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“Good food with excellent service standards.”
Review of New Rivers

New Rivers
Ranked #52 of 813 Restaurants in Providence
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $41 - $80
Cuisines: American
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Good for: Romantic, Local cuisine, Special occasions, Business meetings
Dining options: Dinner, Reservations
Reviewed March 27, 2013

Good place to have dinner on special occasions.Excellent food and a decent variety of wines as well as dessert wines.
The only thing which I thought that was not going with the overall ambiance is the music which was played.
Apart from that our server was excellent, she could have been a bit more audible though and could have smiled a bit. But as a hotelier myself I definitely liked the way she followed the table service standards which are not seen in many uptown restaurants these days.

Overall a nice place to go for a quite and tasty dinner.

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Reviewed March 10, 2013

We enjoyed our experience at New Rivers very much. The charcuterie menu was interesting and while nothing we ordered from it blew our minds, the offerings were interesting, unique, and more than what most restaurants offer. Everything was tasty.
Cocktails were well made and one again, the offerings were unique. There were no run of the mill martinis and cosmos on the menu, rather a collection of original and one of a kind drinks.
The entree selections were pretty extensive with something for every taste. We ordered the duck, which was incredible and the beef which was pretty bland. Portions were small which normally would annoy me, however the entire menu at New Rivers was so unique, it gave me a chance to be able to try other things besides just an entree. Normally I am too full after an entree to even order dessert. This was also a special occasion, so i didn't mind splurging on several dishes.
Dessert was sticky toffee pudding. YUM! It was served warm and was quite delish.
Our waitress was nice and efficient, but never introduced herself to us. I like to call people by their names out of respect, but that wasn't an option.
The bartender knew his drinks and was quite friendly, chatting with patrons sitting at the bar.
Even our busser was polite.
The restaurant is in a great location and is decorated with soft, clean lines and colors making it cozy and charming without a lot of "stuff" on display.
Not a place to bring kids as it is really an intimate atmosphere for adults to enjoy a meal out.

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Reviewed February 21, 2013

It's been nearly two months since we've eaten at New Rivers; and in fact, our last outing there was for New Year's Eve, a dinner that the four of us had somewhat mixed feelings about, if you must know.

That aside, we were looking forward to a return engagement and when I discovered on Tuesday last, quite by accident, that they were hosting an Alsatian dinner the next day, we had to snap up that opportunity.

The party kicked off at 6:30 in the upstairs private dining room. We had no sooner gotten our coats off than we were handed a glass of tasty Cremant d'Alsace. (A "cremant" being any non-Champagne sparkling wine made in the Champagne style, so we were told.) It was a lively and friendly group of about 17 people seated around a u-shaped table. The wines for the evening were all white Alsatian (naturally) from Gerard Metz and presented by the wine rep, Steve Wynn of The Wine Bros. One of the most fascinating aspects of the dinner was the fact that such robust food was matched with white wines, and quite nicely matched, too, I might add.

Every now and then Beau Vestal, chef-owner, would drop by and chat about the food. And speaking of the food, it was well-presented, scrumptious and, with the exception of the dessert course, superb. (We thought it odd to offer a traditional breakfast bread for a dessert course, but then the wine served with it was a bit on the odd side as well, far too dry for a "dessert" wine, in my humble opinion.)

The company was congenial, and, as I said lively. It was a most pleasing couple of hours sharing experiences and ideas about such wonderful food and wines.

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Reviewed February 20, 2013

Dinner for two in a historic and romantic building.

The hype was "huge" but they came through. We snagged an early dining reservation that afternoon (a Monday).

Table for 2 at the window caused us to ask for another table as it was quite chilly.

Service was superb.

OK - why did we come - the food!

Starters were tasso (outstanding) and carrot and ginger bisque (very good).

Our wine was a NZ Sauv Blanc. We passed on the western Massachusetts chardonnay...

Winter salad was good (and large enough for two) but the red pepper vinaigrette was not quite right.

Entrees were the lobster pot pie (tasty, creamy, piping hot, and ample lobster) and bomster scallops with a lot of tasty sides. Both superb!

We were stuffed and passed on desserts.

Damages with tip were $170 (wine was $55). So if you want a special night out - here's the place.

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Thank JoeHouston52
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Reviewed January 22, 2013

Lovely restaurant with excellent service and fabulous cuisine in a historic setting. They serve my husband's favorite chianti, Querceto Reserve. The oysters were the best we've had. The charcuterie menu is interesting and well executed. Although the menu offers only a few options, they are carefully chosen and delicious. We enjoyed scallops and the pork chop on this visit, and were thrilled with both. The coffee is even superb, served in a French press so it stays nice and hot.

Thank Kris91
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