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Rive Bistro

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299 Riverside Ave, Westport, CT 06880-4824
+1 203-557-8049
11:30 - 22:30
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Sun - Mon 11:30 - 21:00
Tue 16:30 - 21:00
Tue - Fri 11:30 - 15:00
Wed - Thu 16:30 - 21:30
Fri 16:30 - 22:30
Sat 11:30 - 22:30
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Westport, Connecticut
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146 reviews
82 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 129 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We have been here numerous times and the meals we have received have always been very good. We have never been disappointed. The wait staff is very attentive without being cloying. A true French bistro. Highly recommended.

1 Thank voyager81
Stamford, Connecticut
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70 reviews
66 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This restaurant has an outstanding location and excellent food. I had the crab croquettes to start, and my wife had the tuna tartare. My main course was trout almondine, while my wife had grilled salmon. All dishes were expertly prepared. Service was friendly and very professional. The wine list had some reasonably priced wine offerings. The view on the river... More 

Thank Joseph L
Greenwich, Connecticut
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93 reviews
48 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 46 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 January 2017

A friend and I met for an early lunch at Rive Bistro. A wide ranging menu provides something for everyone.We shared two appetizers and a special sandwich of the day: the grilled artichokes with argula and cheese, the burrata with eggplant compote, and a filet mignon sandwich with blue cheese and caramelized onions. Each dish was excellent. We had a... More 

Thank dunsienda
Riverside, CT
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18 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 December 2016

Very nice, one of our new favorite places. Sunday brunch menu is limited, but just enough to find the right tasty meal. We'll have to try dinner.

Thank GrnSwim
New York City, New York
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51 reviews
44 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 December 2016

I had the Chopped Kale and Farro salad and the salmon for dinner. It was excellent. The only thing I don't like about this restaurant is the noise at night and crowd from the bar. Also, when you arrive, everyone is jammed up between the bar, front reception desk and the door, it's uncomfortable and awkward, particularly if you have... More 

Thank AlexNicholas
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40 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 October 2016 via mobile

I have eaten here twice, each time a special occasion, and each time the food, atmosphere and service rose to the occasion. Not cheap, but every mouthful is with savoring, so you definitely leave satisfied and get your money's worth. Especially recommend trout almondine, cheese plate, coconut cake.

Thank Sharon D
Naperville, Illinois, United States
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153 reviews
110 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 46 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 September 2016

Mid week last minute decision to eat at Rive. Gotta love the French Cars parked in front. Great views over the River, Liked how the canopy protects diners even with a moderate rain. Everything fresh, great flavors, we have zero complaints over the food quality. Our mistake that it was a school night, hoped to get in and out within... More 

Thank Roy S
Fairfield, Connecticut
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76 reviews
61 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 September 2016

Hubby's BNI Westport group booked a riverside get together complete with silent auction items to as a bonus benefit for the Closer to Free Ride to support those at the Smilow Cancer Center in New Haven, CT. We enjoyed a beautiful evening along the Saugatuck River in the lovely outdoor area complete with couches and comfy chairs and pillows. A... More 

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St. Petersburg, Florida
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255 reviews
164 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 93 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 September 2016

A group of us went here after a show at the Westport Playhouse. The service was slow despite having an early (5pm) seating. It took a while to get drinks, by the time we finished them our waitress finally came to get dinner orders. The escargot was garlicky and tuna tartar was good as were the salads. Several of us... More 

1 Thank Cyndi D
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119 reviews
105 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 September 2016 via mobile

We have been to this restaurant on multiple occasions and they seem to change their name or the kitchen staff often. The Rive' or River or whatever they are calling themselves these days is a great location and when the food is good the meal can be enjoyable. This visit was at best, a yawner. For appetizers we had the... More 

1 Thank Trevi_Sal

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$15 - US$30
French, Gluten Free Options
Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Drinks
Restaurant features
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Romantic, Groups, Special Occasion Dining, View, Business meetings
Open Hours
11:30 - 21:00
11:30 - 21:00
11:30 - 15:00
16:30 - 21:00
11:30 - 15:00
16:30 - 21:30
11:30 - 15:00
16:30 - 21:30
11:30 - 15:00
16:30 - 22:30
11:30 - 22:30
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 299 Riverside Ave, Westport, CT 06880-4824
  • Location: United States  >  Connecticut (CT)  >  Westport
  • Phone Number: +1 203-557-8049

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Typical questions asked:
  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?