River: A Waterfront Restaurant & Bar

4.3
1473 Reviews
$30 and under
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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Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • 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
Physical Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
What 1473 people are saying
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4.3
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4.6
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87% of people would recommend it to a friend
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YoAdrian
1 review
Dined 19 hours ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Crappy weather so we were surprised River was so busy on a Tuesday night. We decided to sit outside on the deck anyway since they have this great pergola that shelters diners from the rain. Great gray views. We had the Seafood Linguini and the Pollo Con Funghi, both of which were extremely tasty and very well-prepared. Bar does a great job too. Loved it and great atmosphere.

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Maribel
1 review
Dined 21 hours ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I recommend the salmon! Service was great! The view is very! I will go back soon

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TheGoldenEagle
New York Area
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I ate at Tequila Rio a couple of days ago (which I loved) but, because I am from Chicago, I knew nothing about River so I came back tonight. What a find! I had the thick-cut bacon, as I am a bacon freak and it was remarkable. Then I decided to go to the ocean and have the seafood linguini. What a dish! Super evening..

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MarilynA
Salt Lake City
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

What a beautiful little secret. I never would’ve known it was there if not for the billboard on I 92

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JoseTequila
New York Area
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Took my Dad here on Father's Day. Great Steakhouse and great feel. Had two shrimp cocktails and two ribeyes. Everything was fantastic. Dad really enjoyed himself and the server Sara was so sweet to him. Thanks.

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michellem
New England
12 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall1food2service2ambience5

We were there over 2 hours. Food was just ok. Had to ask multiple times when our food would be served. Waitress was not attentive.
Only positive was the view and the manager that helped with part of the check.

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null
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall3food3service1ambience5

The service was abysmal. Our reservation was at 4.45 pm. We received our food at 6.30 pm. The hostesses seemed very young and very inexperienced. The wait staff was over worked. One water arrived with a bug in it, she forgot to replace it.
The food was good but overpriced. The ambiance was fine and the view could not be beaten.
I would recommend to a friend with the above information. If you are not in any kind of hurry, then o.k. Also, the seats though I understand they are weatherproof are very uncomfortable when you have to wait so long.

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Lboy
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Were greeted by at least 6 teenage r early 20's girls at the hostess station which was a little strange. Service was good but never asked about drink refills or offered to order apps or bring bread to our table. Food was presented well but was so hot temperature I had to wait at before eating it. The food was very good but a bit pricey especially since it is all ala carte. View was great even though we sat indoors. It was too hot to sit outside. Only one of the many employees we interacted with wished us a happy father's day. Not a big deal but still.

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BeamerB
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was Father's Day and very busy! We sat in the bar and had the bacon app and calamari which were great. Followed with two NY Strips cooked perfectly and really delicious (Prime Beef!). Going back soon and sit outside.

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WendyL
New York Area
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Did not realize it was inside an industrial building but it truly didn’t matter the view inside or out was phenomenal and so thankful to our waitress who was outstanding and a great compliment to the food that was delicious Father’s Day brunch

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service4ambience5

We went to River for Father’s Day brunch. The place has amazing views! The food options looked great.
My husband had the Elvis French toast and it was surprisingly good. I had the Glastonbury and it was just ok, it was very simple. The Belgian waffle thy came with it was great. Now, their coffee was really good and the grapefruit mimosa was delicious. We were there for a little over two hours and our food took almost 1 hour to be ready. We didn’t mind because we were enjoying the view drinking coffee but our baby started to get cranky because she was hungry.
One complaint I have is that there are no family restroom or a changing table to the bathroom. I had to change my 8 month old daughter on the floor with a cloth underneath. I saw a lot of families there so this is something they should consider.
Other than that, we want to go back with friends.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was our first experience with Breakfast, We enjoyed sitting outside for Father’s Day! The food was fantastic! Server was friendly and gave get advice about menu items! It was a relaxing environment! Our whole family enjoyed their meals! Definitely coming back!

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JenD
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall3food4service3ambience4

We went for Fathers Day. I made a reservation, called a week in advance requesting to be seated outdoors. I was told it was no problem on the phone. Unfortunately when we got there, that was not an option due to the fact we had 7 people. They couldn’t push two tables together. Very upsetting since that was the point of going here. They couldn’t leave carafes of coffee on the table and their mugs were miniature-more suited for espresso. Had to request refills several times. They handed us the specials menu and then when we tried to order off of it—they said they didn’t have ANY of the specials. Hahaha, just don’t give us the paper then. It was comical. All the waitresses seemed stressed and maybe hungover? unsure. Odd to say the least. It was Fathers Day. You’d think they’d have beefed up the staff.

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BetseyR
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall3food3service4ambience3

I was disappointed to have to wait 30 minutes after making a reservation. I brought my husband to celebrate his birthday after going for lunch and the dinner menu has less selection.

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JosephS
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall2food2service2ambience4

Food portions were too small. The lobster risotto was under cooked. The location was hard to find.

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OpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We went for a family dinner and, as always, River did not disappoint. The six of us enjoyed ourselves immensely. We will definitely be back.

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MARVINI
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

everything we expected, great atmosphere, food & service

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Tree
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The food was excellent, we had the brazed short ribs. The service was friendly and fast. We enjoyed our selves! We will be back, and will recommend your restaurant to friends and family.

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LauraN
New York Area
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Beautiful layout and outdoor seating area. The steak kebabs were only slightly overcooked. But, that’s being picky. Lobster risotto was fabulous. I would go back.
Particularly pleased the owner came to our table to say hi!!!

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Barbara
New York Area
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall3food3service2ambience3

I have been here previously and had excellent experiences however this time was different. We were seated right on time however we sat for 20 minutes without a server coming to the table. Several servers walked by without acknowledging us, we finally asked who was our server and we had been waiting for 20 minutes, another server came over within 5 minutes. Our food came out very quick but was lukewarm surprisingly. The main dishes were over salted and undercooked. Right before the main course was served our waiter came over to say he had been on break and he was going to take care of us going forward, really? They seated us at a table with a server that was on at least a 40 minute break? For the price paid for this upscale meal, if I had never been here before, I would never come back, since I have and had prior excellent experiences I will give them another chance. This was very disappointing and no manager came to apologize for our experience

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall3food3service2ambience4

We waited awhile for a hostess to even acknowledge us. They were out of so many drinks. Sloooooowwwwww service. Very disappointing.

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LuzT
New York Area
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Beautiful place. Service was impeccable. Looking forward to my next visit.

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BrainL
New York Area
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Went to River last Friday and was it ever busy; had a great vibe like a giant party! Took a little while to get a table outside, but that was ok cause we went to the bar and had a couple of drinks. Great barroom. Then sat out on the deck and had a fabulous meal.

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JamesM
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall3food4service1ambience4

The service was way below par. It started with being ignored for 20 minutes after the hostess seated us. More of the same treatment didn’t end until we had waited 15 minutes to receive the bill after we had asked for it two times. Food was good though…

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RandyH
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love River! It’s got the best view and if I could only have one dish to eat the rest of my life it would be the short rib. Fantastic!

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MuffyW
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We live 45 minutes away and while our friends go to River almost weekly, we have never made the trip. Today was such a beautiful day we decided to take a drive and headed out for an early dinner at River. The location on the Connecticut River is phenomenally picturesque with magnificent sweeping views! We had a table on the deck and had Calamari and Shrimp Cocktail for appetizers. Then we had the Braised Short Rib and the Seafood Linguini. Both were absolutely to die for! We will be back often as it is worth the drive.

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KOff
New York Area
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

River is wonderful! We only wanted to eat outside on the deck which was full. It was just a 30 minute wait so we went and had cocktails outside at Tequila Rio, the restaurant next door. At River, all of the tables have great views. So, when we were seated at ours, we ordered cocktails and relaxed for a few minutes. We ordered the thick-cut maple bacon and calamari which are our faves, and we dug right in. Then we had the seafood linguini and the Asiago Salmon, both were delicious. We then finished the evening off with the new River Sundae which is big enough for two. I hope they keep it on the menu permanently. Great night!!

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Griffin
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall4food3service5ambience4

Could tell the food would be great if it was served fresh— appetizers were lukewarm and entrees weren’t much hotter.

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MarcB
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Bad news: We sat down to a table that needed to be wiped. Staff ignored it and placed new items on the crumbs and food from the previous diners. They were out of mint for our drinks. They were out of our meal selection by 7pm. Good news: Asiago salmon was delicious!

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GaryG
Birmingham
2 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is a really nice place to eat dinner along with a scenic view

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very good. The wait staff were excellent and accommodating

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Marty
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I had a business lunch here today and I must say River is perfect for that. Because of the setting, it puts everyone in a very positive mood making for much smoother discussions when trying to put together a deal. It also helped that the food and drinks were very much liked by my dining companion (as well as myself) and we agreed to meet at River again next week to take our deal to the next level. Thank you River, I owe you one!

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EllenM
New England
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved this place! Splurged on lobster rolls. So glad we did! Delicious!

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JoyG
Seattle
2 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food4service5ambience5

The outdoor dining experience was excellent. It was a bright sunny day and it was nice to dine outside with such great weather.

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SweetLover
New York Area
1 review
Dined on June 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

If you have not been to River, you have missed a great experience! First, as you walk in you are hit with the spectacular views of the Connecticut River which are unparalleled. But don't think River is just another pretty face. From the thick-cut maple bacon and calamari to the prime steaks and seafood linguini to the River Sundae and Tiramisu, everything is truly heavenly. It is worth a trip from anywhere to enjoy an evening at River.

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Fitzy
New York Area
1 review
Dined on June 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Since we wanted to sit outside on the deck, we had to wait for a table to free up. Turned out that was fine because we sat in River's very attractive barroom and enjoyed a cocktail. We only had to wait about 20 minutes for our table which overlooks the river and offers great views. Everything (the food, the cocktails, the servers) was first-rate; we couldn't have had a better night. We will be back very soon!

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JHHe
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on June 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is my favorite restaurant in CT. The food, the service, the drinks, the views of the river are all sensational. If you haven't been here, you are missing a great experience!

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on June 15, 2021
Overall4food3service3ambience3

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GaryG
Birmingham
3 reviews
Dined on June 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great location for scenery while dining and good food & drinks. Helpful courteous staff!

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AnnF
1 review
Dined on June 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love this place. Very convenient to reserve a table online. Multiple times available. Love the outside dining and the view!

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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 1473 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.