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“Shrimp and grits!” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of Darien River House Restaurant - CLOSED

Darien River House Restaurant
Price range: $6 - $28
Cuisines: American, International, Mediterranean, Wine Bar
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Good for: Romantic, Special occasions, Local cuisine, Business meetings
Dining options: Dinner, Late Night, Breakfast, Parking Available, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Waitstaff
Description: Enjoy Casual Fine Dining in a relaxed and cozy atmosphere. Chef Eric,a world class Chef with over 30 years of restaurant experience, offers an ever changing fresh seasonal menu and a wine list with choices from around the world. Chef Eric also offers a nightly "Taste & Sip" Wine Pairing Dinner with 3 delicious courses perfectly paired with 3 fantastic wines for only $45! You can dine in any one of our distinctive rooms, our King George Room which reflects the feel of the 1867 Southern Vernacular Victorian, or our Riviera Room which makes you feel like your in the south of Spain or relax with some tasty hors d'oeuvres and a glass of delicious wine in our Central Wine Bar or choose to sip and nash in our Blue Mermaid Lounge. Come enjoy fresh local ingredients sprinkled with international flavor all served up with a heaping spoon of southern hospitality.
Bradenton, Florida
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149 reviews
87 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 42 helpful votes
“Shrimp and grits!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 21, 2012

Visited this lovely spot with Jo Ann, the owner of the Darien Waterfront Inn, on a recent stay. She recommended the shrimp and grits and she was spot on! The Georgia shrimp was sweet and tender and the grits were creamy. Great service as well!

Visited September 2012
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1 Thank AvaE27
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Chef Eric L, Owner at Darien River House Restaurant, responded to this review, July 10, 2013
Thank you for your great review!
Our Cajun inspired Wild Georgia Shrimp & Cheddar Cheese Grits have been on every seasonal menu since we opened in 2009.
Come see us again!
Chef Eric
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Savannah, Georgia
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96 reviews
57 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
“Likewise: Great Restaurant in the Land of Fried Fish”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 8, 2012

We have been to the Darien River House several times, and each time we have had outstanding meals. The food was superb, with great flavor and generous amount. We had the shrimp and grits, with excellent consistency and taste to the grits and sauce, and the crab cake, full of crab meat with a great balance of spice. The salad was extremely fresh and the shrimp bisque superb. The service was fantastic, we felt very much at home. Eric Lynch is a great chef, one of the best ones along the GA coast.

  • Visited October 2012
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1 Thank Virga017
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Chef Eric L, Owner at Darien River House Restaurant, responded to this review, July 10, 2013
Wow, thank you for such a wonderful review!!!
My Mother, Patsy, and I opened our doors back in 2009 after much research into the local restaurant business including the local, regional and travelling customer base to determine what type of restaurant was most needed. We found that fried seafood restaurants were plentiful and mostly quite good. So we decided on an up-scale casual themed restaurant in a historic Victorian home. We source everything locally and add a bit of international and American Regional flair.
Thanks again and come see us again very soon!
Chef Eric
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Weston, Florida
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26 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
“A Gourmet Restaurant in the Land of Fried Fish”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 6, 2012

We found this truly outstanding restaurant by chance and were blown away by the food and warm service. Owner/Chef Eric Lynch was CIA trained and could work at any top restaurant in any major city but has chosen tiny (population 1951 in 2011), sleepy Darien to ply his trade. The food was creative and delicious. Jill, the hostess and waitress could not have been friendlier. By the time we left, we felt like family. Anyone traveling I-95 through Georgia should make the two mile diversion to have an unforgettable meal.

  • Visited October 2012
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1 Thank usefulbells
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Chef Eric L, Owner at Darien River House Restaurant, responded to this review, July 10, 2013
Wow, thank you for such a wonderful review!!!
It's in reading reviews like this that give us the fuel to keep moving ahead.
We decided that fried food was already available so we're doing almost everything else.
Thanks again and come see us again very soon!
Chef Eric
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Jacksonville, Florida
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“Amazing & Brilliant !!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 2, 2012

Food was fantastic!! FANTASTIC !!!!!! Chef Eric was PHENOMENAL. I just cannot express how delicious this food was, or the ambiance and service we received. Before our visit we had viewed an predeceasing menu, and when we arrived we were presented with a menu update and one of the dishes we were hoping to sample was no longer featured. We made mention of this in passing to our hostess/server and she immediately suggested that she speak with the Chef to see if he could still provide this option to us, even though it was no longer a feature. Just to think the Chef and environment was this flexible when we were not regular diners, or repeat customers in any scope as of yet truly inspired me to pay complete attention to my experience. Our hostess/ server was super sweet and personable, and she had these two amazing helpers * Holly and Skylar who attended to our every need. The only time we usually receive this level of service is when our meal exceeds $200, but this food was better than several 4 star dining experiences I have had and the service was as well. Pricing was beyond fair and reasonable, and even with drinks and an appetizer our meal did not exceed $100. I simply cannot express what a gem this restaurant is, but I can state WE WILL RETURN, and I live more than an hour away! I know completely that I can expect this level of service and food at every visit, and look forward to my return.

Visited September 2012
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1 Thank A S
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Chef Eric L, Owner at Darien River House Restaurant, responded to this review, July 10, 2013
Thank you so much for this fantastic review!
We do try very hard and take much pride in what we do.
I am so glad we could fill your request!
Please come see us again soon!
Chef Eric
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
“Great meal!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 1, 2012 via mobile

We really enjoyed a Friday night date at the Darien River House. The house is cool, the food was outstanding and the wine parings were tasty. Service was a little slow - I wouldn't recommend this to people in a rush - but the meal was fantastic.

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Chef Eric L, Owner at Darien River House Restaurant, responded to this review, July 10, 2013
Thank you for your great review!
We are perfect for date night but also great for a Wed night out with friends or Thu night with family....
We do train our wait staff to read people to gauge the pace of the evening. We must have noticed you were on a date and given you some extra time. I am sorry if they were a bit too slow...
Please come see us again soon!
Chef Eric
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