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Riviera

4.7
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1336 Reviews
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CAN$51 and over
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Contemporary Canadian
Welcome to Riviera's Full-Service Patio.
While our indoor dining room remains closed, we are pleased to welcome you to our newly established patio. We are accepting reservations for the outdoor dining patio and 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. 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
Social Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
Personal Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
What 1336 people are saying
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4.7based on recent ratings
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4.7
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LorinaW
Montreal
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a wonderful dinner. They took good care of us. It is expensive, but very good. I would absolutely go back again.

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Whynow
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience2

We had a nice Italian red wine, spaghetti with lobster, and steak with fries. All were excellent. Service was very good.
The music was a little banal and obnoxious. Covid precautions were fine but the outdoor ambiance not great.

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MathieuL
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on September 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic evening at riviera with my parents. Awesome menu for sharring dishes for the table. Great wine, cocktail (out of the wold Gimlet), fantastic food! The dessert a pavlova to die for!

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vipMrNav
Toronto
5 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Marco our host was so friendly and helpful! The beef tartare, tuna tartare, mushroom toast and burrata are must have dishes. Highly recommended!

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OpenTable Diner
Ottawa
1 review
Dined on September 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Celebrating where I met my now husband 3 years ago! Service and food is always amazing and delectable! Our server made our night so special! Definitely our favourite restaurant for food, service and ambiance!! ❤️

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Cath
Vancouver
5 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful place for a dinner. The beef tartare amazing.
Strongly recommend for a special evening.

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vipSylvainP
Ottawa
5 reviews
Dined on September 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Patio seating was great. Only draw back was heater malfunction. But they tried.

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Paris81
1 review
Dined on September 9, 2020
Overall3food5service5ambience5

The hostess was incredibly rude. I couldn’t get her name, but she had tattoos on her knuckles. When we booked our table, it wasn’t supposed to rain. We were on the patio and the weather changed that day. We had asked to sit inside when we arrived, As it was freezing, and we were immediately told no. We then asked if we can be on a list for when someone comes out we can take over. The response was that we were told no once already, and were being told no again. We spoke to the server and he was more than willing to make accommodations for us and asked us to wait 10 mins which we were Happy to oblige. As this was a surprise dinner for a birthday it put a damper on the start of the dinner. When the rest of the party arrived, a thermometer was shoved into faces with no explanation as to what was going on and and told they would have to leave if they refused. I am fully aware and Educated to Know that there is a pandemic going on. We all wore masks, sanitized our hands etc. When there is no explanation as to what you’re asking of patrons, in advance or upon arrival, and when asking questions as to why this only applies to those inside instead of those sitting outside, and then are told you have to leave if you refuse without any sort of conversation, does not leave a positive impression. What happens if those outside need to use the washroom? Somehow that exempts them from the same policy. Hmmmm. I am thankful for the attention of our server Derrick, he was fabulous. The food also delicious. Not a very warm welcome.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on September 7, 2020
Overall4food5service3ambience5

Great food, great ambience, service a bit blunt just ok

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SusanS
San Diego
1 review
Dined on September 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic Restaurant! Amazing service. Enjoyable evening. Seafood Platter was exceptional. Highly recommend it.

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Brad
Ottawa
1 review
Dined on September 5, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Always incredible food and some of the best cocktails in town. The prices are quite high (well above other restaurants in Ottawa of similar quality), but that's likely due to the premium location. Will return again!

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smb1624
1 review
Dined on September 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very glad to have the patio option. Even with rain, we were very comfortable thanks to the fact it was covered and heated. Felt very comfortable with all COVID precautions, and food and service were excellent.

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OpenTable Diner
Montreal
6 reviews
Dined on September 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was excellent, as were the drinks. A good time was had by all.

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NancyW
1 review
Dined on September 3, 2020
Overall5food5service1ambience5

Our waiter seemed like he didn’t want to be there and annoyed that he was serving us. He was a complete jerk to be honest. We spent over $500 and gave him a $75 tip anyway.
Otherwise everything else was great.

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SabrinaC
Toronto
14 reviews
Dined on September 2, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is an amazing restaurant with great food and service. If you are coming to Ottawa, you should definitely put this on your list. It's pricey but totally worth it

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Margaux
Montreal
1 review
Dined on August 31, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food and staff! A little on the pricey side but well worth it.

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harveym
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience3

Given the price of pasta, I expected more pasta than I received on the spaghetti and lobster dish. The lobster portion was fine; not so with the pasta. And while I like my pasta el dente, the dish I received had the pasta about a minute and a half away from el dente. It wasn't inedible (otherwise I would've returned it) but another 90 secs would've been perfect.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on August 31, 2020
Overall3food3service4ambience2

The food was good but nothing special for the price point. I completely understand that restaurants are limited during the pandemic but It didn’t look like much effort had been put into making the patio nice. I expected more and was definitely disappointed in the experience.

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on August 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Having only reopened indoor dining the day before, everything was pulled off impeccably. Tables were well spaced, food and drinks were fantastic, service was friendly and approachable.

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OpenTable Diner
Ottawa
1 review
Dined on August 28, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Excellent dinner. Would have been nice if they offered us a small piece of dessert as we were celebrating our Wedding Anniversary. But no big deal.

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Eugene
Ottawa
3 reviews
Dined on August 27, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A group of 5 of us enjoyed an assortment of dishes and drinks, the best you can find in Ottawa. This will be an unforgettable experience for all of us, with the food and drinks as a large part it. This was my 3rd time there, and this restaurant has never disappointed the guests I brought. I recommend the orange wine, and one of their signature drinks. As a group, we shared the oysters, beef tartare, tuna tartare, duck ham, mushrooms on toast with shaved black truffle. As our entrees, we had our own striploin steak, or fogo island cod. Each of us agreed, it was the striploin steak was cooked to perfection. Will we go back? absolutely! Thanks to our server Braden for helping make our night so memorable. I look forward to returning and trying the lobster spaghetti, and another glass of orange wine.

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OpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined on August 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Loved our experience here. The food was so delicious, excellent service and great cocktails! Patio was super cute and still very comfortable on a cooler evening.

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BrianE
1 review
Dined on August 25, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience3

The food was delicious. It was a cool windy evening and the tents did not break the wind very well. We both enjoyed the meal.

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Sioanno
Toronto
5 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2020
Overall5food4service4ambience5

Overall Riviera was a very good experience for my cousin and I. Food was great - especially the Lobster Spaghetti. Service was very good also. Impressive wine list. Excellent location. Highly recommend!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on August 22, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Nice meal on gorgeous evening. lobster spaghetti super.

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Charleyj
1 review
Dined on August 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

What a fantastic meal. The outdoor patio was perfect for these challenging times. Our waiter was attentive and made great wine accompaniment recommendations. I did miss the energy of the restaurant proper - but that will be back once this thing passes.

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Sean
1 review
Dined on August 20, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great food and drinks are amazing! Service was really good. Was there for a birthday and it definitely met our expectations.

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EttoreZ
1 review
Dined on August 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything about our experience was amazing; we will definitely return!

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vipRobert
Montreal
9 reviews
Dined on August 15, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Aout2020. Très bon

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SaraM
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on August 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always having only the most incredible evenings here. Will come back again and again and again ❤️

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George
Montreal
3 reviews
Dined on August 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Another spectacular time with our friends at the Riv. Thanks so much for making a birthday memorable for the amazing Alexandra!

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IxchelMH
Ottawa
1 review
Dined on August 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We had the New Brunswick/PEI oysters, Lamb Cavatelli, Fogo Island Cod, Riv Burger & Fries, and the Berry & Sweet Corn Pavlova. All of them were excellent! Looking forward to dining here again.

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ShelleyD
Toronto
1 review
Dined on August 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Never disappointed! Everything was lovely - staff, food and surroundings. All precautions were taken for COVID19 too. It's one of our favourite. Will definitely be back again.

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JustinS
1 review
Dined on August 7, 2020
Overall1food1service1ambience1

I'm mostly mad about this app. But the burger was far too overpriced.

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NathalieP
Toronto
1 review
Dined on August 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful evening. Great tasty food, perfect cocktails. Staff are above all expectation. Perfect place for a perfect evening.

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DamonW
1 review
Dined on August 6, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience5

My wife and I wanted a quiet romantic downtown patio to celebrate our 21st anniversary. The ambiance was superb, the staff attentive and the food was very tasty. We were very satisfied with our experience at The Riviera and would return to try it again on another occasion.

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AndreaP
1 review
Dined on August 4, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience4

The food was yummy. It was unique and flavourful.

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vipDaveJ
Edmonton
13 reviews
Dined on August 1, 2020
Overall3food4service3ambience3

Relatively good food, but the portion to price ratio, even for what the restaurant is going for, is out of whack.

Beyond that, the service is hit or miss. Occasionally great, often the staff seem truly dismayed at the thought of serving you.

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pmcharron
Montreal
13 reviews
Dined on August 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Keep it up guys, everything was perfect !!!

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OpenTable Diner
Ottawa
7 reviews
Dined on July 31, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We both had the shrimp-stuffed zucchini blossoms, they were SO good! Love that new things are being added to the menu.

FAQs

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

Riviera is rated 4.7 stars by 1336 OpenTable diners.

You can book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size.