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801 Front St, Georgetown, SC 29440-3505
843 527 4110
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Ranked #6 of 60 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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Lansdale, Pennsylvania
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27 reviews 27 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 16, 2015

I enjoyed something unique that I have not seen before, a soft-shell crab hoagie. My mother-in-law was delighted with her healthy and fresh fruit and chicken salad. Our service was good and we enjoyed the view.

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Bristol, Virginia
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91 reviews 91 reviews
71 restaurant reviews
74 helpful votes 74 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 13, 2015

The volunteer at the Mariner's Museum recommended the River Room as the best place for lunch in Georgetown, and he was right. Four of us had lunch: gumbo, shrimp and grits, and a big ol' hamburger and fries. My gumbo was spicy and just the right amount for lunch. No okra, but still tasty. Two of us had shrimp and... More 

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Bedford, New Hampshire, United States
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41 reviews 41 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 2, 2015

Service was great. A little bit of a wait on the food but was worth it. Have a daughter with a soy allergy and they went out of their way to tailor a dish. Rolls and drinks were great. Fun atmosphere. Glad the other place was full.

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16 reviews 16 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 30, 2014

I asked a local where we should have a seafood lunch and she told us about this place. After a short wait we had a window table overlooking the water. It's really only a so-so view. The fried oyster sandwich and fried fish sandwich were good but the sesame seed hoagie rolls seemed liked they were from the local supermarket.... More 

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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21 reviews 21 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 15, 2014

The name says it all! A great place to eat along the river with a beautiful view of the quaint Georgetown waterfront. This restaurant was recommended by one of the local people that we had talked to while walking about the town (Georgetown is well worth a stop if you are passing through on US 17 between Charleston and Myrtle... More 

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Fort Wayne, Indiana, United States
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10 reviews 10 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 6, 2014

Restaurant is situated on the Intracoastal Waterway so the view is great. Food was excellent and so was the service. Will definitely return.

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Charlotte NC
17 reviews 17 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2014

Excellent food choices. Nice drinks menu including cocktails and mixed drinks. Servers were friendly.

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London, United Kingdom
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39 reviews 39 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 30, 2014

Went on a recent home and had lunch with my Mama. As usual, great service, generous portions and at a reasonable price. I always go for the grouper sandwich and it never disappoints. Some of the best views in Georgetown.

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Leesville, South Carolina
3 reviews 3 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 29, 2014

After a long day of hiking, I was pretty hungry. My waitress(I think her name was Lauren?) was attentive & friendly. I asked for her suggestion and she told me that the grouper was fresh and hand filleted @ the restaurant; as well as a favorite of her own. I got mine herb encrusted; it was great! Sides of stone... More 

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Darlington, South Carolina
13 reviews 13 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 24, 2014

Took friends to Georgetown for their 1st visit. Would not be complete without a visit to the River Room Restaurant. Located right off the riverwalk with a beautiful view of the Sampit River and marina. The shrimp and grits came with a homemade biscuit and it was de-li-cious!

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Additional Information about River Room

Address: 801 Front St, Georgetown, SC 29440-3505
Phone Number: 843 527 4110
Location: United States  >  South Carolina (SC)  >  Coastal South Carolina  >  Georgetown
Open Hours:
Monday 11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Tuesday 11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Wednesday 11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Thursday 11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Friday 11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Saturday 11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Cuisine: American, Seafood, Steakhouse

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