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Riva Waterside Restaurant and Bar

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Town Pier, Gravesend DA11 0BJ, England
01474 364694
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12:00 pm - 1:00 am
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Hours:
Sun 12:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Mon - Thu 12:00 pm - 12:00 am
Fri - Sat 12:00 pm - 1:00 am
Dining options: Lunch, Late Night, Breakfast, Dinner, Reservations
Description: At Riva we pride ourselves on offering our customers fine modern...
At Riva we pride ourselves on offering our customers fine modern Mediterranean cuisine served to you in a relaxing atmosphere. Situated directly over the River Thames on the oldest surviving cast iron pier in the world the panoramic views are as breath taking as the cuisine itself.Riva’s newly refurbished bar is a fabulous addition to the restaurant serving an extensive range o f stylish cocktails, wide range of Champagnes, wines by the glass and appetising nibbles.Located in the heart of Gravesend's Heritage Quarter, Riva is the perfect destination for that special occasion. Come in have a meal, drink some wine and relax. Have a conversation with friends, colleagues and family while you enjoy a calm pleasant surrounding taking you back to 1834.Whatever the occasion… From breakfast meetings, luncheons to gatherings of family & friends we have "that perfect place", offering an A La Carte and set menus as well as simple bar snacks, canapés, buffets and private lunch or dinner parties.
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  • 23
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Rating summary
  • Food
    2.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    3 of 5 stars
  • Value
    2.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    3 of 5 stars
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A good if unspectacular meal. We used the groupon coupon thankfully as the prices of the food seemed a little high. Great location though. Probably wouldn't return.

3 of 5 starsReviewed July 27, 2015
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Gravesend, England, United Kingdom
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English first
Kent, United Kingdom
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2015 NEW

After receiving poor customer service on the phone we was very dubious of eating here. On arrival we was told of a couple of dishes that were not available. I asked a question about vouchers we was purchased and was greeted with a very rude 'No' When our main meals arrived my prawns were mushy and not edible. When I... More 

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Greenhithe, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2015 NEW

I had Sunday lunch with a friend at Riva yesterday. The food was delicious and the service brilliant. Added to that our table overlooked the Thames. Well worth a visit.

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Kent, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2015 NEW

6 of us went for a birthday meal here on the 17 August and I have to say we were all pleasantly surprised. Tables Well spaced out so you didn't feel squashed or uncomfortable. Very attentive and friendly staff. Food was devine and beautifully presented and well spaced out between courses. Atmosphere was very relaxing. I had heard a few... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2015

Had a meal at Riva last night with friends. Lovely venue, food was good and staff very friendly. We all agreed we would certainly visit again.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2015

Took my brother there to celebrate his birthday on Saturday 8 August. Used a Groupon deal but was still treated like royalty, staff very attentive. Both chose the crab cakes to start with a chilli dip (with a wonderful kick). I had confit duck - to die for! Bro had calves liver and said was really good. Followed by a... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2015

We revisited The Riva after probably 7-8 years, after which visit we vouched never to return! New owners, good value voucher so why not try again. We're glad we did. It's a wonderful position overlooking the Thames with a surprisingly large number of sizeable ships passing. Voucher customers during week eat in the bar but on Fridays are allowed into... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2015

Well where do I start...the beginning sounds good. Myself and my wife have 2 beautiful babies and decided to go out on a date night as if you are a couple I the same circumstances you would know you both still need time without our children to be a couple. So we thought lets go to Riva bar, which we... More 

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Kent
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 2, 2015

We had a Groupon voucher and visited the restaurant on the 30th July. We have been before but because the food is so average and also overpriced Would not have gone back had we not had the offer. We love the view...the food was fine..the waitress attentive ....filling our glasses as we emptied them and all in all a lovely... More 

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Gravesend, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2015

dined here on Saturday 1/8/15 I had a problem and couldent make it to a previously booked night but Anastasia sorted this out for me with no fuss and rebooked as I required 10/10.. we had thai crab cakes to start and these are excellent with real care going into the spicy flavours.10/10. mains, the burger , and a perfectly... More 

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Gravesend, England, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2015

A good if unspectacular meal. We used the groupon coupon thankfully as the prices of the food seemed a little high. Great location though. Probably wouldn't return.

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: Town Pier, Gravesend DA11 0BJ, England
  • Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  England  >  Kent  >  Gravesend
  • Phone Number: 01474 364694

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 40 - 101
  • Cuisine: Seafood, Mediterranean

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant

Description

At Riva we pride ourselves on offering our customers fine modern Mediterranean cuisine served to you in a relaxing atmosphere. Situated directly over the River Thames on the oldest surviving cast iron pier in the world the panoramic views are as breath taking as the cuisine itself.Riva’s newly refurbished bar is a fabulous addition to the restaurant serving an extensive range o f stylish cocktails, wide range of Champagnes, wines by the glass and appetising nibbles.Located in the heart of Gravesend's Heritage Quarter, Riva is the perfect destination for that special occasion. Come in have a meal, drink some wine and relax. Have a conversation with friends, colleagues and family while you enjoy a calm pleasant surrounding taking you back to 1834.Whatever the occasion… From breakfast meetings, luncheons to gatherings of family & friends we have "that perfect place", offering an A La Carte and set menus as well as simple bar snacks, canapés, buffets and private lunch or dinner parties.
Open Hours
Sunday
12:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Monday
12:00 pm - 12:00 am
Tuesday
12:00 pm - 12:00 am
Wednesday
12:00 pm - 12:00 am
Thursday
12:00 pm - 12:00 am
Friday
12:00 pm - 1:00 am
Saturday
12:00 pm - 1:00 am

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