We are currently offering OUTDOOR and INDOOR dining (indoor dining starting from July 16, 2021). For the first time, we have place time restrictions of 2 hours on all of our reservations. This is to accommodate the necessary sanitizing steps before and after each reservation.
We are currently able to seat parties up to a maximum of 6 guests - unfortunately, we do not accept separate reservations for the same party (plus 6 guests) at the moment. We will update this information as restrictions are lifted or modified.
Thank you for your understanding as we move into this next chapter of restaurant dining.
- Surfaces sanitised between seatings
- Common areas deep cleaned daily
- Digital, disposable or sanitised menu provided
- Sanitiser or wipes provided for customers
- Limited number of seated diners
- Distancing maintained in common areas
- Extra space between tables
- Waitstaff wear masks
- Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
- Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
- Staff temperature check required
- Contact tracing information collected
- Proof of vaccination required to dine indoors
It was lovely as always. If I may, the check in would be nice if it could happen inside in the cold rainy weather especially with the extreme cold ahead of us. It would make the start of the evening much more enjoyable. Thank you.
Excellent food, presented in style in outstanding venue.
Sat at the counter in front of the chef'. It was captivating watching them. Service was amazing. Food was beyond delicious. Beautiful ambience. Loved this restaurant!
Top of the table experience - service, food and atmosphere was exceptional. Great cocktails as well
We enjoyed our meal immensely. It is a very nice atmosphere. Our server was very courteous.
One of the nicest places to go in Ottawa. Good atmosphere, food, and service.
My favourite restaurant in Ottawa. With decreased capacity it didn’t have the same vibe as it does when full but must obey Covid protocol! Food was delicious! Great to be back!!
I’ve been there several times and it’s always consistent and excellent,
We have been to Riviera a few times in the past and have always enjoyed the experience. My wife, who is vegan, would usually get the vegan version of mushroom toast with sourdough bread with a main course that was always interesting. However, yesterday, the mushroom toast did not seem to be a feasible option and the grits and mushroom dish was very disappointing, if not insignificant.
Excellent food. Would recommend counter seating if you enjoy watching the kitchen staff. Service was friendly and attentive and knowledgeable.
We celebrated a double birthday. Although we were fearful of sitting outdoors whilst it rained, the area was perfectly tented off and well heated. Overall the food was great and when our server recommended a Negroni flight I was pleasantly surprised by the options. We will be back.
Great service, food and drinks.
The pasta portion on the Spaghetti and lobster was surprisingly small. Almost the size as if you had ordered a side dish. :(
Such a Wonderful Experience.
We have been wanting to eat here since 2017 when Rivera was named one of Canada's Best New Restaurants. They did not disappoint.
Every course was a delight for the eyes and the palate. Rich, delicious. Comfort meets epicurean.
And the service was perfect. Definitely recommend.
Everything from food to service to selection options was outstanding. My only issue is with the noise level; it is very difficult to carry on a conversation.
Fantastic dining experience at “The Counter”. Brandon, Stefanie and the rest of the Riv team were outstanding! Best beef tartare - ever. The Gnudi was delicious. The steak frites is always excellent!
Cocktails - excellent. Appitizers - excellent. Main meal - excellent. Server - excellent. Wonderful evening. will certainly be back.
Despite COVID Riviera has maintained an excellent menu and lively atmosphere. The food (shared oysters, lobster spaghetti and halibut) was excellent as well as the wine selection. While my partner and I were very pleased with our meals we found the noise level very high with ‘80’s music which didn’t seem to jibe with the restaurant itself. As well, initially service was quite slow but greatly improved as the evening progressed. Overall, this is an excellent restaurant in the heart of Ottawa’s uptown. Reservations highly recommended - it’s doubtful you will get in otherwise.
Outside tables were actually very nice. Drinks always great. Lovely service and food excellent!
Great atmosphere, complex food & cocktails bursting with flavour & attentive service, can’t wait to return!
The food, the wine pairings, and service in this place was excellent, although a bit pricy, but very worth it. Parking nearby can be challenging but that's our city. My only complaint about this place was that the music was very loud, actually too loud.
Riviera is hands down the best restaurant experience you will have in Ottawa. The service is exceptional, the food is outstanding and the cocktails cannot be beat. This is the best overall experience you could possibly have!
Great ambience, wonderfully presented dishes and very attentive staff without being overbearing. It was an expensive dinner but ok for a special celebration like a birthday or anniversary. We enjoyed ourselves immensely. I needed to add an additional person at the last minute and they accommodated us without any problem.
Excellent burger, steak frite is ok. Great drinks and beautiful restaurant.
It's an amazing space - that's the first thing you notice.
Everything on the raw menu is incredible and the steak frites pan sauce is what I would imagine crack to feel like in food form; addictive.
Cocktails are a hard 10 and the open kitchen/bar concept is a obervationalists dream.
Wine list is priced from fair to splashy but there are some gems at $80ish (Nebbiolo Bricdelbaio).
Enjoyed a nice seafood tower and beverages with my wife. Seated at the bar. Good Covid protocols followed with separation of diners and staff all wearing masks. Service was efficient and attentive. Will return in the near future.
Server cold. I hate giving away money like that to someone who doesn't want to be there. Not enough parity too many men vs woman. Handsome men too few woman.
Non alcohol offer is not satisfying at all. There are many great products out there.
Everything was amazing! Service was excellent and the food was unreal. Would definitely go back!! Cocktails are also top notch!
Lovely service and amazing food!
The service and the food were excellent. The noise level was too high for my liking. Regardless, I would highly recommend the restaurant.
Best steak and fries, service was great, beautiful reataurant
Great spot for a special occasion. Elaborate bar menu with exceptional and creative options. Food was delicious and service was fast, efficient and friendly. Would definitely return!
The service, food and ambiance was fantastic! Would definitely go back!
The ambiance was awesome, the food was really good and our server was absolutely lovely. It was a great way to celebrate!
Lovely service, amazing seafood tower. Just a really all around solid choice for an anniversary dinner.
Music was a tad loud made it difficult to hear what we were saying given we were seated at one of the large tables in the back .( we were four in the booth) . Otherwise, awesome as always . We got married there 4 years ago and try to return on our anniversary and at least 1 more time year. One of our favourite which never disappoints.
Outstanding food and service. Definitely the highlight of our food experiences in Ottawa.
This is one of my favourite places to dine in Ottawa. The service is impeccable and the cuisine exceptional. My favourite “starter” is Mushrooms on Toast with shaved black Truffle and Egg. Last night I coupled that dish with their Seafood Chowder. It was excellent.
I shall return!
We had high expectations for an anniversary dinner and they exceeded it (especially the starters and dessert). We sat outside and the heaters worked fine.
Amazing service, she was the best server!
The food was absolutely delicious, the cocktails were great and loved the wine suggestions they offered. Great service from beginning to end. Will absolutely be back.
Riviera offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (613) 233-6262.
Riviera is rated 4.8 stars by 1578 OpenTable diners.
Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.