We are currently offering INDOOR dining only. For the first time, we have placed time restrictions of 2 hours on all of our reservations. This is to accommodate the necessary sanitizing steps before and after each reservation.
To dine in (starting from September 22, 2021), all guests must show their proof of COVID-19 Vaccine (double shot - has to be done 2-weeks before their visit) and a valid ID with DOB upon their arrival. Guests who cannot provide the evidence will be asked to reschedule for a time when they meet the provincial requirements.
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
- Staff is vaccinated
- Proof of vaccination required to dine indoors
Amazing. Food, ambiance, drinks and service were great. It appears I screwed up the date of my reservation and they accommodated me with kindness and grace, without pointing out I was an idiot! Will definitely be back!!
Remains one of the best restaurants in the city. As always, food was great and service was excellent.
That was an absolutely lovely meal all around. Great cocktails and superior service
Best restaurant I have ever been to! Amazing!!!!!!!
Thanks for a nice night out. Very professional.
Best interior decor in town too .
Beautiful atmosphere with delicious food and drinks, a good splurge date night
Everything was just perfect! Didn’t catch our server’s name but we sat at the bar and he took amazing care of us. Marco was very engaging and took interest in chatting about our recent relocation to Ottawa. This restaurant is top notch and we look forward to many more visits in the future.
The 2 bartenders/servers were so great!! We had such a fun night. As always food was amazing. Overall great vibe!
Delicious cocktails and very good food. Portions are very generous!
2nd night out to Riviera. Neat location & impeccable service and hospitality from start to finish. Fantastic oysters, truly, and wines were good. Menu otherwise so so. Volume of the music — which was otherwise a fine mix — made it impossible to have a conversation with my wife. Price was double that of Play. I’d recommend they keep working on their formula. That said, there’s no shortage of clients and tables are full, so I guess it works for them, though I’ll have to think twice next time about the rapport qualité-prix. Probably a hit for a first date though for intimacy on the second I’d head somewhere with a vibe less loud.
Best restaurant in Ottawa hands down. Incredible service
Excellent food -mushrooms on toast fabulous -- cocktails superb. We'll be going back soon.
The space the Riviera chose (an old bank) is spectacular, with 50 or 60 foot ceilings, lovely carved ceilings and beautiful lighting.
The greeting and service through the evening was top notch, friendly and just the right amount of being available without being overbearing.
The food was good, but not quite at the level I expected. I love al dente pasta, but felt the pasta in the Lobster dish was a touch underdone, and the lobster itself a touch overdone, and for $41 the portion was a bit on the small side. My partner had the Ravioli and was very happy with the dish.
The wine list had a nice selection of reasonably priced wines.
The room was lovely and energetic, but not so conducive to discussion. I love energy in a restaurant, but there was times it was hard to hear my dining partner talk.
A nice evening made special by the surroundings and derives, and not so much the food unfortunately. Was good, just not at the level of great in my opinion.
Exceptional attentive service, delicious food and nicely balanced cocktails (loved The Big Easy). The tuna crudo and Cornish hen are mouthwateringly good. As a solo diner, they made my experience very special. Would definitely make a return visit next time I’m in Ottawa.
Had a great birthday dinner with family. Everyone enjoyed their food and the service was exceptional.
Encore une soirée parfaite! J’adore le Riviera! Le service est impeccable! Merci à Antoine d’avoir rendu cette soirée encore plus sympathique! La bouffe est succulente! L’ambiance juste parfaite! Déjà hâte d’y retourner!
Riviera is my favourite restaurant in Ottawa - they never disappoint! We went there to celebrate our fifth anniversary and they made it very special for us. The cocktails are fabulous, the food is scrumptious and the service is excellent! I would highly recommend to anyone celebrating a special occasion or for cocktails.
It was a beautiful place for a date!
Riviera is the best restaurant in Ottawa. The service is perfect and the food is amazing.
This was a brilliant evening. We enjoyed everything we ordered and got very helpful attention from both the server and the sommelier/manager. Stephen Flood's cocktails were reliably delicious. And the playlist! One iconic song after another. It was heaven.
Antoine is the best bartender I’ve ever had the pleasure of witnessing. The host working the night of the 17th of November was non the less an outstanding individual, and our server gave us a fantastic experience for not me and my girlfriend! I love the Riviera and will always recommend it to anyone I know
Very negative experience especially about the wine prices and the bad behavior of the men bartenders.
Fantastic experience as always! Staff always go above and beyond any expectations and every single dish was beautifully composed and exquisitely balanced! Highly recommended to anyone and everyone looking for a beautiful meal.
The ambiance is stunning at this old bank turned restaurant. It's like nothing else in Ottawa, in my opinion. The staff are friendly, efficient and knowledgeable. Always 5 star service! The food is high end classics. Always delicious.
Amazing service and staff from Riviera - we had run late for our reservation and the staff was very accommodating! Food and drinks were a delight - would highly recommend when in Ottawa!
Daiquiris were weak and tiny. Food is good not great. Overpriced wine and cocktails compared to other locals. Out of lobster by 9:00 on a Saturday. Asked for a Ceasar and was told this is more of a gin based bar. Wanted seafood tower but without lobster backed out to a Cornish hen. Very good. Gnudi was just ok. High point was the dessert. Awesome pudding Chomeur! If you dine out a lot then go. If this is the Big Night out then maybe not.
Best meal I’ve had out in 20 months. Great atmosphere and knowledgeable staff. Excellent food. Will be back for sure.
After eating the main course we were still hungry and had to order more food.
We always love coming to Riviera! The food is always outstanding and with so many choices, you can’t help but order as much as you can eat. It is truly an experience. Wholeheartedly recommend and will be back soon!
Tuna crudo, oysters, burrata and beef tartar were out of this world! Give the Orange Wine a try!
Wonderful food and ambiance. 20/10 would recommend.
From the moment we were greeted at the entrance to receiving our drinks and raw appetizers, our experience was absolutely fantastic! Riviera has put tremendous efforts in thinking through every little detail and making you feel as if you are part of this exclusive club. Well done! And thank you.
Everything is really good. Dish portion is little small. But it doesn’t matter because they are so delicious!
The best restaurant in Ottawa. Only issue is parking.
The music was this loud techno music that was very inappropriate for the crowd. I was there two night earlier the music was cool and appropriate for the type of crowd and it created a totally different dining experience. I would not stay and have a meal there again if there was techno music playing. People who are having a meal and drinks at Riviera are not interested in techno music playing so loudly. We would have stayed for dessert and another drink but the music was unpleasant. Bring back pink floyd and Led Zeplin.
General Manager Can Taspinar made our Riviera experience so special! We had 3 guests joining us from Montreal, and he created a special table off to the side of the entrance and in front of the bar, just for us despite being sold out that evening. We felt extremely lucky and appreciated the gesture. The vesper was excellent, as was the mushrooms on toast. Exceptional service, thank you again!
Best of Ottawa, best negroni, best seafood, best staff
Maybe great for others, but not our thing! Service was unreal tho.
Fantastic experience sitting at the bar, chatting with bartenders, enjoying their cocktails. Food and experience is top notch!
Riviera is rated 4.8 stars by 1638 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.