The Riverside Cafe & Lodge

Needing a break, and something to celebrate…Hubby and I decided to celebrate our three year anniversary of our engagement and my two year anniversary of moving to the Catskills. We decided to have dinner at The Riverside Cafe, which Hubby has been wanting to try for awhile now and I’m a sucker for good food that I don’t have to cook.

The first thing that struck me about the Cafe was the view. It overlooks the Beaverkill River and is a very popular trout fishing spot, which was evidenced by the handful of anglers that had taken up sentry in the river. it didn’t seem that much was biting today, but it was a peaceful scene to accompany dinner. 


The beer and wine selection was fairly unremarkable, though I believe they have a separate menu. We both decided on a Sam Adams lager, and I did notice that aside from the pseudo local Roscoe Beer Company beer…nothing local.  But then again, perhaps there was a more extensive list on the drinks menu.

The menu is smallish, but there were quite a few specials. It’s fairly simple, and definitely geared towards meat eaters. There were several different types of steak, lamb, veal, and seafood were prominant. There were several pasta dishes that I was tempted by but at the end I caved to the crab stuffed trout (which was from a local hatchery). Hubby ordered the filet mignon. 

Before our entree arrived, a family style green salad arrived sprinkled with just a smidgen of feta cheese and four home made dressings…blue cheese, ranch, a balsamic vinaigrette and this Asian dressing. I’m sorry to say I am completely blanking on what exactly it was…but it was absolutely delicious. It was the consistency of honey and sweet, though not overpoweringly so. I had two helpings of salad just for the dressing. I wish I had smuggled some out, as I have some some salmon in the freezer I’d love to marinate with that stuff. 

And then came the bread. The homemade, hot out of the oven herb bread. One of the best breads I’ve ever eaten. And no, there was not a single crumb left.

Our entrees came just about the same time as we were finishing off the bread, so great timing. The first thing I noticed about my meal that the tail was still attached…and further inspection proved that the head was still intact as well. So I have to admit that that was just a teeny off putting, but I bravely separated those two parts and was able to focus on the main part of the fish. As it was a stuffed trout, it was deboned. I have no clue how they managed such a feat, but there was not a single bone to be found. It was very tasty. especially the crab. I’ve only had trout a handful of times, but I definitely need to eat more of it. It was served on a bed of risotto and cabbage, seasonal squash and asparagus but I did not eat more than a few bites as I was so full from everything else. I did however bring it home and will most likely eat it for breakfast tomorrow. I had a taste of Hubby’s steak, and it was delicious…even for someone who isn’t a huge fan of beef.


Even though I was full, Hubby convinced me to order dessert. I ordered the strawberry rhubarb pie and Hubby ordered a strawberry mousse. There were quite a few desserts, and my only regret for the night was by ordering what I did…I was very much tempted by the chocolate lava cake….but the pie was good. I’m still new to rhubarb, but the crust was delicious and I’m almost certain that the whipped cream was homemade. 

The Riverside Cafe is pricey, but it was well worth it. It’s been a very long time since I ate food that delicious…in fact, not sure if I’ve ever had food quite as good. Plus, I loved that after we finished eating, we were able to meander down by the river and relax in a porch swing, listening to the water run over the rocks. A wonderful way to celebrate two of our special anniversaries.



14 thoughts on “The Riverside Cafe & Lodge

  1. Glad you were able to relax a bit and enjoy good food. I was once served with a whole fish in a restaurant and I could just see the waitress snickering. The joke was on her however, since I myself had worked in a restaurant as well and was well able to not only cut head and tail off, but also get all the bones out! She was pretty miffed when she came to our table to ask how we were getting along!

  2. Wow, you ate all of that and then dessert? That’s a lot of food. Good for you. Getting out and having a really nice dinner is wonderful now and then and then to also celebrate two special occasions makes it even better.

    Have a fabulous day. 🙂

  3. Oh, that sounds like a perfectly awesome date night! The meal sounds divine, I saw the place’s wesbite and it looked great. And you can’t beat fresh trout! I’m so happy y’all got to have a psecial night out unencumbered with daily life crap. It does wonders for the soul. Hugs from the West!

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