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The River Social, Providence, RI

The River Social

4.4
4.4
410 Reviews
$30 and under
International
The River Social is a International 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, hand-crafted cocktails, impeccably professional service and a stunning International-Influenced interior with Waterfront outdoor seating. The River Social Is a unique and exciting dining option in Downtown Providence.

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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 2 times today

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Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Cuisines

    International, Mediterranean, Contemporary Southern

  • Hours of operation

    Wed–Sat 5:00 pm–10:00 pm Sat, Sun 10:00 am–2:30 pm

  • Phone number

    (401) 548-6688

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Business Casual

  • Executive chef

    Alessia Defelice

  • Private party facilities

    We welcome you to explore our Private Dining options, perfect for any occasion.

  • Private party contact

    our Private Dining Coordinator: (844) 515-1464

  • Neighborhood

    Providence

  • Cross street

    Memorial blvd

  • Parking details

    The River Social has Discounted Parking available at the 1 Citizens Plaza lot nightly. There is also the metered parking available on Exchange Street and several Public Paid parking lots available at the surface including the lot directly across the street in front of the Citizens Bank building, which is free on Sundays.

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Delivery, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Gluten-free Options, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

What 410 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

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

4.4
4.4 based on recent ratings
  • 4.2Food
  • 4.3Service
  • 4.4Ambience
  • 4.1Value

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  1. ClaireO

    New England

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 18, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The wine night was so well done! The owner and the host did an excellent job, and I hope they do it again! The wine choices hit the spot - I tried one I’ve never heard of and enjoyed two other wines I normally avoid. The food was outstanding on its own merit, and the pairings were perfection. Please do this again!
  2. kd2000

    New England

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on March 18, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Went for a 5-course wine tasting dinner, and loved it.
  3. JennyJenn

    New England

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on March 8, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I can’t say enough good things about this place. The atmosphere was fantastic for a cold winter night… made us feel like summer was even closer. The drinks and food were phenomenal and the team was so fun. Great company and service! We can’t wait to go back!
  4. OpenTable Diner

    Hawaii

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 26, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    My husband and I come for brunch all the time on weekends and love it here. We brought two friends who had never been before and we all enjoyed the food and drinks.
  5. OpenTable Diner

    New England

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on February 26, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Food was great. Music was good. Views of Providence were good. Will be back.
  6. OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 26, 2023

    overall5food3service4ambience5
    Food was a bit on the salty side. Service was great.
  7. OpenTable Diner

    New England

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on February 25, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Loved the music most of all! Food was great as well. We will definitely be back.
  8. Dieter

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 15, 2023

    overall2food2service2ambience2
    No pause between appetizers and main dish. We were still eating our appetizers while main dish came out. We asked to serve it later, but when they did the lamb was almost cold. Wine was ordered while we still had the appetizer. Thy did not have our first two choices and wine finally arrived when we were half way through the main dish.
  9. BrittneyL

    Denver

    4 reviews

    3.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on February 11, 2023

    overall3food3service2ambience3
    Had a reservation. Table wasn’t ready. Had to wait 10 minutes then sat us at a table right by the door bc the table we were supposed to have was given extended time for their reservation. Service was very slow and the restaurant was not full and well staffed.
  10. MichellC

    New England

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 13, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Such a cute place. Food was delicious. Staff is extremely friendly. Will definitely be going back.
  11. Chels

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 7, 2023

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    The spot was a little hidden but once we arrived I was pleased by the ambience. Went for a one on one girl's night. There were maybe two other patrons the whole night so it was very quiet and liked that we weren't rushed out when we stated a few hours. Service was wonderful. I had the pink ravioli which was delicious. my friend had a burger that wasn't cooked as she had asked but we didn't complain. Mediterranean egg rolls were a great appetizer. The menu was small and a little pricey. Wish there was more variety but otherwise a great place for cocktails.
  12. OpenTable Diner

    New England

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 18, 2022

    overall3food4service1ambience4
    Eggs for the eggs benedict should've been cooked more. Server seemed totally disinterested.
  13. Sher

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 4, 2022

    overall2food3service1ambience4
    The menu gives basic food options , not much of description for those options either . So I was surprised when my chicken and waffles came out with a spicy sauce on top. Also the server was just to free with her phone for my liking . When we we’re ready to pay the payment method sat in the check book for about 15 minutes because she was in the corner just scrolling on her phone. Then she comes over and collects the payment method/book with the check , with her phone still in her hand. The food was good but cold unfortunately. A little disappointed because I’ve been waiting years to try brunch at this place.
  14. OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Awesome location - window seats are great for people (and dog) watching. Hummus was like homemade - creamy and tahini- heavy. Mmmm! Fresh pita. Beet salad was the best I had - dressing was so delicious. Small drink menu so I asked the bartender to make something fruity and refreshing and she nailed it. Met the owner who was a doll. Decor is classy and fun. Music was uplifting and fun, “young” yet noninvasive.
  15. Juls

    New England

    5 reviews

    2.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on November 18, 2022

    overall2food2service2ambience1
    This was my first time at The River Social and I dislike giving bad reviews but it was not a good experience at all. First, the heat was broken in the restaurant so it was uncomfortably cold the whole time, then the drink I ordered called for blue cheese olives and it came with regular olives because they were out (picky I know, but it's why I ordered the drink, so I wish the waitress would have told me they were out before I ordered), and lastly I was brought the wrong meal when the food came out. Our waitress was fair, she was nice and polite but didn't seem knowledgeable about the menu or the drinks we ordered. I did end up getting the right order finally, it was salmon with potatoes, the salmon was somewhat dry and unappetizing. The highlight however was the truffle fries, they were delicious! Probably won't be going back. ) :
  16. JamV

    New England

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 18, 2022

    overall3food3service4ambience4
    Great location, good service, food was good but not fantastic, It was a cold night and the heat system was broken!
  17. Kingbee360

    New England

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on November 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food and service. Really fresh and delicious, relaxed vibe and attentive wait staff. We’ll be back!
  18. EZGoing

    New York Area

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on November 12, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Service and food were very good although a little pricey. Nevertheless, we definitely look forward to going back again. Location was also very nice and probably outstanding during water fire. It is a limited menu which is not necessarily a bad thing. The table shared truffle fries with feta. Definitely worth trying as these may have been the best fries I've had in a while. We also had Tuna Poke, seared tuna, autumn vegetable ravioli and espresso rubbed flank steak. All excellent. Staff were wonderful, very attentive without hovering over you.
  19. OpenTable Diner

    New England

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 5, 2022

    overall3food2service5ambience4
    Great location but totally overpriced. The food was average and very small plate. I had the tuna and couscous… for $34!! 4 small slices over a small scoop of couscous…small menu not a lot to chose from. Maybe for a drink and apps… will never go back for a Saturday night dinner.
  20. OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    3 reviews

    3.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on November 5, 2022

    overall3food4service4ambience5
    Very disappointed on the size and choices of main choices . However the food was excellent just wish the main plates were worth the money . The Salads and starters and sides were full size . Truffle feta fries were excellent
  21. LisaF

    New England

    10 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on October 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great place for brunch! Wonderful waitstaff. My husband and I really enjoyed it!
  22. Tadlet

    New England

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on October 30, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    My date and I both enjoyed our entrees very much although they were fairly pricey. Was a good Saturday night choice but I wouldn't spend 27 - 40$ per entree on a weeknight. The setting next to the river was nice and the service was good. It's fairly small and intimate with a nice ambiance for either tables or the bar. I will go there again.
  23. ScottA

    Miami

    5 reviews

    4.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on October 23, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    Beautiful spot to sit and relax with excellent service. Food tasted great however was lukewarm when I got it instead of hot, otherwise would have rated higher. I would still go back though and am sure if I had said something they would have redone my meal, I just didn't want to wait for that being that I was with others and it was still good to eat.
  24. OpenTable Diner

    New England

    6 reviews

    4.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on October 22, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    Overall we had a great experience. We went for brunch and choose to eat outside. AMAZING IDEA. The outside area is right on the water and had amazing views - note this would not be suitable for cold or bad weather as there were not coverings. The food was also delicious. Our table had an areas of Benedict’s, omelets, and pancakes. Every plate was completely empty by the end of our meal. Our waitress was fantastic as well. Our only complaint was the hot coffee was extremely watered down and that the Salted Caramel Coffee (alcoholic) drinks simply tasted like liquor and cream.
  25. michelei

    New York Area

    7 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on October 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing as always!!
  26. JessicaF

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 16, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience5
    Great food and atmosphere. Prices were reasonable.
  27. Courtney

    New England

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on October 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fantastic service, first of all. The food was incredible. An altogether great time!!
  28. LydiaS

    New England

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 2, 2022

    overall4food3service5ambience4
    We were there this past weekend. The food was good but not hot. The server was great! She was very attentive, and complete with little things that make the meal enjoyable. Topping off coffee, refilling drinks, checking back...she was great! The food was slow and cold coming out of the kitchen and it arrived separately, so, I'd say the kitchen may need a better communication system to make the server aware that the food is up.
  29. barryr

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 25, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Great outdoor seating. Salad and crab cakes were delicious.
  30. JonM

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Server made the night by bringing my wife cheesecake as it was her birthday!
  31. Jamel

    Mississippi

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on September 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Waterfire experience… food was great
  32. CarmenM

    New England

    10 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on September 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We loved the shrimp with jalapeños and the ratatouille raviolis were amazing. Great service and ambiance. Definitely recommend trying it out!
  33. OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 10, 2022

    overall3food2service4ambience4
    Cute place. Nice view of the River. Service was ver good. Food was overpriced for quality, just ok.
  34. JulieT

    New England

    11 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on September 10, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    First time at this little gem by the river. Limited menu, but the food was good all around and the service and ambiance were outstanding. Very welcoming and attentive. Will definitely be back.
  35. OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 2, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent vibe in there. The staff was very attentive without being overbearing. The food was delicious. The bar is so fun with great service as well. The views of the city from the river are excellent as well. A great spot.
  36. drsometimes

    New England

    13 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on August 27, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    Outdoors dining could be more comfortable with cushions on seats, but the food is fine and the atmosphere is excellent. Our server was very attentive.
  37. WayneO

    New England

    9 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on August 27, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience4
    We had a set menu for Waterfire. The food was delicious though a bit odd. We had pita with hummus and feta with pita. For each, it was a half piece of pita and what seemed a cup of the dip. Strange proportions. Also, for the cost and in the spirit of a set menu, dessert was not included. The only other negative was that the restaurants music made conversation difficult.
  38. Ajm1

    San Francisco

    6 reviews

    2.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on August 21, 2022

    overall2food2service1ambience4
    Had to wait 20 minutes for a reserved table because the “kitchen had to catch up”. What does that mean? Our hollandaise sauce was separated- didn’t eat it. Food very average. Great cocktails and mock tails however. Really nice inexperienced waitperson. Won’t be coming back unless it’s just for cocktails.
  39. OpenTable Diner

    New England

    13 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on August 20, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience4
    My 2nd time visiting and loved it! I highly recommend it.
  40. Samm

    San Francisco

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on August 19, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience4
    Honestly loved it both times I’ve been. Drinks are good, service is great. Owner was present making sure things were great for guests. My only issue was the date I brought 🙄 lol but I will be back!

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
    • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
    • Contactless payment available
  • Physical distancing

    • Limited number of seated diners
    • Distancing maintained in common areas
    • Extra space between tables
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace

FAQs

You can order delivery directly from The River Social using the Order Online button. The River Social also offers delivery in partnership with Uber Eats. The River Social also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (401) 548-6688.

The River Social is rated 4.4 stars by 410 OpenTable diners.

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

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 2 times today

Order delivery or takeout

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Google Map for The River Social

200 Exchange St, Riverwalk Level, Providence, RI 02903-2621

Additional information

  • Cross street

    Memorial blvd

  • Neighborhood

    Providence

  • Hours of operation

    Wed–Sat 5:00 pm–10:00 pm Sat, Sun 10:00 am–2:30 pm

  • Cuisines

    International, Mediterranean, Contemporary Southern

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Dress code

    Business Casual

  • Parking details

    The River Social has Discounted Parking available at the 1 Citizens Plaza lot nightly. There is also the metered parking available on Exchange Street and several Public Paid parking lots available at the surface including the lot directly across the street in front of the Citizens Bank building, which is free on Sundays.

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive chef

    Alessia Defelice

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Delivery, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Gluten-free Options, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

  • Phone number

    (401) 548-6688

  • Private party facilities

    We welcome you to explore our Private Dining options, perfect for any occasion.

  • Private party contact

    our Private Dining Coordinator: (844) 515-1464

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