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169 Church Road, London SW13 9HR, England
+44 20 8748 0434
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  • Excellent57%
  • Very good23%
  • Average11%
  • Poor8%
  • Terrible1%
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“calves liver” (4 reviews)
“tuna steak” (2 reviews)
Open Now
12:00 - 22:30All hours
Italian, European, Vegetarian Friendly
€€ - €€€
169 Church Road, London SW13 9HR, England
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Reviewed 1 week ago

A lovely lunchtime experience. The food was amazing and the staff were very attentive. We will defiantly be returning.

Thank LondonLadyV
Reviewed 15 December 2017 via mobile

Only my second visit to Riva, and happily it was good as my first. Great service, friendly but efficient, with a buzzy atmosphere. All our starters were gorgeous, and I then had the Osso Bucco with saffron risotto. Wonderful flavours, and just what I needed...More

Thank mischkamum
Reviewed 14 October 2017 via mobile

I had not been to Riva for many years and Caroline had never been there so we were both interested in the outcome for different reasons. The dining room itself remains a bit shabby and the tables are a bit too close together but that...More

Thank William C
Reviewed 3 October 2017

Wed were a party of four who visited this nice Italian restaurant, located in Barnes. We had different courses which were all authentic Italian. The service and efficient and fast. It took us just one hour to order and consume a starter and main course.

Thank Steen Withen N
Reviewed 18 September 2017 via mobile

It's taken me a week to write this review as I'm struggling with what to say. I've wanted to visit since I read that it was AA Gill's favourite restaurant. Yes it's a good bistro as an antidote to the modern fine dining experience but...More

3  Thank Christine J
Reviewed 6 August 2017 via mobile

I was driven to write this review due to the very poor experience I endured recently at Riva; This is the fourth time I have been to Riva in 20 years and by far the worst. Unfortunately, it is very tired on every level. As...More

5  Thank sim0nj0wen
Reviewed 4 August 2017

As residents of Barnes, we were well aware of this restaurant's long-standing reputation, but on a number of previous occasions we had been unable to get a reservation. Not surprising, perhaps, because the restaurant is indeed quite small. Finally, however, by booking ahead, we were...More

Thank Edward O
Reviewed 26 July 2017 via mobile

Superb food and a really good small menu with well thought out specials too. The staff are extremely knowledgeable and friendly, and the ambience is relaxed/informal. Well worth a visit for all it is undoubtedly expensive

Thank Tonythepony
Reviewed 10 July 2017 via mobile

Loved by celebrity chef and restaurant critics alike. It was very quiet on a Monday lunchtime in July so easy to get a table. I'd heard a lot about this place and it didn't disappoint. Beautifully cooked northern Italian cuisine, nothing fancy just very well...More

Thank AGDowson
Reviewed 22 June 2017

It's been 20 years since we used to eat here. We don't live in London but we used to include meals here when staying up in town and it was a favorite. But nothing has changed - still honest Italian cooking with great ingredients. My...More

Thank FlyingScotsman150
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david p
13 November 2016|
Response from alisfred | Reviewed this property |
Riva doesn't have a website. Phone them on +44 (20) 87480434
28 July 2015|
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Response from Suzi C | Reviewed this property |
Hi Ania, Riva doesn't do a fixed price menu in my experience. The a la carte main courses menu varies, from about £15.00 to £25.00 each, depending on the specials on offer that day. Suzi C
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol
Good for
Business meetings, Romantic
Open Hours
12:00 - 21:30
12:00 - 22:30
12:00 - 22:30
12:00 - 22:30
12:00 - 22:30
12:00 - 22:30
19:00 - 22:30
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 169 Church Road, London SW13 9HR, England
  • Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  England  >  London
  • Phone Number: +44 20 8748 0434
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