My wife and I had attended a hot air balloon festival in the area and received a reccomendation from a local lodge operator to try River Drivers for dinner. It was also our wedding anniversary and we were looking for an establishment suitable for the occasion. However, on the night of our reservation, June 2, a heat wave had settled over the area which triggered thunderstorms throughout the day and evening. On our ride to the restaurant the skies opened up in a torrential downpour the likes of which very few have seen. River Drivers has the look of a lodge with rough hewn timbers and lots of glass. However, as we left the car and proceeded into the restaurant we noticed that the lights were out. The storm had knocked out power to the surrounding community. But they didn't turn us away. The bar was fully functional but the kitchen could only make dishes that could be prepared on the stove top. Limited as it was we had a bottle of wine while they prepared a chicken Marsala dish for the both of us. Considering the limitations placed upon them that evening, I must say that the meal was very good. Working under those conditions I have to award them 5 stars. Of course, without electricity, presenting and paying the bill became quite challenging. Their solution was for me to return the next day and square up with them. What?? Can you imagining that happening in another city or town where they didn't know me from Adam? They never asked for my name, address or anything else, just "see you tomorrow". Well I returned the next evening with two local newly made friends to celebrate their anniversary, only this time with the lights on. We dined on fish dishes that were prepared nicely but just a little bit dry (hence the 4 stars instead of five).
All in all River Drivers is a beautiful restaurant preparing local dishes that are really good. The place is wide open with a comfortable bar setting and spacious dining room. The staff are wonderful and make you feel right at home. They provided an anniversary dinner for my wife and I that we will never forget. When in the area you must dine here. You won't be disappointed.
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