In Riva

4.8
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$30 and under
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Italian
In Riva is the first venture by Philadelphia-born chef Arthur Cavaliere who has combined the similarities of his two favorite cities—Naples and Philadelphia—to deliver an unparalleled culinary experience. Sticking with the Italian translation of its name, In Riva is located "along the banks" of the Schuylkill River in East Falls.

In Riva is a Southern Italian inspired restaurant with urban flair, specializing in Napoletana style pizza, house-made pasta and contemporary antipasti. In Riva also offers an eclectic array of new and old world wines, Italian craft beers and racy specialty cocktails.
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4.8based on recent ratings
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4.6
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OT
Philadelphia
8 reviews
Dined 10 hours ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I dont know why we dont go here more often. Fantastic pasta.

ML
Philadelphia
31 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall3food1service5ambience3

Haven't been to In Riva for a few years & went for lunch with a friend. I was amazed - the food was terrible!!! I had gnocchi with short ribs - the beef was good but the rest was gummy & the tomato sauce very acidic. An arugula salad with a MOUNTAIN of grated cheese and so much oil I couldn't eat it. My friend had a pasta dish - can't remember the name - fat noodles with mushrooms. The sauce was good but the noodles were not quite cooked. Sad. I used to like the place but won't go back. The waiter was wonderful, by the way.

OT
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on December 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This place is a family fav that never disappoints. Delicious pizza and chill vibe

CR
Philadelphia
11 reviews
Dined on December 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Just wonderful

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M
Philadelphia
50 reviews
Dined on December 6, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The arugula salad is simply the best!
Food ~ excellent
Staff ~ outstanding
My place to take friends or go it alone!!

HJ
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on December 4, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love it! Absolutely my favorite in Philly! Great for kids, adults, and doggies too.

BS
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on November 27, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Wonderful fun evening. Great service. Food good- great for garlic lovers

OT
1 review
Dined on November 20, 2019
Overall4food3service5ambience3

I found the bread serviced with my food was too greasy and some of the dishes are a little too small maybe. But apart from this everything else was great.

BM
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on November 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Excellent food and great service. Menu is reasonably priced. Great day.

MA
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on November 10, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic brunch with the family. We were seated right away, service was extremely attentive and the food was beyond delicious. You know it’s a great experience when everyone left feeling full and satisfied, and couldn’t stop raving about it. Added bonus for me - I’m a vegetarian and there were tons of options for me to choose from, and a lot of items I could make vegetarian simply by ordering them without the meat. Love that they are so accommodating here!

NS
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great time, great food. Waiter was nice and didn’t rush us out.

T
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on November 5, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience3

I’ve been to In Riva many times and the food and service is always consistently good

OT
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on October 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The food never fails to impress. Please bring back the branzino!!!

TH
Philadelphia
16 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Great pizza very noisy. Heaters on the patio would be great

SG
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food is AMAZING! Always something cool to look at and the outdoor dinning is beautiful! Highly recommend this spot!

I
Philadelphia
6 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Food and drinks were excellent! Service was friendly. Music was a little loud outside, however we were directly under speaker. Will definitely return!

OG
Philadelphia
5 reviews
Dined on October 18, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

There was 5 of us and we all enjoyed our meals. Our server was so wonderful!

SG
1 review
Dined on October 15, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

In Riva was a great choice for our small team dinner. We did the 5 course meal and it was fantastic! We were STUFFED by the end - it was so much food! Their pizza dough is one of the best that I've tasted in a while and the pasta was also amazing! Fresh ingredients, attention to detail (flavor town!), and a little love from the chef made for some very happy customers. Everything was so delicious and they set a great pace so we could enjoy all the plates without feeling rushed. We will definitely be back!

S
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on October 10, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love this place! Their handmade pastas are amazing.

MG
Philadelphia
5 reviews
Dined on October 4, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

This place is Philly's hidden gem. Best pizza and handmade pasta in the city. Charred octopus is to die for.

DF
Philadelphia
11 reviews
Dined on September 29, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Always quality, fresh, thoughtfully seasoned and creative Italian food. One of the better restaurants anywhere in Philly.

S
Philadelphia
11 reviews
Dined on September 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a great experience coming to In Riva.
Bottomless margaritas are amazing. Pizza, pastas, pea soup—awesome!!

M
Philadelphia
50 reviews
Dined on September 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fabulous arugula salad, great wine selections, great pizzas, small plates of yummy food...service a 10!

AN
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on September 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My birthday

S
Philadelphia
22 reviews
Dined on September 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great menu and excellent service.

OT
Philadelphia
8 reviews
Dined on September 22, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Absolutely love this place! The service is always great, great setting, and reasonable prices. However, I've been a little disappointed with the pizzas I've ordered the last few times that I've gone. For example way too truffley truffle pizza that didn't taste like anything else and could be smelled three tables over, or the "speck" on the pizza today that should probably be served diced and not in strips because it's impossible to rip with your teeth. I've always loved the insalate, antipasti, vasi, pasta, and brunch options. I just need to be a little more inquisitive when ordering outside of the usual pizza suspects.

OT
Philadelphia
24 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place excellent food super value

PD
1 review
Dined on September 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We all had a great time!! Loved the atmosphere and the food!! Will be back!

C
Atlantic City
20 reviews
Dined on September 15, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent cliche tapas - all good

OT
Philadelphia
6 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience3

Everything was great. Server seemed nervous or new but did a fair job. We sat outside which left us privy to motorcycle noise. Other than that, great.
Ohh and they had a drink that was my last name!!!

CM
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service, excellent food. Shared 3 enteees, appetizer and a pizza. Signature drinks were delicious.

OT
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on September 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of my favorite neighborhood go to spots, the food and service is always amazing

M
Philadelphia
50 reviews
Dined on September 11, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Thanks for another fabulous dinner!!!

Arugula salad, prosciutto appetizer & both chicken marsala & pasta dish were terrific accompanied by a great bottle of Italian valpolicella!! Thanks to Steve for the extra yummy
chick peas....soooo good!!!

Great service & wonderful atmosphere dining outside!

JC
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on September 11, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a great time and enjoyed trying a variety of appetizers, pastas and pizzas. All were delicious!!

M
Philadelphia
50 reviews
Dined on September 8, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The arugula salad is the BEST!!!
PLEASE bring back the bronzino....it’s fabulous & needs to be on the menu permanently.

AC
1 review
Dined on September 8, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I have been dining at In Riva for a few years and the experience is always delightful. Always a friendly, easy going, attentive staff and a delicious food menu that never disappoints.

KD
1 review
Dined on September 8, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We enjoyed all the plates that came out..salad, pastas, appys and pizza. Pleased with the atmosphere and waiter although our waitress left a bit to be desired. Perhaps just a bit young/inexperienced. I'd go back for sure!

TS
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food, great outdoor eating and great drinks! Pasta portions a bit small. We get two as apps for a pizza dinner (4 people) Love it there.!

MM
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Food is wonderful, different an lots of flavor. Great location on the water.
Dogs allowed in the patio. Went on a Saturday night and a little noisy but great to
see all kinds and ages of people. And dogs!

OT
Philadelphia
14 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

This was a great restaurant. very noisy but fun.
Great food, especially the ribs in pomegranate sauce and the broccolini salad!

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