The River Social

4.2
49 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. Offering An Inventive Menu, Expertly-Prepared Social Plates, A Special Social Dry Ice Cocktail Bar And Much More. Impeccably Professional Service And a Stunning Mediterranean-Influenced Interior With Waterfront Outdoor Seating. The River Social Is a Unique And Exciting Dinning Option In Downtown Providence.
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BK
New England
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 5

The place is small but beautiful and right on the water. The staff were friendly but seemed disorganized. They may have had a bad night but at one point our waiter left and never came back. We had to ask someone else for our check. The food was good but not great. I would be willing to give it another try.

A
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on August 13, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Good hummus and pita! Baklava good too. Great place by the canal.

A
New England
6 reviews
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 5ambience 3

Small plates small portions not great value

OT
New England
18 reviews
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

We really enjoyed our brunch experience at this venue. Decor and interior was cute. It is a cozy space but just right for a small party. Food was good, although the French toasts were a little dry. The bottomless mimosas were a great deal and there were 9 various flavors to last. Service was great and the space is next to the water. Overall a wonderful brunch experience. Would go back again.

RM
1 review
Dined on August 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We didn’t think the Spiced rum Social Bowl was worth the price. Otherwise a wonderful experience!

OT
New England
1 review
Dined on August 1, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 2ambience 4

Lackluster, owner or manager sitting in corner with blonde lady on her rear and a boy who clearly didn’t want to be there. He was yelling at one and ONLY stressed out waitress. Food was adequate but nothing special especially in a good town like Pvd.
No need to return save the view

OT
New England
10 reviews
Dined on July 30, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 5

The atmosphere was amazing and the service was excellent. Portion of food size was extremely small. Descriptions of food was not accurate to what was actually received.

CM
New England
4 reviews
Dined on July 26, 2019
Overall 2food 1service 3ambience 4

Location is great, server was nice, drinks were delicious. Unfortunately, the food was barely edible. The tator tot sliders with gray burgers that seemed like they were microwaved (the tator part was good), too crispy pita and very odd tasting/texture hummus and arancini they looked fabulous but tasted terrible. The Parmesan and forbidden black rice did not go at all. Food Royce for subpar food was high and, even worse, both my husband and I were ill hours later which we both attributed to the food (possibly gray improperly cooked burger?). Good for drinks but stay away from the food.

KG
New England
9 reviews
Dined on July 23, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Great place for drinks and small plates! We both ordered a Salut off the special drinks menu — it was excellent! We really enjoyed two mezze plates: roasted eggplant and hummus that arrived with warm pita triangles. Next we shared the Greek flatbread pizza: olives, sun-dried tomatoes, cottage cheese and feta, roasted re peppers, and more. It was excellent... I’ll probably order it next time. For the finale, we had two social plates: octopus and falafel. Both very good.

JB
New England
34 reviews
Dined on July 20, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

We took a friend from out of town to River Social for dinner. Parking was easy with the Valet upstairs. Because it was a WaterFire night, we had to pay extra, but it was worth it to get parking on one of those crazy nights...
The took us right on time with our reservation. Tables are a bit tight, and we were in the back of the room, but the view toward the river through the floor to ceiling windows helped.
Drinks were interesting: I had something called Hello Habibi with gin, thyme syrup, pink peppercorns and more. Nice light pink color, very dry, tasty.
We shared some small plates: a lamb flatbread with pomegranate seeds, Italian rice balls made with Asian purple rice and served with marinara sauce and cheese slivers, falafel served with a yogurt sauce and an arugula salad with avocado, grapes and more. All were excellent - nicely refined versions of the original. It wasn't a lot of food, though. As is often true, sharing small plates is pricey for the amount of food you get.
So, nice location with great food and service, but a little pricey.

S
New England
9 reviews
Dined on July 17, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Interesting and different takes on Souvlaki & Metze platters for lunch. Lentil soup was outstanding. Arugula & goat cheese salad superb - though had thoroughly unripe/inedible avocado slices. That was the only negative. I want to go back to try dinner offerings.

OT
New England
2 reviews
Dined on July 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great Mediterranean food and ambiance! This restaurant is pretty new so it wasn’t very busy on a Saturday night, but I imagine once more people begin to discover this gem that it may be hard to get a reservation.

BR
New England
6 reviews
Dined on July 12, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 4ambience 4

Terrible food!

AM
1 review
Dined on June 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious food, great atmosphere, and exceptional service! Been twice and will keep coming back for sure!

BH
New England
7 reviews
Dined on June 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always a favorite! The pork chop... get it now!

RF
1 review
Dined on June 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This restaurant is at a great location. The decor and aesthetic are both contemporary and tasteful. There’s just a really great vibe here. The views of the river are relaxing and the food and drinks are all well done. Kudos to the entire staff and management of this gem, In a city known for its restaurants, the River Social truly stands out.

L
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on June 5, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 5

Super cute little restaurant on the water, right under Jacky’s. Convenient to valet at Jacky’s too, though there is a 7.00 fee. We were there on a Wednesday night around 6:00 so it was rather quiet. The bartender/waitress was really nice and friendly. The fire roasted eggplant dip was yummy and we both ordered salads for dinner, with add ones. I wasn’t loving my Greek salad. It was mixed greens, not a fan and had too much jammed into a too small bowl. I had grilled shrimp added to mine, which were tasty but they were small and there were only three. Could have used a couple more given they were not large. There were broken crackers on top which was ehhh. Not sure why they were there. My friend enjoyed her salad and we had a fun time. I would definitely try it again and give an entree a try.

JS
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on June 2, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 5

Brunch Sunday morning, sat at the outdoor tables. Beautiful view of the river. The coffee cocktails were delicious. Nice menu

LS
1 review
Dined on June 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great meal. Very interesting menu and nice view if the water. Great service

OT
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on May 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great atmosphere, if the weather had cooperated, would’ve been even nicer view of the river. Very nice, will definitely go back with my wife.

OT
New England
1 review
Dined on May 26, 2019
Overall 1food 2service 1ambience 3

Would not recommend. Arrived at 7:30 for our reservation on a busy night in Providence. Restaurant was about half full, and we were seated promptly. We waited 15 minutes with no server showing up. This is a small restaurant and had 5 or 6 employees on, many of which were passing us repeatedly while we waited for service. Eventually we got someone’s attention, who proceeded to chastise the other server near by and tell her to take care of us. Multiple items on the menu were not available. Server had no idea about the menu, including claiming that the Arancini (rice balls) were being made with potatoes instead of rice. She didn’t even know that the arancini were rice balls. Items that were not available on the menu were not announced to us until after we ordered. After 15 more minutes our drinks had not yet appeared, and the server returned to tell us that two of our drink options were not available and then quickly walked away before asking for our new drink order. The hostess swung by our table while we were waiting and simply asked “are you ok?” without much sincerity and proceeded to pointedly ask “are you sure you don’t want to say anything?” as she walked away.

After half an hour we still received no food, drink, apology, or sustained attention. Upon being informed that our drinks were also not available we requested to cancel everything and leave. The entire experience was extremely unprofessional.

I have only two happy moments to reflect on about our experience in this restaurant: the decor and the busboy who kept our glasses of water filled while we received no other service. Props to you dude for being the only person there not fully confused.

OT
Portland
1 review
Dined on May 25, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

The food was good. A little pricey. The wait staff seemed a little off/confused. I even asked them if they just opened because it seemed like they were still trying to figure out their role. Overall good though

S
1 review
Dined on May 25, 2019
Overall 1food 2service 1ambience 4

Worst experience, 6 French Toast sticks cost us $10. One bathroom for everyone. Terrible service from multiple employees, especially the manager. Manager tried to accuse us of not asking for tatertots when ordering the “eggs and tatertots” menu item. I could go on all day... do not go.

CF
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on May 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had a lovely brunch. Excellent salmon eggs benedict, yummy bloody mary. Everyone in the group liked their choices. The owner came out to say hello -- very friendly young Azerbaijani man.
Riverside location is charming.

MO
New England
4 reviews
Dined on May 16, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Nice little outdoor area in the river

HS
New York Area
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great spot on the river. Friendly staff and great food. It's a little hard to find - look for Jacky's restaurant and go down the stairs to the left.

OT
New England
3 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Celebrated Mother’s Day. They accommodated my request of assigning a dining table and chair instead of the bar stools as we had a party of 5 and my parents with me. Food and service was great too.

AA
New England
2 reviews
Dined on May 9, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Adorable space. Excellent views. Great service, great drinks!

L
New England
10 reviews
Dined on May 5, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

We went for Sunday Brunch. The menu options were good and they had some unique items. The food and drinks were very good. The service was also very good. We will absolutely go back.

KL
1 review
Dined on May 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Food was delicious !! The ahi tuna was fabulous. Nice atmosphere but it is small. Great location for water fire and a nice summer evening.

OT
New England
1 review
Dined on April 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Was my first time at the river social. Went there for my birthday with some friends. Table was ready when we got there. Ambiance was great, food and drinks was great, our server was amazing. We had just mentioned it was my birthday in passing and we received a complimentary dessert and a shot, which was really nice and I was not expecting at all. Will definitely come back again and will tell others.

W
New England
13 reviews
Dined on April 21, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

First time and the service, food and ambience was excellent. Will definitely visit again for dinner!

p
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on April 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Enjoyed Easter Brunch - awesome friendly service with even better food! Restaurant is beautifully decorated and cozy. Will be returning!

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on April 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Overall, everything was great. Mimosa and Bloody Marys where great!

r
New England
5 reviews
Dined on March 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

excellent food, wonderful river view, yummy mezza plate, delicious salmon, great service. will definitely go back.

M
New England
1 review
Dined on March 31, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

Providence needed The River Social. There, on the waterfront. The nostalgic view. It;s got it all. Returning soon!

AS
New England
7 reviews
Dined on March 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a wonderful brunch! The food was absolutely delicious as were the drinks. The service was gracious. We can’t wait to go back this summer when we can sit outside along the river walk. A great addition to the Providence restaurant scene! Will definitely be back.

JC
New England
7 reviews
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

Nice, small place right on the river walk. Nice menu, good food, good cocktails.

OT
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

This was the cutest place ever. Very trendy and right on the water. It was a little difficult to find the restaurant since I was from out of town but when I found it, WOW is all I have to say. The decor was amazing, the food was good. I got the salmon avocado toast with tater tots, because when was the last time you had tater tots? Highly recommend. Everything on the menu looked great!

m
Dallas
195 reviews
Dined on March 22, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 3ambience 4

This is a small restaurant on the on Providence River Walk. The decor is amazing especially the lamps which I believe may reflect the owner's cultural heritage. We ordered the Forbidden Rice to go with the Special Tower for Two. Both dishes were good. The Forbidden Rice (black rice) had a nutty flavor and aroma. The Special Tower for Two came with 3 skewers of chicken and lamb shish kabobs. The kabobs were served with BBQ, tahini and labneh dipping sauces. The kabobs were a little dry and having just visited Istanbul this past December, lacked seasoning. Service was fine and we met the owner too. Notwithstanding the foregoing, we would return to try some of the entries

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