The River Social

4.2
299 reviews
$31 to $50
Mediterranean
The River Social is a Mediterranean Restaurant and Bar destination being the only restaurant with direct frontage on the Cobblestones River Walk area of Water Place Park. We offer an inventive menu, expertly-prepared Social Plates, hand-crafted cocktails, impeccably professional service and a stunning Mediterranean-Influenced interior with Waterfront outdoor seating. The River Social Is a unique and exciting dining option in Downtown Providence.

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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 299 People Are Saying
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4.2based on recent ratings
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Food
4.2
Service
4.4
Ambience
3.9
Value
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EllenL
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience4

Good food in a great location on the river in heart of downtown Providence. Worth a stop!

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Rachel
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on 17 October 2021
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience5

Beautiful setting, great service; coffee was average; Shaka hula was very salty; wish they’d had gluten free bread

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on 17 October 2021
Overall1Food1Service1Ambience3

Good wasn’t good and took forever to arrive. Pancakes undercooked. Portions were small, especially for the price. My dish came out 15 minutes later than the rest of my party’s. Had to ask for water, coffee refill, bill - no one checked on us. Won’t be back.

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Katy
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on 17 October 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Lovely brunch. We had trouble making our reservation on time due to street closures for a race that my phone wasn't picking up. They called us and held our table a few minutes longer than the usual 15. We were seated and waited on promptly. Mediterranean omelette was great as was the chicken and waffles. Orange juice was okay - full of ice and not fresh, but a nice way to start a Sunday.

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vipDiningout
New England
3 reviews
Dined on 16 October 2021
Overall2Food2Service1Ambience5

Very mediocre food. Seems like microwaved frozen stuff. Great location.

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LaurelH
New England
4 reviews
Dined on 2 October 2021
Overall2Food2Service3Ambience4

Menu was limited due to Waterfire but we weren’t told that beforehand. The menu had 1 basic chicken dish, steak tips and a vegetarian past dish - kind of like a wedding. They also had a 90 minute limit and we were told that when we walked in and then again 20 minutes before our time was up and then again 10 minutes before our time was up. It made for a very uncomfortable meal.

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LauraC
New England
1 review
Dined on 2 October 2021
Overall1Food1Service4Ambience2

I really wanted to like this place due to proximity to the Waterfire. But the food was just not good at all - crabcakes that tasted like they came from the frozen food isle, chicken with tomatoes that was bland amd tasteless and very few food choices due to it being Waterfire night. For the high price we paid, was surprised to be served wine in a plastic cup amd forced to wear a paper bracelet to allow access into the one toilet they have. Will not be returning.

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jazmin227
New England
2 reviews
Dined on 26 September 2021
Overall4Food5Service5Ambience4

It was my first time dining at The River Social, it was good. Although I found it weird that I had to confirm 3 different times and was called to move my reservation 2 days in advance because there were two big parties ahead of mine. They called me 5 minutes before my scheduled time to confirm once again I was showing up.
Service- once there the waitress we had was great, she made sure our mimosas were full and surprised us with different flavors each time. The grapefruit was our favorite!
Food- the kitchen closed shortly after we sat down but they still took out order. We all had chicken and waffles. The dish was served like a sandwich with a spicy aioli spread and pepper jack cheese - delicious! I recommend dipping it in maple syrup to bring it to the next level.
Overall, it was a good time. The music was good and the outside seating was nice.

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TahraK
New England
1 review
Dined on 19 September 2021
Overall4Food5Service4Ambience5

i went with my family and it was very nice, overall. the music was a little loud, but we were close to the speaker. the food took a little while to get to us too. but everything looked and tasted amazing!

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vipLindaS
New England
5 reviews
Dined on 15 September 2021
Overall2Food2Service2Ambience3

We wanted to try their house rub wings, and mini naans with pork belly-- waitress took our order, returned & told us they ran out of wings and the mini naan & no pork belly. I ordered the ahi tuna roll and they didn't have that either. We ordered the kabob tower for 2 and the steak has zero flavor. I think they forgot to marinate that. We ordered a side of arugula salad to accompany it and a regular house salad came out - no explanation. Probably won't return.

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Liz2021
New England
2 reviews
Dined on 12 September 2021
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience4

Love this place. Have only had brunch but cannot wait to come back and try dinner menu. Service is fantastic. Drinks are outstanding and food delicious!

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mallory
1 review
Dined on 12 September 2021
Overall2Food3Service2Ambience4

Overall left feeling like we would not return. We sat outside so it was hard to see how busy it was inside. The service was a little slow so we just assumed they were busy however when I went in after our waitress had not checked on us in over 20 minutes, the restaurant only had a few tables and all of the staff was just hanging at the bar and in the kitchen they were eating. It ended up taking over an hour from sitting down to get our food. Ambience by the river was nice but would not go back.

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vipGuards2b7
New York Area
19 reviews
Dined on 11 September 2021
Overall4Food5Service5Ambience4

Great location along with good service and quality food, would maximize more outdoor seating if possible but overall worth the trip.

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NicoleC
New England
5 reviews
Dined on 11 September 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

First time at River Social. We had a great time. The weather was perfect and the outdoor space made for a relaxing brunch with friends. We will be back. The meatlovers omelet and sangria are the best!

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Katherine
New England
1 review
Dined on 29 August 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Food was great!! We got the waffle pops to start and omg they were so cute! And then the table got the salmon Benedict and the crab cake which were great. I got a dish that came in a cast iron pan with pita on the side I wish I remembered what it was called 😭 and it was my favorite out of everything it was delicious. Will definitely be back!

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vipMikeT
Los Angeles
6 reviews
Dined on 28 August 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The view of the reviver is spectacular. The chicken and waffles were divine. The service was perfect.

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gofriars
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on 27 August 2021
Overall2Food2Service2Ambience2

Understaffed. Wait for drinks food was lengthy

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vipLisaF
New England
6 reviews
Dined on 13 August 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great place and great food! We had dinner with my niece and nephew and it was terrific. The singer was great and one of the customers got up to join him. Wait staff were excellent!

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Moesree
1 review
Dined on 13 August 2021
Overall1Food2Service1Ambience1

Waited on a kids pasta and it took forever and when we received it it was raw. Hostess was rude as well

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vipNicki
New England
12 reviews
Dined on 13 August 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great place, excellent service, the food was absolutely delicious.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 7 August 2021
Overall1Food1Service1Ambience1

Sat for 25 minutes and nobody came

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Stacia
1 review
Dined on 6 August 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Jenna provides great service and really made the evening enjoyable! Delicious dinner.

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Globetrotter
1 review
Dined on 1 August 2021
Overall4Food5Service4Ambience4

The food was absolutely outstanding. I was a little disappointed at what I perceived as inflexibility on the chef’s part who could not provide for a side of vegetables that was not a part of my dish. Strange. Perhaps with experience the staff will learn how to accommodate paying customers a little better.

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OpenTable Diner
New England
4 reviews
Dined on 31 July 2021
Overall2Food2Service2Ambience4

The location was very hard to find and they did not acknowledge the birthday we were celebrating. Our drinks were served in plastic cups and my martini was in a small punch plastic cup which was very disappointing. The service was very slow despite it not being busy at all though the entree came out before the salad was finished. The food was a little salty and over priced for what we got but we did go for dessert which was a baklava ice cream sandwich (small serving) that was very good. The scenery was gorgeous and right on the river so we could see the gondolas go by and it was a beautiful night to sit outside. I am willing to give it one more try and hope things have improved.

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MichaelO
New England
1 review
Dined on 31 July 2021
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience5

Service was very friendly, atmosphere was very nice. Plan on returning

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vipOpenTable Diner
New England
40 reviews
Dined on 25 July 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The ambiance was amazing as well as the service, food, and bottomless mimosa flavors

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JamesH
New England
3 reviews
Dined on 24 July 2021
Overall5Food4Service4Ambience5

Nice place. Great atmosphere. I prefer the outside seating.

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AngieB
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 23 July 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Good was so good! Wouldn’t expect it from a small hidden spot. Our waitress was super engaging and funny. Highly recommend.

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lola
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on 23 July 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

It was great. Exceeded expectations—food was very good as was service etc. will definitely go again and bring friends. Location is extra bonus.

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eichs
New York Area
21 reviews
Dined on 22 July 2021
Overall3Food3Service4Ambience4

Wanted someplace by the river and quieter. Am sure when bar bustling it is louder. Food pretty uninspiring overall. Shrimp on polenta was ok but shrimp had funny taste not related to the sirachi sauce. Crab canes were good. Split the sirloin on what was I guess paella rice and plate looked pretty unappetizing. Service good but would not return for food.

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vipJaniceR
New England
2 reviews
Dined on 17 July 2021
Overall3Food2Service2Ambience4

Loved the ambience. The bartender was not attentive to us at all. Came over to take our order and to bring us the bill. Gorgeous restaurant. Would be interested to try at night.

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KerryM
New England
2 reviews
Dined on 17 July 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Wonderful brunch in a great setting. Watching the kayaks glide down the waterway, we enjoyed the service delivered by Jenna who was knowledgeable and friendly. Great personality for hospitality! I had Smoked Salmon Benedict with perfectly crisp tater tots and my friend had an omelet with home fries. Fantastic food and experience.

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LISAP
1 review
Dined on 16 July 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

All of our food and drinks were delicious. Service and prices were great. Ambience very pretty. I would only want the size of the mimosas to be a little larger. We will return!

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PattyE
Philadelphia
7 reviews
Dined on 10 July 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Both the food and service were outstanding.

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vipShaunaL
New England
4 reviews
Dined on 27 June 2021
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience5

Our server was awesome, and the other server helping out was outstanding.

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viprobertab
New England
11 reviews
Dined on 26 June 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Friendly wait staff (even though understaffed like every place!). Yummy Mediterranean menu. Don’t miss the bombolinis!

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Hannah
1 review
Dined on 25 June 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Wonderful service! Waitress gave a awesome recommendation! Amazing food!

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vipHarry
New England
8 reviews
Dined on 19 June 2021
Overall4Food4Service3Ambience3

It is a great place for singles or date night with new couples... with food prices up portions were adequate - seeing it everyplace ... drinks were small except the sangria in a huge glass - like a scorpion bowl... food came out when it was ready vs. in normal presentation format ... spicy feta and Syrian bread was great..

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on 19 June 2021
Overall1Food2Service1Ambience3

Read this before booking. Service was TERRIBLE. I don’t know how this place has such a high review...We waited 20 minutes before the server even came over to tell us about the QR code menu- that we already knew about before she walked away swiftly. We waited 30 minutes before the sever allowed us to place our food order. My chicken was way over cooked and came with nothing for a side. This the worst place we’ve dined at in Providence. I’m sure you’d get better service at any other restaurant. Don’t waste your time go somewhere else and walk along the river or take a gondola ride.

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RebeccaP
Tampa
10 reviews
Dined on 19 June 2021
Overall2Food2Service3Ambience3

Was hoping for nice Mediterranean food. Disappointed by first course....focaccia not good and then rest was mediocre st best.

FAQs

The River Social does offer delivery in partnership with Uber Eats.

The River Social is rated 4.2 stars by 299 OpenTable diners.

The River Social does offer gift cards which you can purchase here https://theriversocial.com/gift-card-purchase/.

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 reservations at the moment.