Riva Crabhouse on Navy Pier

4.4
4299 reviews
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Enjoy the breathtaking views of the Chicago skyline & Lake Michigan at Riva on the Navy Pier. Featuring a variety of premium seafood, steaks & daily chef’s specials, the nautically inspired dining room is complimented by the experienced service.
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Sun 6:30PM - 8:00PM
Mon 5:00PM - 8:00PM
Tue - Thu 7:00PM - 8:30PM
Fri 7:30PM - 8:30PM
Sat 5:00PM - 5:00PM 8:00PM - 9:00PM

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OT
Chicago
13 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The mussels were delicious. Our service was excellent. I go to Riva before going to the Shakespeare Theatre. Each time I enjoy excellent food and service

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r
Chicago
39 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was our first time at Riva. We went to Riva before a 1 pm matinee at the Shakespeare Theater and we thoroughly enjoyed both the meal and the performance. My wife had some gluten-free options and I had the Haddock and Chips. We were both very satisfied. Our server was very help in steering us to good food choices. When I asked about the Shrimp and Chips vs. the Haddock and Chips, he heartily recommended the Haddock . . . and he was not wrong. I wish my wife would have had a gluten-free soup choice. Hopefully, Riva will next time we go because there definitely will be a next time.

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AG
Miami
34 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Superb seafood. Our server was outstanding and attentive. We love Riva prior to Shakespeare

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OT
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Service excellent, food was well made and delicious.

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L
Tallahassee
3 reviews
Dined on January 12, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 5

Great view is all I can say about this

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OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on January 10, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 5ambience 4

We dine at Riva when we go to Shakespeare theatre. The seafood prices are too high for the serving size. View spectacular, service excellent.

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BL
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on January 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Great lunch location prior to Shakespeare Theatre matinee.

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S
Chicago
119 reviews
Dined on January 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Managers Gina and Geno plus wait staff Blanca
Make the meal and atmosphere always pleasureable

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b
1 review
Dined on January 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great Surf and Turf, drinks are fabulous the service is great. Window seating is the best, been to Rivas many times and always had a wonderful experience.

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L
Chicago
11 reviews
Dined on January 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We set out reservation for 6 with a Shakespeare production at 8. Glad we got there a little early. The place had a small group when we arrived and was brimming when we left. Food was very good. Lobster tail a little overcooked, huge baked potato, excellent asparagus, chowder and dessert. Waiter had an excellent sense of humor and we received great service. I'd recommend. Pricey but appropriate for the venue and quality.

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DT
Richmond
16 reviews
Dined on January 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Riva Crabhouse at Navy Pier provides a great view of Chicago's skyline and waterfront while serving a wide-range of delicious menu options. The restaurant was fresh looking and service top-notch following a busy holiday season. Delicious food served by a cordial and attentive waitstaff.

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MJ
Chicago
10 reviews
Dined on January 5, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 5ambience 3

Service was excellent. The food fell short. The sashimi appetizer (tuna) was not fresh and tasted off. We have sashimi fairly regularly and this was bad. The steaks were good but the grilled halibut was off. For fresh fish, it was very gummy and fish tasting. The cocktails (Old Fashioned and Martini) were very good and well-executed.

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GT
1 review
Dined on January 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great grilled fish dinner. Excellent service. Enjoyable environment. Well located for Chgo Shakespeare Theater performances.

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BL
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on January 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We have eaten here many times. The food is always delicious and the service is wonderful. We always eat fairly early so the noise is very low. But by the time we leave it is usually crowded and it is not noisy.
We love this place.

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MM
1 review
Dined on January 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing food and service! The waiter, Tim, was extremely friendly and informative about the menu. I live in Alaska and the Alaskan King Crab kegs were just as delicious if not better then the crab legs I have had up north. The waiter cracked the legs for me and the experience was overall great. We go here for every special occasion. THE CRAB GUMBO IS AMAZING!

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G
Chicago
7 reviews
Dined on January 2, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

The food was as usual very good. The service was cordial and efficient. And the view if the lake and the city was magnificent.

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A
Chicago
25 reviews
Dined on January 2, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

We don't get here often, given the hassle of getting there from the northern suburbs, but when we manage to make the trip, we always come away from Riva's delighted with the view, the service and the food.

The only complaint we have is that the restrooms have attendents. For me this is off-putting, but perhaps there's value in having someone on premisis to keep the space clean and tidy. Take a couple of dollars into the restroom with you with which to tip the attendent.

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OT
Pittsburgh
1 review
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excelente lugar para recibir el año nuevo con vista a los fireworks. Mejor servicio imposible. Gran ambiente. Nuestra cena estuvo deliciosa.

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d
Chicago
20 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 2ambience 5

We made the reservation at 9:00pm for the new year with my 86 years old mother so we can enjoy the mid night at Riva. Middle of our night we were told the table is only for 2 hrs which is not mentioned in our reservation e-mail and we need to leave before the midnight. The rest of the night wasn't fun for us.
At the end of the day they let us stay but we lost the spirit of the night.

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FB
Chicago
20 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The Dover Sole was fantastic! It was filleted, tableside, perfectly. The calamari was outstanding, as usual.

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OT
1 review
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food and service was great. We were able to get a table by the window and the view was amazing.

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YI
1 review
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Kid past was a bit spicy then kids could not eat. Except this, food, service and atmosphere were good.

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LM
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing king crab legs! Went for NYE. Pricy specials but worth every penny.

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HJ
Chicago
10 reviews
Dined on December 30, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

We took our three granddaughters there after a matinee at Chicago Shakes. The food was very good, the atmosphere lively and the service exceptional.

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B
Chicago
14 reviews
Dined on December 30, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 5

We like Riva and have eaten there several times. We love their menu and food quality. Views, of course, are wonderful. Service varies from excellent to out of touch, but is mostly acceptable.

All in all, it is a high quality restaurant that stands out in the Navy Pier area.

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PB
Chicago
11 reviews
Dined on December 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We have been to Riva's many times and it always delivers! The scenery of Lake Michigan and the lakefront city views are absolutely beautiful. The seafood is great and the Key Lime Pie is the best I have had.
You won't be disappointed with a meal at Riva's Crabhouse.

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OT
Chicago
7 reviews
Dined on December 30, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

The food and the service were excellent from the soup to dessert. Very enjoyable dining experience.

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p
Anchorage
1 review
Dined on December 30, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 3

Had to cut the Halibut with a knife; it was that dry. Service very rushed, they were clearing off the table, including the bread while two in our party were still eating. And then waitress completely disappeared and we had to wait for the check.

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p
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on December 30, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

It's a fish place, they do fish well, and the view is great. We go when we go to Shakespeare.

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Dallas
10 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Wonderful food, though a bit on the pricey side. Fortunately, we had tickets for the Shakespeare Theatre, so Riva provides a 20% discount, bringing the average price of each of the four of us to under $100. This would not be too bad, but only two of us had drinks, and that was a single glass of house wine.

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OT
Buckinghamshire
1 review
Dined on December 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Very enjoyable. Great food.

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OT
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on December 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was outstanding

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BS
Chicago
23 reviews
Dined on December 26, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

We enjoyed Shakespeare Theater and then had dinner with very good friends. Views from Riva are great and seafood is certainly above average. The clam chowder is delicious, crab cakes full of nice chunks of crab. The fettuccine with scollops was also delicious. The could be a bit more creative with desserts especially at Christmas time. Overall, enjoyable dinner with friends.

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LB
Chicago
1 review
Dined on December 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lovely ambiance. Great service. Food is presented beautifully. Besides all that there is a lovely water view. Great for pretheater or any special occasion.

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OT
London
9 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Good seafood. Fast and attentive service. Somewhat expensive for the experience

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M
Chicago
53 reviews
Dined on December 23, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Food and service very good, after a show a good place to meet with friends. Need to update the seating, ambiance doesn’t match the food or service.

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P
Chicago
40 reviews
Dined on December 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Never disappoints. Shortened lunch menu covers all the bases. Fettuccine with scallops, spinach and wild mushrooms was excellent.

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TL
1 review
Dined on December 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lovely evening at Riva. Service was 5 star. The food was up to par! Scenery was romantic on the waterfront and downtown in the background. The only thing that threw was the menu combo doesn’t include sides you have to purchase them extra at $8 for a baked potato. I had a lobster tail ( medium) and king crab legs (2) at $65 and it didn’t include a side or any soup/salads.

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G
1 review
Dined on December 23, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 4

Long time customer. Always excited to dine at Riva, was a bit disappointed with steak & Chop selection. Also a bit disappointed with portions, love the crab cakes but thought they were REALLY SMALL for almost $20. I was most disappointed with the Tiramisu.... LOOOOOVE IT FROM RIVA, but the two pieces we had were really DRY. I felt like Riva lost a small step. Overall GOOD dinner. SERVICE WAS EXCELLENT, TOP NOTCH!

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DD
Chicago
21 reviews
Dined on December 23, 2018
Overall 2food 1service 5ambience 5

No vegetarian option with any protein. I find it surprising that a restaurant that is otherwise quite good and conveniently located on Navy Pier, they do not have a single vegetarian option with any protein—only pure carbs or a medley of vegetable side dishes. I have raised this repeatedly since we are often at the pier for events, but there is still not a decent meal to be had if you are vegetarian. Sadly, we will have to find other dining options.

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