Riviera

4.8
1575 Reviews
CAN$51 and over
Contemporary Canadian
Welcome to Riviera.

We are currently offering OUTDOOR and INDOOR dining. For the first time, we have place time restrictions of 2 hours on all of our reservations. This is to accommodate the necessary sanitizing steps before and after each reservation.

To dine in (starting from September 22, 2021), all guests must show their proof of COVID-19 Vaccine (double shot - has to be done 2-weeks before their visit) upon their arrival. Guests who cannot provide the evidence will be asked to reschedule for a time when they meet the provincial requirements.

We are currently able to seat parties up to a maximum of 6 guests - unfortunately, we do not accept separate reservations for the same party (plus 6 guests) at the moment. We will update this information as restrictions are lifted or modified.

Thank you for your understanding as we move into this next chapter of restaurant dining.

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
Physical Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
  • Staff temperature check required
  • Contact tracing information collected
  • Proof of vaccination required to dine indoors
What 1575 people are saying
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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Top of the table experience - service, food and atmosphere was exceptional. Great cocktails as well

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BillM
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We enjoyed our meal immensely. It is a very nice atmosphere. Our server was very courteous.

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dchiada
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of the nicest places to go in Ottawa. Good atmosphere, food, and service.

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VictoriaT
Miami
3 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

My favourite restaurant in Ottawa. With decreased capacity it didn’t have the same vibe as it does when full but must obey Covid protocol! Food was delicious! Great to be back!!

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cassandrak
Toronto
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

I’ve been there several times and it’s always consistent and excellent,

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Marc
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall4food3service5ambience5

We have been to Riviera a few times in the past and have always enjoyed the experience. My wife, who is vegan, would usually get the vegan version of mushroom toast with sourdough bread with a main course that was always interesting. However, yesterday, the mushroom toast did not seem to be a feasible option and the grits and mushroom dish was very disappointing, if not insignificant.

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Mitzi
Toronto
18 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Excellent food. Would recommend counter seating if you enjoy watching the kitchen staff. Service was friendly and attentive and knowledgeable.

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OpenTable Diner
Montreal
3 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall4food5service5ambience5

We celebrated a double birthday. Although we were fearful of sitting outdoors whilst it rained, the area was perfectly tented off and well heated. Overall the food was great and when our server recommended a Negroni flight I was pleasantly surprised by the options. We will be back.

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BrentD
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Great service, food and drinks.

The pasta portion on the Spaghetti and lobster was surprisingly small. Almost the size as if you had ordered a side dish. :(

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vipPoet
Manitoba
4 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Such a Wonderful Experience.
We have been wanting to eat here since 2017 when Rivera was named one of Canada's Best New Restaurants. They did not disappoint.
Every course was a delight for the eyes and the palate. Rich, delicious. Comfort meets epicurean.

And the service was perfect. Definitely recommend.

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CarolS
Ottawa
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything from food to service to selection options was outstanding. My only issue is with the noise level; it is very difficult to carry on a conversation.

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LeanneS
New Orleans
2 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic dining experience at “The Counter”. Brandon, Stefanie and the rest of the Riv team were outstanding! Best beef tartare - ever. The Gnudi was delicious. The steak frites is always excellent!

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Smiley
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Cocktails - excellent. Appitizers - excellent. Main meal - excellent. Server - excellent. Wonderful evening. will certainly be back.

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HughS
Toronto
1 review
Dined on October 14, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Despite COVID Riviera has maintained an excellent menu and lively atmosphere. The food (shared oysters, lobster spaghetti and halibut) was excellent as well as the wine selection. While my partner and I were very pleased with our meals we found the noise level very high with ‘80’s music which didn’t seem to jibe with the restaurant itself. As well, initially service was quite slow but greatly improved as the evening progressed. Overall, this is an excellent restaurant in the heart of Ottawa’s uptown. Reservations highly recommended - it’s doubtful you will get in otherwise.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on October 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Outside tables were actually very nice. Drinks always great. Lovely service and food excellent!

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Nancy
1 review
Dined on October 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great atmosphere, complex food & cocktails bursting with flavour & attentive service, can’t wait to return!

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paulm
Ottawa
1 review
Dined on October 9, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience2

The food, the wine pairings, and service in this place was excellent, although a bit pricy, but very worth it. Parking nearby can be challenging but that's our city. My only complaint about this place was that the music was very loud, actually too loud.

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SheenaM
Montreal
1 review
Dined on October 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Riviera is hands down the best restaurant experience you will have in Ottawa. The service is exceptional, the food is outstanding and the cocktails cannot be beat. This is the best overall experience you could possibly have!

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VanRob
Montreal
2 reviews
Dined on October 8, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Excellent burger, steak frite is ok. Great drinks and beautiful restaurant.

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WendyM
1 review
Dined on October 8, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Great ambience, wonderfully presented dishes and very attentive staff without being overbearing. It was an expensive dinner but ok for a special celebration like a birthday or anniversary. We enjoyed ourselves immensely. I needed to add an additional person at the last minute and they accommodated us without any problem.

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SamS
Toronto
1 review
Dined on October 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It's an amazing space - that's the first thing you notice.

Everything on the raw menu is incredible and the steak frites pan sauce is what I would imagine crack to feel like in food form; addictive.

Cocktails are a hard 10 and the open kitchen/bar concept is a obervationalists dream.

Wine list is priced from fair to splashy but there are some gems at $80ish (Nebbiolo Bricdelbaio).

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DanS
Ottawa
16 reviews
Dined on October 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Enjoyed a nice seafood tower and beverages with my wife. Seated at the bar. Good Covid protocols followed with separation of diners and staff all wearing masks. Service was efficient and attentive. Will return in the near future.

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MGfromhere
1 review
Dined on October 7, 2021
Overall2food3service2ambience3

Server cold. I hate giving away money like that to someone who doesn't want to be there. Not enough parity too many men vs woman. Handsome men too few woman.
Delicious meal.

Non alcohol offer is not satisfying at all. There are many great products out there.

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MeganS
1 review
Dined on October 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was amazing! Service was excellent and the food was unreal. Would definitely go back!! Cocktails are also top notch!

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OpenTable Diner
Montreal
1 review
Dined on October 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely service and amazing food!

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RaynaldL
Montreal
1 review
Dined on October 7, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

The service and the food were excellent. The noise level was too high for my liking. Regardless, I would highly recommend the restaurant.

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TanisS
Ottawa
2 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best steak and fries, service was great, beautiful reataurant

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ChrisB
Toronto
1 review
Dined on October 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great spot for a special occasion. Elaborate bar menu with exceptional and creative options. Food was delicious and service was fast, efficient and friendly. Would definitely return!

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JamesC
1 review
Dined on October 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The service, food and ambiance was fantastic! Would definitely go back!

KC
KelseyC
Ottawa
1 review
Dined on October 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The ambiance was awesome, the food was really good and our server was absolutely lovely. It was a great way to celebrate!

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JoanneE
Ottawa
1 review
Dined on October 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely service, amazing seafood tower. Just a really all around solid choice for an anniversary dinner.

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MichelT
Toronto
1 review
Dined on September 30, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Music was a tad loud made it difficult to hear what we were saying given we were seated at one of the large tables in the back .( we were four in the booth) . Otherwise, awesome as always . We got married there 4 years ago and try to return on our anniversary and at least 1 more time year. One of our favourite which never disappoints.

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Bruce
Des Moines
1 review
Dined on September 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding food and service. Definitely the highlight of our food experiences in Ottawa.

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Jellybean
Toronto
15 reviews
Dined on September 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

This is one of my favourite places to dine in Ottawa. The service is impeccable and the cuisine exceptional. My favourite “starter” is Mushrooms on Toast with shaved black Truffle and Egg. Last night I coupled that dish with their Seafood Chowder. It was excellent.
I shall return!

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John
Ottawa
1 review
Dined on September 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had high expectations for an anniversary dinner and they exceeded it (especially the starters and dessert). We sat outside and the heaters worked fine.

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OpenTable Diner
Toronto
1 review
Dined on September 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing service, she was the best server!

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OttawaFoodie
Ottawa
3 reviews
Dined on September 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was absolutely delicious, the cocktails were great and loved the wine suggestions they offered. Great service from beginning to end. Will absolutely be back.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on September 24, 2021
Overall4food3service5ambience3

I had dinner with a co-worker. Unfortunately, the food and our surroundings missed our expectations . If you dine outside, expect to share the territory with a local rat. And dress warm because there are no patio heaters. My coworker ordered the lobster spaghetti and was disappointed by the portion size. Service was excellent and great selection of wine. There are probably better options in the city for the same price.

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Dida
Ottawa
1 review
Dined on September 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was delicious
Wonderful to eat on patio even in rain

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EmmaA
1 review
Dined on September 21, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Une belle soirée d'anniversaire dans un cadre juste parfait avec un repas plus que délicieux!

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FAQs

Riviera offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (613) 233-6262.

Riviera is rated 4.8 stars by 1575 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.