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299 Riverside Ave, Westport, CT 06880-4806
+1 203-557-8049
Website
Today
11:30 am - 3:00 pm
4:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Closed now
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Hours:
Sun 11:30 am - 9:00 pm
Mon - Tue 11:30 am - 3:00 pm
4:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Wed 4:30 am - 9:30 pm
Thu 11:30 am - 3:00 pm
4:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Sat 11:30 am - 10:30 pm
Good for:
Outdoor seating

TripAdvisor Reviewer Highlights

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Visitor rating
  • 23
    Excellent
  • 21
    Very good
  • 13
    Average
  • 3
    Poor
  • 6
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
Most recent review
Not worth the price of admission

I've been too Rive twice, a year apart each time. The first instance was for a wedding reception. The food was pretty decent, but after sending back my filet the first time they managed to overcook it twice the second time. Passable I guess because there were 100 people, so I figured giving Rive... read more

3 of 5 starsReviewed February 16, 2015
Poppa D
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Des Moines, Iowa
Good for:
  • Outdoor seating
  • Breakfast/Brunch
  • Reservations
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66 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

Date | Rating
  • English first
  • French first
  • Any
English first
Des Moines, Iowa
Senior Reviewer
6 reviews 6 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 16, 2015

I've been too Rive twice, a year apart each time. The first instance was for a wedding reception. The food was pretty decent, but after sending back my filet the first time they managed to overcook it twice the second time. Passable I guess because there were 100 people, so I figured giving Rive a second chance. Went there again... More 

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New York City, New York
Contributor
17 reviews 17 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed January 28, 2015

We have been eating at the Riv for a while, and have been giving several reviews on tripadvidor. Unfortunately the manager doesn't seem to be aware diners' thoughts nor to be keen on improving any of their problematic services. The quality of the cooking is going down. For example, their signature dish grilled artichoke hearts was serviced cold and artichokes... More 

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New York City, New York
Contributor
17 reviews 17 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed December 22, 2014

We are one of those loyal costumers to Rive Bistro. And I have been contributing great reviews about this place for trip advisor. The artichoke salad and the mussel dish are all the time spot on. However, yesterday the French fries came with the mussels were soggy. Worse, we sent it back and it came back with refried dark fries.... More 

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Westport, Connecticut
Senior Reviewer
9 reviews 9 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 3, 2014

Our 1st experience with this restaurant (less than 2 miles from home) was actually for Thanksgiving Dinner. It was excellent. And we plan to return to explore their regular menu some time soon. Responding to other reviewers about the view, I must disagree because someone turned out the lights (maybe because it was after dark). Seriously, we will go back... More 

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Stratford, Connecticut, United States
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 3, 2014

Have never been here before, food was beyond excellent, great variety. Nice seating, not to noisy. I need to come back in warmer climates to enjoy outside dining. Staff was attentive and very polite. This is a must if you are ever in the area.

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Stamford, Connecticut
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15 reviews 15 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 29, 2014

Had heard about this place but had not had a chance to come here. Nice location on the river. They have outside dining in the summer. The menu was "country French" with some nice additions to the menu. Attentive service. Some what rustic atmosphere but it fits with the menu. Easy to find on the way into Westport and will... More 

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Grants Pass, Oregon
Top Contributor
138 reviews 138 reviews
70 restaurant reviews
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 14, 2014

This is an upscale restaurant with French speaking waiters, overlooking the river. The food for lunch was excellent and included a flair with the presentation. The soup was delicious. It is a nice place that could carry a romantic label and great for conversation.

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Oak Ridge, North Carolina
Top Contributor
72 reviews 72 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 9, 2014 via mobile

the food is well prepared. We kept to soup and appetizers since we weren't that hungry. The problem with the restaurant is that the noise level is quite high and difficult to hold a normal conversation.

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Connecticut USA
Top Contributor
111 reviews 111 reviews
50 restaurant reviews
89 helpful votes 89 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 2, 2014

Unfortunately it continues to be difficult to find good restaurants with a view on the Long Island Sound or a river in Connecticut. Rive Bistro is an exception. The food is well prepared in a French bourgeois cuisine way. Nothing over sophisticated but good, solid bistro fare. Nicely decorated restaurant with view over Saugatuck river. Outside patio seating. Big, well... More 

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Connecticut
Top Contributor
64 reviews 64 reviews
43 restaurant reviews
47 helpful votes 47 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed October 27, 2014

While this place is a lovely spot on the river, the wait staff does not make it a pleasant experience. They never smile or offer suggestions. When each course was being served, they never knew Which table ordered what. Too much confusion and not worth the aggravation.

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 299 Riverside Ave, Westport, CT 06880-4806
  • Location: United States  >  Connecticut (CT)  >  Westport
  • Phone Number: +1 203-557-8049

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 15 - 30
  • Cuisine: French

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Outdoor seating
Open Hours
Sunday
11:30 am - 9:00 pm
Monday
11:30 am - 3:00 pm
4:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Tuesday
11:30 am - 3:00 pm
4:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Wednesday
4:30 am - 9:30 pm
Thursday
11:30 am - 3:00 pm
4:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Saturday
11:30 am - 10:30 pm

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