The River Social

4.4
218 Reviews
$31 to $50
Mediterranean
The River Social is a Mediterranean Restaurant and Bar destination being the only restaurant with direct frontage on the Cobblestones River Walk area of Water Place Park. We offer an inventive menu, expertly-prepared Social Plates, hand-crafted cocktails, impeccably professional service and a stunning Mediterranean-Influenced interior with Waterfront outdoor seating. The River Social Is a unique and exciting dining option in Downtown Providence.

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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 218 people are saying
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91% of people would recommend it to a friend
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NicoleF
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall3food2service1ambience1

i made a reservation specifically for outside, when i got there they placed us inside and when i said can we sit outside like i reserved i was told “no those tables are reserved” however i had a reservation!!! and got stuck inside the service was slow. my waitress came to our table 3 times in total. our food was brought out at different times making the food cold by the time the last order came out which is unprofessional and quite honestly annoying. we had empty glasses for 95% of the dining because our waitress was always never to be found and not caring about her table. truly unprofessional. not worth the money spent on my bill.

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OpenTable Diner
Montreal
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Great brunch with good views and awesome service. The only thing missing was the music outside to complement the experience.

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SNicholas
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Ill get to the point. Food and service were EXCELLENT! Front of house, more specifically hostess was overwhelmed when checking in. I will say it was very busy but felt I had to continue to check with the hostess and wait a significant amount of time to be seated when a table was available... a little more organization and perhaps some additional help would've been the proverbial icing on the cake!

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Matt
New England
1 review
Dined on April 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The river social is my go to when I return to Providence! No matter what! This place is one of the Go-To places in PVD.

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OpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined on April 4, 2021
Overall5food4service3ambience4

First time there, outdoor dining was amazing. Perfect sunny Sunday morning (great location with sun beaming down) with amazing food!

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ClarabelleV
1 review
Dined on March 28, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience4

I loved the feel of the river social. i definitely think that directions to the restaurant could’ve been clearer. Our waitress Jenna was so nice and fun! Will definitely be back!

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Munch
1 review
Dined on March 27, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Nice place, right by the river walk. Service was spot on. Waitress/ bar tenders very attentive. Food was very good. Very nice place

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SarahB
1 review
Dined on March 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Perfect day to sit waterfront on their patio! The food was yummy, and the bottomless mimosas were perfect! So many flavors to choose from!

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vipOpenTable Diner
New England
28 reviews
Dined on March 21, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Really good experience just service was a bit delayed. Either way I enjoyed myself

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JasonT
1 review
Dined on March 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food and service was top notch. Great atmosphere

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on March 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was amazing ..

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JacinthL
1 review
Dined on March 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is such a great place to meet with friends and enjoy good food and drinks! Loved it.

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OpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined on March 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Anniversary brunch

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JeanS
New York Area
18 reviews
Dined on March 13, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

We are not local so struggled finding the restaurant . The River Social is located below Jackys. You can see Jacky’s from the street but River social is below along the River so you need to walk around the Waterplace Park . You can not see the River social as you drive Memorial Blvd . You can use Jacky’s valet or the Fidelity building parking garage .
Food was excellent .
Margaritas were nicely balanced .
Hummus was fresh .
Staff were attentive and polite .
Had a very nice dinner in a full restaurant .
Covid rules in place .
Felt safe .
Some dishes were a wee too spicy but still delicious . I prefer mild spices but I eagerly enjoyed the meal . Delicious , fresh , and a pleasant meal . You can read other reviews for nuts and bolts . Only posted cause we could not find the joint . We drove 60 miles looking for good food .

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GregoryA
New England
3 reviews
Dined on March 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was excellent, especially the spicy feta cheese and the hummus. Our server Jenna was tremendous.

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MariaM
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on February 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I will definitely be returning here. The food was delicious and the drinks as well!

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on February 27, 2021
Overall3food2service4ambience5

Staff was polite and ambiance was nice. The food was terrible. I don’t believe anything was fresh and made on-site.

JB
JaneyB
1 review
Dined on February 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I really loved this restaurant for a quiet, delicious, relaxing dinner. We don't go out often, so this was a treat. We loved every menu item and drink we had. The service was fantastic. At least three servers/staff checked in on our table regularly and refilled our drinks as requested. The staff seemed to work together really well and it made for a seamless meal. Would 100% recommend for a date night or small group gathering. There was even someone enjoying his meal alone and he seemed to be having a nice time too!

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Miker
1 review
Dined on February 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love this place. Great vibe, the music sets the tone for a great meal. Shout out to Cortney the hotesses with the most-EST. FOOD IS PHENOMENAL. I will be there again. So book your table NOW, because i will get mine, now thats 1 less table for you.

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SarahD
New England
2 reviews
Dined on February 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food is as delicious and great service. We arrived 20 minutes early as we didn’t realize it was only open for dinner. They did let us in so we wouldn’t freeze. The lamb tacos were to die for. Highly recommend this place

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Valentines

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Sophie
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2021
Overall5food2service4ambience3

Food was okay, small portions. Menu was not specific- I ordered the Mediterranean
Two eggs cooked in a spiced tomato sauce with garlic, roasted red peppers and Mediterranean spices and herb- did not specify that the egg was poached. Let the waitress know i did not like it however was still charged.

Ordered chicken and waffles and the chicken was dry and over fried

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AlyssaC
New England
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Dined here on valentines day for brunch and it was amazing! Highly recommend the sesame toast and eggs benedict with tater tots. Only downside is having to park on the street or in a parking garage since it is in waterplace.

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MikaelaM
New England
3 reviews
Dined on February 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The River Social is an exceptional place to dine. My friends and I went for the Galentine's meal and were more than happy with our 3-course meal, the portion sizes, and the staff!

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Nicolenickie
New England
2 reviews
Dined on February 6, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Had an amazing brunch, tried the smoked salmon avocado toast, Bloody Mary, and bottomless mimosas!

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DinibethA
New England
1 review
Dined on February 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It’s one of the best place to take breakfast in Providence

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vipOZdiner
New England
13 reviews
Dined on January 30, 2021
Overall2food3service1ambience4

We used to love this place . Good location, cozy inside and food has improved with the new chef. However service is really bad , they need more staff .

The River Social
Responded on February 4, 2021

Hi dear, Sorry for your experience. Virus hit our business very bad for entire year as other hospitality business. We have lost our great servers and team members during this time. Also unemployment benefits and virus fear makes even harder for business like us to hire a new hospitality staff. But we are working on it planning to increase our professional staff. I hope we see you back soon! Thank you for supporting us! Stay Safe.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New England
17 reviews
Dined on January 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A great place for some girl time for sure. Staff and food are amazing. Friendly service.

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IsabelM
New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was absolutely delicious! Came with my boyfriend for his birthday and loved the entire experience from the first round of drinks to the dessert. We will definitely be returning to try more of the menu. Food was seasoned perfectly and tasted super fresh. A little pricey but well worth it.

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sf50
New England
4 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place to go out for a nice delicious meal and cocktails. We will definitely be back.

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Janita
New England
7 reviews
Dined on December 27, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food, drinks, service, and soundtrack! Can’t wait to go back.

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vipNikaB
New England
19 reviews
Dined on December 20, 2020
Overall4food4service3ambience5

The food at The River Social (for brunch) was amazing and I plan to go back! The ambiance is super cool and very comfortable. My only complaint is that there was only one server/bartender (it was one person for both) so service of my bottomless mimosas was a tad bit slow. Also, the server/bartender caught a bit of an attitude with us at the end of our meal when I asked about getting a to go order at the end of our brunch. Nonetheless, we had a great time and again, the food is BOMB!

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KeriC
New England
1 review
Dined on December 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The CUTEST place! Brunch was absolutely delicious and the service was great! Will definitely be back!!!

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Baesong
1 review
Dined on November 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Parking may be limited as the restaurant is located right in Water Place Park. The restaurant was smaller than I expected but it was very beautiful and relaxing. The food was delicious and reasonably priced. The server was very attentive and polite. I would definitely come back.

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Jazmin
New England
8 reviews
Dined on November 22, 2020
Overall3food1service3ambience3

This was my first time dining here at The River Social. A few friends and myself went to Sunday Brunch. We all ordered bottomless mimosas and the lobster avocado toast. The mimosas were good and kept coming. But the food itself was rather disappointing. The avocado toast was served on what seemed like a piece of white Wonderbread. Very disappointed. I expected better food since this place seemed so nice and the ambiance seems so high end.

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KimM
Richmond
14 reviews
Dined on November 21, 2020
Overall3food3service4ambience3

Just ok. A bit expensive for what we got. My husband did rave about the dessert though!

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BigEd
San Francisco
16 reviews
Dined on November 14, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Wonderful food; beautiful locations; terrific staff. No complaints whatsoever....although drink 'portions' were....how do you say? a bit, well......not exactly generous. Minor comment, though.

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criss
1 review
Dined on November 7, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

service was great and the food was delicious
I will go back soon

MB
MekenzieB
1 review
Dined on November 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had the chicken entre, steak entre, rosemary garlic wings and cheesecake and it was all incredibly flavorful

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OhioGirl
Cleveland
3 reviews
Dined on October 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Although it is hard to find, it is situated on the river. Lovely setting, quiet. Service was excellent and attentive. Mediterranean omelet was delicious and interesting. Recommend!

FAQs

The River Social does offer delivery in partnership with Uber Eats.

The River Social is rated 4.4 stars by 218 OpenTable diners.

The River Social does offer gift cards which you can purchase here https://theriversocial.com/gift-card-purchase/.

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.