Food & Drink


2015 Winner: River Bar

Photo Credit: Jillian Medugno


Great dining and drinking at the mall? You heard right. This 38-seat glass box at Assembly Row emphasizes a strong beverage program buttressed by clever, Asian-accented dishes from chef Patrick Gilmartin, like a kicky grass-fed burger that includes a layer of skinny bacon spring rolls. Most amazing is its wraparound 123-seat patio with a lovely view of the Mystic River and fire pits that make it welcoming even in chilly weather. Bonus: The new Orange Line stop nearby makes it a snap to visit.

River Bar

661 Assembly Row, Somerville • (617) 616-5561