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Riverbend Bar & Grille

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$30 and under
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American

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The Riverbend Bar and Grill at The Boston Newton Marriott offers contemporary American cuisine and a Mediterranean ambiance. Open for dynamic breakfast, lunch and dinner, our sophisticated bar and restaurant overlooks the quaint Riverside gardens amidst the Charles River. Savor the taste of locally sourced menu items specially prepared by Executive Chef Angelo Senises. Come join us for a distinctive meal experience and have a brilliant day!
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Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
Social Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
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  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
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4.1based on recent ratings
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4.3
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3.9
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StephenG
New England
1 review
Dined on September 18, 2020
Overall3food2service4ambience3

I was the only one in the restaurant during my time there, So the service was great. I ordered the steak medium rare and it came out rare / undercooked. The center was cool to the touch, So I sent it back and when it returned it was closer to medium well then it was to medium rare although it did have great flavor. But, steak was very fatty only leaving me with five small bites of a $28 steak. I still left a 20+% tip due to current economy (Covid 19) and felt bad for the staff and believed that the Chef should have known better to serve that steak as it would have been clearly fatty not marbled.
As for a recommendation, I probably try it again when things start to return to normal.

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vipDinaB
New England
5 reviews
Dined on September 12, 2020
Overall1food1service1ambience1

They did not have our reservation—said they no longer connect to the Open Table app from their end. We reserved b/c they came up in the app when we sorted for Outdoor dining, but they offered no outdoor dining. So we left and found someplace else to eat. We tried to reserve the new place via the app, but could not b/c of the conflict with the reservation at Riverbend. So instead we phoned and reserved the last outside table at the replacement restaurant (which was excellent).

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vipAMYL
New England
11 reviews
Dined on March 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The service was exceptional! My guest had food restrictions and Aris was on top of it! We enjoyed the restaurant week menu and the steak tips were cooked and seasoned perfectly! The hostess was kind and offered us the complimentary parking ticket which we already received from Aris but nonetheless, service was GREAT!

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vipBSquare
New England
38 reviews
Dined on March 4, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience3

A group of us went for lunch since it was restaurant week. The lunch was $20 and included an appetizer (choice of soup or salad), choice of 3 s d choice of 2 desserts. Unfortunately the desserts list on the menu were not available but they substituted.

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Lisata
New England
8 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience2

While I remember it being a bit nicer as far as the ambience goes, the food was good and portions were good. The room was separated into two making it smaller. it was also a bit cold in there.

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GeorgeG
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A fine dining experience. Classy, relaxing, quiet, excellent food, courteous and helpful staff. Great place to take guests

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DebF
New England
15 reviews
Dined on January 9, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Our group of 6 had a nice secluded table. Food was excellent. A minor problem when paying the bill - cash and credit card. Resolved quickly

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on January 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The service was excellent- very attentive and professional.

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PeterR
New England
1 review
Dined on January 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The Riverbend restaurant is at its best when you are greeted by Taylor. For the best of service ask for Reno. I have been going to the Riverbend for decades. All compliments are greatly appreciated by Birdie. He is a manager that actually cares, goes out of his way to insure a pleasant dining experience. You will be in "good hands " with Birdie, Taylor and Reno.

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Chris
New England
23 reviews
Dined on December 25, 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience3

We had a dinner for 2 on Christmas Day just at opening time, so we were just about the only ones in the restaurant. Service was attentive, the food was good, cost was moderate. It took a long time to get the check for some reason, and the parking validation ticket we were given was no good. Pleasant experience overall.

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StevenW
1 review
Dined on November 28, 2019
Overall3food2service5ambience4

Excellent service, though a bit disorganized and dismissive in the seating. The maitre de' was absent for 30 minutes and barely hospitable, in a mostly empty restaurant. The excellence of the server made up for the wait. The food was middling with an exceptionally thin New York strip that was cooked through and through. The prices were that of a fine steakhouse. The food was worthy of Applebees. This was a special occasion dinner for an overnight stay in a nice hotel. I chose this restaurant by it's website, which was a mistake. I'm disappointed.

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Katherine
New England
29 reviews
Dined on November 28, 2019
Overall3food2service3ambience3

We went to Riverbend on Thanksgiving at the request of friends who aren't very adventurous, and the husband has some health problems. I had been there before, and didn't expect the food to be more than mediocre, and that's about what it was. We went at 6 pm, when most of the Thanksgiving crowd had gone home, but they offered a bargain TG dinner consisting of turkey breast, mashed and sweet potatoes and cranberry sauce.

I don't like white turkey meat, but they couldn't substitute dark meat so I ordered a la carte. My onion soup was too salty, and the duck breast was ok, but the squash it came with was overcooked and under-seasoned. Our friends ordered salads, which they said were ok and my husband started with grilled octopus, which he liked.

The dessert buffet was varied, and the desserts were good, if not special. Our waiter was nice and the service was attentive, but he forgot to bring the sparkling water we had ordered. The whole thing really did not rise above the level of typical mass-produced hotel cooking.

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vipmicahg
New England
5 reviews
Dined on November 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Went for brunch for a special occasion. It was fantastic and everyone enjoyed!

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clairep
1 review
Dined on November 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Good food, lovely ambiance, excellent wait staff. We will return!

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PeterR
New England
2 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Have been going to the Riverbend at the Newton Marriott for decades. Never disappointed. From the moment you enter, you are cheerfully greeted and treated as a V I P.

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Cousins
1 review
Dined on November 6, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Six cousins chose this location because our parents were born in Newton. We remember being at the amusement park as children. We had a lovely view of the Charles River and the Boathouse. The atmosphere inside was nicely decorated and one side of the restaurant was all windows.

Our lunches were nicely presented. The chef even came out to speak with one of us because of an allergy. Each of us commented that the food was very tasty.

Our server was pleasant and accommodating. She noticed that one of us had a birthday and brought a delicious hard-chocolate shell filled with tiramisu!! It was so good we order a second one to share!

All-in-all, it was delightful afternoon!

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vipAbbyK
New England
14 reviews
Dined on October 27, 2019
Overall2food3service3ambience2

Met a friend for Sunday Brunch. Although I made a reservation using Open Table they seated us in the very rear of the restaurant next to service station. Very disappointing. In addition, no one came to over our table to offer any kind of service. I requested a change of table and was nicely accommodated. As it was a buffet we were told to help ourselves to food. For the price of $25 I thought the selection of foods to be a little lacking. The made to order omelet station was very good when we could track down the cook. Enjoyed the shrimp cocktail. Meal should have included a brunch specialty drink like Bloody Mary or Mimosa. Overall not impressed. Probably would not eat Brunch there again.

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OpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined on October 27, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Lived up to expectations.

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vipKateK
New England
7 reviews
Dined on October 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Perfect luncheon meeting for old friends great service and food.

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Maizie
1 review
Dined on September 20, 2019
Overall2food1service3ambience3

For coffee and meeting - yes, for dining - no. Admittedly, this is a first time experience dining. I had the chicken with artichokes and tomatoes. There were two tiny pieces of chicken in the entire dish! Should I have told the wait staff - yes, but I was at a business meeting and did not need the distraction.

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Biznetworker
New England
1 review
Dined on September 18, 2019
Overall2food5service4ambience5

I would recommend Riverbend with a caveat. Wait until they get the new parking system worked out! We've had our monthly business networking breakfast there for years. We love the round table, the view, the location, etc. But now Marriott is charging for parking unless you use the facilities. There was a line and a wait to get my ticket validated -- and then it did not work in the machine -- I had to wait for staff to come over so I could show my restaurant receipt and get manually "let out" of the parking lot. I can understand why Marriott needs to charge for parking (sadly) -- but then have enough staff to validate and make sure the system works!

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vipJudi
New England
133 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience3

It’s very convenient to dine here if you’re staying at the Newton Marriott. My lamb dinner with polenta and fresh veggies was outstanding. My husband ordered his steak medium rare and was extremely clear how he wanted it cooked. I ordered my lamb medium. It was evident that the kitchen mixed it up. My lamb was definitely medium rare and his steak was barely pink. He was a bit disappointed. When the server checked on him he reported his unhappiness and was offered a redo. He declined as it would have been wasteful and our dinner time was already quite late. I would recommend this restaurant and would definitely return. But one might want to be careful when ordering meat if you care how well it’s cooked.

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StanfordL
1 review
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

An outstanding big breakfast with terrific service!

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RollandS
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on August 25, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Pretty good Sunday brunch! Nothing spectacular, but good service and value. The omelette chef made me a lox, onion and tomato omelette which was delightful.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on August 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food is very good! Service is good too! Worth the money.

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Howie
New England
5 reviews
Dined on August 1, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Good place to meet friends. Convenient location. Good food and drink.

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ElsaG
1 review
Dined on July 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent in many ways! Surprised that there was no dairy free gluten free dessert to put a candle
in, when we wanted to sing Happy Birthday. The manager was excellent, and I want to praise her,
unfortunately I've forgotten her name. She tried very hard to accommodate us.
The four of us noticed that the AC was turned down well before 2 pm, and we could feel it beginning
to be stuffy etc.

Riverbend Bar & Grille
Responded on July 23, 2019

Thank you for choosing to dine with us and I am glad to hear that your event with us was a memorable one! We look forward to welcoming you back to the hotel in the near future.

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WhitneyM
1 review
Dined on July 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome worth the trip. I will be back and the host, waitresses were amazing

Riverbend Bar & Grille
Responded on July 23, 2019

Wow! What a wonderful review, we truly appreciate your business and your trust in us. I am very happy to hear that our staff and service met your needs and expectations. We look forward to welcoming you back to the restaurant in the near future.

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MaryAnnP
1 review
Dined on July 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Good place to eat for business lunches. Service was good

Riverbend Bar & Grille
Responded on July 23, 2019

Dear MaryAnnP, Thank you for giving us a perfect rating and for recommending our restaurant to other diners. I'm sure our entire restaurant staff enjoyed catering to your needs as much as you enjoyed your time with us. Take care!

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vipEM50
New England
27 reviews
Dined on July 15, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Very nice food, menu and service. A pleasant surprise for a hotel restaurant. They also serve Sunday brunch; we intend to try it.

Riverbend Bar & Grille
Responded on July 23, 2019

Dear EM50, Thank you for your review and for choosing our restaurant. I'm happy that you enjoyed your experience and we are looking forward to having you again as a guest in our restaurant.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on July 11, 2019
Overall2food1service4ambience4

Freezing cold buffet food (eggs, etc)
Told waitresss - she said “I know”

Riverbend Bar & Grille
Responded on July 23, 2019

Thank you for taking the time to write such a detailed review. All your comments are essential to educating our staff about good and bad service. We will ensure your feedback will be given to all. Furthermore, I will personally supervise that all your other complaints are addressed that everything will be in order on your next visit. We look forward to welcoming you back then.

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CDMH
Baltimore
4 reviews
Dined on July 6, 2019
Overall4food1service4ambience4

It is a hotel restaurant. The staff was very friendly and courteous. My wife had the roasted chicken with garlic mash potatoes, which was actually pretty decent. I had the Paella, which was the worst I ever had. The rating is based on that dish. The chicken would have gotten 2.5 to 3 stars.

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vipJudi
New England
51 reviews
Dined on June 20, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

They have a nice menu with varied choices, something for everyone. My salad was very good and they were flexible about substitutions. The location is terrific (right off 128 at Route 30) with plenty of parking. A great place to meet people for lunch

Riverbend Bar & Grille
Responded on June 28, 2019

Dear Judi, Thank you for your positive comments. I am so glad to hear that you enjoyed your time with us! I hope your next stay is just around the corner. Call us if there is anything we can help you with.

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KimW
New England
4 reviews
Dined on June 19, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Great location for a business networking breakfast. I really like the round tables for eight people -- great to network and we sometimes easily squeeze in a 9th person.

Riverbend Bar & Grille
Responded on June 28, 2019

Dear KimW, Thank you for giving us a perfect rating and for recommending our restaurant to other travelers. I’m sure our entire restaurant staff enjoyed catering to your needs as much as you enjoyed your service. Take care!

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Nicki120
1 review
Dined on May 30, 2019
Overall1food2service1ambience1

Hotel Restaurant...do not waste your time unless you are staying at the hotel. I do not understand all of these positive reviews. The food was meh, the ambiance and decor was absolutely terrible.

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vipJane
Orlando
40 reviews
Dined on May 20, 2019
Overall4food5service3ambience3

The service, although fairly attentive, was very slow especially after our entrees were delivered.
The time between ordering dessert and receiving our final bills was unacceptably long.

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sheilafw
New England
1 review
Dined on May 16, 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience4

I had asked for a quiet round table for our party of seven with a water view. All of those requests were honored. We had a very nice lunch party. The food was good, it was quiet enough to talk, and the view was lovely.

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KimW
New England
5 reviews
Dined on May 15, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A little expensive for breakfast, but great location, beautiful view, yummy food -- and round tables for great networking! Our networking group has been meeting there once a month for years!

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EvR1234
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My wife and I met at this restaurant 30 years ago. It has been renovated over the years and has a wonderful ambience. We had a great Mother's Day and really enjoyed ourselves.

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vipAlanB
New England
11 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

We went for Mother’s Day. Wonderful options in food, from breakfast through dinner. The waiters were very helpful, especially with our grandchildren. It is our go to brunch spot.

FAQs

Riverbend Bar & Grille offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (617) 630-3521.

Riverbend Bar & Grille is rated 4.1 stars by 108 OpenTable diners.

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.

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