River Bend Bistro

4.5
212 Reviews
$30 and under
American
An American Bistro and Wine Bar, that serves locally sourced products and wines from around the world.
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JoyceP
1 review
Dined on June 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was so good! Out of 8 of us, three were here before and had their favorites. The rest will come back again and bring their spouses back. It was a very nice, relaxing atmosphere - we thoroughly enjoyed ourselves. James, our server was so attentive - great service!
Keep up the great meals, great service and relaxing atmosphere.

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Elsie
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on June 25, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience4

The sweet potato biscuits and crab dip were excellent. The rest of the meal was just ok. The service just ok.
The staff was very accommodating to our friend who was in a wheelchair. Very much appreciated that.

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vipViolachic
Washington DC
54 reviews
Dined on June 23, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience4

I love the food. I love that the ingredients are well-sourced. I love that this is chef-owned. I love that River Bend enhances our neighborhood. I love that there is parking. But it's TOO LOUD. Sound levels were consistently well over 80 decibels during a Sunday night dinner. It's hard to hear the others at the table. Otherwise, it's an A+++++ establishment.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on June 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We loved the food and the experience.

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aladaglar
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on June 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great neighborhood Bistro with friendly service and great food!

Highly recommend the duck or the Rissoto

Excellent wine list

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Jerome
Washington DC
15 reviews
Dined on May 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

This is our go-to restaurant. The food is terrific. The menu charges by season. The wait staff are outstanding. You cannot go wrong here.

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Turkey12
Washington DC
15 reviews
Dined on May 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Good, friendly service with top quality food.

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maryalyce1
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on May 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and services — it also always has a local feel to it!

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vipTZeifman
Washington DC
21 reviews
Dined on May 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The soft shell crabs were delicious. The seared scallops and grits were a perfect combo. Please order the creamed leaks...you can thank me later!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on May 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and service!

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NancyD
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on May 10, 2019
Overall3food2service4ambience2

The restaurant is located in a desirable neighborhood area.
We brought a guest there and she ordered the special, $ 30.00 soft shell crabs. To say the least they were well less than expected. The portion control was minimalistic and she left hungry. Also, for a $30.00 meal one would expect the accompaniment of bread.
The other two meals were with-in the limits of expectations. Basically we were not wowed by the quality or quantity of the food.
The service and customer service was of respectable quality.
If we return it will be based on location, but our expectations will be based on this past experience.
We, at this time, are unable to recommend the Riverbend bistro to a friend, without qualifications.
I have been in the customer service business for over four decades.
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Chris

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vipSteve
New England
24 reviews
Dined on May 9, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience3

We were having lunch and they were offering a special of a softshell crab sandwich. It was excellent. Service was very good.

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ANBT
Washington DC
20 reviews
Dined on May 3, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Grilled tuna and asparagus was delicious. Service was great. A very comfortable place to get together with friends and enjoy great food, drinks, dessert and conversation.

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Lucille
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined on April 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Excellent choice! The only drawback that I can possibly think of would be to have outdoor tables. Their french fries are unique and absolutely delicious! One of the best hamburgers in the world! Love this restaurant!

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vipTZeifman
Washington DC
21 reviews
Dined on April 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The trout was delicious. I will dream about those leeks.....

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Magee
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on April 14, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

It's a loud space, unfortunately. But the food is really top quality; the chef seems to care that you're pleased.

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vipScottNancy
Washington DC
93 reviews
Dined on April 3, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Thanks to Carolyn and the entire staff at River Bend, my wife and I enjoyed another great dining experience. Although hidden in the menu, I enjoyed both pasta dishes, which were superb. My wife enjoyed the roasted chicken and pasta tossed with a creamed mushroom sauce. River bend continues to be our `local go-to' restaurant in the Mt Vernon area of Alexandria. See you again soon! Thanks again! Fondly, Scott & Nancy

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vipTuckinalex
Washington DC
73 reviews
Dined on March 31, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Always good to support Caroline’s great neighborhood restaurant. Her risotto is consistently good, plenty of food options, good prices, great service. Our favorite local restaurant!

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MyronL
1 review
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome neighborhood restaurant. Fine enough for a night out, casual enough to be comfortable. Excellent food, service is top notch. Antonio is the best waiter. He greets us at the door and has our drinks on the table when he sees us parking the car. He is very patient with my 89 year old father-in-law who has trouble speaking.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on March 29, 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience4

The restaurant was busy. Luckily I made a reservation.

It took awhile to get any service and service was slow throughout the evening.

I ordered duck, which was good, but overdone.

Because it’s a neighborhood place, I will go there again.

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Trixie
Washington DC
30 reviews
Dined on March 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is an ideal place for quiet meal, a boisterous dinner or a celebration because of the ambiance and service. But main reason to visit is the sophisticated, flavorful food. Best place to dine in three zip codes: it's a welcoming neighborhood jewel of a place that attracts foodies from elsewhere.

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vipScottNancy
Washington DC
93 reviews
Dined on March 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A nice, comfortable, fine dining restaurant! The food, service & wine selections are excellent! My wife & I thank the staff for everything they do to make our visits comfortable & fun! Tx River bend and we'll see you again soon! All the best, Scott & Nancy Hill

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joans
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on March 24, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience4

The food was as advertised - very good. Only one thing was off - we have had to ask for bread on two visits, latest visit the bread was stale - obviously cut hours before serving. Otherwise very goods.

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joans
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on March 17, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Have been for lunch several times and always good. Thought we would try for dinner and was pleased. So nice to have a "real" restaurant nearby rather than fast food.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Superb meal in a nice setting!

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FrankK
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a very nice quiet lunch and enjoyed the ability to have a conversation.

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DanielleR
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on March 8, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We come a lot and the food and service are always very good. Does get alittle noisy at times but overall a friendly environment.

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RandallT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall2food2service3ambience3

The lamb shank item was deficient. The serving was small, and the accompanying side was inadequate and almost soup. My companion had salmon and the side was adequate.

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vipYardape
Washington DC
24 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

The food was good and nicely prepared. Given the price point I wouldn’t give it great marks for ambience. It a nice pleasant place and if I was local I might go again but nothing wowed me.

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BarbaraNMike
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

A great neighborhood mainstay.

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ChrisP
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Another excellent meal at the Bistro. My wife's lobster and pasta special was one of the best meals she's had in a while. Excellent food and service with friendly neighborhood vibe.

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Comfortable, friendly atmosphere with very good food and reasonably priced wine list.

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Diane
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food and service were excellent! Just a little cold sitting by the window.

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vipDinersFromDC
Washington DC
117 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience3

While they have a very good burger they are not the most accommodating bunch. The chef owner roams around the dining room barley speaking to anyone and when she has it is like, "What are you doing here?" My friends who go there very often for the burger stay they still act like they've never seen them before. When I asked for a sliced onion I was told they only have slivers of onion, "That's the only way they come!"
No one seems to want to make it a great experience. I doubt l will ever return.

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GarlicAllergy10
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Food was fresh and flavorful. Chef and staff was very accommodating of food allergies. Staff were very attentive during a busy Friday night. Highly recommend trying this restaurant!

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FloridaTransplant
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on January 18, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We went here recently on a Friday night. The ambiance is nice. It’s modern but not sterile. The bar area was completely full - standing room only. One note about the bar: there are no TVs.

We had the lamb shank and roasted chicken. Both were excellent. The wine list is complete enough that you can find what you want without being overwhelmed with options. The starters and desserts were great as well.

Will definitely return. I mean, Martha Washington was eating next to us with some of her friends after a long day at work at Mt. Vernon...

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norm
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food. Great presentation. Super waitstaff

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vipOldtowndiner
Washington DC
17 reviews
Dined on January 5, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

We love River Bend Bistro. Our favorite neighborhood restaurant. Highly recommended. The duck breast with figs is superior! Wine selection is excellent.

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SusanS
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on January 5, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My first posting - just have to sing the praises for one of the best restaurants!!! The food is always SO good, as are the wi98nes and drinks. The restaurant is small-ish, so recommend reservations during peak dinner hours. Have had business lunch meetings there and the staff is very attentive, but not intrusive. I am gluten-free and never have had a problem. Have had several wait staff and all are delightful.

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vipJacksonW
Washington DC
32 reviews
Dined on December 30, 2018
Overall3food3service5ambience2

The sweet potato biscuits with ham were excellent. Only wish they were bigger. The cheeseburger was good but those potato stick fries need help. Need to be thicker. Service was prompt and pleasant.

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River Bend Bistro offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (703) 347-7545.

River Bend Bistro is rated 4.5 stars by 212 OpenTable diners.

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