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Rive Bistro

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299 Riverside Ave, Westport, CT 06880-4824
+1 203-557-8049
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11:30 - 21:00
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Hours:
Sun - Mon 11:30 - 21:00
Tue 16:30 - 21:00
Tue - Fri 11:30 - 15:00
Wed - Thu 16:30 - 21:30
Fri 16:30 - 22:30
Sat 11:30 - 22:30
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New York City, New York
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43 reviews
36 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

I had the Chopped Kale and Farro salad and the salmon for dinner. It was excellent. The only thing I don't like about this restaurant is the noise at night and crowd from the bar. Also, when you arrive, everyone is jammed up between the bar, front reception desk and the door, it's uncomfortable and awkward, particularly if you have... More 

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Norwalk
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37 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 October 2016 via mobile

I have eaten here twice, each time a special occasion, and each time the food, atmosphere and service rose to the occasion. Not cheap, but every mouthful is with savoring, so you definitely leave satisfied and get your money's worth. Especially recommend trout almondine, cheese plate, coconut cake.

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Naperville, Illinois, United States
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153 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 45 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 September 2016

Mid week last minute decision to eat at Rive. Gotta love the French Cars parked in front. Great views over the River, Liked how the canopy protects diners even with a moderate rain. Everything fresh, great flavors, we have zero complaints over the food quality. Our mistake that it was a school night, hoped to get in and out within... More 

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Fairfield, Connecticut
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 September 2016

Hubby's BNI Westport group booked a riverside get together complete with silent auction items to as a bonus benefit for the Closer to Free Ride to support those at the Smilow Cancer Center in New Haven, CT. We enjoyed a beautiful evening along the Saugatuck River in the lovely outdoor area complete with couches and comfy chairs and pillows. A... More 

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St. Petersburg, Florida
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237 reviews
156 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 88 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 September 2016

A group of us went here after a show at the Westport Playhouse. The service was slow despite having an early (5pm) seating. It took a while to get drinks, by the time we finished them our waitress finally came to get dinner orders. The escargot was garlicky and tuna tartar was good as were the salads. Several of us... More 

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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 September 2016 via mobile

We have been to this restaurant on multiple occasions and they seem to change their name or the kitchen staff often. The Rive' or River or whatever they are calling themselves these days is a great location and when the food is good the meal can be enjoyable. This visit was at best, a yawner. For appetizers we had the... More 

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Montville, New Jersey
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 July 2016

We stopped here for lunch on our way to Mystic and what a great surprise. Very pretty with a great view. It was too hot to sit outside, but we had a perfect table overlooking the river. French onion soup, escargot, Nicoise salade and Croque Monsieur all delicious. Good wine list too, very reasonably priced. Cant wait to come back!

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Silver Spring, Maryland
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578 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 227 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 June 2016 via mobile

Unless my mother had vouched for Rive Bistro being a GREAT place for dinner, I would have given just three stars. On a Wednesday afternoon, we stopped by hoping for a quiet al fresco lunch. In the hour we were there, the patio filled to overflowing and quite noisy and warm. Our waitress seemed a bit overwhelmed by the number... More 

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Westport
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 June 2016 via mobile

Beautiful location but once again terrible service. Not sure what or who you have to be get pleasent service here.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 June 2016

Excellent French Restaurant on the banks of the river. The menu is full of typical French dishes, all of which we had where traditionally prepared and presented and cooked to perfection. Very good and not overly priced accompanying wine list.

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$ 15 - US$ 30
Cuisine
French, Gluten Free Options
Meals
Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Drinks
Restaurant features
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
View, Special Occasion Dining, Business meetings, Groups, Romantic
Open Hours
Sunday
11:30 - 21:00
Monday
11:30 - 21:00
Tuesday
11:30 - 15:00
16:30 - 21:00
Wednesday
11:30 - 15:00
16:30 - 21:30
Thursday
11:30 - 15:00
16:30 - 21:30
Friday
11:30 - 15:00
16:30 - 22:30
Saturday
11:30 - 22:30
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 299 Riverside Ave, Westport, CT 06880-4824
  • Location: United States  >  Connecticut (CT)  >  Westport
  • Phone Number: +1 203-557-8049

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Typical questions asked:
  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?