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River Tavern

23 Main St, Chester, CT 06412-1311
+1 860-526-9417
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  • Excellent59%
  • Very good26%
  • Average11%
  • Poor3%
  • Terrible1%
Travellers talk about
“date pudding” (30 reviews)
“guacamole” (25 reviews)
Open Now
11:30 - 22:30 Hours
American, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
23 Main St, Chester, CT 06412-1311
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Reviewed yesterday

River Tavern, just as great as ever. Today's visit was towards the end of their luncheon service; I caught the kitchen just in time. Happy that I did. An Irish coffee, of course, of course. Then a Caesar salad to make all Brutuses past, present...More

Thank Elise L
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This WAS one of our favorite restaurants in Chester, CT, a very unique, beautiful foodie establishment in Chester, CT. However, changes have transpired since our last visit which unfortunately culminated in a less-than-stellar recent experience. For those patrons who have frequented this eatery in the...More

Thank Kirk E
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Excellent drinks and food. Clean bathrooms and cozy atmosphere. Great drink menu and food menu. Not ordinary at all.

Thank Jackie D
Reviewed 27 January 2018

Was in E.Haddam for a special event at Goodspeed and met friends here for dinner. The service was excellent and the food was equally as good. They open at 5 for dinner and we were there at 5 since we had a 645 commitment at...More

Thank animaleyedoc
Reviewed 13 January 2018

This was a farewell dinner after spending the holidays with my son and family. Great ambiance, wine list, and menu. My son told me the kitchen staff was primarily Honduran so we started off with a the Guacamole and chips. This was perhaps the best...More

1  Thank 206rickl
Reviewed 3 January 2018

I have been to River Tavern over 10 times and ever time I enjoy myself. It is a bit tight but the food is second to none.

Thank Daniel B
Reviewed 1 January 2018 via mobile

Dinner was amazing, we had both chicken and swordfish. The flavor was wonderful, both dishes tender and perfectly cooked. We started with the fresh bread which had a crunchy crust and tender interior. The main courses came out and they were delicious, best swordfish I...More

1  Thank Anne M
Reviewed 29 December 2017

My wife and I own a B&B in the area and we have people come from all over CT to stay with us and eat at River Tavern. It is arguably the best restaurant in the lower CT River Valley. Excellent food and service. Farm...More

1  Thank HistoricTraveler
Reviewed 15 December 2017

We were disappointed when we couldn't dine at another local restaurant and thought we'd try the River Tavern -- talk about a blessing in disguise! I had the savory chicken crepes and he had the pork which was so tender and lavished with roasted vegetables...More

1  Thank 727jun727
Reviewed 25 November 2017

We went here as a preshow dinner to the Goodspeed theatre. We gave ourselves 2 hours and we end up cutting it close. The food is mind-boggling. The service could use a bit of upgrading(slow). All you have to do is get a drink order...More

Thank ziggyrock
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Robert G
25 April 2017|
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Response from Morganna | Reviewed this property |
I'm gonna say 5:30 food there is cooked to order.. and it's a relaxing place that will give you time to leisurely get to the opera house ENJOY
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Local cuisine, Special Occasion Dining, Bar Scene, Romantic
Open Hours
11:00 - 21:00
11:30 - 21:30
11:30 - 21:30
11:30 - 21:30
11:30 - 21:30
11:30 - 22:30
11:30 - 22:30
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 23 Main St, Chester, CT 06412-1311
  • Location: United States  >  Connecticut (CT)  >  Chester
  • Phone Number: +1 860-526-9417
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