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Introducing the Best “Dam” Bistro in Appleton!

Located in the historic Atlas Mill on the Fox River, River Tyme Bistro will open Spring 2020.

The completely refurbished Bistro will feature:

  • A Multi-Roaster Coffee Bar with coffee from Colectivo as well as from local roasters—& a wide selection of speciality lattes and drinks! 
  • Homemade bread & bakery items, & a full array of very tasty, personally vetted (oh, what hard work that has been!) menu items, including vegetarian & other special diet offerings
  • Classic & creative cocktails, as well as a nice selection of spirits, wine & beer for those who imbibe
  • A deck overlooking the beautiful Fox River with seating for 36

On top of that, we have:

  • Event space, for up to 120, waiting to be rented for your private parties, work functions, or community meetings
  • Regularly scheduled Bistro-organized happenings to encourage you to come to the River more often
  • Bistro & Boat Packages, for a one-stop-shop type of way to fill up a good portion of a great day

Owned and operated by the people behind Fox River Tours, River Tyme Bistro is the sister to the river boats River Tyme, based in De Pere, and River Tyme Too, based in Appleton.  Boat season in Wisconsin is only six months long, but River Tyme Bistro is our land vessel—allowing guests to enjoy the Fox River all year long!

Be sure to like us on Facebook and follow along during construction and decorating of River Tyme Bistro, menu planning, and more. Then join us for our grand opening this spring!

Special Events

Bistro Happenings

Our first official happening is Mother’s Day!! Join us as we help celebrate how much you love your mom, and how much she loves you by spending a good portion of the day together! Meet at the bistro, enjoy an hour and a half boat tour, then finish with a scrumptious brunch at the Best Dam Bistro in Appleton!

Event Space Rental

What do you do when you have a large room, right on the river, with a stunning view of the Fox cascading over the dam? Add to that a welcoming and comfortable atmosphere: natural tones, hand-made reclaimed wood and metal tables, bespoke pottery dishes, a great many really tasty recipes, and the desire to bring people to the river? Why …. start an event space, of course!! All this can be yours – just ask! The event space can accommodate up to 120 people.

Boat Tours

Let us show you what Wisconsin hospitality and a boat that floats will do to your psyche. Stress? Schedules? Deadlines? None exist when you are on River Tyme, our nicely renovated, 55-foot Riverboat, OR on River Tyme Too, our also newly renovated, 46-foot Canal Boat, just waiting to take you and yours out on the Fox.


Contact us online using the form below or call 920.903.1415.

River Tyme Bistro — Opening Spring 2020!


Follow Along

River Tyme Bistro
River Tyme Bistro
Grateful again to the Post Crescent and Maureen Wallenfang for covering our progress!
River Tyme Bistro
River Tyme Bistro
And then there is paint, and we feel like maybe this really is going to turn into an actual place to gather eventually.
River Tyme Bistro
River Tyme Bistro
These are the table legs that Perry built!! Love ‘em!! We will have 25 tables between the bistro and the event space, with this type of leg, meaning 100 I beam beauties!!