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Rivington Grill - Souk al Bahar

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Level 3, Souk al Bahar | Downtown, Dubai, United Arab Emirates
+971 4 423 0903
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12:00 pm - 11:00 pm
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Hours:
Sun - Sat 12:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Reservations, Delivery, Late Night
Description: Spreading its wings far from Shoreditch’s Rivington Street original in...
Spreading its wings far from Shoreditch’s Rivington Street original in London, Rivington Grill, Souk Al Bahar was the first to open in Dubai, followed by a second, Rivington Bar and Grill that opened in 2012. The restaurant, located in the cosmopolitan Downtown area, is very well known in Dubai and is famed and loved for its seasonal menu, simplistic décor, friendly staff and fantastic views. The Rivington Grill concept is ‘back to basics’ home cooked food, offering authentic British classics, with what the chef’s call ‘a Rivi twist’.The adjoining terrace is the restaurant’s highlight; sitting over the water ways of the Dubai Fountains, with the Burj Khalifa looming just meters away, it offers one of the best vistas in the city, and makes a great space for sundowners and dinner parties at dusk. As well as the á la carte menu and the blackboard specials, the restaurant also offers ‘The Rivi Lunch Hour’ which is a new take on the common ‘business lunch’, where a 2 course lunch will be all done and dusted within an hour for just 100 AED.
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Good for:
Outdoor seating

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Visitor rating
  • 187
    Excellent
  • 112
    Very good
  • 47
    Average
  • 17
    Poor
  • 8
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
Most recent review
The need more staff

We called in here last Wednesday on the off chance that we would get a table outside on the balcony and then found that there was no chance of that happening without a prior booking, but we decided to eat there anyway. We waited absolutely ages for someone to come and take our order but they were... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed March 3, 2015
Trish36
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Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom
Good for:
  • Outdoor seating
  • Breakfast/Brunch
  • Reservations
  • Delivery
  • Late Night
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Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom
Top Contributor
152 reviews 152 reviews
95 restaurant reviews
127 helpful votes 127 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 3, 2015 NEW

We called in here last Wednesday on the off chance that we would get a table outside on the balcony and then found that there was no chance of that happening without a prior booking, but we decided to eat there anyway. We waited absolutely ages for someone to come and take our order but they were very, very busy.... More 

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52 reviews 52 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
39 helpful votes 39 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 2, 2015 NEW

I had been to this restaurant a couple of years back and remember it to be brilliant. The location was and is great, with an impressive view on the Dubai fountains from most tables. The idea of the restaurant is to offer traditional British cooking at a high level with an haute cuisine twist. Now, the problem is the food.... More 

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Jumeirah Restau... M, General Manager at Rivington Grill - Souk al Bahar, responded to this review

Dear Guest, Thank you for your time and your feedback is appreciated. I am disappointed that the food quality did not live up to your expectations. I can however assure you that we at Rivington take immense pride in our food quality and menu options. It is in saying this that i do have some good news for you and... More 

London
Senior Reviewer
9 reviews 9 reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 28, 2015 NEW

Lucky enough to be on the terrace on Valentine's day.Starter and desert on the Valentine's menu were superb unfortunately the chateaubriand for two wasn't enough to feed my 12 year old !! Spoilt the meal and embarrassed my company who had the substantial scotch fillet steak. Good value if you order right !

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Jumeirah Restau... M, General Manager at Rivington Grill - Souk al Bahar, responded to this review

Dear Guest, Thank you for not only positing a review, but for choosing Rivington Grill as your Valentines destination. I am delighted that the deserts & starters as well as the service was to your liking but am disappointed that the Chateaubriand was not substantial enough. I will pass this on to my chef and will look to correct this.... More 

Chobham, United Kingdom
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52 reviews 52 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 27, 2015 NEW

I tried to send an email directly to the restaurant but there website redirects to a free spanish music site- strange. In any case Had an agreeable meal at the Souk al Bahar Restaurant on Tuesday February 24th. The service was friendly an efficient in a sort of fake way and a little pushy with selling us more drinks but... More 

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Jumeirah Restau... M, General Manager at Rivington Grill - Souk al Bahar, responded to this review

Dear Douglas, Thank you for taking the time to post a review. Your feedback is of a very serious nature and one i would like to discuss further with you. We follow strict controls within our kitchens and would appreciate it if you could e-mail me directly at mark.cross@jumeirah.com to further investigate this matter. I am heartened that you would... More 

London, United Kingdom
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3 reviews 3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 26, 2015 NEW via mobile

Had the opportunity to share the great food, service and location with friends stopping over on a first time visit. We have had several previous meals here and the quality and consistency (both service and food) cannot be faulted.

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Jumeirah Restau... M, General Manager at Rivington Grill - Souk al Bahar, responded to this review

Dear Fuaim Thank you for your wonderful comments and for taking the time to post it on Trip Advisor. i am delighted that we've consistently met your expectations and hopefully exceeded them as well. It is especially pleasing when we get it right collectively as a team and the more so when guests take the time to provide feedback. My... More 

Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Senior Contributor
45 reviews 45 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 26, 2015 NEW

After many visits over the first two years of the Rivington that I thoroughly enjoyed, I took a break and happened to be back three times over the past four months. These last experiences were very consistent in their heights and their lows. First of all, the one thing that stands out: the quality of ingredients sourced. Everything is of... More 

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Jumeirah Restau... M, General Manager at Rivington Grill - Souk al Bahar, responded to this review

Dear Guest Thank you for taking the time to post a review. I am delighted that you enjoyed the quality of our ingredients, but am disappointed that you felt the service is not where it should be. We do try not to rush guests and all our dishes are made to order and not pre-prepared. We take immense pride in... More 

Hitchin, United Kingdom
Top Contributor
95 reviews 95 reviews
81 restaurant reviews
67 helpful votes 67 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 24, 2015 via mobile

This was our second visit to the Rivington Grill. This time we came as a party of 6, and booked well in advance to request a table on the terrace. We were given an excellent table, and for our family members who had not been before, it was their first experience of the fountains. Typical English fayre including fish &... More 

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Jumeirah Restau... M, General Manager at Rivington Grill - Souk al Bahar, responded to this review

Dear Val, What a pleasure it is to read such a wonderful review and am truly thankful for your wonderful feedback. Your review highlights the aspects we take immense pride in and am delighted that we delivered on the high standards we set ourselves. Our fish & chips & pie of the day, is hugely popular with our guest and... More 

Doha, Qatar
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12 reviews 12 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 23, 2015

This is a great spot to watch the fountains if you can score a seat on the balcony outside. The food is nice but definitely not "wow factor". I had fish and chips which I enjoyed but not the best I'd ever had. Same feelings were shared on the burger. Also the service was very slow - it took almost... More 

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Jumeirah Restau... M, General Manager at Rivington Grill - Souk al Bahar, responded to this review

Dear Georgina Thank you for taking the time to write a review on your recent visit to Rivington Grill in Souk Al Bahar. I was disappointed that you felt your experience was above average. We at the Rivington do not try to rush food to our guests, we serve starters, and once cleared only then prepare the main course. This... More 

London, United Kingdom
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4 reviews 4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 22, 2015

This is a great place to eat whilst watching the Dubai fountains, book in advance and request a table on the terrace, its not guaranteed but we have always been lucky. This was our second time eating here and we weren't disappointed. The food and service are excellent, the area around is buzzy, it's a great evening out for a... More 

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Jumeirah Restau... M, General Manager at Rivington Grill - Souk al Bahar, responded to this review

Dear Liz, Wonderful Review, and thank you so much for taking the time. You review is especially pleasing as i think most tourists initially would think "Wonderful Spot to watch the show" as you've mentioned, but, as your review continues you then made mention of the wonderful attentive service and the quality unpretetious food and that is the beauty of... More 

australia
Top Contributor
95 reviews 95 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
40 helpful votes 40 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 22, 2015

My family took me to this restaurant for my birthday dinner. We had a table on the balcony and watched the half hourly fountain displays. Amazing. Very attentive staff and very good food.

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Jumeirah Restau... M, General Manager at Rivington Grill - Souk al Bahar, responded to this review

Dear Simba, Thank you for your wonderful review. When guests entrust us with the responsibility of hosting special events as important as Birthdays, we derive a special sense of pride when we not only meet but exceed your expectations. I am extremely delighed that your birthday was enjoyable & memorable and trust you'll enjoyu many more. Thank you and we... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: Level 3, Souk al Bahar | Downtown, Dubai, United Arab Emirates
  • Location: Middle East  >  United Arab Emirates  >  Emirate of Dubai  >  Dubai
  • Phone Number: +971 4 423 0903

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 40 - 160
  • Cuisine: British

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Outdoor seating

Description

Spreading its wings far from Shoreditch’s Rivington Street original in London, Rivington Grill, Souk Al Bahar was the first to open in Dubai, followed by a second, Rivington Bar and Grill that opened in 2012. The restaurant, located in the cosmopolitan Downtown area, is very well known in Dubai and is famed and loved for its seasonal menu, simplistic décor, friendly staff and fantastic views. The Rivington Grill concept is ‘back to basics’ home cooked food, offering authentic British classics, with what the chef’s call ‘a Rivi twist’.The adjoining terrace is the restaurant’s highlight; sitting over the water ways of the Dubai Fountains, with the Burj Khalifa looming just meters away, it offers one of the best vistas in the city, and makes a great space for sundowners and dinner parties at dusk. As well as the á la carte menu and the blackboard specials, the restaurant also offers ‘The Rivi Lunch Hour’ which is a new take on the common ‘business lunch’, where a 2 course lunch will be all done and dusted within an hour for just 100 AED.
Open Hours
Sunday
12:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Monday
12:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Tuesday
12:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Wednesday
12:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Thursday
12:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Friday
12:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Saturday
12:00 pm - 11:00 pm

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