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Riva

4.4
4.4
118 Reviews
£25 and under
Italian
Riva in Helensburgh is one of the finest Italian and Mediterranean restaurants in town. On West Clyde Street, the Riva dining space is stylish and comfortable which, in a way, reflects the food: traditional, wholesome recipes prepared and presented in a contemporary way. From both the Riva lunch menu and the a la carte, expect pizza, pasta, meat and fish, with each dish featuring only the freshest produce that’s local where possible or imported from Italy. Riva is just around the corner from Helensburgh main train station, meaning it’s pretty easy to get to from wherever you’re based in this glorious part of Scotland. Reservations are essential.

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2 people

10:30 PM


Booked 3 times today

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Other options

  • Order online
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Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    Italian, Mediterranean

  • Hours of operation

    Daily 12:00 pm–8:30 pm

  • Phone number

    01436 677796

  • Payment options

    AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Business Casual

What 118 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.4
4.4 based on recent ratings
  • 4.4Food
  • 4.4Service
  • 4.5Ambience
  • 4.3Value

NoiseModerate

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  1. E

    Ericw

    Dunbartonshire

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Attenuative staff, good food at a reasonable price. Nice Christmas feel.
  2. AF

    AnnieF

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food and service was amazing, I can highly recommend the scallops for a starter. I had the venison for a main and it was perfect.
  3. DC

    DavidC

    Edinburgh

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Warm welcome. Dog friendly and food was superb, as was the value for moneu
  4. AB

    AmyB

    Dunbartonshire

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fantastic service excellent gf options and brilliant time
  5. SG

    SteveG

    Glasgow

    4 reviews

    3.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on November 12, 2022

    overall3food1service5ambience5
    We’ve always enjoyed eating here but they’ve recently changed the menu, limited choice (5) of starters - not great if I’m honest -
  6. IB

    IB18

    Glasgow

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on October 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great ambiance. Food delicious . Service very pleasant. Overall a really lovely experience.
  7. MH

    MaddieH

    Newcastle

    4 reviews

    3.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on October 16, 2022

    overall3food2service5ambience4
    Pretty average food for the price and limited menu.Second and last visit
  8. FJ

    FiJoSyb

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 14, 2022

    overall3food1service3ambience3
    Some of food served was not as described on menu. Staff didn’t offer to rectify, when asked about it.One of the meals was a bowl of sauce with very little pasta. Pasta sauces disappointing. Tea was Luke warm. Overall a disappointing visit.
  9. FR

    FRANCESW

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 1, 2022

    overall3food2service3ambience4
    Unfortunately our main courses were the size of the usual starters, and the price has gone up. I know times are hard but if rather pay slightly more for the same quantity of food you used to serve a few weeks ago. The staff were helpful although our waitress was constantly chewing chewing gum with her mouth open. We were regulars but wont be back.
  10. CW

    ChristopherW

    Dunbartonshire

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 17, 2022

    overall2food4service2ambience4
    The food was alright probably a big expensive for what you get. The main thing that spoiled the night was the lack of service, we waited to be served then waited at least 15minutes with empty plates on the table.
  11. SM

    SandraM

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Beautiful food, staff are excellent, very nice restaurant. Highly recommend.
  12. JA

    JimA

    Baltimore

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on September 2, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Best restaurant in Helensburgh. Food, drinks, service, ambiance and dog friendly, to boot.
  13. SG

    SteveG

    Glasgow

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on August 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent evening, restaurant was very busy but Catherine the manager made sure we were well looked after - loved it, great quality of food!
  14. CJ

    CJ80

    Edinburgh

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on August 26, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    Great place to catch up with friends or to treat the family. Delicious food. Fab cocktail menu too.
  15. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Dunbartonshire

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 30, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience5
    Always a great experience was our first lunch meal will do again can’t wait to go back always love there Fillet Steaks need to do a Date night Thanks again for a lovely afternoon experience
  16. JC

    JasonC

    Dunbartonshire

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 27, 2022

    overall1food1service1ambience1
    Terribly rude manager turned us away after we had booked online. Said he didn’t have room for us even though there was only three tables seated in the whole place - his excuse was ‘he had a large booking for 18 just about to arrive’ If that was the case, how could we book a table? Clearly he didn’t want our business.
  17. GS

    GregS

    Glasgow

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 27, 2022

    overall5food5service3ambience4
    Soup and a sandwich was delicious and good value for money.
  18. R

    Ross

    Oxford

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on July 25, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Had a wonderful evening. The restaurant is tastefully decorated. The food was excellent and the price of the food and wine was very reasonable. Highly recommend.
  19. SG

    SteveG

    Glasgow

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on July 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fantastic dinner last night, great vibe, great staff, great food 👏🏼❣️
  20. EM

    EMG64

    Edinburgh

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 21, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience3
    Very friendly and helpful staff. Small menu but great choices. Really good portions.
  21. SN

    SharonN

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 16, 2022

    overall2food3service1ambience3
    Service was very poor, servers were polite but disorganised. Shown to our seat outside and left for ages. A server popped her head out of the door a few times but we had to wave her over to take our order. We asked if the wine we had selected was dry and were told well it is and it isn't. Not much help but as it turned out it was very nice. The food came in good time but was taken to the wrong table in error (as were most dishes that came outside). We really enjoyed our starters and main courses. We would have waited there for another drink but as we had to be somewhere after lunch we decided to cut our losses and ask for the bill while a server was in sight.
  22. PD

    PeterD

    Essex

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 9, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    An excellent meal. Well worth the walk from the Marina.
  23. SG

    SteveG

    Glasgow

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on July 2, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent evening, great good and fantastic staff 😎
  24. A

    Annb3

    London

    2 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on June 4, 2022

    overall1food2service1ambience1
    Booking an outside table and not getting one.. very slow service and a 20min wait for drinks..
  25. MB

    MariaB

    Dunbartonshire

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 3, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience4
    Food was beautiful great atmosphere. Super friendly staff. Only down side took 25 minutes to get our first drink. Other than that faultless
  26. EM

    ElaineM

    Edinburgh

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent restaurant, food and staff lovely, atmosphere excellent
  27. MB

    MarkB

    Cheshire

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Very pleasantly surprised . Great atmosphere as you walk in , very friendly helpful staff , and most importantly great food
  28. BS

    BarclayS

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Very good food and portion size, well presented and hot
  29. C

    Christopher

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 13, 2022

    overall1food1service1ambience3
    Cold lasagne. Stale bread used for garlic bread. Block of cheese given as Brie starter.
  30. MC

    MichelleC

    Dublin

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 7, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Really enjoyable meal last night- everyone enjoyed and would definitely revisit soon. Keen to try a few more items on the menu. Very good value and generous portions.
  31. IB

    IB18

    Glasgow

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on April 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Lovely experience. We all enjoyed the calm, relaxed and friendly ambiance. The food was delicious.
  32. PS

    PamS

    Glasgow

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 23, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    We had a lovely visit to Riva and sad out side in the sun first with delicious cocktails. The seafood linguine and crab linguine were both delicious and the caramel fondant was outstanding. The staff were very friendly and helpful as always.
  33. JM

    JoanM

    Inverness

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 23, 2022

    overall1food1service1ambience1
    Food was disgusting both myself and my friend couldnt eat our main course never mind ordering desserts. Staff kept walking past us and didnt remove our plates. Didnt ask why we had left practically all of our food. Paid and left, wont be back
  34. BJ

    BryanJ

    Edinburgh

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on April 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Four of us had a great meal at Riva, good choice fresh ingredients and great taste. The scallops, mussels and crab were vibrant. Pasta and pizza main were plenty. Topped up by excellent service. Would recommend.
  35. J

    Jintyp

    Edinburgh

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    First time at Riva on recommendation. A delicious meal, cooked perfectly, presented beautifully. The staff were very friendly and helpful. A great first visit which will not be our last. The pizza at the next table looked amazing!
  36. IB

    IB18

    Glasgow

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on March 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had such a lovely meal in a very calm and relaxing ambiance.
  37. IW

    IanW

    Glasgow

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 27, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience5
    Excellent food. Service enthusiastic- asked 3 times for drink order.
  38. S

    Superhost

    Argyll

    3 reviews

    2.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on March 12, 2022

    overall2food1service3ambience3
    The pizza must have forgotten to add salt. ( they did refund this- although the manager was fairly aggressive although I’m not sure she meant to be) The lamb shank and polenta was edible as I was really hungry The spicy sausage pasta was not spicy and was. Also fairly tasteless. We only complained about the pizza but all the food was very poor. We had a lovely waitress and it was warm and the food was served relatively quickly. Just a shame….
  39. BB

    BenB

    Dunbartonshire

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent service and food. The chef accommodated some small changes for my meal which was greatly appreciated.
  40. BJ

    BryanJ

    Edinburgh

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on February 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent meal and efficient service. Great value and would recommend.

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
    • Contactless payment available
  • Physical distancing

    • Extra space between tables
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace

FAQs

You can order delivery directly from Riva using the Order Online button. Riva also offers delivery in partnership with Just Eat. Riva also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at 01436 677796.

Riva is rated 4.4 stars by 118 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

10:30 PM


Booked 3 times today

Order delivery or takeout

Other options

  • Order online
  • Logo image for Just Eat
Google Map for Riva

12-14 West Clyde Street, Helensburgh, SCT G84 8SQ

Additional information

  • Neighborhood

    Helensburgh

  • Hours of operation

    Daily 12:00 pm–8:30 pm

  • Cuisines

    Italian, Mediterranean

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Dress code

    Business Casual

  • Parking details

    None

  • Payment options

    AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Cocktails, Delivery, Full Bar, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, View, Wheelchair Access

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