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“Top quality and affordable” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Riverhouse Reef & Grill

Riverhouse Reef & Grill
995 Riverside Drive, Palmetto, FL 34221-5044
941-729-0616
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Ranked #2 of 60 Restaurants in Palmetto
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $8 - $28
Cuisines: American, Fish & Chips, Seafood, Vegetarian
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Dining options: Dinner, Breakfast, Lunch, Late Night, Reservations
Description: A unique blend of casual and elegant. Riverhouse Reef & Grill offers a fresh approach to incredible cuisine and casual elegance. Our waterfront dining room brings the outdoors in with an interior that opens completely to the waterfront. Outside, dockside seating offers glimpses of docile Manatees, playful Dolphins and elegant yachts.Riverhouse Reef & Grill offers only the freshest of seafood, highest quality Ceritifed Angus steaks and burgers, and new twists on old favorites such as our renowned Lobster Pot Pie, Cajun Crawfish Cheeseburger and Fish Tacos, to name just a few! Our salads are made with only the freshest of produce and our soups are all unique house made creations. Hours: Lunch and Dinner daily. 11:30 am to 9pm (10pm weekends)Sunday Brunch: 11:30 to 3pmReservations not required. Waterfront. Inside and Outside Seating Available.Full Bar, Family Friendly - Kids Menu Available and DVD Players for the Kids.
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5 reviews 5 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 4 cities Reviews in 4 cities
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
“Top quality and affordable”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2013

We have been going to this favorite restaurant for a few years now. The restaurant exudes quality with it's pleasant decor and the ambiance of the outside deck facing the river. It is very comfortable, wait staff very attentive and helpful and is always spotless. The prices are good and the food is wonderful. It is on the marina with high end yaghts so you would think it would have to be consistant. Five star all the way, nothing negative.

  • Visited April 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Celina, Texas
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61 reviews 61 reviews
37 restaurant reviews
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“Awesome views and great food..”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 13, 2013

We visited the Riverhouse Reef and Grill with family members. The restaurant inside was very nice, but we decided to eat out on the waterfront deck of the Manatee River since the weather was so nice. Our server, Scott, was very pleasant and knowledgable about the menu. He made suggestions that guided us to the fabulous fish and chips my husband and I ordered. The fish was cooked perfectly and was piping hot. The homemade chips were just as tasty, as was the Green Goddess Shrimp we ordered for appetizers. While waiting for our meal, we were entertained by the five dophins playing just off the deck, which Scott said also happens from time to time. The sun was just starting to set just as we were finishing our meal, bringing an end to our lovely dining experience. I highly recommend this restaurant for those who want a casual, yet elegant dining experience. We will be back, for sure, the next time we visit the Sarasota-Bradenton area.

  • Visited May 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Long Island, New York
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“Perfect Spot!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 7, 2013

The food and service were great at this delightful spot on the river. The staff was very attentive. We tried it for lunch and will definitely return for dinner. The desserts were delicious too.

  • Visited May 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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North Port, Florida
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“A very nice meal with a beautiful view”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 29, 2013

We found The Riverside Grille by inquiring from a local. We sat on the outside deck and had a soft breeze with a beautiful view of the boats going by. We enjoyed our lobster chowder, lobster pot pie. I'm sorry that Dylan was so rushed which caused inferior quality service. He never mentioned the happy hour appetizers or drinks. We asked about drinks due to reading about happy hour between 3-7. We were never brought the bread and cinn butter we saw others get and people review. It was $70 includ tip for very tasty food but sorry, Dylan, need to work alot harder on customer service. We will be back and back and back! Only 20min from our home in Apollo Beach. Has beat any place we've been in the last 3 mos of living here.

  • Visited April 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Ottawa, Canada
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“Dinner With A View”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 20, 2013

My wife and I and another couple had dinner at the Riverhouse on 15 Apr 2013.

The restaurant is at the end of a long pier (100yds) in the middle of a marina (Regatta Point). There is plenty of parking available and the walk along the pier offers glimpses of many and varied boats up to and including elegant yachts.

The restaurant overlooks the Manatee river and we were fortunate to have outside terrace seating which commanded a terrific view of the river and boats coming and going as well as a spectacular sunset off to the western horizon.

The service was prompt,friendly and efficient. The couple with us had been to this restaurant before and recommended this visit and were highly complimentary of the service and food they had experienced. This visit did not disappoint in any way.

We had a fantastic dish of "Kickin' Chicken" for the table, wonderfully spiced (hot) and a very large portion which was more than enough for four.For the entrees two of us had blackened redfish with tropical salsa and steamed vegetables. This dish was excellent in every aspect of presentation,quality and quantity.. Would love the recipe for the salsa!. The other entrees were excellent as well and consisted of salmon with lemon dill aioli and Hawaiian chicken with tropical salsa.There was so much food that there was no room left for desert.

The dining experience at this restaurant was everything that one could want in casual elegant waterfront dining. Superb food and the setting warrants the highest praise and recommendation for an evening to remember.

  • Visited April 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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