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Rive Gauche Bistro

7 2nd St, Athens, NY 12015-1409
+1 518-945-1009
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  • Excellent58%
  • Very good33%
  • Average9%
  • Poor0%
  • Terrible0%
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“brunch” (9 reviews)
“escargot” (10 reviews)
“salmon” (11 reviews)
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12:00 PM - 11:00 PM Hours
French, European, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
$$ - $$$
7 2nd St, Athens, NY 12015-1409
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We were very surprised to come across this great restaurant in a little town like Athens. The salmon was the best I ever tasted. We had the French onion soup which was delicious. The steak was fabulous. The atmosphere is absolutely charming. A definite keeper!

1  Thank cathy m
Reviewed 14 September 2018 via mobile

We shared the fried oyster appetizer. The oysters were disappointing: badly shucked, so it was small pieces, not whole oysters; as a result, there was a little too much breading and the oysters were a bit over cooked. My short ribs Bourguignon were beautifully cooked,...More

Thank Lauren620
Reviewed 2 September 2018 via mobile

My daughter and I had a lovely dinner. I had the salmon, done to perfection on a bed of lentils and spinach that was equally perfect! My daughter had the tuna which she found to be delicious! We shared the chocolate mousse a perfect dessert...More

1  Thank Irene B
Reviewed 24 August 2018 via mobile

I’ve been twice for dinner and once for brunch. Service is good and the food has been good and a really good value. The menu feels a little bit limited to me, but there are a few dishes I like. I’ll be back often. Oh,...More

1  Thank Expatriated-traveler
Reviewed 10 August 2018 via mobile

For our first night in the Catskills we ate at Rive Gauche. My companions had a good cassoulet and I had steak au poivre and frites. To begin we had some fried oysters - very nice breading and super crispy. The wine list was fine,...More

1  Thank watsonborn
Reviewed 7 August 2018

Have visited on numerous occasions and have always had an enjoyable experience. The Cocktail are always exceptionally made and the atmosphere is pleasing!

1  Thank rmasse2018
Reviewed 22 July 2018 via mobile

An almost French bistro is very unexpected in a place as obscure as Athens NY, and someone deserves credit for the effort. But restaurants are not reviewed on the basis of effort, but execution. And here Rive Gauche should be thankful for the absence of...More

Thank Michael P
Reviewed 7 July 2018 via mobile

Rive Gauche is a delightfully unexpected French bistro in the little town of Athens. Food was prepared with care and served in a warm and friendly fashion. I’ve lived in Paris and this place made me feel like I was home again.

1  Thank kbockl
Reviewed 1 June 2018

I thought there would be a lot more French items on the menu. The escargot was tasty. The food was very good, but, the prices are like NYC prices. For the area I think they are way overpriced.

2  Thank PrincessVahineMaui
Reviewed 29 January 2018

You will have a solid dining experience here, but you long for a more "French" dining experience. The moules frites are wonderful (there are 3 variations on the menu) and the French onion soup, the coq au vin and short rib bourguignon will satisfy a...More

1  Thank Todd W
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Dinner, Brunch, Lunch
Restaurant features
Takeout, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol
Good for
Child-friendly, Business meetings, Romantic
Open Hours
12:00 PM - 8:00 PM
5:00 PM - 10:00 PM
5:00 PM - 10:00 PM
5:00 PM - 10:00 PM
5:00 PM - 10:00 PM
5:00 PM - 11:00 PM
12:00 PM - 11:00 PM
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 7 2nd St, Athens, NY 12015-1409
  • Location: United States  >  New York (NY)  >  Catskill Region  >  Athens
  • Phone Number: +1 518-945-1009
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