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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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Highchair, Portions
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No dress code
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Riva Restaurant Diner Reviews

Reviews of Riva Restaurant in SW13, London by users of Hardens.com. Also see the editors review of Riva restaurant.
Michael B
I am a local and have been eating here regu...
Reviewed 6 months, 29 days ago

"I am a local and have been eating here regularly for over 20 years (I actually discoverd Barnes thanks to Riva) and never been disappointed. It is an institution and never disappoints. Pricing is also right and the place is just ... Riva so no need to make it look any better! If one wants "show" there are lots of other places around town (starting from the River Cafe, also a great place btw)"

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169 Church Rd, London, SW13 9HR
Opening hours
Monday12 pm‑2 pm, 7 pm‑10 pm
Tuesday12 pm‑2 pm, 7 pm‑10 pm
Wednesday12 pm‑2 pm, 7 pm‑10 pm
Thursday12 pm‑2 pm, 7 pm‑10 pm
Friday12 pm‑2 pm, 7 pm‑10 pm
Saturday7 pm‑10 pm
Sunday12 pm‑2 pm, 7 pm‑9 pm

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