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In Riva

4.6
4.6
1650 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.

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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 47 times today

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    Italian, Pizza Bar

  • Hours of operation

    Wed, Thu 3:00 pm–9:00 pm Fri 12:00 pm–10:00 pm Sat 12:00 pm–1:00 am Sun 12:00 pm–9:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (215) 438-4848

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Executive chef

    Arthur Cavaliere

  • Neighborhood

    East Falls

  • Cross street

    N Ferry Rd.

  • Parking details

    There is a small private lot in front of the restaurant, as well as a large self-pay city lot just across North Ferry Road. Street parking is also available.

  • Public transit

    K <br />61 <br />R-6 Regional Rail

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Counter Seating, Delivery, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, View, Weekend Brunch, Wine

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What 1,650 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.6
4.6 based on recent ratings
  • 4.7Food
  • 4.4Service
  • 4.4Ambience
  • 4.3Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Philadelphia

    Outdoor Dining

  • Philadelphia

    Scenic View

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  1. RR

    RRE2015

    New England

    9 reviews

    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Dined for a birthday dinner. We all shared appetizers and mains. Rave reviews from all seven of our party. Pizza’s are top notch. Service was very good on a busy Sunday evening. Even though the place was packed, we never felt rushed.
  2. AB

    AllieB

    Philadelphia

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Got the Greco salad and bianco verde pizza, and both were FABULOUS. Loved our meal and the experience. Looking forward to our next visit.
  3. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We love everything about this restaurant! The food is excellent and the staff are great!! Highly recommend!
  4. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Philadelphia

    6 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    6 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall3food5service1ambience5
    Service is horrible! Food is delicious!!
  5. RT

    RomyT

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Needed a place for a quick bite before a concert at the Mann theatre and my friend recommended Riva. It was the perfect spot with a great view of the river. Loved all the food choices and the lovely summer cocktails. I dont drink much but I loved the Luisiani cocktail which had gin, lavender and blueberries. Perfect for a summer refresher. After the quick service and delicious dinner we had an easy ride to the Mann! Perfect spot!
  6. MH

    MarissaHen

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I've never had a bad experience here. I just brought my mom here for her birthday. I wish I remembered our servers name but she was amazing. She has voluminous curly blonde hair and is younger. SHE ROCKED. My mom felt so special and had such an amazing experience. The whipped ricotta is the best and so is their pizza. SO HAPPY THIS PLACE RE OPENED! Such a East falls Staple.
  7. D

    Diner

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall4food5service5ambience4
    The inside of the restaurant smells like sewer gas! Glad we sat outside! Food was excellent. Music from speakers was loud and unpleasant. Servers were friendly and professional.
  8. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Pizzas were amazing
  9. KD

    KDiegel

    Philadelphia

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Love the atmosphere of In Riva. Great selection of drinks. There pizza is amazing of course. got the spicy chicken parm appetizer - chicken on the bone was unexpected but it was awesome and the sauce was amazing, we used our pizza crust to eat the extra sauce.
  10. T

    Tyrone

    Philadelphia

    25 reviews

    5.0

    25 reviews

    Dined on August 7, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great place for lunch on a Sunday.
  11. HB

    HelenB

    Philadelphia

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 7, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    So glad In Riva is back!
  12. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 6, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience4
    Great food and great service on a lush riverbank ALMOST make you forget you’re sitting under the freeway. But don’t pass up an opportunity to try this place!
  13. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Philadelphia

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on August 6, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    From the very start it was amazing. The hostess very polite. Waitress was great. Drinks you guessed it, “GREAT-“. Food was amazing. Highly recommend.
  14. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Philadelphia

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 5, 2022

    overall3food4service2ambience3
    We love In Riva and we are glad it is back after the Ida flood but it could be so much better. The service is not so great. We ordered 2 apps, a pasta, and a pizza. Two glasses of wine. The pizza was so late to the table that I thought they might have forgotten. We were done with our meal but it took us another 20-25 minutes to pay and leave. During that time there were many dishes that should have been cleared, especially with so many staff walking around. Also, it was more expensive than take out from Morimoto for 2.
  15. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Philadelphia

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on August 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Since they’ve opened (and reopened) never once have I had a bad meal or experience. It’s always spectacularly good. Food and service.
  16. r

    rachels

    Philadelphia

    12 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on August 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    So glad they are re-opened. Been coming here for years and love it every time.
  17. MT

    MatthewT

    Philadelphia

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on August 1, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Come here every Sunday for the half off bottle of wine. All of their food is delicious. I highly recommend any of the pizzas, the whipped ricotta and the spicy chicken parmigiana!
  18. BJ

    BJ121

    Philadelphia

    9 reviews

    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on July 31, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    My wife and I have been waiting, with baited breath, the reopening of In Riva. We made it there last night and it did not disappoint. The food and drinks are always imaginative and delicious, the ambience is very energetic, and the service is terrific. We can’t wait to go back.
  19. c

    christopher

    Philadelphia

    22 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    22 reviews

    Dined on July 31, 2022

    overall2food5service1ambience2
    Food was very good but unfortunately the service was not
  20. LM

    LanceM

    Exclusive

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on July 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fun cocktails. Pasta selections for the table were all excellent. Service is always on point at In Riva
  21. PQ

    PQuiz

    Philadelphia

    29 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    29 reviews

    Dined on July 30, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    What a delish lunch! And the place is well appointed, our server was amazing, hostess lack some information (maybe some training would help, know the restaurant, know what the farmers market next door is). A great place for any occasion, urban setting and had a great sense of community.
  22. JP

    JosephP

    Philadelphia

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 29, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Quite simply , cuisine that matches high end restaurants in a mostly casual setting. This is a great spot for Italian with an interesting menu. Not the same old thing.
  23. B

    Bella

    Philadelphia

    4 reviews

    3.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on July 29, 2022

    overall3food3service2ambience2
    The server had attitude. She wasn't helpful at all when asked to describe the sticky ribs. My friend and I both ordered the same pasta entree which came out about 20 mins apart. When we pointed this our to her, she looked at us as if to say - so what. So, I don't plan to return.
  24. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Philadelphia

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great pizza. Convenient for cyclists
  25. r

    rynofoodie23

    Philadelphia

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on July 24, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience4
    Excellent food, delicious wine and relaxed atmosphere! Pretty outdoor dining along the water. Service was very good and the day was super hot and their air was out, so impressed given circumstances. Will be back again!
  26. BF

    BariF

    Philadelphia

    8 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on July 24, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience2
    Our dinner was excellent. It was incredibly disappointing that the a/c was broken. This was not mentioned when we arrived. Also it’s 100 degrees out. I’m sure the restaurant was disappointed about this too but think they should have been honest and up front about it. Would have liked to been notified prior to arrival but if that wasn’t possible they really should have said something. It was difficult to enjoy our meal as much as we could have since it was so incredibly hot.
  27. f

    foxchasefoodies

    Philadelphia

    30 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    30 reviews

    Dined on July 23, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience4
    Cocktails, salads, pizza was fab. So happy In Riva is back. One of our most favorite places to dine outdoors.
  28. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Philadelphia

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on July 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Birthday dinner at my favorite place!
  29. PL

    PrincessLenox

    Philadelphia

    19 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    19 reviews

    Dined on July 17, 2022

    overall2food4service2ambience1
    Good food but noise level is deafening. We four couldn't hear each other for most of the meal. Service was poor - slow, appetizers arrived before drinks, one entree before the others, needed help to get a server to take our payment. When we realized how noisy it was inside, before we even looked at the menu, we asked to move outside - "no space" we were told although we could see that at least one outside table remained open the entire length of our stay.
  30. G

    Gary

    Philadelphia

    111 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    111 reviews

    Dined on July 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food and great service with a group of high school friends in our way to see Jackson Browne. Perfect night.
  31. A

    Aviation

    Philadelphia

    167 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    167 reviews

    Dined on July 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great salads and pizza! Not all ingredients were listed on menu for the Greco salad so be sure to say “no onions” if you dislike raw red onions in your salad!
  32. LO

    LizO

    Philadelphia

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    We were looking for brick oven pizza since our favorite place recently retired. The pizza was delicious, the arugula salad was outstanding, and my family also enjoyed the gnocchi. We'll definitely go back.
  33. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Philadelphia

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This is one of our favorite spots. Every dish and drink we have tried we love! Can’t wait to go back!
  34. DA

    DonnaA

    Philadelphia

    4 reviews

    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on July 15, 2022

    overall4food5service3ambience3
    The music was loud and awful. Metal does. It create great ambiance. More vegan options would be appreciated.
  35. CL

    ChocolateLover1

    New York Area

    9 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on July 9, 2022

    overall4food4service3ambience3
    So glad to see In Riva back in action after post-flooding damage. It's a great location and the food is wonderful. Noise level in the dining room was a little loud. Might sit outside next time.
  36. MF

    MarkF

    London

    12 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on July 9, 2022

    overall5food4service4ambience5
    It is great to have In Riva open again!
  37. K

    Kathy

    Philadelphia

    77 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    77 reviews

    Dined on July 8, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience3
    Food and service were very good. Sitting inside was much too noisy. Should have sat outside.
  38. HG

    HeatherG

    New England

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on July 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing drinks and food, good service, and it’s such a nice place with a good vibe.
  39. T

    Top23

    Philadelphia

    49 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    49 reviews

    Dined on July 8, 2022

    overall3food5service3ambience1
    The food at In Riva is generally superb. Pizzas are great. My grilled octopus was prepared brilliantly but drenched in kalamata olive purée and cherry purée. A nice combo but about 5 times more than needed. Brevity is the soul of wit and all that. Service was desultory. We never got a second beer, for example. The worst part: Loud and very unpleasant 70s metal, replete with extravagantly indulgent guitar solos and ear-piercing and unnecessary frontman screaming. This was bad music 50 years ago and it’s still bad, particularly at lunch on a lovely summer day. We asked to have it turned down with no perceptible diminishment. And, BTW, should you need the facilities, bring your own wipes because it’s impossible to get anything larger than a scrap from the dispensers. Sigh.
  40. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 7, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Everything was delicious, from the food to the drinks. Our waiter was very kind and helpful. The food here is the best meal I’ve had in Philly.

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
  • 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

FAQs

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

In Riva is rated 4.6 stars by 1650 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 47 times today
Google Map for In Riva

4116 Ridge Ave, Philadelphia, PA 19129

Additional information

  • Cross street

    N Ferry Rd.

  • Neighborhood

    East Falls

  • Hours of operation

    Wed, Thu 3:00 pm–9:00 pm Fri 12:00 pm–10:00 pm Sat 12:00 pm–1:00 am Sun 12:00 pm–9:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    Italian, Pizza Bar

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Parking details

    There is a small private lot in front of the restaurant, as well as a large self-pay city lot just across North Ferry Road. Street parking is also available.

  • Public transit

    K 61 R-6 Regional Rail

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive chef

    Arthur Cavaliere

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Counter Seating, Delivery, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, View, Weekend Brunch, Wine

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