The Story of Rick’s

2011 was the first year of Rick’s On The River. We are a family owned business with strong roots in the community. Most may not know that the restaurant was named after my father Rick Thomas. He was well known within the Fairview Beach community. He would tell you what was on his mind, whether you wanted to hear it or not. He would also give you the shirt off of his back and ask nothing in return. He loved the water and all of the things that go along with it. I have fond memories of boating, fishing, and skiing on the Potomac for as far back as I can recall. Neither my husband nor I had any previous restaurant experience, so you can only imagine some of the shock that went along with owning Rick’s. We have somehow managed to roll with the punches and stick around each year. If you haven’t been to Rick’s it is a bit difficult to understand the uniqueness that goes along with it.
People come to the river to relax and let their hair down. We have tried through the years to create an environment that mimics a feeling like you are no longer in Virginia. We have tried to replicate a feeling some what of being in the Florida Keys (a place that my not only my father called home for sometime, but a place my husband and I truly love to visit). That feeling of pure simpleness and fun. Where you can pull up a chair in the sand, take your shoes off and enjoy a cocktail while you are watching one of the most beautiful sunsets you will ever see. In fact everyone that works for us, my self included has countless pictures on our phones of the sunsets. No one like the other. It is sort of a ritual that about that time of day you will see everyone migrating closer to the beach to capture that awe inspiring moment.
Our staff is like our family and because of this bond our customers are simply an extension of this. We strive to show our customers a different restaurant experience. One where we go above and beyond every time you visit. We work very hard on good quality food that is consistent and on time. Believe you me, when we are busy this is a dance I never thought I would learn! We work long hours, most of us doubles every weekend in the summer to make sure we put on the best party that the Potomac has to offer each and every weekend. We have some of the best bands you will hear in Virginia, Maryland, Pennsylvania, and as far away as New Jersey!
We would like to thank the community of Fairview Beach and King George for embracing us and making us your little home away from home. We understand you can always take your business elsewhere but we see so many familiar faces week after week. When we say that it is a family owned business, we mean it! Our children are often at the restaurant and often pitching in a hand where needed! Our customers and staff have watched them grow through the years and treat them as though they were their own! We are proud of the business we have built and could not have done it without the support of so many people! If you haven’t been to Rick’s before, stop in and have a drink, order some fried shrimp and just take it all in…you will not be sorry!
Best always,
Alex and Ashley Thacker



Menu of the day


  • Eggs Benedict
    with either bacon or salmon
  • Enfold’s famous Crepes
    with fresh fruit, bacon and maple syrup
  • French Toasted Brioche
    with grilled banana, bacon, rosewater mascarpone and maple syrup
  • Low Carb Breakfast
    grilled chicken breast with veggies
  • Bagel
    with salmon, cream cheese and salsa
  • American Pancakes
    with chocolate  sauce or maple syrup, honey and cream


  • Spiced Pigeon
    Ale & artichokes
  • Ribeye Steak
    Mushroom ketchup & fries
  • Duck Breast
    Smoked confit fennel & umbles
  • Roast Turbot
    Mussel & seaweed ketchup, salmon roe & sea rosemary
  • Linefish
    Pan fried line fish, herbed nicola potato and mussel salad
  • Autumn Lamb
    Pan seared lamb loin, slow roasted lamb shanks
  • Duck
    Confit duck leg, mushroom and liver stuffing and onions
  • Homedried Tomato
    with sesame, aubergine puree and burnt aubergine jelly

Wine Selection

  • Grechetto, Poggio Della Costa
    2011, Umbria, Italy (B) 13|49
  • Muskateller, Heidi Schrock
    2010, Neusiedlersee-Huggeland, Austria (B) 52
  • Posip, Zlatan Otok Winery
    2012, Island of Hvar, Croatia (B) 53
  • Chenin Blanc, Nicolas Joly
    2010, Loire, France (B) 65
  • Petite Chablis, F. Bachelier
    2011, Chablis, France (O) 44
  • Prosecco, Jeio
    NV, Italy (O) 11|37
  • Cava Brut, Campasso
    NV, Spain (O) 11|41

Non alcoholic Beverages

  • 7UP
  • Root Beer
  • Apple Juice
  • Orange Juice
  • Coke
  • Pepsi
  • Red Bull
  • Bitter Lemon
  • Crush
  • Crystal Light
  • Banana Shake
  • Pineapple shake


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Prefer to make your reservation via phone? Give us a call! You can contact us between 10am and 22pm ever day of the week. Our Phone number is (555) 784 332

Opening hours:

Mon – Fri, 10am – 12pm
Sat – Sun, 11am – 04am