Houston >Food & Dining > Riva's Italian Restaurant
1117 Missouri St, Houston, TX | Directions 7700629.746051 -95.392484
Neighborhoods: Central, Neartown/ Montrose
great food – me and a group of co-workers went in for lunch and the place was really great and also the waitstarff was really quick with all the service including the time and promptness with the food .great time all the way around will comeing back for another great time .
A nice variety of lunch specials, along with Italian classic dishes. – In Short
This longtime Memorial restaurant moved into the Montrose area in 1996. It is run by brothers Mike and Joseph Sibouyeh, set in a pretty spot surrounded by tropical foliage. Lunch specials are well-priced -- they include an excellent house salad and bottomless garlic bread baskets. The kitchen does the usual slate of southern Italian favorites, from pastas to veal to seafood.
Be scared, be very scared! – I wasted my dining experience on this place once. Let me just say I have worked in the industry and this place is BAD! My food was cold at best. After waiting for 20 minutes to be waited on. I never send food back but I asked if they could just heat it up a litte more. The waiter pitched a fit, so we told the manager, well he was no better. He was indignant and said no one EVER complains about the food at Riva's. I am usually not this animate about a poor dining experience but this whole visit was just bad. It was not busy and the mimosa's tasted watered down, at best and it took forever for a refil. Go anywhere else, but if you really want Itaian food at a decent price I recommend Pronto.
Awful and Rude Experience – This was our first time to Riva's and definitely our last time. There were four of us that went on a Sunday for brunch and the service was extremely slow. It took 15 minutes to get anyone to bring us drinks and then the refills on the "unlimited mimosas" was so slow. The food finally came out and was cold, we said something to the waiter and they brought our so called "fresh" food, it was not hot, it came out luke warm. We then spoke with the manager and he said they have served many chicken marsalas and never got a complaint. Which is hard for me to believe! This manager was very rude and I have never been treated that bad in a restaurant. I would definitely recommend going to the Olive Garden before recommending Riva's to anyone.
Great lunch place – I've eaten here a number of times, both for lunch and for dinner, and think the food is pretty good. It's not a high end Italian place, but the food is tasty and a great place for a good lunch. I have always had good service, plenty of bottomless garlic bread, and plenty to eat.
I'd say the food is fairly simple, unpretentious, tasty but not high end or fancy. You'll get more interesting fare at the Original Carrabba's on Kirby or Vincent's, but Riva's is a good place as a simpler alternative. The ambiance is a bit strange (all those pictures on the wall of beauty queens and the owner don't exactly add to it), however the food and value is good. Check it out!
NICE ATMOSPHERE, GOOD FOOD, BUT NOT INEXPENSIVE – I have eaten here 4 times, food is always good quality, service 5 of the 4 times excellant, last time had a TERRIBLE WAITER, we were not dressed to his approval, way home from a game, his loss we always tip at least 20% for good service he got ONE, UNO, A SINGLE DOLLAR. HAVE NOT BEEN BACK SINCE nd wont even if it was free
Great food, great service, nice atmosphere – My husband and his co-works haven eaten at Riva's for quite awhile. He kept telling me how good it was and how the owner and service were so nice. We love Mike! He is absolutely great! One of the nicest guys I've ever met! The food has always been excellent! I love sitting outside on the vine covered patio! It's so nice and quite, even just a street away from the hustle and bustle of Westhiemer! I love eating here! I've gone for my birthday and just to eat lunch or dinner. Never have I felt so welcomed in a restauraunt. They always take the time to make sure everything is just perfect for us. I also love that it's a small family owned place. I highly recommend eating here!
Awful, awful, awful!!! – I have traveled the world, eaten many substandard meals, but never have I been treated so rudely by anyone in the restaurant industry, especially the owner! After enduring an absolutely awful crab cake, salad, veal and pasta entree, and poor service, we spoke to the owner. We explained that the food was not to our standards. He asked us if we had seen all the plaques on his walls. He then told us we had no taste and could leave by the back door. As we were leaving money on the table for tip, he came back and irately said, You didnt even touch your salads! I had 200 people in this restaurant today, but you are the only to complain! I tried to interrupt to tell him it didnt matter, we were leaving, but it was no use. We let him finish, then we left. Through the front door.
My favorite resturant in town! – I have been eating at Rivas since 1999 and Mike and Joe are the greatest. It is hard to say what I love most about this place. It is a three way tie between service, quality of food, and ambience.
EXCELLENT RESTURANT – I HAVE BEEN A CUSTOMER AT RIVAS FOR MORE THAN 4YRS
AND HAVE ALWAYS BEEN SATISFIED WITH THE FOOD,SERVICE,AND WONDERFUL ATMOSPHERE. I RECOMMEND THE RESTURANT TO ANYONE WHO ENJOYS GOOD FOOD AND GREAT SERVICE.
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