About River Rock Kitchen-Westin Wilmington
Wilmington, DE 19801
Welcome to the River Rock Kitchen at the Westin Wilmington. Chef David Lattomus invites you, your family and friends to join us in our warm and comfortable surroundings with our fabulous Modern American Sharing concept. Feast on these tasty and exquisite menu selections prepared fresh every day from local farmers. His sharing concept is one to bring families and friends closer as they pass selections around the table, as if you were home dining together. Come join us; we will leave you smiling and fulfilled.
Contemporary American, American, Organic
Hours of Operation:
inside the Westin Hotel
$30 and under
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Chef Dave Lattomus has created several banquet options to choose from
The Hotel is surrounded by free parking lots. There is ample parking.
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Counter Seating, Entertainment, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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River Rock Kitchen-Westin Wilmington Ratings and Reviews
This was our 2nd time at River Rock. We both loved it the first time and told our friends about it. The seating is chaotic as there doesn't seem to be a host assigned to the entrance so you get left standing wondering what to do. Or as we witnessed, people came in and just sat wherever. The servers didn't seem to know where they were going and it wasn't that busy--especially being a Friday night. Our drinks took a while because the only bar area is in the lobby of the hotel and serves both the lobby and the restaurant. The wings we got for our appetizer were very good but were not wrapped in bacon as they were listed to on the menu. When we mentioned it to the server, he said, "oh yeah, I think they are too". I was very disappointed with my Shrimp and grits mainly because my grits were stone cold. My husband liked his Steak dish. Looking forward to a special night out for a "big" birthday and it was not what we hoped or experienced before.
Not sure why this restaurant was empty the evening we visited. The menu isn't bad, and location is good, just around the corner from a lot of restaurants that usually have very long wait times. Our meals were very tasty. Lack of other diners made the ambience rather dull, and the wait staff overeager as a result. Hard to believe, but additional restaurant guests would have made for a nicer ambiance.
We used Open Table to make a reservation well in advance. I also called the restaurant to advise that one of our party uses a power wheelchair, and to confirm that the restaurant is accessible. Despite this, when we arrived, the only tables for six that were available in the restaurant were high-tops; as a result we were seated in the more public bar area, at a table for four, with another table for four pushed over and a chair added between the bench seats.
Our server was wonderful, and the food was good. Just wish we could have been accommodated in the restaurant itself, as planned.
Our first experience here was phenomenal. I loved the tuna small plate with the watermelon. This time it was unexceptional. There was a party in the dining area so we had to eat in the bar even though we had reservations. Perhaps the party was the reason that service was slow. The food was good but not exceptional. That was kind of a letdown since our expectations had been raised so high from the last time. Might have just been an off night, I don't know.
The restaurant doesn't seem to ever be over populated at lunch time, but this time we called in a reservations well as placed an order as we only had an hour four business meeting. They were waiting on us when we arrived and less than 5 minutes later we were eating and meeting...it really was perfect and greatly appreciated with my busy schedule. I would recommend this way of pre-ordering to everyone I know!
Our waiter was new and did not know the menu. I was NOT warned that the red snapper entree came with the head and tail attached. I was disgusted.
My friend switched her entree with mine and gave me her salmon. The salmon was salty.
So disappointing :(
Good menu selection (pleased that smaller plates offered). Ingredients all fresh and appealingly presented. We had grilled tuna, filet mignon, pizza and sides. Big disappointment was that everything was WAY too salty. Chef and line cooks need to stop ruining perfectly good food. Meal comped, but we won't go back.
We had a date night and landed at River Rock. I anticipated so-so food and high prices because it's attached to a hotel. I was very wrong.
The prices were beyond reasonable, particularly when considering the quality. Expect $8-$10 for a small plate and $18-$25 for a full size entree. Full meal for two people was $45 after leaving a 20% tip and we were both well fed.
The ambiance is semi-formal but relaxed. Beautiful layout and the staff was excellent. I was pleasantly surprised and impressed. Definitely recommend for a dinner and a movie date on the waterfront.
My family of 4 dined there for Father's Day hoping to try a new place for a special day. We were seated in a nice area, and it wThe waiter took our drink order, I said aloud that I was not able to drink alcohol so let Dad make his order of a gin and tonic, and I ordered club soda and lime. When the drinks were delivered, I got vodka and club and had to send it back. We ordered first courses and the beet salad that I got was so salty that it was inedible, so I sent it back. My family seemed to like the soups and appetizers that they ordered but were not outstanding. Our main courses were ok, except that the medium rare steak that I ordered was very rare, so I let my son eat it. Desserts took over 20 min to arrive, and the manager came over and offered a free portion of their strawberry short cake dessert. By then we were full, but appreciated the gesture and thought it was good. The salad was left and the bill, and I thought it was odd to have also been charged $3 for a club soda........ overall an underwhelming experience.
Food was good, not exceptional. You have your choice of small plates for a tapas-like experience, or large single entree plates. Two small plates would be enough for most people. Fish and steak were rather salty. Vegetables were ordinary. Dining area is immediately adjacent to the hotel's lobby, which was particularly noisy during our visit (Friday evening). Thus restaurant is more suitable for groups. If you are looking for a quieter dining experience, this is not the place. Host and wait staff were friendly and accommodating.
The food was interesting, flavorful, and beautifully prepared. The lava dessert was a perfect end to a great meal. Our server was very friendly and checked on us enough, and not too much. The only slight negative was the time from ordering to getting our entrees, but the delicious fresh bread helped!
TAble was ready but not prepared per our request. Long wait for attention, 15 minutes easy. I have the same complaints docmnted on Trip Advisor dated 204. Good food, nice resturant but lousy service. The entrees were brought out separatly, snapper was last to be served, 10 minutes after the last entree. This occurred on Mothers Day an the resturant was not busy. Poor service prevents me from returning or recommending.
Food exceeded expectations for a hotel restaurant hosting mostly business travelers. The small plates are well assembled and thoughtful so satisfied. I loved the crab cake, a single burger sized cake that's entirely local large lump meat, no filler and no shells. The potato soup was hearty. Healthy kids meals, too.
We have eaten at River Rock 3 times, always with friends before theater. It's been quiet but the food has been very good and exceeds expectations. Located inside the Westin Hotel, it's not well known and deserves more respect. Mushroom ravioli are very good but quite rich.
My friend and I went on a Tues evening so it was QUIET in there. Our server, Dominique, was excellent. She answered questions, made good recommendations and was attentive without being intrusive.
I had the steak frittes. The steak was slightly under cooked from what I ordered (it was pretty rare and I had ordered medium) but I didn't send it back b/c I realized I would be taking most of it home and re-heating it at a later date so it should be perfect then. I ate the ends and it was delicious. I swapped out the fries for the au gratin fingerling potatoes. They're served in their own cast iron dish and were delicious.
My friend ordered the snapper. She did not realize it would come out WHOLE (it's head with eyes and tail intact) so she was surprised. Our server recognized the situation and offered to take it back to have the head and tail cut off. Whew! She didn't say much about the snapper. I think she was overwhelmed with the bones in. She also had the brussel sprouts and said they were delicious.
My friend had the s'mores dessert. She didn't seem to like it but I've dined with others here before who loved that dessert. It's served in a small cast iron dish with graham crumbs on the bottom, a layer of chocolate and a layer of toasted marshmallows.
The food was fantastic- my picky boys (12 and 15) chose the chicken tenders and the truffle-oil and parmesan fries, and wouldn't try anything else for dinner, but breakfast the following morning was perfect. The recommendations were appreciated, and the food we ordered as a result was amazing! Wilmington wasn't a chosen destination- we were there for a wedding- but as a result of our stay, we've decided we just may be back!
I found this place through Yelp, and WOW did it not disappoint. From the moment we walked in,to when we left, the staff was super nice and helpful. The cocktail menu was diverse and exciting, lots of fun twists on your favorites and some house crafted options too. The menu had a variety of options (gluten free too!) and the food we ordered was delicious. We will for sure be back with friends!
Our Valentine's Day dinner was lovely in every way. The menu offered a variety of selections with daily specials. Our food was delicious with a quite interesting presentation. The music was audible but not loud, current and not pop. The wait staff was knowledgable and friendly, present when needed but not hovering. I hope more people find this restaurant.
We had our Christmas work party at River Rock on Monday, 12.14.15. Some of us got there a little early like 4:30 and the lobby bar wasn't opened yet. The bartender was taking a survey so we waited for about 15 minutes before we got a drink. Then we went to our table around 6:30, there were 8 of us. We asked if there was some sort of Christmas music that could be played but there wasn't. The waiter bought us a steel bin from the kitchen so we could play pandora on iphone and it could be heard at our table. The food came out 2 at a time, the 2 turkey clubs first, 10 mins later a burger and chicken sandwich (which was returned bc it was so hard she couldn't cut it) again 10 minutes later the 2 tuna small plates which were okay but had a sandy like texture, and then 10 minutes later the lamb chops and sirloin. We had over a $400 bill would have expected a little better service and better food quality. We picked River Rock over Harry's and I will have to say on behalf of myself and the other 7 people we should have gone to Harry's.
Arrived at 5:30 and we had 7:00 PM tickets at DTC. Waiter was attentive and efficient. We had a nice meal and made it to the show on time. Will return for sure. Menu was interesting and had enough choices for the two vegetarians in the group to be comfortable. The mushroom raviolis were delicious in a VERY rich Alfredo sauce. The kale salad with preserved lemon was a real hit and big enough for 4 people.
I've eaten here twice. Once with my husband and once with a group just 3 days ago. Great experience both times. Tapas size portions to share is their specialty and you will not be disappointed. The menu is full and varied in your choice of small plate options that are delicious and the portions were generous. This is a hidden little gem not yet discovered by the mainstream. Atmosphere was modern upscale with a city vibe.
Had drinks on their drink menu that they did not have the alcohol for. The portions were so small that I had to go home and eat again. The service was SLOW; there was scarcely anyone in the restaurant and it took close to 3 hours to eat. Will not be going back.
This was my second trip to River Rock. The food was great and I love the upscale feel at affordable prices. The only major issue was that they didn't have a couple of things that we ordered. Also, we didn't see much of our server once the entrees arrived. I would still return here, though.
We live in the Wilmington, DE area and wanted to try this new spot. My Wife and I absolutely love the decor. It's very contemporary. The food was excellent. I didn't give the food 5 stars because the plates/portion size was on the small side. Our Waiter, who was equally as excellent, warned us on the small portion sizes. But the quality of the hangar steak and truffle oil palm frites was amazing. I enjoyed that smaller steak more than I did a larger steak at a fancier restaurant!
Desert was fantastic! I get the feeling that everything is made fresh, and they have placed a lot of thought into the quality and presentation.
We definitely will be back. Great for date nights since the ambiance is beautiful.
I was there for lunch on a Wednesday in late Summer, and was one of only four tables that were seated during that time. The food was delicious and plentiful, the prices reasonable, the location perfect; I'm not sure why so few people are taking advantage of this very nice restaurant. Admittedly, the direct access to the hotel lobby - and possibly the location inside the hotel itself - play against the ambiance, but the look and feel is very modern and attractive. I personally found the bolster in the booth-like table at which we were seated to be somewhat uncomfortable, but everyone has their own body shape and comfort preferences. The servers were attentive, responsive, and knowledgeable about the menu. There is plenty of free parking right outside the building and a well-tuned selection of entrees on the menu. I'd go back again without hesitation.
The staff greeted us upon arrival. They were prompt, and we were seated right away, ahead of our reservation time. Our servers came right away to start us off. As this was our first visit, we saw many items on the menu to try. The cream of crab soup was good, however it did not have any solids in it and for a cream soup it was on the thin side for a cream/bisque type soup for me... When I inquired as to why, our server said she would check with the chief and be right back. She came right back and said that is the way the chief prepared it, after making the soup they, then blend it to a smooth texture.
We were in town for the Univ. of Delaware commencement and we decided to make reservations at River Rock Kitchen mostly out of convenience since we were staying at the Westin Hotel. We were pleasantly surprised at the quality of the food and the service. The smaller portions allow you to try different items on the menu as they have Small Plate/Large Plate options for most items. Prices are reasonable. I wouldn't say its cheap, but its not too expensive either.
We visited River Rock Kitchen on a Saturday evening, expecting to find it rocking. Instead, we found ourselves in a virtually empty establishment. The highlight of our experience was a friendly, attentive server who extolled the quality of every dish on the menu. Alas, most of our dinner was generally disappointing and overpriced. For example the Caesar Salad was soggy, the artichoke dip too heavily creamed ( though the accompanying toast points were excellent, as was the olive bread and olive oil pre-course). Likewise, the mushroom ravioli turned out al dente and drowned in a heavy sauce. The beef brisket was overwhelmed by clove. The scallops (2 for $17) were tasty but overpriced. The restaurant is new, and it's concept---either a tapas, tasting experience or a full-sized entree with a diverse menu---can work but only if the quality of the food is refined and the pricing scaled down.
The food was good but I didn't care at all for the atmosphere. Furnishing are very stark, tables are wide across so you feel like your dinner companions are too far away to talk without talking loud. Feels more like a hospital cafeteria, not my idea of a "nice" evening out.
When I booked the Easter brunch I was told that the full breakfast menu would be available and would include the brunch. This is the information I relayed to my adult guests. However, when we arrived, we were advised that this was not the case. A little disappointing. Overall, the experience was a good one even though the "breakfast" menu was limited.
Our group of 4 adults visited the River Rock Kitchen for Easter brunch. A lovely experience. The buffet included grilled asparagus with shaved parmesan, smoked salmon (some of the best I've had) and fresh berries. In addition we ordered brunch entrees - three of us had eggs benedict with smoked salmon and tomato based hollandaise; one brioche French toast. All were nicely prepared and very tasty.
Our server, Christina, was knowledgeable, cheery and efficient.
We really enjoyed our morning at the restaurant and recommend it highly.
Although the food we did receive was very good, we had two dishes get ruined before they made it to our table. The back-up dish selections were very pretty as well as yummy though - the chef does some exciting things. We'll go back to try the ones we originally wanted. Only other disappointment was the atmosphere which just has to do with being in a hotel I guess. We were hoping for a more romantic setting but there were groups of people eating in sweatpants and a toddler running around the place playing with knives from tables (including coming over to sit by us and grab those knives). It was a little off-putting.
We were a group of 4 and were excited to eat here after looking at the menu on Open table. Unfortunately, the menu was not up to date. Several of the items we wanted to try were not on the "New " one. There were not many choices for us so we had same apps and a round of drinks, paid the bill and left.
Nice place for drinks and a snack.
The food was very good, but there was so little of it, it is hard to review. Paying $22 for barely a handful of dinner is not my idea of a good meal. I was wondering why the place was empty at 7:00, but after getting my meal I realized why. We will NOT be returning.
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