Food & Wine // 5 min Read

Introducing River House, Palmetto Bluff’s Newest Culinary Experience

Written by Palmetto Bluff

May 5, 2022


In the South, there’s an intimate connection between the table and the land. Our fertile soil feeds corn and cattle. The palmettos provide cover for quail and game. And the ocean provides its bounty with the incoming tide. River House is a culinary celebration of this relationship and our professed love for the land and waters of the Lowcountry.

Overlooking the May River and surrounded by sweeping oak trees, River House is designed to provide an exclusive riverfront dining experience that is only found at Palmetto Bluff. Expansive floor to ceiling windows allow copious amounts of natural light to wash through the dining room. As the day turns to night, the varying colors of the sky are part of the show until darkness arrives and envelopes the room in a deep, moody glow.

Natural light floods the dining room at River House.

Comforting and elegant, River House showcases a curated assembly of seasonal ingredients and vegetables served alongside thoughtfully sourced meats and seafood. Bespoke cocktails and curated wines add to the experience, creating unforgettable nights of Lowcountry dining.

Chef de Cuisine Daniel Vesey leads his team with inspiration and passion, transforming gastronomy into art, which is why he was the ideal fit for the newest dining space at Montage Palmetto Bluff, River House. Chef Daniel has successfully led all aspects of Octagon restaurant, bar and in-room dining as well as oversight for Fore & Aft. He leads his team with inspiration and passion, transforming gastronomy into art, which is why he was the ideal fit for Chef de Cuisine of the newest dining space at Palmetto Bluff, River House.

Chef de Cuisine Daniel Vesey leads his team with inspiration and passion, transforming gastronomy into art.

Inspired by the bounty of the Lowcountry our artisans have crafted an array of bespoke cocktails. Enjoy one of our seasonally crafted beverages or experience a new take on the classics. River House’s wine list features over 2,500 different labels from the world’s major wine regions in a variety of formats, with an emphasis on benchmark wines and notable emerging wineries. Our sommeliers work closely with the culinary team to develop wine pairings for changing seasonal selections on the menu.

Find a curated selection of bespoke cocktails at the bar.

Director of Beverage and Certified Sommelier, Robert “Bob” Smith joined Montage Palmetto Bluff in 2019 and is responsible for overseeing beverage operations at the Forbes Five-Star resort’s four distinct dining destinations: Octagon, Fore & Aft, Blue Bird food truck, and the newly unveiled River House Restaurant, coffee shop and speakeasy. A 25-year veteran of the hospitality industry, Bob is a Certified Master Sommelier, Certified Specialist of Wine, Certified Spanish Wine Educator, and holds his Barsmarts certification for Cocktails and Spirits.