River: A Waterfront Restaurant & Bar
River: A Waterfront Restaurant & Bar features Prime Steaks and fabulously prepared Italian food, including house-made fresh pasta, wood-fired artisanal pizzas, locally-sourced seafood, and beautifully handcrafted desserts.
- Surfaces sanitized between seatings
- Common areas deep cleaned daily
- Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
- Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
- Contactless payment available
- Sealed or wrapped utensils used
- Limited number of seated diners
- Distancing maintained in common areas
- Extra space between tables
- Waitstaff wear masks
- Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
- Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
Love the heated deck for outdoor dining and views of the river. Food was excellent. The only reason I gave 4 stars was that some of the dishes had a little more butter than I typically like. But flavors were wonderful, portions were ample, and some people in our group loved the richer flavor of a bit more butter so would have rated the food a 5. We will be back.
This was my third time here but my husband’s first time. We were greeted with 2 glasses of complimentary champagne for our anniversary! It was so sweet! I have always had a good meal but my husband’s seafood linguini was out of this world! His comment- “I want to literally lick my plate clean.” We can wait to go back!
First time customer. Waitress read off the evening specials, unfortunately she messed up the prices and played dumb when brought to her attention after we got the bill. The Scallop potatoes on the special came out solid as a rock, when we asked the waitress if that is how they were intended to be served, she said yes and once again played dumb. As a local town resident it is very unfortunate i will not waste my money here again.
The turkey dinners were very tasty but not served warm enough…I’m sure that is a byproduct of making so many dinners that day. Will try the place again for sure.
My family enjoyed a fantastic meal to celebrate our Thanksgiving and the service from Thomas was impeccable. The only down side was that the view was somewhat stark…after all it is the end of November,,,but I will definitely be returning. A splendid evening.
It was a very nice choice for Thanksgiving. They had four menu options in addition to turkey.
When we drove into the parking lot of the office building where River is located we weren’t sure whether we were in the right place. The restaurant is through the lobby to the rear of the building and it’s definitely worth the trip. The interior has a spacious feeling and the heated deck overlooking the river is terrific. The service was friendly and prompt, and their kitchen was amazingly fast. The menu for Thanksgiving was limited (and we had already decided on meals from the regular menu online) but we were not disappointed in our selections… a NY Strip and Asiago-crusted Salmon. A delicious NY Cheesecake for dessert was the perfect way complete our holiday meal.
Food was excellent and the owner makes you feel like you’re a guest in her home.
We had a very nice experience at The River on Thanksgiving Day. Our waiter was very friendly and helpful with our dinner choices. The food was great and we couldn't finish it all. We were seated at the windows so we had a view of the river. It was slightly chilly there, but I wouldn't want to be anywhere else. Great time!
I have been to River in the past and have always enjoyed it. Unfortunatley this time it was nothing to write home about. We were sat next to a door leading to the outside patio. With the staff coming/going it was very cold with no option for moving. Due to the holiday, there was limited selections, we selected the turkey dinner. The overall dinner was very salty; with both the turkey and gravey you had to use an extensive amount of pepper to compensate for the salt. If you didn't already have high blood pressure, you left there with it. Our waitress continued to make comments as to calories and weight. Two of my favorites: "I prefer to drink my calories rather than eat them." The dessert one was by far my #1 favorite, when we asked which of the two she recommended. "Oh, I never get dessert, I watch my weight."
I would recommend River but not for any holiday. They are focused on getting the food out and turning the table over for maximum income. They are not focused on quality and overall experience. My guess is, they think most of the customers will not be regular return customers so it does not matter the quality of the food and the overall experience.
We were seated inside but it was pretty chilly even after our waitress stated they had turned up the heat. Three of us had the lobster bisque and it was cold and not very flavorful. Three of us ordered the Thanksgiving Turkey special and one person ordered the salmon but when our meals arrived they served us four turkey meals. When we pointed this out to our waitress she stated she had heard four turkey meals ordered but others in our party heard the salmon order. The waitress offered to get a salmon meal but because everyone else at the table had their meals they chose to keep the turkey meal but no other amends were offered in compensation for the error. Our waitress was good and very accommodating but I felt she should have maybe given the Manager/Owner and heads up regarding the bisque and error in the our meals. This was the four us first visit to River and I really wasn't overly impressed. I might give it another time try next year when the weather is warmer and you can sit outside on the deck overlooking the Connecticut River.
The last few times I've eaten here, the food has been subpar. I ate in the restaurant with my family yesterday and the food took a while to get and the food was barely warm.
Amazing time. Got there around 5:30. Sat outside. Was so warm under the heaters. The moon was full the glistening on the water. Steak was amazing. Cant say enough.
The food and service are absolutely phenomenal. One of the best restaurants I have ever been to.
Outstanding service and food was superb.
We had a wonderful experience eating outside on the deck on probably the last warm day before Winter. The view of the river is gorgeous and the food was delicious and cooked to perfection. Love the heaters. We will be back!
Service very slow meal arrived well done and had to be sent back.
The ambience of the river view is amazing. The Tuesday steak dinner special ( delicious and generous portions), reasonably priced bottles of wine along with the live dinner music is a bargain.
Reservation was for 3:30 on Sunday. Best time to go. You will have the choice to eat outside or in. Sarah was awesome. We asked many questions and she was very informative. Food was great. The bacon appetizer was a bit fatty but hey, it’s bacon. Would truly recommend it. If you go, ask for Sarah.
Good food, good service, pleasant surroundings good view of the river!
Great food and lovely view of the river! Looking forward to going back again soon.
Excellent restaurant! The staff was friendly and the owner even came around to check on tables! The food was delicious and the view and ambiance was very peaceful!
The restaurant was beautiful and spotlessly clean. The service was excellent. The food was a bit of a let down. Two for the four meals ordered were quiet good however the two pasta dishes were bland. In my chicken entre there was some very strong flavors in the mushrooms while the sauce and chicken had little flavor.
Loved being able to still eat outside even when it's 40 degrees! Awesome view with toasty heaters made for a great anniversary dinner. Even though the heaters work great a warm coat helped keep us very comfortable eating on the deck. Will go back soon!
Food was great as always! Service was awesome and atmosphere is very nice.
Sat outside on the terrace overlooking the river…cool evening but the outdoor heaters were very effective. Service was ok, but the food was good but a bit pricey.
Nice atmosphere-inside or out! Good service. Will be back!
The food and the service were wonderful!! We went early so the sun was still out and the view was great on the river. After the sun went down the lighting on the nearby trees kept the view interesting. We had a great time.
We are regular customers at River. The food is always excellent.
Was a low key and delightful evening. Service was top notch. Food was wonderful. The tuna was perfect, the cream spinach the best I have ever had. Salmon was also wonderful and we were very pleased.
We came for brunch. The food was delicious and the price was very reasonable. We love coming to the River. The restaurant is clean and the view is beautiful.
The deck is very nice even in late October because of the heaters. I found the lobster bisque and steak saltier than my taste prefers.
Excellent experience, we will be going back, out it on your list too!
food was very good, very nice atmosphere, wonderful evening out with friends. the owner stopped at every table. loved the heating outside with amazing decking overlooking the river. we will go again
Very good for brunch. Sat outside on a cool morning and we’re very comfortable with the heaters on.
Food was outstanding and service good. We ate outside and had a fantastic view of the river. Would go again.
The food and the drinks were pretty good!
Sarah our waitress was wonderful and created a great experience!
This is the 2nd time I’ve been here and it was okay. The first time was way better.
Beautiful view. Service was a bit disoriented (i.e., different menus on table with differing option; kitchen unable to commit to making a basic omelet in response to 'two eggs any style').
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River: A Waterfront Restaurant & Bar is rated 4.2 stars by 1809 OpenTable diners.
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Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.