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“a nice surprise in a little town”
Review of Darien River House Restaurant - CLOSED

Darien River House Restaurant
Price range: $6 - $28
Cuisines: American, Mediterranean, International, Wine Bar
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Good for: Romantic, Business meetings, Local cuisine, Special occasions
Dining options: Breakfast, Late Night, Dinner, Reservations
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.
Reviewed November 13, 2012

My husband and I were traveling through on route to Florida and decided to stay in a different area. After reviewing menus of the few restaurants there and not wanting the typical deep fried meal we discovered a gem.

The owner and Chef Eric along with Scottie (the greeter and server) produced a wonderful meal with an inviting atmosphere. So if you want a more healthier meal with great taste stop in and say hello to these fine folks.

Cathy and Phil, West End, n.c.-++

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Chef Eric L, Owner at Darien River House Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded July 10, 2013

Thank you Cathy & Phil!
We decided, after finding several good fried seafood restaurant in the area, not to fry anything.
Come see us again soon!
Chef Eric

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Reviewed October 24, 2012

The house was restored and nice. The food was good and service made us feel welcome. Just a short walk from one of Darien's nicest B&Bs, Open Gates.

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Chef Eric L, Owner at Darien River House Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded July 10, 2013

Thank you for your wonderful review!
Kelly and Jeff over at Open Gates are great people!
Come see us again soon!
Chef Eric

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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!

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Chef Eric L, Owner at Darien River House Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded 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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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.

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Chef Eric L, Owner at Darien River House Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded 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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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.

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Chef Eric L, Owner at Darien River House Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded 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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