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Food was salty. TV over the bar was on, which isn’t great for dining, especially for families. Our 4 year old got the spaghetti caprese which was the best dish of all the ones we ordered - because it wasn’t so salty.
Food also took nearly 40 minutes to come out, starting with the appetizers. We ended up rushing to the theater, though we had budgeted 2 hours for our meal. Serving staff was great; even though we had a reservation at 6pm, there were no free tables and they rigged one up right beside the bar and were very courteous and helpful.
I have been eating at La Ravista for over 25 years on various trips to New York City. The food and
service has always been very good. I would highly recommend this restaurant for a quiet, quaint meal
with excellent food and service.
As pre-Theater treat. All the good was excellent and plentiful. Nice choice of desserts. Staff was friendly and accommodating. Close to theaters and parking.
Pre theater lunch with my mother- not crowded - great service and price fix lunch is a great value
Excellent meal and outstanding service as the waiters were there for your every need. My husband dropped his fork and before he could retrieve it, the waiter was at the table with a replacement. Peter was attentive and knowledgeable regarding the menu. This was our second trip to La Rivista when visiting New York and we plan to return on our next visit! Everything about the restaurant was top notch!
Having been coming to La Rivista for about 6 years now and it’s been our favorite place to visit for special occasions. In the past, I would ask to leave a rose on the table and they always come through. I also noted this was our first wedding anniversary when booking.
When we arrived, there was no rose on the table. No big deal, but I was a disappointed. Unfortunately, the rest of the night wasn’t so great. I have noticed this in our most recent visits. but they seem to never have the wine we ask for on the menu. To start the night, service seemed fine but once we put our orders in, we didn’t see a waiter the rest of the night. It was extremely odd because there were about 7-8 waiters and while there a decent number of tables filled, there were still quite a few open tables.
We sat there patiently after eating our meals waiting for somebody to come by with dessert options (as they normally do). It wasn’t until 45 minutes later after sitting there with empty glasses of wine and nothing else on the table that somebody came by. At that point we just wanted to leave so we asked for the check.
The food was good as it usually is, so no complaints there. However, the restaurant as a whole seemed to be operating much less efficient than in the past and the experience overall was definitely subpar. Being that it was our first anniversary dinner, this was a letdown. I’m not sure we’ll be back, as it seems there is new management and staff but I really hope this was just a bad night for them.
Not as good as it used to be.
Amazing food and staff. They ensured we had a relaxed dinner and never made us feel rushed. The piano player was an added bonus.
Great service, delicious food, generous portions, pleasant dining room ambiance, worth a visit and we shall return!
A group of friends and I were visiting NYC from Chicago, and went to LaRivista prior to a show. Very cute, intimate restaurant complete with table cloths and a well dressed staff. It happened to be restaurant week, so everyone in our group selected a prix fixe dinner. Service was good. Food was okay. Very traditional. Only one complaint - one person in our group specifically ordered Trout, and received Shrimp and Risotto. When he told the waiter he received the wrong meal, he was told there IS no Trout. Whaaat? So he picked a different fish. Sort of weird if you ask me. All in all, not a bad place, but have been to plenty of other Italian eateries that could run circles around it.
One entree was tasteless, while the other entree could have put one into heart failure due to the extremely high sodium level.
Prices and selection from on-line menu do not match menu in restaurant and management would not honor on-line menu prices.
Great food and great service! Portions could be a little larger but overall great for the $ spent
La Rivista is on 46th St., restaurant row in the theater district. It was not crowded at our pre-matinee lunch on Saturday. However, the quality of the food and service deserved a larger crowd.
Service was excellent. Prix-fix menu for dinner a good value
My husband and I have been to La Rivista a number of times. Have always enjoyed our experience. The service was wonderful and our food was excellent. Highly recommend
The fish and risotto was good.
But the salad was not so fresh .
We were finally seeing Hamilton!!
Not a good value for money
Steak was ok but vegetable awful ( untasty and full of water)
I had 20%discount on food and beverage but as we took a menu it didn t work..ok. but the beer neither... why?? And the tip has directly been written by the head waiter! I hope it doesn t take advantage of the fact that we were French customers....
Veal scallopine ala funghi ( mushrooms) wad delicious. All four of us were pleased with our meals.
One of the best Prix Fixe menu on W 46th Street. Only $29 for 3 course dinner. Glass of Malbec at $13 very presentable.
Surprisingly good spot. I've lived in NYC for 10 years and I'm always suspicious of restaurants in predominantly touristic areas, but La Rivista was legitimately good. Family came to visit for the weekend, and I selected this place. We all sampled each other's food, and every dish we ordered was delicious. I'll be returning here, and that's saying something!
HORRIBLE!!! Expensive and not worth it. Reservation made because only few tables left, according to the website. Restaurant was almost empty! Food terrible quality. Almost no vegetables. No fries or potatos or rice. Shrimp cocktail was 3 frozen shrimps on ice with a barbecue sauce. It was disgusting and price was $19,-! Entertainment crew started singing opera while they were eating, directly next to our table. Also they stood up while singing and constantly bumped to my husbands chair. When we asked if they could stand at the other side of their own table they looked angry at us. Again, the restaurant was empty, only 3 tables with customers, incl ourselves so there was enough space. Opera is not our style at all and we didn't know on beforehand otherwise we wouldnt have chosen this restaurant. Eventually we (2 persons) paid $180 for a 2 starters, 2 main dishes, 1 wine and 1 beer.
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.
Overall - table was ready upon arrival (had reservation), prompt table staff throughout the dining experience, quality prepared/served items (lamb/steak/lobster). 1 item stood out from previous reviews...the wine selection, or rather the lack of listed selection. Settled on 'available' Calif Wine (wanted Italian) and as mentioned in previous reviews, wine was way over-priced - but then isn't that what we've come to expect with mid-town NYC dining? I would return again.
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.
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.
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.
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.