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Riva Waterside Restaurant and Bar

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Town Pier, Gravesend DA11 0BJ, England
+44 1474 364694
12:00 - 01:00
Closed now
All hours
Sun 12:00 - 20:00
Mon - Thu 12:00 - 00:00
Fri - Sat 12:00 - 01:00
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Dover, United Kingdom
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3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

I'm rather sad to be writing this review. We were told to arrive in time to be eating at 8pm (after pre-selecting our menu options), yet starters didn't arrive til 9 (one plate even arrived without it's required pate on it)! We then had to wait another 40 minutes for our mains to arrive and sadly many of the party... More 

Thank samanthajayne1976
London, United Kingdom
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269 reviews
155 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 103 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

No booking, ok, but virtually no tables occupied. Yet still chaos and ineptitude ensued. So very different to my previous, fabulous visits. Manager Kate apparently gone, down-at-heart staff, poor food, poor service.

Thank PaulaMellon
Gravesend, United Kingdom
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6 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

I booked a table online for 7:15 on Saturday. Special occasion. Been before and it wasn't that good but thought I'd give it another chance. They called me at 5:30pm to say they had a function on so the restaurant was closed. They could let us eat in the bar though. I said I'd never bother with them again and... More 

Thank Rickyavik
AsjiaB2415, Owner at Riva Waterside Restaurant and Bar, responded to this review

Hi Thank you for your review, we would like once again to apologise to you for the inconvenience caused. However, this day was closed on our system for a few months and all the tables were blocked. On the evening we noticed that the reservation was made and we called you as soon as we saw it to explain the... More 

Braintree, United Kingdom
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52 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Just got back home, from having experienced superb service. Nick is a credit to the restaurant. Excellent food, desserts to die for. Will book to go back and experience the restaurant in its full glory in the evening

Thank shirleyoco
AsjiaB2415, Owner at Riva Waterside Restaurant and Bar, responded to this review

Thank you very much for a lovely review. We hope to see you again soon. More 

Canterbury, United Kingdom
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20 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Came across this place by chance on a visit to Gravesend. Looked at the restaurant first, which looked lovely with great views over the busy working river but opted for the less formal bar area for bar food. The food was very good bar food, decent burger, tasty pizza and a happy vegetarian pasta eater. £50 for 4 main meals... More 

Thank tillsworth2014
london, uni
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12 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Took my 8 year daughter for a nice lunch to congratulate her on a amazing school report. Her favourite is calamari so ring ahead and asked if they had it and was told they did. Arrived on time and was sent through to the restaurant. The door was locked so had to go back to the bar and get someone... More 

Thank Altel_10
Kent, United Kingdom
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3 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Although we dined using a Groupon voucher, we were able to have anything on the menu with a few items having a surplus, which was fair enough. We had a table by the window overlooking The Thames which was fab. Our server was very good and couldn't have made us feel more at home. The food was excellent and very... More 

Thank fionan26
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11 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

I was looking for a restaurant with a view over the Thames in Kent area and I found Riva. Amazing views, fine dining, brilliant service. I have returned 2 times since visiting it the first time and I am really in love with this restaurant, I can't find anything to criticise it

Thank Roxanne785
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27 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Riva is the first restaurant we have ever walked out of. I had booked the restaurant two months ago after hearing good things about it and were really looking forward to our meal. We arrived on time and the waiter looked shocked that we were there as it turned out was a large local dignitaries event going on which had... More 

Thank TDWKent
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4 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 November 2016

Excellent is the only word I can use, excellent food excellent staff made to feel very welcome will be booking again shortly

Thank Graham T

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    3 of 5 bubbles
    3 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    2.5 of 5 bubbles
    3 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$40 - US$101
European, British, Vegetarian Friendly
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Free Wifi
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
Good for
Groups, Special Occasion Dining, Business meetings, Child-friendly, View
Open Hours
12:00 - 20:00
12:00 - 00:00
12:00 - 00:00
12:00 - 00:00
12:00 - 00:00
12:00 - 01:00
12:00 - 01:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Town Pier, Gravesend DA11 0BJ, England
  • Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  England  >  Kent  >  Gravesend
  • Phone Number: +44 1474 364694
At Riva we pride ourselves on offering our customers fine modern Mediterranean cuisine served to you in a relaxing atmosphere. Situated directly over the River Thames on the oldest surviving cast iron pier in the world the panoramic views are as breath taking as the cuisine itself.Riva’s newly refurbished bar is a fabulous addition to the restaurant serving an extensive range o f stylish cocktails, wide range of Champagnes, wines by the glass and appetising nibbles.Located in the heart of Gravesend's Heritage Quarter, Riva is the perfect destination for that special occasion. Come in have a meal, drink some wine and relax. Have a conversation with friends, colleagues and family while you enjoy a calm pleasant surrounding taking you back to 1834.Whatever the occasion… From breakfast meetings, luncheons to gatherings of family & friends we have "that perfect place", offering an A La Carte and set menus as well as simple bar snacks, canapés, buffets and private lunch or dinner parties.

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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?