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Riviera, Ottawa, ON

Riviera

4.7
4.7
2009 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 42 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 2,009 people are saying

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

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  1. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Atlantic Canada

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall4food3service4ambience5
    The venue is really nice, great ambiance but the food wasn’t anything to write home about. Definitely not worth the price. Service was great staff also great.
  2. JL

    JohnL

    New York Area

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing drinks from expert bartenders. Wonderful service. Food is great but menu needs a refresh. Quite loud; but definitely buzzy and still the place to be.
  3. CC

    ChristinaC

    Edmonton

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Riviera is always a great time; great food, great drinks, great service.
  4. FM

    FrancescoM

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food was fantastic and the cocktails were great as well. One of the best dinners i have ever had
  5. CC

    CherylC

    Dallas

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Had a wonderful dinner, the food was amazing and the cocktails were next level. The place was packed for a Tuesday night, so definitely make reservations. Looking forward to going back in the very near future.
  6. s

    shli

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    What a wonderful experience from start to finish ! Excellent experience with staff - very knowledgeable about the food and the bar menu. Service was attentive and friendly. Food was amazing, as where the drinks. Do make a reservation - they have great booths... make sure to mention it when you reserve. Ambiance was perfect. Great for catching up with foodie friends or a special occasion. Also great for accessibility ! Highly recommend !
  7. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Ottawa

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We were a party of six for my birthday and everything was beyond perfection. Our server (who I regret not getting his name) was so knowledgeable and provided such wonderful service. Every dish was presented beautifully and tasted even better. I had the beef tartare for an appetizer and actually ordered it again along side my main dish because it was so delicious. I have such great memories for my 26th birthday thanks to the Riviera staff!
  8. OT

    OndineT

    Toronto

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Absolutely outstanding !! 100% would go back next time in Ottawa !!
  9. CA

    ClaudeAnne

    Ottawa

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Tellement mon resto préféré ! Tout était sur la coche : Service, bouffe, accueil, musique. !! Je vais revenir encore et encore !
  10. NG

    NGAM

    Ottawa

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Our server Jason was amazing. His recommendations and service made celebrating wedding anniversary such a memorable experience.
  11. JR

    JaneR

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    I liked spending time in Riviera. I am in love with the design and atmosphere though some of the prices are too high in my understanding.
  12. C

    Chris

    Toronto

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Sitting at the bar is a great experience. Bartenders are impressive and provide wonderful service.
  13. AS

    AmandaS

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall3food3service4ambience3
    Service was good the noise was loud. Asked for Cointreau and was given grand mariner and waitress argued with me when I told her and that is what was changed to my bill. Would not go back.
  14. LC

    LillianC

    Ottawa

    17 reviews

    5.0

    17 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Our meal was wonderful! Standouts were the duck, the iceberg salad, the mushroom toast, the lobster pasta and the pavlova! An excellent meal with fantastic service. Would come back any time. Thanks to all of the staff for a lovely evening!!
  15. C

    Champagnelover

    Toronto

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on September 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    As usual Riviera continues to be Ottawa’s best resto. Cocktails, wine list, food, service are of the highest quality and outstanding. The team all work together to deliver a fabulous experience for diners.
  16. JM

    JamieM

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    High end but wonderful. Food was excellent and service too notch
  17. GK

    GauravK

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 21, 2022

    overall3food3service4ambience5
    Nice ambience. We went for dinner. Live bar and food was good.
  18. ND

    NataliaD

    Ottawa

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food was delicious and the service was incredible. The experience was wonderful!
  19. M

    Melissa

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 20, 2022

    overall4food5service3ambience5
    It was our first time dining at Riviera and overall it exceeded our expectations. Every dish we ordered was outstanding. The atmosphere, music and vibe was fun and energetic, we loved it. I’d highly recommend the tuna and white fish caviar from the raw menu, the carrot salad from the starters and the steak (probably the best tasting and perfectly cooked steak I’ve ever had in Ottawa) Cocktails and wine list are top shelf. The hostess was charming and friendly. The reason for 4 stars and not 5… service. Our waiter was okay, he was aloof and really wasn’t very friendly or helpful until we received our bill. Wish I could have only docked .5 stars because the food, hostess and atmosphere more than made up for the basic service.
  20. DM

    DebbieM

    Toronto

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on September 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Lovely experience from beginning until the end. The service and food were both top notch. If you are looking for intimate this might not be the place however there is great energy.
  21. CN

    CNN12

    Montreal

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wonderful welcome from the host as soon we stepped in the restaurants and the service from our waiter couldnt be better, was really friendly and made us felt at home and had nice recommandations. The food was incredible and we were more than stuff with the portions. We’ll be back for sure
  22. FR

    FrancineR

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food is perfection. Staff is friendly and attentive.
  23. ON

    OutforaNight

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 17, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    The dinner was great, but the dessert disappointed a little.
  24. L

    Laura

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 17, 2022

    overall1food2service1ambience4
    The bartender basically shoved us out the door as soon as we ordered our appetizers. Made us feel like we had no time . It ruined our experience all together. The food came out cold and we were made to feel as if it was our fault. Server didn’t care. We would never return. We eat out twice a week, never had a worse place to eat.

    RivieraResponded on September 20, 2022Hi Laura, I'm really sorry to hear about your experience. Thank you for bringing it to our attention. Your review is helpful in improving the Riviera experience. If you'd allow us to rectify, we would appreciate the opportunity to do so. Please reach out to me directly at (613) 233-6262 for further follow up. Best regards, Justin & The Riviera Team

  25. L

    Laura

    Orlando

    3 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on September 16, 2022

    overall3food3service5ambience5
    Great restaurant but would be great to see additional vegan/vegetarian options on the menu. Currently not much to choose from.
  26. AR

    AndreaR

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food and service were amazing. I highly recommend this restaurant for a special occasion
  27. RL

    RosemaryL

    Ottawa

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 16, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Love that the restaurant is in an old bank building and that the owners have utilized the huge space and awesomeness of the room in their minimalist decor and at the same time have decorations that are large like the space (the huge flower arrangements, for example. Can't wait to see what they do near Christmas! The service from the door greater, to the seater, to the waiter, to the servers, was top notch. I like the casual but similar uniforms. Unlike many places, the staff are obviously well-trained and seem to exude a pride in their place of work. Now the food! You think an iceberg lettuce would be boring? It was anything but! and the tartare was amazing. Our mains were the lobster with home-made pasta (this melted in my mouth) and the roasted duck breast that went really well with the unusual sauce it cam with. We had wine pairing with our 4 dishes and we loved experiencing some really new and different flavours of wine. A great place to experience and celebrate our anniversary!
  28. MV

    MartinV

    Ottawa

    4 reviews

    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on September 15, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    Excellent, Kind and Friendly Service! Great wine pairing and cocktail suggestions.
  29. R

    Rusty

    New York Area

    19 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    19 reviews

    Dined on September 13, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience4
    Noise spoiled experience
  30. J

    Joanzie

    New Orleans

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on September 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    10/10 the food, drinks and service is always amazing. This is my go to spot when I want to have a beautiful dining experience in the city.
  31. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Orlando

    2 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on September 13, 2022

    overall3food5service2ambience1
    Great food. Way too loud if you want something romantic. Amazing food and drinks. Service was slow but polite.
  32. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 12, 2022

    overall3food4service1ambience4
    I came with my grandma a few days ago to treat her to a nice meal. The food was fine but the service was questionable. From the beginning the server was quite blunt and not very polite. Later he literally shoved my grandma’s chair to get by rather than saying excuse me which she really didn’t appreciate. Then magically when we ordered dessert he started being nice. Very bizarre service for a fine dining restaurant.
  33. KM

    KarleeM

    Toronto

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    great food, great atmosphere, great music, friendly staff, everything we had hoped! I had the tomato salad which was excellent and the famous lobster pasta. My husband had oysters, carbonara (the best he has ever had), and the burger (also the best he has ever had). My brother had the oysters and the steak frites which he devoured. They were also very accommodating to make me interesting and delicious mocktails since I am pregnant. We will definitely be back!
  34. T

    Thefinebalance

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 10, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Riviera never disappoints - the food is incredible and their cocktails too. The tuna crudo to die for.
  35. JC

    JonC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 10, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    We had a wonderful meal at Riviera. We came for our 20th Wedding anniversary dinner and it was absolutely lovely.
  36. JD

    JulieD

    San Diego

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on September 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Tres belle soirée. La nourriture était excellente et le service très amical. Super endroit pour passer une soirée animée
  37. K

    Karch18

    Montreal

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on September 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food awesome as usual
  38. HC

    HasanC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Always amazing! Great staff, great food, and wonderful atmosphere.
  39. C

    Cedric

    Toronto

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on September 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fantastic location with an elaborate drink menu. Food is fantastic and the bilingual service was top notch. It is a bit pricy, but nothing feels wrong about this place.
  40. AM

    AndrewMc

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This was our second time going to Riviera, and it didn't disappoint. The food is always amazing, the presentation and taste. The staff are always extremely knowledgeable on the menus, and offer recommendations for food and wine pairings. The atmosphere inside is always very inviting. We enjoy being seated at the bar, allowing us to watch the staff who are busy making drinks, or talking to the guests. We will be coming back again soon.

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 2009 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 42 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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