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Rive Bistro

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299 Riverside Ave, Westport, CT 06880
+1 203-557-8049
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11:30 am - 3:00 pm
4:30 pm - 9:30 pm
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Hours:
Sun - Mon 11:30 am - 9:00 pm
Tue 4:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Tue - Fri 11:30 am - 3:00 pm
Wed - Thu 4:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Fri 4:30 pm - 10:30 pm
Sat 11:30 am - 10:30 pm
Dining options: Dinner, Lunch, Drinks, Outdoor Seating, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff

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  • 36
    Excellent
  • 31
    Very good
  • 15
    Average
  • 7
    Poor
  • 7
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
Perfect blend of delicious food and a beautiful view

The vintage French cars outside welcome you to a riverside bistro with an eclectic French-inspired menu. Not haute cuisine, but very solid bistro cooking for a fair price. Professional, warm service too. A local favorite and the patio is an unbeatable location for spring, summer and fall

4 of 5 starsReviewed 2 weeks ago
rifbat
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New York City, New York
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New York City, New York
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18 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The vintage French cars outside welcome you to a riverside bistro with an eclectic French-inspired menu. Not haute cuisine, but very solid bistro cooking for a fair price. Professional, warm service too. A local favorite and the patio is an unbeatable location for spring, summer and fall

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Thank rifbat
Norwalk, Connecticut
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94 reviews
53 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

An excellent dining experience in all aspects -- superb food, well chosen wines, and very professional and attentive service; all in a comfortable, multi-leveled room with beautiful views of the Saugatuck River. Rive Bistro offers classic French bistro dishes; many with a slightly lighter touch. All are exceptionally well prepared and use very high quality ingredients. The trout almondine, steak... More 

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1 Thank Hawk470
Trumbull, Connecticut
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58 reviews
45 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 63 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

From the time I received a confirmation of our reservation...I have been so favorably impressed by how professional Rive Bistro is in all aspects. Knowledgable and friendly servers -- check, Lovely, nicely decorated setting -- check, Simple menu but with good variety -- check, Tasty and fresh dishes served attractively, hot, and in good-sized portions -- check, Check that seemed... More 

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Thank JANINE
New Orleans, Louisiana
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58 reviews
36 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 12, 2015

Nice place for lunch overlooking the river. The lunch selection is sufficient to select from a variety of salads or sandwiches. The Nicoise salad was spot on - very nice and fresh.

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Thank AB N
Melbourne, Australia
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303 reviews
192 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 162 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 21, 2015

We visited Rive for lunch with some local friends and really enjoyed the experience! The restaurant is on the river and has great views and ambience. The staff were very friendly and attentive and the food was extremely good. We had a lovely long lunch and I would definitely recommend it.

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Thank kgreenwood
New York City, New York
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31 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 7, 2015

Contrary to previous reviews from others, we had a wonderful time at Rive Bistro. This was our 2nd time there in 3 weeks, and each time we had stellar seating and also the waitresses were attentive and courteous. The food was great, I had the duck cassoulet the 1st time and then the organic chicken the 2nd time, very tasty... More 

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Thank cinike16
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3 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2015

Have been several times and really do enjoy the food. Not the biggest menu but everything is well prepared. Trout was amazing. Love the mussels. And so pretty overlooking the river. I would agree the service has been somewhat mixed - have had nights where it is fine and other where it was hard to get attention.

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Thank Kathleen S
Wilton, Connecticut
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18 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed October 24, 2015

A great location that has seen different restaurants over the years. Rive Bistro is unlikely to last without some serious attention to the basics. • Atmosphere: nothing special; an otherwise charming water view was distracted by the disruptive TV in the bar area. • Food: not bad – but a bit pricey – the pork tenderloin was voted the best... More 

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Thank Bruce T
Weston, Connecticut
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8 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 10, 2015

It's true: everything would be better if the service would be better. But unfriendly and unresponsive waiters don't do well to such a nice set place. Maybe the owners would finally listen and address this problem.

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1 Thank george d
Ct., USA
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90 reviews
42 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 55 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed October 9, 2015 via mobile

Agreeing with most reviews, the service was atrocious this evening. Many young waiters and little experienced staff seem to be the rule. We had to ask three people for coffee, check never came , water views aside, when you done at night this is of no importance. The rooms are loud, the food OK but not special. Bar made terrible... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 299 Riverside Ave, Westport, CT 06880
  • Location: United States  >  Connecticut (CT)  >  Westport
  • Phone Number: +1 203-557-8049

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 15 - 30
  • Cuisine: French

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Scenic view
Open Hours
Sunday
11:30 am - 9:00 pm
Monday
11:30 am - 9:00 pm
Tuesday
4:30 pm - 9:00 pm
11:30 am - 3:00 pm
Wednesday
11:30 am - 3:00 pm
4:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Thursday
11:30 am - 3:00 pm
4:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Friday
11:30 am - 3:00 pm
4:30 pm - 10:30 pm
Saturday
11:30 am - 10:30 pm

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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?