River Rock

3.8
287 Reviews
$30 and under
Californian
River Rock Bar & Restaurant is located at the historic Sportsmen's Lodge Event Center in Studio City. We feature a lodge inspired menu including trout, duck and steaks. River Rock is a transporting restaurant and bar where you can escape the typical dining scene and "travel" to a cabin in the woods. We specialize in parties. If you have a special birthday or anniversary coming up, or just haven't seen your college buddies in a while, let us host a party you'll never forget.

HAPPY HOUR DAILY FROM 5PM - 8PM. Appetizer & Drink Specials!
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3.8based on all time ratings
3.9
food
3.8
service
3.7
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3.5
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RV92
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on February 17, 2019
Overall1food1service1ambience1

I booked a table a month in advance, only to show up Valentine’s Day weekend to find a closed sign taped to the door. I received no email, no phone call, no sort of notification what so ever. Drove all the way out there and wasted my gas and time for nothing. That’s why they got the rating they did.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on November 11, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great Sunday buffet and good value.

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BrianB
Los Angeles
5 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2018
Overall1food1service1ambience2

Maybe it was an off night, because our visit to River Rock was completely underwhelming. First off, the service was very spotty, with multiple people servicing our table, but no apparent communication. I ordered the ribeye medium-rare. What I got looked more like a flattened strip, a disappointing half-inch thick, and cooked just above medium. No marbling, and tougher than shoe leather. The chimichurri or whatever they put on there wasn't bad. The asparagus was undercooked and cold. My special ladyfriend had the sliders, which were undercooked, yet extremely dry and brittle. They came out 10 minutes after my entree. At the end of our meal, as we asked for the check, they delivered the rolls to our table. We just shook our heads. Very mediocre.

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vipjudithG
Los Angeles
12 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2018
Overall3food2service3ambience2

It's a bar with a menu. Very ordinary would not go back

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Mary
1 review
Dined on October 28, 2018
Overall5food5service4ambience5

We reserved this location for a baby shower and it was a big group. They were able to accommodate us with no problem for brunch. Great ambience for big group. Outdoor dining! The table was ready. You can decorate it. It was very private, not overcrowded. Well priced. Food was good. Good for photos as well. Our friends and the celebrant had a great time. Thank you Roberta and Chris for your fast response. Will definitely recommend and come back for another event.

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LaurenW
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on October 21, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very nice outside area near the water element. Quiet an uncrowded for a 1230 brunch. Huge variety of food served,both hot and cold, veggie and meat. Excellent service!

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vipRedhead44
Los Angeles
44 reviews
Dined on September 23, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Pleasantly surprised at the food and service. We hadn't been there for quite awhile, don't know why.

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vipNancy
Los Angeles
31 reviews
Dined on September 22, 2018
Overall5food5service4ambience3

The dining area is fairly small but tables are hard to come by. The food was very good and the bartender was the server so the service was somewhat lacking but not due to the server since she was doing double duty. Comfortable atmosphere and nice people working there.

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vipNancy
Los Angeles
31 reviews
Dined on August 11, 2018
Overall4food5service4ambience4

The food is consistently good here but they have the bartender as the server which slows down the service. The happy hour goes util 8:00 which is very nice, but there are only a select few appetizers included. Overall, the meal was very good, the ambiance was nice and the staff very nice and helpful.

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Samminish
Los Angeles
19 reviews
Dined on August 5, 2018
Overall3food4service2ambience2

Nice neighborhood place with a good buffet selection but it was very quiet, not many in for a SUN Brunch and the space most definitely needs a refresh .. .. Carpet was worn out and dirty .. ..

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steves
1 review
Dined on July 19, 2018
Overall2food3service3ambience1

Thought it would be a nicer restaurant rather than a bar.

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vipAlto
Los Angeles
36 reviews
Dined on June 26, 2018
Overall2food1service2ambience1

The kindest thing I can say is that we were seated promptly and the waiter was polite. Overall, however, the service was extremely slow despite the fact that we were one of only two tables filled. We never received our appetizer even after our waiter assured us it was on the way. I figured that fish and chips would be relatively safe even if it were from frozen, but the fish was actually chewy and had a strange texture. The mixed drink I ordered was watery and not worth the money. The hotel has great history but the restaurant is no longer up to par and I will not return.

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RyanL
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on June 24, 2018
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Great brunch spot!!

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carmined
Los Angeles
6 reviews
Dined on June 17, 2018
Overall4food3service3ambience4

not too bad for food but the service is understaffed

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Mattie
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on June 17, 2018
Overall3food2service1ambience4

We had brunch here for Father’s Day and, while it was a good price for a bottomless brunch, the food was pretty unimpressive. The English muffin on the Eggs Benedict was so hard, I couldn’t even cut through it. The syrup was super watery. It also took us about 30 minutes to find someone to get us our bill, since there weren’t really servers and the hostess kept disappearing. For a set price brunch, they really should just have you pay up front before you even eat.

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KristineH
1 review
Dined on June 17, 2018
Overall1food3service1ambience1

Made a reservation a month in advance for father’s day. Walked into dark dingy bar we were told only available table was outside - mind you I have a 4 month old baby and it was 60 degrees out, they had no tables available inside, or we could sit at the small round tables at the bar. I asked if we could sit and wait for a table but there was none open anytime soon. We walked out. Food smelled good though. Very disappointed will never go back.

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on June 17, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I would recommend this place. Not as many choices as many brunch restaurants but the food was very good. Great ambience and friendly staff. For the price I don't think you can do any better.

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vipPaulaC
Los Angeles
33 reviews
Dined on June 17, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Our waitress Roberta was so very nice and attentive Food was great Very noisy and loud.

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vipSigalitW
Los Angeles
10 reviews
Dined on June 14, 2018
Overall4food3service5ambience5

Beautiful ambiance, in the patio outside. It is a must for a special occasion. The service is great. Definitely recommend.

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Trace
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on June 14, 2018
Overall1food3service1ambience4

We were there to celebrate our children’s high school graduation with a large group. We had made a reservation at least a week before but they were completely understaffed ! Took 45 minutes to find a waiter, another 45 minutes before we got our first beverage. When the food finally came out it was ...ok but the service was horrible! It’s too bad because we were sitting outside under the stars - it could have been a really nice evening .

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DonnaM
1 review
Dined on May 13, 2018
Overall2food2service1ambience1

The mothers day buffet was in the dark bar and it was in two different areas we didn't even know this and the server certainly didn't say anything about it. In fact the server didn't check on us or bring the beverages we requested. It took forever it seemed before we could find the server to pay the check. The food was not presented nicely in that dark environment. Also, they ran out of dishes, our table wasn't set up properly, no water or coffee, salt/pepper. There wasn't a bread station or if there was I didn't find it.
A few years ago the buffet was in the main dinning room with ice sculptures it was bright and friendly, very festive. Not at all this time around. We will not return for another special event at this restaurant.

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Annie10
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on February 24, 2018
Overall2food1service3ambience4

Not recommended for dinner.
Menu is very limited. Stated they had a live band and dancing. After arriving we found out it’s only on occasion. Dance area is in the foyer at the front door. Not a good date place. Kids were playing with toys and had them all over the dining area.

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MajidA
Los Angeles
21 reviews
Dined on February 17, 2018
Overall4food5service3ambience4

Second time there. Was there for CXF MMA event. As we were last time there and both times and the food was very good.

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OpenTable Diner
Central Coast
1 review
Dined on October 30, 2017
Overall1food1service1ambience1

They were closed on the night that I made a reservation for ... I tried calling to verify the reservation by phone but they told me that they couldn't tell me anything before 5 PM. I called back later and no one answered the phone. The day of my get together, my friends got there and found that the place was closed. Party fail.

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ValerieSFbayarea
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on September 24, 2016
Overall3food4service5ambience3

I had the rumaki appetizer, the mushroom raviolis and the asparagus. My brother had the caesar salad with chicken. Everything was delicious! The happy hour house chardonnay is Avalon from Napa. Nice! Food server was awesome. I live in Nor Cal but visit friends and family in So Cal often. We were having dinner before a 7PM wedding across the street.

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vipEdward
Washington DC
219 reviews
Dined on September 18, 2016
Overall4food4service5ambience3

River Rock was different from what I expected. I am in my 50's and wanted a place to meet a friend for a burger and a beer. First of all, there was a wedding going on there when I arrived. Ok. Not a big deal. Second, the place has a '70's vibe with the reddish carpet, disco ball and dark booths and tables. The tattoo covered servers, and most of the other customers, were also a surprise. Nicest people you could imagine. Great service. Lots of TVs to watch football. We had a great time. Don't let the looks fool you. The food was good, the service great, good drink specials and lots of TVs. This may be my Sunday afternoon football watching spot!

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KathyJ
Sacramento
1 review
Dined on September 17, 2016
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Awesome Ribeye Steak cooked to perfection, awesome chicken sandwich, awesome service!

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vipCharlynchette75
Los Angeles
15 reviews
Dined on August 6, 2016
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Had a great time on their outdoor patio for brunch. Second time there. Food was delicious! Will be back :)

JJ
vipJustJen14
Los Angeles
6 reviews
Dined on July 23, 2016
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is a great find in the valley! Food is amazing and staff is always friendly!! Went for comedy night on a Saturday and had a GREAT time!

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vipRayG
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on July 23, 2016
Overall1food4service2ambience1

We made the reservation on Open Table and when we got there they said the dining room was closed for a special occasion and only had a tiny table in the bar with a bench as the only seat. So we sat next to each other with no room on the table staring at the bartender. Very disappointed.

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OpenTable Diner
Central Coast
1 review
Dined on July 16, 2016
Overall5food3service5ambience3

Service was excellent, and the food was good, too. My dirty martini was a bit too salty. We also had a wobbling dinning table.

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vipeater
Los Angeles
59 reviews
Dined on June 19, 2016
Overall4food3service3ambience3

It's a nice place for Sunday brunch, nothing too fancy but a good selection of brunch and lunch items. Friendly staff, relaxed atmosphere, accessible.

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on June 17, 2016
Overall3food5service3ambience5

One server for the inside and outside means long wait times. Everything was wonderful but that...

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SuzanneG
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on June 11, 2016
Overall2food2service3ambience2

Was shocked to see the menu was just a piece of paper and that the dinner menu consisted of mostly hamburgers. This would be the last place I would go to for a hamburger. The dinner plates themselves consisted of only 3 dishes; one which was a chicken dish. I usually never order chicken when out because it's something I make at home a lot. This was good but no presentation or nothing to brag about at all. When I go out to dinner with friends, we like to go somewhere where the food top notch and innovative. This was not. My other 2 friends with me were not impressed either. Since this area is opening restaurants with similar food, it would be nice to have a restaurant with gourmet food.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Milwaukee
134 reviews
Dined on June 7, 2016
Overall4food4service4ambience3

A little run down but its an old place. Food was great! The water pool outside was calking to watch. Everyone in our group LOVED their burgers. I had the cheese filled burger.... it rocked! Would go back!

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DanielS
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on June 3, 2016
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our group has had several parties here over the past 4 years and the service, food and ambience are always spectacular.

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on May 26, 2016
Overall3food3service4ambience4

Great and friendly service. Food is better than expected and priced well. A nice alternative to the new and very noisy places on Ventura Blvd that offer no parking, but a $4 valet fee. This was a hassle free surprise and I'd recommend to anyone over 40 who doesn't like to scream or be bombarded by noisy places.

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OpenTable Diner
Orange County
2 reviews
Dined on May 20, 2016
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The appetizers were amazing. My group all ordered very different entrées and they were all delicious. Had a great time and our waiter Kevin was perfect! Thanks for making our special occasion very Special!!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on May 14, 2016
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is a favorite spot.

JT
JohnnyT
Los Angeles
7 reviews
Dined on April 24, 2016
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome brunch (Sunday)

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River Rock is rated 3.8 stars by 287 OpenTable diners.