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River Bend Restaurant & Tavern

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1427 Fm 2031, Matagorda, TX 77457
+1 979-863-7481
11:00 - 22:00
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Sun 11:00 - 21:00
Tue - Thu 11:00 - 22:00
Fri - Sat 11:00 - 23:00
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Lake Jackson, Texas
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4 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Really nice folks own this place and closely oversee the restaurant/bar operation. It's clean and quirky. Scraps are fed to wild pigs across the river. I always like to see people being kind to the wildlife. We had fried snapper, fried oysters and shrimp. All was very good but a little more expensive than we're accustomed to. With that said,... More 

Thank JEB51
Madison, Wisconsin
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50 reviews
39 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Very casual dining, but the food quality is excellent! Don't forget to ask about any fresh catch specials. I ended up with a delicious blackened red snapper. The crab-stuffed deep-fried jalapenos are a great appetizer, too!

Thank WiscRNTraveler
Houston, Texas, United States
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77 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
Reviewed 12 April 2017

we have eaten here before as a last resort! sign said under new management so gave it another shot, we enjoy sitting outside to watch the river and hopefully the pigs will come out on the other side of the river ( the restaurant is know for taking the scraps of food across the river for the pigs)was glad to... More 

Thank Denise R
Bryan, Texas
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43 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
Reviewed 21 March 2017

While visiting Matagorda had dinner at the River Bend. Had heard good reviews. We were not disappointed! I had the oyster po'boy. Everything about it was fresh. It came with coleslaw which was excellent and onion rings. I was glad I did not order an appetizer because my serving was more than enough! Meal also came with complimentary pinto beans... More 

Thank Nomi B
Cameron, Texas
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15 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 17 March 2017 via mobile

We've eaten here before but the place says under new management. So, despite reviews, we decided to try it again. The food was great & so was our waitress, Ashlyn. I don't know what kind of potato they baked, but it was great. One of best I ever had. The hostess came over & checked on us several times but... More 

Thank Notnormaldot
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7 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 12 March 2017 via mobile

Average type seafood... good but not anything special. Long wait time to get the food. Probably would not go back. Would try the other restaurants in the area if we went back to Matagorda.

2 Thank Motorcyclepj
Houston, Texas
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58 reviews
43 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
Reviewed 12 March 2017

Took a Saturday drive to Matagorda and this place was recommended. Not so much to look at but the shrimp was really good. They had just opened for the day and not too busy so the service was good & friendly. Would definitely go back if in the area.

1 Thank LKay113
Matagorda, United States
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31 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 24 February 2017

eat outside and enjoy the river passing by, the people in the boats waving as they cruise down the river and see the wild hogs across the river enjoy their time in the sun. Food is okay--service is a bit slow, but that is because the kitchen is small. But you are there to relax--so do just that!

Thank terit125
Richmond, Texas
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12 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 12 February 2017 via mobile

My girlfriend and I were out for a Saturday drive....stopped here to eat. No go. We were greeted at the door, sat down at the table, great view of the bay, but......after ordering our food it took almost an hr to get our food. Grant it, several people came to check on us. One waitress told us that the orders... More 

4 Thank melissa v
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21 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 12 February 2017 via mobile

Read the reviews.....definitely would not recommend this place. ...it took forever to get our food. Yes they would come out and check on us but when we said something about how long the food was taking. .me got 2 different lies about why it was taking so long....when we finally got the food, the portion was small. ..shrimp were small.... More 

Thank shana d

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
American, Bar, Seafood
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Television, Serves Alcohol, Takeout
Good for
Groups, Child-friendly
Open Hours
11:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 23:00
11:00 - 23:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 1427 Fm 2031, Matagorda, TX 77457
  • Location: United States  >  Texas (TX)  >  Texas Gulf Coast  >  Matagorda
  • Phone Number: +1 979-863-7481

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?