They gave us the wrong dinner, denied the mistake a few times and then made an awful attempt to correct it by adding an ingredient to the wrong dinner. They then charged us full price for the dinner we never received.
Not a great experience. They were serving a large group and did not have enough staff during pre theater lunch
Will not go again
They have live entertainment on Sunday's which is lovely but they were loud and made it hard to hear my guest.
Mother’s Day pre-theater Dinner
To celebrate my wife’s birthday, we saw a broadway matinee followed by dinner at La Rivista followed by “another” play in the evening!
Great for pre-theater when you are in a hurry. Great prix fixe menu as well. Wait staff attentive but not too friendly. Host Nick is wonderful.
Our waiter was very inexperienced and did not know the menu. They do not really have Bistecca Fiorentina but they will burn the outside of a thin steak. Our dishes from the regular menu were all poor but those from the specials menu were good. The only really good part of our experience was the music provided by Bill Zeffero.
Very disappointed with the food and especially the service. The waiter did not appear to be able to hear our order over the noise . The caused the waiter to miss several items in our order. The food was fair at best. In addition to the missed orders, water glasses were filled early on in the dinner and never after the main meal was served. In fairness to the restaurant when we complained about the missed orders they removed them from the check. There are much better places in the area.
The feel and vibe was excellent and the food was outstanding. I ordered the risotto and it was definitely the first time that actually said this is better than my dad's risotto. The one negative is that the service was extremely slow. Not sure if this was the normal service crew but it did not seem like they had much help. We were going to a show and had to rush out with having a chance to have coffee & dessert.
I thought the food was very good and the service was excellent. The only negative was that we were seated upstairs and it was really uncomfortable, because of the high temperature of the room. I would not want to sit upstairs, again, unless the room was cooler. I still have one Dinner for 4 to use before it expires. Otherwise, the atmosphere was lovely.
It was a Wednesday , we needed to head to a show. The service was slow.
There were 2appetizers that were not up to par. The endive salad was old, brown and very unappealing. 2guests ordered the branzino and it tasted great but we were unde the impression that it would’ve been brought out And fileted tableside.
On the plate were some (not enough) vegetables
The plates were not similar.
, again tasted great but no effort was really put into this meal.
Elegant, classic restaurant. Entrees on reasonably priced prix fixe menu were delicious, but portions were small. Despite a large wait staff, service was spotty, initially very attentive up to getting the appetizer, but then almost non-existant. Took very long time to get entrees, which included side of potatoes that were barely warm. Bus boys were efficient in clearing plates as we finished each course. We have been here before and the service was much better.
I have been to La Rivista several times, and have often recommended it to others. I have never been disappointed, food is always very good, nice atmosphere, and the service is outstanding.
La Rivisita has been one of our favorite NYC restaurants for a number of years. We try to have dinner there whenever we come to town. Our last visit on 4/21/18 was less satisfactory than previous visits. The food was still good, but we thought the menu had less choices and there did not seem to be the variety of really special Italian dishes as before. Having integrated a few Broadway Joe's items into the menu has weakened it. Also, two of the four entrees our table ordered were sold out and the waiter did not know that when we ordered. The piano player was not playing background music, but performing a show - singing , chatting with customers, etc. We did not remember the music being so obvious in prior visits. We felt that the overall ambiance was not of a "fine restaurant" but one that was trying to remake itself as a "happening place."
Despite its excellent location and good food, this may NOT be the place to go for a pre-theater meal. We sat down at 6:15 p.m. and had our orders placed by 6:30 (our reservations were for 6:30, but we came early; curtain at 8:00 at a theater close-by). You'd think a restaurant in the theater district would know how to pace its service to get people out in time (an hour and a half should be sufficient) - but, despite informing staff that we were theater-bound, the service was slow. Since one of my companions ordered the prix fixe meal, we asked the server to bring her dessert AND the check at the same time. Didn't help! We had to inhale the shared dessert, anxiously wait to pay and rush to the theater. On top of this, the restaurant had no idea about the current "romaine lettuce" problem (shouldn't restaurants know about these things??). OTHER than this, the food was good (the portions are small to average, be sure to order an appetizer or salad), and the venue was pleasant. Would only return if I did NOT have theater tickets!
I took my sister to NYC for her retirement gift. We saw a play, then had dinner at La Rivista. We did the price-fix menu. We were waited on like royalty, staff was pleasant & did the right thing. Dinner was yummy and I had a delicious dessert & cappuccino. I would definitely revisit this restaurant.
Took my daughters there for the first time. They said the food was very good. They are going to recommend it to their friends. Staff very friendly.
Great for post theater dinner with good price fine menu.
This restaurant was excellent. My wife, daughter, and friend, and I truly enjoyed it. This was our second visit and we have never been disappointed
Recommend by a friend “ Great Italian Food” . Exceeded our expectations. Food and service was great . Ambiance is nice , live music mix crowd. We are definitely going back !!!
Unfortunately my experience was too bad. The food wasn’t even good.
As appetizers my husband ordered a truffle fried polenta which wasn’t fried and no truffle taste.
My order was a green salad, the greens are good but the sauce was not handmade, it was clearly from a bottle at the “supermarket “.
The main course for both of us were veal. It was soft but the gravy again was not handmade.
The only good think was the chocolate mousse and the espresso. The waiter although the restaurant was empty didn’t pay attention in our table and we had to call him to refill water.
Definitely that was my first and last time I tried La Rivista.
Excellent food, ambience, and service. Priced appropriately. Great experience!
Delicious food, attentive service team, and close to all of the Broadway theaters. We come here all the time before shows because they are so accommodating about timing. Their prefixed menu is fantastic and a great price!
Two of four appetizers were almost inedible, restaurant extremely noisy, limited menu.
Pre Show dinner
The food is delicious and our server was very attentive. The ambience is standard; nice but nothing special. We ordered from the Price Fixed Menu; the portions were somewhat adequate, but not generous. The veal medallions with mushroom wine sauce was superb! One of my friends ordered the Chicken with Proscuitto and Mozzarella Cheese; she thought it was also delicious. The meals had 3 or 4 small chunks of roasted potato as a side dish; they were a little undercooked and hard. I would have preferred a side of pasta or a green vegetable, but everything is a la carte and in my opinion a bit pricey. We arrived at the restaurant a few minutes before our 5 PM reservation for post-matinee dinner and were seated immediately. The tables started to fill up around 5:30-6:00 PM and was almost at full capacity when we were leaving at around 7 PM. Please note: the website menu pricing is obsolete; the Price Fixed Dinner is now $29.75 (not $28.50 as advertised). I didn't compare the a la carte pricing.
I hated to give less than a good review but I have to call them like I see them. Waited almost 20 minutes after we were seated to get a menu or even take a cocktail order. Food was okay, nothing memorable.
Dinner before our first Broadway show ever. Everything was great and we thoroughly enjoyed our meal. Definitely recommend!
The food we had was good, although many things on the menu were not available.
La Rivista was the perfect restaurant to celebrate my birthday with family and friends. We all had such a wonderful time and dinner was delicious. The waiters were so accommodating and the service was fantastic. They even put a candle on my dessert and sang happy birthday to me. It was a very special birthday celebration.
Attentive staff bringing water, bread and taking a drink order and bringing drinks long before the captain/ maitre d' came to take our order. Food was very good -- recommend the calamari which was light and fresh. Everyone at our table satisfied with the meal and the drinks.
We'll be back.
Food was delicious We all had the price fixed dinner. It was excellentl. Great choices on the menu
Food was good. Service is horrible. They are slow and rude
The service was horrible. We had to ask for menus after being there 20 minutes, then we waited a half hour to get a drink. By the time the food came we had been there way over an hour. They never brought the dessert that came with the meal and the staff was rude when we inquired about our food. I am hoping they were just having a bad night , but they are on restaurant row and they should have been prepared for a theatre crowd. Very disappointing.
Very gracious and attentive staff. We both chose from the prix fixe menu. Great choices. We had the veal cannelloni and veal with prosciutto and Parmesan. The chocolate mousse cake was to die for.
Came here for dinner before a show. Had reservations and were seated immediately. Was a little odd that they did not have a drink menu but was told "we can make anything you want" so I got a rum and coke. I ordered the Linguine with clam sauce, my partner ordered the stuffed chicken. 25 minutes after we ordered one of the line chefs said they were out of what my partner ordered and she needed to pick something else. She ended up getting the surf and turf. When our food came, mine was great. My partner's steak was very undercooked so they took it away to throw back on the grill. It came back a little while later and looked better. They also threw in a couple of extra potatoes to make up for the miscooking. This would have been fine but when she got to the second half of her steak it was still very undercooked. We unfortunately did not have time or we would have said something and had it sent back to cook some more. The staff was nice. The older man who sat us and took our order was nice, but was very hard to understand. That being said the food was good and I would still recommend it to people.
Great restaurant. Food is delicious. I’ve been here several times and food is always wonderful. They even have a $30 price fix menu with appetizer dinner and dessert.
Had an excellent pre-show meal with my daughter. Charming small restaurant. Pasta was cooked perfectly.
The food was very good. Entertainment was excellent. The service was outstanding.