Patrick Hallinan reviewed River Station Restaurant5 star

September 22, 2017

Molly Elizabeth Karanikolas reviewed River Station Restaurant5 star

I had my baby shower there this afternoon and the food was great, the service was excellent and you can’t beat the amazing view! I can’t wait to go back there for dinner soon!


Hi Stacy & Jessica,
                                 We held our party this past Saturday night at your restaurant. Everything
was EXCELLENT!!!. The food was superb and the service was phenomenal.
Everyone was very happy and we definitely will be having another party at River Station
in the future. Thank you again for all of your help in putting this together and taking such
good care of us.
                                                                                                  Tim Cassell
                                                                              Hudson Valley Mustang Association


Thank you. You did a wonderful job. The food was delicious and being able to see the river was an added bonus. Everything was just perfect!

Marjie Roosa


Kelly Skiff
· September 3, 2016
Everyone in our party enjoyed the food. The New England clam chowder and filet mignon were excellent. The peanut butter explosion was a great way to end dinner. The view of the river is beautiful, too. I’ve been here many times over the years and am still very pleased with the food and the service. Our waitresses were very nice, friendly, and the service was fast and attentive. Everything made up for the poor behavior of some other guests. Would definitely go back.


Nice atmosphere, great views and very good food at reasonable prices.

Jim Reap


The service was the best, I had my 81 year old mom with us and she was treated like a queen. The Outer Banks Chowder was Outer this world delicious � the view was wonderful we sat up stairs. Thank You River Station Staff.


Visited family who highly recommended this lovely place to eat! Had the goat cheese, beet, walnut and cranberry salad! Wow! I couldn’t even eat it all, as delicious as it was! Will highly recommend, and definitely come back the next time I visit! Thank you for the excellent food, the lovely view and the very pleasant waitstaff! ☺️


My fiancé and I ate lunch here today and everything was wonderful. It was my first time (his millionth, probably – he grew up here and I’m new to the Hudson valley) and we ordered soups and appetizers. I had the New England clam chowder – which was probably the BEST I’ve had – and growing up on the east coast, that’s saying something! Our appetizers (stuffed clams, coconut shrimp, and calamari) came out in a timely manner, was cooked perfectly and tasted delicious. I think I have found a new favorite place by the river!! Our server, Michelle was also very nice My husband and I loved everything. From the sample Chowders we received upon entry, to the steamed clams and for me, chocolate martini. I live over an hour away. Would go again when in the area.

Shelby linn Kari

“Good restaurant!”

“Never had a bad meal, never had bad service, the prices are just right, and that view is OMG.”

“We are big fans. We had our wedding reception here and I lunch here often with coworkers.”


“I wanted to let you know how wonderful your staff was on Sunday, July 27th at my daughters bridal shower. Your staff was so accommodating and helpful in helping us set up for the shower, from unloading our cars to setting up the tables and folding the napkins that we brought. The two waitresses that were assigned to us, Jessica and the other waitress whose name I can’t remember now, were so professional and friendly, making sure all out needs were met. They certainly made every effort to ensure our afternoon was an enjoyable one.

The food was delicious and plentiful and the omelet station was a great addition to the menu. From the service, the food and that spectacular view of the Hudson we thank you for making this day such a memorable one for my daughter!
-Patricia Granger



“CONGRATULATIONS…….You were selected as an Excellence in Customer Service business! The communities you serve voted and recognized Captain Cliffy’s River Station as providing excellent customer service. In a recent survey conducted by town planner via the customer reply cards on the calender, respondents selected you from 4,195 businesses. You are “the cream of the crop” that makes up the select 20 businesses receiving this recognition. Overall, Captain Cliffy’s River Station ranked #10 in the excellence in customer service survey. I am sure you agree that it is an honor to be chosen as one of the best, by those whose opinions matter most…..your community and your customer.”
– Town Planner


“I want to thank you for the excellent job you did for us in September when you catered the volunteer recognition picnic at the Roosevelt-Vanderbilt National Historic sites. I appreciate how easy you were to work with and how thorough you were in your planning and execution of the event. The food was delicious and plentiful and received many positive compliments from our guests.It was a pleasure to work with you and hope that we’ll have reason to do so again. Thank you again for a job well done.”
– Allan Dailey, Roosevelt-Vanderbilt National Historic Sites


To the River Station, As a party/giver of parties and events (personal and for charitable organizations over many years)…in Charlottesville, Virginia….I had a dilemma. My husband and I were faced with choosing a venue in Poughkeepsie, NY for my sons rehearsal dinner to be held May 15th, 2009. Never having been to Poughkeepsie or New York for that matter, I was finding this to be a daunting task. And then …..my son and daughter-in-law gave me the name of their favorite restaurant on the
 My concern lasted only until I began my correspondence with Stacy and Kevin Kihlmire….owners and operators of THE RIVER STATION or Capt. Cliffy’s River Station as it is still sometimes called.
 After one conversation and two emails with Stacy…my worries melted away. It was absolutely certain this was the Perfect place and these were the Perfect people to carry out the plans I was making for this special meal!
     The rest is history……and I write this letter as a completely satisfied customer in every way? If I made a performance chart, it would read like this: 
Communication, Atmosphere, Preparation, Food (quality,quantity,presentation,price), Service (quality, efficiency, knowledge,skill), Attention to detail, Parking, Location.
FIVE STARS in every single category would be given to the owners and personnel at the River Station …… this outstanding anchor of the Poughkeepsie Waterfront since 1905.
To: Capt. Cliffy himself…..What a pleasure it was to meet you and join you for a photo op!
To: Servers…..Meghan,Courtney and Danielle R. – Professional,capable,sensitive and attentive…..those words only begin to describe you. Each of you is a credit to the River Station employment team. The smoothness with which you served and handled each aspect of the evening was an amazing process to watch. We will be forever grateful to you.
To: Pat…..I’ve “thrown and attended” many events over the years…but…..never before has any one of them managed as well as this Rehearsal Dinner. You are a master at your job and I will long remember all the details and requests that you honored for me. You are indeed A JEWEL in the River Station organization! How can I possibly say enough Thank You’s for a night so well done!!!
To: Stacy and Kevin…..Restaurant Extraordinaire…..What a well-oiled machine you run!! From day one, I had an overwhelming sense that you were “ON TOP” of all the aspects of my dinner. You understood right away that this event was much more than just a rehearsal dinner…but a celebration honoring my son and his bride-to-be.
My Virgina Supper by the Hudson was a tremendous success and I give full credit to you and your staff. You listened to my needs, my wishes, my ideas…and incorporated them all into and unforgettable evening for all of us….a professional relationship has now become a friendship. It would be a great pleasure for me to serve as a reference for The River Station…and you may give my name and phone number whenever it is needed.
Sincerely and with much love and gratitude,
Sally Askew


Hi Stacy, I can not even begin to thank you for everything!!! We had an amazing time. There was not a single problem or complaint. Pat was a god!! Your servers were fantastic. I couldn’t have asked for anything better. Everyone commented on the food saying how good it was. Scott and I never got a chance to eat!! My dad was so pleased with everything, you all made our day truly truly special. I thank you again for all you did for us in such short notice also!!! We will certainly stop by to show you the pictures. Also I am sure you will see us there on our anniversary!!!! Thanks again!!! If you need pictures to show anyone or if anyone is unsure about having a party there….send them my email or number!!!
Keri Dier
Satisfied wedding customer


Dear Kevin,

I am writing you on behalf of Cheryl and myself to thank you for an outstanding job done. You can only imagine how much you made our special day one to impress our guests. Every guest could not compliment the fare at our reception enough from the hors d’oeurves to the main course to the venetian table. Both the band and the site coordinator at our wedding have begun to recommend you to others based on what you did for us. As you know, our wedding day was a very busy day for Cheryl and myself and I am especially happy that we were able to take the time to enjoy the excellent meal you prepared for us.
Furthermore, Cheryl and I, as well as our guests, were very impressed with the linens and table presentations you prepared that day. Cheryl is still receiving compliments about them.
Lastly, your servers were both extremely helpful and extremely prompt with their service. I was in awe of how fast everything went off and cleaned up without a hitch. You should be proud of these employees, they made you look good.
Kevin, thank you so much for everything you did for us. thank you for impressing our guests, our families and us. We wish you the best and hope to be invited to a wedding catered by you in the near future.
Jonathan and Cheryl Begor
Wedding Catered at Locust Grove Historical Site


Kevin & Stacy,
Thanks so much you really didn’t have to do that all though I must admit I’m looking forward to eating at River Station again.You’ve been so great and I have to say you have a great bunch of employees, everyone was super.You guys made me look good the way everything was taken care of.So thanks again and I will pass your name around. and wont hesitate to call you for our next function.
Thanks again
Rose Bocchino Wedding catered on premise July 19th 2008


July 1, 2008

Dear Pat & Cindy
I want to take this opportunity to say a hearty thank you to Pat and Cindy, as well as your staff at River Station for the wonderful service you gave us at the Anne Buchholtz Citizen of the Year Award Brunch on Sunday, June 22, 2008, honoring Roger Higgins, Democratic Majority Leader of the Dutchess County Legislature. Everything was superb from start to finish. Cindy was terrific in planning and pricing the menu. She listened to our every need and supplied advice and comfort throughout the planning stages. Pat was great at managing the table set-up, the speaker system and the general logistics of the room. Moreover, the waitresses were truly patient, helpful and professional in catering to all our needs and they did it with a smile. The food was varied, bountiful and delicious and lastly, the panoramic view of the Hudson River was remarkable. All in all, it was an impeccably-presented affair.
Thanks so much for a truly memorably event.
Warmest Regards
Bob Gephard, TOP Democratic Committee Chair
Ann Pinna, Chairperson of Awards Committee


Dear Kevin,
I want to thank you for the excellent job you did for us in September when you catered the volunteer recognition picnic at the Roosevelt-Vanderbilt National Historic sites. I appreciate how easy you were to work with and how thorough you were in your planning and execution of the event. The food was delicious and plentiful and received many positive compliments from our guests.
It was a pleasure to work with you and hope that we’ll have reason to do so again. Thank you again for a job well done.
Allan Dailey
Roosevelt-Vanderbuilt National Historic Sites


On behalf of F. W. Vanderbilt Garden Association, the board and membership wish to thank you for the wonderful barbecue you hosted for the volunteers on September 15th. The food by River Station was delicious and very plentiful. We also want to thank you for the most generous gift of the garden books for our library in the tool house. It was so nice to meet other volunteers at Vanderbilt and wonderful evening was enjoyed by all. Thank you.
Margi Delafield, pres.
Anita Whelan, sec.


“Anybody considering a banquet or some kind of occasion should definitely book the River Station. From start to the very end, We had an excellent experience. The staff was considerably helpful, informative and just plain old-fashioned nice. The atmosphere of the upstairs room was fabulous. We had the whole place to ourselves for eating, dancing and socializing. The view of the Hudson River and the bridge lit up at night was spectacular. The best part however was the excellent meal. Absolutely every meal was delicious, the service was on point and everything was quite affordable. Needless to say, we had an awesome experience and highly recommend The River Station for any type of special occasion. Thanks again to everyone, especially Cindy and Pat!!”
-Satisfied party customer


Great Party,
  “Many thanks to Cindy and her staff who pulled off THE BEST EVER retirement party on June 16th for our beloved colleague. We received numerous glowing comments on the high quality of all the food, the great presentation, the quantity of food and wonderful ambiance. Working with Cindy was an absolute pleasure. She is very organized and reliable and really listens carefully to her customers. We had a non-dairy food request and Cindy personally checked with the chef to make sure this was adhered to. Thanks again for a fantastic party. I will be recommending River Station to anyone who wants to hold a successful party in a great location!
Sue Lesser
Arlington schools

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