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“Wonderful experience...great food, service and setting!!”
Review of Riva del Vin

Riva del Vin
Ranked #1,790 of 2,194 Restaurants in City of Venice
Cuisines: Italian
Dining options: After-hours, Reservations
Restaurant details
Dining options: After-hours, Reservations
Reviewed 30 September 2013

What a wonderful restaurant. We had nothing but a highly positive experience.

Food
Excellent, great selection, we had beautiful fresh fish/ pasta/ pizza, all cooked to perfection

Service
Outstanding, attentive, friendly, the guys at the restaurant couldn't do enough for us. Angelo welcomed us for a drink mid afternoon when the other restauatants were saying 'no drinks, food only). We booked to go back in the evening and from the moment we arrived to the moment we left there was not a single thing we could pick fault with. We didn't actually order from the menu but explained to Angelo what it was that we would like to eat and the team delivered!! We were running late for the meal having got lost on our way through the back streets there was little time for our planned gondola ride before the meal, the Maitre'd assisted in finding a gondalier and getting us back to the table in time for our reservation. At the end of the meal we were asked if we would like a water taxi back to our hotel (Gabrielle Sandwith, also excellent).

Setting
Directly off the Grand Canal,100 yards from the Rialto bridge, very romantic, highly picturesque setting - embodied the Venetian atmosphere

When to eat
Go in the evening at around 19:30/20:00 when the day trippers are back on their boats, Venice is much quieter and the experience more pleasurable. The lanterns are all on along the side of the canal which all adds to the experience.

Cost
Having had a disastrous meal on the front on Friday evening we were expecting yet another extortionate evening particularly given the beautiful setting; but no. We started with Prosecco, starter, main course, dessert, coffee and Limoncello. We also had a gondola ride and private water taxi back to the hotel. There was never any question of anybody over charging as we were tourists. Gondola (100 Euro as the rates are now set by the state), water taxi all the back to Arsenale from Rialto (60 Euro), amazing meal for 4 including drinks (180 Euro)

Venice is not cheap but it can be value for money and if you go to Riva del Vin you'll be certain to have a wonderful experience!!

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Thank nicdar2000
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Reviewed 11 September 2013 via mobile

Avoid at all costs. The waiters were rude...my own bolognese tastes better and I'm no expert cook and to top it all off on my daughters ?5 small plate of chips was a pink long unidentified object with a some what looked like breadcrumbs with added black bits! Made me wonder if they were leftover chips from someone elses plate. I complained and they took off the ?6.90 service charge but We still paid ?58 for three spaghetti bolognese and chips, a coke, sprite and small glass of wine. So we walked away feeling bloated, slightly sick and conned.

Thank clarissagurd
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Reviewed 17 August 2013 via mobile

I was actually reading these bad reviews just after I left the restaurant. Luckily I didnt read them before! The food was perfect, as was all the food in Venice from our experience. I had pizza, wife had squid. The location is brilliant, next to the canal. Couldnt fault it.

Thank Tryitoutman
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Reviewed 11 July 2013 via mobile

As seasoned travelers we should have known better. I am sure all Italians are embarassed to know a country with such wonderful food has restaurants that deliver this tasteless slop, with horrid service to cap it off.

About the 4th restaurant with canal side dining from the bridge, to say this place is a disappointment in understating our experience.

1/ a 12% service charge = you get zero service and when you are served its most likely your order will be wrong. Several tables around us had to send back incorrect food more than once.

2/ now if as an owner or manager you see plate after plate of food coming back less than half eaten, you would be concerned? Wrong!! This place serves the worst food we have ever eaten in Italy. Many tables had the same opinion as us. Disgusting, tasteless, overpriced slop - the best part of the food here is when its taken away.

3/ and if you do complain, well they simply they don't care.The staff will simply ignore you, more than before - if thats possible!

4/ check your bill. Our check and several others around us were very wrong - charged for mystery items, incorrect food and drinks we never had.

To sum it up. Don' waste your time and money here. You will be disappointed and walk away poorer and still hungry. Thank god for street pizza!!

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Thank Sherie1408
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Reviewed 5 July 2013

We were 4 families with kids aging 5 thru 9. Most of the restaurant in Venice (with canal view) do not entertain business from families with kids. Or they force you to sit inside the restaurant and even 5 year old have to buy a full meal.
This gentleman at Riva del Vin made us feel home. They set our tables quickly facing the Grand Canal and welcomed our kids. We got top notch service, great meal and they did not push us to buy expensive wine or entrees. We enjoyed our meal and the ambiance. We ended up spending $450, but that was by choice. We loved the food. Thank you Riva del Vin.

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Thank LouisvilleRamadaGM
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