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“Delicious food and nice ambiance”
Review of Eden on the River

Eden on the River
Ranked #40 of 193 Restaurants in Saint Charles
Price range: US$6 - US$30
Description: We created Eden On The River for a reason: To share our love of the Mediterranean's delicious flavors, wholesome ingredients, and bright spices.
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Description: We created Eden On The River for a reason: To share our love of the Mediterranean's delicious flavors, wholesome ingredients, and bright spices.
Reviewed December 21, 2017

My husband and I dined there twice since it opened, in Nov. and this past weekend (Dec. 2017). So far we have tried the falafel sandwich, the fatoush salad, and the shrimp kebab. We tried the hummus and also the muhamara appetizer, both excellent. While the food is great, service/kitchen is on and off. On our first visit, the fatoush salad description includes pita, but when it was delivered, there was none. We requested it and it was brought out. On our second visit, I wanted to order the whole baked mediterranean fish, but the server/bar tender indicated that it would take 30 mins... so I ended up ordering the shrimp kebab, which took OVER 30 mins. Thankfully we weren't too much in a rush, but still. We will return because we really like the food and ambiance, but I'm afraid that if service isn't consistent, this place will not last, like all others before it in that same location. St Charles (and neighbor) Geneva have LOTS of nice restaurant options, so average won't work. Eden on the River has GREAT food, good prices, so let's hope that service improves.

Thank NickieDS
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RawanAlhalabi, Owner at Eden on the River, responded to this reviewResponded December 29, 2017

Thanks for the great review and feedback!

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Reviewed December 6, 2017 via mobile

Went with a group of friends to see the band which was awesome. Our waiter, Mo , was very good, knowledgeable and attentive. The food was very good. We had the combo appetizer and kabobs. Our issue was with the bar. My first glass of wine tasted old which they replaced. The old fashioneds, which everyone else were drinking were all different tasting. We felt there was no standard way to have them made. We left many drinks not drank because they did not taste good. Maybe stick with beer?

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RawanAlhalabi, Owner at Eden on the River, responded to this reviewResponded December 9, 2017

Sorry you did not enjoy the old fashions. There were 2 different alcohols requested for each one. That is why they tasted different. Thank you for sharing your feedback. We hope to serve you again soon!

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Reviewed December 3, 2017 via mobile

3months new to St Charles, Eden features middle eastern fare with an Apple logo for ‘the’ garden.

We had excellent service and food. The staff were all very attentive including the owner. Twice he asked how everything was and if they could improve anything.

It is a scenic location and several tables have great Fox River views. Parking is ample to south side of building.

Off to a good start and worth a try!

Thank Jrmmb
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RawanAlhalabi, Owner at Eden on the River, responded to this reviewResponded December 5, 2017

Thank you for sharing your experience with us. We appreciate it!

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Reviewed November 19, 2017

Anyone from this area knows that this location has seen a lot of turnover over the past 10 years; it is difficult for a restaurant to stay open here for some reason. It is hard to understand because it is a prime location downtown, on the river, with a large deck for seating in nice weather. I really hope Eden on the River is a winner in this location, because the food was outstanding and the service was even better. My theory about this location is that other restaurants haven't done well because they haven't provided good service--well, this time is different. The waitstaff was very friendly and knowledgeable, and more than accommodating. They were very concerned about "getting it right." Now for the food: we had different varieties of the kebobs and every one was absolutely delicious. I personally would recommend the beef and the spicy house kefta kabobs. You wouldn't think rice could be special but the rice here was awesome--it had just a hint of maybe cinnamon or nutmeg? Really nice! The salads were fresh and the Greek dressing was just right. If I hadn't been so full I would have tried the falafel and hummus--I am looking forward to ordering those on our next visit. They had a trio playing live music which we enjoyed very much. There aren't many authentic Greek/middle eastern restaurants within an easy drive of the Fox Valley; this is a real gem that we hope to see succeed!

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RawanAlhalabi, Owner at Eden on the River, responded to this reviewResponded December 1, 2017

It was our pleasure! Thank you for taking the time to write us a phenomenal review.

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