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River Terrace

1000 Riverside Dr, Columbia, TN 38401-2411
+1 931-223-5135
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  • Excellent78%
  • Very good16%
  • Average3%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible1%
Travellers talk about
“crawfish” (11 reviews)
“crab cakes” (11 reviews)
“seafood” (9 reviews)
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Italian, Seafood, Cajun & Creole, Gluten Free Options, Vegetarian Friendly
$$ - $$$
1000 Riverside Dr, Columbia, TN 38401-2411
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1 - 10 of 164 reviews

Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Brought my Business Partner here for an early dinner. Elizabeth(owner) seated us herself and provided a 5star experience! The cooks had everything perfect. We arrived at 6pm and the whole place was empty. We chose our seats by the river and enjoyed Softshell Crab and...More

Thank Austin C
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

First of all, I LOVE me some Cajun food. The étouffée was awesome. What cost them a 5th star? No Jambalaya or Gumbo. You gotta have that on the menu if you advertise Cajun cuisine. I will definitely return to dine when in the area.More

Thank DocCP
Randy L, Owner at River Terrace, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Glad you enjoyed your meal, we are not a Cajun restaurant, we do not offer gumbo or jambalaya, we do offer etouffee and lobster bisque. No where in our menu, advertising or street sign does the word Cajun appear. Sorry you were expecting something different...More

Reviewed 17 August 2017

Although we arrived late (30 minutes before closing) the staff were gracious and friendly and the food was simply incredible. Sadly it was after dark when we arrived so we missed the view of the river, but that just means we have to come back...More

1  Thank Laurie N
Reviewed 13 August 2017

Lived in Columbia for two years and just saw the restaurant a couple of weeks ago, finally had a chance to visit. I had a very good experience. I'm familiar with Cajun and Creole cooking, I tried the craw-fish and shrimp etouffee, and it was...More

Thank JerryCampbell
Reviewed 9 August 2017 via mobile

Great food and wonderful view of the river Crawfish and shrimp etouffee And soft shell crab with etouffee Oh my! Delicious

2  Thank slyColumbia_Tn
Reviewed 9 August 2017 via mobile

This is a Cajun style cuisine. The restaurant overlooks the river. We love to eat here when we have company in town or we just want a quiet dinner date. The food is great, the drinks are strong and the owners are friendly. I recommend...More

1  Thank Lexi B
Reviewed 11 July 2017

I like cajun food, but this has a new elevation. The sauce on the Seafood Trinity was so yummy and served over angel hair pasta. I can't wait to visit Tennessee again just to eat here!

2  Thank Trisheee
Reviewed 6 July 2017 via mobile

After a long day of driving, my husband and I stopped off for dinner in Columbia, TN. When we checked out the nearby options, we were surprised to see a "Creole" listing, and we debated over the idea of eating Creole food so far from...More

1  Thank Michael C
EPLandry, Owner at River Terrace, responded to this reviewResponded 10 July 2017

Thank you so much for the kind review! Just a quick note - we do have Hurricanes on the cocktail menu, and I make Sazeracs whenever they're requested. We just don't have them on the cocktail menu itself because 99 out of 100 people have...More

Reviewed 25 June 2017 via mobile

My husband and I were in the area on business and we love trying unique (non-chain) restaurants. Thankfully, River Terrace popped up when I googled best places to eat in Columbia, TN. Quite possibly the best Cajun food we've ever had. I would have been...More

2  Thank Beth C
Reviewed 24 May 2017

I first heard about River Terrace on the Tennessee Crossroads show on public television. Our visit there was everything they said it would be! The exterior of the building does not reflect the quality of food served. It is a quaint little place with many...More

Thank SpringHillMary
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10 June 2017|
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Response from EPLandry | Property representative |
My sincere apologies for delay in response. This is the first time in all these years that I've ever actually missed answering anyone's question. We have a nice variety of gluten-free options. In addition to our filet and... More
Rebecca M
14 August 2016|
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Response from EPLandry | Property representative |
Our only request is that men wear sleeved shirts (no tanks or sleeveless ones) and no ball caps.
6 April 2016|
Response from EPLandry | Property representative |
Actually, we've never had quail on the menu, though we offer duck as a special now & then. If you;ll go to our website at RiverTerraceRestaurant . com, you can see our full menu there. Hope you will join us soon!
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$17 - US$32
Dinner, Drinks
Restaurant features
Television, Takeout, Reservations, Private Dining, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Free Off-Street Parking, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Discover, Highchairs Available, Free Wifi
Good for
Romantic, Business meetings, Child-friendly, Local cuisine, Groups, View, Special Occasion Dining
Open Hours
16:00 - 20:30
16:00 - 20:30
16:00 - 20:30
16:00 - 20:30
16:00 - 21:00
16:00 - 21:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 1000 Riverside Dr, Columbia, TN 38401-2411
  • Location: United States  >  Tennessee (TN)  >  Columbia
  • Phone Number: +1 931-223-5135
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