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survey result

Summary

£82
 ££££
5
Exceptional
4
Very Good
2
Average
* Based on a three course dinner, half a bottle of wine, coffee, cover charge, service and VAT.

“Really special cooking”“simple, seasonal northern Italian dishes with excellent daily specials” – has won a star-studded following amongst food writers for Andreas Riva’s Barnes fixture of over 30 years standing (Fay Maschler, Nigella Lawson and the late AA Gill have all cited it as a favourite). The uninitiated sometimes find its attractions pass them by and even fans admit that the “ambience, while OK, could do with a bit of a spruce up”. “This is such an iconic restaurant” for its fan club though that all is easily forgiven – “I keep coming back year in year out and the quality of the food has not diminished and speaks for itself. Looking forward to our next meal already!”

Summary

£79
 ££££
3
Good
4
Very Good
2
Average
* Based on a three course dinner, half a bottle of wine, coffee, cover charge, service and VAT.

With the closure of Hammersmith Bridge, this Barnes stalwart of over 30 years’ standing is no longer an easy Uber ride away for much of the fooderati (it’s oft-cited by celeb chefs and the foodie in-crowd as a go-to Italian). Perhaps that’s why feedback on it post-pandemic is very much more limited and more local than it was in times gone by. Devotees, though, still say it’s an “old favourite”, with “the same dependable Northern Italian cooking… What more can one ask?”

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”.

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169 Church Rd, London, SW13 9HR

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.
David S
Serious, and seriously delicious, food, ser...
Reviewed 2 months, 25 days ago

"Serious, and seriously delicious, food, served in a space which while simple helps to focus attention on what matters (no music, thank goodness). Specials of punterelle, gnocchi and suckling pig, and the calves liver and red onions from the menu, together with a dessert of tiramisu, were all faultless. Wines by the glass - a Pinot Bianco and a Tuscan Sangiovese - matched beautifully and were modestly-priced. The service was delightful: efficient, and warm and friendly. Our first visit: what a find!"

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Prices

Traditional European menu

Starter Main Veggies Pudding
£13.00 £23.50 £8.00 £7.50
Drinks  
Wine per bottle £44.00
Filter Coffee £4.50
Extras  
Bread £0.00
Service 12.50%
169 Church Rd, London, SW13 9HR
Opening hours
MondayCLOSED
Tuesday12 pm‑2:30 pm, 6:30 pm‑10 pm
Wednesday12 pm‑2:30 pm, 6:30 pm‑10 pm
Thursday12 pm‑2:30 pm, 6:30 pm‑10 pm
Friday12 pm‑2:30 pm, 6:30 pm‑10 pm
Saturday12 pm‑2:30 pm, 6:30 pm‑10 pm
Sunday12 pm‑3 pm, 6:30 pm‑9 pm

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