Riviera

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CAN$51 and over
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Contemporary Canadian
A new restaurant in Ottawa.
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4.8based on recent ratings
4.8
Food
4.8
Service
4.7
Ambience
4.3
Value
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97% of people would recommend it to a friend
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OT
Miami
1 review
Dined on March 14, 2020
Overall4Food5Service4Ambience4

It wa s a special night for us . Everything was fantastic but. The food was way tooo slow

OT
San Diego
1 review
Dined on March 10, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Food was excellent

FG
Ottawa
1 review
Dined on March 4, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Very nice venue to celebrate a birthday. Food is delicious.

B
Montreal
1 review
Dined on March 3, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Amazing restaurant
Great knowledgeable stuff
Great wine recommendations
Will be back :)

RD
1 review
Dined on March 3, 2020
Overall3Food2Service5Ambience5

Usually good food if overpriced, good wine if overpriced, today's lunch was a bit of a miss. The only real adult dining room in Ottawa, you have to go to Fougeres to get anything close. Worth it, but pricey

MM
Ottawa
1 review
Dined on March 3, 2020
Overall4Food3Service5Ambience4

Had steak tartare for lunch and it was really good. The desserts are just so-so. My crème brulé wasnt caramelized properly.

OT
Ottawa
1 review
Dined on February 28, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Awesome as always

MB
1 review
Dined on February 28, 2020
Overall4Food5Service5Ambience3

We were celebrating our wedding anniversary and my husband's 73rd. We had a lovely dinner. Noise level was a bit high, however so we had to shout sometimes. Food was excellent, drinks were amazing & service was top-notch. Found the drinks to be a bit pricey, but that didn't stop us from ordering several & thoroughly enjoying them. Used the LRT home so that was OK. Our waiter was very knowledgeable & guided us well. Definitely reccomend the Riviera experience!

GB
Ottawa
1 review
Dined on February 28, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Excellent service and food! Location is excellent.

OT
Montreal
1 review
Dined on February 28, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Love the vibe. I bit pricy but a great indulgence. Service is attentive. Had the tuna and chowder, fish and seafood cooked to perfection.

YL
1 review
Dined on February 28, 2020
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience5

I am sad to see the Boccocino cheese appetizer gone.

L
Washington DC
19 reviews
Dined on February 27, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Wonderful service and great food.

VQ
1 review
Dined on February 27, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

My second time going to Riviera and I truly enjoyed it. You must try the Riv Burger!

VL
Montreal
1 review
Dined on February 26, 2020
Overall2Food2Service3Ambience4

really expensive for the experience. My last time over there.

KA
Ottawa
1 review
Dined on February 26, 2020
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience4

We had a fantastic time at Riviera. It was my third time there but our guests' first time. The cocktails , wine and food were fantastic. What made the night though was our server. I didn't catch her name but she has lovely tattoos and a beautiful face piercing. She was accommodating but unobtrusive. She was very understanding about the bill-paying tug-of-war at the table which I know can be awkward for any server. She was great! Will absolutely return.

HO
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on February 26, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great burger - wish it was also on the evening menu.
Server véronique was attentive and responsive to needs (i.e. “pls don’t over cook the tuna” - thank you to the kitchen staff)

OT
1 review
Dined on February 25, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Amazing cocktails and great atmosphere

j
San Diego
3 reviews
Dined on February 25, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Great location for lunch and the food was fantastic

JJ
Ottawa
1 review
Dined on February 21, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Everything about this place is amazing. It's our go to restaurant when visiting downtown Ottawa.

OT
1 review
Dined on February 20, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Always fantastic

A
1 review
Dined on February 19, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great place .......................................

OT
1 review
Dined on February 19, 2020
Overall4Food3Service5Ambience4

Birthday dinner for my partner. The service was outstanding but the food was inconsistent. Our appetizers were top notch. Best steak tartare I’ve had in ottawa and the citrus salad was delicious. The rib eye steak was very fatty and while the cod was good our food was cold. Not what we expected but Justin made us feel very special.

A
1 review
Dined on February 19, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Riviera has everything I look for in a restaurant: great food, cool atmosphere and servers who know their stuff and pay attention to the little details.

SZ
Toronto
1 review
Dined on February 18, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

This gathering was to celebrate a special occasion and it was absolutely perfect.

DA
1 review
Dined on February 17, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Riviera really earned it's reputation as a top romantic restaurant in Ottawa. I went with my wife to celebrate a late Valentine's Day, and our first visit certainly did not disappoint.

The ambience is the first draw, as the restaurant is set in an old bank with ornate walls and a high ceiling. The lighting is dim, but it feels both intimate and trendy, as does the juxtaposition on the classical architecture and modern bar. The space is beautiful, and feels as elevated as the food.

The servers were attentive, but not overbearing, though the food did arrive fairly slowly. We ordered drinks, a shared dish, a main each, and two desserts, and were there for almost three hours.

The drinks were quite good, and I appreciated the paper straws and metal skewer for the twist. The drink menu is very expansive, as between the cocktails, beers, and substantial wine list there are four full pages of options. Can be a bit overwhelming, but the recommendations they made based on our preferences certainly did the trick.

The food is the real draw. The seafood tower is a spectacle to behold, and the scallops were possibly our favourite of the night. I ordered the gnocchi, which while very good felt a bit small, and my wife ordered the lamb shank, which was more substantial and definitely not out of place for haute cuisine. The sticky toffee for dessert was lovely. Avoid the bonbon plate, as it comes with practically nothing -- it's a stretch to justify the $8 price tag.

Really the only downside is cost. Our meal came to around $225, a hard sell for the average person. I don't regret going at all, but Riviera is definitely reserved for special occassions.

Note that you'll need a reservation to visit for dinner. The restaurant closes to walk-ins fairly early.

JE
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Great food and quick service. I highly recommend:)

OT
Ottawa
3 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Amazing food, great music and really welcoming service. The photo booth in the back is a plus! 🥂

DB
1 review
Dined on February 13, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

This is an excellent restaurant. The food, service and staff are exceptional

OT
Toronto
1 review
Dined on February 10, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The food and service were excellent. Would definitely return!

OT
Toronto
1 review
Dined on February 9, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

It was an engagement dinner. Once the staff found out they were great, offered us free champagne and brought it up over the course of the night. Really enjoyed our experience!

w
Calgary
13 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

have been there many times . never disappoints . fabulous food and great service . my guests really enjoyed the experience . will continue to return .

MC
Ottawa
1 review
Dined on February 9, 2020
Overall5Food4Service3Ambience5

Atmosphere is cavernous but feels warm.
Art Deco old bank offices with stainless bar...wanted to swoop in with trench coat suit and fedora.
Wine Liquor Beer selection AMAZING - but they have glassware with defects needs to be corrected. Appetizers were superb. A few issues with the main courses - 40 day Ribeye amazing but cold veggie sides and au jous has to ask for hotter to be added as dip.
Strip loins excellent.
Maître De needs to be WAY BETTER dressed, better professional appearance and control the flow of the night.

BV
Toronto
5 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Excellent food! Me and my partner come here twice a year and we always looks forward to it!

MR
Ottawa
3 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great food, service and ambiance! Will surely come back!

S
1 review
Dined on February 7, 2020
Overall4Food3Service5Ambience5

Nice place. Good service. Food was ok, but too expensive for what it is.

NA
Ottawa
2 reviews
Dined on February 7, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The environment and service were outstanding, we had some dietary concerns and our server worked with us diligently to make sure we were able to find suitable options. Everything was tasty but the beef tartar was out of this world! The photo booth at the back of the store was a nice touch

DA
1 review
Dined on February 6, 2020
Overall4Food4Service3Ambience5

Amazing space; however, our service was a bit slow and we found the menu a bit overpriced for what was being served.

Overall a great restaurant and our server (once attentive) was quite knowledgable and fun to chat with.

Thanks,

Dave

ED
1 review
Dined on February 4, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

I am really sensitive to the fact that I can be served in French. Our waiter was not perfect, but he was really trying and I did appreciate it very much, it was worth the big tip I gave him. I felt important being able to be served in French!!!! It is always a great pleasure to be at your restaurant. Outstanding place!

C
Ottawa
1 review
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

My boyfriend and I went for dinner at Riviera and loved our experience! The cocktail list, the wine list and the menu were simply perfect. The service was really good and the waiter was great at making sure our experience was good! The food was delicious! Recommend to anyone!

MS
1 review
Dined on January 31, 2020
Overall4Food5Service5Ambience4

The food, service and ambiance are excellent. The pavlova was amazing. We love the photo booth and return here each anniversary to document it with a great meal. The only tiny downsides are the noise level which was a bit high- but it was a Friday night at 8 pm, and the lack of gluten free bread or cracker options so I could nibble bread before apps are served, or at least to have the incredible mushroom dish on bread, vs greens. Thank you.