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Welcome to the Best “Dam” Bistro in Appleton!


River Tyme's Summer Menu

Peruse the new menu and order online for pick up!

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!


Dining Reservation

The vision of our Bistro is a community place to relax and enjoy your time by the river. We are slowly bringing in different activities, entertainment and speakers on the evenings when the Bistro is ‘closed’. Please join us and let us know what you think! If you have any ideas for what you would like to see, please share those as well! Starting July 12th, we bring you our land-based version of Margarita Monday! Music by Fernando, 1/2 priced margaritas and a few snacks. Kitchen is not open during this time. Reservations are encouraged. Music will be on the patio, if weather allows. We have 40 seats available, plus a couple of picnic tables.

For Monday: Reserve for Music!

For Sunday Music from 3:30-5:30

Reserve for Music!


Bistro Restaurant Hours

M: 9-3

Closed on Tuesday

W: 9-3

Th: 9-3

F: 9-8

S: 9-8

Su: 9-8

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
The vision of our Bistro is a community place to relax and enjoy your time by the river. Due to too few hands on-deck, our fantastic staff is being overworked. In order to take care of our people, so they can better take care of you, we have adjusted our hours and will be closing at 3 pm on Monday, Wednesday and Thursday.
River Tyme Bistro
River Tyme Bistro
We are hiring! River Tyme Bistro, and Fox River Tours is gearing up for an exciting summer on the Fox River. We started Fox River Tours and opened River Tyme Bistro to give people memorable and relaxing experiences with our river. Whether you want to work aboard one of our boats as a narrator or mate, work in a young, ambitious, and professional culinary team, or gain experience in events and customer service. We are looking for people who want to be a part of something special. Reach out, give us a call, send us a message, we would love to hear from you.
River Tyme Bistro
River Tyme Bistro
Our patio got some new life this week, just like our new cafe menu! The current staff favorite is pictured, a raspberry mocha! It’s made with Colectivo espresso, whole milk, and house made chocolate and raspberry syrup made with real raspberries! ☕️😍☕️