River: A Waterfront Restaurant & Bar

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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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4.3based on recent ratings
4.3
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4.4
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4.5
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4.1
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OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
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 5 days ago
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 5 days ago
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

NM
1 review
Dined on 5 January 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Our first visit and dining experience at The River was amazing. We came for the Sunday Brunch and it was beyond our expectations. The positive energy of the wait staff combined with the delightful variety of foods made for the Best of Times.

C
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 3 January 2020
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience3

Server was outstanding and made for an enjoyable experience - good food and fun night

DE
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 2 January 2020
Overall3Food5Service3Ambience5

I love river! And I’m sure that this previous visit was an anomaly but it was just not up to par. I noticed this in other restaurants as well this particular week so it must be after holiday recoup.

OT
1 review
Dined on 1 January 2020
Overall2Food2Service2Ambience3

Steak was overpriced and not cooked to what we ordered! Nothing comes with the entree, everything was extra. We were not happy at all with the food.

J
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on 29 December 2019
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

We went out for my wife's birthday. The food was good and so was the service.

CW
1 review
Dined on 28 December 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

This was one of the best meals. Steak was perfectly cooked med rare. Rizzoto was great. For the price it was a very nice meal and evening. Will come again.

RA
New York Area
16 reviews
Dined on 28 December 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

As always good food and service,enjoy the Saturday Brunch. Lunch menu!

RW
1 review
Dined on 27 December 2019
Overall5Food5Service3Ambience5

Was able to get a reservation at the last minute. Our server was very attentive. She gave good selections.
One of the owners took the time to appreciate all the guest
The lobster bisque was excellent but a bit much.
Will go back in the spring/summer to view the river

DM
1 review
Dined on 26 December 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Will keep returning to this gem of a restaurant. Great food and service. Incredible view. Moderate prices.

s
1 review
Dined on 25 December 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Christmas dinner was delicious! Large portions, average pricing, quiet ambiance & our waitress was pleasant & attentive. Definitely will go back!

o
New England
60 reviews
Dined on 25 December 2019
Overall3Food2Service3Ambience4

I would recommend the River BUT with caution - the food was just ok....the vegetable with my entree arrived cold and my entree (stuffed shrimp) was just luke warm - was going to send it back but then my guest would have been left eating alone while I waited for my food to be returned. It was great this place was open on Christmas Day - but the food was nothing to write home about - it wasn't bad but it wasn't great either. Had Carrot Cake for dessert - it was dry - great seasoning - but too dry - like it had been frozen then defrosted...too bad if it was fresh I bet it would have been good.

LJ
1 review
Dined on 25 December 2019
Overall4Food4Service3Ambience4

The food was good, the view of the CT river is wonderful, the prices were a tad high, but it was Christmas day and I expected that. Our waiter didn't smile. Maybe he was having a bad day, but the service was still good. I'll go back.

JK
1 review
Dined on 25 December 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

We had Christmas Dinner with our two young adult children and a boyfriend. We were met with a truly friendly wait staff and enjoyed everything that was served from great cocktails, apps, entrees and dessert. Although we are from the New York City area, I would certainly return for future occasions when in the area. Five stars!

CT
New England
5 reviews
Dined on 25 December 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great food and a great place to celebrate with family and friends!!

OT
1 review
Dined on 24 December 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Fantastic everything! Made our Christmas Eve one to remember. Fabulous food, festive decor, incredibly friendly service. Can’t wait to go back.

S
New York Area
221 reviews
Dined on 24 December 2019
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience5

Very pretty restaurant - the staff were soooo nice and friendly, from the hostess to the servers (Ryan and Sara). Food was very good too.

KB
1 review
Dined on 24 December 2019
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience5

This was the first time I dined here with my daughter on Christmas Eve so there was a limited 'special' menu for the evening. The servers were very attentive and the owner also visited each table for feedback which was very nice. Food and cocktails were very good - we had the mussels and Caesar salad for appetizers and both ordered the Prime Rib - excellent. I would like to go back during the day when you can enjoy the view.

RA
New York Area
16 reviews
Dined on 21 December 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

River now has a Saturday brunch menu.Berry pancakes and bacon were great!Neat watching the ice floe!

l
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on 20 December 2019
Overall2Food5Service2Ambience4

Lobster Bisque was too salty. The waiter was inexperienced, service was sketchy

GL
1 review
Dined on 8 December 2019
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience4

First visit, and will definitely visit again. Good food, GREAT service (Thank you Donna!).

KM
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on 28 November 2019
Overall3Food5Service3Ambience4

I would recommend this place because the food was good and the staff was friendly, that’s it. However we went last seating on Thanksgiving and they kept running out of food. Understandable I guess but for the main course of turkey, stuffing, potatoes and green beans, they completely omitted the stuffing (ran out?) and got away with it because we were too tired to notice. No substitute, nothing. They ran out of dessert choices too but at least they offered substitutes for that. At least the turkey was delicious which is why I gave 3 stars and would recommend to someone... good food just watch what you are getting!

k
New England
2 reviews
Dined on 28 November 2019
Overall4Food4Service3Ambience4

Service was ok. Waitress forgot items in 2 different instances. Everyone is friendly and they don't rush you to empty the table for next guests. Food is delicious. Drinks are a bit on the higher side.

ML
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on 28 November 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Always a good choice. We were not aware there was a Thanksgiving special going on but it was well worth it and very good.

OT
1 review
Dined on 28 November 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We’re definitely going back. The food was good, the ambiance special, and the staff gracious. What’s not to love?

PR
1 review
Dined on 28 November 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

I was expecting to have a good meal but the food very much exceeded my expectation. Everything was delicious, beautifully presented, fresh and good quality, and prepared so tastily and competently. It was a 4-course Thanksgiving menu; two of us had the salmon entree and two others the sirloin steak. The steak eaters remarked that it was outstandingly good steak, as good or better than any they had ever had. I look forward to returning and ordering off the standard menu, too. The service was friendly, warm, and very able. All in all, it was a very comfortable alternative to having our holiday at home.

D
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 28 November 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

the both could be a bit more roomy, sat there away from window as my folks are always cold. this was our second thanksgiving and our fourth time over all to your wonderful restaurant. we have shared with two friends the brunch on a sunday last April. Really enjoyed our feb 14 visit.

m
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on 23 November 2019
Overall2Food2Service2Ambience3

I've been to this restaurant many times, the service has always been an issue but the food was always good. This time the service was much better and some of the food was good like the pasta. I had the Chicken Saltimbocca which is usaually good but was very dry ....a bit dissappointing

JR
1 review
Dined on 22 November 2019
Overall5Food4Service4Ambience4

looking forward to meeting friends there for lunch very soon!

DR
New York Area
43 reviews
Dined on 20 November 2019
Overall3Food3Service5Ambience5

Really not happy with menu changing so much, very limited cut at least in half, mostly steak now. Then specials were the same item on menu just added balsamic? Did away with pizza as appetizer, want you to eat in atrium but can only get pizza and grinders there. Very disappointed, Don't plan on going back any time soon.

c
1 review
Dined on 17 November 2019
Overall2Food2Service5Ambience5

I have already rated the restaurant directly and the fact that they were not accountable for their own actions, I will not ever visit or refer anyone there. In fact, I would defer anyone from going there. I would refer them to DAKOTAS!

r
Miami
1 review
Dined on 16 November 2019
Overall3Food1Service2Ambience5

Great view and bar scene but the food was marginal
My $46 steak ordered medium rare was well done
When I sent it back the exact same steak reappeared with more au jus on it !

VU
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 10 November 2019
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience4

The service here was amazing! We attend buffet brunches all over the state and this by far had the best service. In addition, the price includes 2 alcoholic drinks which was a nice surprise. I eat plant based and there were several options for me and everything was delicious. The only negative is when we asked about the types of sushi they had because of an intolerance to shell fish we were told that certain ones were salmon when in fact they were crab. If we had a true allergy that would have been unfortunate! Overall though, this is a wonderful brunch!

GM
New England
20 reviews
Dined on 7 November 2019
Overall2Food2Service5Ambience4

We have been to River a few times and have never had a good experience. We’ve gone there for the outdoor seating and the view. This last time we were inside due to the temperature and rain, and it is a beautiful restaurant but the service and food is always hit or miss. The only good part of our experience is our server Ryan. Ryan is an excellent server and the restaurant is very lucky to have him. He is what makes the experience not get less than two stars

JO
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 2 November 2019
Overall1Food2Service1Ambience1

Please read my terrible experience on messenger.
I wouldn’t recommend this place at any time it might be busy. It was horrendous!

MK
1 review
Dined on 2 November 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

I have been to River Restaurant for a retirement party and we had a buffet which was excellent. We went back for brunch a couple of times which is also excellent. This weekend we’re had dinner before going to Mohegan Sun for a concert and everyone in our party had an excellent meal. Still trying to get there for happy hour during the warm weather so we can go out on the deck!