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River: A Waterfront Restaurant & Bar, Wethersfield, CT

River: A Waterfront Restaurant & Bar

4.3
4.3
2928 Reviews
$31 to $50
Steakhouse
At River: A Waterfront Restaurant & Bar, a multi-tiered deck will allow those who wish to dine alfresco a spectacular, panoramic view of the river and the Putnam Bridge. The views are equally sensational from the interior space where every table in the dining room and every seat in the bar enjoy the magnificence of the setting.

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.

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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 20 times today
Experiences are available.

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Additional information

  • Dining style
    Casual Elegant
  • Price
    $31 to $50
  • Cuisines
    Steakhouse, Seafood, Italian
  • Hours of operation
    Brunch Sat, Sun 10:00 am–2:30 pm Lunch Mon–Fri 11:30 am–2:45 pm Dinner Mon–Thu, Sun 3:00 pm–10:00 pm Fri, Sat 3:00 pm–11:00 pm
  • Phone number
    (860) 257-3344
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Dress code
    Smart Casual
  • Private party facilities
    River’s private event venue is the ideal space for corporate and social events! From full day business meetings to birthday parties, baby showers and more, it is the perfect location for all. River can accommodate small private parties of 20, up to 80 at banquet rounds, and even larger parties of 150 for cocktail style events. Our talented staff will make sure that your special event is a success! PRIVATE EVENT SPACES Columbia Boardroom 14- 22 guests Best suited for: Seated lunches/dinners, meetings Atrium 20-60 guests Best suited for: Cocktail parties, seated/buffet lunches and dinners, birthdays, showers, etc Great Meadow Room 25-90 guests Best suited for: Corporate and social seated/buffet lunches and dinners, showers, birthdays etc.
  • Neighborhood
    Wethersfield
  • Cross street
    Inside of the CBS Building, Just off Exit 26 on I-91
  • Parking details
    Since Putnam Park is an office building, most of the 600 parking spots are empty when it’s time for Happy Hour or dinner, so free parking is never a problem. Please remember, because there is so much parking, the lot could appear to be almost empty and yet there could be, literally, hundreds of people inside and on the deck, enjoying the party.
  • Additional
    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Delivery, Entertainment, Full Bar, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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Experiences

  • "Be Basic Brunch" Package (for parties over 7)

    $20.61 per person

    Multiple dates available
    Due to the size of your party, we can only offer our Family-Style Brunch packages! Choose from three different packages that will suit your party the best, and we'll have your feast ready approx. 15 minutes after your reservation! . . "BE BASIC" PACKAGE includes platters to share family-style: - Fluffy scrambled eggs - Crispy bacon - Juicy breakfast sausage - River's Home Fries - Stacks of Pancakes, dusted in powdered sugar - Your feast will be presented to you 15 mins after your scheduled reservation so you can focus on what matters: spending time with friends and family! - More items can be ordered upon arrival, including items from kid's menu! - Additional items will be charged.
  • "Big Badass Brunch" Package (for parties over 7)

    $30.91 per person

    Multiple dates available
    Due to the size of your party, we can only offer our Family-Style Brunch packages! Choose from three different packages that will suit your party the best, and we'll have your feast ready approx. 15 minutes after your reservation! . Includes everything from the Just Right and Be Basic Packages with additional platters to share family-style: - Fluffy scrambled eggs - Crispy bacon - Juicy breakfast sausage - River's Home Fries - Stacks of Pancakes, dusted in powdered sugar - Warm Sourdough Toast & Butter - French Toast w/ Vermont Maple Syrup - Fresh Fruit Medley from local farms - All of that will be presented to you 15 minutes after your scheduled reservation so you can focus on enjoying yourselves! Additional Items will be charged.
  • "It's Your Party" Large Party Menu

    Multiple dates available
    Looking to host a larger party in River’s Dining Room? No problem! We have just the special menu, our exclusive offering for parties of 8 guests or more! The “It’s Your Party” menu is served family style on platters that serve four guests, each, and represent a great deal! With choices for everyone, you relax and we’ll do the cooking! Please note that for parties of 8 or more, we do not offer the regular menu! Cancellations made within 24 hours of your reservation time may result in a charge of $10/guest. Please contact us should your plans change. Visit our website: riverontheriver.com/rivers-large-party-menu/ to see the menu offerings!

What 2,928 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.3
4.3 based on recent ratings
  • 4.2Food
  • 4.4Service
  • 4.6Ambience
  • 4.1Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Connecticut

    Great for brunch

  • Connecticut

    Great for outdoor dining

  • Hartford

    Great for brunch

  • Hartford

    Great for outdoor dining

2,928 Reviews
  1. Jeanne

    New York City

    10 reviews

    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Server Donna was fabulous. She was very attentive but not overly so. Food was very well prepared and came out hot. Everything was great!

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  2. BrockB

    New Orleans

    1 review

    vip
    2.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 3
    Made reservations but when we arrived there were only high tops in the bar area which would be fine but our server who was also the bar tender never came to our table after taking our order. Never brought silverware, never refilled our drinks, never checked if orders were correct, never brought our check. We had to ask food runners and the waitress at the table next to us for all the above. Service wasn’t bad it was non existent. Disappointing for what could have been a nice experience.

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  3. OpenTable Diner

    Philadelphia

    19 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    19 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We had a lovely time! Everything was exceptional!!

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  4. CherylS

    New York City

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 19, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Amazing food and atmosphere as always. The staff is fantastic and went above and beyond to make my mom’s birthday special and memorable ❤️

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  5. EtSt

    New York City

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on February 18, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Good food, larger portion size. Made a decent gin & tonic. They were able to accommodate a late lunch for 7 people. The risotto was very garlicky with some undercooked pieces. Overall, it was good, and I would come again.

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  6. BM93

    New York City

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 18, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Our server was Jiani (forgive the spelling) for Brunch on a Sunday. She went above and beyond! Was such a delight! Hands down would love to have her be our server again! Thank you for the quality service!

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  7. OpenTable Diner

    Greater Boston

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 18, 2024

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 1
    Very cold because they were allowing people to sit outside and kept opening a door that was blowing cold directly to our table.

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  8. MarkN

    New York City

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 17, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Great service and delicious food. The main dining room was a bit noisy. The owner came to each table to check on the diners which added a great personal touch.

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  9. RobertW

    New York City

    9 reviews

    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on February 17, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The food was excellent and the atmosphere was warm and inviting. Service is always impeccable and the owner makes it a point to check on you at least once during the evening to make sure everything is satisfactory. Highly recommend this for families and couples.

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  10. SteelMan

    New York City

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on February 16, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Went to River for Valentines Day (2 days later). As always very nice experience. Food was excellent and the staff very helpful and friendly. The owners are always onsite and are ready to socialize. Will definitely return.

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  11. civic

    Greater Boston

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 16, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Service, food, and atmosphere- all excellent. We will be back.

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  12. Jessica

    New York City

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 16, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Second time here food was great. Service was great. No wait to be seated. The Valentine bears are a plus

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  13. Mayra

    New York City

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on February 15, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    This place was such a good place. The service was great the food was great. The owner came up to us and thank us for being there and asking how was everything. Such a great vibe can’t imagine in the summer time definitely coming back again

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  14. KyleS

    Caribbean

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 14, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great food, nice decorations for Valentine’s Day. Heated covered out door seating area, we didn’t sit there but it looked warm and comfortable for being outside in the winter. Would recommend and will be back in the spring for outdoor seating by the river.

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  15. Louisa

    New York City

    7 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on February 14, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We just love this place. Food was amazing as usual!

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  16. OpenTable Diner

    New York City

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 14, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great food and great service. Wonderful hospitality by the waitress as well as managers. This restaurant is the spot

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  17. OpenTable Diner

    New York City

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 14, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We tried the River for the first time and it was amazing. We’ll be going back again soon. The food was amazing and the people were great. Food price is a bit high but we enjoyed ourselves. Must try if you’ve never been there.

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  18. DougW

    New York City

    15 reviews

    5.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on February 14, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    At first it seemed odd that it is inside a corporate office building, but quickly forgotten once inside. View of the river is beautiful and relaxing. Food and service was excellent. Always wish menus with "Market Price" items would include a paper slip with the current prices.

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  19. great

    New York City

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 11, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 5
    First time there and made a poor decision to order a lobster roll! Although it states Fresh Lobster, it definitely wasn’t!! Appetizer was ok and average won’t be ordering it again! Will definitely try out again, and hopefully have A better experience and meal!!

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  20. JanC

    New York City

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on February 10, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We had a lovely brunch/lunch with excellent service and a beautiful view. Went with someone who had never been here and was totally impressed and can’t wait to go back.

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  21. VirginiaC

    New York City

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 10, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The food service and drinks were all amazing. Fast service clean restaurant view was amazing decoration of the month was super cute. I love it here and will come again and again.

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  22. AnthonyA

    New York City

    67 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    67 reviews

    Dined on February 9, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Always reliable and very consistent We’ve brought quite a few people who’ve never been and they leave impressed

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  23. CamC

    New York City

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 7, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Extremely nice restaurant for a perfect date night.

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  24. Joananne

    Greater Boston

    148 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    148 reviews

    Dined on February 6, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Everything was wonderful. All services and food and great window seating view of the river,

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  25. Cayman408

    Alabama

    10 reviews

    3.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on February 4, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 4
    Food was average, soups were just ok, chicken was too much mushroom and chocolate dessert not edible. Service was okay. Soups delivered to wrong person, couldn’t tell which was which. Prices were high. Drinks were unusual, not worth it.

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  26. RachaelC

    New York City

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 4, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    I went here for my partner's birthday and everything was amazing. Our server was awesome and paced our appetizer and meal nicely. The food was outstanding and I enjoyed every bite. We had the bruschetta for our appetizer and it was fantastic. Our meals were the Asiago salmon and braised short rib and we ate every bite! They also had February dessert specials and the cherry creme brulee was amazing! We had so much fun and the atmosphere was clam and beautiful.

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  27. None

    Connecticut

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 4, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 3
    Food was overpriced for quality and service was mediocre at best. Thanks but no thanks. We might give it a second chance in the summer this location really shines in the summer. We'll see

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  28. DonW

    New York City

    6 reviews

    3.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on February 3, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 2
    No plates for bread - Hair on plate - Salmon was not cooked medium well -

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  29. Margot

    New York City

    27 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    27 reviews

    Dined on February 1, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Our harvest salad had NO butternut squash in it as described on the menu!! Shrimp scampi flatbread was wonderful! Waitress was patient and gave us plenty of attention and also time to catchup as we had not seen each other in months!!! View was lovely just missing SUN!!! We will return!

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  30. LisaC

    Greater Boston

    20 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    20 reviews

    Dined on January 31, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Waitress was excellent, very patient, accommodating and efficient. Food was excellent as usual, esp'ly the lobster grilled cheese. We always appreciate the strong heaters on your pretty patio.

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  31. MerylT

    Connecticut

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 30, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    My boyfriend and I went to The River for my birthday lunch. The staff surprised me a glass of Prosecco! My boyfriend ordered fish and chips which he loved. It was a large piece and no too bready salad was very tasty. Definitely worth it

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  32. KarenM

    New York City

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 29, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The three of us were at the River to celebrate a birthday. Two of us ordered the Atlantic salmon which came with pesto risotto and mixed vegetables. The salmon had a crusted aioli topping. It was delicious. Our other friend had the lobster roll that was to die for. We thought that the Xmas decorations were still up, but decided that the decor was really a winter theme. The trees had owls and other birds, and woodland animals could be found in various locations. The decorations added to the ambiance. Service, food, atmosphere were top shelf. Will definitely return.

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  33. JTinCT

    New York City

    45 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    45 reviews

    Dined on January 28, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Hadn't been here for dinner in a while. Food was fantastic and our server was great! Will be back soon.

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  34. Kra1

    New York City

    6 reviews

    2.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on January 27, 2024

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 3
    Food was good; service was slow but I think it may have just been our waitress. This was our 5th or 6th time at River and definitely the worst service experience we have had here. We had the artichoke appetizer which is delicious. I had the asiago Salmon which was good but not as good as previous times. We had brought friends because we have always enjoyed our meals there and this was not the River we usually experience.

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  35. OpenTable Diner

    Greater Boston

    14 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on January 27, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Food was delicious. Enjoyed the eggplant lasagna. Service was excellent. Great energy in the room.

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  36. JimL

    Greater Boston

    7 reviews

    4.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on January 23, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    The dining room is very attractive, was excellent use of the river. They still have their Christmas decorations up, which somehow seemed appropriate and added to the ambience. The food was very good, except for the coleslaw, which had too much mayonnaise. Service was pleasant and timely. Overall, it’s a very nice place for lunch, and, I suspect, for dinner.

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  37. RachelC

    Greater Boston

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 22, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 5
    The lemon risotto was quite salty and needed something sweet I think to cut the sour and salt taste. Overwhelming as I ate it all, but the accompanying scallops were perfectly cooked. My boyfriend's birthday meal of fish and chips was perfect and tasty he said.

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  38. OpenTable Diner

    New York City

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 20, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    First time at River and it was delicious! The atmosphere was really nice with it being on the river.

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  39. AnthonyA

    Connecticut

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 19, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Very friendly staff along with beautiful views. Plenty variety on the menus and the food was excellent.

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  40. AlGae

    New York City

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 18, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We have eaten at River several times, alone and with different couples. All of our meals have been wonderful. The service is excellent. The view is terrific, even at night.

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Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
    • Contactless payment available
  • Physical distancing

    • Limited number of seated diners
    • Distancing maintained in common areas
    • Extra space between tables
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace

FAQs

You can order delivery directly from River: A Waterfront Restaurant & Bar using the Order Online button. River: A Waterfront Restaurant & Bar also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (860) 257-3344.

River: A Waterfront Restaurant & Bar is rated 4.3 stars by 2928 OpenTable diners.

River: A Waterfront Restaurant & Bar does offer gift cards which you can purchase here.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 20 times today
Experiences are available.

Order delivery or takeout

Google Map for River: A Waterfront Restaurant & Bar

100 Great Meadow Rd, Wethersfield, CT 06109

Additional information

  • Cross street
    Inside of the CBS Building, Just off Exit 26 on I-91
  • Neighborhood
    Wethersfield
  • Hours of operation
    Brunch Sat, Sun 10:00 am–2:30 pm Lunch Mon–Fri 11:30 am–2:45 pm Dinner Mon–Thu, Sun 3:00 pm–10:00 pm Fri, Sat 3:00 pm–11:00 pm
  • Price
    $31 to $50
  • Cuisines
    Steakhouse, Seafood, Italian
  • Dining style
    Casual Elegant
  • Dress code
    Smart Casual
  • Parking details
    Since Putnam Park is an office building, most of the 600 parking spots are empty when it’s time for Happy Hour or dinner, so free parking is never a problem. Please remember, because there is so much parking, the lot could appear to be almost empty and yet there could be, literally, hundreds of people inside and on the deck, enjoying the party.
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Additional
    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Delivery, Entertainment, Full Bar, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Phone number
    (860) 257-3344
  • Private party facilities
    River’s private event venue is the ideal space for corporate and social events! From full day business meetings to birthday parties, baby showers and more, it is the perfect location for all. River can accommodate small private parties of 20, up to 80 at banquet rounds, and even larger parties of 150 for cocktail style events. Our talented staff will make sure that your special event is a success! PRIVATE EVENT SPACES Columbia Boardroom 14- 22 guests Best suited for: Seated lunches/dinners, meetings Atrium 20-60 guests Best suited for: Cocktail parties, seated/buffet lunches and dinners, birthdays, showers, etc Great Meadow Room 25-90 guests Best suited for: Corporate and social seated/buffet lunches and dinners, showers, birthdays etc.
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