River: A Waterfront Restaurant & Bar

4.2
1815 reviews
$30 and under
Steakhouse
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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Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitising
  • Surfaces sanitised between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitised menu provided
  • Sanitiser or wipes provided for customers
  • Contactless payment available
  • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
Physical distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective equipment
  • Waiting staff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
What 1815 People Are Saying
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eileenc
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service4ambience5

The River "Sunday Brunch" is the best! There is great variety in the menu and whether you want breakfast or lunch or a whole meal you'll find the fare you desire.
The restaurant's ambiance is thoroughly pleasing; eat indoors or out on the patio and enjoy comfort you won't find anywhere else. It's my favorite go to dining experience either side of the river.

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Glenn
New York Area
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Large portions and great value. Waitress was more than attentive has wide range of specialty spirts and beers. If it was a little less windy would have sit outside as they have an amazing overhead heating system....it was December 3rd...

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LisaG
Tampa
3 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great brunch and reasonable prices. Service is super friendly. This is a gem of a place in an unusual location. The same restaurant with higher visibility would be packed every day. Beautiful location on the CT River. This was my fourth visit and has not disappointed. Really pretty decor too. All around great spot!

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vipMichael
New York Area
118 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Great spot and view.

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KarenHK
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on 1 December 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent lunch. Had the salmon burger, one of my favorite meals and it was even better than I had hoped.

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Phil
1 review
Dined on 27 November 2021
Overall5food4service4ambience5

Love the heated deck for outdoor dining and views of the river. Food was excellent. The only reason I gave 4 stars was that some of the dishes had a little more butter than I typically like. But flavors were wonderful, portions were ample, and some people in our group loved the richer flavor of a bit more butter so would have rated the food a 5. We will be back.

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ChristyM
1 review
Dined on 27 November 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was my third time here but my husband’s first time. We were greeted with 2 glasses of complimentary champagne for our anniversary! It was so sweet! I have always had a good meal but my husband’s seafood linguini was out of this world! His comment- “I want to literally lick my plate clean.” We can wait to go back!

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 26 November 2021
Overall2food2service1ambience4

First time customer. Waitress read off the evening specials, unfortunately she messed up the prices and played dumb when brought to her attention after we got the bill. The Scallop potatoes on the special came out solid as a rock, when we asked the waitress if that is how they were intended to be served, she said yes and once again played dumb. As a local town resident it is very unfortunate i will not waste my money here again.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 25 November 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience3

The turkey dinners were very tasty but not served warm enough…I’m sure that is a byproduct of making so many dinners that day. Will try the place again for sure.

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KerryR
1 review
Dined on 25 November 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

My family enjoyed a fantastic meal to celebrate our Thanksgiving and the service from Thomas was impeccable. The only down side was that the view was somewhat stark…after all it is the end of November,,,but I will definitely be returning. A splendid evening.

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KarenS
1 review
Dined on 25 November 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

It was a very nice choice for Thanksgiving. They had four menu options in addition to turkey.

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vipSoDoRegular
New York Area
24 reviews
Dined on 25 November 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

When we drove into the parking lot of the office building where River is located we weren’t sure whether we were in the right place. The restaurant is through the lobby to the rear of the building and it’s definitely worth the trip. The interior has a spacious feeling and the heated deck overlooking the river is terrific. The service was friendly and prompt, and their kitchen was amazingly fast. The menu for Thanksgiving was limited (and we had already decided on meals from the regular menu online) but we were not disappointed in our selections… a NY Strip and Asiago-crusted Salmon. A delicious NY Cheesecake for dessert was the perfect way complete our holiday meal.

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MEL123
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 25 November 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was excellent and the owner makes you feel like you’re a guest in her home.

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MauraK
1 review
Dined on 25 November 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

We had a very nice experience at The River on Thanksgiving Day. Our waiter was very friendly and helpful with our dinner choices. The food was great and we couldn't finish it all. We were seated at the windows so we had a view of the river. It was slightly chilly there, but I wouldn't want to be anywhere else. Great time!

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Mary
1 review
Dined on 25 November 2021
Overall3food2service2ambience3

I have been to River in the past and have always enjoyed it. Unfortunatley this time it was nothing to write home about. We were sat next to a door leading to the outside patio. With the staff coming/going it was very cold with no option for moving. Due to the holiday, there was limited selections, we selected the turkey dinner. The overall dinner was very salty; with both the turkey and gravey you had to use an extensive amount of pepper to compensate for the salt. If you didn't already have high blood pressure, you left there with it. Our waitress continued to make comments as to calories and weight. Two of my favorites: "I prefer to drink my calories rather than eat them." The dessert one was by far my #1 favorite, when we asked which of the two she recommended. "Oh, I never get dessert, I watch my weight."

I would recommend River but not for any holiday. They are focused on getting the food out and turning the table over for maximum income. They are not focused on quality and overall experience. My guess is, they think most of the customers will not be regular return customers so it does not matter the quality of the food and the overall experience.

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Denise
1 review
Dined on 25 November 2021
Overall2food2service3ambience2

We were seated inside but it was pretty chilly even after our waitress stated they had turned up the heat. Three of us had the lobster bisque and it was cold and not very flavorful. Three of us ordered the Thanksgiving Turkey special and one person ordered the salmon but when our meals arrived they served us four turkey meals. When we pointed this out to our waitress she stated she had heard four turkey meals ordered but others in our party heard the salmon order. The waitress offered to get a salmon meal but because everyone else at the table had their meals they chose to keep the turkey meal but no other amends were offered in compensation for the error. Our waitress was good and very accommodating but I felt she should have maybe given the Manager/Owner and heads up regarding the bisque and error in the our meals. This was the four us first visit to River and I really wasn't overly impressed. I might give it another time try next year when the weather is warmer and you can sit outside on the deck overlooking the Connecticut River.

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heidif
1 review
Dined on 22 November 2021
Overall2food2service2ambience3

The last few times I've eaten here, the food has been subpar. I ate in the restaurant with my family yesterday and the food took a while to get and the food was barely warm.

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OpenTable Diner
New England
5 reviews
Dined on 21 November 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I took my gf on a brunch date. It was a first for us both and let me tell you it set a standard. The staff were so hospitable. The food *chefs kiss*, creative and perfectly priced. The view was nice even though the leaves were off the trees. The giant heaters they have kept us warm. Definitely going back

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OpenTable Diner
New England
2 reviews
Dined on 20 November 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing time. Got there around 5:30. Sat outside. Was so warm under the heaters. The moon was full the glistening on the water. Steak was amazing. Cant say enough.

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Alysia
New England
3 reviews
Dined on 20 November 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food and service are absolutely phenomenal. One of the best restaurants I have ever been to.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
14 reviews
Dined on 19 November 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding service and food was superb.

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OpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined on 18 November 2021
Overall5food4service4ambience5

We had a wonderful experience eating outside on the deck on probably the last warm day before Winter. The view of the river is gorgeous and the food was delicious and cooked to perfection. Love the heaters. We will be back!

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DennisB
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on 18 November 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience4

Service very slow meal arrived well done and had to be sent back.

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trem
New England
1 review
Dined on 16 November 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The ambience of the river view is amazing. The Tuesday steak dinner special ( delicious and generous portions), reasonably priced bottles of wine along with the live dinner music is a bargain.

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TheresaK
1 review
Dined on 14 November 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Reservation was for 3:30 on Sunday. Best time to go. You will have the choice to eat outside or in. Sarah was awesome. We asked many questions and she was very informative. Food was great. The bacon appetizer was a bit fatty but hey, it’s bacon. Would truly recommend it. If you go, ask for Sarah.

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JosephA
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 14 November 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Good food, good service, pleasant surroundings good view of the river!

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ScottC
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 14 November 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Great food and lovely view of the river! Looking forward to going back again soon.

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Dann
1 review
Dined on 13 November 2021
Overall4food3service5ambience4

The restaurant was beautiful and spotlessly clean. The service was excellent. The food was a bit of a let down. Two for the four meals ordered were quiet good however the two pasta dishes were bland. In my chicken entre there was some very strong flavors in the mushrooms while the sauce and chicken had little flavor.

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viplauramgomez
New York Area
18 reviews
Dined on 13 November 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent restaurant! The staff was friendly and the owner even came around to check on tables! The food was delicious and the view and ambiance was very peaceful!

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Funwithfood
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 13 November 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Loved being able to still eat outside even when it's 40 degrees! Awesome view with toasty heaters made for a great anniversary dinner. Even though the heaters work great a warm coat helped keep us very comfortable eating on the deck. Will go back soon!

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Beachguy
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 13 November 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was great as always! Service was awesome and atmosphere is very nice.

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OpenTable Diner
Las Vegas
20 reviews
Dined on 12 November 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience3

Sat outside on the terrace overlooking the river…cool evening but the outdoor heaters were very effective. Service was ok, but the food was good but a bit pricey.

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laurab
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 12 November 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Nice atmosphere-inside or out! Good service. Will be back!

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Appreciative
Philadelphia
5 reviews
Dined on 11 November 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food and the service were wonderful!! We went early so the sun was still out and the view was great on the river. After the sun went down the lighting on the nearby trees kept the view interesting. We had a great time.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on 9 November 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We are regular customers at River. The food is always excellent.

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DennisB
New England
8 reviews
Dined on 8 November 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Was a low key and delightful evening. Service was top notch. Food was wonderful. The tuna was perfect, the cream spinach the best I have ever had. Salmon was also wonderful and we were very pleased.

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Elizabeth
1 review
Dined on 7 November 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We came for brunch. The food was delicious and the price was very reasonable. We love coming to the River. The restaurant is clean and the view is beautiful.

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OpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined on 6 November 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

The deck is very nice even in late October because of the heaters. I found the lobster bisque and steak saltier than my taste prefers.

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DMFarmington
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on 6 November 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent experience, we will be going back, out it on your list too!

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AudreyT
1 review
Dined on 6 November 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

food was very good, very nice atmosphere, wonderful evening out with friends. the owner stopped at every table. loved the heating outside with amazing decking overlooking the river. we will go again

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You can order delivery directly from River: A Waterfront Restaurant & Bar using the Order Online button. River: A Waterfront Restaurant & Bar also offers takeaway which you can order by calling the restaurant at (860) 257-3344.

River: A Waterfront Restaurant & Bar is rated 4.2 stars by 1815 OpenTable diners.

River: A Waterfront Restaurant & Bar does offer gift cards which you can purchase here https://www.toasttab.com/river-restaurant-group/giftcards.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting bookings at the moment.