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9,3 (8 reviews)

What 8 people say about RIVA

9.3 Based on 8 reviews.
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10.0 Cuisine 10 | Service 10 | Atmosphere 10

Absolutely fantastic experience! Blown away by the exceptional service and tasty authentic Italian prepared meals. I can't wait to visit RIVA again!

Arlene Mains at 11 October 2021

"Date night"
9.3 Cuisine 9 | Service 9 | Atmosphere 10

First time at Riva and we'll definitely be back. As regular Cape Town restaurant goers we don't know how we've missed this place before . Lovely ambience, good service and we enjoyed the restaurant week menu. Loved the fish carpaccio, fresh pasta and tiramisu.

Frank at 09 October 2021

10.0 Cuisine 10 | Service 10 | Atmosphere 10

The restaurant week special is delicious! Super friendly chefs, too.

Gemma Oberth at 08 October 2021

8.7 Cuisine 9 | Service 8 | Atmosphere 9

great evening

Frederik Rademan at 06 October 2021

"Lovely evening "
10.0 Cuisine 10 | Service 10 | Atmosphere 10

Excellent food, great service.

Kate Webb at 06 October 2021

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24/4 Napier St, De Waterkant 8001 Cape Town

About RIVA

Cuisine: Italian

Childhood friends Nicoló Rovarini and Federico Rocca grew up on the shores of Lake Maggiore in Italy. Their resulting love of seafood is now being translated for a South African audience in De Waterkant.


If you’re expecting Italian classics, think again. Kick off with a carpaccio (the fish changes daily), sliced and served with coconut flakes, olive oil and kiwi fruit. It’s an unusual pairing, and the flavours don’t quite meld. Saldanha Bay mussels – marinated in olive oil until wonderfully tender – served on a crispy fried piece of polenta, are a safer bet. Pasta is made in-house, and the bronze drawn spaghetti, served with cherry tomatoes and clams is perfectly al dente. Squid ink gnocchi with prawns comes laced with vibrant threads of saffron, which lend a unique flavour to the dish. If you’ve space for secondi, there’s the option of a vast platter, a smaller platter of fried hake, calamari and bait fish, or the Abalobi catch of the day. For dessert, there’s a wonderfully chewy, almost creamy lemon sorbet, and a very good tiramisu.


The restaurant takes its name from the legendary boat building company, Riva, who make the kind of wood-clad speedboat that James Bond would pilot. The white walls are cleverly decorated with broad blue stripes, a clutch of black-and-white photos and a little boat-themed brick-a-brack. Above, the light bulbs dangle from thick rope. All-in-all, the feeling is of a relaxed seafood trattoria, with lights just dim enough for it to feel romantic.

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