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In Riva

4.5
4.5
1689 Reviews
$30 and under
Italian
In Riva is the first venture by Philadelphia-born chef Arthur Cavaliere who has combined the similarities of his two favorite cities—Naples and Philadelphia—to deliver an unparalleled culinary experience. Sticking with the Italian translation of its name, In Riva is located "along the banks" of the Schuylkill River in East Falls.

In Riva is a Southern Italian inspired restaurant with urban flair, specializing in Napoletana style pizza, house-made pasta and contemporary antipasti. In Riva also offers an eclectic array of new and old world wines, Italian craft beers and racy specialty cocktails.

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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 13 times today

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    Italian, Pizza Bar

  • Hours of operation

    Wed, Thu 3:00 pm–9:00 pm Fri 12:00 pm–10:00 pm Sat 12:00 pm–1:00 am Sun 12:00 pm–9:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (215) 438-4848

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Executive chef

    Arthur Cavaliere

  • Neighborhood

    East Falls

  • Cross street

    N Ferry Rd.

  • Parking details

    There is a small private lot in front of the restaurant, as well as a large self-pay city lot just across North Ferry Road. Street parking is also available.

  • Public transit

    K <br />61 <br />R-6 Regional Rail

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Counter Seating, Delivery, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, View, Weekend Brunch, Wine

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What 1,689 people are saying

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4.5
4.5 based on recent ratings
  • 4.6Food
  • 4.3Service
  • 4.3Ambience
  • 4.3Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Philadelphia

    Outdoor Dining

  • Philadelphia

    Scenic View

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  1. JK

    JKRaf

    Philadelphia

    81 reviews

    4.0

    81 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    We always enjoy eating here. Our Reservation was for outdoors, and unfortunately it was a cool and wet evening and there were no tables available indoors. There was cover for the outdoor seating so we were able to be sufficiently comfortable to enjoy our meal. Service was great. Pizza always delicious. Enjoyed the meatballs and the ribs as appetizers.
  2. A

    Alecia

    Raleigh

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall3food5service3ambience2
    Food was good albeit pricey. Waitress was not very attentive and we had to flag someone else down to get our check. Restaurant was unbearably noisy. Some large parties but also acoustics were off? We almost left as soon as we were seated due to the noise level on a Wednesday (we are in our mid thirties). We may consider takeout in the future but probably wouldn’t eat at the restaurant.
  3. M

    Merry

    Philadelphia

    87 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    87 reviews

    Dined on September 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fabulous as usual! Servers terrific! PLEASE DON’T DISCONTINUE the Montepulciano - Italian red wine…it’s wonderful! Arugula salad & bronzino ~ HOMERUN!!! So glad you’re back…missed you.
  4. JI

    JImM

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Awesome food great vibe. Loved sitting outside and enjoying the beautiful night
  5. D

    Disappointed

    Philadelphia

    15 reviews

    4.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on September 24, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    They did a great job accommodating our large party. Food and service were excellent
  6. A

    Aquamd

    Philadelphia

    5 reviews

    4.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on September 24, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience1
    Move flowers farther away from tables the September bees were horrible.
  7. RD

    RossD

    Philadelphia

    4 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on September 23, 2022

    overall4food4service3ambience4
    So In Riva just reopened due to flooding and the upstairs is now open. Upstairs was quite nice. Waiter was very attentive and said it was the first nite for the upstairs opening. With that said, there was a lot of discombobulation with the orders. So for the first Nite I guess that is to be expected. Pea soups were excellent. I ordered the Tragialltela pasta with asparagus. This was good but like no asparagus, just a few strands. The other couple had the pepperoni pizza and Bronzino which was good. Wife had the Veggie pizza which was also good. Again, some disconnect with the vege pizza coming out late but to be expected. Bread was excellent. And again Waite r was trying very hard due to the new circumstances. Give the upstairs another 2 weeks to get into the swing.
  8. KS

    KenS

    Philadelphia

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    You were recommended, particularly for your pizza. We had a great experience. We ate outside overlooking the river. Our server was excellent, very personable and efficient. We would definitely come again.
  9. VP

    VPMD

    Philadelphia

    40 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    40 reviews

    Dined on September 18, 2022

    overall4food3service5ambience4
    Great margherita pizza! Great service. Great tomato confit spread. Salad and spinach pizza quite over seasoned, making the pizza pretty much inedible. Gnocchi was a little dense but tasty. Overall enjoyed our meal.
  10. TB

    TooBlue

    Philadelphia

    231 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    231 reviews

    Dined on September 17, 2022

    overall3food3service2ambience3
    Pizza’s are good. Wait staff is rushed and does not check on you wile hostess stand has 3/4 people just standing there. No view of the river and terrible parking lot, just pay to park across the street.
  11. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Always delicious food at In Riva. My 5 yr old loved her kid’s pasta dish.
  12. RH

    RobertH

    Philadelphia

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Branzino was fabulous to start and the Bianco and Verde pizza was delicious. Service was very good. Will definitely be going back
  13. S

    54thStreeter

    Philadelphia

    17 reviews

    3.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on September 16, 2022

    overall3food4service2ambience3
    We requested outdoor seating on Open Table but were seated inside despite numerous outdoor tables sitting vacant. The inside table was fine, but not a great start. Our server started fine too, but then disappeared. I requested a water refill from one of the hostesses who said yes but then she disappeared. I finally had to wave my arms frantically when our server deigned to reappear. Despite all that, the food was its usual high quality. The mushroom arugula salad, stacked so high that we had leftovers to take home even though we shared it, was fresh and tasty. The bianca verde pizza crust was perfect. Perhaps a dedicated water server or water pitchers for the table would help.
  14. EP

    EPMP

    Philadelphia

    67 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    67 reviews

    Dined on September 10, 2022

    overall4food4service2ambience4
    As always, consistent, stellar food. Nice new fall menu. The service was a bit challenged. It took quite an effort to order a second beer from our server and it arrived when we were finished with our meal. No harm, we just enjoyed the outdoors a bit longer, but our server was not as attentive as the usual team and she shrugged off the lapse It is still a favorite place for pizza, pasta and enjoying East Falls
  15. LS

    LindsayS

    Philadelphia

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on September 10, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience4
    We had a wonderful meal! Everything we ordered was delicious! We will be sure to dine there again!
  16. J

    Jessica

    Philadelphia

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 10, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Food and drinks were amazing, loved sitting on the patio. Service was a little slow, but that can be expected everywhere today.
  17. PM

    PatriciaM

    Philadelphia

    12 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on September 10, 2022

    overall4food5service3ambience4
    There was a party on the patio which caused service to be slow. Food arrived quickly though and our server was lovely and apologetic for the delay.
  18. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Philadelphia

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on September 4, 2022

    overall3food5service2ambience4
    Food was very good, server took a very long time to come back each time
  19. L

    Lovetoeat

    Philadelphia

    4 reviews

    3.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on September 4, 2022

    overall3food4service2ambience3
    This is the 4th time we’ve eaten here since the reopening. The food has consistently been really good but the service has been consistently la
  20. L

    Lana

    Philadelphia

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on September 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    I loved my experience at In Riva! Food was so good, wine was good, drinks were good. Love the outdoor patio.
  21. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Philadelphia

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Delicious food, great service, cool setting. Have been there before, years ago. Great to be back.
  22. KB

    KathieB

    Philadelphia

    24 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    24 reviews

    Dined on September 3, 2022

    overall3food3service4ambience4
    Concrete floor so dirty Pizza was so burnt. I know its fire pizza but ive had it before and this was scorched I’ve enjoyed in riva several times but disappointed this time
  23. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Philadelphia

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 3, 2022

    overall3food2service4ambience4
    Pasta was mushy , we were hoping for Al dente Pizza had very spicy red pepper flakes that were not indicated on menu
  24. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Philadelphia

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on September 2, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    It's always a pleasure to dine here.. We were outside for dinner on Friday. Enjoyed happy hour cocktails, my favorite white pizza, and the buccatini with mushrooms! Perfect portions. I'm never too full but my taste buds are fully satisfied. They also allow you to take your time. I never feel rushed to leave. But I do try to make reservations before I go...worth it!
  25. MR

    MikeR

    Philadelphia

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 31, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience5
    Food is always wonderful.
  26. w

    wubinski

    Los Angeles

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on August 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    As always, In Riva delivered. The pizza is to die for. I am especially pleased that they had some craft non alcoholic beer for my newly sober date (they’ve got some many great NA beers now, hope In Riva will pick up an IPA flavored). Happy to visit, as always.
  27. J

    Judz

    New York Area

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 28, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience3
    Food was amazing, most especially the pasta and pizza. It is the 2nd time that we visited this place and food was consistently great! Love the rigatoni and meatballs!
  28. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Philadelphia

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Perfect night, treated our party of 12 with Skill and flexibility. Wonderful double birthday party. thank you so much.
  29. MK

    MikeK

    Philadelphia

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    In Riva has become the favorite spot for Friday happy hour for us, a group of teachers . We order all of the pizzas so we can share and sample all of them. My personal favorite is the pepperoni, while a few of my colleagues LOVE the mushroom and truffle. The beer and cocktails selection is very good. The servers are friendly, attentive, and knowledgeable. The outside dining is relaxing (though noisy at 5:00 pm on Friday). We go to In Riva several times a year because we’re never disappointed. I’m so glad they reopened after some recent crazy events.
  30. MS

    MerylS

    Philadelphia

    12 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on August 25, 2022

    overall2food3service2ambience4
    Fair service Big bug found in ‘freshly made’ cocktail Door was okay Not a great return visit since flooding closure.
  31. S

    Spartacus

    Philadelphia

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food; great atmosphere!
  32. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Philadelphia

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on August 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We arrived with a reservation . We were happily able to sit on the outside deck on a lovely day. Shared appetizers. One with shrimp was recommended by our server. It was deelish! Got our usual ricotta vasi. Shared a little of this and a little of that. The gnocchi was amazing. Service was friendly & prompt. This is a favorite spot of mine!
  33. RD

    RoDa

    Chicago

    13 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on August 20, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience4
    Excellent pizza!
  34. e

    eatoutalot

    Philadelphia

    11 reviews

    3.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on August 20, 2022

    overall3food4service5ambience3
    Very different type menu - great homemade pasta but not enough variety of menu items
  35. P

    Pamela

    Philadelphia

    4 reviews

    3.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on August 20, 2022

    overall3food4service4ambience3
    First time at In Riva. Headed then prior to going to The Mann Music Center for a concert. Food was delicious. Disappointed that they didn't let us sit inside given the warm summer temperatures. The hostess said they didn't seat inside until 7:45PM. Something to keep in mind for the future.
  36. D

    Dinetheworld

    Philadelphia

    141 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    141 reviews

    Dined on August 19, 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience3
    Can’t beat the pizzas and charred octopus. Even got street parking this time! Worth the drive from centre city
  37. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Las Vegas

    3 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on August 19, 2022

    overall1food2service1ambience2
    Simply put overrated! Heard things that we'd never heard in any restaurants before like they were not able to split the check for our table based on their policy or there were no flexibility to the menu for instance they couldn't add chicken to one of their pasta.
  38. KB

    KBrooks

    Philadelphia

    9 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on August 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience3
    Food was tasteful and well prepared.
  39. RR

    RRE2015

    New England

    10 reviews

    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on August 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Dined for a birthday dinner. We all shared appetizers and mains. Rave reviews from all seven of our party. Pizza’s are top notch. Service was very good on a busy Sunday evening. Even though the place was packed, we never felt rushed.
  40. KH

    KateH

    Philadelphia

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Love inRiva. Better every time we go. Great place for sharing

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
  • 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

FAQs

In Riva offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (215) 438-4848.

In Riva is rated 4.5 stars by 1689 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 13 times today
Google Map for In Riva

4116 Ridge Ave, Philadelphia, PA 19129

Additional information

  • Cross street

    N Ferry Rd.

  • Neighborhood

    East Falls

  • Hours of operation

    Wed, Thu 3:00 pm–9:00 pm Fri 12:00 pm–10:00 pm Sat 12:00 pm–1:00 am Sun 12:00 pm–9:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    Italian, Pizza Bar

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Parking details

    There is a small private lot in front of the restaurant, as well as a large self-pay city lot just across North Ferry Road. Street parking is also available.

  • Public transit

    K 61 R-6 Regional Rail

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive chef

    Arthur Cavaliere

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Counter Seating, Delivery, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, View, Weekend Brunch, Wine

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