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The River Tavern, Chester, CT


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The River Tavern, Chester, CT

dennisl | | May 14, 2012 09:17 AM

I was such a huge fan of this place, but my last couple of visits have been so-so. To me so-so is fine if I hadn't been accustomed to very good/excellent and I am not spending a ton of money.

A few months ago husband and I went and ate at the bar. The evening bartender is wonderful, and they are still using fresh juices and no mixes. We had some apps and hubby enjoyed his main course ( I can't remember what.) What stuck in my mind- and I haven't been back since- was my steak which was ordered rare came rare, but was literally charred on the outside. Ok, took it with a grain of salt, every place can have an off night.
Went back again yesterday for Mother's Day, which again has its own problems. Husband picked a good time (3:30) figured it would be quieter and we would have 'lupper' since we had a late brunch. All was well- no salt and pepper with the bread and olive oil, no biggie. The kids enjoyed their burger, Caesar salad and mussels. Husband had a salad of field greens, strawberries, walnuts and locally- made feta, good. I skipped a starter and had a lobster cavitelle with some fresh peas in a tasteless cream sauce. Nice pieces of lobster, well cooked, dish was crying for seasoning. Husband had a lamb shank with artichokes in a soupy broth, he enjoyed it. When food was delivered we were never asked to refill drinks, husband had to flag someone down. Desserts all around, they were ok.. Generally an underwhelming experience.

I have liked this place for a long time and will continue to go for drinks and snacks (they have great guacamole and chips,) but I feel like I shouldn't have to make excuses for a place that I generally spend $150+.

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