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Riverbend Bar and Grill

2345 Commonwealth Ave, Newton, MA 02466
(617) 969-1000
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Ranked #126 of 225 restaurants in Newton
Price range: $21 - $30
Cuisines: American
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Middelfart, Denmark
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63 reviews 63 reviews
44 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2014

If you are hungry and in a hurry the food at the bar / restaurant is quite good. Both my starter and my entree were cooked fine and it was ok food that I enjoyed. They have an ok wine by the glass selection but the red wine was WAY to warm and I had to cool it down with... More

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Monument, CO
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42 reviews 42 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 24, 2014

Had dinner there while staying ... it's the only thing close if you don't have a car but the food is definitely not gourmet, but good. Service has been slow and not too attentive the past two trips but when it's time to eat and you don't want to leave, it's an option.

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Poughkeepsie
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4 reviews 4 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 8, 2014

LOVED the food...and the staff! Chef/Manager was terrific to work with and flexible with menu and accomodating allergies/food preferences. All guest reported that it was a lovely atmosphere and conducive to conversation.

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New York City, New York
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118 reviews 118 reviews
63 restaurant reviews
60 helpful votes 60 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed March 10, 2014

Burger for dinner was dry and tasteless. I've had better breakfast at Ihop, both for food and service.

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New England
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171 reviews 171 reviews
76 restaurant reviews
71 helpful votes 71 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed December 23, 2013

What happened? This was once a decent hotel restaurant. I went to the buffet with friends and family. The horror show started with fruit flies gathering around our food. The pesky critter would not go away. Seated post 12 Noon. One would thing normal brunch time.....the desserts were luke warm. No real whipped cream. Cool whip. The waitress was clinical... More

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Fort Lauderdale, Florida
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8 reviews 8 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed October 11, 2013

I honestly wish that we had some of experience that the other traveler's had at Riverbend. My Mom and I stayed for 4 nights at the Marriott while visiting a sick family member and we had hoped this restaurant would be at the very least decent during our stressful stay. We attended brunch on a Friday morning. We knew it... More

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Newton, Massachusetts
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76 reviews 76 reviews
59 restaurant reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2013

As always, the hotel is so convenient for business breakfasts. And it's good to see that the dining area has been re-done and modernized. As for the service and the atmosphere and approach ... unfortunately it's all still old-school. But maybe that's what people look for in suburban hotels .... As it turns out, the fruit and yogurt was delicious... More

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Boston
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221 reviews 221 reviews
168 restaurant reviews
120 helpful votes 120 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2013

The dining room is big and sunny and overlooks the Charles where you can often watch people kayaking past. Also, there are some very comfortable booths to sit in -- ask for one. The breakfast menu is pretty small and the prices are pretty high. The coffee is not particularly good. We used to love the all-you-can-eat breakfast buffet but... More

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Atlanta, GA
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64 reviews 64 reviews
45 restaurant reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2013

The Riverbend restaurant in the Marriott hotel is a cut above the average hotel restaurant. A recent dinner was tasty with a high-quality dish of local scallops with an asparagus risotto as well as a nicely-cooked sirloin. A shared dessert was large and yummy. The upscale décor is very appealing with a beautiful view of the Charles River and canoes... More

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Needham, Massachusetts, United States
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27 reviews 27 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2013 via mobile

We met the groom's parents for the first time for dinner here the night before our daughter's wedding. We were seated at an excellent table for 8 right next to the windows in a quiet section, as requested. The lobster quesadilla appetizer was terrific and tasty with substantial lobster. My entree, the shrimp scampi, included very large, delicious shrimp (... More

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