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About Rive Bistro

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.

299 Riverside Ave
Westport, CT 06807
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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

Dress Code:
Smart Casual

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(203) 557-8049

Website:
http://www.rivebistro.com/

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.

Private Party Contact:
Eric Sierra: (877) 635-6064

Additional:
Banquet, Bar Dining, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Fireplace, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Rive Bistro Ratings and Reviews

5
4
3
2
1

4.5

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.4

service

4.4

ambience

4.5

value

4.1

Noise

Moderate

97% would recommend it to a friend

Waterfront (28)
Scenic View (22)
Great for Outdoor Dining (16)
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Good for a Date (15)
Romantic (14)
Fit for Foodies (14)
Neighborhood Gem (13)
Good for Birthdays (11)
Casual (11)
Cozy (10)
Quiet Conversation (10)
Special Occasion (10)
Great for Lunch (10)
Creative Cuisine (8)
Worth the Drive (8)
Business Meals (7)
Good for Anniversaries (6)
Authentic (6)
Bar Seating (6)
Great for Brunch (6)
Fun (6)
Comfort Food (5)
Local Ingredients (5)
Pre/post Theatre (5)
Seasonal (5)
Healthy (5)
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Kid-friendly (2)
Disabled Access (2)
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Hot Spot (2)
People Watching (2)
Late-night Find (1)
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 (New York Area)·Dined 6 days ago

Great food, great ambiance, great service, great view.

Tags: Scenic View, Fun, Worth the Drive, Sunday Lunch, Business Meals, Neighborhood Gem, Quiet Conversation
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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 3, 2017

Always a favorite. The service is always pleasant and professional. Their cocktails are very good, especially the Rive Gimlet. Rive is my favorite restaurant to dine on fish. No one does is better. The view and the outside patio is a huge bonus. The indoor fireplace is very cozy on a cold evening. The bar has a nice vibe to enjoy a cocktail and some appetizers.

Rive has become a yearly Christmas Eve tradition. I only wish they made souffles!

Tags: Late-night Find, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Birthdays, Gluten Free Options, Great for Outdoor Dining, Handcrafted Cocktails, Quiet Conversation, Waterfront
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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 2, 2017

Loved eating out on the heated porch. Best appetizers around. Can't wait to go back.

Tags: Casual, Great for Outdoor Dining, Quiet Conversation, Creative Cuisine, Quick Bite, Waterfront, Fit for Foodies, Scenic View, Worth the Drive
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on November 29, 2017

We have always enjoyed our experience but this time it was noisy and unattentive service because of a crowd.

Tags: Scenic View, Bar Seating, Great for Brunch
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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 25, 2017

My greatest disappointment was that the cheese fondue came as a glumpy mass of cheese in a cute fondue pot but it was lit by a votive light that did not produce enough heat to keep the mixture at a proper heat level so the texture became inedible relatively quickly. The greatest disappointment was that I expressed this to our waiter and asked that he let management and the kitchen staff know and no one came over to our table and no adjustment was made to our bill. The dish was inedible after about 5 minutes at our table and it was more expensive than at other venues in Fairfield County! Really! Shows staff is not concerned about the quality of the dining experience at their restaurant and we were frequent diners at that venue! Most disappointing!

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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 25, 2017

Absolutely great experience here. It was my parent's 30th wedding anniversary and they were so great to us. I called ahead to ask them to write "happy anniversary" on my parent's dessert and it came out lovely. My mom was so surprised. The ambience was great as well. All of the family enjoyed the food- parents ordered the burger and steak. They both stated they would order it again. My sister ordered the mussels for main course and they came out with so much! Good servings.

Tags: Healthy, Seasonal, Good for a Date, Romantic, Worth the Drive, Scenic View, Bar Seating
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food5
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·Dined on November 23, 2017

Excellent meal for Thanksgiving. The service was quite good and the food was excellent as it has been every time we have been there.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Worth the Drive, Romantic, Good for a Date, Cozy, Business Meals, Waterfront
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 (New England)·Dined on November 23, 2017

Very pleasant surroundings, well prepared food, attentive but not intrusive service. All in all, very enjoyable evening meal.

Tags: Cozy, Waterfront, Romantic, Comfort Food
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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 19, 2017

A nice enough restaurant
Waiter staff excellent
Cowuille St Jacques very good
Mussels great!
Trout so so

Tags: Scenic View
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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 11, 2017

We love Rive Bistro. Great location on the river. Excellent food, Tables not too close together. Can get noisy, however.

Tags: Disabled Access, Waterfront, Fun, Special Occasion, Neighborhood Gem
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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 11, 2017

Everything was perfect! Thank you so much!!

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·Dined on November 10, 2017

I thought it was a great restaurant with excellent service by a waiter that spoke French. There were people who spoke French fluently in the restaurant which indicates that the cuisine was authentic. Everything tasted great. Will be back.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Scenic View, Quiet Conversation, Creative Cuisine, Waterfront, Business Meals
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on November 6, 2017

disappointing - the restaurant site accepted my reservation, but was closed. no explanation - just a sign on the door saying closed until 5pm

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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 4, 2017

Always excellent. The food never disappoints and the wait staff is always friendly and efficient.

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, Hot Spot, Scenic View, Fun
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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 29, 2017

Loved it. Haven't had comparable French food since I lived there. The Coquille St Jacques and Escargot are exactly how I remember them being in France. Large portions, lovely French waiter.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 21, 2017

Always an enjoyable experience; food was great, wait staff was very attentive and table overlooking the Saugatuck is always great atmosphere. A great time!

Tags: Good for a Date, Good for Groups, Cozy, Romantic
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·Dined on October 21, 2017

Beautiful quiet setting with delicious food and great staff

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date, Quiet Conversation, Great for Brunch, Great for Outdoor Dining
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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 19, 2017

Really fun place with live music, but not too loud. Very good food and small plates for a fun night out with the girls. I’ll bring my husband the next time.

Tags: Casual, Local Ingredients, Tasting Menu, Fun
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on October 13, 2017

We arrived Friday early afternoon. I’m 64 and we were the youngest people having lunch. We have been to Rive Bistro dozens of times. Being one of the few restaurants on the water in Westport makes it a special place. The food is generally good ....service is generally good ....today’s lunch was not so good.
Salmon burger tasted like old fish, leaked on my hands and the smell was awful.
I politely told our server at check out -not to offer this to others guests today. She was polite and said ...come back another time and we will take care of you.

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on October 12, 2017

Rive Bistro never disappoints. And this recent occasion was even better. Every one put their meal in Top 5 for past year.

Tags: Authentic, Great for Outdoor Dining, Neighborhood Gem, Creative Cuisine, Waterfront, Fit for Foodies, Scenic View, Romantic
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vip
 (Naples)·Dined on October 10, 2017

Food is consistently good French. Best onion soup ever!!

Tags: Bar Seating, Great for Outdoor Dining, Good for a Date
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vip
 (Naples)·Dined on October 2, 2017

We went for a friends birthday celebration. 5 women. It worked out really well. It was a Monday night so not really busy. It also happened to be restaurant week so we all ate from that menu and it was all wonderful. Coconut cake was fantastic- and they put a candle in for our friend. All in all a great evening and meal.

Tags: Cozy, Neighborhood Gem, Quiet Conversation, Seasonal, Handcrafted Cocktails, Great for Lunch, Waterfront, Bar Seating, Good for Birthdays, Scenic View, Casual
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food5
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on October 1, 2017

Salmon was grilled perfectly and the green salad was fresh and crisp. Lunch was delicious!

Tags: Healthy, Good for a Date, Great for Brunch
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 (Adelaide / SA)·Dined on September 23, 2017

Very enjoyable with great service and delicious food.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Great for Brunch
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 (New England)·Dined on September 23, 2017

Friends birthday

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on September 12, 2017

Rive Bistro has always been our favorite to go to when we are in the area. The food is great, the ambiance is quiet, the music is perfect. I have the Lamb bolognese, and it was great and so was my Foie Gras :) We'll be back :)

Tags: Waterfront, Notable Wine List, Good for a Date, Healthy, Special Occasion
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 (New York Area)·Dined on September 10, 2017

Very nice but a little loud. Acoustics are not great in there

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on September 5, 2017

The setting is very nice on a beautiful day. We sat outside by the water. However, the food, both on my first visit and now on my second, was mediocre. My salad was a bit mushy with its dressing, although the salmon was cooked to order and good. Perhaps the dressing was too heavy for the salad? It lacked freshness.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on August 28, 2017

Rive Bistro has become our favorite lunch spot in Westport.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Waterfront, Casual
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on August 26, 2017

What a pleasant surprise. Classic dishes done with a culinary flair not seen in many local restaurants. Nice views as well. The salmon tartare was excellent. I will be back.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Waterfront, Great for Outdoor Dining, Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date, Special Occasion
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 (New York Area)·Dined on August 25, 2017

Food was fabulous! Sat outdoors on a beautiful evening and enjoyed a fabulous dinner with friends. A little pricy, but the quality was worth it!

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 (New York Area)·Dined on August 23, 2017

We took our daugter to celebrate her 12th birthday - special occasion. The food is outstanding. We shared the grilled artichoke hearts appetizer which was delicous and fresh and completely different preparation than we had seen before. My main course was fish with whipped rutabagas. I could have eaten all of it for days - so great. perfect cook. My daughter's steak was also exactly perfect cook. The service is friendly and light-hearted; the cockatils were creative. But above all, the view is lovely - so calming and beautiful - always ask to sit by the windows!

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Great for Lunch, Romantic, Good for a Date
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 (New York Area)·Dined on August 22, 2017

Food and service are excellent. Delightful setting. Always consistent!

Tags: Great for Lunch, Pre/post Theatre, Waterfront, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Toronto)·Dined on August 17, 2017

Always friendly staff and great french food. The setting and outdoor dining area by the river is fantastic

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Scenic View, Casual, Bar Seating, Cozy, Waterfront, Great for Outdoor Dining
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on August 14, 2017

The food and atmosphere were fabulous- The scallops were cooked perfectly! Very attentive service personnel without being intrusive. Overall I was very pleased with the overall experience.

Tags: Afternoon Tea, Pre/post Theatre, Great for Outdoor Dining, Fit for Foodies, Romantic, Waterfront, Creative Cuisine
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 (New York Area)·Dined on August 11, 2017

Nice view of river with optional outdoor seating. Classical French with some modern touches that are done well. Quality food, service and execution. You get what you pay for. Recommended

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Worth the Drive, Special Occasion, Business Meals
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 (New York Area)·Dined on August 11, 2017

Food is not worth the money... steak frites is a hangar steak not sirloin! For the price I would have expected a better quality cut. Cold fries warm red wine.. Typical absentee owner place. Sad! Never again.

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 (New England)·Dined on August 10, 2017

Rive Bistro is always enjoyable. The atmosphere, staff and food make this a favorite place to dine.

Tags: Comfort Food, Fit for Foodies, Romantic, Waterfront
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on August 9, 2017

Lovely view, wonderful service, good food...what more could you want?

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on August 5, 2017

I found that my seafood soup was very tasty and a hearty portion However, the rigatoni pasta with the lamb "Bolognese" sauce lacked creativity. In addition the past was overly "Al Dente". I would not have this dish again. While the four of us arrived at 5:00 PM and at times were the only individuals in the restaurant the service was somewhat slow and un-attentive. The view on the Saugatuck (Westport, CT) was very pleasant,

Tags: Seasonal, Creative Cuisine, Local Ingredients
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