  What 456 people are saying

                                  Overall ratings and reviews

                                  4.4
                                  4.4 based on all time ratings
                                  • 4.4Food
                                  • 4.3Service
                                  • 4.4Ambience
                                  • 4.1Value

                                  NoiseModerate

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                                  1. M

                                    Mary

                                    New York Area

                                    9 reviews

                                    vip
                                    4.0

                                    9 reviews

                                    Reviewed on May 25, 2019

                                    overall4foodserviceambience

                                    Terrific food in a relaxed picturesque setting on the water.

                                  2. BB

                                    BarryB

                                    New York Area

                                    2 reviews

                                    4.0

                                    2 reviews

                                    Dined on December 25, 2018

                                    overall4food4service4ambience4

                                    We've had breakfast, lunch and now Christmas Eve dinner here and it's a very nice place to dine. The price was pretty good too!

                                  3. KV

                                    KitV

                                    Tampa

                                    1 review

                                    5.0

                                    1 review

                                    Dined on December 25, 2018

                                    overall5food5service4ambience5

                                    Fantastic spot for a wonderful Christmas Eve dinner. The Prix Fixe menu was creative and reasonably priced. Very special

                                  4. LP

                                    LeslieP19

                                    New York Area

                                    2 reviews

                                    1.0

                                    2 reviews

                                    Reviewed on December 11, 2018

                                    overall1foodserviceambience

                                    Avoid Rive Bistro!!!! Based on multiple visits with 2 guests, 4 guests, and party of 10 : the management is rude and arrogant, the service is abysmal (we had to get up and find someone to order drinks, get menus, order food, get water, have dinner plates cleared, get dessert menus, and more), the staff was belligerent to my vegan guest (who called in advance to make sure they had options - but they refused to accommodate her once we were there), the food is mediocre and uneven. The beautiful setting is NOT worth the hassle of being poorly treated!!!!

                                  5. BB

                                    BonnieB

                                    New York Area

                                    8 reviews

                                    5.0

                                    8 reviews

                                    Dined on December 7, 2018

                                    overall5food4service5ambience5

                                    Always a delight to eat at this restaurant. Lunch was very good. I would say that the beet salad was bland and the goat cheese should've been at room temperature.

                                  6. J

                                    Jason

                                    Philadelphia

                                    5 reviews

                                    vip
                                    5.0

                                    5 reviews

                                    Dined on December 6, 2018

                                    overall5food5service5ambience5

                                    Fist time at Rive Bistro and it exceeded my expectations on every level! Great food and service. I look forward to returning in the near future!

                                  7. d

                                    doug

                                    New York Area

                                    16 reviews

                                    5.0

                                    16 reviews

                                    Dined on December 1, 2018

                                    overall5food5service5ambience5

                                    Not much to add to all the other reviews. My date and I are very choosy when it comes to fine dining. We'll definitely be back to Rive Bistro.

                                  8. ES

                                    ElizabethS

                                    San Francisco

                                    2 reviews

                                    4.0

                                    2 reviews

                                    Dined on November 28, 2018

                                    overall4food4service4ambience4

                                    Lovely spot on the river. Very good food. Excellent service. It was a quiet night on a Wednesday. It is also great for lunch.

                                  9. MC

                                    MCHMCH

                                    New York Area

                                    1 review

                                    4.0

                                    1 review

                                    Dined on November 24, 2018

                                    overall4food4service4ambience4

                                    My family has been going to Rive Bistro for many years. My Mother and I have brunch there almost every weekend. It is a personal place. The staff knows us and we know them. It is a wonderful feeling. We love to look at the river and all it various users - both human and avian. The friendly atmosphere is totally refreshing. We are always happy to be there.

                                  10. 3

                                    3ladiesdining

                                    New England

                                    34 reviews

                                    vip
                                    5.0

                                    34 reviews

                                    Dined on November 23, 2018

                                    overall5food5service5ambience4

                                    Never disappointed at Rive! The food and service are truly authentic. Wonderful specials - the branzino was awesome. Escargot always delightful and very generous foie gras portion. Just need to turn the heat on when it's cold outside!

                                  11. l

                                    loisn

                                    New York Area

                                    5 reviews

                                    3.0

                                    5 reviews

                                    Dined on November 22, 2018

                                    overall3food3service3ambience3

                                    We eat here often and love the food and menu. Went for Thanksgiving and was disappointed that they did not have their regular menu which we were expecting. Didn't particularly like the choices of food offered on the special menu. Wish I had known ahead of time. Also, no vegetarian dished offered other than a salad. They did make a pasta dish for our vegetarian guest.

                                  12. u

                                    ultraguy

                                    New York Area

                                    27 reviews

                                    5.0

                                    27 reviews

                                    Dined on November 22, 2018

                                    overall5food5service5ambience5

                                    The grilled salmon and steak and frites were cooked to perfection. Even the espresso was especially good. The riverside view is always relaxing and special.

                                  13. P

                                    Pippin

                                    New York Area

                                    2 reviews

                                    5.0

                                    2 reviews

                                    Dined on November 18, 2018

                                    overall5food5service5ambience4

                                    We enjoyed a delicious brunch. Service was excellent. Especially liked that we were not rushed, and allowed to linger over coffee once done eating. A bit pricey, so would consider for a special occasion .

                                  14. J

                                    Jimbo

                                    New York Area

                                    20 reviews

                                    vip
                                    5.0

                                    20 reviews

                                    Dined on November 15, 2018

                                    overall5food5service5ambience5

                                    Never disappoints. Specials always terrific. Can’t beat the view

                                  15. MB

                                    MisterB

                                    New York Area

                                    12 reviews

                                    vip
                                    5.0

                                    12 reviews

                                    Dined on November 10, 2018

                                    overall5food5service5ambience5

                                    One of our favorite local places. Consistently good food, comfortable, friendly place to go for dinner.

                                  16. P

                                    Pierrot283

                                    New York Area

                                    1 review

                                    5.0

                                    1 review

                                    Dined on November 7, 2018

                                    overall5food5service5ambience5

                                    They paid attention, but absolutely gave my party time to talk. Service was excellent.

                                  17. ON

                                    OutNabout

                                    New York Area

                                    9 reviews

                                    5.0

                                    9 reviews

                                    Dined on November 3, 2018

                                    overall5food5service5ambience5

                                    Warm, wonderful atmosphere with excellent French food. A real find in Westport

                                  18. s

                                    shardef

                                    New York Area

                                    13 reviews

                                    4.0

                                    13 reviews

                                    Dined on November 3, 2018

                                    overall4food4service3ambience4

                                    We went with another couple for a special occasion. I chose the restaurant because I wanted to impress our guests. I think that the restaurant succeeded admirably at that! Everything is just far enough to feel unique and interesting but approachable enough to feel welcoming.

                                  19. L

                                    Leeny

                                    New York Area

                                    50 reviews

                                    vip
                                    3.0

                                    50 reviews

                                    Dined on October 31, 2018

                                    overall3food5service2ambience5

                                    Wonderful restaurant..good food...off day on service...the service was inefficient, and extremely slow...restaurant about half full..did not seem to be enough servers..perhaps a contributing factor but unexceptable. Will try once more ..maybe just a fluke

                                  20. E

                                    Excellent

                                    New York Area

                                    61 reviews

                                    vip
                                    4.0

                                    61 reviews

                                    Dined on October 30, 2018

                                    overall4food4service5ambience4

                                    Never fails. Food is always delicious. New Fall menu. Wait staff always friendly and helpful. A frequent stop for us.

                                  21. c

                                    carrie

                                    Naples

                                    13 reviews

                                    5.0

                                    13 reviews

                                    Dined on October 29, 2018

                                    overall5food5service5ambience5

                                    outstanding......staff and owner wonderful and food it always fabulous My favorite!!!

                                  22. BB

                                    BenB

                                    New York Area

                                    15 reviews

                                    vip
                                    5.0

                                    15 reviews

                                    Dined on October 27, 2018

                                    overall5food5service5ambience5

                                    The food was delicious, the service friendly and efficient and the view is terrific, overlooking The Saugatuck River.

                                  23. OT

                                    OpenTable Diner

                                    New York Area

                                    5 reviews

                                    vip
                                    5.0

                                    5 reviews

                                    Dined on October 26, 2018

                                    overall5food5service5ambience5

                                    wonderful for a business lunch, will do it again in the near future

                                  24. PS

                                    PaulS

                                    1 review

                                    3.0

                                    1 review

                                    Dined on October 23, 2018

                                    overall3food3service3ambience2

                                    The view of the water is great. The chairs are rock hard and uncomfortable. The onion soup and the escargots were wonderful. The duck tastes terrible-and is expensive at $32. Why cook duck breast like a thick steak and make it rare? It taste like bad steak. Why not cook a traditional duck breast(preferably with countreau, orange sauce and wild rice) and make it crisp? Duck is not steak. The service is fair-the duck arrived before I finished my onion soup and the wine never arrived with the duck(as requested) until I asked again for it. To its credit, once I asked the boss to turn off the terrible loud Elvis Presley music(In a restaurant where the acerage dinner check is over $80 per person with tip), he changed to French music which was quieter and much better-classical would be best). Paul Sarno

                                  25. RZ

                                    RichardZ

                                    New York Area

                                    1 review

                                    5.0

                                    1 review

                                    Dined on October 19, 2018

                                    overall5food5service5ambience5

                                    This restaurant has it all and more. Great location, wonderful staff, excellent food and a wonderful location.

                                  26. PE

                                    PaulE

                                    1 review

                                    4.0

                                    1 review

                                    Dined on October 17, 2018

                                    overall4food4service3ambience4

                                    Rive Bistro is a place we keep coming back to for special evenings with friends and family. We love the location on the river and the French vibe. The food is always very good and we seem to end up closing the place down as it is very comfortable to hang out and chat. In summer, the outdoor patio is perfect for lunch and dinner too. We appreciate it as a nice experience with a noise level that allows us to have a conversation.

                                  27. P

                                    Peggy

                                    New York Area

                                    11 reviews

                                    5.0

                                    11 reviews

                                    Dined on October 16, 2018

                                    overall5food5service5ambience5

                                    Lovely spot. Our waiter was French and very, very good. Our food was delicious and authentic French cuisine. Would highly recommend it.

                                  28. AR

                                    AnnieR

                                    New England

                                    8 reviews

                                    5.0

                                    8 reviews

                                    Dined on October 14, 2018

                                    overall5food5service5ambience5

                                    Fabulous brunch, not too many options but just enough and I always believe restaurants who offer a million things can never do any one thing well. Terrific variety of options and not overwhelming. Lovely professional servers. Loved our brunch.

                                  29. BB

                                    BuffaloBill

                                    New York Area

                                    11 reviews

                                    1.0

                                    11 reviews

                                    Dined on October 13, 2018

                                    overall1food5service5ambience3

                                    Excellent food and service! A bit on the pricey side. Terrific pear salad and fantastic brie-fig crostini. Delicious crab cakes. Attentive service. However, after a spend of nearly USD200 for two they denied Open Table points - zippo, none. STAY AWAY!!

                                  30. S

                                    Sandylou

                                    Naples

                                    23 reviews

                                    vip
                                    5.0

                                    23 reviews

                                    Dined on October 10, 2018

                                    overall5food5service4ambience5

                                    The food is always excellent at Rive Bistro, from the appetizers and salads to the entrees and desserts. The most recent time we were there was during Restaurant Week. We got a 3 course delicious meal for $35!

                                  31. m

                                    maggiedinesout

                                    Charlotte

                                    30 reviews

                                    5.0

                                    30 reviews

                                    Dined on October 6, 2018

                                    overall5food4service5ambience5

                                    We love this restaurant! Consistently good classic French Bistro food and great wine selection. Service is always attentive but not overbearing. Beautiful location on the Saugatuck River. Hard to beat!

                                  32. g

                                    ggarv4

                                    New York Area

                                    16 reviews

                                    vip
                                    4.0

                                    16 reviews

                                    Dined on October 5, 2018

                                    overall4food5service3ambience4

                                    The restaurant and food were great! We did sit at the bar before dinner for a cocktail and the bartender was less than friendly. never greeeted us, leaned against the back of the bar and just said- do you want a drink? no personality and not friendly. It was not a great first impression of the restaurant.

                                  33. JG

                                    JerryG

                                    New England

                                    2 reviews

                                    5.0

                                    2 reviews

                                    Dined on September 29, 2018

                                    overall5food5service5ambience5

                                    We had a table riverside, which was fantastic. Food was excellent; branzino was marvelous! Definitely would recommend.

                                  34. OT

                                    OpenTable Diner

                                    New England

                                    2 reviews

                                    vip
                                    5.0

                                    2 reviews

                                    Dined on September 29, 2018

                                    overall5food5service5ambience5

                                    Great food and experience overall, will be back during the day to enjoy the view!

                                  35. E

                                    Excellent

                                    New York Area

                                    61 reviews

                                    vip
                                    4.0

                                    61 reviews

                                    Dined on September 26, 2018

                                    overall4food5service5ambience5

                                    Wonderful lunch for six. Delicious food. Excellent service. Rive Bistro is a consistently fine choice.

                                  36. WC

                                    WilliamC

                                    Exclusive

                                    1 review

                                    5.0

                                    1 review

                                    Dined on September 24, 2018

                                    overall5food5service5ambience5

                                    Loved the luncheon!! Ambiance was perfect for a birthday celebration!!!!

                                  37. LI

                                    LISAJ

                                    New York Area

                                    3 reviews

                                    5.0

                                    3 reviews

                                    Dined on September 23, 2018

                                    overall5food4service5ambience5

                                    Enjoyed a delicious dinner in a lovely setting - had a seat near the window so we could see the river. Began the evening with a beautifully made pomegranate martini. Followed that with the beet and goat cheese salad - pleasing to the eye and the palate. The main course of shrimp risotto with spinach did not disappoint (luckily, I also had ample leftovers to take home for dinner the next night). And the crepe dessert with hazelnut ice cream and caramel sauce was the perfect ending to the meal. Will most certainly be back.

                                  38. M

                                    Mattie

                                    New York Area

                                    22 reviews

                                    5.0

                                    22 reviews

                                    Dined on September 14, 2018

                                    overall5food5service5ambience5

                                    Very pleasant! Very good food and service! .Did not feel rushed at all.

                                  39. C

                                    Chris1

                                    Charlotte

                                    59 reviews

                                    vip
                                    5.0

                                    59 reviews

                                    Dined on September 14, 2018

                                    overall5food5service5ambience5

                                    Was here with 2 friends for lunch. Very nice I had the trout almondine quite delicious wth green beans,carrots an FF. Very nice wait service was good sat at a table outside on the water. Nice atmosphere, the apple tart was especially good. Would recommend, unfortunately I am from out if town, will go again next time back in area.

                                  40. D

                                    Doug

                                    1 review

                                    4.0

                                    1 review

                                    Dined on September 5, 2018

                                    overall4food4service5ambience4

                                    Excellent service....took a long time for drinks to arrive. I shall put you on my regular restaurant list

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                                  • Neighborhood

                                    Westport

                                  • Hours of operation

                                    Mon - Tue: 11:30 am - 3:00 pm, 4:30 pm - 9:00 pm
                                    Wed - Thu: 11:30 am - 3:00 pm, 4:30 pm - 9:30 pm
                                    Fri: 11:30 am- 3:00 pm, 4:30 pm - 10:30 pm
                                    Sat: 11:30 am - 10:30 pm
                                    Sun: 11:30 am - 9:00 pm
                                    Sunday Brunch: 11:30 am to 3:00 pm

                                  • Cuisines

                                    French

                                  • Dining style

                                    Casual Dining

                                  • Dress code

                                    Smart Casual

                                  • Parking details

                                    Private Lot

                                  • Payment options

                                    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

                                  • Executive chef

                                    Eric Sierra

                                  • Additional

                                    Banquet, Bar Dining, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Indoor Fireplace, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

                                  • Phone number

                                    (203) 557-8049

                                  • Private party facilities

                                    A quaint, elegant and sophisticated restaurant overlooking the Saugatuck River. We offer three distinct rooms perfect for special celebrations and corporate events.

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