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Riviera Cafe

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225 W 4th St, Corner of 7th Avenue and West 4th Street, New York City, NY 10014
+1 212-929-3250
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12:00 pm - 1:00 am
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Mon - Fri 12:00 pm - 1:00 am
Sat 12:00 pm - 2:00 am
Dining options: Lunch
Description: Riviera Cafe & Sports Bar is Greenwich Village's original outdoor cafe and...
Riviera Cafe & Sports Bar is Greenwich Village's original outdoor cafe and sports bar, serving NYC since 1969. Our spot is perfect for grabbing a bite to eat, watching the game, or simply hanging out with your favorite people. With our indoor restaurant, an enclosed greenhouse area, and two open patio areas, the Riviera offers a great atmosphere to relax, dine and enjoy any season in New York City! We offer a fantastic mix of traditional bar food, American favorites, and a few fusion influences guaranteed to delight your tastebuds. Enjoy daily specials and happy hours as well.
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Rating summary
  • Food
    3 of 5 stars
    Service
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    3.5 of 5 stars
The outdoor seating areas are great for people watching.

Set in Sheridan Square in the West Village, this is a great place for some inexpensive eats. The weekday lunch specials at 10 bucks, a nice selection of food and a drink, should not be missed. The outdoor seating areas are great for leisurely eats and drinks. Okay, so it is not exactly like... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed May 29, 2015
Paul M
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New York City, New York
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Spokane, Washington
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250 reviews
113 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 91 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2015

We stopped by for a quick dinner. Poor choice. The servers were apathetic and the food was relatively tasteless. The Thai salad was more of a salad with avocado, lettuce, and bean sprouts plus a weak peanut dressing

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Steve S, Manager at Riviera Cafe, responded to this review

We're really sorry to see that both our food and service let you down. At the end of the day, we simply want to give you the best experience possible, and if we drop the ball in any way at all, we hope you'll bring it to our attention immediately so that we can begin to make things right. Had... More 

Providence, Rhode Island
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98 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 54 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015

We sat outside at a small table. it was at 10pm at night and the lighting was terrible on the side of the building. It took some time after the hostess to seated us for the waiter to even acknowledge us. He then took our order and someone else delivered it. After we ate we then had to go to... More 

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Steve S, Manager at Riviera Cafe, responded to this review

Sorry Tom. We don't have ANY lighting on "the side of the building" and never have. If you wanted light all you had to do was ask and we could have re-located you to the front area outside where there is plenty of light. Gay Pride Day this year was overwhelming and we had everyone working "doubles" to take care... More 

New York City, New York
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40 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 29, 2015

Set in Sheridan Square in the West Village, this is a great place for some inexpensive eats. The weekday lunch specials at 10 bucks, a nice selection of food and a drink, should not be missed. The outdoor seating areas are great for leisurely eats and drinks. Okay, so it is not exactly like sitting in a Paris café with... More 

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Steve S, Manager at Riviera Cafe, responded to this review

Paul, we're happy to know you got to enjoy a nice drink and some people watching with us. Thanks for being a fan of ours -- we look forward to seeing you again next time you're in the mood for some Sangria. 'Til then, Steve and Mauricio More 

Sydney
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145 reviews
70 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 78 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015

The Riviera appears to be a place where you can have an inexpensive meal and drink cheaply....all with sports playing in the background. Waiters have no knowledge of the menu, service is slow and the food standard is pretty average. Whilst I probably wouldn't return for dinner it's probably good for drinks and bar food.

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Steve S, Manager at Riviera Cafe, responded to this review

We appreciate your honest assessment, but we do wish that we could hit all the points of service you would expect. Reading that our servers have "no knowledge of the menu" is disconcerting, so we'll definitely get with the team armed with this feedback. Thanks so much for paying us a visit -- we hope to see you again sooner... More 

New Jersey
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15 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed May 15, 2015

Have eaten here on a regular basis in the past. It is a convenient location and the food was good. But the last three times the service has been very slow and poor. Each time I told myself that I would give it another try, but no longer. This last time, I was seated by the manager and he took... More 

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Steve S, Manager at Riviera Cafe, responded to this review

VonBreton, we're sorry that you got slower-than-normal service on multiple occasions. Of course, this is not something we ever want for our customers, - trust us when we say we've taken it to heart. We can assure you we're doing everything we can to improve the speed and attentiveness of our service. We hope you'll come back. Thank you for... More 

Trondheim, Norway
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83 reviews
41 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 10, 2015

After staying uptown some days we went down here to eat before Jazz at Smalls next door. Pleasant reception, quick service, good food - and cheap! The appetizers are like a full meal.

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Steve S, Manager at Riviera Cafe, responded to this review

Thanks for stopping by on your way to the show! We're glad to be the ones to provide a little snack for you while you're out and about. Next time you're in the area, of course, we'd love to see you again. All the best, Steve and Mauricio More 

Chicago, Illinois
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52 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 29, 2015

We stopped in for a late night meal while wandering around the west village. It was decent weather night so we ate at their outdoor seating. The food was decent and the service was friendly, as others have noted. The Sheridan Square location just steps from the historic Stonewall Inn makes the location the key factor to consider. To be... More 

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Steve S, Manager at Riviera Cafe, responded to this review

Thanks for stopping in to see us on your trip! We're glad you had a good time and got a chance to enjoy the terrace seating. If you're ever back in the area, of course, we'd love to have you back for another visit. All the best, Steve and Mauricio More 

New York City, New York
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72 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 13, 2015 credit card Amex Card Member Review

A sports bar that also has a quaint, Village feel to it. Predictable bar food (chili, burgers, nachos) and good, strong drinks make this a lively, fun, place

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Steve S, Manager at Riviera Cafe, responded to this review

It's super awesome to hear that you've had a fun time with us, Joe! We're loving that you've enjoyed the vibe we've got going on, and know we'd love to have you back for some drinks anytime! Our $5 Happy Hour is good at any hour from open to close! Cheers, Steve and Mauricio More 

New York City, New York
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9 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed November 9, 2014

This is another neighborhood joint that has just gone right down the tubes. I live in the neighborhood and have been coming here for the past 37 years. I came here about 6 months ago. The service was terrible. The food was worse. I thought it was just a bad day. I came again because it wasn't crowded. I like... More 

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Williamsburg, Virginia
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158 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 197 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 5, 2014

We wandered Greenwich on a Saturday night and didn’t want to muck out the 90-minute waits in many of the smaller restaurants. Good or bad, the Riviera had plenty of seating. We decided to give it a shot. The wait staff was attentive and friendly. The food was ok. Not spectacular, but good. For the most part, the menu is... More 

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Steve S, Manager at Riviera Cafe, responded to this review

We're glad you stopped by! We know how frustrating those long waits can be in Greenwich, so we're happy you were able to avoid them. Thanks for leaving us this, and we hope to see you back soon! We also have a great Sat-Sun brunch for $14.95 with unlimited mimosas and bloody mary's and a nightly dinner special also for... More 

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Address: 225 W 4th St, Corner of 7th Avenue and West 4th Street, New York City, NY 10014
Phone Number: +1 212-929-3250
Location: United States  >  New York (NY)  >  New York City>  > West Village
Open Hours:
Monday 12:00 pm - 1:00 am
Tuesday 12:00 pm - 1:00 am
Wednesday 12:00 pm - 1:00 am
Thursday 12:00 pm - 1:00 am
Friday 12:00 pm - 1:00 am
Saturday 12:00 pm - 2:00 am
Average Prices: USD 5 - 15
Cuisine: American

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Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 225 W 4th St, Corner of 7th Avenue and West 4th Street, New York City, NY 10014
  • Location: United States  >  New York (NY)  >  New York City>  > West Village
  • Neighborhood: West Village
  • Phone Number: +1 212-929-3250

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 5 - 15
  • Cuisine: American

Description

Riviera Cafe & Sports Bar is Greenwich Village's original outdoor cafe and sports bar, serving NYC since 1969. Our spot is perfect for grabbing a bite to eat, watching the game, or simply hanging out with your favorite people. With our indoor restaurant, an enclosed greenhouse area, and two open patio areas, the Riviera offers a great atmosphere to relax, dine and enjoy any season in New York City! We offer a fantastic mix of traditional bar food, American favorites, and a few fusion influences guaranteed to delight your tastebuds. Enjoy daily specials and happy hours as well.
Open Hours
Monday
12:00 pm - 1:00 am
Tuesday
12:00 pm - 1:00 am
Wednesday
12:00 pm - 1:00 am
Thursday
12:00 pm - 1:00 am
Friday
12:00 pm - 1:00 am
Saturday
12:00 pm - 2:00 am

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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?

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