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“High class, fantastic service & phenomenal food”
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Ranked #47 of 2,950 Restaurants in Ottawa
Certificate of Excellence
Description: Dinner • Monday to Saturday • 5 pm to Close Lunch • Monday to Friday • 11:30 am to 2:30 pm Brunch • Sunday • 11am to 3pm
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Description: Dinner • Monday to Saturday • 5 pm to Close Lunch • Monday to Friday • 11:30 am to 2:30 pm Brunch • Sunday • 11am to 3pm
Reviewed 4 April 2018

This was my second visit to Riviera, and the entire experience was oooh-ahhh-worthy.

A former bank in downtown Ottawa, turned into a restaurant, this place takes reservations weeks in advance. We were able to walk in on a Tuesday night (after a long weekend, ie. not many folks are going out to eat) around 8:30pm and get a table.

Our server was Alex, and he had an excellent touch and overview of the table the entire night. A perfect example of a professional server, knowing exactly how to read the table and when to interrupt, and when to not (or offer silent service). He informed us in a roundabout way that he was a Som as we were perusing the wine menu and offered some amazing suggestions.

From there, we dove into the menu and felt incredible indecisive--everything looked sensational! It was hard to decide so we asked Alex and he made some fantastic suggestions, two of which we took him up on: the grilled octopus (a fan fave--and we know why now!) and the dill crisp Halibut. We also ordered the mushroom toast.

Our orders came out perfectly timed, one at a time, and Alex was there to break everything down as needed without ever feeling intrusive. We took our time with each dish, and got the true Riviera experience. Each dish was exceptional and we couldn't get over the amount of flavour and richness of everything. It was an outstanding meal!!

One other thing to note, from my previous visit, was the cocktail list--extensive and amazing. I had a mezcal (tequila) cocktail and it was amazing!! I would highly recommend veering out of your comfort zone and trying one of their incredible concoctions.

Would absolutely recommend this spot, and look forward to going back!!

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Thank Amanda L C
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Reviewed 30 March 2018

We heard good things about this place but we were disappointed with the food. The bar looks amazing although we reserved a table. All the food was very rich and lacked flavour. Service was amazing and perfect but the food was not that great.

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riviera62sparks, General Manager at Riviera, responded to this reviewResponded 31 March 2018

Thank you so much for your recent visit. I'm very sorry to hear that your experience did not live up to your or our expectations. We put a great deal of care and effort into our menu and genuinely appreciate any constructive feedback that our guests provide us with.

Sincerely,

The Riviera Team

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Reviewed 26 March 2018

I enjoyed a solo meal here while visiting Ottawa for a business conference. I'm a gnudi fanatic and these were the best I've had in Canada (the best were down South at Menton restaurant in Boston). Did not care for the seafood soup but otherwise highly recommended!

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Thank Helen H
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Reviewed 15 March 2018

We went there for lunch this week and were very pleased. Inside what used to be a bank, the restaurant kept the main feel of this historical building. Yet, they seemingly included a vintage and modern feel. Their cocktail menu is extensive: I regretted not trying one! I was just so indecisive that I decided to go with wine, which was still delicious. The servers are well educated to help you select a wine of your choosing.

The lunch menu has perhaps less options than the dinner menu. However, everything was deliciously well prepared. We had their Big Matt with a salad and fries. Let me just say that their fries were succulent: thin, crispy and cooked with rosemary and basilic. We also had the Chicken Milanese: a very tasty dish that ressembles Schnitzels. For dessert, we had their chocolate macarons. They are simply to die for.

If you would like to try this restaurant, but wish to save a bit of money: go for lunch!

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1  Thank T-Root-22
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Reviewed 14 March 2018 via mobile

We had an apetizer hoping of 6 restaurants around town and ended our adventure at this amazing place, Riviera, set in an old bank on Sparks. The atmosphere is electrifying and truly suprising to come a place like on quiet Sparks Street- We will come back for the amazing bar scene and the food!!!

Thank shaman01
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