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River Bistro

International, Spanish
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300 Kent Road, New Milford, CT
860.355.4466
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Hours:
Wed 1:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Dining options: Dinner, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff

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  • 15
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  • 8
    Very good
  • 2
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  • 1
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  • 0
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Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
Worth A Visit

A nice setting on a narrow part of the Housatonic River. They feature a number of tapas choices (but not nearly enough of a selection). The paella is terrific -- more seafood than rice -- and wonderfully seasoned. Service is friendly and the price is more than reasonable.

4 of 5 starsReviewed September 29, 2015
damg
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New York, NY
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New York, NY
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491 reviews
342 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 209 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2015

A nice setting on a narrow part of the Housatonic River. They feature a number of tapas choices (but not nearly enough of a selection). The paella is terrific -- more seafood than rice -- and wonderfully seasoned. Service is friendly and the price is more than reasonable.

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HAMDEN
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25 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2015

Whenever we travel to Kent and the area for scenic rides, we stop to have a meal at the River Bistro. This chef-owned restaurant has great dishes, from their crispy calamari, to their well-seasoned paella. Their tapas menu is a nice choice too, with generous portions and creative approaches to the dishes. Recently we also had the shrimp Gibraltar and... More 

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2 Thank Nancy A
New Milford, Connecticut, United States
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5 reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2015

Good, basic, dependable, Spanish style tapas, home made sangria. Hasn't changed their menu ever. Good wine selection.

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Thank Pat G
New Fairfield, Connecticut
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19 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 25, 2015

I wish there were a "good" rating because that is River Bistro. David and I dined there with our friends, Dawn and Gary on a recent Saturday night. The interior has all the charm of a sixty year old restaurant. The atmosphere is heavy and dark. We were seated at a round table near the window with a view of... More 

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Thank Esrick
New Milford, Connecticut
2 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 31, 2014

This little cozy restaurant surprises with fantastic meals, cooked by Chef and Owner Carl. M. himself. The atmosphere is warm and comfy, you will feel at home at your first visit! Let's not forget the great local bands that play on Wednesday, Thursday and Fridays....close-up and personal.

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1 Thank RichardsonSam20
New Milford, Connecticut, United States
1 review
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 28, 2014

Been going there almost 5 years now. Wonderful people, great food and excellent live music. Best place in town!

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E Hampton
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9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 20, 2014

The food was good and the entertainment was fabulous. I had the Chiopino, which was tasty. My companion wanted the Spanish meatballs but for an entree not a starter. They were kind enough to make him the entree he requested and the meatballs were wonderful. The wine list was good and the Bordeaux delicious. After dinner we stayed for the... More 

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2 Thank Cathie H
Stamford, Connecticut, United States
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163 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 68 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2014

First of all great service, very accommodating plus they made sure we didn't order too much as the Tapas servings are more generous than other similar restaurants. We had a wide variety of dishes but the one I liked the most were the bacon wrapped dates, very unusual flavour but delicious. The Chicken Noodle soup was also great, would go... More 

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1 Thank Scott22-10
New Milford, Connecticut
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10 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 22, 2013

have eaten there many time always good food and service menu is getting old and need to be changed with seasons otherwise wonderful place

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Thank louis s
Mystic, Connecticut
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37 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 21, 2013

We were from out of town, driving around, saw this place and stopped to eat. It was a good decision. The owner/chef does a great job with tapas (the "Gypsy" something special was really good) -- honestly better than anything we had in Spain. We had the Cubano burger and Layered Eggplant entrees - both carefully prepared, tasty and attractively... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 300 Kent Road, New Milford, CT
  • Location: United States  >  Connecticut (CT)  >  New Milford
  • Phone Number: 860.355.4466

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: International, Spanish
Open Hours
Wednesday
1:00 pm - 8:00 pm

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