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Rive Bistro

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299 Riverside Ave, Westport, CT 06880
+1 203-557-8049
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11:30 am - 10:30 pm
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Hours:
Sun - Mon 11:30 am - 9:00 pm
Tue 4:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Tue - Fri 11:30 am - 3:00 pm
Wed - Thu 4:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Fri 4:30 pm - 10:30 pm
Sat 11:30 am - 10:30 pm
Dining options: Drinks, Dinner, Lunch, Outdoor Seating, Reservations

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  • 30
    Excellent
  • 26
    Very good
  • 14
    Average
  • 5
    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
Brunch: good food, terrible service - authenticity taken a step too far!

We come to Rive Bistro several times each year, sometimes for dinner, but most often for Sunday brunch by the river. This is a lovely place, with very good food. Normally, the service ranges from unexceptional to good. Today, the "authentic French waiter, Patrick" seemed to be doing his best to... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed August 9, 2015
mpaw
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Milford, Connecticut
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New York
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48 reviews
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2015

The view is great but our experience was extremely disappointing. After the delivery of our appetizer, we became invisible. We asked three times for more brown bread before it arrived. Getting a second glass of wine was nearly impossible. At the end of the meal, the dirty plates sat for more than 15 minutes as we desperately wished someone would... More 

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White Plains, New York
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2015 via mobile

I don't think I've ever been to a restaurant on water that had great food. I'm probably mistaken but nothing jumps out. It's like the owners think they are on water, paying lots of rent so they have to save on a cook and/or food. Regular restaurants without views have terrific food that people pay for so why not pay... More 

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Falls Church, Virginia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2015

Went last night & loved it! Got a table right next to the boardwalk with great view of the river. Service & food were very good! I had the appetizer special figs with goat cheese and proscuitto, steak and frites and rum soaked cake. Will definitely return when I am in Fairfield County again & highly recommend this place!

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Palma de Mallorca, Spain
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2015

We visited Rive on the advice of friends and were very pleasatly surprised. A Nice place in in fabulous surroundings. The food, onion soup, throut an creme brullee was perfect and the price was right. The service is personal and friendly. We hope to be back!

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Milford, Connecticut
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2015

We come to Rive Bistro several times each year, sometimes for dinner, but most often for Sunday brunch by the river. This is a lovely place, with very good food. Normally, the service ranges from unexceptional to good. Today, the "authentic French waiter, Patrick" seemed to be doing his best to imitate all of the bad things we've ever experienced... More 

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Stamford, Connecticut
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2015

Just returned from SUCH a disappointing dinner. We chose this place because it was the only restaurant we knew of in Westport on the water. While we did score a patio table (with a reservation), the service was SO bad, it took all the fun out of it. The waitress was clueless. We waited 50 minutes for any food at... More 

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Westport, Connecticut, United States
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2015

This is a great summer time spot. They have a fabulous patio with umbrellas with a breeze blowing off the water. Yummie burgers and salads and fun drinks too. Great to get together with a group of people and just enjoy being outside on the water eating good food with good service is a great spot!

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Westport, Connecticut
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 22, 2015

Hooray for the new owners of Rive who have finally matched the quality of the cuisine to the quality of the site on the Saugatuck River. Inside or outside the views of the placid river, with its rowers gliding slowly by, are marvelous. We've had several lunches here -- excellent beef or portocello mushroom burgers, salads with chicken or salmon,... More 

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West Haven, Connecticut
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2015

My friend and I had a lovely lunch with a beautiful view of the Saugatuck River. It was a beautiful day and you could sit outdoors on the patio or on the porch. The views are wonderful . Of course a sunny day is ideal. Our lunch was very well prepared and and nicely presented. I was here a few... More 

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New York City, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 15, 2015

I have written the reviews for this place many times before. The food has been excellent for most of the times, but the services lacked efficiency. Tonight we were serviced by Tatiana, she's definitely a keeper. Not only was she friendly and accommodating, but she also was knowledgeable about all the things on the menu including the wine. We will... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

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

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 15 - 30
  • Cuisine: French
Open Hours
Sunday
11:30 am - 9:00 pm
Monday
11:30 am - 9:00 pm
Tuesday
4:30 pm - 9:00 pm
11:30 am - 3:00 pm
Wednesday
11:30 am - 3:00 pm
4:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Thursday
11:30 am - 3:00 pm
4:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Friday
11:30 am - 3:00 pm
4:30 pm - 10:30 pm
Saturday
11:30 am - 10:30 pm

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