Riviera

4.8
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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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HO
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
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 2 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Amazing cocktails and great atmosphere

j
San Diego
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Great location for lunch and the food was fantastic

JJ
Ottawa
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
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 .......................................

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
4 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
2 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
1 review
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.

g
Ottawa
1 review
Dined on January 29, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Excellent service!

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TG
1 review
Dined on January 28, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Excellent food and terrific service. The ambience is an additional bonus.

DL
New England
1 review
Dined on January 26, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The experience we had was second to none and I could not be happier that we chose to have my girlfriend's birthday and our engagement dinner with them

K
1 review
Dined on January 23, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

This is my absolute favourite restaurant in Ottawa. Elegant, professional, excellent service and the food never disappoints.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 21, 2020
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience4

Must visit in Ottawa

OT
Ottawa
1 review
Dined on January 20, 2020
Overall4Food5Service5Ambience5

Plats savoureux, bon vin, service apprécié

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PB
Toronto
15 reviews
Dined on January 18, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

As good as always...glad I don't live closer or I might end up eating there numerous times a week!

OT
Toronto
8 reviews
Dined on January 16, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Had the delicious steak salad. Tender and juicy meat beautifully presented. Great service and outstanding manager Marco who looked after us. Can’t wait for my next meal there!

CM
1 review
Dined on January 15, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Absolutely. What a great restaurant. This was my 2nd time visiting Ottawa and I had to return to Riviera.

KB
1 review
Dined on January 15, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Top Ottawa restaurant. From the service to everything. A+

P
Vancouver
27 reviews
Dined on January 13, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Everything awesome. You must try to seat in the bar to see how professional bartender.

Food awesome and pretty good.

Server pretty nice and care.

Overall excellent. You should try it.

OT
Montreal
11 reviews
Dined on January 10, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Très bon service et bonne cuisine 10/10

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OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on January 10, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great food , ambience and service !

MM
1 review
Dined on January 9, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

I recently celebrated my birthday at Riviera. Chef Jordan and his team prepared an exceptional meal and our server Jill was lovely, attentive and gave impeccable service. The venue is gorgeous and we loved the vintage photo booth that was both fun and provided lasting memories. A big thank you to all the Riviera staff!

NB
1 review
Dined on January 9, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

An absolute must. Delicious meal fantastic service. Beautiful evening night

AL
Ottawa
3 reviews
Dined on January 7, 2020
Overall2Food2Service4Ambience4

Had a romantic supper at the Riviera. On the plus size, the place looks great despite some deer hanging on the wall, service is excellent and they are amazingly fast at filling up the water glass. The choice of spirits is mesmerizing...I didn't even know there were that many types of gin. Excellent wine list as well. Choice of ingredients is very creative, nothing is there by chance.

Now the negative...the prices are very expensive for what you get. Portions are quite small. Meal cost over $300 for 2 and when we got home we placed an order with Uber Eats! Seriously, we were famished. We're not big people and have a normal appetite I thought. I don't mind paying that much for a meal, but I shouldn't walk out of the restaurant hungry is all I'm saying. Very disappointing...may return if looking for a mid-afternoon snack, will avoid if looking for a meal.