Riviera

4.6
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Contemporary Canadian
A new restaurant in Ottawa.
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Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Didn’t disappoint. Excellent seafood. Lamb and duck entrees also very good. Service was top notch. Decor is very cool and noise level was as expected for a busy restaurant. The layout is not particularly conducive for a romantic occasion due to the fact that it is very open. But otherwise an excellent experience. Will definitely repeat.

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JO
London
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 5

The food was excellent but the service was slow and inattentive at times.

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OT
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 3food 5service 4ambience 2

The food was quite good. I had the seafood chowder and my friend had the croque Madam. Both beautifully prepared and presented.

The sound reverberation was hard to take. The crowd talked loud to rise above the din.

With just these two lunch the bill came to $70.00 with tip. A little on the expensive side for lunch

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CT
New York Area
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding food, drinks and service from the moment we walked in to the moment we left. A wonderful and delicious evening out in Ottawa!

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YD
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 2food 1service 4ambience 3

Food was not tasty in general, especially compared to previous times.
The steak was medium as asked but very very char on the outside. It should not be that hard to get a steak medium or even well done, without burning it on the outside.
The salad was embarrassing, overall very low value for the price.
There is so much the ambiance can carry.

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v
Las Vegas
3 reviews
Dined on March 15, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 3

Everything was good. No complaints other than the duck was a bit tough. But still tasty. Excellent service - attentive and knowledgable. Nice building although not for a romantic dinner. Loud. I think it is overpriced for the quality. I wouldn't be able to rate it higher than good, but again, no real complaints. Drinks were good, especially the whiskey sour. Nice wine selection. We weren't rushed, so that's always nice. Probably would not return but don't regret having gone.

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ST
Chicago
1 review
Dined on March 15, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 1ambience 5

Food was delicious. It’s why I went back a second time in a couple weeks- specifically for the fries. I found the server the first time was amazing. The second time the server (different person) left a bad taste in our mouths. She was not accommodating (even to requests that were welcomed the first time without any issue - such as subbing salad for fries). She was moody, and rushed us. The server the first time was so great, so it was shocking to see such a decline in quality of service.

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s
1 review
Dined on March 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our experience at the Riviera was simply sublime on ALL fronts: food, service, ambiance! Already planning on returning ... soon!

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S
Toronto
10 reviews
Dined on March 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

our waiter was superb; very knowledgeable about the menu and helpful in taking our order. He was courteous, articulate and the service was very good.
the dishes we had were wonderful. Would go back just for the mushrooms on toast! That dish was only one of many that stood out!
we had a great evening with friends!

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R
1 review
Dined on March 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was wonderful. Wine pairing was superb and service was perfect!

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DM
Toronto
1 review
Dined on March 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best dinner we’ve had in Ottawa! Ambience and service were also worth our visit. Just book and go!!

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NF
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

This time the lobster spaghetti was cold, and the deer ragu very salty.
Drinks and service were great.
It was pretty quiet/empty for a Saturday evening.

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MS
Ottawa
1 review
Dined on March 4, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 1ambience 5

I have been to Riviera several times, and have recommended it to many people. On this occasion I brought my mother for a rare meal out together as she doesn’t live in Ottawa.
As always, the food was delicious. Our server however was exceptionally rude and condescending.
I worked for years as a server in high end restaurants, and there is nothing I find more irritating than a server who behaves as though he or she is superior to his/her guests.
Very disappointing. I will definitely be exploring other restaurants in Ottawa and will be sharing this experience with my friends and colleagues.

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W
London
6 reviews
Dined on March 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The service was excellent from arrival at the door, greeting by server, service and departure.

The food was outstanding!

A great space with a good ambiance b

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P
Washington DC
11 reviews
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The service was excellent - attentive but not intrusive. The food was delicious as always. The oysters were fresh and the lamb shoulder was melt in your mouth tender and delicious. Best Martini ever! Top marks!!!

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DW
1 review
Dined on March 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our favourite restaurant/ need more selection of beef and maybe add mussels to the app menu

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OT
Ottawa
15 reviews
Dined on February 27, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

There are very few options for vegetarians. The gnudi is delicious and the mushroom salad which we split was also very good. I would eat here more often if there were more choices for me. It is so handy to The Arts Centre.

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VP
1 review
Dined on February 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing food and service as always. Best cocktails I have ever had. New York State of mind was unforgettable.

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N
Toronto
18 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

The lamb dishes were outstanding as well as the Red Dear pasta.

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AD
1 review
Dined on February 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

That was an amazing culinary experience! I will definitely come back!

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DG
Montreal
1 review
Dined on February 19, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 3ambience 4

First time visit. Many friends recommend. Food was fine, but not outstanding. Server talked my son and I into tuna appie, but then didn’t bring it. Nice space and ambiance/vibe but sorry, not worth the high prices for us.

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OT
1 review
Dined on February 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very good experience delicious food and excellent service

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JG
Toronto
1 review
Dined on February 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We drove from Kingston for a one night getaway and date night and we were both stoked with our experience there!

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LP
1 review
Dined on February 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Service was amazing and food was so good I dreampt about it that night

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AH
Toronto
3 reviews
Dined on February 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food, great service, great ambience. Would recommend for special events.

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KM
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

Been looking forward to this evening for a very long time! Perhaps I had too much expectation, but it was still a wonderful night. Our waitress was incredible, she knew her stuff and was very informative and friendly. Loved it when she'd come around. The seafood platter was good (although I sort of wish for just a little more variety (hot dishes mixed with cold perhaps?)), the lobster spaghetti was delightful and the cheeses are lovely (although not worth the price imo).

Their drinks are what made it. We each got a handcrafted cocktail which was damn impressive. Followed by wine which our waitress recommended. Fantastic! Would definitely go back for drinks!

Atmosphere was beautiful (the venue itself is gorgeous). Loved everything about it, just had higher expectations (it was bang on, they just didn't go beyond (which I kind of expect when paying so much)) Lovely all the same and you won't be disappointed.

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FC
Chicago
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

Disappointed in the food; taste was no longer wow. The citrus duck sauce was very bitter even though the duck itself was cooked perfectly. The king mushroom salad was over powered by walnuts that didn't seem fresh. Pricey mains for not wow food.

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DN
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Food and service was excellent. Found that the music level made conversation difficult especially as it was a Valentines dinner we reserved for

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EL
Ottawa
1 review
Dined on February 13, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Great spot. Cocktails are pretty good and they have a very extensive wine list. Prices are pretty extreme, but worth it for special occasions!

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EJ
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on February 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had the steak tartare, and it was absolutely excellent!

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A
1 review
Dined on February 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Lived up to the hype. Mushroom toast and squash were amazing. Would skip out on the chicken liver pate next time. Steak frites were amazing. A bit noisy. Hard to hold a conversation.

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OT
Baltimore
2 reviews
Dined on February 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Really nice place with good atmosphere. Lovely food, our party had duck a la orange and truffle gnocchi which both tasted great. Nice cocktails and good wine selection.

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LT
Ottawa
2 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 5

We really liked the atmosphere but, unfortunately, the steak did not live up to our expectations. It was good, but not amazing. I don't think we would go back again, although I have heard the seafood there is great.

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PL
Montreal
19 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Les critiques négatives sont non fondées quant à nous.
Accueil, ambiance, service , sommelier et nourriture agréables et sans prétention qui vous permettent de passer une soirée mémorable .
A conseiller lors d'une visite à Ottawa

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JC
1 review
Dined on February 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing Atmosphere and expcetional service. The food presentation was exceptional. Highly recommend the Seafood tower !

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m
Montreal
14 reviews
Dined on February 6, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 5

A beautiful restaurant with a gorgeous bar. The food is good but not outstanding. The best thing is the incredible selection of cocktails, wines and other drinks.

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DD
1 review
Dined on February 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We shared beef tartar and seafood chowder, both exceptional. Lobster spaghetti and black cod main were wonderful. Our server was attentive and the décor perfect for a special birthday occasion.

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PT
Ottawa
1 review
Dined on February 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

After a mediocre experience at lunch in December (cold food, forgotten orders) I was encouraged by family and good reviews to try again. A friend and I went for an early dinner in early February and I am so glad we did. The cocktails were very good. The gotten was absolutely delicious and the service was exemplary. I would absolutely recommend to people looking for a special dining experience.

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JD
1 review
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food tasted as good as it looked. The complementary bread and butter is so soft, and delicious. I couldn't stop eating it. The tuna crudo was my favourite appetizer, light but packed with so much flavor. The mushroom on toast is very rich and indulgent. The seafood chowder is made so perfectly with the right amount of seafood. I couldn't get past the Red Deer ragu Pappardelle as I was so full from the amount of bread i ate. Lol! But all in all, it was such a great atmosphere. The servers, were on point and the cocktails were beautiful & delicious!

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RF
1 review
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We celebrated my son's 19th birthday on a Saturday night. The restaurant was very busy but never seemed overcrowded. Our waiter was very knowledgeable not only about the menu but about the wine and cocktails as well. He was very attentive and took time with us never seeming to be in a rush although he was serving multiple tables. The food was exceptional, every dish that we tried was amazing. Hats off to everyone involved the evening was very special.

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