Old River Grill is a locally owned, family operated business. We love Bakersfield and our mission is to be a celebration of the community we serve. At Old River Grill, we believe fresh food tastes better, and that's why we use only the freshest, locally sourced ingredients to make all our food from scratch.  

     I got my first job in a restaurant at the age of 16 and it was almost immediately that I found I had a passion for food. I have been very blessed to work in some of the best restaurants in town throughout my career and it has always been my dream to start my own place.


     In June 2013, my dream started to become reality when we opened the doors to Old River Grill on Stockdale Hwy in the Riverwalk medical plaza. It was a tiny place, tucked away out of view, but we knew we could build something good there if we gave it our best effort. By the time our lease was up for renewal, we had outgrown the place. It was time to expand!


     So in June 2016, we closed the Stockdale restaurant and opened in our brand new home on Brimhall Rd. It had quite a few more seats and a bigger kitchen, so we figured we were set. So here we are, 2 years later, and we are bulging at the seams again. Long wait list every Saturday and Sunday, and full house just about every other day. What a problem to have!


     That brings us to June of 2018, when we proudly open our second location at Riverlakes Plaza. Once again, we have lots more room to expand. We want to thank the good people of Bakersfield for helping us to keep growing and we hope to serve you all for many years to come!


Everything about Old River Grill, from the recipes to the decor, comes from my heart and soul. I truly hope you love it the way I do!

Roger Coughenour

Chef/ Owner