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River Room

801 Front St, Georgetown, SC 29440-3505
843 527 4110
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Ranked #7 of 61 Restaurants in Georgetown
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Mon - Sat 11:00 am - 10:00 pm
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Good for: Romance, Local cuisine, Scenic view
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night
Description: The River Room has served delectable coastal-influenced fare to a tremendous following of loyal patrons since 1984.Moderately-priced lunch items include our World Famous Shrimp and Grits, Shrimp Creole and Pecan Chicken Salad served with apples and grapes.The dinner menu features fresh, grilled fish such as Carolina grouper, yellow-fin tuna and Atlantic salmon. Chef specialties include Herb-crusted Grouper, McClellanville Crab Cakes and Twin Filets of Beef with Blue Cheese ButterThe River Room is located in the historic J.B. Steel Building.In 1888 when the J.B. Steele Building opened, it housed two businesses known as the Steele-Moses stores. Downstairs, customers inspected dry goods and groceries displayed on massive hardwood counters, and upstairs they could be fitted for custom-made hats.Today, the building’s history is evident throughout and is enhanced with tasteful nostalgic décor. The dining room extends 50 feet into the Sampit River; its panoramic windows offer expansive harbor views. Nautical and turn-of-the-century antiques are on display, and an intimate bar showcases the restaurant’s wine collection.Children will surely make a beeline for the giant reef aquarium filled with colorful sea life.
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Greenville, South Carolina
3 reviews 3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 11, 2014 NEW

Must try the McClellanville Crab Balls. The red snapper was delicious.and a family member had the shrimp and grits and said it was very good.

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Hoover, Alabama
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119 reviews 119 reviews
53 restaurant reviews
41 helpful votes 41 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 6, 2014

I'd give this place a higher rating if they took reservations. Food was very good, a little pricey, and service was slow. Located on the river in Georgetown and well decorated. I think the staff tries hard to satisfy. Won't even try coming back on a weekend to wait for a table but wouldn't avoid it either if there wasn't... More

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Boston, Massachusetts
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45 reviews 45 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2014

We stopped for lunch here during our drive from Hilton Head to Myrtle Beach. Along the riverfront in the historic section of Georgetown, the River Room was an attractive and busy place to have lunch. We were lucky enough to get a table facing out on the river walk. The paper mill down river only slightly detracts from the view.... More

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United States
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9 reviews 9 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2014

The three of us stopped in George Town on the way back from a plantation. We were looking for something to eat when we happened to walk upon this restaurant. The restaurant is at the end of the "boardwalk". We got seated with a river view which was beautiful if you were not facing the factory that was near by.... More

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Smithfield, VA
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53 reviews 53 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
93 helpful votes 93 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2014

The River Room apparently has been a Georgetown staple for 30 years and was recommended to us by a friend as well as our innkeeper, so our expectations were up. We were also intrigued by their nice selection of craft (micro-brew) beers on the menu, as opposed to the "usual suspects." We were fortunate enough to land a table overlooking... More

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55 reviews 55 reviews
35 restaurant reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2014 via mobile

We are staying in Surfside, SC, and had dinner here with family. It was a very good experience. The grouper was especially good as were the crab ball appetizers. Service was good and the views of the river were great. Would definitely recommend. Georgetown was about a 30 min drive from Surfside. Nice town to visit.

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Bourne, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2014

We are a British family travelling up the coast from Florida to Washington DC. We were very much looking forward to our stay in Georgetown and particularly our planned meal at the famed River Room. While the scenery is great, the wine was nice, the bread tasty and the blue cheese and scallion homemade chips delicious, we were really let... More

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4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2014

Sometimes I just crave fried shrimp and oysters. This is the place to go. Great cold slaw. Kids will like watching the boats on the river and the fish tank. Good family place.

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Sussex, New Jersey
12 reviews 12 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2014

We've visited Georgetown numerous times but it has always been off-season when many of the local shops are closed. This year we vacationed in June, so in addition to dining at the River Room which is our favorite restaurant in the area, we were able to enjoy strolling the river boardwalk and browsing all the quaint shops along main street.... More

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Tampa, Florida
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116 reviews 116 reviews
78 restaurant reviews
49 helpful votes 49 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014

We just had lunch there today. Pretty views of the river from most tables. Open & friendly atmosphere. We both ordered salads - husband Cesar was good & perfectly dressed; me shrimp veg salad was full of vegs as represented and the herb dressing was flavorful AND they removed the shrimp tails, thank you. Our water & tea glasses were... More

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