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Riva

#3,842 of 17,694 Restaurants in London
Certificate of Excellence
$$ - $$$
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169 Church Road, London SW13 9HR, England
+44 20 8748 0434
Today
19:00 - 22:30
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Hours:
Sun 12:00 - 21:30
Mon - Fri 12:00 - 22:30
Sat 19:00 - 22:30
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London, United Kingdom
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58 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Well, as I had read that this was A.A Gill's, Sunday Times Food Critic, favourite restaurant I wanted to see the place and taste the food myself. I took my niece for Sunday Lunch. The restaurant is small and the atmosphere is refined and friendly and a perfect place for a leisurely lunch. Perfect for conversation as it is quiet... More 

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Thank Aria818
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130 reviews
90 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 41 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We reckon we had not been here for about 15 years! As regular visitors to The Olympic Studio round the corner this corner has come back on to our radar. We got lucky in getting in to the packed restaurant without a booking after an early evening movie. Nothing seems to have changed in our missing years. The room is... More 

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Thank PLinacre
Epsom, United Kingdom
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268 reviews
173 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 110 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

For some unexplained reason we hadn't been back to Riva for a few years. I can't imagine why we hadn't because this really is a top-notch, authentic Italian at its best. The only other London Italian I would put in the same class is Assaggi in Notting Hill. Both are excellent and, for me, easily eclipse any of London's Michelin-Starred... More 

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Thank Michael P
London, United Kingdom
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346 reviews
174 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 85 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 December 2016

Finally took the plunge and came here for my husband's birthday. The restaurant looks like it could do with a complete refurb, but we were there for the food, not the decor. The staff were very friendly and took care to tell us about the specials on offer. I shared the mixed fried platter with our son and husband had... More 

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Thank Helen S
London, United Kingdom
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49 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 November 2016

Went with some friends to this restaurant which has been well reviewed by others. They were very busy when we arrived at 8 with all tables full, so some people must like them. We were seated at a table for five right next to the door. Despite having two doors, the arctic night air blew all over us whenever anyone... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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15 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 October 2016

A friend took me here for lunch post very distressing and painful surgery .. What a joy ! My immobility immediately understood .. Furniture moved and reaccomodated Welcome unbelievable .. At least three years since my last visit .. Food and atmosphere is redolent of Venice .. Frankly I couldn't find fault .. A dream of Italy in a suburb... More 

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Thank lilyf0x
London, United Kingdom
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17 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 October 2016

Great local North Italian cuisine restaurant. Deceptively simple dishes but superbly prepared excellent ingredients. Very friendly and knowledgeable staff.

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Thank alisfred
2 reviews
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 October 2016

Hubby and I visited this restaurant many years ago and loved it. In that time our cooking skills have improved and we have visited other Italian restaurants that we love. However having read recent reviews we decided to go for dinner last week. Pre dinner Aperol Spritz and Gin and tonic were plonked on table and lukewarm. I had a... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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74 reviews
36 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 September 2016

We went for our wedding anniversary and had a fantastic meal on a Monday night. The menu had plenty to offer all tastes but the special fish and seafood was even better. Good wine and service made for a memorable evening.

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Thank Genny02
London, United Kingdom
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146 reviews
105 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 May 2016 via mobile

Julie's birthday dinner and we had a lovely round table, perfect for 5 people. Near the entrance, and not over blessed with space, nevertheless we were comfortable and well served. Excellent food, a delicious octopus starter, perfectly prepared, and moist John Dory to follow. A fine cheeseboard and succulent chocolate dessert. "Dec" was there, but perhaps more tellingly for the... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
Cuisine
Italian
Meals
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Romantic
Open Hours
Sunday
12:00 - 21:30
Monday
12:00 - 22:30
Tuesday
12:00 - 22:30
Wednesday
12:00 - 22:30
Thursday
12:00 - 22:30
Friday
12:00 - 22:30
Saturday
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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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?