RestaurantsLondonBarnesSW13

survey result

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”.

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.

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”.

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Restaurant details

Highchair,Portions
Yes
No dress code
45

Prices

Traditional European menu

Main Pudding
£23.50 £0.00
Drinks  
Wine per bottle £0.00
Filter Coffee £0.00
Extras  
Bread £0.00
169 Church Rd, London, SW13 9HR
Opening hours
MondayCLOSED
Tuesday12 pm‑2:30 pm, 6 pm‑10 pm
Wednesday12 pm‑2:30 pm, 6 pm‑10 pm
Thursday12 pm‑2:30 pm, 6 pm‑10 pm
Friday12 pm‑2:30 pm, 6 pm‑10 pm
Saturday12 pm‑2:30 pm, 6 pm‑10 pm
Sunday12 pm‑3 pm, 6 pm‑10 pm

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