Harden's survey result
Loyal regulars (who include numerous fooderati celebs) totally ‘get’ Andreas Riva’s “understated” stalwart, in a row of Barnes shopfronts: a celebrated (to those in-the-know) favourite, where “professional and accomplished staff” deliver “simple”, “seasonal and classic” northern Italian dishes, which are “perfectly prepared” and “exquisite tasting”: they say it’s “an authentic experience, without any airs”. Even fans admit the interior is “squashed” and “dowdy”, however, and that prices are very “hefty”.
Tucked away in a row of Barnes shopfronts, this “soigné” North Italian is “unchanged in 20 years”, during which Andreas Riva has built a devoted following, particularly amongst in-the-know foodies, with cooking that’s “consistently superb, simply presented and concentrating on quality ingredients”. It can feel a bit cliquey, though: “the proprietor seems to take pride in ignoring you unless you’re a regular – or a celebrity”.
Andreas Riva’s enduring destination in out-of-the-way Barnes is known as a very “understated” stalwart, whose “simple, seasonal north Italian cooking” has long made it a clandestine Mecca for in-the-know foodies, and bizarrely means the venue can be “great for spotting celebs” (but only the kind you might hear on Radio 4). But while it’s a genuine “favourite” for many habitués, occasional visitors can feel “let down” by “snooty” service (it can feel like “the owner spends all his efforts on regulars”), or perceive it as “overpriced”.
“The best authentic north Italian food in London” is a credible claim for Andrea Riva’s intimate Barnes fixture – a long-fêted favourite of the fooderati. It is un-changing over the years: it’s “a bit expensive”, the “drab” decor “needs an update” and “it’s rather like a club: either you are recognised by the proprietor as a regular, or he ignores you”.
Riva Restaurant Diner Reviews
"Haven't bee here for a while. Nothing has changed I am glad to say. Comments about the owner's attitude are unfair, the Polish waiting staff, who have been around for years, are efficient and welcoming to all. The food is delicious and quite reasonable value for money."
"Decor like a 1980's smokers pub; an owner who only greets regulars, and overpriced food. And overcharged on the bill too!"
169 Church Rd, London, SW13 9HR
|Monday||12 pm‑2 pm, 7 pm‑10 pm|
|Tuesday||12 pm‑2 pm, 7 pm‑10 pm|
|Wednesday||12 pm‑2 pm, 7 pm‑10 pm|
|Thursday||12 pm‑2 pm, 7 pm‑10 pm|
|Friday||12 pm‑2 pm, 7 pm‑10 pm|
|Saturday||7 pm‑10 pm|
|Sunday||12 pm‑2 pm, 7 pm‑9 pm|