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“NYC style comes to Ottawa”
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Riviera
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Ranked #21 of 2,808 Restaurants in Ottawa
Description: Dinner • Monday to Saturday • 5 pm to Close Lunch • Monday to Friday • 11:30 am to 2:30 pm Brunch • Sunday • 11am to 3pm
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Description: Dinner • Monday to Saturday • 5 pm to Close Lunch • Monday to Friday • 11:30 am to 2:30 pm Brunch • Sunday • 11am to 3pm
Reviewed 14 April 2017

This place is hard to get into. You have to book weeks in advance. It is expensive. It is surrounded by hype.

BUT... the food is excellent. The service is great. The decor, found in an old bank with a soaring ceiling, is ultra cool.

I've only done a business lunch. Packed with local business people, politicians, famous media personalities, etc. I hear dinner is also great.

This is not the place you will come to as a regular lunch hang out. Too expensive and hard to get into for that. But for a nice business lunch or dinner event, it is impressive and arguably the best restaurant in downtown Ottawa.

Thank CanadianTravelReview
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Reviewed 13 April 2017

This is an "in" restaurant very centrally located. It's located in a former bank building. Despite the very high ceilings it isn't TOO noisy! We had a table, which was separated by another table only by a low partition, but this wasn't a problem and we were able to have our privacy and hear each other! Food was excellent as was service and the wine list was very good. I'll definitely come back next time in Ottawa.

Thank Bagherailcane
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Reviewed 13 April 2017

The historic building is so beautiful, love the super high ceilings. Like that the music is not too loud, just felt very classy. The appetizers were really pricey- but the mushrooms on toast was amazing and we wiped the plate clean. My husband had the steak frites and I had the duck and both were delicious and very generous servings. Only thing that could have been better is if they treated us to a small dessert since it was my husband's birthday.

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Thank Gayle P
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Reviewed 12 April 2017

Had a few things off the dinner menu. Found some flavours a little muddled. Pasta was undercooked and cold. Nothing special, and quite expensive. There are better places for food in Ottawa. The room is outstanding, and cocktails were delicious.

1  Thank Bob A
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Reviewed 8 April 2017

Six of us arrived for lunch at 1.30 bang on time for our booking. Despite tables being available we were kept waiting by the door for over 15 minutes. Once seated we were offered some rather approximate and rude service by an older waitress. I was told that I could not have a bloody caesar or bloody mary because the proprietor deemed such cocktails too common. The food was generously served and fairly decent. Their was an extraction problem and we left with smelly clothes once we had finally persuaded our sullen waitress to give us the bill.

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4  Thank RNPARIS
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