Enable JavaScript to run this app.
Skip to Main Content
OpenTable logo
  1. Home
  2. Canada
  3. Ottawa
  4. Ottawa
  5. Downtown
Riviera, Ottawa, ON

Riviera

4.7
4.7
1920 Reviews
CAN$51 and over
Contemporary Canadian
Welcome to Riviera!

Reservations may be subject to time restrictions, dependent on availability. Please check your reservation email for full details. If your group requires more time, kindly call the restaurant at 613-233-6262 and we will do our best to accommodate you. Groups of six or more are subject to an 18% gratuity.

Please note, we are closed for private events on Saturday, August 27th and Sunday, September 4th.

We look forward to hosting you!

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Dining areas

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    Contemporary Canadian

  • Hours of operation

    Dinner Mon–Wed 5:00 pm–10:00 pm Thu–Sat 5:00 pm–11:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (613) 233-6262

  • Payment options

    AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Smart Casual

  • Executive chef

    Jordan Holley

  • Private party facilities

    For inquiries please contact events@dineriviera.com.

  • Neighborhood

    Downtown

  • Cross street

    Spark Street bewteen Elgin and Metcalfe

  • Parking details

    Lot parking available at World Exchange Plaza, NAC & City Hall.

  • Public transit

    LRT- Parliament Station

  • Additional

    Beer, BYO Wine, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Wheelchair Access, Wine

What 1,920 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

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

4.7
4.7 based on recent ratings
  • 4.7Food
  • 4.7Service
  • 4.7Ambience
  • 4.3Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Ottawa

    Best Ambiance

  • Ottawa

    Vibrant Bar Scene

  • Ottawa

    Most Booked

  • Ottawa

    Best Ambiance

  • Ottawa

    Vibrant Bar Scene

  • Ottawa

    Most Booked

Sort by

Filters

  1. CP

    ChantalP

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Tout était parfait !!!!! J'y reviendrai.... Et aucun inconvénients pour les gens à mobilité réduite
  2. IB

    IdiaB

    Montreal

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall4food3service5ambience4
    We took steak and frite. The food was good but poor presentation.
  3. KK

    KimK

    Toronto

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall4food5service5ambience4
    A decent place, good food, good service. However, the prices are on the higher end. The steak is definitely not worth $60. A tiny cocktail for $19? Not really. Otherwise pretty good.
  4. LG

    LynnG

    Palm Springs

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food was fantastic and the cocktails were out of this world. Plus the service was outstanding. Every time we go to Riviera they never fail to make it a memorable evening. Thank you.
  5. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Absolutely amazing experience! Most knowledgeable staff. Everything for food, to service to ambiance was perfect. Well worth every penny
  6. MB

    MarileeB

    Ottawa

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Very attentive service and management. Food was delicious. Beautiful high ceiling renovated old bank. Nice music
  7. C

    Carol

    Toronto

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wonderful service, delicious food great ambience. Every staff member encountered went above and beyond to make it a special evening. Definitely recommend.
  8. PP

    PierreP

    New York Area

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Pricey menu, but worth every penny. I had the tuna crudo as an appetizer which was the best tuna app I ever had, quality and quantity-wise. Main dish was King Salmon which was cooked to perfection. The two other guests shared oysters as an appetizer and had the lobster pasta which both qualified as the best they ever had. Price for three including a bottle of wine, before and after dinner drinks was about 500$. Only complaint is the music and noise levels. My 81-year old mother had difficulty with the volume level, we almost had to walk out. And the music was limited to Bee Gees and Michael Jackson in a loop. A bit too much if you are like me not a big fan of neither. A bit more diversity would have been appreciated. But overall, would definitely go back.
  9. M

    Mary84

    Toronto

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fantastic service, ambiance, food and drink as always
  10. k

    kenc

    Toronto

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall4food3service5ambience5
    Overall everything was good, my wife and I had the steak dinner, steak was good, I thought fries with a steak dinner was alittle disappointing, I would suggest a type of veg would be more enjoyable. A nice restaurant overall. A glass of champagne for our anniversary was a nice touch.
  11. s

    suzanned

    Ottawa

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience3
    Food, service, ambiance: outstanding! Music too loud
  12. DC

    DonaldC

    Richmond

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food4service5ambience4
    The service was superb! The food was delicious but a tad overpriced.
  13. MK

    MarkK

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Especially the service was outstanding - our server was amazing
  14. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Ottawa

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food4service5ambience4
    Had an amazing time at Riviera. The food was great, we ordered the carbonara, ricotta gnudi, beef tartare, and the rabbit saddle. All were excellent, about an 8.5/10 for food - the best dishes were the gnudi and the tartare. The cocktails were also very good, especially Purple Rain. Even if the food isn’t outstanding, it’s still probably among the best dishes in Ottawa, and nothing leaves you disappointed. The ambience was especially worth seeing, being inside of an old bank building with massive ceilings, Riviera has a “big but small” atmosphere, and the interior design is grand, upscale, executive — but also intimate and approchable. If there’s one reason to come here, it’s for the atmosphere they’ve created. One comment however would definitely be the music, it won’t ruin your night but 80s indie rock (despite how much I love The Cure and The Smiths) just feels really out of place being played at a place that looks like Riviera. The service here is nothing short of perfect, not much to say here but our server couldn’t have done a better job. Pricing feels excessive at times, but hopefully in the coming years they can roll it back to where it was pre-pandemic. Overall loved our time here and hope to be back soon.
  15. CB

    CaseyB

    Toronto

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall3food2service4ambience3
    Generally speaking, Riviera is fine. However - you need to ask yourself before going - how much is a meal worth? In my case, we paid $70 before tax and tip for two cheeseburgers and some fries. The place is gouging people and they aren’t trying to hide it. Unfortunately, it’s become a MASSIVE tourist trap, which locals now have to pay for. Won’t be back.
  16. M

    Michel

    Ottawa

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 31, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Music (rock) too noisy Great show by the cooking staff
  17. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Our first time at the restaurant Excellent service We will be back
  18. AB

    AlexB

    Vancouver

    23 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    23 reviews

    Dined on July 30, 2022

    overall3food3service5ambience4
    Tonight was disappointing; we’ve been here several times and I’ve previously rated it 5*, but tonight was not up to standard. Pros: our server was great, engaging and attentive, with great wine recommendations, but food was a mixed bag, so ended up an overall con. Beef tartar and tuna crudo were excellent, as was the pavlova for dessert, but our other app (mushroom toast) was under seasoned and barely warm. Same problem for all our mains: two pastas and rabbit saddle were basically room temperature, and we understand al dente, but both pasta dishes were on the undercooked side of al dente. All that to say we’ll give it another try as we’ve had several outstanding meals here, but disappointing for a $500+ meal for three tonight.
  19. HB

    HughB

    Ottawa

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 30, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience1
    The service and the food were excellent however, towards the end of our meal, the ambient music which was so far pleasant suddenly changed to a hard rock - heavy metal style which was very unpleasant and not at all appropriate for this kind of high end restaurant. The maitre d' apologized saying that it was the bartender's choice of music. However, he did not seem to be open or interested in making any counter changes in the future. Also, great selection of wines but very expensive.
  20. GC

    GabyC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Riviera is the best dining experience I've had in YEARS! The food was incredible, the drinks were perfection and the service was unmatched. Highly recommend every single thing on the menu. The perfect spot for a special occasion.
  21. B

    Bill

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Incredible!!!! We had an amazing experience! We recommend it…
  22. MB

    MichelB

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great service and great cocktails, as always. Love the outdoor space.
  23. KT

    KeithT

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 27, 2022

    overall3food2service4ambience3
    The Wedge Salad with shrimp was very good. The Steak Frites was salty. The Chocolate Tort desert again for some reason was salty. Service was very good. I have been to Riviera a number of times over the years and it doesn’t seem like the menu has changed very much. Not sure if I will be back anytime soon
  24. KL

    KateL

    London

    8 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on July 27, 2022

    overall3food2service2ambience3
    Had great expectations based on menu and reputation. Started off well. Good wine list and responsive server. Very helpful with order. Appetizers were very good- particularly the beef tartare. Good for sharing. Then downhill. It seemed like they had issues with coordination. Waited well over an hour for mains- saw a number of table beside us finish and leave. Finally got service but only partial- brought some but not all. One main was ok - the salmon. But the mushroom toast was a fail for being mushy and a lack of flavor. Same with the pea ravioli - bland and peas nearly raw. Both almost not worth eating. They did try to respond and removed failed dishes from bill, but still not a positive experience overall. I know staffing is not easy these days but the execution was just not good. Can’t recommend at this point.
  25. BP

    BillP

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience3
    The Riviera offers excellent food and service in a beautiful environment. It is close to the NAC and other downtown attractions and is the perfect jumping off point for a night out.
  26. VS

    VickieS

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food was great, our server was awesome andBooby Flay was at the table next to us! Great experience all around.
  27. c

    cherylr

    Montreal

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on July 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    We came to Ottawa for an over I visit to go to the theatre, and chose Riviera based on the interesting sample menu. We were warmly welcomed and our personable (and knowledgeable) waiter ensured everything went smoothly so that we were neither rushed nor anxious about getting our bill on time. We shared a few smaller dishes, and each was delicious. Our waiter made excellent suggestions for wine pairings as well. We’ll definitely return on our next trip!
  28. A

    Annie1986

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food was amazing and very good service! I totally recommend
  29. FA

    FrancoisA

    Montreal

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    What a wonderful evening at riviera! The food was on point the ambiance and service amazing… A mémorable night! Recommend the seafood tower, just great and fresh!
  30. EM

    EmilyM

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    It was amazing. The food the service the location
  31. c

    codeman

    Dallas

    5 reviews

    4.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on July 23, 2022

    overall4food3service5ambience5
    Two of the three meals were great. Steak and frits was overdone and frits cold and hard. Great staff
  32. MY

    MepYow

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 23, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Great service and the most beautiful setting. Highly recommended.
  33. A

    Annie

    Toronto

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 23, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Fantastic location for a date night or with friends visiting from out of town.
  34. EF

    EmFernandez

    Ottawa

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing evening! Delicious cocktails We will be back!
  35. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Montreal

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food was lovely, service great, the building really beautiful. If you don’t go you are doing yourself a disservice!
  36. l

    loretta

    Montreal

    10 reviews

    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on July 22, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience4
    Very original ingredients and recipes! Very delicious! Wide selection of drinks from the bar. Great service! However very loud. Pricey too but worth it.
  37. DM

    DanM

    Ottawa

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on July 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Every aspect of the evening was perfect from the moment we arrived, the hostess was charming, excellent server, drinks and food outstanding.
  38. BD

    BartD

    Ottawa

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Honestly the sea food tower was amazing, everything was top notch. Cocktails as well, mains were good but the raw menu stole the show. You feel full, satisfied and remember what it’s like to go out and get a+ service. Will return.
  39. JY

    JeanYves

    Montreal

    9 reviews

    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on July 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    One of the best restaurants in Ottawa! The service was really great. We will definitely go back!
  40. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Ottawa

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I really liked the Riviera restaurant! Excellent service, really authentic food and a very pleasant atmosphere, ideal for a celebration dinner or with friends. I definitely highly recommend it.

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
    • Staff is vaccinated

FAQs

Riviera is rated 4.7 stars by 1920 OpenTable diners.

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

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Google Map for Riviera

62 Sparks St, Ottawa, ON K1P 5A8

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Cross street

    Spark Street bewteen Elgin and Metcalfe

  • Neighborhood

    Downtown

  • Hours of operation

    Dinner Mon–Wed 5:00 pm–10:00 pm Thu–Sat 5:00 pm–11:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    Contemporary Canadian

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Dress code

    Smart Casual

  • Parking details

    Lot parking available at World Exchange Plaza, NAC & City Hall.

  • Public transit

    LRT- Parliament Station

  • Payment options

    AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive chef

    Jordan Holley

  • Additional

    Beer, BYO Wine, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Wheelchair Access, Wine

  • Phone number

    (613) 233-6262

  • Private party facilities

    For inquiries please contact events@dineriviera.com.

Copyright © 2022 OpenTable, Inc. 1 Montgomery St Ste 700, San Francisco CA 94104 - All rights reserved.
OpenTable is part of Booking Holdings, the world leader in online travel and related services.
Booking LogoPriceline LogoKAYAK LogoAgoda LogoRentalcars LogoOpenTable Logo