Riviera

4.8
1638 reviews
CAN$51 and over
Contemporary Canadian
Welcome to Riviera.

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.

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitising
  • Surfaces sanitised between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitised menu provided
  • Sanitiser or wipes provided for customers
Physical distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
  • Staff temperature check required
  • Contact tracing information collected
  • Staff is vaccinated
  • Proof of vaccination required to dine indoors
What 1638 People Are Saying
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4.8based on recent ratings
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Food
4.8
Service
4.7
Ambience
4.4
Value
Noise · Moderate
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MDWAL
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

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!!

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GuillaumeP
Toronto
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Remains one of the best restaurants in the city. As always, food was great and service was excellent.

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MartinA
Ottawa
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

That was an absolutely lovely meal all around. Great cocktails and superior service

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MarieEveD
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Best restaurant I have ever been to! Amazing!!!!!!!

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Judithd
Ottawa
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Thanks for a nice night out. Very professional.
Best interior decor in town too .

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Beautiful atmosphere with delicious food and drinks, a good splurge date night

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vipTrevorS
Atlantic Canada
6 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

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.

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OpenTable Diner
Las Vegas
2 reviews
Dined on November 27, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The 2 bartenders/servers were so great!! We had such a fun night. As always food was amazing. Overall great vibe!

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Kayes
London
5 reviews
Dined on November 25, 2021
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience4

Delicious cocktails and very good food. Portions are very generous!

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Dger
1 review
Dined on November 25, 2021
Overall3Food3Service5Ambience3

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.

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Kazzy
1 review
Dined on November 25, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Best restaurant in Ottawa hands down. Incredible service

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Peggy
1 review
Dined on November 24, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Excellent food -mushrooms on toast fabulous -- cocktails superb. We'll be going back soon.

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Tunes
Montreal
12 reviews
Dined on November 24, 2021
Overall4Food3Service5Ambience3

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.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 23, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

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.

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AndreaP
Toronto
1 review
Dined on November 23, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Had a great birthday dinner with family. Everyone enjoyed their food and the service was exceptional.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Ottawa
11 reviews
Dined on November 20, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

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!

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Natasha
Ottawa
3 reviews
Dined on November 20, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

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.

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ryanm
Toronto
1 review
Dined on November 20, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

It was a beautiful place for a date!

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RyanM
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 19, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Riviera is the best restaurant in Ottawa. The service is perfect and the food is amazing.

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gomersmom
Toronto
4 reviews
Dined on November 18, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

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.

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EvanS
1 review
Dined on November 17, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

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

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NordeeG
Ottawa
1 review
Dined on November 16, 2021
Overall1Food1Service1Ambience1

Very negative experience especially about the wine prices and the bad behavior of the men bartenders.

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SorrelB
Toronto
1 review
Dined on November 16, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

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.

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Mary84
Toronto
1 review
Dined on November 16, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

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.

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OpenTable Diner
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on November 13, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

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!

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Robbie
Toronto
4 reviews
Dined on November 13, 2021
Overall3Food4Service4Ambience4

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.

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AndrewD
1 review
Dined on November 13, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Best meal I’ve had out in 20 months. Great atmosphere and knowledgeable staff. Excellent food. Will be back for sure.

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Ghost
Ottawa
1 review
Dined on November 12, 2021
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience5

After eating the main course we were still hungry and had to order more food.

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LauraM
1 review
Dined on November 11, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

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!

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KourtneyB
1 review
Dined on November 10, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Tuna crudo, oysters, burrata and beef tartar were out of this world! Give the Orange Wine a try!

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CleriaF
Vancouver
2 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Wonderful food and ambiance. 20/10 would recommend.

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CanadaKev
Toronto
1 review
Dined on November 10, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great place!

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JjustineD
Montreal
1 review
Dined on November 10, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

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.

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OpenTable Diner
Montreal
2 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Everything is really good. Dish portion is little small. But it doesn’t matter because they are so delicious!

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ROBERTOG
Chicago
1 review
Dined on November 9, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The best restaurant in Ottawa. Only issue is parking.

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Iggy
1 review
Dined on November 6, 2021
Overall3Food4Service4Ambience2

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.

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Kinnorey
Ottawa
1 review
Dined on November 6, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

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!

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MathieuV
Montreal
2 reviews
Dined on November 5, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Best of Ottawa, best negroni, best seafood, best staff

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HappyHippie
Montreal
1 review
Dined on November 5, 2021
Overall3Food3Service5Ambience3

Maybe great for others, but not our thing! Service was unreal tho.

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MattL
1 review
Dined on November 5, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Fantastic experience sitting at the bar, chatting with bartenders, enjoying their cocktails. Food and experience is top notch!

FAQs

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.