River City Grille

4.5
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759 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Contemporary American
Centrally located on Route 9 in scenic Irvington, River City Grille has been enticing it's guests with an eclectic menu of creatively presented seasonal dishes since 1998.
A major renovation in 2014 has the space feeling as if it is new.
Perfect for dining with that special someone, or getting together with family and friends, River City strives to make your experience a memorable one.
The bar room has seating for up to 30 guests, and flat screen televisions for watching sports.
Happy Hour is Monday - Thursday 4pm until 6:30 PM. featuring a $5 menu of food and drinks.
Private events are popular with three different rooms to choose from.
What 759 People Are Saying
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4.5based on recent ratings
4.4
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4.5
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4.3
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4.3
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OT
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We all thoroughly enjoyed our meal. The atmosphere and the noise level were perfect for our gathering. We had a couple of senior citizens with us and I was concerned about the acoustics for them. But everything worked out perfectly. It’s a lively atmosphere but you can still hear yourself easily. And the food never disappoints

L
New York Area
99 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

Dinner at River City is always a treat. The menu is creative and good healthy portions. Bobby made a pork shoulder that was to die for. Tasty and not fatty. If I could critique just one aspect of the restaurant, I would say the bottle wine prices are outrageous - starting at $40. There are lots of wines that could be appealing in the high 20's and low 30's. Food for thought.

JN
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 27 November 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Such a great restaurant. Food is always tasty and fresh, waitstaff is great!

E
Atlantic City
22 reviews
Dined on 17 November 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Made reservations not knowing about this place at all, was just on the way home with whole family from sports activities. We were pleasantly surprised on how great the ambiance was, friendly staff and most importantly the food was superb. Our appetizers: Meatballs, teriyaki Quesada, fried calamari (although calamari salad was ordered) and truffle fries were out of this world good! Life-changing good! The mains did not disappoint either: their special seafood risotto was very tasty (additional salt needed but did not stop me from leaking the plate), veal cutlet with arugula salad, sesame crusted salmon and penne with chicken were all amazing. Ice cream for desert was cherry on the top of this amazing dinner. Would return again!

DR
New York Area
32 reviews
Dined on 16 November 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We were the first to be seated on a Saturday night the waitstaff were helpful, knowledgeable and there when you needed them . I had the scallops and shrimp and my wife had the fish and chips. Both were perfectly prepared. The chef stopped by to check on our meal and all in all we were very pleased.

JC
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on 16 November 2019
Overall3Food3Service4Ambience3

1st thing when they give you a menu that feels and looks as it was just came of a computer copier you should not have high expectations. The squash soup was so watery and tasteless. The highlight was the meatloaf and service was very good. The view of the garage service station next door was something I could do without.

OT
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on 15 November 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Our restaurant week experiment was a success. We will surely return to try the regular menu. Bravo

OT
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on 10 November 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Five old friends had a marvelous time at brunch. Food was excellent. Our waiter, Abraham, was fantastic.

s
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on 9 November 2019
Overall4Food4Service3Ambience4

Enjoyable evening . We were expecting the restaurant week menu but it was not available on Saturdays.
Food good. Lively ambiance. Will be nack.

MF
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 9 November 2019
Overall2Food2Service1Ambience3

The waiter ignored us despite standing very nearby. Never checked after food was delivered, never asked if I’d like a second glass of wine though my empty glass sat there halfway through my meal and had to ask for the check 3 times. There was a bone in my paella sausage and the flavor of the dish was not good. To add to all of this, the watery, tasteless butternut squash soup was on the menu for $8 but we were charged $9. It wasn’t worth either price. I will never return.

OT
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on 8 November 2019
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience4

Staff was friendly and accommodating. We had to switch tables because we went from 4 to 5 and it happened seamlessly. Most ordered off the restaurant week menu and all was delicious!

S
New York Area
72 reviews
Dined on 2 November 2019
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience4

If I had any comment it would be that the service was too good!! We had a reservation at 6:30, had a 3 course dinner and we were out before 8pm!

SD
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on 2 November 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Excellent service! Our waiter was wonderful! Eclectic menu. Good prices. Delicious food.

LM
New York Area
22 reviews
Dined on 2 November 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Delicious Brunch with excellent service

I look my mother here for a 75th Birthday Brunch and was deeply, deeply impressed. The food and service were both spectacular and a wonderful time was had by all.

Unlike all too many restaurants that turn brunch into the worst meal of the week and hope you won't notice because of all those mimosas and bloody marys, the River City Grille adds some very tasty breakfast items onto a menu that features most of their normal menu's selections.

My New Yorker - a smoked salmon bagel with all the trimmings topped with a perfectly poached egg - was exactly what I wanted. But my son's filet mignon was also perfectly cooked with a nice sear outside and red meat inside and exactly what he wanted. My mom was in the mood for a juicy burger - ditto. And so on through a sesame crusted salmon, a pizzetta, and some shrimp tacos. The tacos were probably the weakest of the bunch...but that is simply because everything else was extraordinary.

A pair of tasty bloody marys did go down - being the birthday girl and her husband does have it's privileges - and rest of us enjoyed our coffees and juices.

And again, I must say that the service was welcoming and wonderful and helped make the experience quite special.

R
Dallas
7 reviews
Dined on 29 October 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

We discovered River City Grille via Open Table during a recent visit to the Hudson Valley. After our first visit, we were sufficiently impressed to return the next day prior to departing the area. The food was excellent on both occasions, with the pulled pork wrap being especially delicious. The wine selection is small but quite good, and reasonably priced.

OT
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on 26 October 2019
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

Excellent meal and service! Great dinner after a day of exploring the area and hiking Rockefeller state park.

OT
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on 20 October 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We are from out of town and found this restaurant while searching for a place to eat. We both found something on the menu we liked plus they had a Porter on the beer menu. That was all I needed to choose this place. The food was outstanding and the service was great! I’d go back if in the area again.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 20 October 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The food was excellent and well presented, not a bad taste in any dish. Service was excellent and professional, they took care of my dietary needs and always made sure we were satisfied.

B
New York Area
54 reviews
Dined on 20 October 2019
Overall4Food3Service5Ambience4

The decor and ambience was very nice and the service was very good. Goat cheese salad was excellent as was creme brulee desert, but was disappointed that mushroom ravioli was so heavily drenched with cream sauce. We asked for leftover to be boxed without sauce and when was re-heated was more able to enjoy the excellent pasta shell and mushroom filling. I would order again, but with request for light sauce or sauce on the side.

L
New York Area
100 reviews
Dined on 19 October 2019
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

River City is always a pleasant dining experience. The food is creative, ample portions and tasty. The service is top notch. My only wish is for the wine list to be more affordable. Opening price for wines starts at $40 - pretty steep for Westchester.

B
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 15 October 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Restaurant empty on a Tuesday evening. Service impeccable. Waiter very attentive to person in our group who questioned ingredients due to allergies. Menu choices varied. 4 of us had different meals and not a complaint in the bunch!
Parking is the only negative. Tiny lot.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 14 October 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great for kids and adults. Superb menu and service!

SL
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 6 October 2019
Overall3Food3Service2Ambience4

I hate writing reviews but I feel like I need to. We arrived there and were greeted with a hi from our server. He literally came over and said “ I just wanted to say hi, I’ll be back to take your orders”. The whole time we felt rushed. The food came out fairly fast but portions were small. My boyfriend got the mushroom ravioli and he didn’t like that you can see through. My brother and his girlfriend got The same pasta dish and his portion was significantly smaller than hers. I got the lemon Roasted chicken dish, there was four tiny pieces of chicken and the prosciutto risotto was far too sweet. The food was okay but proportions were tiny and price was over priced. When asked if he can clear the table I said I need my wrapped up, he then proceeded to take my dish first and stack the empty plates on top of it. I guess no left overs for me. Then he was rushing up with the check while the restaurant was dead.

AM
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 21 September 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

I have always loved this sweet restaurant. The staff are all lovely. The food is wonderful and the presentation is beautiful. Was very pleased to see some specials and changes in the menu as that was my only complaint in the past. Our waiter was actually quite delightful as well. If you are on the fence about this place - jump! You will return again and again.

h
New England
7 reviews
Dined on 13 September 2019
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience3

Good dinner and good service

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 9 September 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Bobby and staff never fail to deliver. An old friend was in town from up north, wanted good food. Old reliable, RiverCity Grille never disappoints. Food was fantastic, great football convo with our bartender, just a really great time. Highly recommend if you want to eat great food. Can never decide what I want to order from the menu, so many great choices. Just another reason to come back soon.

D
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on 1 September 2019
Overall2Food2Service1Ambience2

Owner/manager rude and pushy. Not nearly as nice a place as their website indicates.

C
1 review
Dined on 31 August 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Food was excellent! Superb service and great value!

PK
New York Area
50 reviews
Dined on 23 August 2019
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience3

Consistently good food and clever cocktails. I enjoyed the Thai beef salad and pizzaette with goat cheese. Great neighborhood place for easy casual dining. Abraham was our server. He’s terrific.

OT
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on 17 August 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

My favorite neighborhood spot!

F
New York Area
31 reviews
Dined on 10 August 2019
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience4

This was a little gem in so many ways! Our server Mike was excellent with recommendations, attitude and attention to detail. The offerings for the Gluten Free member of our party were numerous and delicious. Drink menu was fun and also included a few Gluten Free items. A basket of treats muffins and breads was a real treat! WE will be back!

7
New York Area
52 reviews
Dined on 7 August 2019
Overall3Food3Service3Ambience3

Very good food. Good service also! Will go back!

D
New York Area
26 reviews
Dined on 31 July 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

The restaurant is not large so I was happy that they were able to accommodate our party of 11. The staff were all welcoming and professional. The food was excellent. I got a lot of compliments for choosing this place!

OT
New York Area
65 reviews
Dined on 19 July 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

City quality food...delicious. Service was excellent; all staff was very pleasant. If you sit close to the bar it is more noisy than if you were in a different location. Nice fresh decor. Will definitely be back.

D
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on 19 July 2019
Overall4Food5Service5Ambience4

Had lunch before going to Octagon House! Our server was attentive! I had the crab cake with corn and black beans. Delicious!
My friends had salad with salmon! Fresh and cooked perfectly!

n
New York Area
15 reviews
Dined on 14 July 2019
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience4

Birthday celebration. Lovely dinner. Waiter was very attentive.

s
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on 12 July 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

River City Grille remains one of my favorite restaurants. Their menu has many selections that are delicious. And the offer of a half-portion is one of my favorite ways to take advantage of a delicious filet mignon steak at a reasonable price. Other favorite dishes are their crispy goat cheese salad, and the almond cake desert.

G
New York Area
16 reviews
Dined on 11 July 2019
Overall3Food3Service5Ambience4

Food was ok; have eaten here many times and this occasion seemed less impressive. Excellent soup of the day; salad over-dressed (soggy). Pleasant service.

US
New York Area
18 reviews
Dined on 29 June 2019
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

Dependable good food and service. Makes you feel like you’re having an evening out.

DD
New York Area
80 reviews
Dined on 21 June 2019
Overall2Food2Service2Ambience2

So disappointed! We had a great meal last time we were there. So we picked it as the place to celebrate our son getting his first post college job. The place was filled with little kids. The service was inattentive and we spent a good deal of the time looking for our server. The steaks wer horribly over cooked and tasteless. It took 15-20 minutes to get our drinks. Overall it was so disappointing. Never again.