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Rating: 3.15

Address: 777 River City Casino Blvd, Saint Louis, MO, 63125
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Comments (67):

1. Mike N.
I'd like to give River City 2 and a half stars, but as we know, Yelp won't allow that... I would actually give River City 4 stars as a destination/tourist attraction -- it's really pretty, the food is surprisingly good, etc. But if you actually want to *gamble* things aren't quite so good. As mentioned, it is smokey, which I don't sense at Harrah's or Ameristar. I'm primarily a video poker player, and although they do have some interesting variations not seen at other local casinos, their pay tables are only so-so (the Casino Queen truly does have the 'loosest' video poker around). They also lack Caribbean Stud and a few other table games. Other negatives: the players club sucks -- I got a VIP card, but I have to earn 150 points before going to the VIP lounge? That's just crap. Also, no parking garage.... why? You've got all that cheap land. So, basically as a gaming destination: 'meh'

30/04/10 | Link | Rating: 2.0
2. Derek P.
If you read up on the construction (which I did) they installed state of the art smoke filtration systems. It's the only reason I even bothered to try the place. Well let me tell you they should get a refund on those puppies. It was like the London fog of second hand smoke. Then the staff was incredibly rude. I didn't even get carded, which impressed me. But they were congregating in aisles, talking to each other, blocking my way! They could see me, but could care less. I had to say excuse me, and they gave me about an inch to squeeze through. The buffet is incredibly over priced, so we skipped that. Which is the whole draw to a casino for me? I mean sure I like to gamble, but the food is what is suppose to bring you in. Well at $17.99 p/p + tax and tip. They can keep that. Honey old country buffet's staff isn't rude and they charge $6.99 for lunch. There were just as many hoosiers at River City, as there are there. So what's the difference? $11 actually.

06/03/10 | Link | Rating: 2.0
3. Julia P.
I had a good experience trying out River City Casino. I went on the second weekend open.  It was still busy, but the bartender said it was nothing compared to their opening week. We had no problem upon entry- I got ID'd but my fiancee did not (he is younger than me, but sports a beard). I was struck by the beautiful atmosphere. The bright red glass chandeliers that are the centerpiece of the space are just beautiful.  We walked around once before stopping to take it in.  The bars and restaurants appear nicely decorated.  The Brewhouse had a very affordable menu and looked appealing.  The center bar looked straight out of "Mad Men" with glass chandeliers, bright green accents, and mod shapes.  The velvet lounge looks intriguing- all shiny black, with a low bar (so the bartender is at eye level when guests are seated), and live music.  The drinks we had were affordable.  They have a great selection of penny slots, which we played around for about an hour. Not much luck winning, but it's rare to make big on penny slots, right? There was a pretty diverse crowd when we were there- some partiers from the St. Patrick's Day parade and some locals.  The parking lot is big and well-lit, and the casino is easy to find. We will defnitely be back to check out at least one of the restaurants and to visit with out of town friends.

16/03/10 | Link | Rating: 4.0
4. Ashley L.
This casino was had an interesting vibe but what casino doesn't have that. It's location is annoying because it's not really convenient to get to. The service here was good as were my drinks that I ordered. I'm always leery of new casinos because I feel like they are starting out in the hole financially so my odds for winning are slim to none. This is purely speculation but I did not win of course. Actually I didn't even come close to breaking even. Neither did anyone else I was with. I'm fine with that because when I go to a casino it is purely for entertainment value, but I wouldn't plan on winning any money here if you go. Also this place was so smoky I felt like I needed an oxygen tank to breath. I saw it, it was OK but I definitely won't be going back.

31/05/10 | Link | Rating: 3.0
5. Christal V.
The price compared to the offerings don't even compare! It's as if they are giving away 5 star cuisine for nothing.  As you are being served your bucket-o-crab, ask the server if you can get a lobster scampi...you'll thank me later ;o)

18/07/10 | Link | Rating: 5.0
6. Tanny A.
Great crab legs buffet... I tried some other items off of the buffet. Sushi was good, pizza was great.... But my night there was about the great crab legs. Great service, clean dining area, and clean bathrooms.

09/04/11 | Link | Rating: 4.0
7. Andrew D.
So I'm not your typical serious gambler, but I definitely appreciate a good casino experience when I'm in the mood, and I've had a decent amount of Vegas experience so I know what I like.

Trying not to duplicate others reviews, here are some points:
1.) Its far away.  Once you get off the highway its a decent drive.  Hoping that it would be closer to South County now that I'm located out there, this was quite a ways out.  To give you a frame of reference, its more like Harrah's out in Maryland Heights once you get off the highway.
2.) Lack of table space: While this place is laid out more like a common Vegas casino with tables and slots all over the place, the availability of table seats was minimal.  I'm a blackjack guy, and the fact that I had to wait around 20 minutes just to sit really annoys me.  I wasn't even being picky about had amounts.
3.) Slow Drink Service:  Off the bat, you don't get free drinks in St. Louis casinos like you would at a Vegas casino unless you're in the right areas, but when I want to pay for a drink, it shouldn't take 15 minutes to get one from a waitress.  I know they are busy, but really?  I'm trying to pay for your overpriced drinks, and you can't even get them too me.  

We went on a Saturday night around 10pm, so I understand it's probably busy, but this place did not impress me for a lot of reasons.  I'll stick to Lumiere or even Ameristar.  Hell, the Casino Queen ain't that nice, but at least I can gamble and loose my money when I want to.

03/05/10 | Link | Rating: 2.0
8. Jenny P.
I was very happy with my first stop at River City! The architecture and design reminded me of a Vegas casino. Definety the coolest looking casino in St. Louis. I am not a big gambler but the tables were really packed which is expected on a Friday night. We hung out at Judy's Velvet Lounge for most of the night and I would honestly go just to hang at this bar!! They had a huge stage for live bands a dance floor and a low bar where you can play video poker. It had seating all around and was a great hang out spot! The 1904 Beer House was packed but I enjoyed my 1am drunk food! I would like to return there for dinner another night. Overall  a great addition to St. Louis nightlife!

21/03/10 | Link | Rating: 4.0
9. Montie B. L.
This place is like Disneyland. It is very well kept but void of any fun unless you're the cultural equivalent of an 8 year old. I've taken two trips here. One on the weekend. The other on a weekday. The experiences were completely inconsistent mostly due to the service. The casino is what I would often call "Kmart Casinos" in Las Vegas. It tries to look classy, but ends up coming off cheap once you look closely. This is definitely a casino designed for busloads of the chain smoking geriatric crowd that play penny slots.

Judy's Lounge is NOT a lounge. Imagine a sports bar with Martha Stewart designing the decor. The only bar or table space there is to set down a drink is inbetween the video poker machines. I've heard they have cover bands there, but have yet to see an instrument set-up on the stage or any calendar or promotional listings. The liquor selection is poor for the size of the bar. The first time I was there the women working were great. They noticed the second my drink was low and were there with another in a few moments. I'm a notorious big tipper when I encounter that kind of service. The second time I was there I ordered the same drink twice and received two completely different responses. The first time I ordered my Screwdriver with a splash of Amaretto. Quick service and a good drink. A few minutes later the shift changed. I ordered the same drink. The man behind the bar walked past me twice. When he did acknowledge me he pushed me off to another bartender who proceeded to tell me he would have to charge me $4 for the splash of Amaretto because it was  a "shot". I know the look on my face must have been interesting. I've managed in the bar business for a short while and I've been around it even longer. This guy's last job was probably Subway. Let's hope he doesn't end up in management. I think there may have been once before that someone managed to do something that caused me not to tip them. This makes it twice.

Like the bars there, I've had two different experiences with the food too. The first time I went to check out Burger Brothers. I was looking for a good, cheap burger. This is a faux diner that serves mostly burgers and hot dogs. When I approached to order a burger and fries I was told they couldn't take my order because the computers were down and wouldn't be up for 20 minutes. Huh? How about writing it down on a piece of paper and cooking it while the computer problem gets straightened out? Nope. I finally was able to get a burger on my second trip there. It wasn't worth all the trouble. I could have gotten a better burger AND fries at most bars in Saint Louis for the same price.

Being hungry on my first trip and not wanting to walk back out to my car and drive somewhere else, I decided to try the 1904 Beerhouse next to Burger Brothers. I had a salad and a burger with a pint of Guinness. All were good. The service looked a little confused about who should be doing what and where, but most were attentive and took care of everyone.

For the price(they're kind of high for a casino) the food here is decent, but it won't be something people will come to experience. With a lot of the culture in South Saint Louis they might have been better off putting in a Taco Bell or an Imo's Pizza - seriously. They actually have a very high end steakhouse in the casino. On my last trip I went to check it out. There wasn't anyone there except for the staff. Put an Imo's there and the place would probably be packed.

The casino proper is probably 70% slots. The table games run down the center and there is "High Limit" room at one end. The bars and cage are in the center. It is a typical design. The service at the tables is relatively good. This company has two other properties in Saint Louis. One is a riverboat casino which is closing soon the other is Lumiere Place which is located downtown on Laclede's Landing. If you're looking for a slightly more upscale experience go to Lumiere Place.

31/05/10 | Link | Rating: 2.0
10. Brandon S.
I received a completely different experience from the two posts before me. Arriving at River City on Friday, the second day open to the public, I was immediately struck by the beautiful exterior of the building. Unlike Lumiere, which basically attracts with a massive block of light, River City's construction appears inviting and interesting.

Walking into the large marble hall containing three of the many restaurants (the beerhouse, Lewy's, and the burger bar), the interior somehow managed to out-do the outside. Outside of Vegas, this is definitely the nicest casino I have been to.

I cannot speak much about the staff checking ID's at the entrance. They let me pass with no problem after glancing at my ID. But when I went for a late dinner,the staff at the Beer house was anything but rude. From the funny and attractive hosts to the cheerful characters behind the bar, they all acted well beyond their two days of work experience. Sure, there was a long wait, but what do you want? It was opening weekend! I would much rather have waited an hour for a table (time spent at the blackjack table) than strolling right into an empty and dull atmosphere.

Great experience all around. Keep it up. I'll be back soon!

07/03/10 | Link | Rating: 5.0
11. M C.
Went into River City today, the first day open, not impressed at all. Not a lot to do at all, had to park out in the mud they had shuttles that only held about ten people.

Expensive buffet.

Rude staff:
I went with my two roommates and they BARELY got into the casino. One of them is 21 and the other is 24. If the IDs weren't scanning well I could understand but they worked and they were still giving us shit. They asked my boyfriend to "make the face" on his ID. They called backup who called backup. They asked my roommate his address twice, then his birthday and what his "sign" was. At this point we were pretty pissed and the staff was pretty rude about it. Finally let us through telling my roommate to keep his ID on it because he will be continually asked for it. We walked straight out as soon as we went in.  I understand people get carded hard all the time, but the staff was rude about it and one of the kids who was IDing was definitely younger than my boyfriend.

04/03/10 | Link | Rating: 1.0
12. CC S.
Visited River City today for the Grand Buffet.  What a smokey place!  We have been several times before but today was over the top smoke filled.  Why they do not put glass up between the casino (where smoking is permitted) and the buffet seating area is beyond me.  The smoke just waffs in from the casino floor to anyone sitting within 50 feet of the casino.  We took our clothes off the minute we got home and put them in the wash.  My hair even smells the smoke was so bad.

The food was good.  The made to order omelette was very good.  Which I guess is the reason we continue to go back.   So a 4 on the food.

The service on the other hand, not so good, a 1 at best.  The table next to us had 4 refills of champagne while I begged for a refill on iced tea and my DH asked for coffee.  

The waitress took a thermal pot that had been sitting at another table and gave it to him for his coffee refill.  It was lukewarm.  He asked for hot coffee and she returned with a new cup and another thermal pot.  The new thermal pot contained 1 & 1/2 cups of coffee.   Maybe there is a shortage of coffee in River City and they have to conserve every drop?

When she finally came with a refill on my iced tea it was dark and warm.  She poured it into my glass.  It promptly melted the two ice cubes that were left, leaving me with warm tea.  So much for "iced" tea.  

The dishes were never cleared from our table.  They just piled up at the corner while the waitress chatted with her friends seated in the corner.  

I like the food, hate the smoke and find the service always lacking.

27/11/11 | Link | Rating: 2.0
13. James S.
If you can get past the fact that their games are inherently rigged so you will generally lose more than you win (like every casino) this place is great!

I haven't gone in a while, but its my favorite casino, I almost don't want to go anywhere else. Their comps are good, they have a Burger Bro.s in the back that make the biggest burger and serving of fries for $10. I haven't tried the 1904 steakhouse, I never won big enough (generally lost). But only idiots go to a casino in an attempt to make money, right?

The Baccarat table is really fun to play at. Its a low house edge game (something like 1.4% house edge) if you place the minimum bet, you won't burn through your money too fast. They have a $5 craps table that is lively, the staff are professional too.

The tables are clean, I found the dealers to be very sociable. I remember going up to one at a blackjack table and saying "So, do people actually think they can make money at this game?" And we both had a good laugh, and then he talked about the game and some of his stories from working in casino's for 20 years.

Parking is easy to find, but sometimes you have to take a long walk to get to the front door, but everyone could use some exercise so that isn't too big of a deal.

I haven't hit up the poker room yet, I want to try that sometime in the future.

If you rack up points on your casino card, they will send you plenty of comps in the mail, I couldn't take advantage of any of them though because I am unemployed and making less money than I use to be. I have a problem where if I go in a casino I can't NOT gamble (double negative I know) so I generally stay away until money isn't an issue.

Be warned though, you can lose your house if you throw down more money than the minimum bets allowed at the table. I've seen people lose thousands in the blink of an eye, but whats life without risk, right?

08/03/12 | Link | Rating: 5.0
14. Amanda Z.
For the amount of money dumped into building this casino, and then all the hype about this casino before it opened, and then all the hype I heard about it after it opened....well, I was VERY underwhelmed by this casino.

The place is smoky as hell.  I mean, the first thing I did when I got home was strip off my clothes, drop them in the washer, and marched to the shower to get the stink off my body (all this at 1:00 AM).  Even my underwear reeked of smoke somehow.  That's some powerful nicotine filled air.  Granted it was a Saturday night but seriously, get a better air filtering system.  Disgusting!

These are not loose slots.  I'm not a lucky gambler, but I don't remember the last time I lost money this quickly.  All this and 7 dollar (Pincale priced) booze and color me not impressed.

It is a pretty building and there are a ton of restaurants.  It kind of reminds me of the set of Gilmore Girls on the outside actually.  But all in all, it was a very meh experience.  Meh and smoky.  Will I go back, well yea, I'll probably get conned into it again at some point soon, but will I be the one doing the dragging?  Definitely not.  I am going to stick the less smoky side of the river with the loose as all hell penny slots at the Queen.  That kind of trashy casino just makes my day.

01/04/10 | Link | Rating: 3.0
15. Amanda C.
This review is based solely upon the Seafood Buffet which is on Friday evenings. My husband and I went to check this out about a month ago. AMAZING!! The King Crab Legs are huge and FANTASTIC!! We ate more than our money's worth in that alone. It was hard to crack them at first, but we got the hang of it. My hands had little cuts all over them the next day, but it was totally worth it. The peel and eat shrimp were huge as well, and very good. I also enjoyed the sushi. I was pleasantly surprised that the rest of the food was good as well. Usually I prepare myself to only like the crab legs, shrimp, and sushi at places like this, but the hot food was very good too. I did not try the steak because it looked like it was cooked to a tough rubbery consistency, but it's not a steak buffet right? The desserts were phenomenal as well.
I have been to several seafood buffets in Vegas, and I have to say, I liked this one better! The ones that I have been to that have had King Crab legs, they were split in half for you, which means they were easier to eat...but they were cold. Being able to eat them hot, was sooo much better. I definitely recommend this! It is a bit pricey, but not when you consider all the food you get. If you don't like crab, I can see thinking it's too expensive.

I took a picture of the desserts I got on my phone. Will see if I can figure out how to upload that.

02/07/10 | Link | Rating: 5.0
16. Tricia R.
For a StL casino, this place is nice (might be bc it's new!).  It def has that Vegas feel to it, with plenty of tables and slots for the gamblers.  There's plenty of dining options, and it seems like this place is always crowded.  It's def in the middle of nowhere, but it allows for them to have a HUGE parking lot that always seems full (not to worry - there are shuttles if you are parked far out).  I "heard" the valet was complimentary, but I didn't get to check that out.

FYI - this place is suuuuuuuuper SMOKEY.  You WILL smell like a smokestack once you leave.  And not to sound like a total snob, but there is QUITE the variety of ppl hanging out, so be prepared for some interesting ppl watching!

09/12/10 | Link | Rating: 3.0
17. Chris Z.
I visited during a group event this weekend. This place is nice. Aesthetically, it blows the other casino's in town away. I can't comment on the games and dealers. I spent the time exploring and mingling. They have a bunch of different restaurant options, and they don't seem as overpriced as Harrah's or Lumiere.  Complimentary valet parking was a nice touch.

Tip... the house brew as the brewhouse restaurant is very good.

23/08/10 | Link | Rating: 4.0
18. Bernie D.
For a St. Louis casino this one is tops for me.

First let's start with the free valet which is generally reserved for the likes of vegas and CT indian casinos.  Very much appreciated and very quick service.

Next, on to the non gaming aspects.  Plenty of restaurants, a burger joint, the beerhaus, a steak place, and of course a buffet.  Whatever you're in the mood for they've got it.  Plenty of bars within the casino, Judy's being the primary location with an old school feel.  A stage with lower seating area / dance floor and stairs winding the outside up into a recessed bar with cushy chairs and plenty of cocktail tables.  Great aucostics, and some pretty solid acts coming through.

Now on to the gaming.  This casino like a lot of St. Louis casinos is set up like a mirror hallway.  So you can walk straight through and when you get to the halfway point you'll see about the same thing on the second half.  Plenty of table games and modest limits on the tables.  A small poker room and both times I've been the crowd has not been all that bad.  Open seats on the weekend, friendly dealers, and clean comfortable seats.  

It's got all the usual accurraments of a nice casino with the high ceilings, the blinking lights, the sounds of buzzers and chips flying, with no major detractions.  Maybe one day a beer while you're gambling in St. Louis be free, but until then I'll stick with what river city has to offer.

20/02/11 | Link | Rating: 5.0
19. Stephanie S.
I really really like this casino. I'm not a huge gambler, but somehow I've managed to visit all of the casinos in St. Louis and Illinois. River City is near the top of my list (right under Lumiere, which takes first place for me!).

First of all, it's a BEAUTIFUL casino. It's very spacious and nice. You can tell they put a lot of thought into the architecture. The ceilings are super high, and the ventilation system is awesome; even though the casino allows smoking, it wasn't overly smoky and gross like a lot of casinos. So that's always a plus in my book.

Like most casinos, there are a ton of slot machines and table games around to play. The dealers and pit bosses were all super friendly. Be patient, though...because a lot of the dealers are brand new!

The VIP lounge in the casino is really nice. It's large and bright, and the bartender up there was very sweet. There was also a lot of food up there to nibble on. And HUGE TV's!

Now on to my gripes. Like I said before, the casino is HUGE. So why are there only TWO bathrooms on the casino floor? Don't get me wrong, the bathrooms are extremely nice, but it kinda stinks having to walk for what seems like forever to reach a restroom.

Another gripe? The staff at the entrance of the casino. I guess I'm a really young looking 25, because I was carded every single time I walked into the casino. And every time I wanted to cash in my winnings. It felt like I was carded every time I turned around. It's fine, actually (and maybe one day I'll see this as a compliment!), but when I'm waiting to walk onto the casino floor, and the attendant pores over my ID for what feels like 5 minutes, it gets a little annoying.

There's also only one place in the casino to cash in your chips. I went on a slow Sunday afternoon, but I can't imagine how crazy the line must be on a Friday or Saturday night!

Despite everything, River City is a really impressive casino. I wouldn't mind going back. I recommend it!

28/03/10 | Link | Rating: 4.0
20. John D.
Honestly a casino in St. Louis will NEVER get 5 stars from me until they ban smoking in the gambling area. But I digress.

This place is actually really great. Nice outside architecture (a mix between a chain like Harrah's with a bit of upscale Lumiere Place vibe), kind of lacks inside but I was also more concentrated on my nickel slots. It didn't feel overly smoky and I could find a spot if I *really* hunted. Plays just like any other casino, so if you're in the area, go here.

However, it is far away from even South County, so be prepared as far as travel planning goes...

07/08/10 | Link | Rating: 3.0
21. Pamela R.
I am NOT much of a gambling fan. I don't particularly like casinos but do have occasion to visit them for the dining experience. This is were River City Casino stands out. I heard the brunch at The Great Food Exposition was really good. I found out recently the hype is for real. The first order of business is to rename "Great Food Exposotion" to "Great Food Explosion". If you can think of it, they have it. I went with 5 other friends and we basically treated the place like a Roman feast. Unlimited champagne was the hook that got us there. The carving stations, omelette stations, fluffy waffles, insane dessert and ice cream station, seafood everywhere is what willl bring us back again.

26/04/11 | Link | Rating: 4.0
22. LaShonda H.
My dad & I had Pre-fathers day dinner here. A really nice & elegant look to this place. The service was on point & I'm loving the male waiters uniforms with the coat-tails. Very classy! Try the lobster & macaroni with cheese, it's to die for!

21/06/12 | Link | Rating: 5.0
23. Spanky P.
This was my first trip to River City.  I really had high expectations as I was really excited about trying out the Burger Brothers first.  

Walking in, the place looks amazing, as a casino should look though.  Went to the burger bar and even walking in I was disappointed.  It's a walk-up counter place, not a restaurant style like I expected.  I guess I was expecting similar to Lumiere's burger bar.  

Very small menu, all written on a chalkboard above the counter.  Ordered food, and then waited 25 minutes for it.  Seriously?  For a burger (for me), Italian sausage for other person with me.  Crazy.

When one of the chefs came back from his break, the other chef turned to him and said he was taking his break right now.  It appeared he left in the middle of making orders, which led to confusion in the kitchen.  The kitchen is small and intimate and the customers can hear everything said in there (not a good idea from what I heard coming out of there).  

After finally getting my food, what a disappointment!  I thought for sure the saving grace would be that the food was amazing.  My friend barely finished half of his sandwich before he couldn't eat anymore because it was not good.  I ate all of my burger because I waited 25 minutes, I hadn't eaten the entire day, and I had already paid for it.

The casino was nice, but there was hardly anyone there.  I realize it's a Monday night but wow, it was very dead there.

Highly doubtful I'll be back to give it a second chance.

29/11/10 | Link | Rating: 1.0
24. Q L.
Holy Smokes!  This place is smoky.  Like where is the ventilation?  We couldn't find anyplace in the casino where there wasn't smoke.  

If you go, be prepared to strip afterwards and put your clothes in a plastic bag.  

Besides that I always win at slots.

10/10/11 | Link | Rating: 1.0
25. Brian M.
Pinnacle Entertainment owns two casinos in the St.Louis area, River City and Lumiere Place. Lumiere Place is located in downtown Saint Louis and while it typically draws a younger crowd it also draws some undesirables. River City is located in South St.Louis County, and typically has a much better type of crowd. The casino is large, probably bigger than Harrah's but not quite as large as Ameristar. The casino actually looks like its something right out of Boluxi or Tunica with its over the top design. Overall River City is a great place to spend an evening, the dining is pretty good and in the next year there will be a hotel and convention center attached to the casino.

24/10/11 | Link | Rating: 4.0
26. Heather D.
Best Casino Buffet in close proximity to STL City!

I like to consider myself a connoisseur of buffet's so-to-speak & The Great Food Exposition does not disappoint!
The top of the line selection includes everything you could possibly be craving from sushi to home cookin' favorites, to Chinese and a gelato bar - not to mention complimentary champagne during the Saturday AND Sunday brunch!

The staff is professional and prompt, the food is always stellar and it is definitely NOT akin to the Lumiere Place buffet, which is simply (if I could insert the Mr. Ick face here - I would) ick!.

01/09/11 | Link | Rating: 4.0
27. Paul M.
This review is for the Tuesday afternoon All You Can Eat Buffett.

First of all, don't ask me what I was thinking for going to an all-you-can-eat buffett at a casino on a Tuesday afternoon.  Despite my wife's warnings about how I generally feel about buffett style dining (petrie dishes of festering bacteria), I was having a serious jones for mashed potatoes and gravy, so off we went.  Since we hadn't been inside River City Casino yet, I chose that instead of Lumiere because I knew they had ample parking at the newer venue.

So into the looking glass go we.  First stop, the front cash register, where they ask you what you want to drink and charge you in advance.  In this case, for 2 of us it was $27.54 which apparently included one 12 oz glass of 2% milk (my request) and one 12 oz glass of iced tea (more on this later).

So we're seated, and when they seat you here, they don't let you pick a table, they sardine you in between octegenarians or homeless or destitute social security gamblers and give your your napkin/silver.  Presumably, somebody will come around and look at your receipt to see which drinks you will get.  They don't trust you to have as many drinks as you want, when you want.  Very strange.  What am I going to do?  Overdrink their milk supply?  Hmmm...

Anyway, salad first.  Other than the fact that it was the least variety of any salad bar I have ever attended, including say, Pizza Hut or back in the day when Wendy's had an all-you-can-eat, I couldn't complain too much.  Would have been nice if everything would have been stocked, like the cottage cheese, which was down to a spoonful, but I wasn't really there for rabbit food, so I had a nice little plate and let it pass.

Next stop...meat and potatoes.  But, since we were seated closest to the "Asian" section, I gave that a perusal.  There were about 8 items on display, some looking like chop suey, some looking like a fried rice concoction, some noodles, some kind of egg roll.  It was all pretty depleted and unappetizing by look so I passed it up...in search of mash.

Made my way by the savory meats and snagged a promising piece of fried chicken.  They appeared to have original and crispy going by the KFC formula.  I chose crispy and it was actually pretty good, in fact the highlight.  I also chose a freshly sliced piece of "flat-iron" steak that the server was cutting.  It looked moist and tender when he hit it with his chef's blade, but back at the table my butter knife didn't stand a chance and it was rougher than shoe leather.  The other meat selections didn't look that great so I passed.  On to the mash...

As I approached the mashed and veg section I noticed a bowl of depleted yellowish-brown mess and some containers labeld "brown gravy" and some "shephard's pie" and some green beans and pastas.  Nothing looked good initially, so I spied a section down at the very far end with "fresh" sushi.  I had just had Drunken Fish sushi on Saturday which was pretty good and I didn't want to sully the memory of that visit so I circled back to the veg area and started doing circles like a jetliner in a landing pattern until one of the attendees noticed that I was grimacing at the mash bowl.  I was apparently sending out enough psychic signals because he fetched up a nice steaming hot serving bowl of fresh mashed.  Same yellowish-brown color, but piping hot so I dive in.  I grimaced at the gravy again but he didn't receive that telepathy so I scooped a ladle of the brown onto my mash and green beans and biscuit and head for the table.  My milk had arrived.  Yeah!

Aside from the chicken and mashed and gravy and green beans I also had a small scoop of cheese tortellini on my plate that was just yuck so I pushed that off to the side.  I had considered getting a scoop of the shephard's pie but when I hit it with the serving spoon the top layer of mashed potato was so gelatinous and hard (at the same time) that I didn't bother.  It was looking pretty gross and possibly left over from a previous day based on the yuck visual and texture.

Anyway, so I'm diving into my mashed and brown gravy and dipping my dinner roll and forking my fried chicken and picking through my green beans and it wasn't too awful bad.  I ran out of milk about half-way through and my server, if we ever had one, didn't seem to care.  I thought about making another pass to the mashed and gravy section but by this time more senior citizens had invaded and it was looking like dinner rush so I made my way to the dessert section and managed to find a piece of chocolate pie that didn't make me ill (more like mousse than pudding, but not inedible) and I had a scoop of vanilla ice cream that was absolutely unidentifiable as vanilla.  I was not full by any means, and certainly a little thirsty, but it was time to go.  General impression.  Worst variety and volume for a buffett, any place/any era.  Yelp is telling me I'm out of space.  Good Luck!  Shoulda gone to Eat Rite!

06/04/11 | Link | Rating: 1.0
28. Kristi L.
This review is for the Sunday brunch at The Great Food Exposition.  This is the best bunch around. Unlimited mimosas, Bacon, eggs, ham, blintz all the breakfast you could want. Then move on to the exceptional mashed potatoes and array of other great foods.  Don't forget to go get some wonderful gelato before you leave.  The buffet is the smallest one of all the casino's but the food quality more than makes up for that.

25/02/13 | Link | Rating: 5.0
29. Joe R.
I think this is probably the smallest casino I've been in with the exception of course to the President Casino on the Admiral.  They have a lot of slots and table games and a dedicated poker room as well.  We ended up there after going to Southtown Pub because my friends wanted to see Neko Smith at Judy's.  

The only real problem I had with the place was that you couldn't run a tab at the bar so it took a while to get a drink sometimes.  Also the video poker at the bar kind of made it hard to get to the bar and get a bartender's attention to get a drink.  

I walked around the place several times and it was really neat on the inside and wasn't all that confusing to get around like when you are inside Lumiere or Harrah's.  I didn't get a chance to gamble while I was there but still it looked like people were having a good time.  The atmosphere seemed way more relaxed than the other casino's I've been too.  

Oh, and $3.75 for Bacardi and Cokes are nice!

02/08/11 | Link | Rating: 4.0
30. E T.
Buffet mediocre  at best, quality did not meet price, service somewhat in attentive, meat on Antipasto Bar did not look fresh & other food bland and tasteless.

28/11/13 | Link | Rating: 2.0
31. Meg M.
So, on my previous jaunt i only went to the buffett and forgo the other delightful things inside the casino. I have since did pretty much everything inside there and can now write about my adventures! I am still not much of a gambler, but when the mood strikes me i will spend a little of my hard earned moolah on some of the different things that are offered here.

I love the penny slots, why? Because my money goes further then it would at say the nickel slots. I'm cheap, well perhaps not, but i do know that it is fun to sit and let the wheels spin for a while. Heck, even people watching is fun here because of the wide variety of people who come and go from each little area they have on the gamily floor! I've since tried the Burger Brothers and Lewy Nine's.

I have to say that Burger Bro's is okay, in the nicest sense even if it's only offering a small fare but the burgers are delicious. I did enjoy Lewy's a lot both for the enviroment and the food. I enjoyed the crab cake po-boy. YUMMY!  Once again, this is a great place to people watch with it being near one of the main entrances.

08/09/10 | Link | Rating: 4.0
32. Travis F.
I visited River City a few times to try it out and I must say I was impressed, I generally go to Harrah's but I think I like this one a little better, yes its not the biggest but the atmosphere is happy and fun! I don't go to the casinos often its actually rare when I go but when I do its fun...

07/05/12 | Link | Rating: 4.0
33. Justin S.
Now....I was really surprised with the lack of taste when it came to this place.  The presentation of the food was awesome and the drinks were great!  As a matter of fact, the drinks were awesome!  They have huge mugs (...I think 48oz) that you can drink out of for super cheap and if they don't have what you want on draft you can get the variety of bottled beer they had to offer.  

However, back to the original comment about the food.  Though they had many different options....it was as if they forgot to use any type of seasoning on the food!  

So, if your purpose is just to have a night of beer tasting and hanging out with friends this is the place, but don't count on the finger food to fill the void of a small hunger with your beer and social activities.

28/01/12 | Link | Rating: 2.0
34. Brett F.
The atmosphere here cannot be beat, until you go to the bar.  The service was horrible and the pricing was ridiculous.  The one saving grace of river city is that I did leave with more $ than I walked in with, however, I'd rather leave a bit down and enjoy my visit.

26/04/13 | Link | Rating: 1.0
35. P J.
Went with family and friends over Thanksgiving weekend.
Decent place but one BIG complaint. The place reeks of stale cigarette smoke. Doesn't matter that they do have non-smoking section as it is on the same floor as the smoking section and just across the aisle. RC does nothing to separate the sections so the smoke permeates everything.
Restaurants are OK, food good and decent portions.
As lady luck would have it we won just enough to buy everyone in our party dinner and drinks...broke even and went home full and happy!

09/12/12 | Link | Rating: 3.0
36. Melanie V.
We went here for a date night and it was a-ok. I really liked that they have free valet parking. The people were friendly. The buffet seems very overpriced and not very good. I would have liked a bigger selection. The bathrooms were kept very clean. Not a fan of casinos so not sure how to rate the gambling area, but it was very smoky and hard to figure out what games were where so we just wandered around until something looked interesting.

06/09/13 | Link | Rating: 3.0
37. Stan G.
I'm not a gambler so don't expect a review of the Casino, this is a review for the great food exposition located inside the casino. we try and come here on Christmas eve for the buffet and for 3 years we haven't been disappointed.  the food offered is a nice variety, seems to be a little more that what you get at other casino buffets,  and the food has been consistently good.

different nights of the week they have different themed meals, tonights theme was italian so they base the main foods off the theme and work from that. the place was somewhat clean, lots of messy tables and very few bussers to take care of them however I attribute that to it being Christmas eve and being under staffed.

Friday nights they have King crab on the buffet, which is surprisingly tasty and served hot unlike some other casino buffets I have frequented.  

all in all the food is good, the service is good and its definitely a place worth checking out if your looking for a good buffet value.

04/01/13 | Link | Rating: 4.0
38. Jessica M.
For a reason, that no one seems to understand, I went to Saint Louis for 4 days for my 25th birthday.

On my final night there, my friend and I decided we should just continue down the path of terrible decision making and go gambling.

They said I was too intoxicated to be allowed in. Too intoxicated to lose my money in 5 minutes. This was based on me "hunching over the ATM", which was mainly just to hide my piss poor account balance from my friend.

Whatever. We went to Lumiere Place, and not only did I get served, my friend won all the money. All the money. Enough hundos to shove into my cleavage, and utilize it as a boob wallet.

So yeah, eat my Boston dick.

03/08/12 | Link | Rating: 1.0
39. Ann F.
I brought my handicapped son there for a Christmas/birthday trip. The staff was incredible to him. He got a birthday cake and was surrounded by people singing him happy birthday. The buffet was good and the waitress brought a beautiful plate with Happy Birthday in chocolate on it with chocolate goodies. The staff down to the people clearing tables was so nice. My son won a little as did his sister.

20/12/13 | Link | Rating: 5.0
40. Julie L.
My hubby and I have been fans of River City Casino ever since it was built as we love music and they always have bands on Friday and Saturday nights.

We liked them on Facebook and were gifted a free buffet each at the Great Food Exposition, which is their buffet.  We decided to try brunch there last Sunday and it was very good!  There wasn't a wait at all, you were seated promptly and were asked if you'd like Champagne, a Mimosa or a Poinsetta to go along with your meal.  The good thing about going at the time we did is that because its a buffet you got many choices to satisfy your hunger.  So if you're not in the mood for breakfast, there's plenty of other options.

We will definitely be back, esp since its down the street from us.

01/11/11 | Link | Rating: 4.0
41. Tracey W.
I had to rate this casino on a curve, because my raw rating would have been much lower, but since it is a casino, I had to compare it to other casinos, so I guess it was A-OK.

Very Disney-World-ish on the outside.

On the inside, well-lit, clean, good service, and pretty much your standard slew of depressing, chain-smoking, elderly zombies staring at machines, blowing their social security checks, and not having fun.

23/10/11 | Link | Rating: 3.0
42. Bill D.
Wow was this place busy.  We made the journey on a Saturday night and got familiar with their new parking garage because the entire parking lot was full.  It was a bit of a walk, but mostly under roof.  

When we walked it, the place was jamming!  The tables were full and I was amazed at the amount of slot machines that were in use.  My neighbor loves to play video poker so we headed over that that side of the casino as the wives were headed to their favorite slot machines.  I would have to guess they have 100 video poker machines, and literally 2 were available.  2!  Obviously it didn't take to long to find 2 machines side by side, but wow 2, really!  

After an hour or so the place did clear out somewhat and it was easy to jump from machine to machine.  

We hit the blackjack tables as well.  Didn't find real entertaining dealers, but they were probably wore out from the amount of people that were there.

07/01/13 | Link | Rating: 4.0
43. Leslie S.
OK, I've been a few times lately and I'm still liking the great drink prices, GREAT customer service, and casino game choices.  I tend to win here at slots A WHOLE LOT more than at Lumiere, and I'm guessing that might be because River City is newer and still trying to attract business, so perhaps looser slots.

However, I tried the Great Food Exposition buffet and was very happy I had a B1G1 coupon for the Friday night Steak & Crab Legs special, because I would not have paid the normal $23.99 per person for it after a 1-hour wait.

If you're a huge fan of non-stop crab legs, you might enjoy it and might get your money's worth.  Other than that, the steak was dried out, the other meat choices were just ok and the variety of shrimp was just ok.  (This was near the Mediterranean section w/ a couple other fish choices.) There were some typical Hometown Buffet options (green beans, corn, mashed potatoes, mac and cheese), some below-average-tasting Chinese choices, and then some decent dessert choices and a salad/fruit bar.

I didn't see many bread/roll choices, no Italian whatsoever, and the only Japanese was a handful of sushi choices near the seafood.  No Mongolian grill, no chocolate fountain, no BBQ.

08/08/10 | Link | Rating: 4.0
44. Cornelia P.
The Buffett was a-ok. It was messy and unkept and I was just expecting it to look more clean and kept for the price. It was busy and the food was not replenished. It reminded me of Golden Corral, at least they don't over charge for the buffett...

28/12/13 | Link | Rating: 3.0
45. Mary B.
First things first, let me preface my review with the fact that I have NEVER SET FOOT INSIDE THE CASINO! I know, it is odd to review a place you have never actually entered, but I have been here many times. This is my story:

My husband & I like to walk what we call the "Casino Trail." I don't believe that is the official name for it, but it runs along side the casino parking lot & down the front of one of the entrances. We do this early in the morning, 7a-9a, at the latest, not when you would think it is the busy time for this casino, but it is busy during these times nonetheless.

ANYWAY we have 2 little dogs, a shizu (Fuzzy) & a chiwawa (Biscuit). Fuzzy has a very low threshold for heat. In other words, if the temp is above 50 degrees, he thinks it is the hottest day ever & since we walk about 5 miles at a time, he gets hot. So when this casino opened, we would go over to the fountain that is located across from the entrance where valet parking is located, & dip him in. Ok i know that sounds weird, but he is 8 lbs, we hold on to him & just lower him in the water up to his neck & pull him out. It cools both dogs off, then off we go back across the street again.

A few words about the fountain itself, it's a nice enough fountain. It has some benches around it & a little walkway, it always seems to be on & is clean enough. They put some sort of choline based disinfectant in it (I wouldn't dip my dogs in if I didn't know that the chemicals they use wouldn't hurt them) & it lights up at night. I've never seen it lit at night, but in the morning usually the lights are still on.

So one day, we are doing our dipping, & this bellman comes out. Now he can't be a bellman, cause this casino doesn't have a hotel associated, so I'm not sure in what capacity this guy is employed. I asked him but he never said. He was really young, so again assuming doorman type position. So this being like the 100'th time we've done this, he comes out & says we can't do it anymore? We are like really? Why? He said it was disturbing the casino guests???? NOW River City is like any other casino, NO WINDOWS, the only people who actually see us are the valet parking attendants & most of the time they aren't even around that early. So we look around, confused? He says, for lack of nothing else to say, just stop doing it. I asked a few more questions, just to be a shit disturber, but otherwise it was a pleasant exchange.

The very next day we went back & dipped the dogs again & have been doing it ever since. The valet parking attendants still wave, everything back to normal. No worries. But it. was. weird.

Bottom line, if you come to this casino to dip your dog, yourself or anything else in the fountain outside this casino, you can expect to do so unmolested 99% of the time.

25/04/13 | Link | Rating: 3.0
46. Susan H.
This review is for the Steak House.  The atmosphere was great but The food was over cooked and bland. Don't eat there.

12/01/14 | Link | Rating: 2.0
47. Desiree M.
This place only gets three stars because of the decor and almost like vegas style encounter.  They lack on table games, if you come here during the week and during the day they usually will only have four black jack tables going, which will be very crowded, which means if you have a cold table you can't just flee to another table easily, you will have to wait.  They know how to get money from gamblers like us because you cannot flee your just stuck and you will just keep forking your money to the other side.

Now slots they have a ton of, alot of uninteresting ones, but lots of progressive ones, it will keep you busy for sure.  

This casino is very big in regards to what there is to offer in St. Louis.

They also have a poker room, which I have yet to really see busy.

All in all i wouldn't waste my time going out of the way to come here, i prefer the queen and lumiere for poker.

14/07/12 | Link | Rating: 3.0
48. Amanda H.
I'm'a back up an earlier reviewer about the tightness of this casino - absolutely no love and no incentives.  You will lose money FAST here and become bored quickly.  They don't have the latest machines and got rid of the 50-hand video poker, which is one of the only reasons I wanted to even go here.

If that wasn't bad enough, security wouldn't let me in with a federal military ID.  I was told some idiotic song and dance about someone with a military ID suing the casino, which is not a reason not to accept a military ID as a legitimate form of ID, which it is.  It even has my birthday on it and everything.  They were complete shits about it, which makes me wonder what other military spouses are being turned away from their shitty casino.  If not for the fact that I had an (expired) driver's license from another state, I would have been turned away at the door.  Morons.

This place sucks and I regret leaving money here.

28/12/13 | Link | Rating: 1.0
49. P C.
The service was horrible... The slots were titter then a DUCKS ass (waterproof). I dropped $1800 in 20 min on the slots. I make great money and I'm not Cheep, so I'm not a bitter casino player, but this casino has "NO love". Beware of River City. Look for another casino...

Another thing... My buddy and I came from the blues game tonight, we were drinking beer but not intoxicated... He was harassed by the employees at the casino saying "you been drinking too much" you must go!... So he was here for about 10 minutes and grabbed a cab home. He lives in Chesterfield, and as he walked out the door he abruptly said I'm never coming back to this casino.
I'm not Exaggerating there was 200 people in the casino at this time of night(11:00pm). The place was a ghost town... I'am  mine boggled that they forced a gambling patron to leave. (Plus he's a big-time attorney in St. Louis)

Bottom-line beware, beware, beware try a different casino... Plain and simple...

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09/05/13 | Link | Rating: 1.0
50. Chris K.
I docked a star for the location. It's a hassle to get to and is in a terrible area. With that said, River City is my favorite casino in the St. Louis area. It's definitely the newest and nicest. They're building a hotel that will be done sometime in Sept. '13.

Food: I'm generally not a fan of buffets, but RC's is one of the best I've been to outside of Vegas. The Beerhouse has a cool atmosphere and a great selection of beer. Inexplicably they don't get a lot of sports channels, though (2nd tier stuff like Big Ten Network). Had a great steak and enjoyed the live music the one time I ate at 1904 Steakhouse.

Casino: The casino itself is very nice and has the classiest decor of any casino in the STL area. Not as big as some others, but I wouldn't say that's a bad thing. The poker room itself is phenomenal, but not particularly busy. Go to Lumiere or Hollywood if you're just looking for poker.

Entertainment: Judy's Velvet Lounge is a cool enough place to hang out, and they frequently have live bands there on the weekends.

Summary: Overall, if the main things you care about are grabbing a good bite to eat and then gambling, River City would be my #1 spot in STL. If you're looking to gamble as just a part of a night out, I would go to Lumiere Place where you can combine gambling with going out at Laclede's Landing or the classier Wash. Ave. area.

15/07/13 | Link | Rating: 4.0
51. Ashlei B.
This hotel is beautiful! A complimentary valet service is included and the staff is extremely friendly. They even called minutes after i got in my room to see if everything was "up to par". The reason I give 4 stars is because the bathroom smells strongly of urine and the hotel lobby smells of smoke from the casino. Despite those small problems my boyfriend and I will be staying here again next time we are in the st.louis area.

27/05/14 | Link | Rating: 4.0
52. Al S.
I can honestly say I would probably never consider River City when going on my annual, one-time gambling adventure.  I happened to pass through it once to attend a birthday dinner in one of the restaurants tucked inside.  

The interior was smelly and smokey - somewhat foul and unbearable at times.  I have no idea what happened on the inside but made the whole place look and feel older than it is.  The exterior gave it a nice appearance, but that's where it ended.  

At any rate - I will certainly update if by some random chance I visit again and actually test out the gambling gadgets.

18/06/13 | Link | Rating: 2.0
53. Jordan G.
I stayed here on a business trip in October and have very mixed reviews on it

PROS
- the rooms themselves are really nice. The shower has double heads, one on the wall and one on the ceiling of the shower, it is terrific

- there is a completely unnecessary television built into the mirror in the bathroom, but it's fun

- the Beer House is awesome. Over 200 different types of beer at the ready, and a friendly (and attractive) waitress staff.

CONS
- if you miss the first wave of housekeeping service, you're SOL. I left the hotel at 1p with the green light on (signifying my room was ready to be cleaned, there's a red light too for Do Not Disturb), and my room was never made up....3 of the 4 days I was there

- the entire place is a big fog of smoke. It will stink up your clothes, and linger forever.

- the Free internet speed in your hotel is completely non existent. Seriously, connecting on a 14400 Modem to AOL feels like T1 compared to this.

All in all, the rooms are fine, the rest of it is pretty rough.

10/11/13 | Link | Rating: 2.0
54. Andrew B.
I haven't seen the hotel rooms, so this review is strictly based on the casino itself. Take it from someone who lived in Vegas.  This is hands down the worst casino I've ever been to in the United States.  They ejected me for drinking* even though I had not consumed one* alcoholic beverage that day.  I'm not sure if the staff is incompetent or profiles people based on age.  Possibly they were ejecting me for something else? but Literally the only thing I did was walk up to the Craps table and wait for my turn to pass.  Humiliation and defamation, I think an apology is in order.   I used to have an apartment at the Signature MGM in Vegas their employees treat customers with dignity.  River City has utter lack of respect for their customers, and just complete incompetence.

03/02/15 | Link | Rating: 1.0
55. Felicia P.
First time here and my husband and I came for my birthday. Check in was so easy and Carol at the front desk was great. Rodney is a gem!! He helped us to our room and explained everything about the hotel. What a professional. Every staff member we came across said Happy Birthday. They even brought up this birthday cake made of towels, gaming cards and dice! Then later that evening they sent up champagne and chocolate covered strawberries. Nice touch! The room we had was the non smoking king on the 6rth floor. No smoke smell at all which is sometimes a concern at casino hotels. Room was clean, nice river view (south view), and decorated well. We felt like we were away on vacation when for us, since we live in the county, it was more like a staycation. Nice little spot to get away. Judy's Velvet Lounge was fun with the band they had and the Steakhouse had great dinner duo playing acoustic. Looking forward to going back for possibly my husband birthday this month and there after. Say Hi to Rodney... he will take great care of you!

04/02/15 | Link | Rating: 5.0
56. Brian M.
What a place to stay so Clem and the staff if very friendly. Rodney must say hi. he will give u all the respect. A true Five star

27/04/14 | Link | Rating: 5.0
57. Tricia H.
Stayed here during the World Series - was there for work and it's where the MLB was able to get rooms for us stragglers.  

They get two stars for the hotel room. It's spacious and comfy.  Nice bathroom and it's decorated well.   The one odd thing - all the rooms look out to parking lots - not the Mississippi River.  Granted the River could use some TLC (like a river walk or something) to spruce it up - but it's better to face the water than asphalt.  

The casino, however is, meh.   And it's SO smokey.   There's a great white hall when you walk into the place and it's full of smoke. Gross.  There's also great people watching as it's not the glamorous types that frequent here.

26/10/13 | Link | Rating: 2.0
58. Tupelo H.
LOVE this hotel!! Gorgeous and luxurious rooms for a way more than fair price! The beds are super comfortable too! The lobby and mezzanine area is so pretty and plush, it feels like I'm in a resort! The concert venue is also great. I plan to see more shows there in the future. Can't say enough wonderful things about River City... Love it!

20/01/15 | Link | Rating: 5.0
59. Lisa R.
This place is an absolute joke. We do a benefit called Night of the Superstars every year & this year River City Casino & Hotel was the place chosen for the event this year. The room by itself was $28,000 to rent which didn't include alcohol. Most people from the benefit also stayed in the hotel, us included. The benefit was over by 11 & a group of us wanted to do some gambling. We try to get into the casino & security told us that 2 people were too intoxicated to get in, which I was one of them. I had 1 glass of wine & 2 beers from 530-11. We were having fun & being goofy but not intoxicated. They told me to "go sober up & come back". We then went to the bar across from the gift shop, had a drink & tried to get back in about an hour later. I was told I was banned 24 hours from the time they didn't allow me in the first time. I then asked for a manager. The manager came over to me & I explained what was going on. The manager looked at the guys accusing me of being intoxicated & said I wasn't slurring my speech & didn't understand why they weren't letting me in. The manager allowed me in the casino & I was walking in one of the men that accused me of being intoxicated yelled at me "I'll be watching you". We were there for about an hour & I was about to get a second drink when we went to the bar. I was denied a second drink because once again I was showing signs of being intoxicated. Over a 7 hour period I had a total of 6 drinks which hardly gets someone so intoxicated you should be denied access to  casino. This was suppose to be a fun date night out with the hubby & it was ruined by the ignorance & arrogance of these people. I will never walk a foot into this place again & I plan on telling everyone about this experience.

01/03/15 | Link | Rating: 1.0
60. Steve B.
My favorite casino in town!  A huge one star taken away because of all the smoke but +4 stars because the place is beautiful, they have decent slots, table games are good (wish they had one more craps table though) and parking is easy.  It's a big place but I don't feel overwhelmed walking around and I don't feel crowded when at any of the bars or beverage stations. I look forward to returning!

12/01/15 | Link | Rating: 4.0
61. Adam A.
Used to be a frequent visitor for dining and gaming.  Would come for lunch with work colleagues and with family for entertainment.  Earlier this year I paid  to join the main bar's Passport Club.  Within just a few weeks after paying for the membership and numerous beverages, I was told the club was being revised and I would be required to start over.  I asked why I was not informed about this plan when I joined and was told there was no answer.  I asked if I would be grandfathered in to the new program at no cost and was told my membership and the previous progress was forfeit.  I asked to speak with a manager and was told no, but that Ron Battocletti, Multi-Outlet Manager, would call me.  Of course no call was ever received.  Not worth his time apparently....The sum of money in question is only $85 to $100 and it seems to take much more than that to receive any degree of acceptable customer service.  Ironically, River City gives away rooms every day worth 3 and 4 times this amount.  Yet the young woman I spoke with who claimed to be the Food and Beverage supervisor on this particular Saturday afternoon seemed to take great delight in insulting telling me I was out of luck.  As a result, I have not been back to the casino in months nor have the friends and family that used to accompany me.  The cost to the casino is this short time is hundreds if not thousands considering the gaming, food, and beverage dollars that have been lost as a result.  And for what?  $85 worth of a Passport membership that equates to pennies as far as the Casino's costs go?  Shameful to be sure.  Customers beware...this example shows that your business not needed and you will be treated accordingly.

01/05/15 | Link | Rating: 1.0
62. Mark E.
The casino is nice..... Bartenders were great..... But we took a cab here from downtown and the people at the entrance were the most rude, unprofessional staff I have ever had to deal with!  A wait of over 2 hours to get a cab.... And no car service available?  WTH?WILL NEVER RETURN OR RECOMMEND THIS CASINO! (The steakhouse was awesome!)

02/05/15 | Link | Rating: 1.0
63. Kelly Y.
New, fresh, clean hotel with impeccable service.  

There is just nothing like a new hotel.  From the moment we entered our floor, we all noticed that "new hotel smell".  Our room is spacious and modern.  The bathroom is also spacious.  We really loved that large shower with double shower heads.  And yes, that TV in the mirror kept us entertained for no reason.  After a couple of hours, the hotel staff even called us and ask if everything met our expectations.  

The area around the casino does smell very smoky.  All of the restaurants are close to the casino entrance.  The Buffet's entrance is inside of the casino.  I just wonder if the insides will smell smoky.  So one less star for that reason.  

But all in all.  If you just use this casino hotel as a hotel.  It is very nice.  We especially loved the free valet service.  The location seemed out of the way, but it really was not that big a deal.  We would return to this hotel again.

01/07/14 | Link | Rating: 4.0
64. Tina S.
This was my first time at the Casino and I wanted to see Don Williams. The venue is on the hotel side of the casino, which I wish I would have know before I had to walk through the cloud of smoke. This event was sold out and Don was worth every penny. They had seats on the floor, but I got a seat on the risers and I actually think they were better than the "expensive" seats. Great fun place to see a show.

26/02/15 | Link | Rating: 4.0
65. Kwanchai S.
This is one of the nicest casino in the St.Louis area. They can do better on their buffet tho! Not many choices! People here are nice! Very clean!

06/05/15 | Link | Rating: 4.0
66. Erica P.
I have stayed here 5 times in the last 6 months.  It has been an overall good experience.  I have learned to stay on the 6th floor, since a couple of times when we were assigned rooms on other floors-the rooms smelled.  The service is acceptable for this level of a hotel.  I have had issues on several occasions that had to be dealt with from room service to room changes to a closed gift shop; however, all issues got dealt with to acceptable level of service.  

I really like the casino with one main exception (smoking).  I had great luck the first 3 times and walked out a winner.  On the 4th visit, I didn't do well; however, I played so much that my 3 day stay right before New Year's Eve (5th stay) was comp'd completely.  Sad to say that this last visit, I lost a record amount and didn't have any luck at all.  They were setting up for NY Eve the day we were checking out and everyone including the staff was very excited.  Apparently they do a great job ringing in the new year at the casino.  Their theme was "hang with us" and they had two acrobatic swings hanging from the ceiling of the common area along with a disco ball and DJ floor side.  

I like this place but I am still feeling the sting of my latest loss.  Side note, I play table games-not slots.  Also, the casino dealers are some of the best casino staff I have dealt with in all the places that we have gambled.  They are the best of all the staff in the casino and hotel and restaurants combined.

05/01/15 | Link | Rating: 4.0
67. Geo P.
I was in the St Louis are about a week age and decided on my last day to visit River City Cacino for dinner .
First the bad points , If you plan to come here for dinner esp on a Sunday , get there early !! And be prepared to wait a long time in line .
I was on my own and it would never had been happening  if I had to wait in the long long long line.
I had only 90 minutes before I had to be at the airport.
So I saw someone I knew sitting down so I told the manager that I wanted to join them before they finished dinner.
She was nice enough to allow me to join them.
I had a very nice dinner there . It was Seafood night, so I did get a bucket of Crab legs , Cold Shrimp and a few other seafoods like clam strips.
It was very good , I would come back again but maybe a little earlier !!

18/03/15 | Link | Rating: 4.0