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“Enjoy the Brews, Views, and some grub too”

River CO Restaurant & Brewery
Ranked #12 of 55 Restaurants in Radford
Cuisines: American, Bar, Pub
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Good for: Business meetings, Child-friendly, Romantic, Groups, View, Special Occasion Dining, Bar Scene
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Full Bar, Outdoor Seating, Parking Available, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Bristow, Virginia
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244 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 74 helpful votes
“Enjoy the Brews, Views, and some grub too”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 May 2014

While down for VT graduation last weekend I convinced my family to make the drive from Blacksburg (15-20 min) down here. I had only been here for a alumni event with a catered dinner, and couldn't recall if the food was great or not. So I warned them of that, along with the bad service reviews here on TA.

It was a bit of a gamble since they wouldn't take a reservation or call ahead, but we figured it was still worth a shot to avoid the crowds in BBurg and Christiansburg. It worked out great, while they said the wait at 6pm friday night could be an hour, we only waited about 15 minutes for a table for 7 + a toddler, which was barely enough time to enjoy the great views off the back deck. They spared no expense building this place, the ambiance is awesome!

We sat down and the server took our order and had the drinks out pretty quickly. He didn't seem very experienced but was nice and upfront (mentioning no substitutions since it was a busy friday) and did check on my mother-in-laws food allergy right away. It wasn't the fastest meal but we weren't in any rush so didn't mind at all. We were leaving about an hour after sitting down.

Now too the food: The wedge salad was great and plenty to split between 2 people. I split that with my wife, along with the filet and sweet potato fries and a side of mashed potatoes. Filet was cooked perfect and the dipping sauce for the fries was great (some sort of sour cream/brown sugar mix). The 2 sirloins ordered at the table were very good, and a burger looked really good (although overcooked since mom-in-law ordered well done, what do you expect). The chicken tenders for my toddler didn't come out early, but we had other food to tide her over with.

We tried several beers, and I enjoyed the Amber the best. Not enough to take a growler with me but still good enough to get a 2nd.

  • Visited May 2014
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Richmond, Virginia
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5 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
“Not worth the drive!!”
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 May 2014

The atmosphere is good (good mountain view) but it stops there. They do NOT treat customers very well. Surly staff, clearly not happy with very strict rules from management and the food is just ok. Will not go back. Being treated poorly for absolutely no reason doesn't make for a fun evening.

  • Visited May 2014
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Radford, VA
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13 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
“Hidden Gem”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 May 2014

This is one of the hidden gems of the New River Valley. They are the ONLY place to get dry aged steaks. They also have an in-house micro-brewery and over 10 different beers to try, all of which are carefully brewed to excellence. Their menu is a bit pricey, but the restaurant is in a newly constructed log and timber building with a giant fireplace and outdoor seating overlooking the New River.

  • Visited May 2014
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Raleigh, North Carolina
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45 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
“Delicious food with a view”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 May 2014

I've eaten at this restaurant a few times when visiting my son at Radford U. The food is delicious--I got the salmon this last visit--and if you get a table near the balcony you (sometimes) can watch the sun going down. It's up on the river bluffs so there's a nice view. Also, since they brew their own beer, if you like beer you should definitely try their flight. It is a lot of beer so bring your designated driver! Definitely the best restaurant by far in the area. Tip: They don't take reservations, at least not on weekends, so get there early or head to the bar and prepare to wait a bit.

Visited March 2014
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Radford, Virginia
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12 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
“Wonderful food and atmosphere”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 March 2014

A great brewery and great food. Such a beautiful resturant and a great view of the river. The unexpected for the NRV, but so happy to have such a nice place in the neighborhood.

  • Visited February 2014
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