In Riva

4.7
1420 Reviews
$30 and under
Italian
In Riva is the first venture by Philadelphia-born chef Arthur Cavaliere who has combined the similarities of his two favorite cities—Naples and Philadelphia—to deliver an unparalleled culinary experience. Sticking with the Italian translation of its name, In Riva is located "along the banks" of the Schuylkill River in East Falls.

In Riva is a Southern Italian inspired restaurant with urban flair, specializing in Napoletana style pizza, house-made pasta and contemporary antipasti. In Riva also offers an eclectic array of new and old world wines, Italian craft beers and racy specialty cocktails.

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
Physical Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
What 1420 people are saying
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LouisA
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall4food5service3ambience4

One of my favorite places to eat. We usually have several apps and pizza. Kighly recommend

DC
DejaC
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This place was wonderful! Food was delicious and the drinks were also.

DH
DaniHoward
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I frequently go to In Riva twice a month and make it my “go to” restaurant for meetings. I have eaten most of menu that is offered except the pizza. I LOVE the place!
This is my opinion from a 38 year LA Cali Foodie

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Todd
New York Area
25 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Attentive staff. Numerous seating options. Nearby parking.

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Kristina
1 review
Dined on May 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I recently went to In Riva for the first time after just moving to the neighborhood. I reserved a table for my family of 8 a couple weeks in advance and we all loved it! The food came out so quickly and was absolutely delicious. I could not choose a favorite dish if I tried. It did fill up pretty quickly so it seems that reservations are the way to go. I will be recommending In Riva to my friends, just as it was recommended to me! No complaints here!

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vipFefe
Philadelphia
13 reviews
Dined on May 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My sons and I discovered In Riva over 5 years ago. They always remember the arcade game downstairs and the pizza. We were so happy to dine again at InRiva. The food was fantastic as well as the service.

FD
vipFrequentDiner
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on May 1, 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience3

In Riva has a spacious deck, with heat lamps and ample space between tables. Depending upon your table's location, you have a view of the river or a an outdoor parking lot. (The river view is preferable.)

The pizza at In Riva is excellent: wood-fired, with a nice variety of toppings.

JH
JoelH
Chicago
14 reviews
Dined on May 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outdoor seating was very scenic and the food delicious.

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
8 reviews
Dined on May 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a fresh food, easy going, delicious experience. From cocktails and beer to shared plates...phenomenal

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H2ogirl
1 review
Dined on April 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Bottom line the food is always great and the best outside dining location in Philly.

OT
OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on April 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Consistent and good food

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vipBaldBabs
Philadelphia
51 reviews
Dined on April 29, 2021
Overall3food4service2ambience4

2nd review for In Riva. Wow, what a difference a server makes. Emily, our server on 4/17 was fantastic. Friendly, caring, personable, knowledgably and pleasant. Explained the dishes, checked on how we were doing, etc. Our waitperson this time did not have many of these qualities. Maybe knowledgeable but since we felt we had to pull a description of a dish out of her it makes it hard to say. She would sweep past and ask if everything was fine and before we could respond or ask a question she would be gone. BTW - we were there early and the restaurant and outdoor areas were not busy for the first 45 minutes to an hour. The only time she seems to give us a touch of attention was when the check was presented. She was never rude, just not an interested or attentive service person. Needless to say our usual 20-25% tip was not applied. If this had been our first visit we would not be recommending it to friends and family.

The food was excellent. The broccolini caesar is fantastic. The pizzas are very good. So go for the food and ask for Emily.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
10 reviews
Dined on April 27, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Nice day for lunch on the patio. Food was delicious, service was perfect.

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vipDinetheworld
Philadelphia
133 reviews
Dined on April 27, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

We ate two different pizzas. Totally wonderful. Thin crust. Slightly charred from the oven. The cheese on the pizza was divine. River view. The noise is more from the traffic than other diners. We’ll definitely return

KP
KrisP
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on April 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My fave restaurant in Philly. Consistently excellent food, service, ambiance AND they have a parking lot!!

JR
vipJenniferR
Philadelphia
16 reviews
Dined on April 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love this place and the outdoor seating during the pandemic. Even though we are vaccinated we still aren’t eating indoors and the outdoor space is very large and comfortable here. The tasting menu with wine pairings has got to be the best deal around. Seriously. The bucatini with mushroom sauce is to die for and the pizzas are delicious. You get a cheese plate with the tasting menu and I think the whole thing is $45 or something, it’s a seriously good deal. Also they are so accommodating. We don’t eat pork or shellfish and they gladly change out items on the tasting menu. Get it. You won’t regret it!

MG
MarkG
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on April 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Delicious food and good wine. We enjoyed it tremendously.

EH
EmilyH
Chicago
1 review
Dined on April 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We enjoyed our first visit to In Riva with our two small kids and sat outdoors on the patio. Everyone enjoyed the appetizers, pizzas, and desserts we ordered. The adults enjoyed beer and a cocktail (which was great). The atmosphere has that East Falls charm, with views of the Schuylkill River and high-flying bridges overhead (exciting for the kids). There is the noise of traffic going by, but that is something our kids liked about it. The waitstaff was very friendly and attentive. They were considerate enough not to say the words "dessert menu" out loud in front of the kids (they mouthed it instead). Just so happened we were celebrating a special occasion and did order dessert, but we appreciated the thoughtfulness. We will definitely be back!

AJ
vipAJnx24
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on April 21, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Great spot for pizza and wine! I would recommend this place for a delicious dinner for the price. The pizza is the way to go.

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happydiner
Philadelphia
21 reviews
Dined on April 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It is so nice to be back here! I love the food and the ambience! Our server was great and so was the food. Table spacing and other precautions were great too!

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on April 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very good atmosphere and such a nice outside space for spring and summer! The pizza was great and the drinks were even better!

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vipmalika
Philadelphia
25 reviews
Dined on April 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My girlfriend and I had a great time catching up over great food and beautiful views.

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vipGinabina
New York Area
41 reviews
Dined on April 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place to grab lunch after a hike. Lovely river view. Handmade pasta and very authentic Neapolitan pizza. This is one of the few restaurants in the area open for indoor and outdoor dining.

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Adriana
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on April 17, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

This is the third time I came and it is always great food and service. However, not sure if it's because of COVID, but prices were elevated for what was serviced, specifically appetizers, pasta dishes and desserts.

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ANNIES
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on April 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and atmosphere!

BB
vipBaldBabs
Philadelphia
51 reviews
Dined on April 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was outstanding. Our waitress, Emily, was incredible. we will definitely be back because it was so wonderful. I got the five course chefs choice and it was a great deal

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vip6foodies
Philadelphia
48 reviews
Dined on April 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love everything!!

OT
OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on April 17, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

They no longer have brunch which was disappointing

CJ
CaraJ
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on April 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious food, awesome environment and wait staff. Can’t wait to go back and bring more people!

OT
vipOpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on April 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Delicious meal!

WL
vipWilliamL
Philadelphia
37 reviews
Dined on April 13, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Great salad! Very good Pizza. Nice service. Thanks.

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vipVertEats
Philadelphia
17 reviews
Dined on April 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always perfect... food, drinks, value.

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vipFoodie1
Philadelphia
10 reviews
Dined on April 10, 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience3

We ate the Arugula-Mushroom Salad which was good but would have been outstanding had there been a little more lemon in the vinaigrette.
We ordered the Margarita Pizza. The tomato sauce and cheese were so fresh-tasting and the crust was thin, crisp and delicious .

The menu had many pizza options as well as unusual pasta choices and a mouth-watering selection of main courses .

We can't wait to go back and try some other menu options.

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viplazlototh
Philadelphia
12 reviews
Dined on April 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We always eat outside (inside is noisy). Fab view, delicious food that folks of all ages and palates can enjoy. Attentive staff. I've been a huge fan since it opened.

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on April 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was amazing, we had a variety since we ordered the 3 course tasting. The dishes were all super fresh and delicious. We were served everything from salad to pasta and pizza and also cannolis. Our server was attentive and friendly and we were seated promptly. We sat outside and enjoyed the nice weather, it’s also nicely decorated outside. Great spot!

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vipOpenTable Diner
New England
6 reviews
Dined on April 10, 2021
Overall4food5service3ambience3

Amazing food as always. Tables outside are right on top of each other. They didnt seat a whole area and sat us right next to 2 other tables that were no where near 6 feet apart

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on April 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The host and waiter were very accommodating of my 93 year old grandmother, seating us away from the music, with a view of the river, speaking up while explaining the menu to her, and recommending their best mocktail. We had a great time. A couple of their handicap spots are temporarily occupied by picnic tables but the restaurant was very accessible.

MR
MariaR
Philadelphia
10 reviews
Dined on April 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

great food, great outdoor seating, great times with friends!

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ElizabethF
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on April 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As always, delicious food and a fun night out! I recommend the tasting. You get to try different things on the menu that you may not necessarily go for. I’ve been to this restaurant 15+ times and it has always been top notch.

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viprissa77
Philadelphia
12 reviews
Dined on April 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a good time. Always a good meal.

FAQs

In Riva offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (215) 438-4848.

In Riva is rated 4.7 stars by 1420 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.

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