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River front dining - Smith and River, Reno, NV

Smith and River

4.6
4.6
358 Reviews
$30 and under
Bistro
Smith and River- An Honest American Bistro

Join us for an exceptional riverfront dining experience, located in the heart of downtown Reno, at our newly remodeled location, Smith and River. Dine on the patio and enjoy the river views with a specialty cocktail, or inside in our open bar seating area, booth seating for a more private dining experience, or our large party dining options. Book our Chefs Table for a special dining experience. Our food is always fresh, always creative. Our service is attentive and caring. Chef Colin Smith of Roundabout Catering, and Executive Chef Kevin Towers do not disappoint.

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2 people

8:00 PM


Booked 2 times today

Additional information

  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Price
    $30 and under
  • Cuisines
    Bistro, American, Californian
  • Hours of operation
    Wed–Fri 4:00 pm–9:00 pm Sat 12:00 pm–9:00 pm Sun 12:00 pm–8:00 pm
  • Phone number
    (775) 357-8019
  • Dress code
    Casual Dress
  • Neighborhood
    Reno
  • Cross street
    N. Sierra St along the river walk. Park at the Parking Gallery Garage
  • Parking details
    Public Lot
  • Additional
    Bar/Lounge, Chef's Table, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access

What 358 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

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

4.6
4.6 based on recent ratings
  • 4.5Food
  • 4.8Service
  • 4.5Ambience
  • 4.3Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Tahoe / Reno Area

    Good for business meals

  • Reno

    Best Service

  • Reno

    Good for business meals

  • Reno

    Innovative

  • Reno

    Hot spot

  • Reno

    Great for outdoor dining

358 Reviews
  1. SusanK

    Tahoe

    11 reviews

    4.0

    11 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Excellent service, food was great! The only issue we had was where we were seated, made a reservation and requested a seat closer to the windows, but were seated by the bathrooms. Otherwise, all was great!

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  2. OpenTable Diner

    Central Coast

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Everything was excellent from the drinks/service/to the food and customer service

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  3. markl

    San Francisco

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on February 24, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Server Matt was funny and Manager Ryan totally made us feel special for my birthday! Hope I got their names right bartender made excellent drinks too!

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  4. OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on February 17, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Nice food great experience we enjoyed it very much.

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  5. PaulR

    Tahoe

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 17, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Our waiter was really fun and took great care of us the entire time. We sampled a variety of dishes from appetizers to desserts and found them all to be among the best tasting dishes in Reno! We were very pleased and impressed and will be back again.

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  6. Ravalo

    Sacramento

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 15, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    We loved our experience at Smith and River. The food was excellent, the service great and the staff very friendly.

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  7. JamesJ

    Tahoe

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 15, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Hit and miss. I am disappointed in Colin's product. Has he been distracted? The starter, artichoke hearts, were excellent. The daily soup, lobster bisque reminded on of the line in Green Book, "Salty." The pasta dish was so spicy as to miss being able to savor the flavor. The swordfish was adequate but not extraordinary. Drinks were good; however, the server should have been aware that the Chandon Spritz is a sweeter version of Chandon's excellent product and should have pointed it out. Wines were good and price/value was also good. Restaurateurs are struggling with inflation and people are responding by eating out less. If Colin wants to move against that trend, the product needs to rise in terms of quality. At this point, I would go to several other spots nearby until he recaptures his mojo.

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  8. BrenleyN

    Tahoe

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 15, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    This was fabulous. I had Matt and Grady help me out, taking my order, and man they were wonderful!!

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  9. CyndiH

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 11, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    One of the best meals we’ve had in a long time! Drinks, apps, and main courses were all delicious. Our server was friendly and speedy with refills, etc. We would visit Smith & River on a regular basis if we lived nearby. Will not miss it next time we’re in Reno.

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  10. DavidD

    Las Vegas

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 11, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Matt was great. Wonderful suggestions. We all enjoyed. Celebrated our daughter’s 40 th bday. It was perfect

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  11. RonR

    Tahoe

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 11, 2024

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 3
    Food was okay. Menu was out of date with several items unavailable or changed. I allowed two hours for dinner before a show, and of course, everything took forever, and we arrived at our event as they were closing the doors. I will not be back, and I will not be recommending this restaurant again.

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  12. Paul

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 10, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Stan our server was awesome!! We will request him each time we visit!👍

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  13. BrettR

    Orlando

    9 reviews

    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on February 8, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Our third time at this restaurant. My wife and I shared a bowl of lobster bisque. It was outstanding loaded with big pieces of lobster. The only negative was it could have been hotter, but still awesome. My wife had the special which was a lamb shank with farrow. The dish was really great I can’t say enough about it to do it justice. I had the hanger steak with fries. This too was awesome. Beef cooked perfect to a medium rare and the fried shoe string potatoes were hot, crispy and well seasoned. Another good meal at smith and river. Petty side note. I wish the seats were more comfortable.

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  14. OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 27, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 3
    Our server was absolutely amazing and made our anniversary experience special! Unfortunately our food was very salty and we were both sick shortly after. I do love smith and river but this experience pushed me away for some time now

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  15. OpenTable Diner

    Tahoe

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on January 22, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Food was good our server Matt was great. He was very attentive.

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  16. RandyJ

    Sacramento

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 14, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Nice location along the river. I suspect during the summer months the restaurant is quite busy. I had the angus burger. It had an off putting smoky taste. I was having difficulty discerning if it was “fake” smoke or not. The French Fries that accompanied the burger were good. My dinner companion had the Lamb Shank. She said the meat lacked depth in flavor. She also indicated the roasted vegetables (parsnips and carrots) were good.

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  17. DianeM

    Tahoe

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 8, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Delicious food, excellent service, very limited to non-existant for vegetarian options.

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  18. CrisW

    Tahoe

    25 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    25 reviews

    Dined on January 7, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We have dined at Smith and River four or times before. It just keeps getting better. Everyone’s dishes were delicious. Our server, Tom, was very attentive but not at all overbearing. Just the right level of service. We will definitely go back.

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  19. SuthidaK

    Tahoe

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 5, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The food and service were amazing! My friend and I really enjoyed it. Can’t wait to go back to try other dishes!

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  20. KayM

    Tahoe

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on January 5, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We had great service and a wonderful dinner. The spicy margarita was so good. I highly recommend this place

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  21. Shamrock

    Tahoe

    16 reviews

    5.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on January 5, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Nicole was great! Food is always delicious. And the manager was active on the floor making sure everything ran smooth.

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  22. NinaR

    Denver

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 1, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 2
    Good food but service was pretty crummy. We walked over 1/2 mile to the restaurant and it took them over 10 minutes to get us water. Things went downhill from there.

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  23. Alexei

    San Francisco

    11 reviews

    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on December 31, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Really liked the sizzling Brie appetizer. Tasted great and portioned well for two. I had the rigatoni that was spicy with chorizo and jalapenos. My wife had the burger. Both were cooked well. Tom was a great waiter, made sure water was always filled and didn’t make us feel rushed.

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  24. OpenTable Diner

    Tahoe

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on December 23, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Our server had so much character and made our date night fun. He had a very fun personality. The food was good, however a bit expensive for what was given. Wine was great. I expected it to be slightly more fancy in a sense but overall a great place to go for a date night

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  25. Jenniferg

    San Antonio

    11 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on December 17, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Our server/bartender, Nicole, was wonderful with opinions, customer service, and wanted to make sure that our party was happy. Will definitely go again when I come visit!

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  26. Kelly

    San Francisco

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on December 16, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Great date night. Our server Tom was fantastic, even when our order was slightly off, he was fun, gracious and accommodating.

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  27. MichaelF

    Tahoe

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on December 16, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great atmosphere , fantastic service , food. We eat here a lot.

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  28. Laura

    San Francisco

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on December 15, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Our waiter was so friendly and accommodating, knew the menu, and took time with us, as it was our first visit to Smith and river. We will go back.

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  29. KTReno

    Tahoe

    10 reviews

    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on December 11, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    As always Colin Smith’s team did a wonderful job! Our server Tom was especially helpful getting us out to our show promptly and dealing with special requests.

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  30. OpenTable Diner

    Tahoe

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on December 10, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Our server was awesome! Matt was funny, helpful and kind! Food was delicious and we enjoyed our evening out!

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  31. GWYN

    Tahoe

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on December 9, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Knowing it was Friday night even with early seating, restaurant was full & buzzing! The wait staff was on it. Mgr Ryan personally made and brought our cocktails to us. Beet salad was yummy. Flat iron steaks were wonderful, swordfish was grilled to perfection!

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  32. SusanA

    Palm Springs

    10 reviews

    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on December 9, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We've been here a few times, and it never disappoints. The food, the service, and the location right by the river make it a great place to bring friends from out of town. Unfortunately we only had time for appetizers, but we had the brie and the pizza with arugula and prosciutto. Paired them with a nice cab, it was perfect .

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  33. Steve

    Sacramento

    18 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    18 reviews

    Dined on December 9, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Service was great. Most food outstanding. One diner didnt like the portobello creation, but all else super. Ty to GM Ryan too.

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  34. OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 4, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 3
    The food was amazing and the interior design was nice. There was a large table of young men next to us and the noise level was so loud we could not have a conversation. When we go again I will ask to sit somewhere quieter. The noise level ruined the ambiance.

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  35. HamishB

    Sacramento

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on December 2, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Very good, we enjoyed the food and the atmosphere.

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  36. DDieter

    Central Coast

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on November 26, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The food was excellent. Matt provided outstanding customer service.

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  37. RichardH

    Tahoe

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 26, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Matthew was our waiter and did an outstanding job! Food and drinks were very good! Would highly recommend this restaurant.

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  38. KaitF

    Tahoe

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 25, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The food and drinks were delicious. The service was great- we were short on time and our waiter was efficient without being pushy. Perfectly responded to our needs. Great experience!

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  39. OpenTable Diner

    Hawaii

    9 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on November 20, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We are always impressed with Smith and River. Great food and the team is always the best! Highly recommend!

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  40. PeteN

    Exclusive

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 20, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    I might recommend some good house made tarter sauce for fish entrees

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FAQs

Smith and River is rated 4.6 stars by 358 OpenTable diners.

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

Make a reservation

2 people

8:00 PM


Booked 2 times today
Google Map for Smith and River

50 N Sierra St, Reno, NV 89501-1340

Additional information

  • Cross street
    N. Sierra St along the river walk. Park at the Parking Gallery Garage
  • Neighborhood
    Reno
  • Hours of operation
    Wed–Fri 4:00 pm–9:00 pm Sat 12:00 pm–9:00 pm Sun 12:00 pm–8:00 pm
  • Price
    $30 and under
  • Cuisines
    Bistro, American, Californian
  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Dress code
    Casual Dress
  • Parking details
    Public Lot
  • Additional
    Bar/Lounge, Chef's Table, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access
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