Riva Crabhouse on Navy Pier
Beautiful views. DeliciousBeautiful views. Delicious heirloom tomato salad. Very good crab cakes.6/15/2013 12:00:00 AMTheatre goersThis restaurant has great seafood and the service was excellent. We went prior to going to the theatre so the meals were prompt but not rushed. Would recommend this place for almost any occasion.6/14/2013 12:00:00 AMAnniversay DiningWe dined at Reva's on our 49th wedding anniversary. The food and ambiance were exceptional; we enjoyed our entrees; the dessert was very good too! We would dine there again and would recommend Reva's to all wanting a great dining experience.6/13/2013 12:00:00 AMGreat place for seafoodThe seafood and fish are always fresh and perfectly prepared. Absent the discount for patrons attending the Chicago Shakespeare Theatre, prices tend to be too high in my opinion. The waiters are experienced and attentive.6/11/2013 12:00:00 AMShe said yes!I proposed to my girlfriend at Riva this past Tuesday and it couldn't have gone any better. I called two days before our reservation and the manager was immediately helpful in planning the proposal. We got a table on the 2nd floor adjacent to the floor-to-ceiling windows that overlook a beautiful scene of Lake Michigan and the Chicago Skyline. We ordered the Ultimate Seafood Platter and everything was delicious. Afterwords, we even made it out for a ferris wheel ride and watched the fireworks over the lake. Like I said, couldn't have gone any better.6/11/2013 12:00:00 AMGreat place for a very niceGreat place for a very nice dinner before the theater.6/11/2013 12:00:00 AMDINING WITH A VIEWWith a wonderful view of Lake Michigan and the Chicago skyline, it's by far the best dining option on Chicago's Navy Pier. The food and service would hold it's own anywhere in the city, but the setting makes it special. And, if you're going to the Chicago Shakespeare Theatre on that day, you get a 20% discount.6/11/2013 12:00:00 AMCan't beat the viewIt was our anniversary and I had told the receptionist when I called. It was not noted by anyone. I had requested a window table which we received which was a 2 top on the SW corner of the dining room which allows for 1 of us to have a view while the other looks at the building.
Service was very good. My crab legs and soft shell crab appetizer was great. My husband loved the filet from the surf & turf but found the lobster to be rubbery.
Otherwise you can't beat an evening on the Pier for something to do later and of course the gorgeous views. Bands play all night further down the pier in the beer garden.6/8/2013 12:00:00 AMGreat ExperienceRiva's offers the whole package. The food, service and atmosphere are all outstanding.6/8/2013 12:00:00 AMGreat Seafood! Great View!We had five guests in our group. Beginning with the appetizers to the desserts, everything was great! Well prepared and fresh seafood, salads, and lamb chops. The appetizers were large enough to share. We ordered 3 appetizers for the table of 5. We had the steamed mussels, the tower of beets salad, and the artichoke beignets. The desserts were also large enough to share, profiteroles, gelato, and tiramisu. Our view was beautiful, from watching the people on Navy Pier, to the city skyline, to the beautiful Lake Michigan. The server was also aware that we had a time limitation on dinner. However, she did not rush us, but served at appropriate pacing.6/8/2013 12:00:00 AMGreat option for ShakespeareWe ate at Riva"s before attending the Shakespeare Theater performance. The reservation time was honored, the view was amazing, the food outstanding and the service efficient. We loved it and we got a 20% discount when we showed them our tickets. It was athe highlight of our day!6/7/2013 12:00:00 AMNice spotI brought out if town guests for the view and food and we were not let down. They sat us at a table with a perfect view of the skyline. The food was great the portions were generous. The service was fabulous he made great suggestions and lead me to a meal that I enjoyed immensely.6/7/2013 12:00:00 AMAs one of the nicer restaurantsAs one of the nicer restaurants at Navy Pier, Riva Crabhouse is perfect for dinners that require a little more... elegance. Interior ambience is quite good with just the right balance of kitsch and grace. The entrees also well attended. I believe I had the crab ravioloci and it was divine.6/6/2013 12:00:00 AMAnother good meal with friendsAnother good meal with friends before an afternoon Shakespeare Theater performance.6/5/2013 12:00:00 AMNever a DisappointmentI have eaten at Riva Crabhouse many times. The view is terrific, looking from Navy Pier onto the Chicago skyline. The service is always good and the food has never missed. It is fresh, generous, and interestingly prepared without being too experimental. So it is easy to bring anyone there. It is a tad pricey, but there is definite value. As a Shakespeare Theater subscriber, I get 20% off on the bill before the show. Great! Even when I don't get the discount, I enjoy eating here.6/5/2013 12:00:00 AMAreba RIVAService was wonderful. The view is spectaculat. Food presentation is excellent.6/2/2013 12:00:00 AMGenerally speaking it is aGenerally speaking it is a very busy and noisy restaurant however you can ask for a "quieter" area which we had this year (as we are repetitve clients coming once a year for the ASCO congress).6/2/2013 12:00:00 AMgreat productall the food we ordered was awesome...from start to finish6/2/2013 12:00:00 AMRiva ... Still a great restaurantGood restaurants often fade as years go by. They simply don't keep up with changing trends, fresh menus and most importantly, maintaining a well trained staff to provide attentive, detailed, but unobtrusive service standards. Riva is one of those well-run restaurants that lasts forever and should remain high on everyone's list of favorites.
David A. Gotowko
Founder / President
Restaurant Business Solutions, Inc.6/1/2013 12:00:00 AMPerfect for pre-Shakespeare theaterRiva is an excellent choice if you are seeing a 7:30 pm show at Shakespeare. Our server was cognizant of our timeline and the location is very convenient. Makes for a lovely evening.5/30/2013 12:00:00 AM1 night out in chicagoWe were a party of 1 Panama, 2 Mexicans and 1 spanish in our first night in chicago, and party from the shop who host us immediately recommend this place... we were a little sceptic, but when we arrive and saw the incredible view, it made the night worth it. the wine list was very intersting, with moderate prices to be a nice restaurant... We order a set of 5 small entrees which were incredible... The fish was fresh and it melt in your mouth
I can said that the experience was incredible and it made our trip to Chicago unique...5/30/2013 12:00:00 AMFantastic seafoodRiva's is always so reliable for its seafood of all kinds, its excellent waitstaff and view of the city and the Pier activities.5/29/2013 12:00:00 AMGreat Food and ServiceWe came for lunch during the Memorial DayHoliday, and we had excellent food and service. The swordfish was one to perfection and a blackened whitefish was also perfect. Couldn't be happier.5/27/2013 12:00:00 AMJim M's ReviewGreat time!, Great food!, Great service!, Great Location!, Great View!, Great Selection! Our party had the greatest time and the best friendliest Servers! We couldn't have had a better time!5/25/2013 12:00:00 AMPark once--eat and enjoy theaterRiva's is wonderfully reliable for a pre-theater meal for a group.5/24/2013 12:00:00 AMRomantic ViewDelicious soft-shell crabs with attentive service. Lovely ambience with exactly right noise level. Great before Shakespeare on the Pier.5/23/2013 12:00:00 AMPer theater mealOut table by the window upstairs was spectacular. Same for the soft shell crabs in season...a perfect meal5/22/2013 12:00:00 AMWe love Riva! The food isWe love Riva! The food is always very good and reliable and it is so nice to look back onto the Chicago skyline at night!!5/17/2013 12:00:00 AMMothers Day BrunchMy wife really enjoyed her brunch, the ambience was awesome, service was great, very pleased.5/12/2013 12:00:00 AMFantastic! Second year thereFantastic! Second year there for Mother's day brunch.5/12/2013 12:00:00 AMGreat food, great view!Went for the Mothers Day brunch. We arrived a little early but they seated us quickly. Food was good for a buffet with a good variety of breakfast and lunch items. Great views of the city and Lake Michigan. It was a bit crowded navigating the buffet that was spread out throughout the restaurant and the crowded seating, but well worth it. Price at $50/person was "reasonable" compared with other downtown hotel buffets.5/12/2013 12:00:00 AMA wonderful dining experience!We celebrated our daughter's college graduation
with a dinner party of 10. The view, the service, and
food were all excellent. Our whole experience at Rivas
was great! Our waiter even took a picture of our
whole table. Keep up the good work!5/11/2013 12:00:00 AMThe seafood was fresh andThe seafood was fresh and sooo well prepared.... Outstanding experience!5/11/2013 12:00:00 AMVery PleasedThis was my first dining experience at Riva and I enjoyed it very much. We had a lovely view of the lake and our food was delicious. I would recommend this restaurant to others. When we came in we were greeted in a friendly, warm manner and immediately led to a table right by the window. The staff was prompt in refilling our water glasses, bringing out appetizers, and taking our order. Our waitress was very pleasant and helpful. The facilities were clean and well stocked.5/10/2013 12:00:00 AMPositive ExperienceA very positive experience in every aspect. Wonderful food, nice wine, terrific view and great service! We each had a different salad. The roasted beet salad was delightful and the Caesar was excellent. We both had1lb Alaskan King Crab Legs with Asparagus Parmesan...perfectly done and delicious. The desserts were beautiful and delicious. We will definitely be back!5/5/2013 12:00:00 AMGreat experienceWas looking for a restaurant with a great view of the city and Riva fit the bill perfectly. The menu was varied enough to satisfy everyone. Good deal on valet parking - $12 for 6 hours.
Next time I have a larger party, will definitely book one of their beautiful private rooms.5/5/2013 12:00:00 AMGreat Night Out!Had a great experience at Riva's! We've had dinner here a handful of times and this was probably the best.
Our meal and wine were excellent. Our servers were informative and attentive.
All in all a great experience.5/4/2013 12:00:00 AMThe Perfect Compliment to our Trip!We saved this restaurant for the last evening of our trip--so glad we did! What a great way to round out our trip to Chicago.5/3/2013 12:00:00 AMExcellent Sea Food & Fantastic ViewVery good seafood, but a great View! Very good service.5/3/2013 12:00:00 AMSpecial occasion restaurantReally quality fish with a beautiful view. Seems like a Chicago secret. A little pricey, but delicious food!5/3/2013 12:00:00 AMOutstanding!Food, service, scenery; all outstanding! Wonderful to go there before attending Shakespeare Theater.5/3/2013 12:00:00 AMFood is wonderful, serviceFood is wonderful, service great, beautiful view! Second time here and would definitely go back again.5/2/2013 12:00:00 AMalways good - not cheap butalways good - not cheap but interesting menu items/specials5/1/2013 12:00:00 AMRIVA...Yes!The weather and the scenic view helped to make our dining experience a memorable one.I loved the service . Our server, Acie B ,was very personable and attentive, which I look for when I dine out . Complimentary Mumm made us feel special on my husband's birthday. The baby greens salad had just a hint of delicious dressing. The Zuppa di Pesce was remarkable , especially the way it was presented. Lavazza coffee was just right way to end our day. Thanks,RIVA and staff!4/30/2013 12:00:00 AMParkingThe restaurant experience was great. I wasnt awareThat the restaurant didn't validate the general navyPier parking which is $25 ( which I paid) the restaurant Does have a valet service and that price is $12 w/ restaurant Validation.4/28/2013 12:00:00 AMOkay, it is in the middleOkay, it is in the middle of the biggest tourist destination, Navy Pier. Once you get past the packed restaurants with gobs of people waiting, it is nice to arrive at your reserved table at Riva. We are Phil Stefani fans and find Riva consistent, great service, and fabulous views. The food is good too. You can't go wrong to eat on Navy Pier at Riva's.4/27/2013 12:00:00 AMExcellent service!Excellent service, wonderful food, great views in a very comfortable dining room.4/25/2013 12:00:00 AMOutstanding service & food.My wife and I had a wonderful experience at the Riva Crabhouse on Navy Pier. I had flowers delivered and the staff had them ready on a nice private table with a view of the lake. The Coconut Shrimp and Crabcake appetizers were awesome. In fact, my wife had more as her entree, while I enjoyed a 13 oz. New York Strip steak cooked to perfection! I don't always find a chef who will leave my steak as "cold" or "blue", ie...Extremely Rare. We will definitely keep this establishment on our list of "To Enjoy Again" and to our "Recommended to Friends!"
Note: I left the "NOISE" score above as 1 (system will let me leave it blank), as there was NO issue with noise!4/18/2013 12:00:00 AMIt was our 35 wedding aniversaryIt was our 35 wedding aniversary and it was a perfect night.Many thanks and high 5's to all4/8/2013 12:00:00 AMA beautiful setting..a windowA beautiful setting..a window seat overlooking the Navy Pier and Lake Michigan. Wonderful Tapas (small plates). Was so thrilled I chose a medley of venison sausage with a blueberry sauce, huge white gulf shrimp, and tasty artichoke balls!! Delicious meal!
Oh, and the Lobster bisque rocked!4/4/2013 12:00:00 AM