Calamari / Fried Squid
crispy graham cracker crust, italian parsley, tomato dipping sauce
Caprese / Tomato & Cheese Salad*
heirloom tomatoes, buffalo mozzarella, basil leaves, evoo, maple balsamic reduction
Lasagna / Baked Pasta
made to order, bison, ricotta, roma tomato, basil, tomato sauce, mozzarella crust
The food and wait staff were excellent. When we arrived the young lady who after some delay came to seat us told us she could not find our reservation and they weren't taking any more reservations. I opened up the email on my cell phone to prove we had a reservation and she seated us. This was a good dining experience but it did not begin well.
Great server, ambience.
The Fruiti Mare was lacking in seafood content. I counted more mussel and clam shells than shellfish bodies, for the price I expected more seafood. The prawn appetizer was swimming in too much butter and not served with bread.
Panini sandwich was not grilled enough and the panini bun was too thick.
Not our most tasteful experience.
Food was fantastic, server was there whenever we needed her and overall just a lovely place to dine. We had a lot of catching up to do and it was easy to chat and not too loud around us even though the place was full.
Calamari and graham crackers NOT a hit! As a calamari lover I was very disappointed in this dish - too sweet, not the right flavours at all... would not recommend. Friend's lasagna was well overcooked/burnt . Yes we did let our server know . At this time we would not recommend.
Tasty food, good mid-level Italian restaurant. One of the nicer places to go to eat in Sidney.
Okay ambiance, Server was excellent and food was very good. Excellent Value
The food was great and tasted excellent. The staff checked on food allergens which is really appreciated. Service was attentive but not intrusive. It did get noisy with a few tables being overly loud in their conversation, but on the whole it was an excellent experience. Will go again.
our appetizer was amazing, main course was only ok, very bland dessert was good.
Overall it was ok, but nothing that I think makes it outstanding. Little disappointed, I hoped to get a new favorite restaurant in Sidney. We will go to Victoria again for really good italian food.
Riva is a huge improvement over what was here before. The outside patio in the summer is excellent.
The new Italian menu is pretty good, the wine list could be better and the servers for the most part need some training particullarly around the menu, the servers for our table really had no idea.
This is our third visit and we will return and we hope that Edie will be brought back to provide entertainment.
Caprese salad was ok but the tagliatelle and the bisteca were flavourless. The view was very good and the wine selection decently priced. However, we were quite disappointed with the food.
Great food, perfect location for a deck, cold beer 🍺, friendly and efficient service….a perfect way to spend a leisurely lunch.
First time at Riva, well satisfied and will return
Enjoyable lunch, food good. Great views. Much needed upgrade to the previous restaurant in this location, which we have been going to since it first opened, has worked. The change from the previous restaurant menu to the Italian is great and better quality. They have also changed to more comfortable seating. Never going to hit Michelin but doesn’t need to.
We came in from out of town. We were looking forward to dinning with you. Unfortunately, upon arriving we waited over 15 mins to get checked in by the hostess.
The food was mediocre. Pasta came in too al dente, our main dishes came to our table before the appetizers.
Our service was very apologetic and did her best with the circumstances. I have given low stars on service to reflect the kitchen and quality of food and also the lack of staff to look after all customers.
We were at Riva just after the latest level in re-opening. The entire restaurant is not open, and they are clearly short staffed both in service and kitchen staff. The servers were cheerful and friendly and we weren't in a hurry. The tables were well spaced out, and the place was full. It was nice to be in a restaurant with people and not have empty tables blocked off. The atmosphere was nice.
Food was good - basic Italian. We had calamari, caprese salad and two pasta entrees. Portions are large - more than we could eat.
Nice room, good people watching.
Great food. Really enjoyed our evening.
Very disappointing flavors. Will not be returning.