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.
The food was excellent but the service was slow and inattentive at times.
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
Outstanding food, drinks and service from the moment we walked in to the moment we left. A wonderful and delicious evening out in Ottawa!
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.
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.
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.
Our experience at the Riviera was simply sublime on ALL fronts: food, service, ambiance! Already planning on returning ... soon!
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!
Food was wonderful. Wine pairing was superb and service was perfect!
Best dinner we’ve had in Ottawa! Ambience and service were also worth our visit. Just book and go!!
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.
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.
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
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!!!
Our favourite restaurant/ need more selection of beef and maybe add mussels to the app menu
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.
Amazing food and service as always. Best cocktails I have ever had. New York State of mind was unforgettable.
The lamb dishes were outstanding as well as the Red Dear pasta.
That was an amazing culinary experience! I will definitely come back!
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.
Very good experience delicious food and excellent service
We drove from Kingston for a one night getaway and date night and we were both stoked with our experience there!
Service was amazing and food was so good I dreampt about it that night
Great food, great service, great ambience. Would recommend for special events.
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.
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.
Food and service was excellent. Found that the music level made conversation difficult especially as it was a Valentines dinner we reserved for
Great spot. Cocktails are pretty good and they have a very extensive wine list. Prices are pretty extreme, but worth it for special occasions!
Had the steak tartare, and it was absolutely excellent!
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.
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.
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.
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
Amazing Atmosphere and expcetional service. The food presentation was exceptional. Highly recommend the Seafood tower !
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.