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River Tavern

23 Main St, Chester, CT 06412-1311
+1 860-526-9417
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  • Excellent58%
  • Very good26%
  • Average11%
  • Poor4%
  • Terrible1%
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American, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
23 Main St, Chester, CT 06412-1311
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Reviewed 4 November 2018

What a lovely restaurant. We were staying in East Haddam to attend the Drowsy Chaperone at the Goodspeed Opera House and booked a reservation for dinner at the River Tavern. The food was amazing (as was the grapefruit cocktail!). The ingredients were so fresh and...More

Date of visit: October 2018
Thank JoyceWhoLovesToTrave
Reviewed 30 October 2018

The seating reminded me of a sub or pizza shop; long tables set close together and cheap, uncomfortable seats. The acoustics weren't that great. Out of the 6 meals our group ordered, there was thumbs up for 3 of them: swordfish, scallops, and short ribs....More

Date of visit: October 2018
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Reviewed 24 October 2018

Three of us went here for dinner, one vegan. Food was very good and they accommodated vegan request with ease. Great atmosphere and good service. Be warned, spicy means spicy and hot! Good wine selection

Date of visit: October 2018
Thank RobinCressage
Reviewed 5 October 2018

One of the best gastronomic experiences we have had in a long time! Very talented chef and staff! The menu is changed daily. The chef changes the menu according to what ever fresh ingredients are available. I ordered black sea bass with ginger,carrot and chili...More

Date of visit: October 2018
Thank Melanie E
Reviewed 5 October 2018

River Tavern provides the type of food you would expect in a large cosmopolitan city, but in small town New England it is refreshing and wonderful. Chef Jonathan has created a superb menu that celebrates local, seasonal delicacies while balancing a rare mix of culinary...More

Date of visit: October 2018
Thank Kristiesue
Reviewed 4 October 2018 via mobile

The number of stars is based solely on the food. The service although pleasant was not exactly present. We were the third party seated at noon on a Wednesday but took over an hour for our entire stay. It was frustrating to watch others around...More

Date of visit: October 2018
Thank kmghall
Reviewed 13 September 2018

The two young ladies who apparently were both wait staff and managers were over tasked at this Saturday lunch which filled all tables. The locally raised hamburger was dry. French fries not up to Micky D's standard. Those in our party that ordered Pad Thai...More

Date of visit: September 2018
Thank Howarth B
Reviewed 3 September 2018 via mobile

What a great find. We picked this restaurant because it is in walking distance from The Terri’s Theater. Love that they make the menu new every day. (So you can’t completely go by the menu online). You could tell the tomatoes were garden fresh in...More

Date of visit: September 2018
Thank Gayle C
Reviewed 31 August 2018

This is a very busy restaurant with the Norma Terris theatre right down the street, but luckily they could accommodate our walk-in with a table outside. It was half-price margaritas so I had the jalapeno one, which was actually spicy! My aunt had the fresh...More

Date of visit: August 2018
Thank NatAtHome
Reviewed 16 August 2018

I love love love this restaurant. River Tavern. Today's visit was during luncheon service at 1:30ish with few customers indoors and just two tables taken outside. Contrary to my GLOWING report of March, I can not get over this disappointing experience. Requesting no menu, I...More

Date of visit: August 2018
Thank Elise L
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Response from Morganna | Reviewed this property |
I'm gonna say 5:30 food there is cooked to order.. and it's a relaxing place that will give you time to leisurely get to the opera house ENJOY
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Outdoor Seating
Good for
Local cuisine, Special Occasion Dining, Bar Scene, Romantic
Open Hours
11:00 AM - 2:30 PM
4:30 PM - 9:00 PM
11:30 AM - 2:30 PM
5:00 PM - 9:00 PM
11:30 AM - 2:30 PM
5:00 PM - 9:00 PM
11:30 AM - 2:30 PM
5:00 PM - 9:00 PM
11:30 AM - 2:30 PM
5:00 PM - 9:00 PM
11:30 AM - 2:30 PM
5:00 PM - 10:00 PM
11:30 AM - 2:30 PM
5:00 PM - 10:00 PM
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 23 Main St, Chester, CT 06412-1311
  • Location: United States  >  Connecticut (CT)  >  Chester
  • Phone Number: +1 860-526-9417
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