Located in the Historic District of downtown Conway, South Carolina, Rivertown Bistro offers unmatched atmosphere and unequaled culinary fusions. The seasonal menu serves the best the local area has to offer. Rivertown Bistro brings culinary art to the heart of historic Conway. Always innovative yet true to the southern roots so celebrated in this region of South Carolina, Rivertown Bistro finds the perfect fit between form and function in food.
Dine on the upstairs deck overlooking tranquil historic downtown Conway. Sup in the private upstairs dining room or spend an elegant evening in the two-tiered main dining room. Happy Hour in the Bar Tuesday – Saturday 5pm-7pm. Great prices on eclectic cocktails, beers, wine, and small bites. 2014 Trip Advisor Award of Excellence!
THE BISTRO STORY
The Rivertown Bistro opened on June 7, 1994 and soon developed a reputation for unique dishes and unsurpassed service. An expansion in 2001 allowed the restaurant to offer a private dining and bar area with the same style and atmosphere as the rest of the facility. Late on the night of January 30, 2008, fire struck and closed the Rivertown Bistro for just over a year. Though a disaster to be sure, it was heartwarming to see the community pull together to support the Smiths and the rest of the staff during this trying time. When it was finally time to reopen (February 9, 2009) hunger for the Bistro’s offerings was evident on the smiling faces of staff and patrons alike.
While Darren Smith’s uncommon culinary talent is evident, it was his brother Scott who was instrumental in getting Darren interested in the culinary field. Darren, who attended Winthrop University, first met Cyndi, a graduate of the College of Charleston, while he was working as executive chef of Shem Creek Bar & Grill, One Eyed Parrot, and Banana Cabana. The couple moved to Cyndi’s hometown of Conway in 1994 where, at the age of 25, the two opened the Rivertown Bistro. For over a decade the restaurant grew in reputation and size. In December 2005 the family also grew with the addition
of Sophia Claire Smith, who was adopted from Guatemala. This was the first time both of the Smiths were away from the restaurant during its busiest season. In 2008 a fire devastated the Bistro, but the Smiths decided to rebuild. It speaks to the quality and closeness of the staff that of the 21 employees before the fire, 19 returned. Darren’s sous chef of 10 years and great friend Billy Greene was one of the employees that did not return. He passed away in July of 2008 at the age of 37. He was a big part of the Rivertown Bistro and still is.
For the ease, comfort, and convenience of our patrons and guests, The Rivertown Bistro offers a private dining area perfect for corporate meetings, bridal parties or practically any business or personal engagement. This room comes complete with AV connectivity for those to make a presentation with impact. Guests in the private dining area can expect the high-quality service that has become a Rivertown Bistro signature. The room will accommodate groups of 12 to 36 people. Call 843.248.3733.