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#4,363 of 17,936 Restaurants in London
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169 Church Road, London SW13 9HR, England
+44 20 8748 0434
12:00 - 21:30
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Sun 12:00 - 21:30
Mon - Fri 12:00 - 22:30
Sat 19:00 - 22:30
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United Kingdom
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37 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Great food, great service, great wine!! The only problem was probably the prices, lucky I wasn't paying so easy to review. The waitress was fantastic, she has been there 22 years so she knows the score. Great wine choices with her help and the food was wonderful. I will be back when I have saved up also there were no... More 

1 Thank Marco A
London, United Kingdom
Level Contributor
23 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This place is all about the food. The restaurant itself is pretty non discript and somewhat underwhelming. Sometimes the atmosphere can be a bit stuffy. It feels a bit like a "local place for local" people. The service is good, and friendly though, but the food is exceptional. The menu is pretty complex, and when the read out the specials,... More 

1 Thank Steveh78
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27 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

My wife and I went there for lunch with a couple of friends. We knew that the late A A Gill called it his dining room. Before going in we had a pint at the Red Lion right opposite which by the way is very nice. By sheer chance we bumped into a friend there who told us that he... More 

Thank Woibam
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76 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 47 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 February 2017

Slightly disappointed with Riva in Barnes. My friends and contacts had recommended I try this place. Being a bit of a foodie, I did some research and found many positive reports online. As well, with Heston being local and apparently eating there regularly, I was even more attracted. The result? An average performance: food not warm enough / the starters:... More 

Thank lefrancais
London, UK
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91 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 61 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 January 2017

Riva is, I gather, something of an institution in Barnes - it has been here for ages, and one's first impression as one walks into a slightly dimly lit room with décor which is (to be kind) "understated" is that this shows. But then one does not come here for the décor. One comes for good Italian cooking, beyond the... More 

Thank John_from_NM
London, United Kingdom
Level Contributor
68 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 January 2017

Well, as I had read that this was A.A Gill's, Sunday Times Food Critic, favourite restaurant I wanted to see the place and taste the food myself. I took my niece for Sunday Lunch. The restaurant is small and the atmosphere is refined and friendly and a perfect place for a leisurely lunch. Perfect for conversation as it is quiet... More 

Thank Aria818
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133 reviews
92 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 45 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 January 2017 via mobile

We reckon we had not been here for about 15 years! As regular visitors to The Olympic Studio round the corner this corner has come back on to our radar. We got lucky in getting in to the packed restaurant without a booking after an early evening movie. Nothing seems to have changed in our missing years. The room is... More 

1 Thank PLinacre
Epsom, United Kingdom
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288 reviews
188 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 121 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 December 2016

For some unexplained reason we hadn't been back to Riva for a few years. I can't imagine why we hadn't because this really is a top-notch, authentic Italian at its best. The only other London Italian I would put in the same class is Assaggi in Notting Hill. Both are excellent and, for me, easily eclipse any of London's Michelin-Starred... More 

1 Thank Michael P
London, United Kingdom
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349 reviews
177 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 86 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 December 2016

Finally took the plunge and came here for my husband's birthday. The restaurant looks like it could do with a complete refurb, but we were there for the food, not the decor. The staff were very friendly and took care to tell us about the specials on offer. I shared the mixed fried platter with our son and husband had... More 

Thank Helen S
London, United Kingdom
Level Contributor
57 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 November 2016

Went with some friends to this restaurant which has been well reviewed by others. They were very busy when we arrived at 8 with all tables full, so some people must like them. We were seated at a table for five right next to the door. Despite having two doors, the arctic night air blew all over us whenever anyone... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
Italian, European
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Open Hours
12:00 - 21:30
12:00 - 22:30
12:00 - 22:30
12:00 - 22:30
12:00 - 22:30
12:00 - 22:30
19:00 - 22:30
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 169 Church Road, London SW13 9HR, England
  • Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  England  >  London
  • Phone Number: +44 20 8748 0434

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?