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Riva, Helensburgh, SCT

Riva

3.7
3.7
182 reviews
£25 and under
Italian
Riva in Helensburgh is one of the finest Italian and Mediterranean restaurants in town. On West Clyde Street, the Riva dining space is stylish and comfortable which, in a way, reflects the food: traditional, wholesome recipes prepared and presented in a contemporary way. From both the Riva lunch menu and the a la carte, expect pizza, pasta, meat and fish, with each dish featuring only the freshest produce that’s local where possible or imported from Italy. Riva is just around the corner from Helensburgh main train station, meaning it’s pretty easy to get to from wherever you’re based in this glorious part of Scotland. Reservations are essential.

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2 people

19:00


Booked 2 times today

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Dining areas

Additional information

  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Price
    £25 and under
  • Cuisines
    Italian, Mediterranean
  • Hours of Operation
    Daily 12:00 pm–8:30 pm
  • Phone number
    01436 677796
  • Payment Options
    AMEX, Mastercard, Visa
  • Dress Code
    Business Casual

What 182 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

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3.7
3.7 based on recent ratings
  • 3.6Food
  • 3.6Service
  • 3.6Ambience
  • 3.6Value

NoiseModerate

Diners' Choice Awards

  • Dunbartonshire/Renfrewshire

    Most Booked

182 Reviews
  1. OpenTable Diner

    Dunbartonshire

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Food was v good staff were good 4 mains n4 drinks £80 fair We were happy

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  2. Piglet

    Kent

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Relaxed and welcoming place. Good food, pleasant and helpful staff. Definitely recommended.

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  3. Allan

    Dunbartonshire

    4 reviews

    2.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on 5 May 2024

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 3
    Was assured before hand from waitress the restaurant was totally aware of celiac / gluten measures. Ordered mussels which were nice but came with no bread which was a first. Then had pepperoni pizza and penne carbonara. Pasta was nice, pizza was soft which is good for gf but never came with red onions or mozzarella as advertised. Wife had non gf king prawn tagliatele which she was disappointed with and did not finish. The pasta was overvooked and therefore stodgy and only 3 king prawns in it. Not worth £82 overall for the meal counting drinks. Literally as soon as we left my stomach swole up, had severe wind which lasted all night and mega pains. First time I have been glutened in about 6 months :( Wont be back anytime soon.

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  4. OpenTable Diner

    Glasgow

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on 28 April 2024

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 1
    Steak and ale pie was over cooked. Pineapple and ham pizza was under cooked and no base just full of cheese and could not eat the pizza, 100% would not recommend. Food was disgusting. Only nice point was the drinks.

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  5. ChrisC

    Edinburgh

    3 reviews

    2.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 14 April 2024

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 2
    Service slow. Didn’t bring water. Forgot my friends order of chips. Bruschetta basically two huge pieces of bread with massive chunks of tomato. They forgot to put pineapple on my friends Hawaiian pizza and the pizza was soggy and overloaded with cheese. The staff that were on cleared our mains and then proceeded to all sit on one of the tables opposite the bar and eat and chat away. Didn’t come over for 30/40 mins. Disappointing.

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  6. DrewP

    Glasgow

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on 10 April 2024

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 1
    The worst dining experience I have ever had. From sitting down to receiving our drinks it was all going well. We then ordered our food rather quickly and then we never seen the staff again. An hour passed and we had no food. No update. So we found a staff member eventually and after asking where our food was we were told that it was just coming. So we waited AGAIN but it got to the point it was laughable at how wrong it was going. Our rare child free date night was on the verge of being ruined. The young waitress who was very polite and apologetic about the situation came back to tell us it wasn’t ready yet. We told her we would like to cancel our food and we would go else where. Now I can understand if the restaurant was incredibly busy and the kitchen was backed up but there were two other tables in before us who had only just received their food as we decided to cancel our food. I’m not one to complain about restaurants and I can understand that as humans we can all make mistakes and as someone who works in restaurants but what went that wrong that a single starter couldn’t be served in over an hour? Where were the staff? Did the order not get put on? Did the kitchen not get the check? Honesty goes a long way and if they had been honest with us and told us what had happened we could have made a different decision. I would like to be contacted and an explanation given as to why this went so terribly wrong on our visit.

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  7. HelenM

    Dunbartonshire

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 8 April 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The staff couldn't have been more helpful. The food was excellent, nicely presented, hot and tasty. We were a party of four and we all enjoyed our food. I am gluten and soya intolerant and the staff went out of their way to accommodate me. The menu is clearly marked GF, V etc but I asked if the soup was made with a flour base. They did everything they could to find out for me ( different chef) going as far as to offer to make me a different soup which they could guarantee was GF.

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  8. AntoinetteT

    Dunbartonshire

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on 23 March 2024

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 3
    Clearly understaffed, the service was pretty appalling. Food wasn't as good as previous visits. They seated a rowdy table in for drinks right in the dining area so from that point we couldn't even hear ourselves.

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  9. HeyHo

    Glasgow

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 18 February 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 3
    nice staff keeping a brave face on a poor food offering , which is a shame, as it used to be very good

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  10. Paulinef

    Glasgow

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 2 February 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Some descriptions on the menu were misleading - what was served was quite different from what was expected, although delicious. (Eg Mackerel and dressed crab starter). There are many typos on the menu - particularly referring to GF and Vegetarian options. There was no cornflour in the kitchen for the GF option of battered fish which was disappointing as there are already fewer options for a GF diet. All the food was very good, nicely presented and value for money, and the staff helpful and friendly. With some attention to the menu descriptions and the necessary ingredients for GF options, I'd have no hesitation in recommending Riva Restaurant to friends.

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  11. SharonG

    County Durham

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on 31 December 2023

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 1
    Sat night meal , very quiet in the restaurant Carbonara was so think and not creamy . Garlic bread was too slices of loaf that had a garlic clove pressed into it and was hardly cooked. Pudding- sticky toffee wasn't even hot the sauce wasn't melted , I didn't eat that and told the staff when our plates were collected. As throughout the meal not one person asked if things were OK and no offer of drinks Sunday Breakfast not bad but toast was like concrete , how can toast get so hard if it's made fresh or had it been standing for days. Evening meal'- surprisingly no table for us so the male staff member told us to sit at the table set for 5, I double checked this with him and he said yes. We were left sitting for a long time before someone came to serve us, yet the female with long dark hair Sat and played on snapchat on her phone on the reception desk. We did get served as asked if we wanted food I had booked ! When we placed our order the female staff member who had been on her phone came and asked us if we would move to the restaurant. I said we have the dog and we had a booking and were told to sit there. Then every single member of staff , even the chefs popped there head around the corner at different times to look at us, this was very uncomfortable when it was your error in the first place. There seems to be no communication at all with the staff. The meal arrived I had steak, I asked for it well done but further into it , it was pink and fatty and I didn't eat it. The chunky chips were oven thick chips and were mot cooked properly. The other meal was chicken burger served luke warm and with sauces not documented on the menu. Did you check on our allergies?? No. When we went to pay the staff said we had paid as it was marked off, we were honest and said no we haven't paid. How unprofessional and how much money are you losing if this happens regularly. Monday breakfast How appalling. We had the small Scottish breakfast with scrambled egg. I can't be

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  12. HelenH

    Glasgow

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 18 December 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 5
    A lovely meal as always. Lovely staff, tasty and well cooked food. Only issues were it took an hour to get our food and there were around five things not available on the menu, including no pizzas which was very disappointing. All in all though, a good night out with friends.

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  13. MichelleW

    Lancashire

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 15 December 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Food was fabulous, luvd the hot honey chilli sauce on the pepperoni pizza

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  14. ElaineB

    Dunbartonshire

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 15 December 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    Had a la carte menu with great choices available. Food delicious and presented beautifully. Staff very helpful and took the time to deal with our requests. This was our first time here but will be back.

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  15. JohnM

    Glasgow

    3 reviews

    2.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 1 December 2023

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 3
    We were dissapointed at the reduction in choic offered on the menu. The service was cheerful and I am sure the servers did their best but we waited far too long for our main courses.

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  16. Jaam

    Glasgow

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 25 November 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    STAFF MADE GREAT EFFORT, PORTION SIZES VERY BIG. RELAXED FEEL AND GOOD MUSIC.

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  17. Audders

    Glasgow

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 4 November 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great food and service. Couldn't fault anything. Highly recommend

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  18. LindaM

    London

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on 3 November 2023

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 1
    I arranged the special evening for my friends. It was very disappointing. Table booked 6.45 and we received our meals at 8.15. The service was very poor and when the food arrived it wasn’t the best. Definitely would never return to Riva.

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  19. MichelleC

    Dublin

    5 reviews

    4.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on 10 October 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 3
    Delicious food, great service and value as always. New menu missing some of my favourite options such as penne arrabiata and Italian sausage pasta, but still plenty of choice and generous portions.

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  20. Triviality

    Dunbartonshire

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on 1 October 2023

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 3
    The kitchen had run out of a lot of food so we couldn't order the roast we'd booked in for. The restaurant looks lovely inside and the burgers we had were nice, however dessert was tasteless and the wait staff were very inattentive despite how quiet it was. It took ages to get their attention and when they came over they were dismissive and not very apologetic despite apparently running out of the dishes we requested in the middle of the day

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  21. StephenM

    Bath

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on 23 September 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Our visit was a really good experience. The restaurant ambience was good the staff were friendly and the food was great. We had mussels to start and sirloin steak for mains both dishes were fantastic. We also had Argentinian Malbec which was lovely. Overall a lovely setting with great food.

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  22. JaneG

    Glasgow

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 18 September 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 3
    food was good, although the lunch menu is very limited. Quite good value for money

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  23. JMack

    Glasgow

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 16 September 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 2
    Eaten here a few times before and always decent but on this visit 3 of us got the lamb papperadelle pasta dish which although the lamb was tender, the pasta sauce was extremely bland. We all left at least half of it as it was tasteless to be honest. Mentioned to the staff but didn't get any feedback.

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  24. Mhairim

    Edinburgh

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 14 September 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Too many lumps of fat in tbe carbonara unfortunately my friend left half of it as it put her right off eating it! The lamb parpadelle was incredible so tasty.

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  25. MichelleC

    Dublin

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on 9 September 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    I love Riva, brilliant neighbourhood restaurant/cafe/bar which has never disappointed for food or service. Staff are always so friendly and accommodating. Portions are generous and good value too.

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  26. KirstyM

    Perthshire

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 1 September 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Food beautiful, service prompt and friendly. Cocktails delicious. Early evening so very quiet but a lovely experience.

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  27. OpenTable Diner

    London

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on 26 August 2023

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 3
    Chicken Milanese was tough chicken on a bit of coldslaw Mussels average sauce very watery. Would not recommend it to anyone.

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  28. HelenM

    Glasgow

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 12 August 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 3
    Steak sandwich was not good. Ciabatta was stale and blood from the steak had soaked into the bread. Fish batter was really soggy although the fish itself was tasty. Cocktails were good and drinks were reasonably priced.

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  29. KatieH

    Dunbartonshire

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 11 August 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 3
    Food was really nice. However, the staff need some serious training! The waitress was all over the place. Didn’t take drinks glasses away, got the drinks order wrong twice. A bit clueless and it showed that she had no professional training whatsoever.

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  30. NikkiS

    Dunbartonshire

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 5 August 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Lovely restaurant, delicious food! Will definitely return

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  31. Swarria

    Glasgow

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 18 July 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Lovely interior and great cocktails…we had pasta dishes…both were delicious..if you like seafood..the mussels and seafood pasta were delicious…staff friendly and attentive…had a lovely time..recommend

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  32. MaryT

    Glasgow

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 8 July 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    From the moment of stepping into the restaurant, we felt really comfortable. Staff were absolutely brilliant. Food was delicious and plentiful. We will definitely be back

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  33. Scott

    Glasgow

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 8 July 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 4
    Excellent food and a great atmosphere. Service and food were on the slow side but not excessively so.

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  34. HeyHo

    Glasgow

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 1 July 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    great food at a reasonable price. there is real cooking and prep which was appreciated

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  35. PatC

    Dunbartonshire

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 30 June 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    All staff were considerate, polite and very helpful from telephone enquiry and throughout service. Food was delightful but not inexpensive. Decor is tasteful and restful. Personally, I would have like some carb-free options on the Mains menu. Have already recommended Riva to someone. Will be back.

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  36. Shara

    Glasgow

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 28 June 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 1
    Meal and service was lovely. A bit of music would've been nice as it was so quiet it was awkward to have a chat!

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  37. SamanthaE

    London

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on 10 June 2023

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 3
    Terrible service. All dishes came out of kitchen wrong. Left without eating

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  38. Jintyp

    Edinburgh

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 30 May 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    This was our fourth or fifth visit to Riva but not our best. We placed our order and waited for our food. Soon after we were told that there was no pepperoni for the pizza. Not ideal at 6pm in the evening. However I re chose from the menu lasagne. Almost an hour after we arrived our food arrived. My lasagne was dry and was clearly not fresh that day. I had to remove a section which had been microwaved too far. It had been covered in a passata type sauce to make it more moist but was not great, bitter. Triple cooked chips were disappointing, greasy as if cooked in oil that was not hot enough. My husbands burger was just ok too. We were disappointed with this visit, especially when we had booked an early slot and the restaurant was quiet To be fair the young guy who served us was helpful and service was good. Side note, on hottest day of the year, radiators do not need to be on.

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  39. Cheryl

    Dunbartonshire

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 21 May 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Good choice of food and drink. Nice atmosphere. Friendly staff.

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  40. wesleys

    Glasgow

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 10 May 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Lovely lunch meal with daughter. Service was excellent. Will definitely be back.

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You can order delivery directly from Riva using the Order Online button. Riva also offers delivery in partnership with Just Eat. Riva also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at 01436 677796.

Riva is rated 3.7 stars by 182 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

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2 people

19:00


Booked 2 times today

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Google Map for Riva

12-14 West Clyde Street, Helensburgh, SCT G84 8SQ

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Area
    Helensburgh
  • Hours of Operation
    Daily 12:00 pm–8:30 pm
  • Price
    £25 and under
  • Cuisines
    Italian, Mediterranean
  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Dress Code
    Business Casual
  • Parking Details
    None
  • Payment Options
    AMEX, Mastercard, Visa
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    Patio/Outdoor Dining
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