In Riva

4.7
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$30 and under
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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.
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4.7based on recent ratings
4.7
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4.7
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4.4
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94% of people would recommend it to a friend
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TM
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I have never had a bad meal here. I highly recommend the margherita pizza!

P
Philadelphia
18 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Sadly, we were disappointed. Our table was by the door and we froze our entire meal. Plans need to be made to address the cold weather.
Our service was mediocre at best.
The food was good but with the other similar restaurants in the area we will think twice before returning.

B
Denver
7 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience2

Overall good experience both times we have dined. Food is very good, as was service. The freezing cold draft that wafts through the restaurant is my only concern. We have sat in several different locations and always notice it.

OT
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Good experience

TB
Philadelphia
8 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Good food great waitress no wait lots of quiet children family friendly

OT
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food and service were wonderful, as always!! We always look forward to the chefs creative and unique menu items!

M
Philadelphia
55 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

THE BEST!! ⭐️💕⭐️ 💕

M
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall3food4service3ambience2

Valentines Day, so I get it. We made a reservation in advance and were seated in an area to the left that was blasted with frigid air every time the door opened. The pizza was good and worth the price. Everything else seemed overpriced and small. It was loud, dark and very cold. I had to keep my coat on the entire meal to get through.

p
Philadelphia
7 reviews
Dined on February 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and Service!

OT
Philadelphia
9 reviews
Dined on February 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was so flavorful!! The service was awesome ! I will certainly be back again

RC
Philadelphia
14 reviews
Dined on February 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love it and go frequently for years. Very consistent and high quality. Only drawback is that the music is too loud and makes conversation difficult.

I
Philadelphia
12 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience3

Overall, In Riva offers an exceptional dining experience. The selection of small plates is intriguing and we were pleased with all of them. Our food attendant was superb and our courses arrived quickly. However, the noise level was quite high. Not an intimate setting.

M
Philadelphia
55 reviews
Dined on February 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fabulous dinner with friends ~
Pizza, pasta, salads & fish all consistently terrific!!
Love In Riva!!! 💕

OT
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on February 2, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best Omelet I have ever eaten!!!!

LB
Philadelphia
5 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Great. Pizza is delicious.

M
Philadelphia
55 reviews
Dined on January 31, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Steve & his crew are fabulous!!
Arugula salad, pizzas, pasta & bronzino are all terrific!!!
My go to place always...great atmosphere & never disappoints!!

P
Philadelphia
86 reviews
Dined on January 30, 2020
Overall4food5service3ambience3

We got overcharged which I didn’t find out until we got home. $31.00 for a pizza a beer and an Aranciata. Fabric should be added to the ceiling or somewhere because it’s extremely loud.

R
New York Area
15 reviews
Dined on January 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Delicious twist on Italian favorites. Looking forward to going back in the summer.

MM
Philadelphia
10 reviews
Dined on January 28, 2020
Overall3food4service3ambience2

The food was very good and service was fine. The noise level was terribly loud and the lights just too bright. Would return but definitely not for quiet conversation.

OT
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on January 24, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience4

The cauliflower piccata dish was exceptional. Perfectly fried with a well seasoned balanced sauce. Certainly the highlight of the well curated menu. Well done!

B
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on January 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Services was excellent! Everything came out fast and was delicious. One of our favorites and we’ll be sure to go back.

LL
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on January 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience3

I really enjoyed the spiced edamame and Pistachios. Our group had pizza which I didn’t eat but everyone liked it. I had the broccoli salad and enjoyed it very much.

CR
Philadelphia
12 reviews
Dined on January 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Delicious!

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c
Philadelphia
31 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience2

Very noisy on a Saturday night. Should have sat outside. Pizza is always extra good.

OT
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on January 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place to either do a small plates date night, or a quick trip for phenomenal pizza!

OT
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on December 26, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience2

Food was fantastic. The server was awesome! The server was very knowledgeable about the menu and quickly took care of us. She was super nice and took care of us with pleasure. My only complaint is that we were sat next to a loud family with many little kids who continuously kicked the bench we shared, killing the ambience.

M
Philadelphia
27 reviews
Dined on December 26, 2019
Overall4food5service3ambience5

We really enjoyed everything. Apps, flatbread, entrees and dessert all delivered. First time but we will be back.

s
Philadelphia
10 reviews
Dined on December 21, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Good pizza and salads and drinks. Lovely in the warmer months when you can dine outdoors. Pizzas are a little pricier than I think they should be.

OT
Philadelphia
11 reviews
Dined on December 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I dont know why we dont go here more often. Fantastic pasta.

ML
Philadelphia
34 reviews
Dined on December 11, 2019
Overall3food1service5ambience3

Haven't been to In Riva for a few years & went for lunch with a friend. I was amazed - the food was terrible!!! I had gnocchi with short ribs - the beef was good but the rest was gummy & the tomato sauce very acidic. An arugula salad with a MOUNTAIN of grated cheese and so much oil I couldn't eat it. My friend had a pasta dish - can't remember the name - fat noodles with mushrooms. The sauce was good but the noodles were not quite cooked. Sad. I used to like the place but won't go back. The waiter was wonderful, by the way.

OT
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on December 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This place is a family fav that never disappoints. Delicious pizza and chill vibe

CR
Philadelphia
12 reviews
Dined on December 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Just wonderful

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M
Philadelphia
55 reviews
Dined on December 6, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The arugula salad is simply the best!
Food ~ excellent
Staff ~ outstanding
My place to take friends or go it alone!!

HJ
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on December 4, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love it! Absolutely my favorite in Philly! Great for kids, adults, and doggies too.

BS
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on November 27, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Wonderful fun evening. Great service. Food good- great for garlic lovers

OT
1 review
Dined on November 20, 2019
Overall4food3service5ambience3

I found the bread serviced with my food was too greasy and some of the dishes are a little too small maybe. But apart from this everything else was great.

BM
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on November 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Excellent food and great service. Menu is reasonably priced. Great day.

MA
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on November 10, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic brunch with the family. We were seated right away, service was extremely attentive and the food was beyond delicious. You know it’s a great experience when everyone left feeling full and satisfied, and couldn’t stop raving about it. Added bonus for me - I’m a vegetarian and there were tons of options for me to choose from, and a lot of items I could make vegetarian simply by ordering them without the meat. Love that they are so accommodating here!

NS
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great time, great food. Waiter was nice and didn’t rush us out.

T
Philadelphia
8 reviews
Dined on November 5, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience3

I’ve been to In Riva many times and the food and service is always consistently good

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