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The River Grill

$$ - $$$
American, Bar, Seafood, Pub
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70 Aqua Ln, Tonawanda, NY 14150-7702
+1 716-873-2553
12:00 - 23:00
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Mon - Fri 11:00 - 23:00
Sat - Sun 12:00 - 23:00
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9 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 November 2016

Good food but does not take reservations and you can wait over 1 hour to sit.Get there early. Great fish tacos and other fish dishes and great music. A must "summer time" place to visit! Inside and outside dining. Wish they could expand dining area. Maybe they can put the band on the deck.

Thank beachlover2307
Buffalo, New York
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20 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 October 2016

Awesome atmosphere, awesome live music, awesome food, awesome service. A really fun place to have a good time. Take a large group and you will have fun.

Thank Terry384
Buffalo, New York
1 review
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 September 2016

Great food and service. We try to get there every year. We always eat on the patio. They also have music most nights.

Thank deansad116
Buffalo, New York
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124 reviews
104 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 52 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 September 2016

The river grill is one of the few places to eat on the waterfront. It's a nifty little place and if you like fish, fried, you will love it here. The food is good, not spectacular, but for a relatively inexpensive meal this is a nice afteroon or evening out.

Thank BrendanCunningham
Buffalo, New York
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32 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 September 2016

I enjoy restaurants with patios, and this one delivers. However, the restaurant is not well located for unimpeded views of the water. That said, the food was enjoyable, and service was good. Not sure I'd return.

Thank Heidi014
Oshawa, Canada
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3 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 August 2016

Table for six didn't pose a problem for this establishment even at dinner time. We chose to eat outside with a very relaxing view of marinas and boats. Checking out the names on the boats became a great conversation subject while we waited for our appetizers. We ordered five different choices; so that everyone got a taste. Their crab cakes... More 

Thank justmoi1604
Buffalo, New York
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139 reviews
127 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 August 2016

First time here. Restaurant is on the water. View is ok. Sat on the patio since the restaurant is very small and has live music which makes it very loud. I had the cheeseburger which was very good. Others had a shrimp dish special which they really enjoyed. Friendly service and fun place. Will be back

Thank Jeannelil
Buffalo, New York
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135 reviews
124 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 August 2016 via mobile

From May to September, a large group (16-24 ppl) meet every month for lunch. This last visit, several of us order the fish dinner either broiled or fried. Either one was very good and provided a hearty meal. Food is always hot and servers friendly & efficient.

Thank steve y
Depew, New York
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22 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 August 2016

Restaurant was very busy, even thought waitress said it was slow. We all had roast beef, which was good. We sat outside which was a very good move because when band started it was very very loud inside. My only real disappointment was that I guess we were by water, but you wouldn't know it from the restaurant because there... More 

Thank Ron V
Amherst, New York
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16 reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 July 2016

We went to the River Grill on a Sunday afternoon. It was busy so we waited for a table at the bar. When we did sit down, our server greeted us right away and was very friendly. The 4 of us decided to order some apps instead of full meals. The crab cakes and clams were delicious! The calamari was... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$25 - US$100
American, Bar, Seafood, Pub
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol
Good for
Bar Scene
Open Hours
12:00 - 23:00
11:00 - 23:00
11:00 - 23:00
11:00 - 23:00
11:00 - 23:00
11:00 - 23:00
12:00 - 23:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 70 Aqua Ln, Tonawanda, NY 14150-7702
  • Location: United States  >  New York (NY)  >  Tonawanda
  • Phone Number: +1 716-873-2553

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?