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Riva Crabhouse on Navy Pier

4.5
3855 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Seafood
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  • Scenic View
  • Waterfront
  • Pre/post Theatre
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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Private dining
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
Seafood, Steak, Fish
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Hours of operation
Lunch: Daily: 11:30am – 3:00pm; Dinner: Mon - Thur: 5:00pm – 9:30pm; Fri 5:00pm - 10:00pm; Sat 5:00pm - 10:30pm; Sun 5:00 - 9:00
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Phone number
(312) 644-7482
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Payment options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, JCB, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Business Casual
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Executive chef
Luigi Garcia
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Catering
Inspired Catering & Events is a full service off-site catering department, specializing in events of all types.
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Cross street
Grand Avenue
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Parking details
Riva Valet located at Entrance One next to East Lot. Covered Parking discounted for Riva guests only. Conditions apply.

Private lot for self parking also available.
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Special events & promotions
Riva offers three private dining rooms for your special occasions and corporate events. The skyline creates a beautiful background for any event. Contact Kerry Bowler kbowler@stefanigroup.com for more information.
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Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cafe, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Takeout, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Private Dining

Riva offers 3 dining rooms: Lighthouse Room for 40 to 42 guests, Chicago Room for 45 to 48 Guests & the Lakefront Room for 82-88 guests.

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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

What 3855 People Are Saying
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4.5
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vipcait (Chicago)
5.0  Dined 5 days ago

Blanca the waitress was exceptional as was one of the hostesses who graciously took our pictures.

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vipOpenTable Diner (Chicago)
4.0  Dined 5 days ago

Exceptional service with great recommendations and the Food was delicious.

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OpenTable Diner (Hawaii)
5.0  Dined 6 days ago

Service was welcoming and experienced. Food was outstanding and fresh.

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vipTOMI (Chicago)
5.0  Dined 6 days ago

Went to Riva before attending a play at Chicago Shakespeare Theatre. The view of Lake Michigan, Navy Pier visitors, and the city are one of the best things about this restaurant. The service was good and ambiance was great. It's a bit pricey, though.

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OpenTable Diner (St. Louis)
5.0  Dined 7 days ago

The service and the seafood! We had a huge platter of seafood that included lobster, crab and shrimp prepared perfectly and served beautifully. It was fresh and tasted like we were at the coast. The service was great, it was a good way to celebrate our 22 years of happiness!

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TerryP (Chicago)
3.0  Dined on February 14, 2018

The food was a decent amount. ...service was awesome!

The only items I really liked were the clam chowder & drinks. Although the special included large portions of the lobster, shrimp & crab, the meat wasn’t as fresh as I’d like to see. My Dad was a fisherman & I grew up with “oh-so-fresh” seafood! 😊 It was rather leathery & tough. For the price, it doesn’t come close to the taste of Red Lobster. The side dishes needed to be flavored more. Perhaps the chef should consider sauteing the spinach in garlic for more flavor. I’d also like to see the double baked potato added as a side. I had the raw oysters for an appetizer but would have preferred to have the option of having them cooked.

I have stopped at the bar on several occasions & had their wings & clam chowder which are always great! ...little disappointed in the taste of their seafood.

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OpenTable Diner (Chicago)
5.0  Dined on February 14, 2018

It was an excellent place for our Valentine's day dinner.

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vipOpenTable Diner (Chicago)
4.0  Dined on February 14, 2018

Service was very good. So was the food.

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vipanayaltr62 (Chicago)
4.0  Dined on February 14, 2018

Birthday and anniversary

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vipOpenTable Diner (Chicago)
5.0  Dined on February 14, 2018

Riva is THE place for a special occasion like our valentines dinner! Waiter Tim was superbly professional, friendly and helpful with our menu choices. GracIous to take several pictures of us, especially with pier skyline behind us. The seabass is what I came for and it delivered: succulent bites of fresh moist sea bass flavor without tons of salt or other “spices”, and seared just right crust! Another must-have is the jumbo crab cake with huge chunks of crab to make you smile after every bite. Even the Caesar salad was prepared perfectly as we requested easy dressing and again fresh equals delicious! Although we are on a budget, we’re saving for another trip back to Riva! By the way, please bring back the lobster corn bisque soup ASAP LOL!

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SandyK (Chicago)
3.0  Dined on February 6, 2018

We went for restaurant week. The soup was very salty and so were the entrees.

We had the fish, seafood pasta, and the chicken and they were so salty that we could not eat it.

I actually went two time thinking the first time might have been a bad day for the chef, but the exact same saltiness overpower the food.

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Jeannie (Chicago)
5.0  Dined on February 4, 2018

We came here during restaurant week and ordered the lobster bisque, the seafood fiesta and finished off with gelato. Everything was great ! My boyfriend ordered the same and was as satisfied as myself !

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vipJenLakeview (Chicago)
4.0  Dined on January 28, 2018

It was pleasant. Enjoyed our experience. Views are beautiful.

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Ribeiro (New York Area)
3.0  Dined on January 28, 2018

The dishes are too big, the pasta has too much sauce, the wine was not served at the correct temperature, the service is very slow and bad.

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LoriA (Chicago)
5.0  Dined on January 27, 2018

Our group of 10 went to Chicago for a quick weekend getaway. We specifically picked Riva for the water views and were very happy they gave us a table right by the window. Our waiter was very accommodating and friendly and the food was delicious! We had a great time!

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vipPaisleyButterfly (Chicago)
5.0  Dined on January 26, 2018

Always a great time when I come. It's restaurant week here in Chicago and the offering for tonight was more than filling. The staff was very courteous and attentive.

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vipOpenTable Diner (Chicago)
5.0  Dined on January 24, 2018

Nice wines. Sea bass and salmon were cooked perfectly! Prices are high because you are on navy pier with an amazing view of the city. ($14 for a very nice chardonnay with an amazing view seems fair) Use valet and you're getting a geat deal on parking (and super convenient)

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OpenTable Diner (Orlando)
5.0  Dined on January 23, 2018

Excellent food even in the middle of January can’t wait to experience it over the summer

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CardissB (Chicago)
2.0  Dined on January 20, 2018

The menu was very limited with maybe 5 entrees selections to choose. This makes it very limited to what can be ordered. Restaurant was convenient to the theater especially since most of the restaurant at navy pier are closed due to construction. I didn’t know the theater offered a discount coupon for dining at this restaurant until after we ate dinner and was at the theater.

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OpenTable Diner (Chicago)
5.0  Dined on January 20, 2018

This is our special occasion place. We connect a play with dinner and have a wonderful night on the town. The food is always excellent, service is top notch and the atmosphere is hard to match anywhere in the city. Thank you for having us. We will be back.

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Bright (Chicago)
5.0  Dined on January 20, 2018

Riva has excellent seafood, one of the best views of the waterfront and the city of Chicago. The tables are separated enough where you have personal paces to talk.

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LADinIN (Chicago)
5.0  Dined on January 20, 2018

As always, the food and service was outstanding. The staff is warm and welcoming. The view of the lake and the skyline is mesmerizing. It is quiet enough to enjoy the conversation at your table. We could not have asked for more--Bravo Riva's!!! You are so consistent!

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OpenTable Diner (Chicago)
5.0  Dined on January 13, 2018

Absolutely wonderful service and great food. Worth the price. Could not better recommend this place more. Love the ambiance of it. Just a wonderful experience. My wife and I don't make it down to Navy Pier very often, but this was worth the trip.

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vipJDStHat (Chicago)
3.0  Dined on January 13, 2018

Retuned in connection w attending a performance at Shakespeare. Waiter was very personable, and were looking forward to a leisurely 2 hours before showtime. The kitchen was evidently short staffed so the problems began.
As we finished our appetizers and salads, waiter said he had just put in entree order (?). Not long afterwards, server arrived, with one wrong entree. Sent them back. Waiter then delivered crab cakes, we ordered crab claws. Waiter also said he would comp the crab cakes due to the delay and confusion, so we said fine. This order of crab cakes were horrible, so we sent those back. Manager got involved, and initially offered another serving of crab cakes. When we indicated that we ordered claws, which the waiter disputed, manager offered the whip up an order of claws, as we still had time. While we were looking forward to claws at that point we didn’t want a full pound. Manager said he would only charge us half. The crab claws were very good, but do two claws make a pound?
When the bill came, they did only charge us half for the claws, nothing was comped as the waiter suggested, and the charge was $40 for a risotto which was available but not on the menu.
Conclusion, food was good as always, but this evening the service was horrible. Also make sure you ask the price for special items, as this experience left us with the taste that they would rather minimize losses on a bad night than simply moving on with their reputation in tact.
Maybe ten years ago, we had a large party at RL, and as the result of it being a new chefs first day, we had a similar disaster, and I believe they comped most if not all of the food. We have never forgotten, that as we are unlikely to forget this.

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vipPretz (Chicago)
4.0  Dined on January 13, 2018

Always enjoy a solid meal with one of the best views in the city. Service attentive. Seafood is simply prepared and delicious. I have the burger and it was prepared as ordered. Gelato assortment is my favorite dessert . This is the best place to dine on Navy Pier.

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OpenTable Diner (Chicago)
4.0  Dined on January 7, 2018

We go to Riva often as subscribers to Shakespeare Theater. This time we went for brunch/lunch, but there were no "brunch" items on the menu - it was ll lunch or dinner with accompanying prices. We will probably return, but with hesitation. I ordered sauteed calamari. Had to send it back - inedible. Tasted like rubber bands. They were nice about taking it back and brought me a salad.

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OpenTable Diner (Chicago)
5.0  Dined on January 5, 2018

Our waiter Drew was the best! He was fun and had a very good knowledge of the menu. Drew made it a very positive experience along with the great food! We will be returning mant more times!

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vipJojo (Naples)
4.0  Dined on January 3, 2018

The view & food are fabulous. The food came piping hot & delicious. Love the Ambiance.

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TheBardsGals (Chicago)
5.0  Dined on January 3, 2018

Appreciated our server - considerate of our need for separate bill & time constraint. Chicken chop salad was very good and perfect size to share.

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OpenTable Diner (Minneapolis)
4.0  Dined on December 31, 2017

Best clam chowder I have ever had, and the calamari was good. Unfortunately I wasn’t as hungry so I didn’t get an entree, but those appetizers we’re delicious. The staff was friendly and attentive. We had a view. The bottle of Merlot we ordered was delicious. NYE party was so much fun, fireworks were the cherry on top!

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