Riva

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

    Chicago, IL 60611

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  • 312-644-7482

About Riva

Hours
Sun-Thu 11:30am-3pm, 5pm-10pm Fri-Sat 11:30am-3pm, 5pm-11pm

Food

Food
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We stopped in at Riva tonight and had an appetizer and a drink, then left. It was awful, although the view was great. I would suggest walking a couple of blocks into town to find a nice place to eat and skipping Riva altogether.

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★☆☆☆☆

We stopped in at Riva tonight and had an appetizer and a drink, then left. It was awful, although the view was great. I would suggest walking a couple of blocks into town to find a nice place to eat and skipping Riva altogether.

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I've been to many waterfront restaurants in other cities and enjoyed them thoroughly. This one in my own home town was incredible disappointing. The food was overpriced and had no special qualities. The wait staff also don't seem accustomed to large groups. I was embarrassed trying to show off my town to out of town guest.

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★★☆☆☆

I've been to many waterfront restaurants in other cities and enjoyed them thoroughly. This one in my own home town was incredible disappointing. The food was overpriced and had no special qualities. The wait staff also don't seem accustomed to large groups. I was embarrassed trying to show off my town to out of town guest.

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At the outset, let me state my one visit to Riva was a few years ago, so it is not real recent. But, I'd be willing to bet the attributes I remember are still applicable today.

It was an upscale, expensive place with small portions. We were treating my sister and her fiancee' and we were all feeling "wallet anxiety". Chilean sea bass was very good. Expect to pay alot, and if you want to leave full, really expect to pay alot. When we were leaving, I noticed a picture of Bill Clinton smiling and posing with the Riva staff (presumably he had dined here). I remember thinking, "Yeah, you have to be a big shot to be able to afford leaving here feeling really full!"

Since no one else has reviewed this place yet on this site, I thought this information might be of value.

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★★★☆☆

At the outset, let me state my one visit to Riva was a few years ago, so it is not real recent. But, I'd be willing to bet the attributes I remember are still applicable today.

It was an upscale, expensive place with small portions. We were treating my sister and her fiancee' and we were all feeling "wallet anxiety". Chilean sea bass was very good. Expect to pay alot, and if you want to leave full, really expect to pay alot. When we were leaving, I noticed a picture of Bill Clinton smiling and posing with the Riva staff (presumably he had dined here). I remember thinking, "Yeah, you have to be a big shot to be able to afford leaving here feeling really full!"

Since no one else has reviewed this place yet on this site, I thought this information might be of value.

Pros: Seafood was good, and a fairly good view of Navy Pier.

Cons: Small portions and expensive.

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While Riva's upscale restaurant at the same location upstairs has had some acclaim, I can't recommend its street-level cafe on Navy Pier. Views of the water and pier are nice in terms of atmosphere, as is the bar waiting area inside. However, I found the service terrible, and the food was overpriced and nothing special. When I asked my waitress if they had any type of light dressing available for my Seafood Salad Louis, she sneared at me and said it only comes with what's listed on the menu. Then she practically slammed down napkins at my friend and I when we requested some (we didn't have any on the table). Perhaps the constant influx of demanding tourists had given our server a bad day, but still....The food was mediocre, one dish we ordered wasn't even fully cooked. Skip it and head elsewhere on the pier, or head upstairs and give the main restaurant a try.

PROS: Nice waterfront views in this cafe
CONS: Terrible service, mediocre food

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★★☆☆☆

While Riva's upscale restaurant at the same location upstairs has had some acclaim, I can't recommend its street-level cafe on Navy Pier. Views of the water and pier are nice in terms of atmosphere, as is the bar waiting area inside. However, I found the service terrible, and the food was overpriced and nothing special. When I asked my waitress if they had any type of light dressing available for my Seafood Salad Louis, she sneared at me and said it only comes with what's listed on the menu. Then she practically slammed down napkins at my friend and I when we requested some (we didn't have any on the table). Perhaps the constant influx of demanding tourists had given our server a bad day, but still....The food was mediocre, one dish we ordered wasn't even fully cooked. Skip it and head elsewhere on the pier, or head upstairs and give the main restaurant a try.

PROS: Nice waterfront views in this cafe
CONS: Terrible service, mediocre food

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You wouldn't assume there to be an interesting restaurant at this tourist hub, but don't judge a book by its cover. Located within one of Chicago's most highly trafficked attractions, this place is anything but casual, inexpensive or…

 

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