In Riva

4.6
1098 reviews
icon/ic_price_rangeCreated with Sketch.
$30 and under
icon/ic_cuisineCreated with Sketch.
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.
What 1098 People Are Saying
Overall ratings and reviews
Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant
4.6based on recent ratings
4.6
food
4.5
service
4.4
ambience
4.3
value
Noise · Moderate
93% of people would recommend it to a friend
5
4
3
2
1
Sort by
Filters
MM
St. Louis
11 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious! Great flavors! Love the variety!

PG
Philadelphia
7 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Loved the sticky ribs. Cocktail was great. The Lemon sorbet was a nice touch in the drink. Will be back!

LF
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Excellent Italian food in a casual space. A neighborhood gem that keep the food authentic and unpretentious.

OT
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The gnocchi was amazing! The lightest texture with perfect sauce and pesto.

OT
Philadelphia
6 reviews
Dined on August 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Been here before and we just love the food and ambience and the drinks are good as well

MC
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on August 16, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 2ambience 4

Excellent food, pizzas and broccoli rabe Caesar salad are great. The service, not so much.

ML
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on August 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Absolutely best fresh salads (Arugula or the brocolini ceasar) & pizza (zucchini or the maguerita), tap beers and wines! Best al fresco dining in Philly. Favorite restaurant. Friendly staff.

EP
Philadelphia
60 reviews
Dined on August 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

The wait staff and the Bronzino make this place a gem.
Not fancy
Just right

p
Philadelphia
46 reviews
Dined on August 11, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 5

Fantastic food, per usual, though the slow start with our server nearly threatened a lovely outing. Eventually she got it together. And the chef delivered! Sad the eggs with polenta and pepperonata no longer are on the menu for brunch, but the blueberry and lemon ricotta waffle will give you LIFE!!!

r
Miami
37 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 2

We loved the vibe but that's about it. Parking was a nightmare since we had a 6:45 reservation on a Saturday. Ended up parking a couple blocks away after driving around the block a few times. We chose to sit inside and that was likely a mistake since outside looked more fun. Service was brusque. We also erred in our choice of entrees --- think pizza would have been better but all four in our party chose pasta dishes. I chose the bucatini because I had read some rave reviews --- very disappointed in it and it was incredibly oversalted. In fact all four of our pasta dishes were extremely salty. Not much else to say --- the pasta was fairly expensive and not worth it. My recommendation would be go to In Riva on a week night, sit outside, and order pizza.

KD
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 2

very loud
sat outside but the sun was in my eyes
good food.
nice waitress but busy

l
Philadelphia
47 reviews
Dined on August 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We went prior an event at the Dell- Food was very good and the team very accommodating. I arrived early and asked to be seated in the bar area (the outside was booked as a very nice night) and we were told we would need to be patient as the bar was very busy. I didn't realize the bar team also took orders at the high tops but they worked as a team and made our night very special- They knew when we could wait and when to make sure we had everything we needed when dinner was served.

KL
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on August 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

In Riva has become my go-to for any occasion. Dates, friend get-togethers, parents in town.... it’s the best. The patio is a fave spot. Never been disappointed here.

DM
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on August 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Loved In Riva! We finally visited after seeing it many times on our drive into the city, and we are so glad we did! We will be back. Food was delicious, service was great, and the restaurant is cool, casual, and comfortable.

OT
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on July 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 2ambience 3

Excellent food!!!! Service is usually spot on but we happened to get a server who was a bit scattered (for example, took quite a long time to even come over and when she finally did she immediately asked if we were ready to order....mind you, we didn’t even have menus). She then often disappeared which made ordering drinks difficult. Will not stop us from returning as she seems to be the exception to the generally attentive and excellent service. Again, food is great!!!

OT
Philadelphia
5 reviews
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A perfect meal, as always!

TA
1 review
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

I searched for a restaurant that would accommodate our 5 year old as well as us. We were surprised when we pulled up at how this little place was tucked away in a neighborhood. We chose to sit outside and were greeted within a few minutes by a friendly server. He gave us great recommendations as well as suggestions. We ordered a handful of appetizers, drinks (that were OUT of this world) and some entrees. The initial bite to every plate was out of this world. We enjoyed it so much we are already planning when we can come back!
A few suggestions for future diners: order appetizers they are so delicious and creative, get a cocktail (they are definitely well priced and they found combos that really go great together), the pasta is homemade and seriously great, the pizza smells so good and is worth every bite!

DM
Philadelphia
10 reviews
Dined on July 25, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 3

The food was not nearly as good as usual - the salads were dry and the artichokes were overcooked. With prices that high I expect much more.

L
Philadelphia
11 reviews
Dined on July 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious brick oven pizza and a fabulous outside area to enjoy.

DG
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on July 25, 2019
Overall 2food 4service 1ambience 2

Service is terrible every time I go here. Our server was just standing at the bar staring out into space this last time. Times before that, the servers are usually all just hanging out at the bar and I have to go get one of them to ask for water. I've even been ignored by the bar tender while seated at the bar.

OT
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on July 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Beautiful outside area. Food was delicious.

KS
1 review
Dined on July 21, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

Food was good, authentic, but they put olive oil on top of everything. My stomach did not love that the next day. Service was okay - we felt slightly rushed through our meal by the waitress. We had a Sunday night 5pm reservation and it was not busy when we got there. Overall it was good and I would go back.

L
Philadelphia
9 reviews
Dined on July 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

There are “to die for” items at In Riva!!
The cucumber, mint and feta salad is just about the best, most harmonious tasting salad we have had anywhere along with their version of “Caesar Salad” with an achingly delicious dressing. The Chicken parm is a tour de force in red sauce that makes you wish for a big spoon and loaf of bread! And, then, there’s the pizza from the brick oven!
Little pickled chilies, hot hot long hots and pink anchovies that taste sweet on the tongue! We have never made it to dessert!

NB
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on July 19, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

Great food. Ok ambiance. Smelled a little musty, but we've had a lot of rain and it's right on the river.

k
Philadelphia
14 reviews
Dined on July 19, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

I am a loyal customer. I was there on Friday night and mostly had a pleasant experience. I ordered a Burrata pizza via Door Dash today. Instead I got a Burrata Caprese salad that cost me 32 dollars! It was small portioned and missing olives. I called the restaurant and was blown off saying they would not send me the pizza nor give me a refund. They blamed door dash. Did door dash prepare a crappy salad? I am very angry and see the quality of this restaurant has gone down hill

SC
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on July 19, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 5ambience 2

Ungodly noise level upon entering restaurant at 7 pm on a Friday night. 3 extremely young and inexperienced hostesses at front desk, neither of which escorted us to our rear table. Asked to be moved to another table, but would have had to wait 45 minutes, so stayed where we were assigned. Couldn’t even hear my friend talking, who was sitting right next to me.
Waiter was outstanding, and loved the food, but noise level needs to be addressed.

F
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on July 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I enjoyed my meal here. Crispy artichokes were delicious! Broccolini Caesar was also pretty good. Service was prompt and attentive. I will definitely be back to try some pasta next time.

EL
1 review
Dined on July 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Tonight was great! Pizza we got was delicious and half price which was awesome. Drinks were delicious thanks to the bartender (Brian). Definitely coming back soon!

OT
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on July 14, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 3

Food was wonderful as always. The wait time was a bit long, but they did seem busy. Overall, we had a great time

CT
1 review
Dined on July 13, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

My first time there would definitely go back. There were 4 of us ate outside that was nice the food was terrific only thing I’d change was to order more food. W order 5 small plates and one pizza. Next time maybe add another pizza that was great.

TG
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on July 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food. Chess board. Crab spread. Amazing. Wait staff awesome.

OT
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on July 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I love In Riva! Cant beat the pizza and that view!

JK
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on July 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Daughter will be leaving for Australia for a month with SU

JC
Philadelphia
11 reviews
Dined on July 7, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

We never were waited on, so we left.

D
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on July 7, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 2ambience 3

The salmon pizza was too salty. Had to ask server for water refill or extra bread

F
Philadelphia
35 reviews
Dined on July 6, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

This is a great casual restaurant with consistently good food and really great pizza.

OT
1 review
Dined on July 5, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 5ambience 3

Lots of mosquitos on the patio, no repellent or anything to keep them away. Food was underwhelming and pricey for what it tasted like

BB
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on June 30, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Music is awful and played too loud

CT
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on June 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Alway enjoy this place and did again last night. Friendly, clean and most importantly, delicious!!

GH
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on June 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I didn't know what to expect when I bopped into this place but I left deeply impressed. I had a glass of Portugese rose that was so good it freaked me out. Pea soup, asparagus and pizza that I had all shared a fresh, tangy quality that left me with the impression that there is talent and thoughtfulness in the kitchen. Friendly, younger approachable staff. Good view of the river. Lots going on here. I'm going back.

1
2
3
28

Tweets by In Riva