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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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Today
12:00 pm - 12:00 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: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night, Dessert
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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Good for:
Casual Elegant

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Visitor rating
  • 25
    Excellent
  • 22
    Very good
  • 17
    Average
  • 26
    Poor
  • 47
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    2.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    2.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    2 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    2.5 of 5 stars
Most recent review
Loved it !!

We went here for our Valentine's meal and it was fantastic. The venue is perfect with lovely views over the river - the perfect setting for a romantic meal. The staff are lovely and friendly - they couldn't do more to make us feel special. The food was really excellent and great quality. We both... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed February 15, 2015
Bernard C
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Gravesend, United Kingdom
Good for:
  • Casual Elegant
  • Breakfast/Brunch
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Reservations
  • Late Night
  • Dessert
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137 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

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English first
Gravesend, United Kingdom
Senior Contributor
38 reviews 38 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 15, 2015

We went here for our Valentine's meal and it was fantastic. The venue is perfect with lovely views over the river - the perfect setting for a romantic meal. The staff are lovely and friendly - they couldn't do more to make us feel special. The food was really excellent and great quality. We both had steaks which were really... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 1, 2015

Lovely and delicious Christmas dinner! Excellent service, the staff is friendly and polite. Thank you for the magical Christmas!

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Longfield, United Kingdom
Senior Reviewer
6 reviews 6 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 1, 2015

The restaurant is in a great position overlooking the Thames. The waitress was very helpful and pleasant. The food was reasonable if a little overpriced. My main criticism was that the place was very cold. The staff tried to supplement the heating with 2 electric fires to little effect. The outside temperature was around zero but the temperature in the... More 

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed January 11, 2015

Extremely rude from moment I stepped in also restaurant cold! No heater given to us! We had to ask to order our food! Also had a young baby and wasn't asked if we needed a high chair just all together bad service ! Plus rudeness

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Anastasia Z, Owner at Riva Waterside Restaurant and Bar, responded to this review

We are sorry to hear that you did not have a good time. I will pass your comments to the staff to ensure that they take extra care of the customers in the future. Would you be able to confirm to us when you have visited the restaurant in order for us to be able to talk to relevant staff.... More 

London, United Kingdom
Senior Contributor
34 reviews 34 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 7, 2015

I went there for the New Years Eve VIP party in the Restaurant area, It was a great Evening and Food(Finger Buffet) was great and would go again. Only thing I would say is that the Toilets are shared with the Bar area and should be separate also there should have been security on the door to the VIP area... More 

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London, United Kingdom
1 review
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed December 13, 2014

Terrible customer service and horrible food; a truly disappointing experience. We PRE-ORDERED our food as a large group booking. My food was tasteless and not cooked to my liking (the meat was almost raw), I complained and asked to be given another meal in its place, the waitress was very rude and unaccommodating, her response was "there's nothing we can... More 

Was this review helpful? Yes 5
Gravesend, United Kingdom
Contributor
14 reviews 14 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed November 5, 2014

Could not have a better location --watching the busy Thames at sunset. But service very slow and food just ok. Could be the premier restaurant in Gravesend if they made an effort.

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Kent
Top Contributor
53 reviews 53 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
62 helpful votes 62 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed October 9, 2014

Eight of our family ate here in July. We chose it for the views. But views do not make for a good meal. We paid £17 a head for steak and have better at Wetherspoons! Very tough, and elderly parents were not able to eat it. The staff look so down most of the time, difficult to get a smile... More 

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Rochester, United Kingdom
Top Contributor
82 reviews 82 reviews
49 restaurant reviews
56 helpful votes 56 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 7, 2014

Having read some of the reviews about this place I thought booking it for my wife's birthday was a risk. Well, she loves it, the decor, the view of the river, the food and the good service. We had a tasty French onion soup for a starter followed by the pork loin and the rump steak. I have to wonder... More 

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Kent
Senior Reviewer
7 reviews 7 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 23, 2014

This restaurant has a prime location and could do so much better. The food is average and overpriced although we found the staff quite accommodating and not rude as in other reviews. The one thing that was irritating only 2 of us could enjoy the view the others had their back to the view. Why not turn the tables so... More 

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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: 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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