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Rive Bistro

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

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  • 26
    Excellent
  • 22
    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
Lovely Canalfront Site

Excellent service. Terrific oysters. Duck liver mousse was great. Didn't have an entree. Pricey but the setting makes it worth it.

4 of 5 starsReviewed May 20, 2015
Millicent G
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English first
2 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2015 NEW

Excellent service. Terrific oysters. Duck liver mousse was great. Didn't have an entree. Pricey but the setting makes it worth it.

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Weston, Connecticut
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3 reviews 3 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2015

Rive Bistro is on the Saugatuck River in Westport, with seats inside for those who need air conditioning and outside for those who like al fresco. . Delicious French bistro food -- I typically start with the Mousse de foie gras and my wife loves the Coquille St. Jacques. We have had entree salads, salmon, chicken, lamb and steak frites.... More 

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Westport CT
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57 restaurant reviews
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015

Beautiful meal, great water view and attentive staff makes this classic French bistro a must try. They will do anything to make your experience perfect. I would go with the sea bass (Branzino) or Salmon over risotto as an entree. The artichoke salad is delicious. If you are salt sensitive, you may want to have let them know. Also, they... More 

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Westport, Connecticut
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2015

Great location on the river in Westport, I think this restaurant is the best value for top-notch food in Westport. The ranking for this restaurant truly does not reflect the quality and value of the dining experience. Sometimes it can get a little noisy if you are sitting on the lower dining room which has the river view. The executive... More 

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New York City, New York
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22 reviews 22 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 11, 2015

We finally decided to come back and try since last disappointed visit (even worse, the chef and owner wrote me a private note saying "get out of my place" after I expressed the bad service and food. However, I must say this time was extremely pleasant. I always order the same appetizer, grilled artichoke, that was divine. All the main... More 

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Des Moines, Iowa
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6 restaurant reviews
14 helpful votes 14 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
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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
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22 reviews 22 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
18 helpful votes 18 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
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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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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
4:30 pm - 9:00 pm
11:30 am - 3:00 pm
Tuesday
4:30 pm - 9:00 pm
11:30 am - 3:00 pm
Wednesday
11:30 am - 3:00 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?