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
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.
I recommend the salmon! Service was great! The view is very! I will go back soon
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..
What a beautiful little secret. I never would’ve known it was there if not for the billboard on I 92
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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!
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.
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.
Food portions were too small. The lobster risotto was under cooked. The location was hard to find.
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.
everything we expected, great atmosphere, food & service
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.
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!!!
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
We waited awhile for a hostess to even acknowledge us. They were out of so many drinks. Sloooooowwwwww service. Very disappointing.
Beautiful place. Service was impeccable. Looking forward to my next visit.
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.
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…
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!
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.
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!!
Could tell the food would be great if it was served fresh— appetizers were lukewarm and entrees weren’t much hotter.
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!
This is a really nice place to eat dinner along with a scenic view
Very good. The wait staff were excellent and accommodating
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!
Loved this place! Splurged on lobster rolls. So glad we did! Delicious!
The outdoor dining experience was excellent. It was a bright sunny day and it was nice to dine outside with such great weather.
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.
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!
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!
Great location for scenery while dining and good food & drinks. Helpful courteous staff!
Love this place. Very convenient to reserve a table online. Multiple times available. Love the outside dining and the view!
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.
River: A Waterfront Restaurant & Bar does offer gift cards which you can purchase here https://www.toasttab.com/river-restaurant-group/giftcards.
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.