La Rivista

4.3
1204 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Italian
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  • Pre/post Theatre
  • Neighbourhood Gem
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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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1 review
Dined 5 days ago
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!

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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!

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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.

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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.

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r
Los Angeles
4 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.

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m
Minneapolis
156 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.

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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.

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

Anniversary

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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.

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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

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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.

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

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

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JE
Washington DC
25 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.

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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.

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

Awesome drinks and food!

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S
Las Vegas
13 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.

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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.

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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.

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

Good place to go before a Broadway show.

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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.

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BB
New York Area
5 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 !

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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.

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

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

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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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LB
Tampa
32 reviews
Dined on 11 April 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Have been here several times. Food is always excellent. Nice atmosphere and great service. Near the theaters but not crazy like some restaurants. Also inside it is not crowded so you can have a conversation without feeling like the people at the next table can hear everything you say.

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KE
New York Area
234 reviews
Dined on 11 April 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

La Rivista has now merged with Broadway Joe's Steakhouse, so both Italian food and steaks are available. The food was very good, and there's a reasonable price-fixed dinner menu. They have a pianist, but only after 8pm.

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OT
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on 9 April 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

I always enjoy eating here when I’m visiting NY. It is a quaint atmosphere with wonderful music. It’s one of locals favorites, so you know it’s got to be good.

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TJ
New York Area
25 reviews
Dined on 6 April 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

What a find! Even though we were 30 minutes early for our reservation, the host kindly seated is right away. Every staff member we were served by was friendly and efficient. The food and wine were delicious. Out of every menu posted on Restaurant Row, this place has the best prix-fixe options and the best price! I will gladly return often.

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B
New York Area
13 reviews
Dined on 6 April 2019
Overall 5Food 4Service 4Ambience 5

Prompt seating, fun ambiance with piano and entertainment, nice wine list, good meal and conscientious service.

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SL
1 review
Dined on 6 April 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

This was a return visit for us, and we will certainly be back many many times. A true find in Times Square!

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MA
New York Area
124 reviews
Dined on 6 April 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 3

Great price fix menu with lots of great choices.

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IS
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on 30 March 2019
Overall 4Food 2Service 4Ambience 3

My husband, son & I went after seeing a play. We had a reservation but got there an hour early, they were very nice and they sat us with no problem. As it got later the restaurant became crowded and the tables are very close to each other so you could the conversations of the tables all around you.

When we first sat down the waiter can over and put a piece of parmigiano reggiano on our plates with a balsamic reduction, it was delicious. For appetizers my husband had a ceasar salad, my son had carpaccio and I had clams oreganata, the appetizers were very good and the service was very good.

For dinner my husband had veal picatta, my son had risotto with pheasant, I had veal parmigiana. My husband said his was delicious, my son said his was okay, mine was terrible. The veal tasted like cardboard, it was like something you would buy frozen in Costco. I wasn't being overly critical because my husband and son tasted it and agreed. I ate the cheese that was on top and that was all I ate of the veal.

The reason I wouldn't recommend La Rivista is because of the food and the tables being so closed together.

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EB
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 30 March 2019
Overall 2Food 2Service 2Ambience 2

Service ok food too salty host not willing to compensate us or make things right I wouldn’t recommend this restaurant

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OT
Miami
6 reviews
Dined on 26 March 2019
Overall 3Food 2Service 4Ambience 3

Main meal was sparse, two tiny pieces of potatoes, no veggies. Desserts were excellent!

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m
New York Area
138 reviews
Dined on 24 March 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Always an enjoyable meal.

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OT
1 review
Dined on 23 March 2019
Overall 1Food 1Service 1Ambience 1

This place did not honor our reservation when we got there. Their customer service is terrible and the place is dead. There were plenty of free tables yet they had no interest in serving us. Go to Amarone around the corner instead. They are friendly and the food is excellent.

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SQ
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on 22 March 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Food is always great. Noise was a little loud today but 18 college kids eating there. Once they left it was not so noisy. Decor could use a revamp it’s very tired looking. Still love this little gem in Manhattan

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RA
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on 19 March 2019
Overall 2Food 4Service 1Ambience 3

Out-of-towners we often dine here before a Broadway show. Fine pre-theater menu. BUT... but lately service can be painfully slow making dinner a clock-watching nuisance. It's one thing on a busy night, but on a night with few customers, ordering something not requiring slow cooking, time passes and the staff ignore you; the blood pressure rises. NOT GOOD! We have to reconsider our loyalty to this place.

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AA
1 review
Dined on 16 March 2019
Overall 5Food 4Service 4Ambience 3

The restaurant was phenomenal and has combined an Italian and Eclectic American Steak House present. We had 14 guests and the wait staff was very professional, the menu was quite good, and the choices of food were very diversified and great reoresnatoves of their food class. All the guests enjoyed all the appetizers and main courses and we look forward to coming back there soon.

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JR
New York Area
23 reviews
Dined on 16 March 2019
Overall 3Food 3Service 3Ambience 2

Went for a Pre-theatre dinner with friends. The restaurant was crowded and with the tables on top of one another the noise level was quite high. The food was good and the prix fixe dinner was a real bargain. The wine list had a number of good reasonably priced options

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