French Bistro set to open March 27

RIVE Bistro, a new French restaurant, announced it would open on Wednesday, March 27, at the former Riverhouse Tavern at 299 Riverside Ave.

The owner, Eric Sierra, operated another French restaurant in Westport, Bistro des Amis in Sconset Square, for a decade before it closed in 2001.

RIVE will feature “hearty French fare,” and dinner entrees ranging from $18 to $32, the restaurant said. Lunches will range from $12 to $20 and brunch $10 to $20.

The 72-seat dining room will be supplemented in warm weather by up to 50 seats on a patio overlooking the Saugatuck River.

Sierra grew up in Biarritz in southwestern France, RIVE said in a news release, and he currently operates Il Palio, a Mediterranean restaurant in Shelton.

RIVE will accept reservations for the dining room, the restaurant said, but seating on the patio will be first come first served.

Hours will be:

Lunch: Monday through Saturday, 11:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Dinner: Monday through Thursday and Sunday, 4 to 9:30 p.m.; Friday and Saturday, 4 to 10 p.m.

Sunday brunch: 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.

RIVE Bistro, 299 Riverside Ave., 203-557-8049.

Jim Doody