I first visited the River Side’ restaurant in Karavelovo when it opened on the 8th of April 2010. This is a very high specification establishment and was launched to provide the very best dining experience in the area. It boasts a large seating capacity of 150 and is beautifully appointed. The food is excellent in quality and the restaurant excels in all aspects. The décor captures the essence of traditional Bulgaria whilst giving it a modern twist. Prices are very reasonable indeed and the establishment strives to provide a good value for money varied menu. Following media interest and coverage, ‘River Side’ has received wide acclaim with excellent reviews heralding it as the ‘the number 1 location for fine dining and entertainment’. Many diners converge from a wide area to visit the restaurant. Peak times are Friday and Saturday evenings when it is best to arrive early or to make a reservation. The restaurant is located at 122 Georgi Dimitrov, Karavelovo. Telephone [--]. Opening hours are 09.00 till 24.00 officially, but it does stay open well into the morning at weekends and peak times. The restaurant can be reached from Sopot taking the the main road to Sofia and taking the left turn signposted Karavelovo just after Anevo. When you reach Bogdan turn left and the restaurant is on the left hand side once you have entered the town of Karavelovo. It is well worth the trip! The bar stocks every drink imaginable, and you are sure to get a very warm welcome.
Just a quick update. I revisited this restaurant very frequently during my 4 week visit to the area this August 2010 and I can report that the quality has not gone down since the opening. Having experienced other restaurants going down hill after a few months of opening, I was very pleased indeed that this has not happened with Riverside. They have also extended the menu to included pasta and seafood dishes (the calamari and mussels are excellent). I talked with the owner a number of times during my numerous visits. There are plans to expand the site to form a complex with a small hotel (4 rooms with ensuites) and chalets, large swimming pool and extensive gardens with outside bars and terraces. The work started whilst I was there and all should be operational by next April 2011. If they put the same attention to detail and care into the hotel and gardens, this complex will far surpass anything for miles around. It can't come soon enough!!!
Address: 122 Georgi Dimitrov, Karavelovo
Directions: from Sopot taking the main road to Sofia and taking the left turn signposted Karavelovo just after Anevo. When you reach Bogdan turn left and the restaurant is on the left hand side once you have entered the town of Karavelovo.
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