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“Great food, nice atmosphere, kid friendly”
Review of River City Grill

River City Grill
Ranked #10 of 162 Restaurants in Punta Gorda
Certificate of Excellence
Cuisines: American
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Good for: Groups, Bar Scene
Dining options: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, After-hours, Reservations
Cranford, New Jersey
Level 6 Contributor
111 reviews
73 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 47 helpful votes
“Great food, nice atmosphere, kid friendly”
Reviewed 5 July 2014

This place was quite a find. We have owned a condo in Punta Gorda for 10 years and are only in a Florida a few months a year. We always heard about the River City Grill, but never had the opportunity to have dinner there. We made a reservation for a party of nine.....seven adults and two children. It was a Tuesday night, and a reservation was no problem. It has an easy to find location, right on Marion Avenue, one of the main streets of Punta Gorda. We were seated immediately upon our arrival and the kids, ages three and five, were handed a choice of coloring books and crayons. The restaurant was pretty busy and we were apparently not immediately noticed by our server as I think we were at a table that was just set up for us. Another server noticed we were not being helped and kindly offered to take our drink order. Our drinks were ordered and quickly served as were our appetizers and meals. The waitstaff offered their apologies for initially missing our table. Most everyone ordered seafood, but two ordered steaks and everything was delicious. The service was very good and our server did a fine job considering we had a fairly large party, and two kids. The interior of the restaurant was very well done with much wood and nice wall hangings. The River City Grill is a definite must visit if you are in the Punta Gorda area.

  • Visited June 2014
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Cape Coral, Florida
Level 5 Contributor
65 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
“Best Mediterranean Wrap”
Reviewed 1 July 2014 credit card Amex Cardmember Review

I'm a vegetarian and the Mediterranean wrap is awesome! The service is excellent and the price is reasonable.

Visited June 2014
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Fort Worth, Texas
Level 4 Contributor
26 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
“Best Food in Town.”
Reviewed 30 June 2014

Great find, you wont be sorry you stopped here. Huge bar, even when busy you can manage a seat. Great service at bar as well, knowledgeable bartenders know their drinks and food. We ate here several times during our stay, great food and the owner takes care of his customer's personally. He made Steak au Poivre for one of his regulars....it looked phenomenal.

  • Visited June 2014
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Punta Gorda, Florida
Level 4 Contributor
23 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
“Great food and superb service make this a winner!”
Reviewed 28 June 2014

In a word...WOW! River City Grill has recently begun offering local organically grown/produced specials (bison for example) and I knew that I wanted to try it so when I saw they were serving a bison special last evening we made reservations for dinner. Upon being seated, we were introduced to our Server Extraordinaire Jessi who took tremendously good care of us throughout our dinner service. Drink orders were placed, hot rolls were served and dinner orders placed as well. My husband and I both ordered the bison/white bean "stew" which was served in a bread bowl; the entrees are accompanied by a side salad (house or Caesar). My husband had the house salad which was almost overflowing the plate and I had the Caesar (you know you're going to have a great meal when the server asks if you want anchovies!). Both salads were crisp, flavorful and fresh. Our entrees arrives piping hot and all I can say is WOW! The bison had been slow-braised in a red wine sauce with arugula, minced carrot and white beans and it was unbelievably good. The bison is sourced from a local farmer and if you've never tried it, you should! The flavors leapt off the plate.

Everything about River City is top notch and we highly recommend it!

  • Visited June 2014
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Port Charlotte, Florida
Level 4 Contributor
46 reviews
43 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
“Better for lunch than dinner”
Reviewed 22 June 2014

We've been there for both lunch and dinner and find the lunch offerings sometimes better than dinner. Service is usually very good.

Visited June 2014
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