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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 - 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: Late Night, Lunch, Dinner, Free Wifi, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff
Good for: Scenic view
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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  • 37
    Excellent
  • 39
    Very good
  • 28
    Average
  • 36
    Poor
  • 51
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    3 of 5 stars
    Service
    3 of 5 stars
  • Value
    2.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    3 of 5 stars
Great Location

Great Location, staff were very friendly and our table of four had three courses each and with the exception of the pork (it was tough) the rest of the meals were fantastic. I'm surprised to read some of these other reviews. Make sure you get booked in the restaurant and not the Bar. We will... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 3 weeks ago
TracyB1007
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Gravesend, United Kingdom
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West Malling, United Kingdom
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30 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

4 of us came on a Groupon voucher so the price was really inexpensive at £54 for 3 courses for 4 people. The service was exemplary, waiters and manager exceptionally friendly and attentive, the food simply excellent, and the location is outstanding. The ambience could have been better but this was a quiet evening mid-week; it'll doubtless be buzzing on... More 

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Thank SteveLeeGB
Gravesend, United Kingdom
2 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Great Location, staff were very friendly and our table of four had three courses each and with the exception of the pork (it was tough) the rest of the meals were fantastic. I'm surprised to read some of these other reviews. Make sure you get booked in the restaurant and not the Bar. We will definitely be returning and i'm... More 

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Thank TracyB1007
Bexley, United Kingdom
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30 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Visited here last year. Great to sit and watch the river roll by whilst eating some very nice food. Unfortunately, when I rang to book for today, they refused to allow us to use two Tastecards for a four person booking. Seems rather odd because, if our friends came and went to sit at a separate table they could have... More 

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Thank Mummybear1976
London, United Kingdom
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17 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Freezing cold - no heating Very few customers Dull menu - some dishes not available Low quality food - looked like it was from the freezer at Tesco Small portions No atmosphere Had to ask for cream with chocolate fudge cake - the cream was off (disgustingly off) Massively overpriced 12.5% service charge added to the bill - what a... More 

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Thank NannyEve
Leigh-on Sea, United Kingdom
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79 reviews
42 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 46 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

my best friend and I love a quirky restaurant, so for my birthday he took me here as it was on the water. location was lovely and so beautiful to look out over the water on a sunny. value for money was excellent and the food was better than some michelin star restaurants that I have dined in. but about... More 

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Thank Joseph M
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7 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed January 3, 2016

Went there just before new year with my friends, restaurant is cold, not many choices on the menu. We booked the table and staff confirmed on the phone that she give us the table next to the window but when we got there it's not what we expected so we asked one of the staff to change for us. She... More 

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Thank Ningy N
London, United Kingdom
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28 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed December 30, 2015 via mobile

Went in on groupon visit with my wife. Excellent value for money but would not want to pay full price for it . Had to sit in bar, initially ok, but became noisy later. Missed out on views over the river. Waitress very nice, but she was overworked as she also covered the bar, service slowed down as more customers... More 

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Thank MBCMark
Gravesend, England, United Kingdom
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7 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed December 27, 2015

Bad staff, even worse food and service , and lack of heating and. I will never return to this so called restaurant

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Thank RiverJim
Kent, United Kingdom
1 review
1 of 5 stars Reviewed December 24, 2015

Went there on the 23rd December with my partner and his parents who are in there 70's. Freezing cannot even describe how cold it was we all had to keep our coats on all night in my opinion we should have been told when I booked it and we would have cancelled. They have ha a problem with the heating... More 

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Thank mich5715
Grays Thurrock, United Kingdom
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47 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 48 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 22, 2015

This restaurant has improved since our last visit although the 12.5% gratuity levy is imposed upon your bill without option ( Diners have this removed and leave what you wish). On a positive side, the location is very good over looking the river which is great in the evening. On a negative side, people snorting cocaine in the toilets was... 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: Seafood, Mediterranean, British

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Good for: Scenic view

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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