“Wine, Dine & Unwind” is the slogan that adorns the sign of River City Grille on Benton Road in Bossier City. “We are good friends who want to have a good time, while serving great food,” said Lucien Marioneaux, Jr., who co-founded the concept for River City Grille along with two friends, Jeff Peters and Kevin Anderson.
The restaurant, located at 1903 Benton Road — the former home of Gator’s Seafood Grill — provides patrons with an upscale, fun, family friendly, sports grill atmosphere perfect for winding down after work or meeting up to watch the big game. Large dining rooms with eight big screen televisions, and an outdoor patio with three big screens and ceiling fans offer patrons options when the weather is pleasant.
“If the weather is nice, people want to be outside, and we want them to be here with us,” said Anderson, a district sales representative for Ben E. Keith Foods.
The idea for River City Grille was an easy one. Anderson, along with Marioneaux, a local lawyer and businessman, and Jeff Peters, a veteran police officer, sat down and designed a concept around what they enjoy.
“Good times, good friends and great food is what we are about,” Peters said. “The three of us enjoy motorcycles. We love LSU. We love the Saints (except Peters, who is a diehard Cowboys fan), and we enjoy entertaining with friends. We wanted a place that combines what we all enjoy.”
The open air appeal of the outside patio area, which can seat over 100 people, makes it a popular spot for watching LSU and other sports teams as well as live music.
“It is, by far, what has attracted the most attention — people love a patio — which is why we built them one to enjoy,” Marioneaux said.
Every Thursday, Friday and Sunday, local musicians croon diners on the patio. Now that crawfish season has started, the three friends expect the deck will see more visitors. Patio wait times have certainly increased with the introduction of the Louisiana staple, so they suggest arriving early to avoid missing out on the mudbugs. Plans are in place to keep the crawfish coming until mid-July.
Perfect for pairing with Louisiana cuisine, the 35-seat mahogany and granite top bar is stocked with seasonal craft beers from Abita and Great Raft, along with other domestics and imports. Diners may also choose from other spirits, cocktails, and a selection of over 15 types of wine.
The River City Grille food menu sports an array of offerings, including popular appetizers Boudin Balls and River Rolls, as well as soups and salads, jumbo and boneless wings, Crab Cakes, grilled shrimp, burgers, sandwiches, wraps, steaks, grilled fish and filet of pork.
Prior to St. Patrick’s Day, the restaurant was closed on Tuesdays, but it is now open seven days a week. River City Grille is open Monday through Thursday, and Sunday, 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.; Friday and Saturday, 11 a.m. to midnight. Happy hour is from 3-7 p.m. Monday-Friday, and all day Sunday during “Sunday Funday – ALL DAY.” For a schedule of live music, sporting events, and other events, visit the restaurant’s Facebook page.
1903 Benton Rd
Bossier City, LA 71111
Phone: (318) 550-5660
Tue: 11:00am-10:00pm (Business Permitting)
Wed: 11:00am-10:00pm (Business Permitting)
Thu: 11:00am-10:00pm (Business Permitting)
Fri: 11:00am-11:00pm (Business Permitting)
Sat: 11:00am-11:00pm (Business Permitting)
Sun: 11:00am-10:00pm (Business Permitting)