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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
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1

4.5

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.6

service

4.4

ambience

4.5

value

4.1

Noise

Moderate

98% would recommend it to a friend

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 (New York Area)·Dined 4 days ago

Lovely dinner spot.

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vip
 (New England)·Dined 4 days ago

Waiter poured wine in the water glass (which had water), then charged for an additional glass.

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food3
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 (New York Area)·Dined on February 11, 2018

Great drinks, love the cheese fondue and they actually had a wonderful bottle of organic wine. That's usually hard to find.

Tags: Organic, Quick Bite, Handcrafted Cocktails, Late-night Find, Fun, Notable Wine List
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 (New York Area)·Dined on February 9, 2018

Everything was excellent

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 (New York Area)·Dined on February 8, 2018

We had a very lovely dinner on Thursday evening. Service was excellent as was the food. We really enjoyed the musicians on that evening ... great music but in an understated sound level appropriate for dining!

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on February 4, 2018

We were a group of 8 who dined at Rive Bistro for our annual Super Bowl Sunday brunch. The food was delicious, service was very welcoming and friendly, attentive but not rushed...in a word, perfect, thanks to Ashley and the servers. Our round table was perfect located in a spot with a view of the beautiful Saugatuck River and at the same time private and out of the fray. A very memorable experience for our entire group! Thanks to all and keep up the great work!

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food5
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service5
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on January 30, 2018

Snowy day, very quiet .. service was charming and food delicious.

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food5
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service5
value3

 
 (New York Area)·Dined on January 27, 2018

Often visited, never disappointed. Perfect! Friendly staff!

Tags: Authentic, Great for Outdoor Dining, Bar Seating, Waterfront
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on January 20, 2018

On a Sat night, the restaurant was hopping but we were seated at our 8 pm reservation! Personable waitstaff, table was perfect for the 4 of us! We were never rushed! Food was perfect- escargot, onion soup, salads, branzino, scallops, pork shank and a duck entree were wonderful- thank you!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Great for Outdoor Dining
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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 29, 2017

Food is excellent - particularly the fish preparations, outlook on the river is nice during the day and the space is cozy winter evenings with the fireplace.

Tags: Good for a Date, Cozy, Creative Cuisine
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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 28, 2017

Pork shank was terrific and the gratin superb.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 27, 2017

Rive Bistro is one of my favorite restaurants in the area. Came in with a friend to celebrate her birthday and was not disappointed! Food and service were great as usual!!

Tags: Great for Lunch, Authentic, Fit for Foodies, Waterfront, Business Meals, Scenic View, Good for a Date
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on December 24, 2017

We went to Rive Bistro with our family for Christmas Eve dinner. The atmosphere was festive. The food and service were terrific.

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on December 24, 2017

Excellent as usual. Food, drinks and service are always good. We were here for Christmas Eve but have been here several times before just because it is so good.

Tags: Seasonal, Special Occasion, Creative Cuisine, Local Ingredients, Scenic View, Waterfront
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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 24, 2017

Perfect evening with seating along the water, great food, impeccable service, diverse menu, quiet atmosphere. Highly recommended.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Casual, Romantic, Worth the Drive, Quiet Conversation, Great for Outdoor Dining, Waterfront, Sunday Lunch, Scenic View, Good for a Date
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 (Milwaukee)·Dined on December 20, 2017

Simply one of my favorite restaurants. I meet my friends there regularly.

Tags: Quick Bite, Special Occasion, Cozy, Healthy, Scenic View, Good for Birthdays
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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 16, 2017

Very friendly waiter. We lingered a while for our dinner and at no point did they try to rush us out of there. Food was wonderful.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Authentic, Healthy, Good for Anniversaries, Great for Brunch, Good for a Date, Good for Groups, Handcrafted Cocktails, Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays, Notable Wine List, Waterfront
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food5
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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 9, 2017

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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 (Phoenix)·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 22, 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 18, 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 10, 2017

Everything was perfect! Thank you so much!!

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 (New York Area)·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 3, 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 28, 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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vip
 (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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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 20, 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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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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