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Riviera, Ottawa, ON

Riviera

4.7
4.7
1851 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 will open at 6pm on Wednesday, June 22 2022.

We look forward to hosting you!

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2 people

8:00 PM


Booked 45 times today

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    Contemporary Canadian

  • Hours of operation

    Dinner Tue, 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 1,851 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

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4.7
4.7 based on recent ratings
  • 4.7Food
  • 4.7Service
  • 4.8Ambience
  • 4.4Value

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  1. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Ottawa

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Another wonderful experience at Riviera. The service is attentive yet not overwhelming, food recommendations are spot on. Can’t wait for our next visit.
  2. N

    Nabudhabi

    Las Vegas

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    We had an incredible experience at Riviera, and we're very glad it was recommended to us (by two different friends) for our anniversary dinner. We had the seafood tower which was amazing - so fresh and delicious! We had lobster spaghetti and gnuti as our mains, also stellar. It's hard to say what was the best, but the cocktails are also out of this world, particularly the Penicillin. 5 stars, would visit again. Thank you Riviera, and extra special thanks to Tom and Vero who moved us outside.
  3. KB

    KatB

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    My partner and I went here for our anniversary and absolutely loved it. We sat at the bar and loved being able to see everything that was happening in the kitchen. Great service and great experience overall, will definitely be visiting again!
  4. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Toronto

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    One of the great dining experiences I had. The food and cocktails were amazing. Sit at the counter to watch the team cook, it’s a court side show to my favourite sport.
  5. RY

    RenoY

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall1food1service1ambience1
    They Includes tips in the bill but calculates twice.
  6. NG

    NatalieG

    Vancouver

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Beautiful restaurant with classy and experienced serve staffs!
  7. SF

    SandraF

    Toronto

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had a fantastic server who gave us very good suggestions. The cocktail menu is extensive; I let our server choose for me (I told him what I liked) and really enjoyed my cocktail. We were a party of two and shared a shrimp appetizer which was delicious. For the mains, we had the fish (halibut) and the burger. Both were cooked to perfection. The service was excellent; the food was excellent and we enjoyed the music that was playing (classics from the 70's). A great experience.
  8. SN

    ShannonN

    Chicago

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Delicious and excellent service, made great recommendations and guided the experience
  9. BE

    BruceE

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall2food2service4ambience4
    I am still trying to figure out what all the fuss is about!!!!
  10. PW

    PascalW

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent restaurant avec un service impeccable et professionnel. Prix raisonnables pour cette catégorie de restaurant et plats originaux. Très bonne musique (mais un peu forte pour mes oreilles de sexagénaire).
  11. L

    Lynn

    Ottawa

    5 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on June 26, 2022

    overall3food4service2ambience5
    Rivera is a beautiful space and one of my favourite restaurants. It's quite difficult to get into I consider it a treat to go. This is why I chose it for my bday dinner. The restaurant thoughtfully gave us the private room in the 'manager's office' area. The music was fun and the atmosphere was great. The food was also very good. The only issue was the service. When I have been previously, the service was outstanding, with the server giving guidance on best cocktail choice customized to our tastes etc...really specialized attention. This time, the servers were obviously tired, bored with us and even a bit snappy. I understand restaurants are understaffed, but I expected more from Rivera . When you charge $50 for a plate of pasta, the service needs to be spectacular.
  12. RG

    RichardG

    Montreal

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on June 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Très belle carte de vin, le menu est intéressant et le servise est excellent.
  13. AT

    AdamT

    Ottawa

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on June 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    It’s always fantastic at Riviera. :)
  14. JB

    JoshB

    Toronto

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience3
    Limited food menu but every item excellently prepared and presented. Very tasty. Remarkable cocktail and wine list. Kind of noisy inside
  15. KG

    KateG

    New England

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on June 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had a great experience! Food was fantastic and our bartender made us a delicious espresso martini that was a little jazzed up. One of my fav places and I’ll absolutely be back
  16. d

    davidi

    Las Vegas

    94 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    94 reviews

    Dined on June 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    A must do when in Ottawa. Fantastic ambience, food and service
  17. B

    Bill

    Toronto

    14 reviews

    5.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on June 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We ate on the patio in spite of the weather reports. We were very fortunate--although the inside of the restaurant is beautiful it is far too loud for our ears. The food and service was outstanding. The final bill was a bit of a shocker. We weren't keeping track and were having a great time so that was most important.
  18. KB

    KevBeau

    Ottawa

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Top-notch service, the food is always awesome! Every dish has a twist or unique ingredient. Love this restaurant.
  19. AD

    AnnieD

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had steak frites, halibut, oysters, tuna crudo, iceberg wedges with nordic shrimps, and other starters, and everything was tasty, well presented and worth every penny!
  20. DL

    DavidL

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Super restaurant, tout etait a la hauteur des attentes. La nourriture etait excellente et le service aussi.
  21. C

    Chrisc

    Toronto

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 18, 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience4
    I would only recommend Riviera for a quick cocktail and an app. Probably best to sit at the bar. The building is gorgeous though and worth seeing too.
  22. JM

    JodyM

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 17, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience3
    Great spot/location. Great location. Great service. Great food. Too loud.
  23. JS

    JodiS

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing flavours and details made this meal unforgettable. Thank you!
  24. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Ottawa

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on June 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Always the best time at Riviera! Everything is outstanding from the service, food, ambiance ! My absolute favourite restaurant!! ❤️
  25. MB

    MimiB

    New York Area

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 15, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience3
    Very lively restaurant- the one drawback was the noise level. The music , or perhaps style offered, was much too loud . It seemed incongruous with the architecture and overall feel. At one point we could not hear our own conversation which defeated the experience of our wanting to get together
  26. LD

    LDal

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing food, great music, great spot overall. Food is on the pricy end but definitely worth it.
  27. FB

    FrancoisB

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Awesome!! My wife and had a great experience. The food was really good with great service
  28. JC

    JonathanC

    Melbourne

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing experience! The counter seating is the best, got to watch all these excellent chefs produce such gorgeous and delicious meals! Our server Jason was incredible and was on point with every single recommendation. Absolutely loved loved everything we had. The steak tartare and mushroom toast were to die for. The gnudi was melt in your mouth perfect. The duck was the best duck we have ever had. One of the chefs overheard us debating over the duck and rabbit so very kindly offered us a few pieces of the rabbit to try. It was so so good too. And the dessert which was a pavlova was just the perfect end to this exceptional meal. Loved everything about Riviera.
  29. J

    Janeeh

    Calgary

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on June 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We went for a celebratory dinner for my niece’s graduation and it was delightful evening. The waiter was knowledgeable of menu & cocktails and wine list and made excellent pairing recommendations. One diner was gluten-free and easily accommodated. The seafood tower was very fresh (I can attest as a Maritimer), and the mains (fish, duck and rabbit) were very well prepared and delicious. We will be back!
  30. J

    Jenvee

    Vancouver

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on June 7, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Always an amazing meal at Riveria. Great service. Beautiful room. Go back every time I am in Ottawa.
  31. PB

    PaulB

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing food and ambience. The staff are super helpful and friendly. The cocktails are out of this world and Stephen is just incredible to watch making them. Would highly recommend to anyone. The mushrooms on toast are incredible.
  32. PK

    PeteK

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Good vibe Cordial staff Great drinks and food Not an everyday place but one to visit for sure
  33. SC

    SebastienC

    Montreal

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on June 4, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience5
    Nice ambiance and decor in downtown ottawa. Bar hasard à large selection of spirits and cocktail. Simple menu but delicious.
  34. DV

    DVdh

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had a great evening! Great selection of cocktails and food. What a great spot in Ottawa.
  35. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Montreal

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Superbe souper un vendredi soir!
  36. DG

    DanielleG

    Atlantic Canada

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on June 3, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Beautiful place and bustling, kind of Gatsby-ish. I didn't enjoy our table location because of the plexi-barriers and next to the wall, drinks were amazing/best part, I recommend purple rain, server was super and apps were excellent, didn't love my main, for the price wished for more than fries?? steak was slightly over salted but well cooked. Felt maybe a hair rushed another 15-20 mins maybe? I would definitely return for drinks and apps. Glad we had the chance to try it.
  37. M

    Mitch

    Ottawa

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 2, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Best spot in Ottawa bar none, well worth it. Sitting at the bar was a great experience.
  38. f

    felicita

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 2, 2022

    overall4food3service5ambience5
    Amazing cocktail menu, service, and atmosphere. Noisy, but it's not terrible and part of the fun. I was actually really disappointed by my dish. It was bland and not well cooked but I've had other great experiences there with food so was either the dish I chose or the night....
  39. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Montreal

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on June 1, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Tout était parfait 👌🏼 Brandon, le cuisinier et ancien collègue , était extraordinaire ! J’adore cet endroit, chic et une clientèle raffinée. Service et nourriture impeccable. WoW 🤩
  40. AL

    AshleyL

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 31, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Friendly knowledgeable staff, incredible list of wine and cocktails, and the food is phenomenal. I highly recommend this place!

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 1851 OpenTable diners.

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

Make a reservation

2 people

8:00 PM


Booked 45 times today
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 Tue, 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.

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