La Rivista

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1220 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Italian

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"La Rivista" - what does it mean? in English it means review, or "the revue" as in a Broadway review. Different actors, singers, dancers, musicians, comedians. Hey it make sense La Rivista" located on Broadway’s famous restaurant row- we specialize in a review too. A revue of the finest dishes of the various regions of Italy. the pastas of Sicily and Naples, the lamb dishes of Abruzzi, risotto from Milan, and so on. Ladies and gentlemen for your dining pleasure we offer you the finest in Italian cuisine "with the flavor of Bologna" - a revue of the most popular dishes of the regions of Italy. Luciano and James Marchignoli.
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RM
New York Area
19 reviews
Dined on 5 October 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 2Ambience 5

Excellent food. Nice the ambiance with the pianist and the young lady singer.

F
Las Vegas
10 reviews
Dined on 4 October 2019
Overall 2Food 3Service 1Ambience 3

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!

A
San Francisco
9 reviews
Dined on 1 October 2019
Overall 2Food 2Service 1Ambience 2

Nothing special about the food, service was awkward.

A
Charleston
9 reviews
Dined on 21 September 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great food , service and music made for a wonderful evening!

N
New York Area
72 reviews
Dined on 21 September 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

Reasonably priced pre-theater place with tasty Italian dishes, fresh seafood and vegetables, and friendly waitstaff.

d
Miami
26 reviews
Dined on 14 August 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

La Rivista never disappoints.

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c
1 review
Dined on 10 August 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 3Ambience 3

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!

MW
1 review
Dined on 7 August 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

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

b
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 3 August 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

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.

SA
New York Area
16 reviews
Dined on 3 August 2019
Overall 5Food 4Service 5Ambience 4

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.

KS
Charlotte
12 reviews
Dined on 29 July 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great all around. The piano music during dinner was an added plus.

OT
Minneapolis
6 reviews
Dined on 26 July 2019
Overall 5Food 4Service 5Ambience 4

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.

a
Miami
30 reviews
Dined on 26 July 2019
Overall 3Food 3Service 4Ambience 4

I thought they should have a list of wine by the glass especially if one glass costs $16

RK
Naples
80 reviews
Dined on 18 July 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

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.

CM
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 18 July 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

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.

S
Atlantic City
65 reviews
Dined on 17 July 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

The service was great and the food was exceptionally.

C
1 review
Dined on 10 July 2019
Overall 3Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

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!

SM
1 review
Dined on 29 June 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

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!

KR
1 review
Dined on 22 June 2019
Overall 5Food 4Service 4Ambience 5

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.

BL
New York Area
49 reviews
Dined on 22 June 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

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.

r
Los Angeles
6 reviews
Dined on 19 June 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 4

the staff was very accommodating and quick to take our order, our food was a little scarce but tasted good.

m
Minneapolis
159 reviews
Dined on 18 June 2019
Overall 3Food 3Service 3Ambience 4

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.

D
New York Area
44 reviews
Dined on 15 June 2019
Overall 3Food 3Service 3Ambience 3

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.

OT
1 review
Dined on 14 June 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Anniversary

KC
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 8 June 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

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.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 6 June 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

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

LG
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on 4 June 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Superb will try to get there as often as I can. Will definitely recommend to everyone that I know.

JN
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on 1 June 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

The food, service, and atmosphere are excellent. The mushroom ravioli was a delicacy!

JE
Washington DC
27 reviews
Dined on 24 May 2019
Overall 3Food 3Service 5Ambience 5

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.

L
Indiana
10 reviews
Dined on 19 May 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

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.

OT
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on 18 May 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Awesome drinks and food!

S
Las Vegas
14 reviews
Dined on 14 May 2019
Overall 5Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

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.

MJ
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 11 May 2019
Overall 3Food 2Service 3Ambience 3

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.

OT
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on 10 May 2019
Overall 2Food 3Service 2Ambience 3

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.

OT
1 review
Dined on 4 May 2019
Overall 4Food 3Service 4Ambience 4

Good place to go before a Broadway show.

E
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on 27 April 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

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.

BB
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on 25 April 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

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 !

KB
1 review
Dined on 24 April 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 3Ambience 4

Food was great! Place is quaint! Waiter was ok hardly seen him.

TK
Columbus
2 reviews
Dined on 13 April 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Show dinner. The prefix was exceptional.... $30 and all inclusive!

RN
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 13 April 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

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!!

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