Riviera

4.6
735 reviews
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CAN$51 and over
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Contemporary Canadian
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A new restaurant in Ottawa.
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Contemporary Canadian
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Hours of operation
Monday - Wednesday: 11:30 am - 10pm

Thursday - Friday: 11:30am - 11pm

Saturday: 5:00pm - 11pm

Sunday: 5pm-9pm
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Phone number
(613) 233-6262
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Dress code
Smart Casual
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Executive chef
Matthew Carmichael, Jordan Holley
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Metcalfe and Elgin St
Additional
Bar/Lounge, Chef's Table, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Private Room
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MD
5.0Dined 3 days ago

A beautiful restaurant with incredible food + drinks. Really kind and knowledgeable staff.

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OT
5.0Dined 4 days ago

Loved this great restaurant, BEST in Ottawa. Food, cocktails and wine selection, Bravo!

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ES
3.0Dined 5 days ago

Although our meal was very good and the service was what you would expect, I was shocked when we ordered a glass of wine! yikes-- we really probably got maybe 3 ounces for $14. per glass. Pretty cheap-- my husband had a brandy after and the portion was very skimpy as well. We felt rather cheated.

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OT
4.0Dined 6 days ago

Waitress was very personable and provided good details and background information on the food preparations and wine pairing selections.

Food was wonderful and plated nicely.

I always appreciate waiting staff that do not make you feel rushed.

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OT
1.0Dined on July 14, 2018

We were more than disappointed. Better lobster pasta was had at Mama Teresa’s; chicken Kiev was lacklustre; halibut was over cooked; and steak was boring and tasteless. Fruit flies everywhere. Serving staff was disengaged.

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M
4.0Dined on July 13, 2018

The food is tasty and service was attentive. The room has a reverberation with the loud-speakers on, so I could not hear the person next to me, but only the one sitting across. It was better when the music stopped

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NL
2.0Dined on July 11, 2018

My dinner companion both got sick. We ate the octopus.

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J
4.0Dined on July 11, 2018

This was my first time at Riviera. I had the cod and thought it was a bit bland. My husband had the dumplings and they were tasty. Ambience is very nice, service excellent.

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AJ
5.0Dined on July 8, 2018

Mario knew his menu and was able to answer every question clearly, without having to check with the kitchen. Very attentive without being annoying. A real service pro.

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BP
5.0Dined on July 8, 2018

We loved the food and the drinks! They were exceptional. The cocktails are unbelievable! The waiter was very knowledgeable! We decided to celebrate our anniversary by dining at the Riviera and we were not disappointed! Not a place to go for everyday dining as it is quite expensive, but definitely the place to treat yourself to for special occasions!

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IA
5.0Dined on July 5, 2018

I had a great evening celebrating my anniversary. The food was excellent and the staff were phenomenal. I can't wait to go back!

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m
5.0Dined on July 4, 2018

The cod was excellent! We shared the dessert, a cherry ganache topping a cookie - very delicious and decadent! The service was impeccable!

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MM
4.0Dined on June 30, 2018

Excellent food and service . Not very conducive to conversation due to the noise level.

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CC
5.0Dined on June 29, 2018

Exceptional food and service. If you are looking for a unique dining experience and don’t mind spending a little extra, this is a fantastic spot. Definitely worthy of the top 100 restaurants in Canada!

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PK
4.0Dined on June 29, 2018

I would recommend this restaurant with reservation. The food and service is excellent but if you are going there to have a conversation forget it. It is a very noisy restaurant- partly because of the ceiling I expect. The decor is tasteful BUT some sound dampening features would really help.

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I
5.0Dined on June 29, 2018

Simply superb
No other sords

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b
4.0Dined on June 28, 2018

We try to enjoy your restaurant once a month and this has been going on for quite awhile.
We have a soft spot for Alison, our regular server, who knows how to make us feel at home
with her great sense of humour and judicious recommendations in regards to food and beverages.

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s
5.0Dined on June 28, 2018

I've been here a few times and the food is always amazing. Recently, my husband and I booked at Riviera for our 10-year anniversary and they really made it feel special. We had the best table in the house and our waiter started us off with champagne, which was a nice touch!

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S
5.0Dined on June 27, 2018

I always enjoy eating at Riviera! The ambience is great and service amazing as always. The food is pricey for what you get but the whole experience makes it worth going again.

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J
5.0Dined on June 26, 2018

It was our 35 th anniversary and said when we made res . When we got there the person who was seating us even said isn’t this a very special occasion ! So a bit disappointed that didn’t send a piece of cake or drink on the house! Not that we expected it but because your staff even realized !!

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JE
4.0Dined on June 25, 2018

A wonderful environment with very attentive staff. Amazing food and stunning interiors.

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DB
4.0Dined on June 24, 2018

Very good on almost all counts. While the prices are not extreme, I would have thought that a $550 bill would have felt like better value at between $450 and $475.

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MS
5.0Dined on June 24, 2018

Food was exceptional, will request a booth next time,

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RC
5.0Dined on June 23, 2018

Simply, a great restaurant, superb food, service and ambience.

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OT
5.0Dined on June 22, 2018

Amazing! Great sitting area against the wall for an intimate dinner and the food was excellent. Waiter recommended some great cocktails and a nice bottle of red.

Perfect evening! Thank you very much Riviera!

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DF
4.0Dined on June 22, 2018

Nous avons eu un excellent service , les cocktails sont créatifs et bons , les assiettes étaient très bien présentées et tout était délicieux vraiment impeccable ,j'y retournerai.

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DA
4.0Dined on June 20, 2018

Very loud . Could improve acoustics. If you want to impress someone with an expensive meal but don't want to talk to him/her, invite him/her there! Food is excellent.

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c
5.0Dined on June 20, 2018

GREAT spot .... have been there before and it never disappoints !!

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DC
4.0Dined on June 20, 2018

I would give it a 7/10, I ordered the spaghetti lobster and the noodles and sauce were delicious but the lobster was very tough and rubbery. I did not mention it because our waiter never came around to ask us how the meal was. My friend had the steak and fritz and she found it cooked to her liking. Food a little over priced.
Atmosphere is fun

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C
5.0Dined on June 18, 2018

Had an excellent lunch. It was a hot day, the room was lovely, quiet, and cool, and the menu selections were well varied.

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CE
5.0Dined on June 15, 2018

From the Tuna Crudo with puffed quinoa, chilli, tomato & argon oil to the Rabbit pappardelle with Pancetta & cremini mushrooms.... dinner was divine! Best pasta dish of my life! The service was attentive, knowledgeable & comfortable. Great selection of drinks. The ambience was....amazing! The best in Ottawa!

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RT
3.0Dined on June 15, 2018

We were there for lunch. Hamburgers were good but service was slow and there was a lot of coking smoke in the restaurant.

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H
3.0Dined on June 15, 2018

Very disappointing. Had smoked salmon served with an almost raw egg...service poor basically took order brought bill. Don't know what the hype is all about

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MC
5.0Dined on June 14, 2018

The food was fantastic! The cocktails were delicious! Service was impeccable! Our server was very helpful with any questions we had and while waiting, I watched the bartenders and how they interacted with everyone at the bar. I’ve never seen bartenders look like they were having as much fun as these ones were. My only teensy criticism? The pricing. I’d love to come back again but it’s just so expensive. We’d need a small fortune to dine here more often.

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SA
5.0Dined on June 13, 2018

Amazing food. I had, quite literally, the best burger of my life called "Le Big Matt". The atmosphere was incredible. Everything was great. Would go back in a heartbeat

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VP
5.0Dined on June 13, 2018

Absolutely Delicious! Each plate was better than the next. If you love seafood, I would highly recommend almost any of the fish dishes. Also, I really dont skip dessert, it's a must here.

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AY
5.0Dined on June 8, 2018

Our server, Melissa, did a phenomenal job. We were celebrating a milestone and she went above and beyond to make it special.

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R
3.0Dined on June 8, 2018

Unfortunately it was not the wow factor that I am used to. The fries were soggy, the bun was dry and I could not taste the sauce or cheese. At least the wine recommended was really good and the burger meat was also cooked to perfection.

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BR
3.0Dined on June 5, 2018

Great food. Music played WAY too loud. Almost impossible to have a conversation across the table, spoiling what would otherwise be a great dining experience.

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j
4.0Dined on June 4, 2018

THe restaurant was a hit for our special outing - anniversary and birthday. A complimentary bubbly was served to welcome us. Such an awesome touch. Love the ambiance though a tad noisy. Service was excellent. Food was good but a little on the bland side - crudo scallops and sea food chowder. Amazing in-house pastries for dessert. There were 4 of us and all happy with the meal. As for the value we find it a little high priced for the quality, however all in all a delightful evening. I will definitely recommend it for lots of reasons. Bravo!

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