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Riviera, Ottawa, ON

Riviera

4.7
4.7
2098 Reviews
CAN$51 and over
Contemporary Canadian
Welcome to Riviera!

Reservations may be subject to time restrictions, dependent on availability. Please check your reservation email for full details. If your group requires more time, kindly call the restaurant at 613-233-6262 and we will do our best to accommodate you. Groups of six or more are subject to an 18% gratuity.

Please note, we are closed for private events on Saturday, August 27th and Sunday, September 4th.

We look forward to hosting you!

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2 people

7:00 p.m.


Booked 35 times today

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    Contemporary Canadian

  • Hours of Operation

    Dinner Mon–Wed 5:00 pm–10:00 pm Thu–Sat 5:00 pm–11:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (613) 233-6262

  • Payment Options

    AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress Code

    Smart Casual

  • Executive Chef

    Jordan Holley

  • Private party facilities

    For inquiries please contact events@dineriviera.com.

  • Neighbourhood

    Ottawa

  • Cross Street

    Spark Street bewteen Elgin and Metcalfe

  • Parking Details

    Lot parking available at World Exchange Plaza, NAC & City Hall.

  • Public Transit

    LRT- Parliament Station

  • Additional

    Beer, BYO Wine, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Wheelchair Access, Wine

What 2,098 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

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4.7
4.7 based on recent ratings
  • 4.6Food
  • 4.7Service
  • 4.8Ambience
  • 4.3Value

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    Best Ambiance

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    Vibrant Bar Scene

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  1. J

    Jenn

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    As always, service and food were outstanding. Can't recommend Riviera enough, I'm always thrilled to visit. Mushroom Toast is a must – 10/10!
  2. AC

    AubreyC

    New York Area

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    A little escape from Ottawa. Great cocktails, delicious food.
  3. MC

    MarkC

    Toronto

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Unbelievable food and service. It always is. The drinks are incredible too, everything is from scratch and with an eclectic twist. You get what you pay for; Riveria is top notch in all regards.
  4. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Montreal

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Belle soirée. J’adore ce restaurant.
  5. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Toronto

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Had a lovely, first experience at Riviera. Will most certainly be back. Sat at the bar and had Connor take care of me. He made great suggestions and banter. I had the tartar and lamb shank - highly recommend both! I can’t wait to come back.
  6. K

    Kait

    New York Area

    10 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food3service5ambience5
    The servers were so fantastic, warm and friendly to everyone regardless of how they were dressed. The food was exceedingly rich and could have used some acid. I found everything to be under salted and had to ask for salt
  7. LE

    LauriEB

    Montreal

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Went here for an anniversary dinner, food was excellent and service was excellent. The overall atmosphere and vibe of the restaurant is beautiful, wasn’t too loud with everyone in there. Service was 10/10, there is always someone around checking on you, pouring you water, etc. Would definitely recommend this place to anyone looking for a nice night out. Also the drinks are really good (I didn’t have any but my partner did, he said the purple rain was really good)
  8. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Montreal

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing as always. Food and cocktails always such a treat. Love, love , love an evening at the Riviera ♥️
  9. S

    Sharon

    Toronto

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Our first experience. Highly trained and amazing staff. interesting and delicious cocktail program. precise and fresh menu
  10. AP

    AlexP

    Ottawa

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall4food2service5ambience5
    Great atmosphere and service. Cocktails were fantastic but very pricey. Overall, the food was just okay. Would recommend the steak and fries. For the price I would say the food is not worth it.
  11. N

    Nicolas

    Ottawa

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on November 24, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Great ambience, food was delicious as always. Service was friendly and professional. Top notch
  12. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Toronto

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on November 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Superb food and service. Thanks Chadi for the excellence. Impressive!
  13. JB

    JocieB

    Toronto

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had a wonderful experience at Riviera Ottawa. We've heard amazing things and our expectations were exceeded. The service was impeccable, the drinks amazing, food... incredible, we didn't expect such large portions and had left overs. The bread and chowder were highlights for us (we are east coasters and are chowder snobs, so were pleasantly surprised). The burger and lobster spaghetti were also great. We were pleasantly surprised with the bill considering everything we'd ordered, the quality and the portion size. We will be returning over Christmas break.
  14. LW

    LenW

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 23, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience5
    The meal was delicious. The $19 cocktail could have been more “presentable” rather than in a small stemmed glass with no appeal. Presentation of the food was fantastic.
  15. SD

    ShivD

    Montreal

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on November 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Stunning, simply stunning. This was a top notch dining experience. The elegant ambiance, super friendly and attentive staff and of course the wonderful dishes make this a must fine dining experience in Ottawa!
  16. PH

    PHILLCOR

    Toronto

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 20, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Amazing experience, menu had many different options - hard to choose! Flavours were delicious. We loved the vibe and energy at the restaurant. One complaint was the temperature of the main dishes - a little too cold. Our server was in charge of a private event and we felt maybe our dishes were waiting a little too long under the heat lamp
  17. AT

    AThom

    Ottawa

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 20, 2022

    overall2food2service2ambience3
    Drinks are great, ambiance is nice. Food, however is not very good. Salty and meat was overcooked. Hostess were great but waiter and table servers were pretty cold and not super friendly.
  18. r

    rona

    Ottawa

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on November 20, 2022

    overall4food4service3ambience4
    Would not sit at the bar again. $38 for a cocktail is pricey. Service was “OK”. Felt rushed from the get go, but got better as the meal progressed.
  19. M

    Marie

    Ottawa

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on November 19, 2022

    overall5food3service5ambience3
    You go for the drinks experience that’s for sure! They know how to pimp a drink worth every penny! We tried 3 plates from the menu none wowed us! Desserts were better! Liked the pavlova. All the employees we interacted with were fantastic!
  20. LB

    LucB

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food was excellent, and the drinks at the bar were even better. I found prices reasonable for the caliber of food and drink you are getting here. I was worried about the bar seating as I would have preferred a table, but same day there was only bar seating left. It was not a problem at all, the bar seating is amazing, it's like dinner and a show.
  21. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Toronto

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on November 19, 2022

    overall5food3service5ambience5
    The services was great friend very attentive friendly service Food was ok not over the top Great wine choice by our server Cocktails were great
  22. AC

    AndiC

    Ottawa

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on November 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Riviera was wonderful as always! We each had Negronis, beef tartare and shared some oysters. The food was incredible and the service was stellar. Highly recommend.
  23. CW

    CatherineW

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had a fabulous dinner. We celebrated our wedding anniversary and we’re treated to a glass of champagne. The bartender, servers and hosts were wonderful. Thank you for helping us make our special evening extraordinary! We would love to come back.
  24. EC

    ElizabethC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had excellent food, the service was outstanding and it was an incredibly cool atmosphere. Most extensive cocktail list I’ve ever seen! I would highly recommend this restaurant!
  25. RC

    RodC

    Montreal

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on November 16, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    High level delivered at a high level. They’re exactly what they claim to be. Worth every dime
  26. MN

    MattN

    Toronto

    16 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on November 16, 2022

    overall3food2service4ambience3
    Not sure what changed (chef?) Expensive and not very good Thanks
  27. SM

    SamyM

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    All is perfect just a lot of noise…. Very good meal
  28. SM

    SylM

    Ottawa

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 15, 2022

    overall2food1service2ambience5
    Server was impatient Been to Riviera many times... always considered it the best in town they have removed many good things on the menu. Chicken liver pate, parpadelle pasta and tarragon in too many dished The food is definitely far from being amazing like it used to be Know 4 other people that were there lately and were also very disappointed with the food I will not be recommending Riviera since it is expensive and not worth it anymore
  29. RM

    ReynoldsM

    Ottawa

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wonderful experience. Mushroom Toast, Chicken and Duck was outstanding. Gil's service was extremely professional. Great martini.
  30. MW

    MWould

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This was the perfect venue to bring my girlfriend on her birthday. The drinks were perfect, the oysters were amazing, and the duck & chicken we had were spot on. Our server Jason did an excellent job all throughout the night.
  31. KJ

    KearaJ

    Ottawa

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Incredible experience at Riviera. The server brought us champagne for our anniversary and was so lovely. Food, atmosphere, music was amazing
  32. M

    Mark

    Baltimore

    31 reviews

    5.0

    31 reviews

    Dined on November 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    We enjoyed our dinner at Riviera very much. The hostess was charming and honored a special request we made at booking. SO thoughtful and very appreciated! Our server Jason was fantastic and helped make the night perfect. His thorough knowledge of the menu and the wines helped us make selections and his attention made us feel special, even though I imagine he gives the same level of service to all of his guests. If I had one critique, it would be the music. There is no cohesive mood established by the music. When we were seated, the music was low key and jazzy, which I wish had been maintained throughout the night. At 7p, we were suddenly jarred by the Grease soundtrack which was clearly in a disc changer along with some other questionable music from the 70s and 80s. I hope someone takes this note to heart and uses the music to enhance what is clearly meant to be an elevated dining experience.
  33. L

    Lainie

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The evening was wonderful for our entire party of 4. Service from the front door, throughout our dinner to saying good nite to Marco was outstanding. Our meal was delicious and most enjoyable from our chowder and lettuce wedge appetizers, entrees of cod, lobster spaghetti and steak fritte and delicious desserts that were shared by all. As a birthday celebration, Jordan Gill and Marco made it even more special. Our thanks to all!
  34. H

    Hans

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 9, 2022

    overall1food1service4ambience3
    You want to be a posh bar, but the quality of your food and pricing does not match those ambitions. It's a nice place but not worth what you're paying for.
  35. NH

    NealH

    Montreal

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on November 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Lovely place for a birthday dinner! We hadn't been there since before the pandemic, but if anything, Riviera has gotten better. Food - and drink! - was uniformly excellent and the service was very attentive, knowledgeable and prompt. The room is a very dramatic, high-ceilinged old bank office, and so a bit noisier than some, but that wasn't distracting. Riviera now goes onto our Top Ten list in Ottawa!
  36. K

    Kiki

    Ottawa

    3 reviews

    3.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on November 9, 2022

    overall3food3service4ambience5
    I made a reservation and when my friend showed up they said they didn’t have one (I was already sitting at the table). The portions are huge - the ice berg lettuce shrimp started was good but way too much for me for an appetizer portion-wise. The chicken main dish came with no sides, just some scraps of lettuce (or something that looked like lettuce), which was so tough I couldn’t actually cut it with the steak knife provided. Dark lighting and hard to read the menu especially for drinks. Nice atmosphere though and still had fun!
  37. TE

    ThomasE

    San Francisco

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on November 7, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Had a fantastic dinner at the counter. Really fun to watch the food prep.
  38. SL

    SandraL

    Vancouver

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on November 7, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    The food is really good; we had the oysters (super fresh and nice dressings), the tartare was pretty good but wasn't the best, came with chips (quite salty) and I got the chicken, exquisite; tender, tasty, accompanied with delicious mushrooms, paired with a rosé from Ontario, suggested by the waitress. Service is very nice and the Restaurant is beautiful. From me, the music volume is too high, I wish to be able to have a conversation with my friends. It is an expensive restaurant, but I am eager to try their other dishes and be able to judge their cousins objectively.
  39. KM

    KMottawa

    Toronto

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on November 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Probably our best meal there to date. Chadi was our server and went above and beyond—surprising us with a glass of champagne to celebrate our anniversary, guiding us with our selections, and creating a full experience from drinks to apps to main. Ensuring we were satisfied, and pairing everything so perfectly. Truly can't thank Chadi enough for making us feel so special. We trusted his recommendations and it did not disappoint! The tartare was by far our most favourite. Regret not getting the dessert!
  40. T

    Tjay

    Calgary

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Delicious and fantastic service. Steve behind the bar is an absolute gem! I’ll definitely be back :)

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitising

    • Surfaces sanitised between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitised menu provided
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Sanitiser or wipes provided for customers
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
    • Staff is vaccinated

FAQs

Riviera is rated 4.7 stars by 2098 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 p.m.


Booked 35 times today
Google Map for Riviera

62 Sparks St, Ottawa, ON K1P 5A8

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Cross Street

    Spark Street bewteen Elgin and Metcalfe

  • Neighbourhood

    Ottawa

  • Hours of Operation

    Dinner Mon–Wed 5:00 pm–10:00 pm Thu–Sat 5:00 pm–11:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    Contemporary Canadian

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Dress Code

    Smart Casual

  • Parking Details

    Lot parking available at World Exchange Plaza, NAC & City Hall.

  • Public Transit

    LRT- Parliament Station

  • Payment Options

    AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive Chef

    Jordan Holley

  • Additional

    Beer, BYO Wine, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Wheelchair Access, Wine

  • Phone number

    (613) 233-6262

  • Private party facilities

    For inquiries please contact events@dineriviera.com.

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