La Rivista

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$31 to $50
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"La Rivista" - what does it mean? in English it means review, or "the revue" as in a Broadway review. Different actors, singers, dancers, musicians, comedians. Hey it make sense La Rivista" located on Broadway’s famous restaurant row- we specialize in a review too. A revue of the finest dishes of the various regions of Italy. the pastas of Sicily and Naples, the lamb dishes of Abruzzi, risotto from Milan, and so on. Ladies and gentlemen for your dining pleasure we offer you the finest in Italian cuisine "with the flavor of Bologna" - a revue of the most popular dishes of the regions of Italy. Luciano and James Marchignoli.
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OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall3food3service2ambience5

Sie haben es leider nicht so im Griff... Service flopp, Essen beinahe top!

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DG
San Francisco
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall2food2service1ambience3

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.

RC
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall4food4service3ambience4

Jack is the reason that we are returning customers! He really takes care of eveyone, down to remembering our favorite orders!

EB
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

MI
New York Area
34 reviews
Dined on November 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Attentive, professional service and very good food.

AN
Los Angeles
15 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall4food5service3ambience3

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.

GB
New York Area
109 reviews
Dined on October 30, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience4

Food was good.... restaurNt had few guests so it was quiet. Nice room and table setting. Prix fixe menu a value

TF
Atlanta
63 reviews
Dined on October 28, 2019
Overall2food3service4ambience4

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.

MW
Wilmington
1 review
Dined on October 24, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience4

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!

RM
New York Area
19 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall4food5service2ambience5

Excellent food. Nice the ambiance with the pianist and the young lady singer.

F
Las Vegas
10 reviews
Dined on October 4, 2019
Overall2food3service1ambience3

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!

A
San Francisco
9 reviews
Dined on October 1, 2019
Overall2food2service1ambience2

Nothing special about the food, service was awkward.

A
Charleston
11 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food , service and music made for a wonderful evening!

N
New York Area
72 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Reasonably priced pre-theater place with tasty Italian dishes, fresh seafood and vegetables, and friendly waitstaff.

d
Miami
26 reviews
Dined on August 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

La Rivista never disappoints.

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c
1 review
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience3

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!

MW
1 review
Dined on August 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

b
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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.

SA
New York Area
16 reviews
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience4

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.

KS
Charlotte
12 reviews
Dined on July 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great all around. The piano music during dinner was an added plus.

OT
Minneapolis
6 reviews
Dined on July 26, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience4

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.

a
Miami
31 reviews
Dined on July 26, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience4

I thought they should have a list of wine by the glass especially if one glass costs $16

RK
Naples
81 reviews
Dined on July 18, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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.

CM
New York Area
1 review
Dined on July 18, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was our second time at La Rivista. It is a wonderful restaurant right on restaurant row near all the theaters. Our food was delicious and well as the wine. We will be back soon.

S
Atlantic City
67 reviews
Dined on July 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The service was great and the food was exceptionally.

C
1 review
Dined on July 10, 2019
Overall3food4service4ambience4

Food and service were very good. Price of the cocktails were shocking when we got the bill! We each had 2 cosmopolitans (which were not the best we every tasted, but the most expensive). The price for 4 cocktails surpassed the price of 2 price fixe meals. I like the atmosphere, but don't think I will go back any time in the near future!

SM
1 review
Dined on June 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The environment is calming, tranquil and charming. The servers are friendly and helpful. The food is out of this world. We had the lasagna and my son said that it was the best that he had had in him life. The chocolate mousse cake was fabulous!

KR
1 review
Dined on June 22, 2019
Overall5food4service4ambience5

This is a special place for us for sentimental reasons. It is a nice long-time operation with dependable and comfortable ambience and service. It's not trendy or chaotic, just a nice quiet place for dinner in a smaller venue with a piano and live entertainment. Insider tip: make sure to ask the maitre d' for wine suggestions and offerings which may not be on the wine list. We've found a few lesser known wines that way.

BL
New York Area
51 reviews
Dined on June 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a delicious meal. Three of us ordered from the reasonably priced prix fixe menu and enjoyed chicken, fish, and porcini ravioli. Appetizers were also very good. The desserts were excellent- especially the tiramisu. I would definitely go back. Service was excellent and we got to our 7:30 curtain on time.

r
Los Angeles
6 reviews
Dined on June 19, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

the staff was very accommodating and quick to take our order, our food was a little scarce but tasted good.

m
Minneapolis
159 reviews
Dined on June 18, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience4

Very reasonable price and close to the theater. They had me at my play in no time. I wouldn't go out of my way for La Rivista though.

D
New York Area
46 reviews
Dined on June 15, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience3

This is basically a neighborhood Italian restaurant that happens to be in the theater district. Our hold pre-theater haunt of Da Rosina closed, and Joe Allen, our other "regular" was booked, so we gave La Rivista a try. It's pretty good; it's not a Michelin restaurant, it doesn't try to be. The service was a bit rushed, but that's fine if you, like we were, trying to make a curtain. But we still managed to be there for 90 minutes without feeling like we overstayed our welcome. They were very friendly, the food was fine, and my wife, the pickiest eater in the universe, was happy. So yes, we will be going back.

I had the minestrone, which was OK, and the risotto with fava beans and shrimp, which was also OK. The shrimp was just the slightest overcooked, but the dish was all about the rice, as it should be.

OT
1 review
Dined on June 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Anniversary

KC
New York Area
1 review
Dined on June 8, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

We had the price fix menue before a show. Service was great - there was plenty of time to get to a matinee . The wine was a large pour. Great selections. We were really happy with everything.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on June 6, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Can not say enough about this place. Everything was perfect. Service was attentive and the food was outstanding. Each plate better than the other. And the pre-theater price of $30 was a steal. Can’t wait to go back

LG
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on June 4, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Superb will try to get there as often as I can. Will definitely recommend to everyone that I know.

JN
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on June 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food, service, and atmosphere are excellent. The mushroom ravioli was a delicacy!

JE
Washington DC
27 reviews
Dined on May 24, 2019
Overall3food3service5ambience5

We had an early dinner and opted for the fix menu which contained a nice selection. However, my husband and I were not impressed with the food (chicken was dried and shrimp with risotto no much flavor). Service and ambiance were very good. If you go, I will recomend to choose from the main menu since I see so many good reviews about the food in open table.

L
Indiana
10 reviews
Dined on May 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always delicious with outstanding service. I highly recommend this lovely restaurant. Live music too!!! In a city full of wonderful restaurants La Rivista is the tops.

OT
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on May 18, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome drinks and food!