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Went before show. Had 2 hrs 15 min to have dinner and ended up rushing. Food was good, service quite slow. Wine we had for $40 bottle was awful. Marked up 4 times store price.
When you walk into a restaurant on a Friday night at 5:45 and wonder "Is this place open?" it is probably a sign that you are in for a strange night. We had a reservation but they did not even ask us our name.... My wife ordered a bottle of Cabernet but we were told that they had no Cabernet. None? The wine we got was fine, the bread was ok, the service was good and the food was pretty bad. Lasagna was a thick glob of heavy, unidentifiable cheese. My wife ordered the ravioli and got a plate of 3 raviolis. Three raviolis. Service was good - but there was no one else there so you would expect attention. Yes, it was a strange night.
Average food but more than made up for that with piano player and singer
We really enjoy "La Rivista" for a pre-theatre dinner. They have good food, good service and a pleasant atmosphere. They offer a reasonably priced fixed-price dinner. Also, it's usually quiet, which makes it great for conversation. They removed an entree that I love from the menu, the Mushroom Ravioli, but I'm hoping they bring it back. Also, I wish they'd offer sorbet as a desert option, for those of us who are health conscious!
We had an amazing dinner on New Year's Eve. The staff was extremely helpful with suggestions and they did not disapp6.
Service was shockingly poor. Bar was missing standard brands. Told waiter we were pre-theater. It had no effect on the speed at which the meal was served, which was slow. Menu did not accurately describe ingredients in dishes. Dinner included dessert. No one asked if we wanted dessert or coffee. All in all an awful experience.
They were very short handed because it was Christmas but they did their best and we appreciated it. Would definitely go back.
My co-diner’s burger was burnt on the outside and raw on the inside (she had asked for medium). When she sent it back it returned well done, and still burnt on the outside. She likened it to eating a “hockey puck.” Half of my food was put down on the far corner of the table, and the other dish Was placed in the middle, nothing in front of me. The waiter forgot to bring more bread with the meal, even though I requested it.
We were seated 35 minutes late even though we were 5 minutes early for our reservation time. The service was slow and lacking. The food was completely underwhelming. I expect better from a pre-theatre restaurant.
Seats in the dining room are all stained and extremely dirty. No one even brought us a glass of water for over 10 minutes.
We have been visiting this restaurant every year for the past 8 years and it has always been an experience but with good food. This year they had No wine and changed the menu. We will find another favorite next year. :(
Waiting an extremely long time before order was taken. Customer came and left but my table was not attended to. The food was not worth what was charged. Basically it is what is considered a 100% Tours Trap.
Food okay, not so great. Service was horrible
Terrible experience, the waiters were very slow and didn’t care to ask for your order. It took them 20 min to give us water and bread and 30 min of waiting for the food they said they didn’t know how much longer it was going to take. Will not be coming back here.
We must have hit it on a night when people called in sick. The service was awful. One waiter and one bus boy!
We had soup and salad in order to make it to the theatre! The waiter told us if we ordered anything else we would not get it in time. We were very disappointed.
We had a reservation for 3 before an 8:00 show. Waited for 15 minutes to be seated. No menus, no water, no server. We had to leave and were accommodated by another restaurant nearby. Will never return. The entire thing was out of a Monty Python episode.
Excellent food...and the prix fixe dinner is a real bargain
Sie haben es leider nicht so im Griff... Service flopp, Essen beinahe top!
This was our second visit to the restaurant after our first visit was such a positive one but this one we didn’t get any bread plates they brought out two salads instead of a salad and a soup and the dessert menu which is usually extensive was only two choices. The wait staff was not attentive at all.
Jack is the reason that we are returning customers! He really takes care of eveyone, down to remembering our favorite orders!
We were treated very well by all staff! Thank you Jack for your hospitality! The food was delicious and the ambiance delightful!! We will return!! Ellen Brett
Attentive, professional service and very good food.
We found this place because it was so close to a broadway show, they wont seat you (no matter how many empty tables) unless you have a reservation.
Food was good.... restaurNt had few guests so it was quiet. Nice room and table setting. Prix fixe menu a value
My wife and I were joined by another couple for pre-theater dining at La Rivista on Monday October 28, 2019.
La Rivista has a great location on W 46th St. in the heart of the theater district. I also has an upscale feel when you enter with tables reasonably spaced and white table cloths. It also offers a price-fixed option for only $30 that includes appetizer, entree and desert.
Things look great...at first.
The bread is excellent but served with butter rather than fresh olive oil.
The tomato caprese salad is not very good. Tomato sliced so thin that you can see through it and supermarket mozzarella instead of fresh.
The chicken with artichokes tastes ok - but clearly is cooked in advance and then heated when needed.
No one in our party said anything was bad - but no one said that anything was good (forget delicious/excellent).
There are better choices in or near the theater district.
We were there on a quiet Thursday apres theatre rush. Not crowded and what a treat to have multiple ex broadway folks stepping up to piano accompanying and singing. Lingered an extra hour enjoying the music. Entrees were wonderful too!
Excellent food. Nice the ambiance with the pianist and the young lady singer.
Worst service we experienced in NYC. Four of us came here for pre-show dinner. We had 5:45 pm reservation for 8 pm show. We arrived on time and were seated by the busboy. As soon as we sat down, a large group with no reservation walked in and asked the matre' d (who appeared to be the only waiter) if they had table for 11 people. The large group was seated and the waiter immediately attended to this group (took drink and food orders...). Meanwhile, we along with patrons of three other tables - all had reservations - were being completed ignored. We had to ask the busboy to bring us menus and waited over 40 minutes before a waiter came to our table and took orders. We then waited for another half an hour for our food. That walk-in group finished eating and paid their check before our food came out! As a result, we didn't have time to finish our meal before having to leave and catch the show. For what they charge for, food quality is mediocre but the service was unacceptable!
Nothing special about the food, service was awkward.
Great food , service and music made for a wonderful evening!
Reasonably priced pre-theater place with tasty Italian dishes, fresh seafood and vegetables, and friendly waitstaff.
La Rivista never disappoints.
This quaint place was perfect for our pre show dinner date. We were a bit late for our reservation but it was no problem to be seated. I loved the ambiance and the atmosphere! It was a bit warm since the doors were open to the patio but with time, it cooled down. The staff was very nice, the menu we chose was a fixed price with great options in each category and affordable! The servings were adequate and just an enjoyable experience. We will definitely be back!
Their sauces have a flavor like no other. I can’t put my finger on it but the only thing that compares is when I visit Italy. We visit every time we come to New York and sometimes two or three times! You won’t be disappointed
Great meal. Great ambiance. Right on restaurant row. Lovely. Will come again. Pate, caprese, polenta appetizers were great Beal entrees too. Great cappuccino and dessert.
It was our first visit and we were a bit confused because we didn’t realize it was also Broadway Joe’s Steakhouse but when we went in we were greeted & seated promptly. The food was delicious plus you had so many choices - the regular menu, the specials menu & a price fixed menu. The service was attentive and the ambiance was terrific. I would definitely return and will recommend it to anyone looking for a good restaurant in the theater district.
Great all around. The piano music during dinner was an added plus.
This is a "classic" Italian restaurant. It serves everything you'd expect in such a menu, extremely well prepared and delicious. This is comfort food. This is not a food adventure. But if you want a really well prepared scaloppine, this is a great choice. If, to you, that's a cliché, this isn't your restaurant. We loved it.
I thought they should have a list of wine by the glass especially if one glass costs $16
Great food and service at this Restaurant Row establishment which we frequent several times each year. The portions are appropriate and the food is always pleasing.
La Rivista is rated 3.4 stars by 1246 OpenTable diners.