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The River Social, Providence, RI

The River Social

4.0
4
356 Reviews
$30 and under
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, 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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2 people

7:30 PM


Booked 8 times today

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Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Cuisines

    Mediterranean, Italian, Greek

  • Hours of operation

    Wed–Sat 5:00 pm–10:00 pm Fri–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

  • 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

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4.0
4 based on recent ratings
  • 3.9Food
  • 4Service
  • 4.2Ambience
  • 3.7Value

NoiseModerate

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  • Rhode Island

    Scenic View

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  1. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall4food4service4ambience5
    Nice food good service….very clean and friendly staff.
  2. HK

    HasanK

    New England

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall4food3service5ambience3
    Had the special menu for WaterFire - better than we had expected., with a decent choice of courses. Enjoyable to sit outdoors during the event. (Have also done this in the past. The timing of the dishes from the kitchen could have been better, but we had a very personable and efficient waiter. His service was excellent.
  3. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New Orleans

    1 review

    vip
    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 19, 2022

    overall1food1service1ambience1
    Was perhaps the worst dining experience of my life. We quite literally waited for over two hours for our food, and when it came out it wasn’t what we ordered. When we finished and they dropped the check, they did not proactively comp anything and had actually charged us for more than what we ordered. After bringing this to their attention the gave us a “friends and family discount” of $23 off a $300 bill. Our reservation was at 12:15 and we didn’t leave until well after 3 - and not because we were enjoying ourselves. We watched multiple tables sit, order, eat, pay, and leave. It was absolutely miserable.
  4. ZV

    ZebulonV

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 8, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    The music was unexpectedly great. The staff was stupendous and payed much attention to us and asked how we wanted our food very clearly. The cocktails were great. Cocktail onions in our vodka martinis was a huge plus. Although parking was a little challenging the location was great for a nice looking walk along the River. Will definitely be returning sooner than later.
  5. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great atmosphere, good music selection. Great food and strong mimosas. Well worth it. Beautiful scenery as well
  6. NM

    NicoletteM

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 4, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    Dinner here was great! T feta dip is extremely salty , but they quickly replaced it with some delicious hummas ! The views are beautiful!
  7. EF

    ErickF

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 4, 2022

    overall3food2service1ambience3
    I visited River Social for Waterfire festival. My partner and I were set on time at 5:45 but didn't receive our first apps or drinks till 6:30 . Due to the 4 top table that sat next to us at 6:00 getting their orders taken first and their food apps and main course and drinks all came before our first course of app. We had 3 members of staff saying "your server is coming" throughout the whole time we were waiting, like someone just take the order please. I was very disappointed , because it showed how they weren't paying much attention to us, until we mentioned it. I know its a busy day, but its called pre planning, correct staffing and proper order workflow for events like this. Awareness of each table goes a long way, because everyone notices when someone sits down, and everyone notices when someone get attention before them. Please take this feedback and make some changes. Not sure I'll be coming back. The two workers doing drinks outside were lovely though.
  8. DD

    DeniseD

    New England

    9 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on June 4, 2022

    overall3food4service2ambience2
    Service was marginal, spills and not quick to clean up. Hostess was rushing us out! When we said we were getting ready to leave, she said “Perfect”. Lol
  9. JM

    JosephM

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 4, 2022

    overall2food2service1ambience2
    The service was exceptionally slow and almost every request was forgotten multiple times. The food had decent flavor, but was incredibly small for the price (the French Toast was literally a single slice of bread cut into 4 pieces). There also was next to now space between tables. We felt squished onto the table next to us. Will not go back.
  10. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New England

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 29, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Very good as always
  11. K

    Klondike

    Baltimore

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 28, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience4
    We came in from out of town, looking for a place to celebrate. It was hard to find but worth the great food (we needed directions and parking but could not seem to get it). Once we got there, we sat outside and enjoyed the meal. For the 2/5 who were vegetarians, we chose the spicy feta (surprise format and lives up to the spicy) and humus plates along with a salad (which we split). They were very tasty and worked well as an entree'. The spicy shrimp linguine again was a surprise spicy. All very nice. Keep in mind we sat outside and there were no table linens etc. Kind of informal. But one can see the river. Only one caveat: we had mentioned that we were celebrating a milestone and I thought that they would have made a bit of a fuss. We ordered bubble (full bottle - not cheap). First they wanted to open it before the food. We asked for them to open it with the meal. This did not happen. So we had to open it our selves. But if you are going for a bit to eat. This is nice.
  12. l

    laurac

    New York Area

    4 reviews

    3.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on May 27, 2022

    overall3food3service4ambience3
    Food was fine. Not great, not bad…just fine. Really not much more to say. I don’t understand the high rating.
  13. KL

    KatherineL

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent meal! Highly recommend. At the end of our meal the bartender came over and offered us free shots, we were here for our son's graduation so we thought what the heck. He recommended a "chocolate cake" shot, I was hesitant but it tasted just like a bite of chocolate cake. Atmosphere on the river was very nice.
  14. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New England

    61 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    61 reviews

    Dined on May 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great experience
  15. MO

    MelanyO

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Ordered the smoked salmon. I didn’t know it wasn’t cooked and they went out of there way to cook it for me. The food was amazing!!
  16. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 14, 2022

    overall3food4service3ambience5
    The drinks were amazing. Service was okay, I’ve had better but the ambience was amazing.
  17. RP

    RyanP

    New England

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food and the view was fantastic! The prices were high but that was expected as it was a high end bistro.
  18. I

    Itried

    New England

    2 reviews

    1.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 1, 2022

    overall1food1service1ambience5
    Our simple breakfast food took over 1 hour to be served. We could see that our food had been dropped coming out of the kitchen however no one said anything to us - we had to ask about the delay of our food upon which we were told there had been an accident and our breakfast would be ready shortly. Still even, 20' later our food was delivered while other parties' food still came out of the kitchen before ours and 3 parties actually lapped us. It would have been helpful if the staff was proactive in letting us know what was going on but no one said anything, they just let us sit there for over an hour. The cinamon french toast looked like roof shingles. It was thin - looked like they had just dipped Pepperidge Farm cinamon french toast very lightly in egg and laid it on a pan for 5 seconds....it was awful looking and awful to eat. We were really looking forward to our experience since it was a long time since our family had been together due to school and sports schedules - it was such a disappointment :( We will not go back sadly.
  19. SW

    SandraW

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I enjoyed the relaxed feel of this place – the food and service were exceptional. The food was well seasoned and so good I can't stop raving about it to friends and family. I definitely would return to try more dishes. I ordered the Kafta as an appetizer, and it was terrific, and the Mediterranean platter was refreshing. Service was well-timed and friendly, and drinks were affordable.
  20. EC

    ElizabethC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 29, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Went here for brunch on a whim. It was my first time in Providence for work, I know very little about the city, so I took a gamble and I’m glad I did! This is such a cute spot! Right on the river, chic decor, good food and great drinks! Though it got more crowded and a bit noisy closer to noon, overall the ambiance was great.
  21. DP

    DeePee

    New England

    5 reviews

    2.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on April 10, 2022

    overall2food4service1ambience2
    Service was poor. From initial greeting to departure. We made a reservation for 2:00 and sat down at 2:25. They were so slow to prepare our table. No sense of urgency. We were a party of 6. Only 2 waters got poured because they forgot. They never brought a mimosa and we could not “get/find” our waitress. We went to the bar to get it ourselves. This is not a case of shortage of staff but staff should be fired. We had to ask the other waitress to find ours and this was only after almost 1 hour after ordering. She shared they ran out of eggs???? What??? Tell us then, bring us free mimosas, more coffee, don’t ignore us. Then our waitress had the audacity to ask “was it worth the wait?” - NO! I don’t care how fun of a venue or how good you may think your scrambled eggs are, the wait and serious lack of ANY customer service was unacceptable. This venue has a chronic issue and your better making your own eggs & mimosa’s at home than to deal with this unprofessional & unpleasant time. We almost walked out that’s how terrible.
  22. R

    Rich

    New England

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on April 10, 2022

    overall4food3service5ambience4
    First time. Brunch on Sunday. When we arrived, our table was ready in spite of their being very busy. The noise level was high. Our drink orders were both taken and served quickly. Bloody Mary's were very good. We waited a while before our food orders were taken and we waited a while before our food was served; not a terrible wait but long enough we were about to ask our server when our order would be ready. Several dishes were very tasty and a couple, unfortunately, were cold. As this was our first time at River Social, we will give it another try.

    The River SocialResponded on April 13, 2022Hi Rich, Thank you for all your feedback! We are now under new ownership and management, so we appreciate hearing what we can improve on. Please ask for Julia or Jacob on your next visit. Thank you!

  23. KC

    KarenC

    Nashville

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on April 10, 2022

    overall3food2service1ambience4
    While River Social has a lovely setting the food was disappointing and the wait for food was unacceptable. We waited almost an hour for eggs Benedict that was nothing special. The wait staff was sincerely apologetic but really there is no excuse especially as we were one of the first parties in the door and the restaurant was not busy at all.

    The River SocialResponded on April 13, 2022Hi Karen, Thank you for your feedback. We are currently under new ownership and management, so we will be making some much needed changes all around. We hope you will return and give us another shot. Please ask for Julia or Jacob the next time you are in! Thank you!

  24. JP

    JPpppp

    New England

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 10, 2022

    overall2food3service2ambience1
    Server very distracted , food average and expensive Noise level for brunch was like a dance club
  25. JH

    JennaH

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Best brunch in providence by far. We had the chicken and waffles and the crab cake Benedict. Both were outstanding

    The River SocialResponded on April 13, 2022Hi Jenna! Thank you for the great feedback. We look forward to seeing you again soon!

  26. NB

    NenaB

    New England

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 3, 2022

    overall1food1service1ambience1
    We had a 10:15am reservation and we did not get our food until 12sh. Hanna the waitress forgot to put our order in and claimed there was a big party before us. When the food finally arrived , there was a piece of hair on my food. Finally when we were leaving I asked for the check and noticed the waitress added a 25%tip. Just horrible service. EDIT TO YOUR RESPONSE: I find it Strange how this was never mentioned prior to ordering, or even noted on the menu — but only appeared after our food was comped for being completely incorrect. And, Disregarding the fact I’ve been here before with a party of four who’s ordered bottomless mimosas and was never charged a 25% tip — I refuse to go back to an establishment that tries to justify the wait time as “we had another party more important than yours, which is why your food took longer to come out.” After multiple parties had come and left way before our food reached the table. An establishment that disagrees with the customer clearly pointing out a hair in their food. An establishment where the waitresses demeanor comes off as rude and condescending. Thank you though.

    The River SocialResponded on April 7, 2022Hi Nena, We are sorry to hear about your experience with us this past Sunday. We appreciate all feed back. I do want to assure you that we add 20% gratuity on all checks with bottomless mimosas. We would love for you to give us another shot. Please ask Jacob or Julia when making your next reservation.

  27. RS

    RebeccaS

    New England

    18 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    18 reviews

    Dined on April 2, 2022

    overall3food3service5ambience4
    I liked the location and the service but the food was just okay. The cheese board was a bit disappointing (Small and the nuts tasted a bit stale) all in all, I enjoyed the conversations, vibes, and space, but think the food could level up

    The River SocialResponded on April 7, 2022Hi Rebecca, Thank you for your feedback!! We are under new ownership and management, and appreciate our guests letting us know. We are in store for some great changes coming soon, so make sure to stay tuned on our Facebook and Instagram. See you soon!

  28. AC

    AmbriaC

    Columbus

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Very good food! Plus a beautiful location with a view of the river. The entrance is down some stone steps so it may or may not be wheelchair-accesible. Overall great experience. We went on a weekday evening and it was very quiet.

    The River SocialResponded on April 7, 2022Hi Ambria! Thank you so much for the great feedback! We do have an elevator, its set back a little bit. So glad you had a good time and we look forward to seeing you again soon!

  29. k

    kcpg

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Definitely coming back! We love the food! Our server was so sweet. She's awesome and very attentive to our dinner needs.

    The River SocialResponded on April 7, 2022Thank you so much for the great feedback. We look forward to seeing you again soon!

  30. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New England

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on March 19, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience4
    Amazing food, great mimosas and the server was super nice! I’ll be visiting again.

    The River SocialResponded on April 7, 2022Thank you for the great feedback!

  31. TM

    TanyaM

    New England

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 18, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    I love this place I’d go back a million times again
  32. F

    Fatimatou

    New England

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 9, 2022

    overall2food2service3ambience3
    The food is too expensive And not enough and not that good , I only liked the dessert

    The River SocialResponded on March 15, 2022Hi Fatimatou, We are sorry to hear about the food being sub par on your last visit. We are under new management and are working to improve our kitchen. We hope to see you again soon!

  33. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 5, 2022

    overall3food1service4ambience3
    Our server was attentive polite and went over the special for the evening. The restaurant was clean and had good music at a decent volume for a Saturday night. Great area on the water, though I'm sure it is much more lively in the summer with outdoor dining and more traffic in the area. The food stunk. Not going to sugarcoat it. Overpriced and have had better meals on airplanes. All the meats were over cooked and dry. The vegetables with the hummus were dusty and the naan pita whatever you wanna call it was stale. crab cakes fried hard and french fries soggy. Just being fair here, need to step up the food because the space, location and service are wonderful.
  34. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New England

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great loved the place

    The River SocialResponded on March 15, 2022Thank you for the great review!

  35. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New England

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 27, 2022

    overall1food1service1ambience1
    Small but cool looking interior. Food came out cold and service seemed inconvenienced having to wait on us. Glad I tried it but wouldn’t recommend or return.
  36. P

    Partyof4

    New England

    4 reviews

    3.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on February 19, 2022

    overall3food4service4ambience3
    Went for Saturday brunch. Food was good, especially the pancakes. Service was good and friendly, if a bit slow. We had my husband's grandmother with us, who is soft-spoken anyway, but with the loud music we could not hear a word she was saying. My only real complaint is this trend towards scanning a QR code for the menu, and also having zero option for a physical menu. I understand it works for most people, and in the age of Covid "touchless" is a nice option. But in the interest of customers who don't have a smart phone (kids? older people?), or maybe their phone just isn't working well, a physical menu option (disposable? laminated? don't care) would show some real consideration for customers who need one. I had to read the menu out loud to 50% of our table, and it was nearly impossible (see: loud music).

    The River SocialResponded on March 1, 2022Hi there!! Thank you for the review, we really appreciate the feedback. We are under new ownership and management and are working out some of these kinks (like a hard copy menu for those in need). We look forward to seeing you again real soon!

  37. CT

    ChristinaT

    New England

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great vibe and awesome food 😎 we really enjoyed our night!
  38. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 12, 2022

    overall2food1service2ambience4
    Filet medallions were tough and overpriced and included no sauce, juus or gravy. Bathroom was dirty.
  39. D

    Delicious

    New England

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I love this place. The food is excellent, always fresh and beyond delicious! I highly, highly recommend!
  40. IN

    IguieldoN

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great place to go definitely will come back in the Near future

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
  • Protective equipment

    • Waitstaff wear masks
    • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
  • 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 stars by 356 OpenTable diners.

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

Make a reservation

2 people

7:30 PM


Booked 8 times today

Order delivery or takeout

Other options

  • Order online
  • Logo image for Uber Eats
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 Fri–Sun 10:00 am–2:30 pm

  • Cuisines

    Mediterranean, Italian, Greek

  • 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

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