Very nice !
Clam appetizer was good but lacked salt seasoning. Scallops in entree were great but couldn’t find any evidence of crab in the “crab” risotto. Very bland and flavorless (tasted like cream and rice).
WE had a reservation for 6:00 pm on a Saturday night and we were sat pretty fast, which was nice. Our drink order and appetizer order was taken fairly quick and delivered timely. Then the rest went down hill!!! Our waitress got very busy, and forgot to refill our waters, take our appetizer dishes away or check on us after that. She came over to us after my husband waived her down to ask after 40 minutes where our meal was, and she said it was due to come out soon. All the tables of people after us that were seated were well in to their meals at the time we asked about ours. It took another 10 minutes after that for us to get our meal. The food was so-so, and not overly hot, three of us had salads so not sure why it took so long. The bill had 3 items that were overcharged from the bar tab. Will not be going back, which is sad because it should have been special due to it being my 25th Wedding Anniversary, which I shared with them on my reservation, and nothing happened!!
We have eaten at riva's many times. This was really the first time we not overly happy. The table they put us at was right in front of the wall for the servers and against the upper rail. The constant foot traffic and getting bumped throughout dinner was really annoying. These tables are a totally bad idea for location, and I will always strongly deny any attempts to be sat there again.
We made reservations for a birthday dinner. We notified them that it was a birthday and asked for acknowdgement of this with a birthday dessert/candle, wishing him a happy birthday. This did not happen. When we realized that it didn't seem like it was going to be acknowledged, my husband went up to the hostess and asked her to remind our server and was told that she would. Still.....no acknowledgement.....very disappointed.
Also, we noticed that all the tables around us were asked if they wanted breadsticks....we were never asked this and were never given any.
Perfect!! Food, service, cocktails, atmosphere.....all we’re phenomenal 😍😍
Tadty creative food the fish tacos were exceptional
This was an awesome spot for picture taking and live music! It was a perfect spot for an after skiing.
We have dined here many times and almost always like the food although it is a bit on the pricey end. Unfortunately I felt our waiter was a little pretentious and strange. First, as soon as we sat down he wanted to take a drink order and my daughter felt suddenly pressured to come up with something while he stood there. Eventually he said he would come back (or maybe next time give people a few minutes before asking!) Also, I ordered a green salad and asked if I could have a different dressing since it came with a red pepper vinegrette which I do not like. He actually told me "No, that is the dressing it comes with." I asked again if they had other salad dressings and he relunctantly told me they had blue cheese or ranch and kind of gives me a dirty look. Really? Nothing like feeling judged by your waiter. I think I will rethink going there again after this experience.
Our waiter, Aaron, was amazing! He reccomended a Cocktail, the daily special (prime rib) and a dessert. We took his recommendations and were Not disappointed! We came for an anniversary dinner. The place was pretty loud but over all it was good. I would go back but probably only for a special occasion because of the price.
Phenomenal food and great service as always! Can’t wait to come back in August.
We went with a group of 5 for our last night in Tahoe. Beautiful place on the lake but unfortunately it was dark so could not enjoy. The dining room and bar area were great! There was one waiter in our entire section and he managed to wait on everyone without making it seem like he was overwhelmed. Would def recommend!
Fun place great location. Food overpriced and service was spotty!
Great live music by Ike & Martin !
We enjoyed our lunch on the deck last summer, and thought, although wintry, we'd treat my sister and brother-in-law to a nice lunch on the way to Emerald Bay. We had a great waiter, the food was excellent, the portions were large, and the price was reasonable. There are lower cost alternatives, but we feel that the Riva Grill combines an excellent lake view, comfortable seating, nice clientele, good food, and excellent service to offer and excellent value. You can bet that we'll return.
We had a large party and were glad to be accommodated at this restaurant. The food was very good, but the service was a little spotty. They could have improved on keeping our water glasses full and checking for additional drink orders. The dining room was a little noisier that expected, but it was not horrible. I would still recommend the place, especially in the summer when you could sit on the lake.
We went during a holiday weekend...meaning it was busy and the staff was working hard. The overall is good and food was great. Large portions and quality. Seemed a bit commercial so unless you are going just for the view I would suggest another place in S Tahoe. There are a ton of smaller more local places if you ask around. Definitely try Chimayo if you are thinking mexican or interesting takes on the taco.
Very nice woodwork on site
Food above average and great wines.
Special mention to our waiter. Very kind and helpful.
Our table was beside the kitchen so it was noisy but the positives overcome this inconvenient.
Try to get a table by the windows, the view is stonishing.
It was a wonderful Birthday dinner!
Great entrees. Pricey but consistent with other Lake Tahoe fine dining restaurants. Seemed odd that after superbly prepared scallops and sides that the dessert list was highlighted by fried Oreos. Expected something a bit more elegant. Good live music in the bar that cascaded through the restaurant but not distracting. Overall would go back if there weren’t so many other great choices in South Lake Tahoe.
My wife and I had a beautifully romantic valentines dinner next to the big rock fireplace at a table for two with a server who seemed completely focused on satisfying our every need
Had a great time here with my love. Food and atmosphere is great. Service was excellent. Will definitely be back for more good times.
Never a disappointment!! Wonderful pick for a couple of Wet Woody's, Valentine's dinner, and a gorgeous Tahoe sunset for dessert! Consistently top notch service and food
Took my husband here for his birthday lunch; first time visit. Noted it was his birthday when made Open Table reservations - however no acknowledgement.
Had bloody mary and wet woody....decent drinks but little pricer than I would have thought. Lobster bisque was good. Prime Rib Dip sandwich and Scott Burger were good but felt overpriced. when finished mentioned to server it was his birthday and asked if they had any birthday treats - gave me choice of mud pie or cheesecake. chose cheesecake. he brought it over, 2 forks with slice of cheesecake, and just dropped off on corner of table as he walked by to another table. Not very 'celebratory'.
Spent more on a lunch than we had on his birthday dinner at an italian bistro.
Great service food was excellent
Too much noise from bar area, food serving size too small for price. Had two chicken sandwiches that were too soggy to hold.
Great Saturday night out - more style than most of South Lake Tahoe.
Brought a dear friend here for the view- excellent view of lake, shrimp bisque delicious, service terrific!
We had a fabulous girls brunch with a view!! Great food, great cocktails!!
We had great food and fantastic service at a very nice restaurant. The decor is very nice and the view of the lake is very nice.
We thought our food was too salty. It was probably an off night.
Going to Riva Grill was like stepping back in time; good-great food and great service. The seared scallops, crab risotto with beans and carrots was wonderful meal! It was surprising to be able to order a peppermint Sunday with hot fudge... an old-fashion, but much enjoyed treat! The staff was happy to split our dessert for us... with a smile. I will certainly return when we visit Lake Tahoe again.
I’ve been coming to the Riva Grill for many years. The food and atmosphere is always exceptional. I had the pork chop and it was perfectly seasoned and cooked. I had the best cocktail I’ve ever had. It was something like a Rum Runner with raspberries. Delicious!
Ken, our waiter, was friendly and efficient. He made us smile and feel welcome.
If you like dessert, you have to try the butterscotch creme brûlée. It was perfect!
Great location, views and menu. Perfect for any special occasion or an evening of self-indulgence. One of, if not the, best top quality restaurants on the South Shore of Lake Tahoe.
I would want to rate this four star given the prices paid but just couldn't. Waiter was great but hostess didn't seem to understand that 6 people couldn't be seated at a table that seats four comfortably. Walked us upstairs then invited to me look for a table on the first floor. For what I paid for the steak, I would expect Prime grade. It was not. TV playing in main dining room hurts ambience. It was an auto auction. Drinks were very good. I would do drinks and appetizers on the patio on a warm day but doubt we would be back for dinner.
Being out-of-towner who appreciates good food and atmosphere Rivas came recommended by friend who hasn't led me wrong (so far) when visiting same towns. Thankful for the App we secured reservations and were seated upon arrival to the perfect place - in front of the fireplace with a lovely lakeside view. The service was timely and attentive enough; Found a nice wine from the more than adequate list. Had appetizer of the ribs (very tender, but a bit too saucy for my taste) although flavor was tasty. I had a cobb salad with a creamy balsamic vinergarett dressing and blackened chicken - Awesome! My daughter also had a salad with beef tenderloin (requested warmed) and she claimed it a 'winner'. Overall a beautiful experience here and will definitely plan to return.
Started with the clams appetizer which is so delicious, I could have had it for my main course! My entree was the scallops with crab risotto, it was rich and decadent just what you would expect from scallops and risotto. Our server was helpful with our drink orders, polite and attentive. Would definitely return!
Great! Service and food was excellent!
Excellent ... Everytime we visit Riva, the food and service is outstanding!!
We were at Heavenly resort and asked for suggestions and we headed to Riva Grill. The restaurant was amazing and the service outstanding. I would recommend this location any time.