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Welcome to the Best “Dam” Bistro in Appleton!



Peruse the new menu and order online for free delivery!

Located in the historic Atlas Mill on the Fox River, River Tyme Bistro features a beautiful outdoor seating area on our deck overlooking the dam and the magnificent river. For the winter, you are welcome to sit inside and look at the deck thru the window, or sit outside in your snowsuit – we highly encourage both!

There are 2 very separate dining areas that we are seating indoors – nine tables in the event space and five in the bistro! Plenty of space between you and the next guest! Make a reservation for 1.5 hour time block. If no one is waiting, stay for 3 …. or 4 …..



Thru April, come and enjoy live music every Saturday from 5:30 – 7:30! Reserve a table in our Dam Event Space to be up-distant and socially apart, (made that up, don’t you know) yet together and enjoying the same thing!




Open for take-out, delivery, and limited indoor dining or adventurous outdoor dining:

Sunday 9 am-8 pm

Monday 9 am-8 pm

Tuesday Closed

Wednesday 9 am-8 pm

Thursday 9 am-8 pm

Friday 9 am-8 pm

Saturday 9 am-8 pm

The completely refurbished Bistro features:

  • A Multi-Roaster Coffee Bar with coffee from Colectivo and MadCap & 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 & indoor seating for 62, with tables 6 feet apart

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 thru!

Be sure to like us on Facebook and follow along with everything we are up to at our Bistro and on our boats!


Special Events


Ok, it’s time — and we have the space — to do some events that are socially distanced, but can still bring us together!

First and foremost is River Song – live and local music each week! This fills our Dam Event Space with melodies. Reserve a spot in the room with the musicians by booking River Song. Reserve a spot in the Bistro space, where you will still be able to hear the music a bit, just not see too well by booking Bistro Socially Distanced Dining.

Either way, please plan on having some food and drink with us while you listen 🙂

Join us for Movie Tyme beginning on April 14th at 6 PM for a screening of Charade, starring Cary Grant and Audrey Hepburn. River Song has been a great way to gather together by the river, we thought a movie would be a great chance as well! Give us a call or book online to reserve your table!



Looking for the perfect place for your Wedding, Baby Shower, or Private party? We’d love to help you make it special with great food, views, and service.
Rent the Dam Event Space for a few hours, half a day or all day. We have wonderful in-house catering, a full bar, and great servers that will make your guests feel very special! Oh, not to mention the river flowing by, just outside!


Purchase Gift Certificates

Good for both the Bistro & the Boats

Boats, what boats? You have boats? Yes we do!! Two passenger boats, one docked in Appleton and one in De Pere. Find all the information for those at

Fox River Tours

or call the Bistro and we will talk your ear off about any and all locations! We love to have people join us!


Contact us online using the form below or call 920.903.1415.


Follow Along

River Tyme Bistro
River Tyme Bistro
We are so excited to celebrate LOVE with Kim & Jim when they tie the knot on Saturday! 💍💕Our hours Saturday will be a little different, but you’ll have plenty of time to get your brunch on before the festivities begin! Our business hours will be 9am-1:30pm, and we will be back at it with our regular hours on Sunday! 🥂

PS- did you know we do private events?!? 😱 shoot us a message if you’d like more info!
River Tyme Bistro
River Tyme Bistro
Happy Earth Day!
River Tyme Bistro
River Tyme Bistro
Round one of drink testing for our new menu happened this afternoon, and we can’t wait to share our new Italian soda flavors with you! 😍🤤