The River Social

4.1
16 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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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!

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r
New England
3 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.

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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!

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AS
New England
5 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.

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JC
New England
6 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.

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OT
New York Area
4 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!

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m
New England
182 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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s
New England
17 reviews
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Food is quite good. Very nice ambiance as well. Then portions aren't large. We found the 3 mezzelate (appetizer spreads with vegetables and pita for dipping) plus the social tower for two was just enough food. Michealla was an excellent and extremely pleasant waitress and the owner took the time to introduce himself. Great location with a window view of the river (and Water fire when it is scheduled). Will definitely return.

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DC
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on March 10, 2019
Overall 1food 2service 1ambience 1

Multiple mistakes with our order from drinks to entrees

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TA
1 review
Dined on February 27, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

Dante was a very gracious and attentive waiter. I had the Octopus as my meal while my husband had the lamb. Everything was delicious. Perfect spot mid week for a romantic dinner. There was one large table and a few seats at the bar with guests. This restaurant opened in January. It will be very popular in the warmer evenings.
Highly suggest it.

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JL
1 review
Dined on February 27, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 4

Worth trying. Great service - not smothering, not absent. Very friendly. The Tower was excellent, but expensive. Came out last, which seemed odd. Polenta served with ragout was not creamy. Willing to go back and try other items. Why did I think my dessert would have poached pears?

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L
1 review
Dined on February 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I absolutely love this restaurant! It’s so cute and the food is amazing. The service was great and the servers and very nice. Definitely would recommend it!

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JZ
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food is delicious and the atmosphere is very nice!

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j
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and great service. Can't wait to go back during WaterFire

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B
New England
6 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 4

Atmosphere, furniture and decor was great! Service was a bit slow. Ordered Spicy Feta Cheese for an app and it only came with 4 slices of pita bread. Asked for more pita and that took a good 15mins. Ordered a caesar salad with salmon for my dinner. Salmon and salad was great but no croutons and the salad came in a starter salad dish. I think for an entree it would be more presentable in a larger dish...at least make the customer think they are getting a grand salad for the price they are paying. It ended up being just the right amount of food, but again, presentation and customer value is key. My husband ordered the lamb. The presentation there was nice but the portion lacking. He had two small lollipops and after finishing was still hungry. I did have two of the Social Butterfly cocktail...that was tasty, although each drink took about 8-10 minutes. In a small place with two bartenders it shouldn't take that long.

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J
New England
2 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

The service was fantastic. Great food and drinks. We had the hummus, shrimp and chips, salmon, and mushroom polenta. Everything was excellent. Definitely recommend.

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