We have had brunch and lunch at In Riva, but never dinner. We were not disappointed. We stuck to some favorites, but they were executed beautifully...along with a couple of their signature cocktails. The meatballs and artichoke hearts were divine. Loved the fried garbanzo bean and pistachio mixture they served us pre-dinner. That was new...just enough spice!! Decided to the the Romana pizza with white anchovies, piquillo peppers and REAL green olives. It was yum!! Love this place!!
6/20/2013 12:00:00 AM
En Riva is fun! On a Friday night, it was bustling with families and lingering Happy Hour people. The beet salad was good, the artichokes were delicious, and a pizza that was too garlicky for our taste was whisked away and replaced with a wonderful marguerite pizza that we very much enjoyed. Our server was gracious and we were able to take our time with dinner. Some opted to sit outside under a protective awning even though it was stormy. The parking lot is horrendous.
6/28/2013 12:00:00 AM
Pasta was outstanding. Will
Pasta was outstanding. Will go back to try the pizza.
6/28/2013 12:00:00 AM
Friendly and knowledgeable
Friendly and knowledgeable service, very good appetizers and pizza, we were too full to try the pastas but the whoopie pies are a must!!
6/29/2013 12:00:00 AM
Third time eating here and it was really good. Menu is a little odd but the Branzino was one of the best fish dishes I have ever had!!
7/6/2013 12:00:00 AM
In Riva is a gem!
In Riva is a hidden gem of wonderful food and exceptional service at a reasonable price. Their 1/2 price Tuesday pizza special and Happy Hour specials make date night easy for my husband and I. The fried artichokes are what I dream about at night. Every time I go I have a different pizza that never disappoints.
The entire service staff is phenomenal. We are always treated very well and I always ask them for food and wine recommendations and they are more than happy to help. Making reservations is easy and fluid. The parking lot is small, but there is a small side street in the rear of the restaurant with lots of spots.
If you love great food and great service, this is the place. Go and enjoy and have a love affair with your pizza ;)
7/8/2013 4:00:00 PM
Tuesday in the rain for pizza
Love the pizza and appetizers. Sat outside and didn't get wet when the rain started. Tuesday is great for the 1/2 price pizza. Very good wine by the glass list - and beers.
7/9/2013 12:00:00 AM
Wednesday Night date night
I took my gf here on a whim BC she read it was a top place for outdoor dining on Open Table. We got there around 7 place wasn't too busy.Upon walking in loved the atmosphere and decor. We sat outside where the patio is a perfect setting for relaxing and just enjoying a nice meal! The food was amazing and the service was great! You just have to remember its pretty authentic Italian so the portions aren't gonna be as big as a knockoff Italian restaurant. But we ordered many small dishes and a pizza which gave us a chance to sample everything with no complaints! Plan on returning and taking friends for the experience next time!
7/10/2013 12:00:00 AM
My family and I got a summer tasting menu that blew us away. Every dish was full of distinct and bold flavors. Wed. Was half price wine bottles
7/17/2013 12:00:00 AM
We had a great time. The food was delicious and the atmosphere upbeat and relaxed! Only our second time there, but both experiences have been great. This is a spot you can count - a perfect place when you are tired and just want to have great food.
7/19/2013 12:00:00 AM
Pizza, Pasta, & Salad........all were terrific on our recent visit. Small plates, fun to share, good but expensive Patron Margarita. Pea & shallot ravioli to die for. Beet salad & mushoom, zuccini and corn (?) pizza great! VERY imaginative combinations. Only negative is that your bill can run up pretty quickly with those small plates which are pretty expensive for what they are.
7/27/2013 12:00:00 AM
Always a pleasure!
I brought my friend from Florida here. The places there, where I lived for 18 years, are really fabulous so I really wanted to take her somewhere great. Couldn't think of a more wonderful place!! The food is eclectic and unusual. If you go, get the whipped ricotta with a hint of rosemary and crispy fried onions.
There used to be a drink on the menu, Wild turkey, fresh lemonaide with a sprig of fresh thyme, that wasn't there this time. Our server was sweet enough to go into the kitchen, get some thyme and have the bar tender make it up. Thank you!
Sadly, the wonderful mussels we've had before were no longer on the menu! Uggggh!!
7/27/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great food, great waiter, great atmosphere! Everything we ordered was delicious. I'm not sure if this is always the same, but they put fried chickpeas mixed with pistachios and covered in sugar and pepper (sounds odd, but it was delicious!) on the table when we first arrived. I originally went here excited about trying the pizzas and I ended up liking the pasta dishes even more then the pizzas! I recommend getting the whipped ricotta as an appetizer. They have 1/2 off select pizzas (they chose 3 each week) on Tuesday nights. We went on a Tuesday and if you don't feel like being patient then I wouldn't recommend going on a Tuesday - it took FOREVER to get our pizza. We were ok with that though cause we ordered a lot of other food.
7/30/2013 12:00:00 AM
Pizza was outstanding. Weather was beautiful. Had dinner with a Kelly on Kelly Dr.
7/30/2013 12:00:00 AM
The best sausage and pepper pizza in Philadelphia. Patio deck dining is the best! Nice view of Falls Bridge, Fairmount Park and Schukill River. Excellent drinks and supper helpful and friendly staff!!
8/2/2013 12:00:00 AM
The food was very unique and
The food was very unique and delicious. Great place to stop along the bike path!
8/4/2013 12:00:00 AM
After driving past In Riva so many times my girlfriend and I decided to come for her birthday. The outdoor dining was great for a great view of the river and overall atmosphere. The food was awesome. If you don't usually eat specialty foods then this place will make you feel like a foodie. The food comes in small portions so you can try more of the menu. We will definitely be going back again
8/16/2013 12:00:00 AM
We Love In Riva!
The staff, the food, the cocktails, and the location make this place great. We go at least once a week to enjoy the items we love (chicken wings, pizzas, charred octopus and sea bass) and to try the innovative, but not crazy, dishes the chef adds to the menu. We haven't had a dish we didn't enjoy. The staff is super friendly yet professional. There is great outdoor seating looking out on to Kelly Drive and the Schuykill river.
8/17/2013 12:00:00 AM
Casual Birthday Dinner
We chose this place because it had outdoor seating that overlooked the river, on that perfect August night. I must say, that the anti pasti dishes were quite good! We had the charred octopus and the artichoke-- both were incredible. The cucumber feta salad was a perfect compliment.
The whole menu is built for sharing - family style, but the portions aren't enormous so you could have the entree to yourself if you wanted. There are carafes of wine and sangria, but also of their signature cocktails. I'd never quite seen that before, and it made it fun to try a few and have half pours of each. We split 3 pizzas among 5 people- toppings were great, crust could've been cooked more. Overall, it was a great experience, I know I'll be back!!
8/20/2013 12:00:00 AM
A great find...
My Wife visited Inriva for Happy Hour once with a few of her colleges after work. She had drinks and appetizers and fell in love with the place.
She later shared her experience there with me and we decided to return. I too loved Inriva. The atmosphere is inviting, the Servers are welcoming and have a great knowledge of the Menu.
Inriva has now become our spot for great food.
8/30/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great for dogs!
In Riva had a great idea to make a dog park. My mom was coming into town for an early dinner and asked if she could bring her Border Collie. I immediately thought of In Riva. The service was EXCELLENT, as was the salad and the white sangria. YUM! Our waitress came outside a ton, even though we were the only people there, plus got the dog his own glass of water since my mom wouldn't let him loose (he would jump out to go into the river). Pretty much every server came out to say hi to Sully, so it was a nice experience, instead of leaving him in the car up the street in Manayunk.
8/31/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great on 1/2 price pizza night!
Love the pizza here. Also had the wings in preserved lemons - really good and different. They have a very good wine, beer and drink list at reasonable prices. They offer wines like Falanghina and Arneis that you don't see everywhere. Our service out on the patio was great.
9/2/2013 5:00:00 PM
This was my second visti to In Riva and once again I left impressed. The food, service, and view of the river were awesome!
9/5/2013 12:00:00 AM
Me and my boyfriend went here for the first time on a Friday night. Our friend recommended it to us. It was the best experience dinning I've ever had. We did the three course meal with wine pairing which was fantastic. Everything was delicious and the staff was very good. Our waiter went over the menu with us and have excellent service. I will definitely be returning and telling more people about In Riva!
9/6/2013 12:00:00 AM
Really enjoyed In Riva
The food had amazing flavors...we loved the pork belly and the octopus was excellent - perfectly charred and seasoned. We also enjoyed the pastas. Nice to see italian beers we cant get many places...overall a great experience! Service was friendly and knowledgable and she was always there when we needed her.
9/7/2013 12:00:00 AM
Just a simple night out
The red sangria is always excellent. The others not so much. Hanger steak antipasto is great. Not fancy. Just good food.
9/12/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great Dining Experience
Interesting menu, portion sizes "just right," food and service very good. We've dined there twice now and have enjoyed it both times. A nice outdoor seating venue, for when the weather is nice. We're happy to recommend it.
9/13/2013 12:00:00 AM
Excellent Meal for a foodie
We went for the three-course dinner with wine tasting and it was really nice. First course consisted of many different plates...think tapas but with some abondanza added...all super tasty and prepared perfectly. Red wine worked well with all dishes, including the sea bass and shrimp. Second course was gnocchi and a multi-cheese pizza. Gnocchi were the best I have had. Pizza was a little spicy with lots of garlic (yum!). Third course was three canolli...pistachio hazelnut, lemon, and chocolate. All delicious. The Michigan riesling that accompanied was also very good, but did not quite hold up to the flavors...still,we appreciated the opportunity to try to two together. Overall, a great find. Location is perfect for bikers as well.
9/14/2013 12:00:00 AM
Had a 1 PM lunch on Tuesday, with the place fairly empty - great service, of course - but the pepperoni pizza was a tad too salty - otherwise, it was a very pleasant dining experience.
9/17/2013 12:00:00 AM
Tasty & Scenic -- Great combo!
While the food is a bit uneven, the atmosphere and view made up for it -- especially on a beautiful day or evening. We sat outside so I can't comment on the noise level inside. Wait staff was attentive and friendly.
9/22/2013 12:00:00 AM
Im a cop in the district, always vwondered what In Riva was all about. Its about an inventive menu, great drink selection, and excellent service
9/27/2013 12:00:00 AM
I read some reviews, and In Riva seemed to be hit or miss. However, I am very happy with my choice to give it a try. The service was excellent: our server really knew the menu and had some great knowledge of the wine list as well. We sat inside, so I can't comment on the patio, but the décor is unique, which makes the experience that much better. My wife and I had a great meal, and we will definitely go back!
9/27/2013 12:00:00 AM
The food was great kid friendly atmosphere, service was great.
10/4/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great Place for Lunch
We enjoyed our lunch on the deck overlooking Kelly Drive and the River. Will definitely be back.
10/4/2013 12:00:00 AM
Pizza SO Good
Went for Tuesday half price pizza. Pizza was fabulous. We ordered the arugula salad and it was bitter. They replaced it with the beet salad which was terrific. Wait staff was gracious. Great experience as always.
10/8/2013 12:00:00 AM
Food was served fast, fresh and well prepared. Server was amazing. Brownish blonde female working the left side tables from the hostess station.
10/12/2013 12:00:00 AM
We had a special event there this past weekend and I can't rave about this place enough. The food was unbelievable. Do not leave this place without trying the artichoke and the shallot appetizer. The pizza and pasta was also amazing. The Diablo pizza was incredible. What will bring me back there is the service. Kaylee was one of the best waitresses I have ever had. She helped out our group in deciding what to have, was contentious as to when to bring the different courses and was overall incredibly friendly. This place is a DONT MISS!!!
10/19/2013 12:00:00 AM
Food was great. Atmosphere was great. Service was even better.
10/20/2013 12:00:00 AM
This is one of my favorite places in Philly. Love the arugula salad and the pizza margarita. Also tried the Quattro formaggio pizza which was excellent. My friend had the potato and gorganzola pizza which she loved. We will be back!
10/22/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great new restaurant in Roxborough.
In Riva was great! From the service to the food. A cooler, tastier version of what is available on Main St. In nearby Manayunk. Center City quality in East Falls.
10/25/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great neighborhood place
The meat and cheese plate is awesome..mix 2 of each.
Good choice of soups and pizza along with a laid back, hip feel.
Love this place!!
10/25/2013 12:00:00 AM
The pizza was fabulous as were my friend artichokes. The pea soup is to die for. We'll definitely go back.
10/27/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great for groups
I have only been here with groups. Love the pizzas. Whipped cheese is a must. Enjoyed half price wine bottles on Wednesdays.
10/30/2013 12:00:00 AM
We love it!
This is our favorite Bistro and we dine here as often as we can. The Servers are always a big help when it comes to trying new things from the Menu and we love the Atmosphere.
We'll be back for sure!
10/30/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great evening at In Riva
Chef/owner Arthur Cavaliere is brother of groom for whom we recently catered his wedding. First sample Arthur Cavaliere's fare was his antipasti spread he contributed to brother Mike's wedding. Best roasted brussel sprouts ever, cheeses, salume, other veggies were delicious. Moving on to In Riva, very much enjoyed Mommy's meatballs, ravioli with crispy sage, and scallops. Staff was great. Will definitely return!
10/31/2013 5:00:00 PM
In Riva Rocks!
Excellent, food, service, ambiance & staff. We ate the beet & feta salad, charred octopus & zucchini & fontina pizza. ALL were delicious! Wine was delicious, recommended by Stephanie, who is TOP NOTCH! Hostess greeted us with a smile & big welcome! Love the location & ambiance. Lots of parking. A big plus. Back to the food, can't wait to go back...which will be soon!
In Riva ROCKS! Hats off to the chef!
11/8/2013 4:00:00 PM
Great casual dinner
The menu is unusual -- Italian with a foodie twist. We ordered a bunch of individual plates and shared, which was a perfect way to sample their creative re-imaginings of old favorite dishes. Crispy artichokes were delicious! Good wines and beers.
11/15/2013 4:00:00 PM
Truly a treat!
Menu was creative/interesting and very well executed... Service was very attentive, helpful in answering questions, and professionally friendly. The atmosphere and music were the cherry on top of our dining experience. I would definitely go back again. Worth every penny!
11/22/2013 4:00:00 PM
Always good service from John,
Always good service from John, actually the whole staff is very helpful, One member of our party spoke to owner/chef about the pizza oven and received advice about using her backyard pizza oven. The food, crispy octopus, short ribs, various pizzas, agolotto pasta, and gelato was very good.
11/30/2013 4:00:00 PM
Food was fantastic. Has a pizza, pasta, and an appetizer and it was more than enough when shared with another person. Great laid back but classy environment.
12/10/2013 4:00:00 PM