RIVA - Fairmont El San Juan Hotel

4.7
124 Reviews
$50 and over
International
Riva at the Fairmont El San Juan Hotel is a New York influenced fine dining restaurant offering a five-course prix fixe menu.

The experience will start with some light bites followed by a choice of appetizers, selection of a handmade pastas, entrée and dessert.

The Art Deco inspired design can be felt all around from the décor to the plating and glassware. Attention to detail and excellence in both dining and service will make your evening one to remember.

Looking forward to hosting you soon!

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
Physical Distancing
  • Extra space between tables
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
What 124 people are saying
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4.9
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4.4
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vipAnmariF
New York Area
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent Service, Excellent Ambience. A different and amazing food experience. Excellent cocktails and wines. 100% recommended.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on January 2, 2022
Overall4food3service5ambience2

The service was outstanding

EL
EyckL
1 review
Dined on January 2, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Riva was a pleasant surprise. The food and service were outstanding. We were reminded of a Michelin Star experience. The ambiance could use an upgrade, since we found the place a bit too bright and plain. Apart from that, no complaints whatsoever.

OT
OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Amazing food and service. Highly recommend.

OT
OpenTable Diner
Caribbean
1 review
Dined on December 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent Service by the staff and sommelier. The food was on par with the great service. Expect fine dining prices

OT
OpenTable Diner
Caribbean
1 review
Dined on December 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Anniversary

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JeffreyS
1 review
Dined on December 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

There is no doubt, Riva is one of the best restaurants in San Juan, with unique and inventive dishes. The evening started off with a surprise, a “vase” like cup of squash soup and a mini Arancini to whet the appetite. There is an extensive wine list with some very pricey wines. However, I decided to order a glass of wine with each course to match what I had ordered. We ordered Champagne by the glass, and followed with the first course of canapés, each different. This was followed by Hamachi Crudo. For the third course I had the tortellini and my wife the risotto. Each was exquisite and unlike any you have tried anywhere else. Then came the bread. Three different kinds, remarkable. For the fourth course, I had the chicken. This was not your usual chicken, as it was a “pressed” chicken breast. My wife had the halibut with a tasty unusual sauce. Finally dessert. I had the very chocolatey delight while my wife had the passion fruit cheesecake. Don’t miss this restaurant!

OT
OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on December 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic experience. Food and service were on point. Will be back soon.

OT
OpenTable Diner
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on December 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Recommended by a colleague, one of my new favorites. Beautiful food. Highly recommend.

OT
OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved the menu. 5 course tasting menu but you get options for the courses. Fantastic all around but the pastas (we had the gnocchi with fresh truffle and the seafood risotto) were our favorites. Service was impeccable. Very good Wine list as well. Great job 🙌🏼

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Eric
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on December 10, 2021
Overall3food4service5ambience1

Excellent service, interesting food, but expensive overall. They have gone for the minimalistic ambiance which comes off as a college cafeteria. Really not worth it.

OT
OpenTable Diner
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on December 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic food and service. Loved the Canapés.

BB
vipBrendaB
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on November 27, 2021
Overall1food2service4ambience3

When I made the reservation I was told that I would be buying an experience, and an experience indeed it was. The food was extremely overpriced and the portions are toddler size. Word of caution do not go there hungry. The service was good. The restaurant is painted a battleship gray with drab furnishings nothing fancy considering the experienced I was sold.I would definitely recommend skipping this one. RIVA , if you cannot improve you might want to consider closing those doors!

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CatherineD
1 review
Dined on November 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Staff was amazing, as well as food & wine. They all work so well together!!

OT
vipOpenTable Diner
Richmond
8 reviews
Dined on November 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and service.

VV
VeronicaV
Caribbean
3 reviews
Dined on November 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent experience and service. The food was spectacular!

OT
OpenTable Diner
Cleveland
12 reviews
Dined on November 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Wonderful meal and great service! My favorites were the Foie Gras appetizer, truffle gnocchi, the ravioli

OT
vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on October 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service was great. Amazing food!

OT
OpenTable Diner
Houston
1 review
Dined on October 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was wonderful!

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vipAlisonA
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on October 15, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Good service and delicious food

OT
vipOpenTable Diner
Caribbean
3 reviews
Dined on October 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was a amazing dinner great food and amazing service!!!

OT
OpenTable Diner
Seattle
2 reviews
Dined on October 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was our honeymoon and that was the best experience EVER!!! The food was absolutely amazing. My fiancé is very particular with food and he loved every minute of experience and tried everything. He thought it was so delicious. Well worth the money!!!

MO
MariaO
New England
2 reviews
Dined on October 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Every course was delicious and the service was wonderful, have no complaints. Drinks were very good as well. Ambience is not loud with soft background music and just enough lighting. We added the caviar and left very full. Will definitely return.

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AnthonyB
1 review
Dined on September 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Javier was very attentive to our needs. Food and ambience was amazing.

OT
OpenTable Diner
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on September 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great as always!!

RT
RyanT
1 review
Dined on September 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service, food was delicious. A lot of people I've seen complain about the ambiance - it's just upscale and modern, that's all.

CW
CharlesW
1 review
Dined on September 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very great experience!!!!

The owner was very engaged with clients and informative in regards to each course of the meal.

I highly recommend!!!!!

OT
OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on September 4, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

The food is good and unique, the atmosphere there is too quiet.

OT
OpenTable Diner
Orlando
6 reviews
Dined on September 3, 2021
Overall3food3service5ambience2

I was disappointed in the experience at RIva. They are striving to be fine dining but truly fall short. The food was flavorful but not very creative. They need to bush the boundaries if they want to be fine dining. The atmosphere was very pedestrian, reminiscent of the breakfast cafe at a hotel. The manager mentioned that they have banquettes and other tables were on order.

OT
OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on September 3, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Good food and excellent service

OT
OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on August 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The food and service was outstanding. Definitely a fine dining experience. The ambience was ok but not what I expected. We will be back for sure.
I highly recommend if you love fine dining !

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vipWiltonFrank
Fort Lauderdale
93 reviews
Dined on August 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Brought my husband for his birthday. Service & food was over the top fabulous. The team of former Daniel Balud, are extremely polished.

I’m not a big fan of the sterile atmosphere and overly lit space, but the food & service and friendliness of everyone, made me forget about that.

Thank You

OT
OpenTable Diner
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on August 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Perfect elevated experience. Not stuffy at all, friendly and attentive service, nice wine list, impeccable food… New York dining experience with Puerto Rican easy and warmth.

OT
OpenTable Diner
Cincinnati
2 reviews
Dined on August 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic meal this evening. Every course was thoughtful and exquisite. Some of the finest dining and incredible hospitality. Highly recommend! 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟

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Nichevirgen
Caribbean
4 reviews
Dined on July 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wow. Amazing food. Excellent value for the quality of the meal provided. Went with out of town friends, who were delighted.

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StefanoS
Caribbean
9 reviews
Dined on July 30, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience3

Amazing food. Very high drinks prices. Excelent staff service.

OT
OpenTable Diner
Cleveland
1 review
Dined on July 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was great, staff was 1st class!!!

OT
OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on July 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Rivas restaurant consisted of a tasting menu-5 courses. This was an expensive experience but BUT well worth it for our anniversary dinner. My husband and I both thoroughly enjoyed the food and the experience. The service was great, the food tasted amazzzzzing and the presentation of the food was beautiful.

JH
JenniferH
1 review
Dined on July 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our dinner was excellent, our servers were very attentive, and overall we thoroughly enjoyed our experience.

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vipChris
Atlanta
7 reviews
Dined on July 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Simply outstanding on all levels. Perhaps the best restaurant in Puerto Rico.

FAQs

RIVA - Fairmont El San Juan Hotel is rated 4.7 stars by 124 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.