Fare: New American
Price: Moderate - Expensive
Food Quality: Good. While they use fresh ingredients in their food preparation, the creativity and the quality of ingredients are barely a notch above banquet quality.
Service: Friendly, attentive, without being intrusive
Ambiance/Decor: "Old World" upscale with scenic waterfront views of the South Philly Skyline
Overall Rating: 2 1/2 Stars
Note: Four star Rating System from 1/2 stars= poor to 4 stars = Best in Class
Noise Level: Moderate - High
Recommended For: Diners on a limited budget who enjoy upscale traditional ambiance, and a background of scenic waterfront views
Not Recommended For: Diners who prefer more eclectic and creatively prepared food
Recommended dishes: When available, New Zealand Rack of Lamb; Asian Ah Tuna; and the Black Forest Duck.
Liquor: Good selection of reasonably priced wines and specialty cocktails. Bar scene is vibrant
River Winds restaurant is one of Gloucester County's most elegant and upscale restaurants and is known as the go-to place in southwest Jersey for scenic waterfront views of the south Philly skyline to celebrate a special occasion or to have a drink and meet up with friends.
With the large windows opening onto awesome waterfront views, it is a perfect place for a romantic evening meal for two if you are willing to forgo some quiet conversation for the romantic ambiance.
The main dining room has an "Old World" upscale ambiance with a very spacious layout and features hand-blown glass chandeliers, quartz walls, and large windows looking out over the south Philly waterfront and the Delaware River. There are other private dining rooms available for private parties.
During the warmer months there is outdoor dining the attractive patio with seating for 120 complete a few large fire pits where you can enjoy a night cap and watch the sunset. and later the darkened waterfront skyline.
The restaurant's ownership and management have a successful background of diner ownership. The current owners are Helena Balis, Foti Farmakis and George Drakos. Helena Balis still owns the Hollywood Café Diner in Woodbury Heights.
The kitchen is headed up by Executive Chef Ian Shawn Palagye who comes with excellent credentials. A graduate of the Culinary Institute of America who later honed his cooking skills at Tony Clark's and Roy's in Philadelphia and the Mansion in Voorhees.
The menu is new American in style and features many steak and seafood selections with some Asian and Italian influenced dishes. They are vegetarian friendly, with vegan and gluten free options. While they use fresh ingredients in their food preparation, the creativity and the quality of ingredients are a notch above banquet quality.
While the desserts are sumptuous, they are not made on the premises and are sourced from tasty Country Sweets Bakery Shoppe in Woodbury.
On a tight budget? For a relatively inexpensive meal, they offer a "House Selections" entrees Menu at an affordable price.
The River Winds is open seven days a week for lunch and dinner
Sunday - Thursday: 11 am - 10 pm
Friday & Saturday: 11 am -11 pm
Open for Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve, New Year’s Eve & New Year’s Day
(updated: January 2021)
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