Stone River Grille's rustic décor and all-American fare honors the building's historic roots as a 19th century general store. In keeping with its past, the establishment delivers goods that locals crave, including fire-grilled filet mignon, lobster scampi, and word-of-mouth news about the latest blacksmithing techniques. Of the avocado chicken bruschetta, M.B. Tuccio of the Connecticut Post said, "The plate was so colorful…. its flavor matched its looks; the avocado didn't overpower the rest of the dish, but kept the tongue interested."
During warm months, guests sit on a deck overlooking the Pootatuck River enjoying Sunday brunch or fresh fruit margaritas. The restaurant occasionally hosts dinner-theater events to enliven Newton's cultural scene and develop actors' abilities to project their voices louder than their growling stomachs.