La Rivista
La Rivista

La Rivista

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.larivistanyc.com/
  • Phone: (212) 245-1707
  • Hours of Operation:
    Lunch: Monday - Saturday 12:00pm-4:00pm; Dinner Monday - Saturday 4:00pm-12:00am
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Carte Blanche,Diners Club,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Italian
  • Dress Code: Business Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Beer, Entertainment, Full Bar, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Wine
  • Entertainment: Nightly piano music from 8pm till midnight

Getting there

  • Cross Street: between eight and nith ave.
  • Public Transit: ace to port authority
  • Parking: Street Parking
  • Parking Details: $20 for any four hours, coupons available at the restaurant. Parking lot address 330 west 44th street. (between 8th and 9th avenues)
A word from La Rivista
"La Rivista" - what does it mean? in English it means review, or "the revue" as in a Broadway review. Different actors, singers, dancers, musicians, comedians. Hey it make sense La Rivista" located on Broadway’s famous restaurant row- we specialize in a review too. A revue of the finest dishes of the various regions of Italy. the pastas of Sicily and Naples, the lamb dishes of Abruzzi, risotto from Milan, and so on. Ladies and gentlemen for your dining pleasure we offer you the finest in Italian cuisine "with the flavor of Bologna" - a revue of the most popular dishes of the regions of Italy. Luciano and James Marchignoli.
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La Rivista reviews from OpenTable diners
63 reviews since July 29, 2014
Overall Rating4
  • Food4
    Service4.2
  • Ambiance3.9
    Noise LevelModerate
82% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
neighborhood gem (27)special occasion (16)romantic (14)fit for foodies (13)great for lunch (10)good for groups (6)late-night find (6)kid-friendly (4)notable wine list (4)great for brunch (2)great for outdoor dining (1)hot spot (1)Show More
  • Adequate, but nothing special
    John
    Dined on 11/22/2014
    Made reservations for four, selected la Rivista based on the menu and location. It is conveniently close to many Broadway theatres. Small but quant dining room which featured both a bar and a piano. The staff sat us efficiently and were rather regimented, one brought us fresh cheese, another water, and a third bread. The shortcoming was the food. We ordered appetizers of house cured bacon and fried calamari to share. Both were fine, but nothing special. For entrées my wide had the goat cheese ravioli, my son the bolognaise lasagna, his date had a Caesar salad, while I had a steak. Afterward we all agreed, the food was cooked fine but was not inspired. My steak was cooked well, but with it I’d ordered mushrooms which arrived late (the mushrooms were the best season thing served); Presented on the plate were steamed carrots and broccoli which was rather pedestrian but the vegetables had no seasoning. Kind of epitomized the meal. Sorry to say it, but the food was on par with an Apllebees or a TGI Fridays. Being in a neighborhood with scores of great restaurants, we’d hoped for more. If invited back to la Rivista to meet friends or for an occasion we'd go, but for our next dinner and show outing we’ll try any of a dozen other inviting options all on the same block.
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  • would not recommend...
    Swk5VIP
    Dined on 11/21/2014
    price fix was reasonable and a number of choices. My food was ok (though not great), but husband's was oily and he couldn't even eat it. He ended up with stomach issues that whole night...didn't enjoy dessert either... would not recommend...
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  • True Italian
    Travelinman
    Dined on 11/21/2014
    Very quaint neighborhood restaurant. Romantic and quiet with true Italian ambiance and food. Great menu selections
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    kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, romantic
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good for pre-theater eating
    sireatsalot
    Dined on 11/15/2014
    On a Saturday for lunch the restaurant was nearly empty - only 3 tables occupied. So why did we feel rushed by the staff ? I would have preferred a little more leisurely pace. The food was pretty basic - nothing fancy- but good. Prices were very reasonable. All in all it was pleasant and I would return.
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    great for lunch
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A gem on Restaurant Row, NYC
    USAFoodie
    Dined on 11/8/2014
    We came to La Rivista after seeing a show and wer so pleased with the great ambiance, the service was amazing and even better was the piano player and locals there sitting, singing along with the piano. The food was tasty and our servers were attentive and helpful.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, special occasion
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  • OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 11/8/2014
    Good menu with nice wide selection, including steaks and italian dishes. Was able to use a coupon obtained online for 20% off non price-fixed menu selections. Staff was efficient and accomodating.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, late-night find
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • superb choice
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 11/5/2014
    Dinner before the show then dessert afterward with wonderful entertainment. What else can you ask for! James and his staff Re the best! .
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    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2008VIP
    Dined on 11/1/2014
    table small for 4 people,food was better last time
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    late-night find
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Enjoyable but salty
    DeeHiker
    Dined on 10/29/2014
    Food was very good. However, I took a star away b/c it was way too salty. I'll try again. Thank you!
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • My experience
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 10/28/2014
    Went to this restaurant on a recommendation Service was extremely slow even Though it was 10 o'clock at night Took 15 minutes to just get the menu Food was good and they had a piano singer who was very Entertaining
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    late-night find, neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good food
    NYCDiner
    Dined on 10/25/2014
    I took my husband to dinner for his birthday prior to theatre. Wait staff were in a hurry and so-so. I put a request in Open Table for "special occasion and when I "reminded" it was my husband's birthday..."so, you want a candle in dessert?" in front of my husband. So much for subtleties! Oh well, food was good--not great, but good. It was close to the theatre!
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    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Classy Italian
    Coupleluv2dine
    Dined on 10/24/2014
    Very intimate place. Excellent food. Service perfect. They get it right. We have been coming here every time we are in NYC for over 6 years and have recommended to others.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic
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  • Solid Italian in Theatre District
    TheatreFoodieVIP
    Dined on 10/21/2014
    The food and service is good at this reliable stand-by in the theatre district. The lasagne is great. One criticism is the bread which is tasteless and stale.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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  • Great prize fixed meals
    Agulha
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    Excellent service Wonderful selection of apps, entrees, and delicious desserts Nice cheese and bread to start off with Wine selection was terrific
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    neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good Italian food
    diamarimp
    Dined on 10/15/2014
    Enjoyed our lunch,food was great,service great, recommend fir lunch prior to theatre
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    great for lunch, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, romantic
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  • Worked for us
    Daytripper
    Dined on 10/15/2014
    We choose this restaurant to be close to the Roundabout Theater. The two of us chose a price fixed lunch. Husband liked his salad. I had lentil soup which was the best course of the meal for me - very tasty. I had the trout almondine which came with a few potatoes which were burnt. The fish was ok. Husband liked his chicken dish. The ricotta cheese cake was delicious as was the cappuccino which we had instead of coffee for an extra $10. Our waiter never cracked a smile but was good otherwise.
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    great for lunch, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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  • Once again a great meal !
    Heymrd1313
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    We eaten at La Rivista each time we return to New York for the Met Opera and Broadway and have never gone away without a great dining experience. The wait staff is attentive without being over bearing and the food is always first class.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Typical Times Square
    PortiaVIP
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    This is not a restaurant to try if you are looking for a great meal. Just if you want a not too bad meal and you're going to play nearby. The cold asparagus appetizer had been sitting in its sauce on a cold plate for quite some time before it arrived at the table. The chicken dish with artichokes was ample and tasty, though a bit overwhelmed by the lemon sauce, but only accompanied by two very small piecs of an overcooked potato. The italian cheesecake was pedestrian. Wines by the glass are not the best. Also, though repeatedly told that my husband had a dairy allergy, his dessert was brought with whipped cream. At first he was told to just leave it on the side, but after some insistence, the waiter returned it and brought one without.
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  • Great steaks!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 10/10/2014
    This is an Italian restaurant, and I hear the food is very good, but I went there for their Broadway Joe's steaks, which were delicious! The service was friendly and efficient. Nice list of Italian wines.
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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  • Great Food!
    Eaggy
    Dined on 10/7/2014
    First time here and will definitely return! Delicious crab salad and enough pasta to keep you filled through your theater experience which should follow your dinner! Highly recommend to all!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great price fixe dinner
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 9/28/2014
    Great food at a great price! I had beef medallions and my wife had fish and mussels. $30 each included appetizer and dessert for each of us. Great deal for NYC.
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    romantic
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/26/2014
    FOOD WAS EXCELLENT, STAFF VERY HELPFUL, WOULD DEFINATELY DINE THERE AGAIN
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    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • idineVIP
    Dined on 9/22/2014
    Certainly much improved since La Revista took over. The ambience is quite charming, the food is very good. It's a very good restaurant for pre-theater. Not too crowded but very satisfying.
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    good for groups
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  • Great Theater District Choice
    FrequentDinerVIP
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    Thanks to Open Table, we found this restaurant near the theater we were planning to attend. It is a classic Italian restaurant. Not sure what the relationship is with Broadway Joe's, which almost turned us off. I'm glad we went in anyway. The food was excellent, the best osso bucco I've ever eaten. Service was prompt and attentive. Would definitely go back when we want a spot in the area.
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    neighborhood gem
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  • boothbayVIP
    Dined on 9/18/2014
    The veal marsala was excellent. Their veal selection has become more limited, but they still do a wonderful job. Also enjoyed spaghetti with clam sauce - lots of clams. The cheese with balsamic reduction which is served with the bread is also excellent.
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  • Pre theatre
    FoodistaVIP
    Dined on 9/17/2014
    Staff very welcoming and pleasant Perfect for pre theatre meal Great choices for prix fixe
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    great for lunch
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  • Theatre Lunch Spot
    46thStGem
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    Great place for lunch before the afternoon theatre. Price fixe menu was extensive. Food was served beautifully, fresh salad, great veal and pasta dishes. Dessert was terrific. We will come back!
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    great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • HepcatVIP
    Dined on 9/10/2014
    When we got to Rivista, I was struggling with my Parkinson-issues. The waiters came out and helped me down the stairs that lead to the front door. They decided I would be happier with less walking so they seated my husband and I at a table outside. This was no small feat given that the tables were squeezed into the area in front of the door, as only New York can do it. We sat and were immediately asked about drinks. The waiter suggested a wine which proved to be delightful. My husband ordered penne arrabiata and a salad and I ordered farfalle with fresh tomatoes and artichokes. The meals were delicious. We had a chocolate mousse cake for dessert which was heavenly. The meal cost us less than $100 which we feel is pretty good.
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    notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Delicious Lunch!
    PhilCar
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    Four of us ordered the Prix Fixe lunch and we weren't disappointed. Salmon was done just right, manicotti was flavorful with a fresh tasting tomato sauce, and the trout was tender and tasty. The caprese and garden salads were fine. A small dessert would have made the lunch perfect. Will return!
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    great for lunch, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Theater prequil
    MontanaGoatster
    Dined on 9/3/2014
    A quick and easy place to go before the theater. My wife had the osso buco and I had a pasta dish. Both were very good. The osso buco actually would have been enough for both of us. Service was top notch.
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  • OpenTable Diner Since 2008VIP
    Dined on 8/24/2014
    Excellent food. Wonderful service. Had a delightful experience. Worth going to. One of the best on Restaurant Row!
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    good for groups, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • experienceddiner
    Dined on 8/17/2014
    Service was excellent. Very Diverse Menu with one dish better than the next. Risotto especially delicious, perfectly prepared. Nice atmosphere. Tables not right on top of one another. Would recommend for before or after theater.
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    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food... Ok service
    TexasTrojanVIP
    Dined on 8/12/2014
    Good food. Great location. Good wine. So so service. We were trying to make a show time and had an hour to grab dinner. We seemed to continually be nudging our wait staff for basic stuff, waters, bread, drinks, and orders. Then follow up on progress. Overall though this Italian bistro reckoned back to old school ambiance. I would eat here again.
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    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Not great
    Rjnn
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    Not great. Host was rude when we entered. Server was nice and food was average.
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  • Nothing spectacular
    DMF1902VIP
    Dined on 8/3/2014
    Had pre-theater dinner on a Sunday. First disappointment was the wine list. No vintages are shown, so I had to send back the first bottle when I saw it was from a year that was quite poor. None of us chose the prix-fixe menu, which appeared to be a good value. My swordfish was a bit dry and the sauce was minimal, but overall good once I added some lemon. My wife was disappointed in her pasta vongole, which had very few clams. Our guest was happy enough with her branzini, but certainly not excited. On the other hand, the service was good. Attentive when it was needed, but relaxed when we had no specific needs.
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  • Pre - theatre spot
    FG67
    Dined on 7/31/2014
    Had to eat early to catch a 7pm show - convenient, and charming, cozy atmosphere - construction site next door unfortunately eliminated an outdoor dining option and was a bit annoying - numerous menu options, friendly, attentive service and overall good value -
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    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fabulous
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010VIP
    Dined on 7/30/2014
    Had an early lunch before a theater matinee. The service was courteous and attentive, and the food was excellent. We ordered from the fixed price menu so the value was outstanding as well. Would love to go back and try their dinner menu.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, fit for foodies, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 26 ratings-only reviews submitted since July 29, 2014
    • Overall Rating4
    • Food4
    • Ambiance3.9
    • Service4.4
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 718 reviews are from the La Rivista reviews archive.
  • La Revista
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    We made reservations on a saturday evening at 7:30....while it was busy we were quickly seated at a very nice table........I have been going to this restaurant when I'm in the city and it never disappoints..........food great....piano at 8pm every Sat...........and more......excellent restaurant in theater district......
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    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • loveopentable
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    Great pre-theatre dinner. Service was excellent and food was too.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • La Rivista 4th time still a charm
    auntgidgetVIP
    Dined on 7/15/2014
    This was our 4th time at La Rivista and the food, service, ambience was every bit as great as the first time (at least 4 years ago). It was our 21 anniversary and it was a special dining experience. I highly recommend it!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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