Riviera

4.8
1484 reviews
CAN$51 and over
Contemporary Canadian
Welcome to Riviera.

We are currently offering OUTDOOR and INDOOR dining (indoor dining starting from July 16, 2021). For the first time, we have place time restrictions of 2 hours on all of our reservations. This is to accommodate the necessary sanitizing steps before and after each reservation.

We are currently able to seat parties up to a maximum of 6 guests - unfortunately, we do not accept separate reservations for the same party (plus 6 guests) at the moment. We will update this information as restrictions are lifted or modified.

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
What 1484 People Are Saying
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4.8based on recent ratings
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Food
4.8
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4.6
Ambience
4.4
Value
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100% of people would recommend it to a friend
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vipSurefire58
Toronto
7 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Such a unique space with

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MarcH
Montreal
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall4Food5Service5Ambience3

We weren’t seated inside unfortunately. Everything was great except that it was chilly outside and they didn’t put heater on. They were broken apparently. We will return, but inside.

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Thevpoet
Ottawa
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Phenomenal drinks. Outstanding mushroom toast. Connor, our waiter, was both entertaining and really knowledgeable about food, drink, and could speak to the unique architecture and history of the building.

Red Corvette special was wildly boozy, but delicious and the negronis were, molto speciale!

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OpenTable Diner
Ottawa
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Absolutely fantastic all around. Amazing cocktails, amazing service and amazing food. We would have gone twice in one weekend but of course, they are so amazing you need to book well in advance for a reservation. Well worth the $. So happy to have eaten here on our trip!

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Tamtam
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Fav resto in Ottawa! The Riv burger rocks my world but the seafood tower is pretty amazing too! Best Negronis in town😊

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MBeez
Chicago
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Simply awesome. Food was great. Service was excellent.

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ClintonH
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Food and service was excellent! Highly recommend and consider it an Ottawa must.

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ROBERTOG
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Best restaurant in Ottawa. Excellent service and fantastic atmosphere.

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Jiner
Ottawa
1 review
Dined on July 27, 2021
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience5

Beautiful setting. Great food - especially seafood platter.

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Menisha
Toronto
1 review
Dined on July 27, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Riviera is always a wonderful experience. Came back post lockdown for some of our favourites and tried some new things too- all of which were outstanding. Our server Stephanie was amazing - courteous, friendly, and attentive.

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Jliu99
Ottawa
14 reviews
Dined on July 27, 2021
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience4

First time here and will definitely be back! Everything we ordered was great, but the mushrooms on toast (starter) is to die for. Lobster spaghetti was a bit small but the flavours were fantastic. Someone else at the table had the steak frites and said that the steak was a bit overdone for medium rare but was great overall (and a huge portion of fries). For dessert, the vanilla crème brûlée was a delightful surprise.

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Sweetiepie
Toronto
6 reviews
Dined on July 27, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Amazing mushrooms on toast dish! Really enjoyed the meal and will be back again !

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EricL
1 review
Dined on July 27, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

#1 restaurant in Ottawa. We would definitely return again. Fabulous and friendly service, incredible list of non/alcoholic drinks and the food is tasty.

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LesleeG
Atlantic Canada
2 reviews
Dined on July 24, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The food is always great at Riviera, but our server last night was top notch. She completely added to our experience. We also had the sommelier recommend a wine to compliment out meals and it was perfect.

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vipLovetodine
Montreal
11 reviews
Dined on July 24, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Overall a fabulous evening! We enjoyed every aspect of the dinner-delicious meal, excellent wine and outstanding service! So glad to be back inside!

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Traveller23
Ottawa
27 reviews
Dined on July 23, 2021
Overall4Food5Service5Ambience4

Riviera is one of my favourites. Food remains exceptional but portions felt smaller. Connor provided excellent service. Recommended a great wine.

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DIANNAL
Ottawa
4 reviews
Dined on July 22, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The food, service and setting was perfect. We will be back and love this place.

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OpenTable Diner
Toronto
1 review
Dined on July 22, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Staff were super friendly from start to finish. Ruth greeted us and instantly made us feel welcome. We arrived 15 minutes early, so we expected a wait, but the staff still seemed so apologetic and tried their best to get us to our table as soon as possible, they even gave us a free drink while we waited. The food was absolutely amazing, every course, and we will definitely be back again! Thank you everyone at Riviera; line cooks, chefs, servers, bartenders, and hosts for an amazing date night.

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Romeo
Ottawa
1 review
Dined on July 22, 2021
Overall4Food5Service5Ambience2

great food and service however the music is too loud for meal conversations in the cavernous space. The noise drowns out conversations - speaking with the servers it seems that the loud music contributes to the atmosphere however perhaps more for the people working than people sitting at tables trying to understand one another. Whereas Riviera has been my go-to place for celebrations until now, I will have to change next time because our guests also found it difficult to hear and speak comfortably.

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OpenTable Diner
Toronto
3 reviews
Dined on July 22, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

I visited while vacationing in Ottawa. The service was attentive - in a friendly & courteous way. The food and drinks were delicious! It’s true what everyone says about the mushrooms on toast. Definitely will dine there again next time I’m in town.

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CatherineG
Montreal
1 review
Dined on July 21, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Food is amazing, choice of cocktails and drinks is very large and ambiance is great.

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DavidB
1 review
Dined on July 21, 2021
Overall4Food4Service1Ambience4

Surprised by the grumpy service. Didn’t enjoy my food that much either, though others at the table did. Giving them a bit of a pass due to COVID.

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SusanS
1 review
Dined on July 20, 2021
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience5

Great service, great atmosphere. Good food. A bit expansive, but if you can afford it, it's worth it.

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Ccarbonelli
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on July 17, 2021
Overall5Food4Service4Ambience5

Very nice restaurant. Food is delicious. And of course don’t forget the Negroni’s!

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vipEliasVolonakis
Toronto
3 reviews
Dined on July 17, 2021
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience5

We went here for cocktails and appetizers before dinner and it was all excellent! The bar had an incredible selection, they make any classic cocktails you'd like but the ones available are amazing! Their old fashioned was the best I've ever had!!

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ThaiFoodGuy
Ottawa
1 review
Dined on July 17, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Wonderful dinner, amazing servers too! Can’t wait to come back :)

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MikeC
Toronto
1 review
Dined on July 15, 2021
Overall2Food3Service1Ambience1

I’m sorry to say but for a high end establishment, the service from the hostess at the door , the waiter and the manager was snarky. I’m sure the rain , background construction noise , the white lights from the RBC building didn’t help but the experience was out of whack with the high end reputation.

On the plus side the food was excellent for the most part , though the Fogo cod was dry and disappointing. We asked the waiter to pass on our feedback to the chief , but he seemed less than pleased we had an opinion and frankly gave no indication he cared.

It must be hard keeping up a standard of quality during a Covid lockdown. We will return to try things out when inside dining returns and hope for improvement.

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DinaR
1 review
Dined on July 14, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Very hard to find a restaurant that exceeds all expectations with regards to food quality. From the scrumptious burrata where one can’t deny the delicious aroma of an EVOO of superior quality to the flawless lobster spaghetti to the perfectly cooked steak and ending off with of course the classic crème brûlée. Connor our waiter and Marco the host were wonderful..gracious, knowledgeable and contributed to our lovely evening. We cannot wait to return.

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suzanned
Ottawa
3 reviews
Dined on July 13, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Outstanding service and food consistently fabulous!

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JulieB
Montreal
4 reviews
Dined on July 10, 2021
Overall4Food5Service3Ambience3

We had the seafood tower with a side of fries. Huge!! The choice of seafood on it was outstanding and worth the price. Only thing is our waiter seemed to forget about us at some point, plus - because we were a tad slow and eating outside in the warmth - the ice melted and soaked the last pieces of crab/lobster salad on endive so we didn't eat them. A check-in and offer to bring ice in a plate to transfer the remaining items would have been great.

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vipSammy
Toronto
43 reviews
Dined on July 10, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience3

Excellent food and service. Basic patio with no atmosphere. Tables seemed a little too close together. Need more flowers or plants to make the setting in line with the beautiful dishes. Delicious food.

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KentS
Ottawa
4 reviews
Dined on July 10, 2021
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience3

Limited food options.

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Amanda
1 review
Dined on July 9, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Another amazing dining experience at Riviera--we love this place!

Our server was fantastic & had a great, calm but attentive demeanor. Food was outstanding, as always.

Get the oysters & the chicken liver to start, you won't be disappointed, and the lobster pasta--the first time we tried--we sooo good, WOW.

Cocktails are always a yes at Riviera, don't waste your time with the wine list (although extensive & fantastic), because the cocktails are where it's at!

If you're sitting outside, I will say that our night was cooler than usual so pack a sweater. They have a covered patio and a half tent, which is great, but the wind still comes through :)

This is the PERFECT spot for a special occasion, date night or girls night out.

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OpenTable Diner
Ottawa
2 reviews
Dined on July 9, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

10/10
As always

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SGOTT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on July 9, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Went out for a girls night and had a wonderful time. The food was great and service was exceptional, our server made some great recommendations.

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AdamL
1 review
Dined on July 8, 2021
Overall3Food5Service4Ambience4

Food and service was exceptional. Food was a little cold understandable seeing how we were outside and it was very cold night. Hostess ensured my girlfriend would be getting a birthday dessert but went home and didn’t relay the message to the server.

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MarkM
1 review
Dined on July 8, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The service and food took away the cold and rain, always a great time.

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OpenTable Diner
Calgary
2 reviews
Dined on July 7, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

It was my friend’s birthday and everything was beyond wonderful!!! We are still talking about the food lovingly the next day 😋

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alexandraw
Ottawa
2 reviews
Dined on July 7, 2021
Overall4Food5Service5Ambience4

The service, cocktails and food was amazing as always!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on July 6, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Whole experience was top shelf, will be back asap. staff were wonderful.

FAQs

Riviera offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (613) 233-6262.

Riviera is rated 4.8 stars by 1484 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.