River Bend Bistro

4.6
212 reviews
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$30 and under
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American

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About

An American Bistro and Wine Bar, that serves locally sourced products and wines from around the world.
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
American, Wine Bar
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Hours of operation
Brunch:
Sunday: 11:30am - 4:00pm;
Lunch:
Daily: 11:30am - 4:00pm;
Dinner:
Monday - Saturday: 4:00pm - 10:00pm,
Sunday: 4:00pm - 9:00pm
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Phone number
(703) 347-7545
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Caroline Ross
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Private party facilities
The Bistro is available most days to accommodate parties as large as 75.
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Shenandoah Rd.
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Parking details
Ample Free Parking in the Shopping Center Parking Lot
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Public transit
Metro Bus
Additional
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
What 212 People Are Saying
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4.7
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95% of people would recommend it to a friend
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JP
1 review
Dined on June 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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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E
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on June 25, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

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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V
Washington DC
50 reviews
Dined on June 23, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

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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OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on June 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We loved the food and the experience.

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a
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on June 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great neighborhood Bistro with friendly service and great food!

Highly recommend the duck or the Rissoto

Excellent wine list

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J
Washington DC
13 reviews
Dined on May 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

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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T
Washington DC
13 reviews
Dined on May 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Good, friendly service with top quality food.

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m
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on May 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

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TZ
Washington DC
20 reviews
Dined on May 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

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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OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on May 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and service!

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ND
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on May 10, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 2

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.
V/R
Chris

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S
New England
24 reviews
Dined on May 9, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

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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AN
Washington DC
16 reviews
Dined on May 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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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M
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined on April 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

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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TZ
Washington DC
20 reviews
Dined on April 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

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M
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on April 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

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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SN
Washington DC
83 reviews
Dined on April 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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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T
Washington DC
60 reviews
Dined on March 31, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

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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ML
1 review
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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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OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on March 29, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

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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T
Washington DC
23 reviews
Dined on March 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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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SN
Washington DC
83 reviews
Dined on March 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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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j
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on March 24, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

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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j
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on March 17, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

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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OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Superb meal in a nice setting!

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FK
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

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DR
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on March 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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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RT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 3

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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Y
Washington DC
24 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

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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BN
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

A great neighborhood mainstay.

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CP
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

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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OT
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

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

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D
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

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DF
Washington DC
107 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

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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GA
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

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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FT
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on January 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

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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n
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food. Great presentation. Super waitstaff

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O
Washington DC
13 reviews
Dined on January 5, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

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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SS
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on January 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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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JW
Washington DC
27 reviews
Dined on December 30, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 2

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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