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Riviera, Ottawa, ON

Riviera

4.7
4.7
2694 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 20% gratuity.

Please note, reservations made for outdoors are guaranteed for outdoor seating only. We may not be able to move you inside in the event of bad weather.

We look forward to hosting you! Please feel free to call us with any questions!

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2 people

7:00 p.m.


Booked 44 times today

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Price
    CAN$51 and over
  • Cuisines
    Contemporary Canadian
  • Hours of Operation
    Dinner Mon–Wed, Sun 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, Gluten-free Options, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Wheelchair Access, Wine

What 2,694 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.7
4.7 based on recent ratings
  • 4.6Food
  • 4.7Service
  • 4.8Ambience
  • 4.2Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Ottawa

    Best Ambience

  • Ottawa

    Good for business meals

  • Ottawa

    Good for business meals

  • Ottawa

    Great for creative cocktails

  • Ottawa

    Contemporary Canadian

  • Ottawa

    Most Booked

  • Ottawa

    Best Ambience

  • Ottawa

    Good for business meals

  • Ottawa

    Good for business meals

  • Ottawa

    Great for creative cocktails

  • Ottawa

    Contemporary Canadian

  • Ottawa

    Most Booked

2,694 Reviews
  1. TinaJ

    Ottawa

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 2 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    It was our first time out in months after having a baby and was the perfect choice. The food was outstanding with the cod being the best of all that we tried. It was a terrific venue for a great date night.

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  2. MichaelD

    Montreal

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 2 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great food and ambiance. Service from Chadi and his team was spectacular.

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  3. Lulu

    Montreal

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    Lovely ambiance although a little noisy. The food was good but the prices were unreasonably high.

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  4. JoanneL

    Montreal

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We were impressed to have been greeted in French. The service was perfect and attentional. The entrees were super and the main courses also. The only comment is that my cod plate could have been warmer, it was lukewarm. Thank you.

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  5. CathyB

    Atlantic Canada

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Amazing start to finish. Unbelievable drink menu. Can’t stop think about the parsnip, never had anything like that!

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  6. brianw

    Ottawa

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Did not disappointed. Work dinner. Make me look good.

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  7. RemRay

    Ottawa

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    One of the best in Ottawa. Minimum character limit now achieved.

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  8. DennisB

    Ottawa

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 17, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great food! Great service! Great ambiance! Great location! We’ll be back!!

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  9. Alexm

    Ottawa

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 17, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Service and atmosphere on point! Food was yummy but wouldn’t say it was worth the price. Very much enjoyed either way!! Great date night

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  10. Ghad

    Ottawa

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 17, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 5
    Wonderful experience.. thank you.. can’t wait to go again

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  11. JonathanB

    Ottawa

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 16, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Our server was Chadi. Amazing service, everything you would want from your server. All his recommendations were excellent. The Maitre D was a delight too talk to. Very pleasant. I recommend seating at the bar in front of Justin and let yourself be entertained by his expertise and skills revolving the world mixology. We will be back.

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  12. D27C

    Toronto

    26 reviews

    5.0

    26 reviews

    Dined on February 16, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We had an outstanding time. Service was top-notch and food incredibly delicious. We look forward to visiting again soon! Thank you!

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  13. KBala

    Ottawa

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on February 15, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    We enjoyed the dining and we'll dine again in future

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  14. Anto

    Calgary

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 14, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The staff, service and food exceeded all of our expectations!

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  15. StephenM

    Ottawa

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 13, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great place def would recommend to anyone who would ask

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  16. Gord

    Ottawa

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 12, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Very nice place. The food was disappointing and reflected my poor evaluation overall. Also surprised a restaurant of this quality wasn’t more accommodating to Gluten free options.

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  17. mLbrian

    Ottawa

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on February 12, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Amazing food! Best place in Ottawa for a special evening.

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  18. Key123

    Ottawa

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 11, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    This restaurant is one of Ottawa’s best! Outstanding food, service beverages and ambiance. Truly a priceless experience, I cannot wait to go back.

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  19. CindyP

    Toronto

    2 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 10, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Service excellent. Menu very limited and ran out of the one special early. No meatless or seafood less options. 6oz steak and fries $65! A wedge of lettuce $28!

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  20. SuzanneP

    Ottawa

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on February 9, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Food was amazing, service was and is always on point, knowledgeable employees which were always very friendly and helpful and prices are worth the overall experience! Highly recommend

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  21. OpenTable Diner

    Toronto

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 9, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Server was amazing! Just the right amount of attention and never felt rushed. Grilled octopus and peppercorn tuna steak were awesome!

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  22. PB47

    Ottawa

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 9, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The steak was perfectly cook and delicious. Unfortunately the fries were too salty. Our waiter was sympathic and very knowledgeable on the menu an wines. The unic room is grandiose and the high ceiling help to maintained the surrounding sounds to an acceptable level.

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  23. MadMax

    Phoenix

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 9, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Food preparation and taste is very well done and and superb; our party of six had several plates of the fresh oysters, mushroom toast, french onion soup, and pasta with duck. Fresh bread was served as well which was amazing. The bar and wine menu is outstanding, with above average selection. The wine is excellent quality with a variety and selection to choose from which is probably unmatched in Ottawa. Noise level rises and it becomes a bit difficult to hear others at the table when the restaurant becomes full, if you are hard of hearing at all. The overall experience for our party of six was excellent - a perfect restaurant for special celebrations, or for a romantic dinner for two. We'll return.

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  24. fogbound

    Western NC

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on February 8, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Riviera delivers a wonderful dining experience. The food (steak& fries) is nicely presented and very tasty, the service is attentive, and the cocktail drink was delicious and with exceptional presentation.

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  25. TomS

    Ottawa

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 7, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    Beautiful restaurant, great ambiance but a little bit loud. food came in a decent timeframe drinks as well. Would recommend for a special occasion, food was very good!

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  26. DjGoldfinger

    Ottawa

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 7, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    I'm discerning when it comes to ambiance. music selection, volume, noise in the room, lighting as well as food quality and service. All of these criteria were met with flying colors. My new favorite place in the WA.

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  27. Charles

    Las Vegas

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on February 6, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great place, good food, excellent service, a little pricey.

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  28. OpenTable Diner

    New York City

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on February 6, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Stellar service, ambiance, and impeccable food every time. In a cold winter city like Ottawa, the complimentary coat check is such a lovely touch. Bar seats are always a blast!

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  29. TomS

    Ottawa

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 3, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Food well prepared but not our style. Pricey for quality. Great attentive service.

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  30. HeatherN

    Ottawa

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 3, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Thank you for making our anniversary memorable! The tour of the private room in the bank vault was particularly unforgettable. Thanks again.

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  31. saphireinto

    Toronto

    34 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    34 reviews

    Dined on February 3, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 3
    I chose Riviera based on a recommendation from local friend (and reserved a month in advance), and was very much looking forward to the dinner and experience. We were in Ottawa celebrating a very special occassion ... which was highlighted on our OT reservation. Our table was not the best, being lined up against the wall. The service was ok. We ordered the seafood tower which was good. The apps were just ok ... beef tartar was underwhelming, usually one of my favourite dishes ... I didn't finish it. The other app we ordered was the wedge salad, which was also very average. The steak we ordered for our main was quite good. Drinks were fun, but on the pricey side. Very disappointed to have not had our special occassion (50th Birthday on the day of) acknowledged at all. We even skipped dessert. I would not go back or recommend, sorry.

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  32. KaySo

    Ottawa

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on February 2, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We had such a great time ! It's nice to see that some places haven't lost the touch in their excellent service.

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  33. GuyP

    Toronto

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on February 1, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    One of my favourites. They make my guests and I feel valued.

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  34. LouisB

    Montreal

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on February 1, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The service and the food were terrific! I will go back!

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  35. OpenTable Diner

    Toronto

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 1, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The host was very gracious and accommodated a bigger party than we had reserved for. Our server was also very patient with our wine selection and accommodated our requests with grace. Thank you!!

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  36. OpenTable Diner

    Montreal

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 31, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great food and service. Small tables but cozy atmosphere. Would recommend.

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  37. Bobby

    Montreal

    20 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    20 reviews

    Dined on January 29, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Amazing, the mixologist made wonderful drinks. Food fantastic ambience wonderful one negative is hard to find parking.

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  38. yowdiner

    Ottawa

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 29, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 5
    I've visited Riv over 12 times since it opened, always had a beautiful experience. This reservation had highs and lows and inconsistencies Ive never experienced before. For example.. - Steak: Wow! I was so sad. A regular order for us. We ordered med-rare. Was definitely medium in the middle, closer to med-well on the sides. Not the correct cook or an even cook. I was having a convo earlier in the day about 'not ordering steak when you're not at a steakhouse' and this sort of proved that point, however.. has never happened before and normally it's fantastic. - Burrata Dish: Foccacia that goes w/ the dish was definitely not fresh, very crumbly, almost that 'gluten free' texture (not flavour) — made me think bread is probably not baked on Sundays? Burrata dish definitely missing some acidity as well. In the summer time there are tomatoes (seasonal), which is nicer. Wouldn't order this dish in the off season. - Service: A bit of a miss this time. We were served one drink each which we enjoyed over oysters while making decisions on mains, and not a single follow up for another drink or wine with dinner, etc. We also waited at least 15 min after dessert menu was dropped off to put in our order, and then another 15-20 min to receive the bill at our table (which we actually had to prompt for/request from someone who was not our server) — everyone was super friendly, but the level of attention to detail was way lower than what Ive experienced in the past. For context, it was not a busy night. Overall, I would still go back based on my previous experiences but probably not based on this one alone.

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  39. KatherineO

    New York City

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 29, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Our overall experience was enjoyable. The first server to our table was a little cool. However the support staff was lovely and the server we ended up with was extremely helpful whenever we had a question regarding the menu. The cocktails here are next level, amazing ! The food presentation is excellent. The octopus appetizer had a lot of flavour, octopus could have been a bit more tender, the wedge salad could have had a bit more flavour and the bacon literally turned to dust in your mouth, was overcooked, Ricotta nudi and the Fogo Island Cod bouillabaisse were presented beautifully and cooked to perfection but again could have had a bit more flavour.

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  40. Enrik

    Toronto

    6 reviews

    4.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on January 28, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 3
    Smaller portions Perplexingly not busy for a Saturday evening Snotty attitude from server when asked about the lack of service

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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 2694 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 44 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, Sun 5:00 pm–10:00 pm Thu–Sat 5:00 pm–11:00 pm
  • Price
    CAN$51 and over
  • 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, Gluten-free Options, 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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