Riva Crabhouse on Navy Pier
Riva Crabhouse on Navy Pier

Riva Crabhouse on Navy Pier

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.rivanavypier.com/
  • Phone: 3126447482x
  • Hours of Operation:
    Lunch: Daily: 11:30am – 3:00pm; Dinner: Mon - Thur: 5:00pm – 9:30pm; Fri 5:00pm - 10:00pm; Sat 5:00pm - 10:30pm; Sun 5:00 - 9:00
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Diners Club,Discover,JCB,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Steak, Seafood
  • Executive Chef: Luigi Garcia
  • Dress Code: Business Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cafe, Full Bar, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Catering: Phil Stefani Signature Events is a full service off-site catering department, specializing in events of all types.
  • Special Events: Riva offers three private dining rooms for your special occasions and corporate events. The skyline creates a beautiful background for any event. Contact Michelle Mori at mmori@stefanigroup.com for more information.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Grand Avenue
  • Parking: Valet
  • Parking Details: Riva Valet located at Entrance One next to East Lot. Parking discounted for Riva guests only. Conditions apply.

    Private lot for self parking also available.
A word from Riva Crabhouse on Navy Pier
Enjoy the breathtaking views of the Chicago skyline & Lake Michigan at Riva on the Navy Pier. Featuring a variety of premium seafood, steaks & daily chef’s specials, the nautically inspired dining room is complimented by the experienced service.
Continued
Foodspotting photos
See all photos
Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerScenic View
  • Diners' Choice WinnerSeafood
Riva Crabhouse on Navy Pier reviews from OpenTable diners
296 reviews since June 23, 2014
Overall Rating4.3
  • Food4.3
    Service4.3
  • Ambiance4.4
    Noise LevelModerate
92% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
scenic view (243)special occasion (164)romantic (109)fit for foodies (90)good for groups (85)notable wine list (46)great for lunch (45)neighborhood gem (36)hot spot (31)kid-friendly (29)great for brunch (27)great for outdoor dining (23)late-night find (23)vibrant bar scene (14)Show More
  • Not on Par...
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    We typically go to Riva's about every year or so. The food always has been excellent, the service attentive and you can't beat the view of the lakeshore over dinner. This last visit didn't meet really come close to their usual standards. Our server was a bit lost and disoriented. The cheeseboard that we ordered was basic and with no explanation to what was served, although it didn't really need much. It was Brie and a white cheddar. Well presented, but below standard. The early season King Crab was flavorless, which may just be the time of year. My wife had the lemon sole. The filets were overly seasoned with black pepper and had a disproportionate amount of chard on the disk. Again, not bad...just not great
    Special Features:
    good for groups, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Nana
    Dined on 10/17/2014
    I took my daughter for dinner for her 21st birthday and we had a lovely time. Our wait staff, Abel and Michele, were so very nice and the food was amazing!
    Special Features:
    hot spot, kid-friendly, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Service But...
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 10/17/2014
    The food was sub-par. I had the lemon pike, which tasted nothing of lemon. It was saved only by the bed of lobster risotto upon which it rested. My husband had the pork chop, and while the sauce was quite flavorful, the meat itself lacked seasoning. It was very busy but you would never know it from the excellent service we received. I just wish the food had been better.
    Special Features:
    romantic, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Perfect Pre-Theater Dining
    ChuckD105VIP
    Dined on 10/17/2014
    Riva is perfect for pre-Shakespeare Theater Dining. The location is perfect. They offer a discount and they know how to pace the meal so that you do not feel rushed. That said, it always seems to us that Riva should be better. The atmosphere is terrific, but they don't seem to really try with the food or wine. The $50 crab legs advertised as first of the season were soggy and they don't crack them for you - probably because it is so hard to crack soggy legs. The wine list shows no imagination at all - a compilation of mostly standard names requiring no wine knowledge or passion. We will be back - and they know that - so expect the same next time. Chocolate cake and coffee were excellent.
    Special Features:
    scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Always good
    QuinnVIP
    Dined on 10/17/2014
    Riva is always good. Food and service outstanding. We both had the pike grilled which was tasty and hot and cooked perfectly. A delightful view and perfect place to go if you are attending performances at Shakespeare Theatre or the Skyline Stage
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great after-theater dining
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 10/16/2014
    I went to the Shakespeare Theater matinee which s right beside this restaurant. Had a great dinner experience with my family.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Disappointed
    RLEN
    Dined on 10/16/2014
    I have had lunch at Riva a number of times before going to a play at Chicago Shakespeare. This is the first time I've been disappointed and I really hope it was a one-time experience since there are really no other interesting choices at Navy Pier. I ordered a seafood salad. When it arrived, there were brown radishes on it. I pointed this out to the waitress who immediately offered to get another salad. Then a gentleman, I assume a manager, came to the table and said that those were the only radishes they had. I changed my order to another salad that was satisfactory. Here's my question: Why would they even put brown radishes on a salad. Radishes were not mentioned on the menu as an ingredient. Why not just skip them??????
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Good as always
    Gary
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    Riva is our favorite fish restaurant. The food was great and the view was spectacular, even during construction..
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • NickyVIP
    Dined on 10/10/2014
    Good restaurant to go to before Shakespeare Theatre
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Beautiful Day
    tcruff
    Dined on 10/8/2014
    Meal was delicious. Wait staff was excellent and helpful.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Oscar
    Dined on 10/1/2014
    all in my part liked it, what we expected from Riva will go back again
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great food...great view
    Dine4fun
    Dined on 10/1/2014
    This was our first time at Riva after getting a strong recommendation from friends. The food was perfectly prepared and the service was unassuming but top notch. Nice wine list. Great place to go for dinner prior to a play at the Shakespeare Theatre...you get a 20% food discount if you present your theatre tickets.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Mom's Birthday
    moms70
    Dined on 9/29/2014
    My sister's and I took my mom to Riva for her 71st birthday. Our waiter, Alicia was attentive and she smiled a lot. The presentation of our food was good. I ordered a medium well filet and it turned out to be well done. I informed Alicia and she was good about taking my plate back. The manager brought the new filet back herself which was nice. When it was time to wrap the food, Alicia asked the servers to box our food. Unfortunately, she has to ask 3 different services to do it an none of them did. We could see how frustrating this was for Alicia. She ended up doing it herself. In the end we tipped her 22% for her diligence. From there, we had birthday cake which was on Riva and my mom was happy.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, late-night find, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Riva
    CST68
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    Lovely experience. Can't beat the view. Food and service good
    Special Features:
    scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always a great time
    2ccRider
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    My husband and I were celebrating our birthdays. View was outstanding. Food and drinks were great. Service was exceptional. Although it was very crowded the wait staff was very attentive.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Great seafood and view of City.
    LandM
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    Riva's has good service, food, and great food. All of the seafood dishes which our party ordered were fantastic. Also, we told our waitress we had a time limit, (we had tickets for the play at the Shakespeare Theatre), and she accommodated us without rushing.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for brunch, kid-friendly, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Reliable
    CodyVIP
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    This is the place to go before a Chicago Shakespeare Theater production.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Riva
    LibertadVIP
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    We went following a play at the Shakespeare. The food is good, but not memorable. A little pricey in my opinion, even with the theater discount.
    Special Features:
    scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Pleasant evening
    Prague19
    Dined on 9/26/2014
    As usual, the food, service, view and ambiance of Riva were excellent.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, late-night find, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • 2essenceVIP
    Dined on 9/26/2014
    This time we didn't order a lot of food, and they were still as professional and accommodating as ever.I appreciate that in good restaurant!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • tree
    Dined on 9/26/2014
    dinner before theater, good food and we are served to meet our curtain
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Navy Pier's Best
    NiceWVIP
    Dined on 9/25/2014
    If you want to have a lovely meal in a beautiful setting and you like seafood, this is your place. They also have meat or chicken options. Service is always attentive and not intrusive. Try to sit near the windows for a view of the lake and skyline and boats, large and small. Make reservations, especially on the weekends. We had the beet salad and the grilled halibut with veggies. It's all delicious. One of us had the cioppino (a seafood stew) and loved it. Desserts are large and yummy. Our dish of 3 or 4 gelatos in a pastry cup was enough for 3. Prices are in moderate to high range but they are worth it. For a perfect evening get tickets to Chi. Shakespeare and dine at Riva beforehand.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • JkjkVIP
    Dined on 9/24/2014
    I'd eaten here several years ago and was really looking forward to returning I was a big fan of Lino's and owned restaurants for 30 years We came in and were seated at the window which we had requested on open table They were breaking down tables loudly and the lights were so bright we thought the Bulls were going to practice there Food was great and I expect it was a hiccup I'll be back
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great food, great service and view!
    Kays3Kid
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    A group of five us stopped for lunch before heading to Chicago Shakespeare. Everyone liked their meals very much and thought the house wine was very good. Service was top notch. Crab cake and salads were very well prepared and presented. Beware of the chocolate cake! One dessert was more than enough for five of us, but it was worth every bite: delicious!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great View/service
    defoodie
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    Our server Able was fantastic. Great views, drinks, and overall a great dining experience. Highly recommend it.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Delicious King Crab!
    GottaRun4
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    Some of the best King Crab legs I've ever had. The Au Gratin potatoes are a must! A bit on the pricey side ($170 with tip for dinner with an appetizer, wine, and a dessert) but when you are dining downtown, it's part of the territory. Eat at any Chicago steakhouse, and you're spending almost that amount per person anyway. The service was fantastic and we were able to get a 7 pm reservation on a Friday night just a few hours before. Looking forward to our next Riva experience!
    Special Features:
    scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Dinner with a view
    Pickyman
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    I took my husband there for his birthday because I wanted some GOOD lobster...(hehehe) He had the sole and was elated at how great it tasted. Over all the experience was a good time.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, notable wine list, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Date night at the Riva.
    Sylvia1
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    Riva Crabhouse is a great place for a seafood dining experience. Great food, excellent service, beautiful view. I highly recommend it.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • No Bargain
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006VIP
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    Even with the 20% off for Shakespeare and no wine or desert, we spent $80. The seafood appetizer was disappointing. However, the fish - halibut and sea bass - were well cooked and fresh, and the vegetables were crisp and yummy.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • A favorite pre-show dinner
    Illini33
    Dined on 9/18/2014
    Whenever we go to Shakespeare at Navy Pier we go to Riva's, and it's not just for the Shakespeare discount! Great food, excellent service, fresh fish specials....can't be beat. We'll be back again and again.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, scenic view, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Lunch for our visitors from Paris
    lynnloveslife
    Dined on 9/18/2014
    Lovely spot on the pier! Food was delicious, had the blackened whitefish, crab legs and oysters. Delish-ioso! Waiter very attentive and knowledgeable... loved the water view... would have loved for the view to be on the north side ... skyline but really great atmosphere!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • No Review
    myreview
    Dined on 9/16/2014
    I have no review for this restaurant. The food was OK. I may return.
    Special Features:
    scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Washingtonian
    Dined on 9/15/2014
    Excellent staff and menu for surf and turf, which is key for my typical group dining needs. I bring all my out-of-town guests here.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Baxbi
    Dined on 9/15/2014
    All nine of us really enjoyed our meal and the views can't be beat.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Waste of Money, Poor Quality
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    Food was overpriced for the quality. For the same price may as well went downtown for much better quality.
    Special Features:
    scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Our quarterly get together
    groupof6
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    This is my favorite restaurant for view, ambiance & food. The chairs are comfy and the lighting level is just right for a group of 6 with average age 70. The parking is so resonable and v. convenient. All in all I/we always enjoy going there. I feel invigorated when I am there
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, late-night find, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Decent food and nice scenic bar.
    Timothy
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    My wife and I had reservations but decided to sit in the bar area instead. The view is great and the food is good.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    Great value for a Chicago restaurant. The prices are resonable and the location is great with nice views. GREAT waitstaff. THX!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Does not diaappoint
    dinealotVIP
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    We frequently come to Riva pre-theatre. You can count on excellent food, a wonderful view, and generally good service.
    Special Features:
    scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Riva Rules
    Cheers
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    Food is absolutely delicious and service is fabulous. Ate dinner prior to seeing "King Lear" at CST. While dining we had a lovely view of the lake. Can't ask for a better dining experience!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic