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River: A Waterfront Restaurant & Bar

4.3
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1073 reviews
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$30 and under
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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.

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
Social Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
Personal Protective Equipment
  • Waiting staff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
What 1073 People Are Saying
Overall ratings and reviews
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4.3based on recent ratings
4.2
Food
4.3
Service
4.6
Ambience
4.1
Value
Noise · Moderate
92% of people would recommend it to a friend
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LaraW
New York Area
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall2Food3Service1Ambience4

Have been here prior to Covid and can see how the pandemic is effecting their usual quality and service. The day we went, they were very under staffed in the floor and kitchen. It took 15 minutes before anyone came to take our order. The order took for ever to come out and when it did, it wasn't all together. My husband's dish arrived another 10 to 15 minutes after everyone else was served. The food was fresh but not as inspired as before.

I am looking forward to going back after Covid, as the views are amazing and I had had such good experiences before!

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall2Food2Service2Ambience3

Looking to celebrate an anniversary at someplace new. The food was mediocre. River view was nice. The 1.5 hours limit per outside table is understandable but do you need to remind every guest several times. It makes you feel unwelcome. Just tell people at the time of making a reservation. The restaurant ran out of milk for tea...how does that happen on a Saturday night at 5? I was not impressed and will not be going back.

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JoeL
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience5

Great outdoor patio environment. Good food selection. Excellent service.

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CTRiverLover
New York Area
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

My wife and I had lunch at River. We had a reservation and were able to get a table outside overlooking the CT River. Service was prompt and the food was very good. No problems or issues. We had a great time. My wife had steak and it was cooked as requested and I had the Salmon sandwich. The salads were fresh with a tasty honey mustard dressing. We plan to go back again in the future.

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MarianneH
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Food was great and we had the kindest waitress! Highly recommend this restaurant!

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ShonaK
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 15 September 2020
Overall4Food5Service5Ambience5

great service , great food - very pricey - everything is al a carte

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SidneyT
1 review
Dined on 15 September 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The service was extremely pleasant , pricing excellent and the staff was knowledgeable. What a great experience and I would recommend Riverfront !!!!

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
35 reviews
Dined on 15 September 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Seated right upon our arrival. Inside due to the weather getting colder. Service has much improved. They try and turn tables within 90 minutes but our two previous visits have taken 2+ hrs to get service and such. This time we left after just about 90
Minutes and that included appetizers too. Again service was top notch and the food was very good. I’d recommend the cold Lobstah Roll, the Blue Cheese Chips, the Caesar Salad and the Pat LaFrieda Burger. We will be back in another 4 weeks. Thank you.

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Leslie
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 15 September 2020
Overall3Food3Service3Ambience2

There were 3 of us, two of us got salads with grilled chicken and one of us got the chicken sandwich. The grilled chicken on the salads was overcooked and dry. It was cold on the patio area and they didn't have the heaters working. We didn't feel comfortable at that point to move inside because it was getting crowded. This was my 3rd time there for lunch, the first two times were better experience. Looking forward to trying their new Mexican restaurant.

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BillK
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on 13 September 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Dinner was great, service awesome! Will return!

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 12 September 2020
Overall4Food5Service3Ambience5

It was cool! Besides the male rude host.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 12 September 2020
Overall5Food4Service4Ambience5

Overall good experience

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IvanaM
1 review
Dined on 11 September 2020
Overall3Food4Service2Ambience4

Host was not very friendly. We had reservations and he was annoyed we arrived 15 minutes early. Then at our reservation find, he thought we were someone else at sat us. After we were sitting and ordered our drinks, he came over time ask my name. I told him and his said this table was reserved girls done I be else. Got another attitude. Not my fault YOU made a mistake. Husband ordered a simple Dewars on the rocks Waitress came back to say they had to open another bottle. Then came back and said they didn't have any How do you run out of DEWARS ( a popular drink) on a Friday evening. Needless to say - we won't be going back - although the food was good

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MamadouB
1 review
Dined on 8 September 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Our waiter was top class gave options checked in and was great overall conversation

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Suzy
Charleston
1 review
Dined on 7 September 2020
Overall3Food4Service2Ambience3

The food is very good but the wait for those with a reservation was just as long as the wait for people without. I’ve visited twice with a reservation and had a long wait both times. The staff also doesn’t seem very experienced when it comes to hospitality.

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LisaK
1 review
Dined on 7 September 2020
Overall4Food3Service4Ambience4

We went on Labor Day and sat outside which was great. Very well equipped for social distancing. The food was good but they didn’t have an entree or dessert we wanted. The drinks were good, the service was excellent!! Loved the view!

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Vanessa
1 review
Dined on 6 September 2020
Overall1Food3Service1Ambience5

I would recommend it because the environment is very beautiful and the view is wonderful, but the table service was not done with care and attention.

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SylvesterS
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 6 September 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

One of our favorite places. Good food and great atmosphere overlooking the river.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on 6 September 2020
Overall2Food1Service1Ambience4

Ordered steak medium and it was charred
Cream spinach was basically some cook spinach and milk
The potato salad tasted like it was from the grocery store and not fresh made
The fries came to the table cold
We were never once checked on by waitstaff. No checking on the food no drink refills. It took 35 minutes to be served.
This side dishes to our entrées came out 10 minutes before our steak.
The only thing good about the restaurant is it location and view

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ShaleelaP
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on 6 September 2020
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience5

View of the river is beautiful, ambiance is great

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galem
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on 6 September 2020
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience5

A wonderful Sunday afternoon Lunch on the River. Taking a break from the Stay Home Covid routine we went to “River” for an early afternoon lunch and it could not have been more enjoyable. With good ample space out on the deck everyone could be comfortable. The food was excellent, it is definitely a Restaurant to visit again...

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ClaireS
1 review
Dined on 6 September 2020
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience4

Thank you to Issac for making our visit outstanding!

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vipRuss
Naples
16 reviews
Dined on 5 September 2020
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience5

Service and food were very good. I mentioned this before. Wish we could get a cocktail while waiting for our table.

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vipRiverview
New York Area
82 reviews
Dined on 5 September 2020
Overall3Food3Service3Ambience3

Sat indoors, not much for ambiance. Ceiling not so appealing. Waitress was blunt; wanted to remove starch from menu item, due to special diet, but "no changes/substitutions"? No decaf coffee either? Food was 50/50 - some apps/entrees very good some just ok. Sides were not hot. For the cost we expected a little better.

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GustavoM
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on 5 September 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Excellent experience and good customer service experience

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MeltemS
Salt Lake City
4 reviews
Dined on 5 September 2020
Overall4Food3Service3Ambience4

At a nice location and plenty outdoor availability, it is a good choice during Covid days. The service can be improved.

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RonaldM
1 review
Dined on 4 September 2020
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

Fabulous place was quite impressed by the establishment

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OpenTable Diner
Seattle
1 review
Dined on 4 September 2020
Overall1Food2Service1Ambience1

I made the reservation for 7:15 pm using the OpenTable app, but when we came we been told that we need to wait 40 minutes to be seated, we end up waiting an hour to bee seated. What is the point of reserving the table for the specific time if you can't get seated. We waited an hour to be seated, I was really disappointed, when we came there was a huge line and we been told that they all have reservations as well, I do t understand why the restaurant overlooking and making people wait and be disappointed at the end of the day.
Also, the service wasn't good our water and soft drinks haven't been refined. Won't go to this place anymore, not worth it at all

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OpenTable Diner
Atlanta
2 reviews
Dined on 4 September 2020
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience4

Really great service, no issues talking and hearing. Sat on the patio but at the back. Great place for a date.

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LoriW
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 4 September 2020
Overall3Food3Service1Ambience4

Anniversary

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EddyLee
1 review
Dined on 4 September 2020
Overall4Food5Service4Ambience5

Overall had an amazing time! What a hidden gem with a spectacular view/ambience — I will definitely be back. The only thing is that while we had a reservation we still had to wait several minutes for a table, but the staff was friendly and accommodated us fairly quickly. Also our waiter was awesome and the food was delicious.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 4 September 2020
Overall1Food1Service1Ambience1

We had reservations were told when we got there that “reservations are only for inside.” I had stated that we only eat outside when I reserved. So we couldn’t get a table to at least .5 hr so we left. Not a good system, in my opinion.

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MarlaD
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on 3 September 2020
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience5

Another great meal at River. We were able to dine outside, see the river, enjoy fresh air and great food.

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Halle
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on 3 September 2020
Overall4Food3Service3Ambience5

Food was good ...not great. appetizer that was to be shared placed on table with no plates to share. Then Caesar salad to be shared was placed on table with no plates until we requested them. One of the orders was served with Pappardalle pasta and I felt it was overcooked and clumped together. The view was gorgeous, but food not as good as when we dined there in January.

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sueP
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 3 September 2020
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience5

Beautiful spot on the river! We enjoyed the short ribs pappardelle and the rigatoni bolognese, with were excellent made with homemade pasta! I've already made another reservation for next week.

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Karemm
1 review
Dined on 30 August 2020
Overall3Food1Service4Ambience5

Food was terrible they only cook with peanut oil not too good for people with allergies very poor

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Suzanne
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 30 August 2020
Overall3Food4Service3Ambience4

Server was great. Food was good. We had to wait 45 minutes even though we had a reservation.

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Visiting
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on 30 August 2020
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience3

Food and service were very good. Only downside - when I made the reservation, I specified outdoor seating. When we arrived (a few minutes early) we were told that there would be ~40 minute wait for an outdoor table. They did manage to seat us next to a window. If they cannot honor an outdoor seating request with a reservation, perhaps they should not even offer the choice on the reservation, since it appears to be first come, first served anyway.

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ToddD
1 review
Dined on 28 August 2020
Overall4Food5Service4Ambience5

Great location on the river. Food and service were great. Are appetizers were out before our drinks. Definitely going to be back.

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Nuno
1 review
Dined on 28 August 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

1st time there, I was very surprised how nice it was and the food tasted amazing. We wanted to set outside To enjoy the view but the girl in the front said the wait will be about 1 hour witch doesn't make sense because I had reservations for 7:15pm for outside. So we Decided to eat inside because we didn’t want to wait so long. But our waitress was very nice and we enjoyed our night!

FAQs

River: A Waterfront Restaurant & Bar offers takeaway which you can order by calling the restaurant at (860) 257-3344.

River: A Waterfront Restaurant & Bar is rated 4.3 stars by 1073 OpenTable diners.

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