River: A Waterfront Restaurant & Bar

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$31 to $50
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At River: A Waterfront Restaurant & Bar, a multi-tiered deck will allow those who wish to dine alfresco a spectacular, panoramic view of the river and the Putnam Bridge. The views are equally sensational from the interior space where every table in the dining room and every seat in the bar enjoy the magnificence of the setting.

River: A Waterfront Restaurant & Bar features Prime Steaks and fabulously prepared Italian food, including house-made fresh pasta, wood-fired artisanal pizzas, locally-sourced seafood, and beautifully handcrafted desserts.
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L
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 15 March 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our experience was wonderful! Beyond relaxing. Our server Cody was THE best waiter we have ever had. He was knowledgeable and gracious. He put us at ease immediately in regards to the restaurant's practices for infection control during this scary time. He had us feeling like regulars immediately. Our view was stunning. The cocktails were expertly prepared and delicious. The prime rib was more than a bargain and was wed to perfect sides. The manager was a lovely soul who walked us all the way out the front door. We cannot wait to return and hope that River reopens soon. We are on a mission to bring family and friends back with us.

MA
1 review
Dined on 12 March 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our experience was outstanding From the food to the service. My friends were from out of state and enjoyed the river view with the lights and moon on the water. A very pleasant place for an occasion except the noise level was a little too high. There was a group of 7-8 at the next table but otherwise Thanks for a nice evening

OT
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on 11 March 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great atmosphere. Excellent food. William was friendly and excellent waiter.

JB
1 review
Dined on 8 March 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The selection of foods offered for the various buffet tables easily meets the taste of anyone. The wait staff is very attentive, and our server, Justina, was friendly and made our visit even more enjoyable. We can't wait to go again.

k
New England
3 reviews
Dined on 6 March 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Our waiter, Nate, was amazing! He'd only been there 2 weeks, but was attentive and knowledgeable! Food was tasty!

LD
1 review
Dined on 6 March 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Party of 6 and every dish was incredible. Unfortunately we were too full to try any desserts, but will try to save room next time. I will definitely be back

OT
New England
15 reviews
Dined on 6 March 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a great selection of happy hour

v
1 review
Dined on 3 March 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

first time, celebrating my birthday! it was beautiful, food amzing!
amber the waitress so awesome ! I will return soon

thank u
virgin & tony

GM
1 review
Dined on 1 March 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were looking forward to this dinner. Supposed to go on New Years Eve, but my wife broke her hip the week before so we had to cancel. Out Anniversary was March 1st and her hip was much better so we decided to try again. Server was great and the food delicious. Can't wait to go back

P
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on 1 March 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience3

The lower level of a corporate building with view of the river and highway bridge. All in all, it was a good experience.

R
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on 29 February 2020
Overall5food4service4ambience5

Management cane around to every table during dinner to ask if all was fine. They truly cared. I would highly recommend this restaurant for excellent food, attentive staff and management.

W
New York Area
55 reviews
Dined on 25 February 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience5

A fun evening during a winter/restaurant week. Three pasta dishes were very good and our server Amber was friendly and very accommodating. The view of the Connecticut River is outstanding and helps to add to the dining experience. We will return at lunch time in the future to have a daytime river view!

MD
New England
3 reviews
Dined on 23 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our server, Tina was excellent! So pleasant and friendly. Food was wonderful

I
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 23 February 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Went for brunch and wasn’t a fan of the theme

SL
New England
1 review
Dined on 22 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Nice meal-pasta, salmon,and great service. Also, a beautiful spot on the river.

RV
Orlando
7 reviews
Dined on 15 February 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Service was slow. Waitress handling multiple tables. Waited 20 minutes to place order. After order, pace was steady. Some of the food was overcooked. What was not overcooked was good.

p
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on 15 February 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience4

The setting for The River is lovely. It was clear that there are issues with the service. We were not the only table who had problems. The drinks took a very long time to arrive & one of us got the wrong drink. My husband & I had the Chateaubriand which arrived cold. Our check was incorrect & had to be redone. All that said the staff is friendly & polite. Hopefully it was just an off night although we have heard the same issues from friends that have gone before.

W
New England
1 review
Dined on 15 February 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Excellent food. My wife and I were very happy with the food, and the service was excellent. I've never had someone come by to check that my steak was cooked properly. That was most welcome. Excellent desserts also. Surprising level of dedication considering it was such a busy night (Feb 15).

MK
1 review
Dined on 14 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great Serrvice! Very friendly staff and the ambiance for Valentine’s was amazing. Will definitely be back in the summer, the view of the River is amazing.

OT
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on 14 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service, especially for Valentine's Day. Terrific atmosphere, and great food.

OT
1 review
Dined on 14 February 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Nice ambiance. Wait staff was excellent. Food was good

O
1 review
Dined on 14 February 2020
Overall3food4service4ambience2

I would go back for a regular date night, but it was disappointing on Valentine’s Day for my fiancé and myself. I would not go back for a holiday event. The tables were much too close together and the staff were clearly overworked. Our waitress did an incredible job doing her best to serve us, but the packed place was overwhelming. I found it difficult to hear my fiancé over other guests and servers. I had requested a seat by the window through Open Table, and instead was sat across the room in a cramped area with three other tables. The food and drinks good overall and I think that on a normal night, the ambiance could be great.

t
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 14 February 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience5

This was our first time here and we had a lovely time. Before we left for the night made another reservation for next week!

OT
1 review
Dined on 14 February 2020
Overall5food4service4ambience5

Very good food and drink drinks. Great menu selections. Very busy but good service. First time eating here. We will definitely come back. The dessert was spotty, we will try something else next time and see.

G
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on 14 February 2020
Overall3food4service2ambience2

Food was good, but service was unimpressive, considering the fairly expensive menu. The hostess was reluctant to even inquire if there was a different table available for us (until we insisted) when we objected to being seated in the (very noisy) bar area. Our server did not offer us bread for the table, and when we asked, gave us a weird excuse that sometimes people don’t want to fill up on it (?). The food was good enough, tasty, but when they cleared our salad, they took my husbands fork, and neglected to bring another for the main meal, and the server did not come over to check on us when the food was delivered, so we resorted to borrowing the table setting from an nearby table. Overall, it feels like this restaurant caters best to an after work happy hour crowd out on their deck, but does not provide an upscale dining experience that would justify their prices. River cannot compare to other local upscale places such as J Gilbert’s or Bricco’s.

GB
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 14 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, great service and great view of the Connecticut River. Highly recommend RIver to anyone looking for a great night out.

OT
1 review
Dined on 10 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I was throughly impressed with the service.

GB
1 review
Dined on 9 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Don't sit at the window table next to the omlet station. All you get is people standing right next to you as you try to enjoy a private conversation at your table. No privacy at all.

PG
1 review
Dined on 2 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved the ambiance a lot of food Im afraid I didnt get my moneys worth I really dont like stuffing myself If the menu had a few more special items idk but the food was very good the omlettes very good and the drinks at that price made it all worth Oh the service very friendly and helpful

A
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on 2 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We went to the brunch! It was a great experience all in all. Very good variety of tasty foods, salads, deserts and great service.

LW
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on 1 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Perfect lunch! Great river view! Great service! Loved the Caesar salad and seafood linguini ❤️

TR
New York Area
17 reviews
Dined on 30 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, great server. Very pleased.

OT
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on 30 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food. Amazing service.

SS
1 review
Dined on 26 January 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

First time there, people extremely friendly, helpful, food good, will be back in spring when you can sit outside...

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 24 January 2020
Overall2food1service1ambience1

Service was terrible. Had to go to the bar to pay my tab at the end of the night because the waitress disappeared. Steaks were not good. Mine was overcooked.

OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 20 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a fantastic dinner! Our waiter, Kevin, was wonderful! Swordfish, salmon dishes were awesome! Definitely visiting again! Great night overall!

H
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on 19 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A birthday brunch for two of our adult children brought us to River. Our seat by the window was awesome. We watched the ice float down the river. The service was excellent. The brunch food variety was excellent. We were so pleased with this gem of a restaurant! The omelet station could use an extra cook, to alleviate the line, but that was the only slow point. Great place!

AH
1 review
Dined on 19 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Stellar service, thank you Donna! Delicious and a splendid variety of dish choices during their Sunday Brunch. Truly a wonderful and tasty experience!

LG
Tampa
1 review
Dined on 12 January 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

The staff at River is extremely friendly - more so than any restaurant I've been to in the last year. The location beside the river is rare in CT and the ambiance was lovely. The bar area looked great - would go there some time just to sit at the bar. We had brunch. It was very good and appropriately priced. We all enjoyed what we ate but I would not say that the food was outstanding. But honestly, when the location is great and the service is great and the prices are reasonable, I'm happy.

e
1 review
Dined on 12 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The pianist that played 1/12/2020 was literally exquisite. It brought together the entire experience and the manager was such an understanding, wonderful and helpful part of my visit. The waiters/waitresses were all smiling and pleasant the entire time and their attitudes were contagious. The food was great and I can’t wait to come back