Riviera

4.8
1367 Reviews
CAN$51 and over
Contemporary Canadian
Welcome to Riviera.
As of Saturday, November 7th we are accepting reservations for our outdoor dining patio and for 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.

Due to current COVID-19 restrictions, all alcohol service must be completed by 9pm and the restaurant must be closed by 10pm. We are currently able to seat parties up to a maximum of 4 guests.

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
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
What 1367 people are saying
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Mich
Ottawa
14 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service4ambience5

The food was excellent. Some things are better value than others. A side of bread to various dishes would certainly add value. Highly recommend. Can’t get a better cocktail!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was Devine!!

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Louisphilippe
Ottawa
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful wonderful wonderful! Great service! Love the drinks, the location. Highly recommended!

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EPOttawa
Las Vegas
4 reviews
Dined on November 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We started with a wonderful greeting at the door and it went up from there. We were not rushed through our champagne starter, nor the main or desserts. Service was attentive but gentle, the meals were exceptional. Well done to all!!!

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PascalR
1 review
Dined on October 30, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience4

The food was excellent, but it was a bit cold because the heater was not functioning properly. Nevertheless, we had a good evening and the service was very good.

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MelanieA
Montreal
5 reviews
Dined on October 30, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience3

As always, the food at Riviera is amazing. Dishes not only taste great, they are well presented with perfect portion sizes. Wine selection is outstanding, as is the cocktail list. The only thing that would have made our experience on the covered /heated patio would have been blankets for our laps as it was quiet cold the evening we were there. Bring a blanket for added warmth!

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MikeH
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 30, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience3

COVID Ottawa meant this meal was on the patio with shelter and gas heater. Our waiter was very helpful and hospitable, as were other staff. I sampled five different glasses of wine over the evening and was surprised by how three of the five really challenged my expectations. The Pinot Grigio was lovely, chosen at suggestion of the sommelier after I declined the Tawse Chardonnay (the wine quality was fine; however, it had a very untypical and for me offputting apple cider taste. I have never met a Chard I did not like so this was disappointing.) Pinot Noir was very nice, but the Faugere was a challenge with which I was less familiar, and while the quality was fine, its flavours simply did not turn my crank. As a reasonably savvy and adventurous wine drinker, I was impressed by the effort to present some "different" wines in the "by the glass" list. However, I really missed the opportunity to drink some good examples (this is not an inexpensive list) of more familiar wines - Chardonnay, Riesling, Cab, etc instead of mostly esoteric types. Just sayin'....
Food was great. We had tuna tartare, oysters, a wonderful chowder, lobster spaghetti and a Riviera burger, finishing with fig tart and espresso. My wife had read that the pasta could be a little too al dente, but totally enjoyed the firm texture in this dish. My oysters, accompanied by horseradish, a mignonette and an unusual peppery sauce which had a nice kick to it, were beautifully presented and fresh and tasty. Also enjoyed the burger, which I had chosen on impulse. Probably the highlight of the food was the seafood chowder, which we split. This dish featured some lovely clams, mussels, great shrimp and large sea scallops perfectly cooked in a creamy Pernod - laced broth.
Even on this chilly evening, all tables were taken when we left at 6:30. While our visit was not inexpensive, we felt we received good value, and that our patronage was appreciated. We plan to return.

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Chloec
Toronto
1 review
Dined on October 24, 2020
Overall3food4service2ambience4

The waiter didn’t check up on us, didn’t take the drink orders all at once and messed up the bills

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SharonL
1 review
Dined on October 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Riviera have done their best to make their outdoor dining experience as cozy as it can be given the current restrictions. The food and service was fantastic. I would definitely do it again.

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ThomasG
1 review
Dined on October 21, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience2

You lose some of the ambience because of the tent but totally understandable because of the pandemic. Food is phenomenal. Burger and fries were amazing but perhaps tell customers how big it really is compared to other items on the menu.

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ShiraC
1 review
Dined on October 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Riviera is an amazing restaurant for a date night, or an intimate evening with close friends. Even though it was raining and cold, we were able to keep warm and enjoy a relaxing evening on the patio with the space heaters and tent. Food is amazing! Definitely recommend the pavlova.

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MartinP
3 reviews
Dined on October 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The outdoor heated patio was very cozy and comfortable. The food and wine was fantastic as always. I am glad that outdoor seating is available and hope we can continue enjoying this option for multiple weeks to come.

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DanH
Ottawa
1 review
Dined on October 9, 2020
Overall5food4service4ambience5

Riviera has amazing ambiance both indoors and the outdoor Covid-friendly tent. The cocktails are outstanding especially their Negronis. The food is always very high quality and the service was excellent.

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vipToddK
Toronto
25 reviews
Dined on October 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Visiting from Toronto and a friend recommended it...food and service we're excellent!

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DenisB
Ottawa
3 reviews
Dined on October 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was the perfect date night, just before things locked back down. Food, ambiance and service especially were the best ever - and that says something considering how high Riviera sets the bar.

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Emma
Montreal
2 reviews
Dined on October 8, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Food was fantastic. A bit pricey. The outdoor heater was low on fuel so a bit chilly out on the patio.

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Renee
1 review
Dined on October 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

my partner and i thoroughly enjoyed ourselves the other night at Riviera. we were really pleased being seated outside as the tent that was set up shielded us from any potential wind/rain and the heat lamps provided a lot of warmth. it was clear that the staff were extremely serious about covid protocols. very friendly and helpful server, wonderfully rich food, pleasant and quiet atmosphere. the cocktails are my favourite part and as always, they never disappoint. can't wait to come back!

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Dokram
Ottawa
1 review
Dined on October 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Cozy and warm outdoor dining was possible at around 9 degrees Celsius. Highly recommended during this time.

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NyahW
1 review
Dined on October 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I recommend this restaurant if you are vegetarian and want a place that has options This restaurant is exquisite without breaking the bank. Great prices, amazing ambiance, the architecture is beautiful to look at. It feels like you are in a bother city, an absolutely transformative experience. The staff is incredible and extremely accommodating. I had put a comment in my reservation and the restaurant called me about 5 minutes after booking my reservation online to see if they could accommodate my situation better. At arrival, everyone was extremely kind and attentive. The food was incredible. I am vegetarian as well as the person I went with and there was so many options for us, we were each able to get diffrent apps, mains and dessert with extra options we didn't even get to try. I am giddy to go back, I highly recommend :)

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Mike
1 review
Dined on October 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Incredible food. Great atmosphere. Very friendly staff. Looking forward to returning.

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MichaelA
Toronto
1 review
Dined on October 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food and ambience. Staff were very nice and welcoming. Will be back when we visit Ottawa again

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Janaina
Montreal
2 reviews
Dined on October 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Everything was fine. The only "hic" was our choice of place. We were juste in front of the door and when it opened (very often) we felt the cold from outside. We were on the bar, the sit was not very comfortable if you chose to look at your friend by your side. However, I'm ready to come back on my next trip to Ottawa. I will just change place ;-)

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TammyB
1 review
Dined on October 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best food, amazing service, quiet atmosphere. Great for a dinner with friends or even a quiet night alone with a book. Thank you

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AaronW
Ottawa
1 review
Dined on October 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Well presented dishes, excellent cocktail list. Highly recommended.

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OpenTable Diner
Ottawa
1 review
Dined on October 2, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We had lunch in the outside patio. Was raining outside but we were still able to eat outdoors under cover. Patio also had heaters. Staff were very Covid conscious and wore masks all the time and used gloves when taking away dishes. Food was amazing as well. I peaked inside - very nice ambiance. Would recommend this restaurant.

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dshabs
Ottawa
1 review
Dined on October 1, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Food and drinks at Riviera are always spot on. Would recommend!

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ChristopherC
Ottawa
1 review
Dined on September 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service. Very well prepared dishes.

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Steve
Charleston
1 review
Dined on September 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, unique menu, great service. We’ll go back.

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Shawn
1 review
Dined on September 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great Food. Main course options not as elevated and starters.

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TimP
1 review
Dined on September 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We don't go to the Riviera often enough. Yes, it's a higher-end restaurant with the prices to match, but it's simply the best dining experience we've had in Ottawa. The value is great because the food is top notch. They also have the best cocktails. Don't forget the awesome Oysters. My only recommendations is to add a dish or two that has chicken, pork, or another vegetarian option.

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LorinaW
Montreal
1 review
Dined on September 19, 2020
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 on September 16, 2020
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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SarahM
1 review
Dined on September 15, 2020
Overall4food4service3ambience5

Lovely spot for a date night. Beautiful ambience, quiet, and excellent food.

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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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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!! ❤️

MN
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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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
6 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

FAQs

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

Riviera is rated 4.8 stars by 1367 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.