Riva

★★★★☆
  • 700 East Grand Avenue/Navy Pier

    Chicago, IL 60611

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  • 312-644-7482

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I have eaten at Riva's at least once for the past 10 years while attending the Housewares Show. We have brought important buyers, guests, etc. and have always found it top notch. Food, drinks were perfect. The wait staff was courteous

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I have eaten at Riva's at least once for the past 10 years while attending the Housewares Show. We have brought important buyers, guests, etc. and have always found it top notch. Food, drinks were perfect. The wait staff was courteous

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We had the worst experience here! Save your money and go somewhere else. The food is mediocre and the service is horrendous. And to top it off, our waiter was very rude and condescending.

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We had the worst experience here! Save your money and go somewhere else. The food is mediocre and the service is horrendous. And to top it off, our waiter was very rude and condescending.

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The food at Riva was outstanding. The portions were just perfect.
We had the petite filet and the Australian lobster, along with some drinks.
The drinks were ok, but the filet was just the right size and the lobster was huge and

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★★★★★

The food at Riva was outstanding. The portions were just perfect.
We had the petite filet and the Australian lobster, along with some drinks.
The drinks were ok, but the filet was just the right size and the lobster was huge and

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Dining at this restaurant, the RIVA at Navy Pier was the most unpleasant dining experience of my life. My husband and I had made reservations for Saturday, August 6th so we could celebrate my birthday and enjoy some seafood and the Navy

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★★★★★

Dining at this restaurant, the RIVA at Navy Pier was the most unpleasant dining experience of my life. My husband and I had made reservations for Saturday, August 6th so we could celebrate my birthday and enjoy some seafood and the Navy

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7/1/2010 - we just held a private dinner at Riva and were fortunate to get the Lighthouse Room - wonderful room with a view of the Lake, Pier, and skyline. The food and service were excellent and the dress code was casual, which was perfect since we had just come from a boat tour. Our compliments to the chef, manager, and Jaime, our banquet manager - a lovely dining experience!

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★★★★★

7/1/2010 - we just held a private dinner at Riva and were fortunate to get the Lighthouse Room - wonderful room with a view of the Lake, Pier, and skyline. The food and service were excellent and the dress code was casual, which was perfect since we had just come from a boat tour. Our compliments to the chef, manager, and Jaime, our banquet manager - a lovely dining experience!

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Not sure why this is rating so high. I agree that the food is good but it is so expensive. very much a tourist place!

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Not sure why this is rating so high. I agree that the food is good but it is so expensive. very much a tourist place!

Pros: Good food and nice view

Cons: over priced

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My boyfriend and I went to Riva on our first date. He was not intending to take me there, but we stumbled upon it, and it looked nicer than the other restaurant he had picked out. We got seated right away at a window seat, the waiter was wonderful and the food was superb. My boyfriend ordered a steak, which i stole a bite out of, and it is the most tender steak either of us had ever tasted. My chicken was wonderful and the kitchen even put a little pink flower for a good presentation on my plate. : ) i would DEFINITELY recommend this restaurant to everybody!

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My boyfriend and I went to Riva on our first date. He was not intending to take me there, but we stumbled upon it, and it looked nicer than the other restaurant he had picked out. We got seated right away at a window seat, the waiter was wonderful and the food was superb. My boyfriend ordered a steak, which i stole a bite out of, and it is the most tender steak either of us had ever tasted. My chicken was wonderful and the kitchen even put a little pink flower for a good presentation on my plate. : ) i would DEFINITELY recommend this restaurant to everybody!

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On July 21, 2007, at around 6:30pm, my wife, myself and two other couples arrived to celebrate our anniversaries together. The dinners involving fish were fine, but the steak dinners were not cooked right. I asked for medium and received well done. My brother and law asked for medium rare and received well done. He did not want to wait for a new steak, but I decided to wait. Twenty minutes later, after most were done with their meal, my replacement steak arrived. This time it was cooked very rare as the center was very, very bloody and cold! Rather than wait even longer I decided to just eat around the edges. The manager who brought out the steak made no gesture to give us anything for my trouble - which was rude but fine. However, here comes the best part. When the receipt was brought out and we looked at the automatically included "18% gratuity", it was almost 25%! They included the gratuity on the steak that they took back in addition to the steak they brought me! I pointed this out the the manager and he said "Oh, problem with the system." I had a terrible steak and was almost ripped off and the only thing the manager did to fix it was give me his business card and say "Next time you come let me know and we will make your experience better." Why could he have not made it better that night? The bill came to almost $400 and that is all he had to say? VERY BAD experience.

Also, right after he left our table I noticed him approach another table and speak to another couple at another table. I am not sure what the couple was saying but the customer's face was very red and noticeably upset at the manager.

The food is ok, but realize 90% of the cost of this expensive restaurant is just for the view. There are other restaurants with similar views in the city that cost less and have better food!

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★☆☆☆☆

On July 21, 2007, at around 6:30pm, my wife, myself and two other couples arrived to celebrate our anniversaries together. The dinners involving fish were fine, but the steak dinners were not cooked right. I asked for medium and received well done. My brother and law asked for medium rare and received well done. He did not want to wait for a new steak, but I decided to wait. Twenty minutes later, after most were done with their meal, my replacement steak arrived. This time it was cooked very rare as the center was very, very bloody and cold! Rather than wait even longer I decided to just eat around the edges. The manager who brought out the steak made no gesture to give us anything for my trouble - which was rude but fine. However, here comes the best part. When the receipt was brought out and we looked at the automatically included "18% gratuity", it was almost 25%! They included the gratuity on the steak that they took back in addition to the steak they brought me! I pointed this out the the manager and he said "Oh, problem with the system." I had a terrible steak and was almost ripped off and the only thing the manager did to fix it was give me his business card and say "Next time you come let me know and we will make your experience better." Why could he have not made it better that night? The bill came to almost $400 and that is all he had to say? VERY BAD experience.

Also, right after he left our table I noticed him approach another table and speak to another couple at another table. I am not sure what the couple was saying but the customer's face was very red and noticeably upset at the manager.

The food is ok, but realize 90% of the cost of this expensive restaurant is just for the view. There are other restaurants with similar views in the city that cost less and have better food!

Pros: If you are on the Pier its convienient

Cons: Service was terrible and they dont do well with steaks

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Lousy service. Lousy waiters, disdainful servers, hostesses with attitude (you expect that). Food was good, not phenominal, good. Drinks were wrong, and late. Servers and waiters were talking with attitude over their shoulders. This ruined what could have been a nice meal. they don't treat you that way in LA. Save the 70 bucks per person and grab a hotdog. You won't get the attitude which is free on the street. You'll have money left over to actually have an enjoyable evening. DON'T WASTE YOUR TIME OR ENERGY ON THIS PLACE.

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★★☆☆☆

Lousy service. Lousy waiters, disdainful servers, hostesses with attitude (you expect that). Food was good, not phenominal, good. Drinks were wrong, and late. Servers and waiters were talking with attitude over their shoulders. This ruined what could have been a nice meal. they don't treat you that way in LA. Save the 70 bucks per person and grab a hotdog. You won't get the attitude which is free on the street. You'll have money left over to actually have an enjoyable evening. DON'T WASTE YOUR TIME OR ENERGY ON THIS PLACE.

Pros: fresh seafood

Cons: you get so angry about service you can't enjoy the food

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Beautiful views and nice ambience. Very romantic. The service was terrible. The wait staff is pleasant enough, but dinner took about 2.5 hours. If I wasn't with such good company, I think I would've liked to have walked out. I could see several couples getting impatient throughout the dining room. Apparently I wasn't the only one getting fed up. Dinner itself was fair. My filet mignon was overdone but because the service was so darn slow, I didn't dare send my food back to the kitchen. The meal is on the pricier side, which you can expect for fine dining...it just wasn't worth it tonight. I probably won't go back, especially since there are so many fine restaurants in Chicago where money and time are better spent. You can definitely do better.

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★★★☆☆

Beautiful views and nice ambience. Very romantic. The service was terrible. The wait staff is pleasant enough, but dinner took about 2.5 hours. If I wasn't with such good company, I think I would've liked to have walked out. I could see several couples getting impatient throughout the dining room. Apparently I wasn't the only one getting fed up. Dinner itself was fair. My filet mignon was overdone but because the service was so darn slow, I didn't dare send my food back to the kitchen. The meal is on the pricier side, which you can expect for fine dining...it just wasn't worth it tonight. I probably won't go back, especially since there are so many fine restaurants in Chicago where money and time are better spent. You can definitely do better.

Pros: Views, ambience

Cons: Service, food

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We accidently have to eat there BECAUSE PARK IN THE RESTAURANT SPACE AND THE ATTENDENT TOLD US IF WE EAT AT RIVA RESTAURANT, WE CAN GET VALIDATION AND PAY ONLY TEN DOLLARS INSTEAED OF THIRTY THREE DOLLARS. So we decided to eat because we also hurgry ,we went up stair of the restaurant , it is fine restaurant. The service is great. We orders crab cake to share for two of us, it was great. My friend order clam chowder to try, it is quiet different from California clam chowder. It was very light broth instead of thick broth in California. I order sirlion steak, the steak is good but the cheese which on the steak was too strong but I still finished my steak. My girlfriend order pork chop, the sauce on the pork chop is very salty but she like the pork chop. The price is fair compare to service , view and parking lot.

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★★★☆☆

We accidently have to eat there BECAUSE PARK IN THE RESTAURANT SPACE AND THE ATTENDENT TOLD US IF WE EAT AT RIVA RESTAURANT, WE CAN GET VALIDATION AND PAY ONLY TEN DOLLARS INSTEAED OF THIRTY THREE DOLLARS. So we decided to eat because we also hurgry ,we went up stair of the restaurant , it is fine restaurant. The service is great. We orders crab cake to share for two of us, it was great. My friend order clam chowder to try, it is quiet different from California clam chowder. It was very light broth instead of thick broth in California. I order sirlion steak, the steak is good but the cheese which on the steak was too strong but I still finished my steak. My girlfriend order pork chop, the sauce on the pork chop is very salty but she like the pork chop. The price is fair compare to service , view and parking lot.

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Navy Pier is one of the more popular stops for visitors and locals alike. It may be one of the most visited places in the Midwest. When you think of the Pier you think fun, but does find dining come to mind? Riva, which is located within Navy Peir's complex, is an elegant restaurant with excellent cuisine (our meal was fantastic), an outstanding view of the lakefront and the skyline and quality service. They offer an extensive wine list and also have some out-of-this world desserts. Elegance always comes with a price, make sure to bring your credit card, and keep in mind this is a place for a special occasion. Cheers!

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★★★★★

Navy Pier is one of the more popular stops for visitors and locals alike. It may be one of the most visited places in the Midwest. When you think of the Pier you think fun, but does find dining come to mind? Riva, which is located within Navy Peir's complex, is an elegant restaurant with excellent cuisine (our meal was fantastic), an outstanding view of the lakefront and the skyline and quality service. They offer an extensive wine list and also have some out-of-this world desserts. Elegance always comes with a price, make sure to bring your credit card, and keep in mind this is a place for a special occasion. Cheers!

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This was the worst meal we had in Chicago. Average food. Very expensive. Not a good value.

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This was the worst meal we had in Chicago. Average food. Very expensive. Not a good value.

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I visited Chicago for New Year's Eve and fell in love with this restaurant. It's right in front of the lake with amazing views. The service is great and the food is delicious. Ambiance is great for both romance and family-I had an amazing experience. GO RIVA!

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I visited Chicago for New Year's Eve and fell in love with this restaurant. It's right in front of the lake with amazing views. The service is great and the food is delicious. Ambiance is great for both romance and family-I had an amazing experience. GO RIVA!

Pros: Great Service, Great Food

Cons: Bad Parking, End of Pier

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My experience at Riva's was superb.
The food was delicious with a portion that was just right to fill me without that "I ate too much feeling. The desert, too, was excellent. I ordered the strawberry tart which is their version of a strawberry shortcake. Although it was a desert, it was not too sugary...it was just the perfect portion.

I made reservations and I was seated in 5 minutes (and that was only because I asked for a window seat). Our waitress, Dawn (209), was just so wonderful, friendly and knowledgeable about the menu.

This is an expensive restaurant so be prepared to spend about $50 or more per person but it is so worth the price!

PROS: A wonderful all-around experience!
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My experience at Riva's was superb.
The food was delicious with a portion that was just right to fill me without that "I ate too much feeling. The desert, too, was excellent. I ordered the strawberry tart which is their version of a strawberry shortcake. Although it was a desert, it was not too sugary...it was just the perfect portion.

I made reservations and I was seated in 5 minutes (and that was only because I asked for a window seat). Our waitress, Dawn (209), was just so wonderful, friendly and knowledgeable about the menu.

This is an expensive restaurant so be prepared to spend about $50 or more per person but it is so worth the price!

PROS: A wonderful all-around experience!
CONS:

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Riva is located on Navy Pier - second floor, so you can imagine the view you get (especially if going out on Saturday night with the fireworks) but they are very pricey and the food quality doesn't match the price.

PROS: Amazing View of Lake Michigan
CONS: Pricey

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Riva is located on Navy Pier - second floor, so you can imagine the view you get (especially if going out on Saturday night with the fireworks) but they are very pricey and the food quality doesn't match the price.

PROS: Amazing View of Lake Michigan
CONS: Pricey

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Fom the ambience to the meal everything was perfect. Exceptional service. Great location.

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★★★★★

Fom the ambience to the meal everything was perfect. Exceptional service. Great location.

Pros: food, service, parking

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I visited Chicago (from Seattle) to visit my niece and tried planning a very special evening for our last night together. When I booked my reservations 2 weeks ago, I mentioned our hope to see Chicago's Light Nights from our table, the receptionist was icy and dismissive of my special request, and it wasn't til we got there that I found out the stupid fireworks display wasn't even visible from our window, so that was another huge disappointment. Our server looked haggard and I hated the way she plunked down everything onto the table with a loud "thud" - I felt unwelcomed and uncomfortable, but most of all, I hated the smirk she gave when we weren't interested in ordering more food or wine, even though we spent $150 already. Chicago overall is cool, but the staff at Riva needs some lessons on customer service.

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I visited Chicago (from Seattle) to visit my niece and tried planning a very special evening for our last night together. When I booked my reservations 2 weeks ago, I mentioned our hope to see Chicago's Light Nights from our table, the receptionist was icy and dismissive of my special request, and it wasn't til we got there that I found out the stupid fireworks display wasn't even visible from our window, so that was another huge disappointment. Our server looked haggard and I hated the way she plunked down everything onto the table with a loud "thud" - I felt unwelcomed and uncomfortable, but most of all, I hated the smirk she gave when we weren't interested in ordering more food or wine, even though we spent $150 already. Chicago overall is cool, but the staff at Riva needs some lessons on customer service.

Pros: Great View., Great People Watching, Decent Food

Cons: Unhappy waitstaff, Pricey, Rude phone manners

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The ahi tuna and sashimi salmon were fabulous. With all the other dishes I tried (Tuna tartar, petit ragout of scallops and shrimp, oysters, cod, salmon trio (poached, smoked and raw)) I managed to not actually cry out "OOH!" but it was not easy.
I ate there two nights on a recent trip. The first time was the night after having eaten at the Signature Room (awesome view, good food but not in the league of Riva, have drinks at the bar and then head to Navy Pier to eat). The second night I ate there Bill Clinton dropped in for dinner there. Excellent quality, attentive service and generous portions. I never thought I would look forward go back and to eat tuna in... Chicago!
Superior quality of fish and preparation.
Excellent overall experience.

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★★★★★

The ahi tuna and sashimi salmon were fabulous. With all the other dishes I tried (Tuna tartar, petit ragout of scallops and shrimp, oysters, cod, salmon trio (poached, smoked and raw)) I managed to not actually cry out "OOH!" but it was not easy.
I ate there two nights on a recent trip. The first time was the night after having eaten at the Signature Room (awesome view, good food but not in the league of Riva, have drinks at the bar and then head to Navy Pier to eat). The second night I ate there Bill Clinton dropped in for dinner there. Excellent quality, attentive service and generous portions. I never thought I would look forward go back and to eat tuna in... Chicago!
Superior quality of fish and preparation.
Excellent overall experience.

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Riva is Chicago's best seafood restaurant. Their chef is awesome. Don't miss the daily specials; they are creative and really tasty. And the view! What a spectacular place to experience Chicago. You can't go wrong. The appetizers, entrees and desserts are all well done. And the service is great too. The server said that they get a lot of out-of-town guests because of the view and location but Chicagoans shouldn't pass up the opportunity to dine here on a regular basis; the food is fab.

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Riva is Chicago's best seafood restaurant. Their chef is awesome. Don't miss the daily specials; they are creative and really tasty. And the view! What a spectacular place to experience Chicago. You can't go wrong. The appetizers, entrees and desserts are all well done. And the service is great too. The server said that they get a lot of out-of-town guests because of the view and location but Chicagoans shouldn't pass up the opportunity to dine here on a regular basis; the food is fab.

Pros: Great food, Great Service, Great ambiance

Cons: Navy Pier

 

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