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“Noisy, great food”
Review of Rive Bistro

Rive Bistro
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Ranked #18 of 163 Restaurants in Westport
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $15 - $30
Cuisines: French
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Good for: Large groups, Business meetings, Special occasions, Romantic, Scenic view
Dining options: Drinks, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Full Bar, Outdoor Seating, Parking Available, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
New Canaan, Connecticut
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177 reviews
69 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 85 helpful votes
“Noisy, great food”
Reviewed August 3, 2013

Two women friends have joined me for lunch twice. Both times the noise level was much too high although only a few tables were taken. Parking is terrible, even with a valet. The food is delicious, the selections genuine bistro fare, service attentive. We will only go back as soon as they start serving lunch or late when everyone's gone so we can hear ourselves talk. We prefer to eat inside, overlooking the river, to watch the waterbirds fly around as we sit in airconditioned comfort.

  • Visited June 2013
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Thank Elizabeth M
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Date | Rating
  • English first
  • French first
  • Any
English first
Norwalk, Connecticut
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3 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“Expected much more”
Reviewed July 29, 2013

The highlight of this restaurant is the beautiful setting, right on the Saugutuck River. The outdoor seating area is wonderful on a nice evening as well. The interior, when busy, gets loud. There are no tableclothes on the tables which amplifies the sound.

For the prices, I did expect the service to be a notch better and expected more impressive executions of the dishes. I had high hopes for this place. Service was slow. The foie gras pate was very good, however the lobster and shrimp cavetelli was a disappointment for the price charged. Plenty of lobster, which is great, but undersalted and not much flavor. The duck confit was average at best (signature french bistro dishes like that should be spot on at a place like this). The kobe beef burger and fries were not as good as what you get at Burger Bistro in South Norwalk..... This burger has no place on the menu, especially at $16. If a restaurant cannot pull off a burger, don't put it on the menu. And, if three of the dishes on the menu have fries as a component, they should be better than these.

So unfortunately, although the food was okay, at these prices it should be much more than okay. A stellar setting may make up for that if that's what you're looking for. But there are many better restaurants for food in Westport and surrounding areas.

  • Visited July 2013
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1 Thank DMWilk
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New York
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522 reviews
330 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 148 helpful votes
“Nice river location with average food”
Reviewed July 22, 2013

Great view with very attentive if somewhat brusque service; food was ok but nothing you can't find elsewhere

Visited July 2013
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Redding, Connecticut
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51 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
“Fantastic Lunch”
Reviewed July 18, 2013

Had Lunch at Rive Bistro on tuesday,food was great but the service was a little slow. We were lucky to get a dining table overlooking the Saugatuck River which was so pretty.I look forward to returning.

  • Visited July 2013
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1 Thank Amanda B
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Pawleys Island, South Carolina
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16 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
“Outstanding”
Reviewed July 2, 2013

My wife, daughter, two young grandsons and I had a thoroughly delightful meal. The food was outstanding. Our daughter who eats out often said she ate everything on every plate. We started with Lamb Meatballs and Lobster Rolls as an appetizer and it was a great beginning. My wife and daughter had the scallops, which both order often and both said it was the best they had ever eaten. I had the trout almondine, a dish I order with frequency and it too was the best I had ever eaten. The boys (2.5 and 5 yrs) split the steak with french fries and loved it. Our daughter had a fabulous creme brulee and my wife had the white and dark chocolate mousse which she thought was terrific, but ended up sharing it with the 2-yr old who kept saying "more." The 5-yr old had lemon sorbet which he devoured. The view was great, the service was excellent and the owner (Vivi) even sat down with us for a while and chatted with our grandsons. All in all, the best dining experience we've had with our daughter and grandsons.

  • Visited July 2013
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1 Thank Peter M
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