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A Restaurant Milestone.

Bistro Riviere opened five years ago, quite an accomplishment as most new restaurants don't survive anywhere near that long. So congratulations to this pleasant restaurant on its anniversary in the heart of the thriving village of Erin. Thriving indeed as it me took a while at 1:00 P.M. on a Wednesday afternoon to find a parking place. I was welcomed as I stepped in and escorted to a banquette seat across the pleasantly decorated dining room with its sunny saffron-colored walls and your basic black restaurant furniture. One unusually hospitable note, there’s small cushions strategically placed along the banquette seating providing a little extra comfort for guests. Kudos to the owners for their unique and thoughtful touch. My server delivered a menu and graciously asked if I wanted her to describe the daily specials. I agreed and thankfully was only subjected to her reading to me that the soup of the day was Cream of Tomato and there was a salad featuring a grilled filet of rainbow trout with a variety of accompanying blandishments including wasabi. The compact menu is well balanced with nine starters, three entrée salads, five typical bistro entrées and a trio of sandwiches. For my lunch I chose the Insalata Sonia and the Curried Mussels as they sounded reasonably unique along with a tasty dark draft ale from Barrie’s Flying Monkey brewery. My salad promptly arrived comprised of crisp mixed greens, oven roasted tomatoes and carrot shreds tossed in balsamic vinaigrette, but missing the advertised snow peas. It was an acceptable salad, but just that. The tomatoes, even roasted, were predictably flavorless. Why bother? Things looked up as soon as the curried mussels arrived. They were simply outstanding! The ample portion was bathed in a well-crafted garlic and curry sauce but topped with more of the forgettable tomatoes. An oven toasted and thinly sliced half baguette provided a medium for sopping up the delicious sauce as no spoon was provided. Bread is better anyway and the extra touch of a few moments in a hot oven substantially enhanced it.. Overall, it is clearly the imaginative and competent cooking that sets this restaurant above most. Service was pleasant and efficient, but I was puzzled by the response to anything I said was either “No worries.” or ”No problem.” and sometimes both. Guests don’t think they give servers worries or problems so why say it? If you're in the area it's well worth giving them a try.

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This is by far my most favourite restaurant! We live locally and my husband and I frequent the Bistro often. We are always greeted by friendly staff, the atmosphere is great and the food is to die for. The cheesecake is the best ever!! We love the food so much that we had them cater our wedding party. I would highly recommend this restaurant to anyone who is interested in going out for a great meal, some nice wine and isn't afraid to spend a few bucks to have a fabulous dinner out. You will NOT be disappointed!!

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Uneven

Food can be excellent, but can also be lame. My wife and I went out for dinner, for apps I had wild mushroom over arugala with goat cheese; stunning! My wife had caesar salad; sad wilted lettuce, old, refrigerated stale croutons, old refrigerated cheese crisp. One hit, one strike. Mains: I had the chicken special, which I was pretty sure server told me was stuffed with goat cheese and asparagus...turns out it was stuffed with crab (!?). What did the crab stuffed chicken taste like? Fish. The crab was fishy, and so was the chicken....it wasn't terrible, just...very odd. Potato and veggies were great. If I'd wanted fish I would've ordered the basa. My wife had mushroom stuffed ravioli in a cream sauce with beef tenderloin; ravioli excellent, sauce very nice, tenderloin tough and chewy - yesterdays leftovers (?) Both half a strike, half a hit, so 1/1 again. Dessert: raspberry/chocolate tartuffo - awesome. Hit. So 3 out of 5. For $130 with wine/taxes/tip I'll only go back once i save up, feel like rolling the dice, and am feeling lucky.

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Great Daily Specials

Discovered this place on my first night after moving to the area. Was surprised to find such a nice bistro in a tiny little town! Food and service is always great. They always have the most delicious daily specials. In my dozen trips to this place, I have only ordered off of the regular menu once! This has become the go-to local place for heading out for a celebratory dinner among my friends and family.

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Great food, good service, a little busy - but...

Great food, good service, a little busy - but that speaks well of the place! Would go again, would recommend to others. It was a nice surprise that Erin would host such a trendy spot.

Price Range: $99per person

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What can I say but WOW! We were truly impressed...

What can I say but WOW! We were truly impressed, wonderful food, great service. Everything was perfect! We will definately be back again. We sampled a large portion of the menu and were truly impressed. Highlights were the lava cake and the butter tart they made the perfect end to a perfect meal. If you are close to this restaurant don't miss the opportunity to stop in.

Price Range: $60per person

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Great restaurant close to home

The Bistro is one of my favorite restaurants. It is so nice to have a restaurant like this close to home. Every time I go the food and service are expecptional! The complimentary bread and hummus spread are amazing. I'm not normally a dessert person but I can't resist the choices they offer. Great work Tharnton and Sonia

Price Range: $60per person

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Can't wait to go back.......

A girls' night out for dinner and drinks... perfect location! Our service was second to none... the waitress was busy, so Sonia took care of us herself. Everything was perfect! the spinach humus was amazing.. and a nice touch that they served it with bread from the bakery next door. I thought it was great that Sonia mentioned that as well. Nothing better for an establishment than to boost local businesses! the appetizers were fabulous! maybe a bit too good though, not everyone wanted to share. We tried the grilled portobello mushroom and veggies with brie and I believe the salmon appetizer that looked delicious.. we decided to have one of the features for our entrees, beef tenderloin, great decision! the beef was cooked to perfection and those potatoes.. wow! Our drinks were presented really well and tasted like having a whole lot more! No one had room for dessert, but we made Sonia tell us what they were anyway... next time, we're all leaving room! Again, she mentioned one of the desserts was from a bakery in Hillsburgh. very impressive.. the only suggestion any of us could think of.... Thornton, the chef/owner, needs a new hat to change into when he's done cooking! well done Sonia and Thornton! Erin is truly fortunate to have the Bistro as a dining option! maybe you'll think of opening another one in Guelph one day.....

Price Range: $60per person

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Amazing food, they actually know how to cook...

Amazing food, they actually know how to cook fish. Not dry but full of flavour! I'm not a fan of cheese but the Foccacia was just succulent, and the Wasabi n Soy marinade was to die for. Lucky me it was their plat du jour. Which is another nice thing, a small city bistro with daily specials, like you're not going to get it again. The atmosphere was very sophisticated without being stuffy. I saw ties but people where still laughing and having a good time. The staff makes you feel like family ;) Take my advice they make a really good Tom Collins, ask Sonia at the Bar. It is really refreshing to see a small city serve up such class and refinement with all the pleasantries you'd expect there. Congratulations on your first year in business. Cheers to many more!

Price Range: $60per person

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its amazing what a small town restaurant can do...

its amazing what a small town restaurant can do in such a small amount of time. i believe these owners with there high quality food and staff will only bring more of what have been very impressive and memorable meals with my husband.

Price Range: $100per person

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lovely restuarant, food is amazing found out the...

lovely restuarant, food is amazing found out the samosas are made in house and were fantastic!! the potatoes served with pork were great and the pasta one of the best ever had! overall a wonderful experiance will be returning often!

Price Range: $60per person

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My husband and I ate at the bistro of Feb...

My husband and I ate at the bistro of Feb 14/08 for lunch to start of the romatic valentines day. We had a lovely time, yes the bistro was busy and yet we still had great service and great food.Yes they were closing at 2pm to set up for valentines special event that night, but I wasn't rushed at all. The arugala on the steak sandwich was full of fresh flavour and worked great with the steak, the pork sandwich was amazing and hugh. You really get what you pay for. I did read the privous review that came from Keith H, and he has no idea what he is talking about, I was there the same day for the same meal period and our experince was outstanding!!! Maybe he's better off eating at a Fast Food chain!!! This small town has found something outstanding, keep up the good work and don't let one grump rain on your hard work!! I will be coming back time and time again.

Price Range: $60per person

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We had eaten here 5 times previously so I decided...

We had eaten here 5 times previously so I decided to take my wife for Valentine's day. We made a reservation for 1 pm and even before being seated were told that they were closing at 2 pm which to us translated to eat fast and get out. By this time most diners had finished eating and the place was half empty but it took 15 minutes to get a salad and a bowl of soup. My $8.00 Caesar was okay but pricey and the soup was average. It took another 15 minutes to get the entree's and we kept looking at our watches as the 2 pm deadline approached. The steak on the sandwich was good but was garnished with a handfull of salad greens that were boring and out of place. The chicken dish was awful. Overcooked chicken with a sauce that tasted like water. When the waitress asked how everything was I told her my dish was overcooked and the sauce did not taste like Stilton. She smiled and went about her business. When the bill arrived the $9.00 soup & sandwich was on the bill as $14.00. My wife was told she could have soup and any sandwich on the menu but wasn't told that the steak sandwich was an upgrade. By this time I just wanted to get out of there so we paid, left and will not be returning. Some tips. Don't greet guests with reservations by saying we close at 2. Don't charge $8.00 for an uninspired Caesar salad that tastes like it's from a bag. Don't take 15 minutes to serve a bowl of soup and a salad and another 15 minutes for the entree if you want us out by a set time. Don't overcook your chicken. Don't ask how a meal is if you are not going to act on a complaint. Don't say it is a Stilton cheese sauce if it has less flavour than a cottage cheese sauce. When we first dined here we were impressed by the small town bistro that rivaled any big city bistro. I fear a little success has gone to their heads and they no longer think they have to try. Their location means that repeat business is important and a restaurant is only as good as the last meal they served. Also take feedback from customers as a way to stay on top or soon you will find your customers are not there anymore. Time to try somewhere new!!

Price Range: $60per person

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A Great Place for all Occasions!! Guaranteed a...

A Great Place for all Occasions!! Guaranteed a memorable meal every time. Highly recommended. The wild mushroom salad and the escargots (special) appetizers were amazing. Fresh and extremely tasty. Our entrees, (special) double breasted duck were cooked to perfection, with a flavorsome reduction. The potatoes are the best we have ever tasted. A fabulous combination of: garlic, caramelized onions, Yukon and Sweet potato. Desert was a rich chocolate lava cake topped with ice cream. Overall, a great selection of entrees, that makes you want to keep coming back for more. Food is consistently good in taste, texture and presentation. Great wine list! The staff is professional and attentive. The restaurant is clean and comfortable.

Price Range: $99per person

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I would choose lunch here anytime I am in Erin!

Price Range: $25per person

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The restaurant is clean and bright with a nice...

The restaurant is clean and bright with a nice atmosphere. The staff are cheery and attentive without being in the way. The food is great, hot and fresh. You can see that this food is not sitting under lights, it is right off the stove and out to your table. There is a fine selection of moderately priced wines to go with the meals. I have been there several times and enjoy the menu very much. The stuffed chicken is very nice as well.

Price Range: $25per person

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Awesome! Ambiance and service was great...

Awesome! Ambiance and service was great! Food...well simply the best! Only regret, that I didn’t snap a picture of the food before we ate!

Price Range: $99per person

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I'm so happy this restaurant has finally got a...

I'm so happy this restaurant has finally got a great chef with talents. This town really needed it! The new owners have turn this restuarant into a place for everyone.

Price Range: $60per person

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Spent the afternoon on the patio, very nice-no...

Spent the afternoon on the patio, very nice-no plastic furniture here! Cold beer, great tasting appetizers. A nice step up from the usual patio experience. Great music!!

Price Range: $25per person

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bread was okay-seasoned baguette with both hummus...

bread was okay-seasoned baguette with both hummus and balsamic oil for dipping/spreading. great apps timely, well presented, tasty, same goes for the entrees and the dessert we shared-the ice cream is to die for! the server was very personable as was the hostess/manager/bartender...the chef visited our table twice and we had a nice chat

Price Range: $60per person

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