Harden's survey result
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”.
With its “exceptional” north Italian cooking and “brilliantly knowledgeable” service – much of it from owner Andreas Riva – this “pricey but first-rate” Barnes fixture remains a place of foodie pilgrimage, and it inspired few gripes this year, despite its rather “drab” interior. Top Menu Tip – “the cinnamon ice cream with balsamic sounds weird but is the best dessert in town”.
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!"
"Haven't eaten here for a couple of years, it hasn't changed one iota. Same Polish couple on the floor, still "Le Patron" prowling around and chatting to the regulars.Same top notch Northern Italian grub. Bit pricier though."
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|