Riviera

4.6
868 reviews
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CAN$51 and over
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Contemporary Canadian
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
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Bar/Lounge, Chef's Table, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Private Room
What 868 People Are Saying
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4.6based on recent ratings
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4.7
service
4.7
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VH
Cornwall
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Great food. Don’t live in Ottawa but will visit again when back in city.

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FO
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on December 9, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

It was just okay. I was expecting more menu options. The prices are quite high for what you get. I liked the high ceilings and long bar. There are far better restaurants with far better menus, in the city that I would go to, first.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 8, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

We had a lovely evening topped off with a tour of the vault and stories of old bank robberies. Great time

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HB
Toronto
7 reviews
Dined on December 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Riviera is always our 'go to' place for a celebration, be it simple or elaborate. The quality of the food and service are always five star. A wonderful place to dine in every way.

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OT
Edmonton
3 reviews
Dined on December 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This place was wonderful! Staff were lovely and knowledgeable. Food was superb with enough celiac-friendly options. Best macarons (made in-house) we’ve ever tasted.

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PD
Montreal
5 reviews
Dined on December 4, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 3

I’ve eaten numerous times at Riviera. It seems the place is resting on its laurels. The menu needs a major refresh as most of the dishes have been on the menu for 2 years at least. There was very little I wanted to order so I went with chicken Milanese. It was a dry schnitzel covered in radicchio and some other leafy green with a charred bit of lemon for $24. Not even close to value for money. The service, however, was excellent as usual.

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JA
1 review
Dined on November 30, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

for what you're getting, this was far too expensive

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PT
1 review
Dined on November 29, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 3

We were there for lunch because the reviews were good. The server in training was very attentive and knowledgeable but at the end of the meal, we waited 20 minutes for coffee. The assigned server brought it finally but when I mentioned the time it took for just coffee he just walked away. The food was OK, not outstanding, just OK. Mushrooms on toast was cold. The space is very nice but quite noisy. Riviera is not really for me.

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LD
1 review
Dined on November 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Dinner started with a couple of delicious Old fashions, followed by beautiful PEI oysters, then moved to the rabbit and a beautiful bottle of wine. We will definitely be back!

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LI
Ottawa
1 review
Dined on November 28, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

The food at Riviera, in my experience, has always been excellent and well presented. You can tell they pay attention to who they hire to serve clientele - excellent service staff. It's a noisy and busy environment so not somewhere you go for quiet conversation. The restaurant venue is very nice, in an old bank, super high ceilings and nice decor.

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OT
1 review
Dined on November 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food and service

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AV
1 review
Dined on November 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Mackenzie was wonderful! Great cocktails! Amazing service.
Thank you!

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SK
Saskatoon
5 reviews
Dined on November 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Excellent service, great food, neat drink menu!

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L
Washington DC
15 reviews
Dined on November 22, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Always can count on Riviera for excellent service, lovely atmosphere and great food.

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O
Miami
9 reviews
Dined on November 19, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Initial service was excellent then server left and service was spotty and forgetful. No one introduced themselves & multiple servers were confused as to our order. Not a good experience. Food was good but lacked in presentation. Not what we expected from high end restaurant. Very noisy. Parking is difficult. Had a good lunch here but would not return for dinner.

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TW
Toronto
1 review
Dined on November 18, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

The service was great with an attentive, friendly and knowledgeable staff. The room is impressive, massive bar, with open kitchen, noisy but rather stark and a little worn. The menu included a raw section and fresh pasta but the selection for mains was quite small (4) and while the food was perfectly cooked and presented well was not remarkable for the price. Good for high end apps and cocktails.

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JB
Phoenix
7 reviews
Dined on November 18, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 2

Everything was as expected and what we had heard about. The only negative was the service was a little slow (albeit a busy Saturday) and the music got a little loud at times.

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HC
Ottawa
1 review
Dined on November 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Riviera is a great place for a business lunch. The food is amazing, the service unparalleled, and the atmosphere is good for informal meetings. It's the best restaurant in town.

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DC
1 review
Dined on November 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The lobster spaghetti is obligatory every time I’m in Ottawa. The cocktails are creative and thoroughly enjoyable.

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L
Toronto
33 reviews
Dined on November 13, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

Two of us had dinner on a Monday evening ... the pate and the seafood chowder were excellent, and portions larger than I expected. For entrees we both had the lobster spaghetti and it was very tasty. Dessert was meh - we had the Paris Brest and daily donut. I would describe the wine selection as quite pricey. The décor is quite nice, tables are close together. We would return!

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JL
1 review
Dined on November 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

What a gem! Great service & an inventive menu made for a super evening. Terrific cocktails make it worth visiting just for those alone. Just lovely

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T
1 review
Dined on November 12, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Both had the burger which were fine but nothing exciting despite strong encouragement from the server to order them; the dessert was great however!

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JR
1 review
Dined on November 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I get what all of the hype is about! Has the squash ravioli and it was hands down the best pasta I’ve had in my entire life. Staff were also very attentive to my allergies which I appreciated.

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LR
Ottawa
1 review
Dined on November 9, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Food was delicious, innovative and well presented. Extensive wine and cocktail list.... Almost too big to choose from. The atmosphere is cozy and warm. It’s cool to be dining in an old bank as well. Service was great and overall it was a great spot for lunch.

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OF
Ottawa
1 review
Dined on November 9, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 4

The good: Interior, raw appetizers and Cocktails were great.

The bad: they didn’t have the Californian Cab that I wanted, we were upsold to an Austrian wine for 1.5x the cost which didn’t not have a similar taste profile contrary to what the waiter recommended. I regret not returning the bottle.

The ugly: The mains were quite underwhelming, accompanied with a $600+ bill for 4 guest, we concluded that this would be a one time experience outside of happy hour.

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OT
1 review
Dined on November 8, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Overall disappointed. Very little choice with gluten free options. Couldn’t adjust recipe for fish dish to accommodate because of soy marinade. No gluten free “bread” option. High end restaurants in 2018 need to accommodate
No Cabarnet Sauvignon by the glass; no Malbec. These should be readily available or open a bottle and offer by the glass.

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GL
1 review
Dined on November 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

First time here. Took my daughters out for a break from university food. Food, service and the waiter were all great. Would definitely come back.

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J
Los Angeles
5 reviews
Dined on November 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A great experience as always! We never miss a visit to Riviera when in town. It’s easily one of the best and most reliable dining spots in Ottawa.

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J
Montreal
2 reviews
Dined on November 6, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

The ambiance is so quaint and wonderful despite it being so large ...the pics online show it as super bright but it's got cozy mood lighting and comfy seating.

We had the gnudi and the steak tartare with fries. Everything was delish.....

The only thing I would've done differently is ask that the gnudi sauce be hotter. But I should've just asked them to heat it up more.

I'll def go back.

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AC
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 5, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Although the food was very good unfortunately it was not hot! The old fashion cocktails a little expensive for an ounce and shooter size. Wine by he glass can at least be 6 oz and if you’re celebrating a special occasion like a birthday recognize it with more than a candle on a dessert that you order!

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FG
Montreal
1 review
Dined on November 5, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

It was a good experience over all, good food, good service, elegant, quiet, great for a date

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MC
1 review
Dined on November 4, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Great experience all around. Can’t wait to go again!

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RM
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on November 1, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Excellent service and good food, in the best restaurant space in Ottawa. What could be better? Thanks Riviera

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OT
Ottawa
1 review
Dined on October 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Made reservations with a special request for my husband’s birthday and was granted my request with acknowledgement to my husband for his birthday by the servers.
The ambiance is unique and lovely. The service was incredible ( s/o to Melissa!!)
The food was excellent we had the seafood tower, the cod and Codina tartar ( i think this is how it’s spelled) lol amazing amazing
The drinks were amazing and the bar tender made the perfect drink for my husband when he asked for “ something spicy and rimmed with salt”

Will definitely visit again and again! Thank you Riviera ♥️

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NT
1 review
Dined on October 31, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

The entree menu and dessert menu needs some new items. Other then that a great atmosphere.

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ML
1 review
Dined on October 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Awesome and very cool...the food, the decor, the staff- 5 star!

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KS
Toronto
1 review
Dined on October 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of my favorite spots. Love that it's in an old bank. The staff are friendly and attentive. The cocktail list is endless and the food is amazing. The oysters and beef tartar are particularly delicious. They gave us dessert on the house as we were celebrating our anniversary and the gentleman next to shared his champagne with us. We had the perfect night. already talking about our next visit.

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SM
Toronto
1 review
Dined on October 27, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Seafood tower was perfect

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HS
1 review
Dined on October 27, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Nice place to have a dinner before watching a show in NAC nearby.

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D
Montreal
6 reviews
Dined on October 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing meal in a beautiful venue. Loved the ambiance and friendly and knowledgeable wait staff. Will definetely return.

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