Excellent food. Nice the ambiance with the pianist and the young lady singer.
Worst service we experienced in NYC. Four of us came here for pre-show dinner. We had 5:45 pm reservation for 8 pm show. We arrived on time and were seated by the busboy. As soon as we sat down, a large group with no reservation walked in and asked the matre' d (who appeared to be the only waiter) if they had table for 11 people. The large group was seated and the waiter immediately attended to this group (took drink and food orders...). Meanwhile, we along with patrons of three other tables - all had reservations - were being completed ignored. We had to ask the busboy to bring us menus and waited over 40 minutes before a waiter came to our table and took orders. We then waited for another half an hour for our food. That walk-in group finished eating and paid their check before our food came out! As a result, we didn't have time to finish our meal before having to leave and catch the show. For what they charge for, food quality is mediocre but the service was unacceptable!
Nothing special about the food, service was awkward.
Great food , service and music made for a wonderful evening!
Reasonably priced pre-theater place with tasty Italian dishes, fresh seafood and vegetables, and friendly waitstaff.
La Rivista never disappoints.
This quaint place was perfect for our pre show dinner date. We were a bit late for our reservation but it was no problem to be seated. I loved the ambiance and the atmosphere! It was a bit warm since the doors were open to the patio but with time, it cooled down. The staff was very nice, the menu we chose was a fixed price with great options in each category and affordable! The servings were adequate and just an enjoyable experience. We will definitely be back!
Their sauces have a flavor like no other. I can’t put my finger on it but the only thing that compares is when I visit Italy. We visit every time we come to New York and sometimes two or three times! You won’t be disappointed
Great meal. Great ambiance. Right on restaurant row. Lovely. Will come again. Pate, caprese, polenta appetizers were great Beal entrees too. Great cappuccino and dessert.
It was our first visit and we were a bit confused because we didn’t realize it was also Broadway Joe’s Steakhouse but when we went in we were greeted & seated promptly. The food was delicious plus you had so many choices - the regular menu, the specials menu & a price fixed menu. The service was attentive and the ambiance was terrific. I would definitely return and will recommend it to anyone looking for a good restaurant in the theater district.
Great all around. The piano music during dinner was an added plus.
This is a "classic" Italian restaurant. It serves everything you'd expect in such a menu, extremely well prepared and delicious. This is comfort food. This is not a food adventure. But if you want a really well prepared scaloppine, this is a great choice. If, to you, that's a cliché, this isn't your restaurant. We loved it.
I thought they should have a list of wine by the glass especially if one glass costs $16
Great food and service at this Restaurant Row establishment which we frequent several times each year. The portions are appropriate and the food is always pleasing.
This was our second time at La Rivista. It is a wonderful restaurant right on restaurant row near all the theaters. Our food was delicious and well as the wine. We will be back soon.
The service was great and the food was exceptionally.
Food and service were very good. Price of the cocktails were shocking when we got the bill! We each had 2 cosmopolitans (which were not the best we every tasted, but the most expensive). The price for 4 cocktails surpassed the price of 2 price fixe meals. I like the atmosphere, but don't think I will go back any time in the near future!
The environment is calming, tranquil and charming. The servers are friendly and helpful. The food is out of this world. We had the lasagna and my son said that it was the best that he had had in him life. The chocolate mousse cake was fabulous!
This is a special place for us for sentimental reasons. It is a nice long-time operation with dependable and comfortable ambience and service. It's not trendy or chaotic, just a nice quiet place for dinner in a smaller venue with a piano and live entertainment. Insider tip: make sure to ask the maitre d' for wine suggestions and offerings which may not be on the wine list. We've found a few lesser known wines that way.
We had a delicious meal. Three of us ordered from the reasonably priced prix fixe menu and enjoyed chicken, fish, and porcini ravioli. Appetizers were also very good. The desserts were excellent- especially the tiramisu. I would definitely go back. Service was excellent and we got to our 7:30 curtain on time.
the staff was very accommodating and quick to take our order, our food was a little scarce but tasted good.
Very reasonable price and close to the theater. They had me at my play in no time. I wouldn't go out of my way for La Rivista though.
This is basically a neighborhood Italian restaurant that happens to be in the theater district. Our hold pre-theater haunt of Da Rosina closed, and Joe Allen, our other "regular" was booked, so we gave La Rivista a try. It's pretty good; it's not a Michelin restaurant, it doesn't try to be. The service was a bit rushed, but that's fine if you, like we were, trying to make a curtain. But we still managed to be there for 90 minutes without feeling like we overstayed our welcome. They were very friendly, the food was fine, and my wife, the pickiest eater in the universe, was happy. So yes, we will be going back.
I had the minestrone, which was OK, and the risotto with fava beans and shrimp, which was also OK. The shrimp was just the slightest overcooked, but the dish was all about the rice, as it should be.
We had the price fix menue before a show. Service was great - there was plenty of time to get to a matinee . The wine was a large pour. Great selections. We were really happy with everything.
Can not say enough about this place. Everything was perfect. Service was attentive and the food was outstanding. Each plate better than the other. And the pre-theater price of $30 was a steal. Can’t wait to go back
Superb will try to get there as often as I can. Will definitely recommend to everyone that I know.
The food, service, and atmosphere are excellent. The mushroom ravioli was a delicacy!
We had an early dinner and opted for the fix menu which contained a nice selection. However, my husband and I were not impressed with the food (chicken was dried and shrimp with risotto no much flavor). Service and ambiance were very good. If you go, I will recomend to choose from the main menu since I see so many good reviews about the food in open table.
Always delicious with outstanding service. I highly recommend this lovely restaurant. Live music too!!! In a city full of wonderful restaurants La Rivista is the tops.
Awesome drinks and food!
Lovely pre theater spot with a great price fix menu. Service is top notch and the food is very good. They can get you in and out fairly quick but you can also dine leisurely without feeling rushed. Reservations recommended but they will always try to accommodate walk in’s.
The restaurant was nice, but we were underwhelmed by the presentation of the food. We did the price fixed menu. I could’ve made the same stuff at home.
Meh. Service was so slow and inattentive that although we got there with 2 hours to spare for dinner pre-theatre, the 3 of us that ordered the pre-fixe dinner left without dessert. The food, while good enough, was nothing special. The wait staff was either spread too thin or asleep on the job. I had to ask for water, menus, to place our order, and the check when we finished (without dessert). So underwhelmed. I should’ve known it wouldn’t be great given that there were still open seats the day before our show, but I was optimistic anyways based on some good reviews posted here. I was wrong. So many better choices.
Good place to go before a Broadway show.
The food was fantastic. The servers were attentive and friendly. The atmosphere was perfect for a small get together with family. Overall this was a great experience.
We celebrated my birthday and I have to say, it was the best Italian dinner I ever had. And, the wait staff was excellent and so nice and professional. I LOVE LA RIVISTA and would recommend to any family, friends or theater goers. GO ......................YOU WILL NOT BE DISAPPOINTED !
Food was great! Place is quaint! Waiter was ok hardly seen him.
Show dinner. The prefix was exceptional.... $30 and all inclusive!
I love coming to La Rivista after or before shows because they understand the time limits. Before we even got our coat off, bread was on the table and the cheese man was waiting for us. They never rush you, yet they are anticipating everything you need. I love that you can get a price fix menu on a Saturday evening, and the service is excellent!!