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About La Barra - Riverside

La Barra is brought to you by Rich Labriola, Chicago’s premier artisan baker. We feature sharable Italian small plates, award-winning pizza, great wines and hand-crafted cocktails. The beautiful space includes a private dining room and a gorgeous outdoor patio.

2 E. Burlington St.
Riverside, IL 60546
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Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
Italian

Hours of Operation:
Lunch: Saturday: 12:00pm - 4:00pm - Sunday: 11:00am - 4:00pm; Dinner: Sunday: 4:00pm - 10:00pm, Closed Monday, Tuesday- Saturday: 4:00pm - 11:00pm

Cross Street:
Longcommon

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$31 to $50

Payment Options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(708) 887-7700

Website:
http://labriolacafe.com/

Parking Details:
Street and valet parking available.

Public Transit:
La Barra is steps from the Riverside stop on the Burlington Metra line.

Private Party Facilities:
Semi private room that seats up to 40 people. Custom and preset menus available.

Additional:
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Private Room, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine

La Barra - Riverside Ratings and Reviews

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4
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4.2

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.4

service

3.9

ambience

4.2

value

3.9

Noise

Moderate

85% would recommend it to a friend

Good for a Date (15)
Neighborhood Gem (15)
Casual (13)
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Fun (11)
Great for Outdoor Dining (10)
Bar Seating (9)
Good for Birthdays (9)
Happy Hour (9)
Special Occasion (8)
Good for Groups (8)
Comfort Food (7)
Vibrant Bar Scene (7)
Authentic (7)
Creative Cuisine (6)
Kid-friendly (5)
Late-night Find (5)
Business Meals (4)
Fit for Foodies (4)
Great Beer (4)
Handcrafted Cocktails (4)
Hot Spot (4)
Quick Bite (4)
Romantic (4)
Scenic View (4)
Worth the Drive (4)
Good for Anniversaries (3)
Notable Wine List (3)
People Watching (3)
Good Vegetarian Options (3)
Great for Brunch (3)
Cozy (2)
Live Sports (2)
Sunday Lunch (2)
Tapas (2)
Disabled Access (1)
Healthy (1)
Great for Lunch (1)
Pre/post Theatre (1)
Tasting Menu (1)
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined 5 days ago

Everything was fine. Our waiter was kind of pushy towards the end of our meal for us to pay... and we soon figured it out. He came back to pick up our receipt so he could jet. Meh.

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·Dined on December 3, 2017

Went to dinner here after zoo lights and it was the best part of the evening. The Ravoli nachos were delicious. Everyone was so happy with their meal choices, cheese pizza, spaghetti and meatballs, chicken Parm, and baked lasagna. We will definitely be back!

Tags: Good for Groups
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 (Chicago)·Dined on December 2, 2017

The food was good and our waitress was very nice. The service was s bit slow though, including the clearing of dirty dishes, etc. The biggest downside though was it was REALLY loud. We were at a four-top and still had a hard time hearing one another.

Tags: Fun
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 (Chicago)·Dined on December 1, 2017

One of the most over-priced least-worthy restaurants in recent eating experiences. Quite a surprise when we learned it was owned and operated by the same family which owns/operates Labriola in Downers Grove. Too bad.

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·Dined on November 19, 2017

Great experience

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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on November 17, 2017

This place was such a gem! Glad we stopped by. Overall great ambiance and wonderful food!

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 (Chicago)·Dined on November 8, 2017

it was our 1st time for our group of 8 and we all enjoyed the experience, I'm sure we'll go back

Tags: Great for Brunch, Kid-friendly, Business Meals, Happy Hour, Casual, Good for Birthdays, Creative Cuisine, Special Occasion, Good for Groups, Sunday Lunch, Good for a Date
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 (Chicago)·Dined on November 5, 2017

The food was great!!! The service was alittle inconsistant. A couple was seated next to us about 15 minutes after we were and yet they got thier drinks, bread and entree way before us. At one point i could see our drinks sitting st the bar for 5 minutes before our waitress delivered them. Also i ordered an Italian Manhattan which was great the first time but the second one had much more ice and was missing the cherry which kinda makes a manhattan.
Overall the meal was above and beyond delicious. Great presentation and very yummy!!
We will go back hoping the waitress just had an off night.

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, Creative Cuisine
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on November 5, 2017

Our friends and I enjoy checking out new restaurants in the area. Since we had been to other places in the LaBarra group we thought it would be fun to head over to Riverside to try the new LaBarra everyone was talking about.
Upon entering the restaurant, we were caught up in traffic trying make our way to the hostess stand. After we checked in, we had to wait a few minutes for our table. Unfortunately, there wasn't a good place to stand or sit. The wait staff used the waiting area to work between the main dining room and bar tables. We were jostled around trying to find a good place to wait.
After we were seated, it took about 10 minutes to be greeted by the waitress. Although she was pleasant, she wasn't present. It took another 20 minutes to get the bottle of wine we ordered. And then another 30 minutes for our food.
Although the place is warm and inviting, has a decent menu, I would not return or recommend as a result of the less than desirable service.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on November 4, 2017

We were there for a couple hours and I never once got a refill on my empty soft drink

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Great for Lunch, Comfort Food, Authentic, Great for Outdoor Dining
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 (Chicago)·Dined on November 4, 2017

We went to celebrate a birthday and they were very accommodating. Our server was super helpful in helping us split multiple entree's so we can taste a bit of everything. The calamari is delicious, the drinks were delicious, and the tiramisu was a nice way to end our evening there. Definitely will return!

Tags: Fun, Romantic, Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (Dallas)·Dined on November 3, 2017

Sherry was our server and was incredible. We had calamari, corn salad, Burrata and thankfully the gnocchi is back! Excellent food and service. Pat and Mary make every experience wonderful!

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 (Chicago)·Dined on November 2, 2017

The noise from the bar overtook our table conversation and it was very difficult to hear. The small plates were very tasty but they, along with the drinks, were overpriced for the area.

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Tapas, Bar Seating
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 (Chicago)·Dined on October 29, 2017

Service was a bit slow. We ordered a pan pizza and a thin crust and were told the thin would be out first. Both came out together and the thin crust was overly dry and the pan seemed a bit under-cooked.

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on October 28, 2017

Been wanting to dine here for awhile. From the moment we walked in, the place had a great vibe. The food was outstanding and the portion sizes were more than substantial. I would highly recommend the braciole, it will not disappoint. Also, the pizza is amazing. I'm looking forward to returning because there are quite a few other items I'm looking forward to trying. Great food in a lovely town, with wonderful service!!!

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 (Chicago)·Dined on October 28, 2017

The food was wonderful and I really enjoy being able to hold a discussion without having to yell to be heard. Our table had people having the salmon and the thin crust pizza and everyone's meals were superb. The highlight was the creme broulee. The chef here always seems to develop the most outstanding food and desert choices. We come here at least 2-3 times a month and should come more often.

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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on October 22, 2017

The food was absolutely wonderful -- i had a pumpkin gnocchi which was perfect for mid-October and i am still thinking about. Roasted brussel sprouts were served with so much bacon and parmesan that blended very well together. Mussels were small but the white wine sauce was delicious and the bread they served was a perfect match to fully savor it. My only gripe at all was that we were utterly rushed. It was 7pm on a saturday night, not all tables were full, there were tables with kids and they were fine, but we got our apps and main dishes within a few minutes of each other and we were in no rush whatsoever. it took a rare date night where we had the luxury of time and it was crammed it into an hour. Our server was pleasant but seemed in a hurry to get us out. otherwise i will still recommend it and want to go back with a larger group of friends. it's worth another shot based on the food alone.

Tags: Special Occasion, Handcrafted Cocktails, Casual, Bar Seating
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 (Chicago)·Dined on October 22, 2017

Our third time here at La Barra Riverside , now sharing it with more family.

(We first came to La Barra Oak Brook via the nearby Labriola Bakery & Café, with their great menu based on Rich Labriola's artisan breads, and were happy to find the Riverside location.)

NIce chewy breads, and very good appetizers (grilled calamari with sun dried tomatoes!, fava toast with ricotta cheese); grilled Caesar salad is unique yet great. Artisan pizzas are very tasty, the special seafood salad is delicious. Nice wine list too.

Restaurant interior design is current and appropriate, service staff moving quickly yet attentive on a busy and crowded night.

We're coming back!

Tags: Creative Cuisine
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 (Chicago)·Dined on October 21, 2017

Good Arugala salad. Wine was great.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on October 21, 2017

Don’t sit next to the bar. Horribly noisy. Spoiled the meal

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 (Chicago)·Dined on October 20, 2017

Food was a little pricey for what you got. I had fish, not a lot of it either. It was good, not great. Very noisy, but it was a Friday evening.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on October 13, 2017

Pizza was a bit off the night we went- we think they gave our pizza to another table since ours took too long and the dough was undercooked. Special salad was great.

Tags: Kid-friendly, Neighborhood Gem, Great for Outdoor Dining
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 (Chicago)·Dined on October 6, 2017

Excellence food and friendly and efficient service. Excellent addition to downtown Riverside!

Tags: People Watching, Quick Bite, Authentic, Casual, Comfort Food, Late-night Find, Fun, Business Meals, Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on October 1, 2017

Had a late dinner on a Saturday night. The service was very nice and the food was outstanding! Great atmosphere. Pumpkin soup special was delicious! Carrot cake is enormous!

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 (Chicago)·Dined on September 30, 2017

We were seated quickly and our server was attentive but not overbearing. The food was delicious.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on September 22, 2017

This place is a winner! We love their food and it is nice to have one more neighborhood spot in sleepy beautiful Riverside. We love the beets salad and the brusssls sprouts and all of the different pizzas. The outside area is beautiful, too!

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Vibrant Bar Scene, Happy Hour, Neighborhood Gem, Authentic, Good Vegetarian Options, Great for Brunch
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on September 21, 2017

Love the food especially the pizza, burrata and meatballs!! Great drinks too!!

Tags: Good for a Date, Great for Outdoor Dining, Vibrant Bar Scene, Happy Hour, Authentic
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on September 17, 2017

Always wonderful food!

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·Dined on September 15, 2017

The service was extremely slow. No bread was brought to the table until we asked for it ! Someone came and filled only one glass of water when all were empty! So disappointed. As a Riverside resident I was so looking forward to the opening of this restaurant.... will not return unless I have a unlimited amount of time!!!... or a gift certificate...;)

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vip
 (Denver)·Dined on September 10, 2017

We've been to La Barra at least a half-dozen times since moving to Riverside in August. Food is consistently good, service is friendly, and the staff does their best to make customers feel special, even when they're busy. Definitely a neighborhood gem!

Tags: Special Occasion, Casual, Kid-friendly, Neighborhood Gem, Happy Hour
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 (Chicago)·Dined on September 9, 2017

Our server was slow. We said let the food come out whenever ready but wasn't expecting the order it did come out, the short ribs and pizza came out first then a simple salad was last and pretty late. A little over priced for what you get/quality of food. I ordered the baked goat cheese and all pieces of the bread were burnt. My friend did not like her Brussels sprouts or salad and another didn't care for the pizza. I would have enjoyed a cheese platter but I remember the last time I was here, it was definitely not worth the $20.

Tags: Late-night Find, Vibrant Bar Scene, Bar Seating, Fun
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 (Chicago)·Dined on September 9, 2017

Bread, cocktails, beer, deep dish pizza all top notch, what's not to like? Oh yeah, the service was great too, friendly, efficient waiter.

Tags: Good for Groups, Worth the Drive, Good for Birthdays, Neighborhood Gem, Great Beer, Happy Hour, Hot Spot, Live Sports
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on September 3, 2017

Very accomodating. Great food !

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 (Chicago)·Dined on September 3, 2017

We really enjoyed the charcuterie. The wait staff was excellent - attentive and friendly but not too friendly.

Tags: Good for a Date, Notable Wine List, Tapas
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on September 2, 2017

Pizzas and entrees were excellent. Very nice atmosphere and clean.

Tags: Good for a Date, Kid-friendly
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 (Chicago)·Dined on August 27, 2017

It was Saturday and the noise level was so high we could not converse. Otherwise, it's a great restaurant. Quieter on slower nights.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on August 24, 2017

This was our first visit, and we immediately started planning our next. We started with some of the best fried calamari I've had. We moved onto the pizza. The thin crust Danny's special is excellent!! Sausage, mushroom, onion, and green pepper... You can't go wrong. The artisan salsiccia pizza has a ciabatta crust, and missed the mark with us. We're looking forward to our next visit to try the pasta.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Fun, Authentic, Notable Wine List
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 (Chicago)·Dined on August 19, 2017

Second time dining at La Barra in Riverside. Both time the food was good, but the service is very scattered. Lots of confusion, from our initial reservation to our server(s) to the general manger(s) asking us how things were.
Everything took unusually long, and there wasn't a clear idea who our server was and that caused additional delays on getting drinks and food.
I love Labriola. And want this place to succeed...but the staff needs some help and training.
We'll go back, and hope the experience is a bit more polished than the last two times.
Here's to hoping.

Tags: Great for Brunch, Casual, Great for Outdoor Dining, Good for Groups
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·Dined on August 19, 2017

It took forever for food to come. Over an hour and a half wait... horrible service and our server practically forgot about our table. Food wasn't worth the wait. Server didn't even give the right amount of change.

Tags: Scenic View
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 (Chicago)·Dined on August 18, 2017

Terrible service; mediocre food. Live nearby and really wanted to love it; incredibly disappointed.

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