Flexible Dining

Dining That’s Fresh, Flexible, and Delicious 

We supply our residents with an array of flexible dining options that are healthy, beautifully-presented, and above all else, delicious. Living your best life in your retirement years should never mean compromise, and most certainly not in the area of what you eat!

The Dining Services Department strives to achieve the finest quality of food and service that can be found anywhere! Our culinary promise to you features chef-prepared meals prepared on-site with locally-sourced vegetables, fruit, meats, and cheese, as well as fresh, sustainable fish and cage-free eggs. We make our soups from scratch daily and slice our own non-GMO deli meats. In addition, we only use hormone-free milk and yogurt, and never any artificial colors or flavors.

Dining menus rotate weekly to offer seasonal and local choices, as well as regular daily options.

Flexible Dining Credits

Our Flexible Dining Points program lets you make the decision as to when and where you would like to dine. Included in the Monthly Service Fee is a provision of Dining Credits per month and can be used in any combination. This innovative program lets you decide — whether you’re in the mood for a classic, white-tablecloth dinner or a casual lunch — choose something different every day. It’s up to you.

Exceptional Service

Enjoying a meal at RiverWoods Manchester is about more than the outstanding chef-prepared cuisine. It’s a place where the dining staff knows your name and preferences. Our senior dining staff has many years’ experience preparing the finest cuisine, and our gracious and attentive waitstaff is the best in the industry.

Continental Breakfast

We offer a complimentary, daily Continental Breakfast of coffee, tea, juices, fruits, cereals, toasting breads and pastries for our residents in The Nook, a cozy seating area where residents can sit and enjoy their coffee over a newspaper or visit with friends.

The Bistro and Garden Patio

For lunch and dinner, how and where you dine is up to you. We offer personalized table service in a casual atmosphere in our Bistro or adjacent outdoor, shaded Garden Patio. The Bistro menu has a wide variety of selections and changes frequently.

Additionally, ready-to-eat meals including sandwiches, salads, desserts, fruit, drinks, soups, etc., are available daily. Take it with you for a picnic, road trip or back home on a busy day.

Something Special About Sunday

One of the most popular meals is Sunday Brunch. With 3-4 seating times and a unique menu, this meal brings the entire community together creating a heartwarming Sunday Dinner feeling with your family and friends.  Linger and enjoy conversation over delicious homestyle meals made with the finest, freshest ingredients.

Vegan, Heart-Healthy, and Gluten-Free Options

No matter what you choose, you know it will be fresh, tasty, and cooked to your liking. Do you have special menu requirements? We offer vegetarian, low sugar and salt, gluten-free, vegan options, and can adjust recipes for individual dietary preferences.

View Samples of our Dining Menus

  • Bistro Menus

    Bistro Menu






    Daily Entrée Salad:

    Grilled Chicken and Tabbouleh

    Seasoned grilled chicken breast over a fresh tabbouleh salad with fresh herbs, cracked bulgur, tomatoes, lemon juice, and olive oil.



    Cabot Cheddar Baked Mac and Cheese

    Cavatappi pasta tossed in our house-made cheese sauce topped with cheddar cheese and buttered bread crumbs and baked until golden brown.


    Hangar Steak

    Marinated and cooked to perfection with fresh tomatoes, olive oil and herbs.


    Roasted Salmon

    Fresh Salmon roasted with a Sweet and sour sauce.


    Daily Sides:

    Roasted Parsnip Purée

    Honey-Glazed Carrots

    Mashed Potatoes

    Brown Rice


    Daily Flatbread:

    Buffalo Chicken: chicken, Frank’s hot sauce and bleu cheese.



    Strawberry Shortcake



    Bistro Menu – Winter



    Vegetable Soup

    Tomato and Roasted Red Pepper


    Daily Entree Salad:

    Winter Beet and Onion

    Roasted beets, pickled onions, local goat cheese, hard-cooked eggs on a bed of baby spinach with a balsamic vinaigrette.



    Beef Ribs

    Tender beef ribs slowly braised in a savory beef and vegetable gravy.


    Bacon Wrapped Pork Tenderloin

    Pork tenderloin wrapped in bacon, seared to crispy perfection atop a white bean ragù with herbs.


    Atlantic Salmon

    Pan-seared salmon finished with a brown sugar mustard glaze.


    Daily Sides:

    Mascarpone Whipped Mashed Potatoes with Chives

    Roasted Fingerling Potatoes

    Chef’s Choice Squash

    Sautéed Broccolini with Toasted Almonds and Garlic



    Steamed Fig Pudding Served with Caramel. Whipped Cream and Mint