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The River Social

4.2
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108 reviews
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$30 and under
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Mediterranean
The River Social is a Mediterranean Restaurant and Bar destination being the only restaurant with direct frontage on the Cobblestones River Walk area of Water Place Park. We offer an inventive menu, expertly-prepared Social Plates, hand-crafted cocktails, impeccably professional service and a stunning Mediterranean-Influenced interior with Waterfront outdoor seating. The River Social Is a unique and exciting dining option in Downtown Providence.

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Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitising
  • Surfaces sanitised between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Clean menu provided to every guest
  • Sanitiser or wipes provided for customers
  • Contactless payment available
  • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
Social Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
Personal Protective Equipment
  • Waiting staff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking

Offers

After Work Specials

Starting Feb 13, 2020·Sun 16:00-17:30, Tue-Fri 16:00-17:30

After long day of work please enjoy $5 drink specials from our Signature beverage list or you can have free mezze dish from us!

What 108 People Are Saying
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4.2based on recent ratings
4.1
Food
4.3
Service
4.5
Ambience
4.1
Value
Noise · Quiet
78% of people would recommend it to a friend
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OpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall4Food5Service4Ambience5

Great food, service was a little slow but nothing unbearable

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AngelaF
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

Food is a little overpriced, but overall great experience!

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vipDavidH
New England
11 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We will gladly be back

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Fushilou
New England
3 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

It was my first visit since COVID hit, and they totally delivered! Great outdoor ambiance, safety precautions in place, and amazing new menu items! Everything we had was delicious, from the Mediterranean Nachos to their homemade Focaccia. Can't wait to go back!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 21 June 2020
Overall2Food2Service3Ambience3

We ordered a lobster benedcit but it tasted like imitation crabmeat. It was cold and the food did not meet up to the prices.

The view was beautiful but I would not go back.

The River Social
Responded 7 days ago

We're sorry that you had an unhappy experience. The lobster benedict is served with a toasted English muffin, cold avocado and chilled lobster knuckle/claw meat. The egg is poached, plated and served immediately, but the rest of the components are intended to be cold. We only use fresh lobster meat for our dinner and brunch services. I'm sorry that you had the impression that it was imitation crab meat, but that cannot be the case because we do not serve that in any form within our restaurant.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 21 June 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

From the hostess, to the busboy, to my waitress the experience was amazing. I had a reservation for 2 but plans changed and they still accommodated my reservation! I was originally seated in the sun along the river but it was quite warm and when i asked if i could be moved, despite the full area, they found room for me. The food was phenomenal as was the 21+ coffee. Overall a great experience!

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EvanN
New England
6 reviews
Dined on 20 June 2020
Overall3Food3Service3Ambience4

The food presentation was beautiful. Service felt a little rushed until it came time to pay the bill and it was slow. The food was just okay tasting and did not live up to the presentation. The bright spot was the chick pea salad with the Mediterranean Nachos and the red sangria was good.

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OpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined on 31 May 2020
Overall1Food2Service2Ambience3

Our server was great but the bartender was not. It took 20 minutes to get our drink which I know was not the servers fault but the bartender who was visibly slacking off. The food was mediocre at best but not worth the price. I might try again for dinner but definitely never again for brunch.

The River Social
Responded on 2 June 2020

Sorry to hear that. As you know this was our first 2 weeks back after Pandemic employees have not returned. For that reason we are one of the restaurants that are short staff for the first 2 weeks. It will be great that you understand how important it is for us to get back to business 100%..Please take our response and have consideration. Best

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OpenTable Diner
Jacksonville
1 review
Dined on 30 May 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Delicious food, great location. Decor very nicely done. The cocktails are yummy too!

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OpenTable Diner
New England
7 reviews
Dined on 27 May 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Perfect for a girls night, will definitely be back!

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Lisa
New England
19 reviews
Dined on 24 May 2020
Overall4Food5Service4Ambience5

The staff did a great job with the social distancing and the food was great. The only down side was eating with plastic silverware but if that's what needs to happen, so be it.

The River Social
Responded on 2 June 2020

Thank you for your review and support. We hope to see you soon! Cheers!

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Ania
New England
8 reviews
Dined on 24 May 2020
Overall4Food3Service5Ambience5

We enjoyed our brunch on a lovely Sunday morning. Everything was very well organized and timely considering it was the first weekend open after quarantine. This restaurant has a very nice vibe with lovely views in a great location. Our server was very nice and attentive. We look forward to returning.

The River Social
Responded on 2 June 2020

Thank you for your review and support. We hope to see you soon! Cheers!

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Rita27
New England
8 reviews
Dined on 24 May 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Son’s birthday

The River Social
Responded on 2 June 2020

Thank you for your review and support. We hope to see you soon! Cheers!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 24 May 2020
Overall3Food3Service5Ambience5

Waitress was very nice, menu wasn’t what they had on open table. We had came for the burger on the brunch menu & was disappointed when we got there and they changed to a summer menu! Who doesn’t eat burgers In the summer? Actually didn’t eat drank coffee & left to another place but the place and set up was beautiful on the water and the staff was nice and attentive.

The River Social
Responded on 2 June 2020

Hi dear, Open table has not updated our new menu because of the recent circumstances due to the pandemic. Our donut supplier which was Knead Donut in PVD had also a hard time to supply. For that reason we made some changes and adjusted our certain items on menu and Thank you for your review and support. We hope to see you soon! Cheers!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 23 May 2020
Overall3Food3Service3Ambience5

Nice place to sit outside.

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OpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined on 22 May 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Excellent food, drinks and service.

The River Social
Responded on 2 June 2020

Thank you for your review and support. We hope to see you soon! Cheers!

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BryanM
1 review
Dined on 19 May 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Amazing food and drinks. Staff makes you feel right at home. Love this place

The River Social
Responded on 2 June 2020

Hey Bryan, Thank you for your review and support. We hope to see you soon! Cheers!

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vipMichelleH
New York Area
23 reviews
Dined on 10 March 2020
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

A nice little out of the way find!

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tylerg
Orlando
2 reviews
Dined on 7 March 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

This is our 1st time there My son who turned 21 picked it out it was excellent as I was nervous in eating mediterranean food but I will go back guaranteed

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EmeryA
1 review
Dined on 5 March 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Our waitress Donna was amazing! She made my daughter feel so special on her 9th birthday ! Definitely coming back great experience overall

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KathyT
New England
6 reviews
Dined on 5 March 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Wow - Kerilyn at the bar was so sweet, gave us good recommendations, as it was our first time here, and the food was spectacular! Chilled octopus, lamb tacos, steak with avocado fries! - all yummy! Will definitely be back again and again!

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vipAnastasiosB
New England
3 reviews
Dined on 1 March 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Our waitress/bartender was amazing. Compliments to the chef as well

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KristenH
1 review
Dined on 23 February 2020
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience5

The view is very nice and the vibe is cool too. Is a nice place anytime of year.

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Vasquez
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on 22 February 2020
Overall2Food3Service1Ambience3

Positive: The main course, Cioppino, was excellent; Foccacia bread for the table; also excellent. Ambiance - nice. It's a small restaurant, cozy and nice - on the water.

Negative: The service was bad on this night. More than 20 minutes passed before we saw even our salads. She never brought our drinks. Server never acknowledged the wait or the fact that we had to ask others about our drinks which sat at the bar unattended. By the time we got them they offered "more ice" rather than a fresh not watered down drink.

Food good - service terrible.

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MaggieF
1 review
Dined on 22 February 2020
Overall1Food2Service2Ambience3

This is a cute restaurant right on the Providence water front. Unfortunately, our experience would not have us returning to this restaurant. The service was extremely slow. We didn't have any food until an hour after arriving. The food itself was very mediocre. We ordered the grilled octopus which was overcooked and therefore tough. The portion was quite small given the $21 price. The duck entree was also overcooked. Neither dish was particularly tasty. We were very disappointed.

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PatriciaB
New England
10 reviews
Dined on 16 February 2020
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

Food was excellent but menu is small and were out of all beef so choices were limited

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NicholasH
1 review
Dined on 16 February 2020
Overall3Food3Service3Ambience4

We had scheduled a reservation and called to confirm that the reservation was going to work as I had been here previously and knew the space was smaller. We arrived a bit early, and decided to grab a drink at the bar- thankfully we grabbed enough seats because our table wasn’t ready for an hour and a half after our reservation. We ended up eating at the bar- which was difficult for a group of 6- the food was alright- definitely not worth the money. It came out for 2 people at a time in 10 minute intervals- 20 minutes after we got our food we still didn't have place settings so we had to wait to eat and the food was cold. Only one bartender to serve a full bar & make drinks for the entire restaurant- we had to ask for glasses of water 4 times and it took 35 minutes. Likely won’t return as the only thing that was worthwhile was the ambiance.

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HayleyR
New England
2 reviews
Dined on 15 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great food, great atmosphere. Would definitely recommend for brunch!

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Ania
New England
8 reviews
Dined on 14 February 2020
Overall3Food3Service3Ambience4

The restaurant is located in a lovely spot and we dined on Valentine’s evening. The restaurant was decorated in a lovely fashion with rose petals everywhere; along with a piano player and singer which added ambiance to our evening. We were greeted and seated right away. We were served water and bread right away; however, the focaccia bread was very cold to the bite — it was probably frozen and not fully thawed. We ordered drinks, they had a nice and creative selection for the evening; however, they were not served until we were completing our first course. The bartender seemed preoccupied — folks were going to the bar instead of ordering from their tables due to the delay. The first two courses from a prefixed menu were delicious; however, the desert we picked was very unpleasant and we could not eat after taking 1 bite of each. We picked the 3 cake dessert which tasted stale as if it was made days ahead of time and refrigerated or frozen. This is a restaurant that opened within the last year and just needs some adjustments.

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OpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined on 14 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Spent Valentine’s Day there. Noise level, even with live music, was very appropriate. Service was great and the food was very good. Overall a very nice night.

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JasonW
New England
5 reviews
Dined on 12 February 2020
Overall5Food4Service4Ambience5

Wife turned 30

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INESG
1 review
Dined on 9 February 2020
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience3

cute place, great service, good food. I thought it would be a bit more lively. A DJ for their Sunday brunch would be a great hit.

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vipMdog
New England
11 reviews
Dined on 8 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Great food, great service (very helpful & friendly) and nice location

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MonicaP
1 review
Dined on 8 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

It was our first time at the restaurant it is a cozy intimate place perfect for a clear cold winter night.
Wasn’t busy when we arrived on a at 6:30 became increasingly busier throughout the evening.
We had appetizers, salad enter dessert. I had the salami which was very tasty the Balava ice cream sandwich was yummy

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KimberlyO
1 review
Dined on 8 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We went early 5:30 was very quiet food was very good waitress very sweet my friend and I shared 3 social plates and it was plenty for us hubbies had a full dinner to themselves. I definitely would return here. Prices were fair very clean restaurant!

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OpenTable Diner
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on 4 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The food is excellent! Great atmosphere, interesting and delicious cocktails. The chef was very accommodating to my family’s dietary restrictions as well. I highly recommend this place.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New England
6 reviews
Dined on 1 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience5

Great food, even better view!!!

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OpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined on 25 January 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We checked this place out for restaurant week and we were NOT dissapointed. The stuffed duck was delicious and you HAVE to try the baklava ice cream sandwich. The place is small but we never felt cramped and it wasn't overly noisy. The view is also fantastic of the river! We will definitely be back! The owner came over to ask how everything was. Super nice guy. Seemed very appreciative

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vipCallmeIshmael
New England
17 reviews
Dined on 25 January 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Stopped here to meet friend before Friars basketball game. Has a really good brunch menu which isn't on their web site. Great table by the river. Attentive, friendly service.

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ChristineK
1 review
Dined on 24 January 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We went there during restaurant week. We had an excellent meal with great service and atmosphere. We plan to go back soon.

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The River Social is rated 4.2 stars by 108 OpenTable diners.

The River Social does offer gift cards which you can purchase here https://theriversocial.com/gift-card-purchase/.

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