RestaurantsLondonBarnesSW13

survey result

Summary

£65
  £££
3
Good
4
Very Good
2
Average
* Based on a three course dinner, half a bottle of wine, coffee, cover charge, service and VAT.

A foodie mecca for more than 30 years, Andreas Riva’s understated northern Italian specialist in Barnes “feels like a second home” to its uber-loyal fan club. “The focus is on depth of flavour that’s true to their roots, not Instagrammability” – with a “wide choice of specials using ultra-fresh ingredients”. “We simply love it – as good as the best in Italy (although the closure of Hammersmith Bridge makes it difficult to get there!)” In past times, there have been gripes from some reporters that a visit can feel like a regulars’ party to which they were not invited, but this year there was nothing but praise for the “polite and easy going” staff.

Summary

£65
  £££
4
Very Good
4
Very Good
1
Poor
* Based on a three course dinner, half a bottle of wine, coffee, cover charge, service and VAT.

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”.

Summary

£65
  £££
4
Very Good
4
Very Good
1
Poor
* Based on a three course dinner, half a bottle of wine, coffee, cover charge, service and VAT.

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”.

Summary

£64
  £££
3
Good
3
Good
2
Average
* Based on a three course dinner, half a bottle of wine, coffee, cover charge, service and VAT.

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”.

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Restaurant details

Highchair,Portions
No dress code
35

Riva Restaurant Diner Reviews

Reviews of Riva Restaurant in SW13, London by users of Hardens.com. Also see the editors review of Riva restaurant.
S F
Having not eaten out in England for a while...
Reviewed 8 months, 19 days ago

"Having not eaten out in England for a while, but many times in Nice recently, it was good to start the new year with an old favourite. Same friendly and efficient servers, same dependable Northern Italian grub. What more can one ask?"

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Prices

Traditional European menu

Starter Main Veggies Pudding
£13.80 £26.30 £4.50 £7.50
Drinks  
Wine per bottle £32.00
Filter Coffee £2.50
Extras  
Service 12.50%
169 Church Rd, London, SW13 9HR
Opening hours
MondayCLOSED
Tuesday12:15pm‑2:30 pm, 6:30 pm‑10 pm
Wednesday12:15pm‑2:30 pm, 6:30 pm‑10 pm
Thursday12:15pm‑2:30 pm, 6:30 pm‑10 pm
Friday12:15pm‑2:30 pm, 6:30 pm‑10 pm
Saturday12:15pm‑2:30 pm, 6:30 pm‑10 pm
Sunday12:15pm‑2:30 pm, 6:30 pm‑9 pm

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