Riva

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  • Location: Palm Jumeirah, Dubai
  • Tel: 04 430 9466
  • Travel: Al Shalal Beach Club

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  • Users voted this restaurant most suitable for: Family friendly

User reviews:

Posted by: Greg on 28 Jan ' 14 at 07:23

I've become quite the Palmie lately and RIVA is one of the main reasons why. The food is great - my favorite dishes are the Works Burger, Club Sandwich, Caesar Salad, and Gambas Pil-Pil. The outdoor terrace is stunning with views of the Burj and the beach is young, hip, and a lot of fun. Best beach club on the Palm.

Posted by: Kathy Pembry on 28 Dec ' 13 at 07:53

My friends and I went last night they had the pizza and I had beef lasagne. I liked the fact the plate was warm when they brought it to the table. The food was simple yet delicious. The service was acceptable but I think was because it was a quiet night and the staff were not fully occupied and were distracted by chatting. It would not put me off going again as they were friendly and polite and did not rush you when clearing the table. Would recommend good meal which does not break the bank.

Posted by: rebecca pickard on 01 May ' 13 at 18:55

Had a meal there last week. Pasta was cold!!! Our white wine was NOT chilled and we had to wait 40 minutes for our food!
I complained and nothing was done about it, we still had to pay for horrible food and warm wine!

Posted by: Zebiak on 05 Nov ' 11 at 16:05
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  • Would you go back to this restaurant? Yes

They had me with 1/2 price Peroni at happy hour (5 days 5-8). The view of the Burj Al Arab and the Gulf is fantastic. The pool activities are annoying but subsides with darkness. The grossly overpriced and mediocre food is a big disappointment. They need a new menu and a real chef. They do a nice job on the calamari though. Contrary to other writers, you are no better off at Barca, Cabana, or Bidi Bondi . . . If just one of these places god the mix right, people would flock to it.

Posted by: Sarah K on 12 Sep ' 11 at 10:54
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  • Would you go back to this restaurant? Yes

Am surprised by the scathing review (as well as its mention of three cuisines- it was purely Italian when we went so I presume that this is an outdated review) as I was very pleasantly surprised by this discovery on the Palm. The goats cheese salad starter was a good sized portion that would have made a nice light dinner, the salmon was cooked perfectly and the burger and moreish chips hit the right note- not to mention the chocolate fondant which was gushed about by our table. Service was friendly, and any small hiccups could be easily overlooked, as they were too minuscule to mention. Not sure why there are such vitriolic reviews for this perfectly nice Italian neighbourhood spot, (it all sounds a little bit political) which admittedly isn't going to win any originality awards but is a sound choice if you are in that area.

Posted by: peter on 09 Sep ' 11 at 10:17
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  • Best for: Family friendly
  • Would you go back to this restaurant? Yes

i went to this beach club with my friend who lives on palm and amazed to see the service and the ambiance .The staff is amazing.We sat on the bar and we enjoyed whole evening.One of the best cheese burger i had.

Posted by: Suzi Adams on 04 Jun ' 11 at 13:54
  • Would you go back to this restaurant? No

Dreadfull Manager!! You will be better off next door at Barca or Bedi Bondi. The pool full of kids screeming and the old nice atmosphere has long gone.

Posted by: Peter Whitton on 03 Jun ' 11 at 18:02
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  • Would you go back to this restaurant? No

Dreadfull unfreindly management, food is below average and the prices are of a 5 star hotel.

Posted by: John Hurd on 03 Jun ' 11 at 17:09
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  • Would you go back to this restaurant? No

Not only the returant but the whole of Alshalal Beach Club has gone down hill lately underits new management. The staff have been replaced by new team who do not have to tell how unhappy they are despite their hard work. The manager seems to be obsessed by lining uo tables, chairs, never mind the customers and their needs. The place has become as a money grabbing business. It is over priced for the quality of the food and service. It is enough to know that the residendents of the tow buildings attached to the culb have abandend the club. I do not recomend it and I will not definetly go back their where its neibours clubs have more of a freindly and welcoming atmosohere.

Posted by: arvale on 25 May ' 11 at 08:40
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  • Would you go back to this restaurant? No

first....this is NOT italian restaurant.
and I agree with Barbara....disgusto should be the proper name
I'm not going somewhere only for the view....the view is free and doesn't calm my appetite!!!
there, we paid high bill compared with low and poor quality

Posted by: DJH on 13 Apr ' 11 at 07:27
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  • Would you go back to this restaurant? No

Truly appalling standards of service and a chef who clearly has no idea of how to cook fish or steaks to his customers' liking. One member of our party finally received her meal after everyone else had finished, while another simply gave up and left after waiting an hour and a half for her salmon to arrive. You're much better off heading next door to Barca.

Posted by: Srdjan on 05 Mar ' 11 at 06:39
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  • Best for: Family friendly
  • Would you go back to this restaurant? Yes

Maybe slightly expensive for the quality and ammount, but the outside ambience and view are worth of it. Don't expect a gastronomic miracle, but be prepared for relaxed and enjoyable time. We're going to repeat this lovely afternoon!

Posted by: jerom on 02 Apr ' 10 at 07:35
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  • Best for: Romantic
  • Would you go back to this restaurant? Yes

My visit to Gusto was wonderful,it was one of the greatest experience ever I had,The panoramic view it has is unrivalled,it is in a great location.The service was extremely exceptional.At around 6.00pm when I popped into the pool bar bartender's warm welcome was really genuine.by the time he mentioned me about the happy hour i was surprised,one pint of beer for 16 Dirhams..and they have shisha as well.that was the best place ever i enjoyed an apple shisha together with a pint of beer.

Posted by: Karin on 12 Nov ' 09 at 08:07
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  • Would you go back to this restaurant? Yes

I also disagree with this review, I feel it's not very independent and highly exaggerated ''chlorine was making us dizzy!'' and ''Not up to the standards that we would expect from somewhere with a Palm address'' well I suggest you try Bidi Bondis..This restaurant is far superior to anything else on offer in the shoreline buildings.
I've been to this restaurant on a number of occasions and have always enjoyed my meals there. I opted for the chicken pasta and goats cheese salad to start. The ambience is fab and it's a great place to bring children. It's very chilled out and not stuffy like too many places in Dubai..

Posted by: John & Anna on 26 May ' 09 at 07:56
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  • Best for: Family friendly
  • Would you go back to this restaurant? No

In general the food was disapointing, small portions and too expensive, especially taking the quality into consideration. We got a Chicken Breat Pasta for 70dhs, with cut slices of the chicken breast slices you have for sandwiches! We have never seen that before on a Pasta, especially not for that price. Wine and Beer very expensive and quite poor quality wine.

Posted by: Lama Daniel on 04 Mar ' 09 at 10:36
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  • Best for: Family friendly
  • Would you go back to this restaurant? No

our visit to Gusto was awful, we left there regreting every minute of it, the food was horrible that we decided to call it "disgusto" and all that is not worth the money we payed..

even the "view" is not that great!!

Posted by: Barbara on 02 Mar ' 09 at 10:33
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  • Best for: Brunch served
  • Would you go back to this restaurant? Yes

I totally disagree with the review above. Gusto has a lovely atmosphere pool side where there is not a hint of chlorine in the air from the obvious salt water pool. The caesar salad is a lovely option to start even with out the optional shrimp or chicken. I went for the prawn risotto that had some of the largest prawns I have seen and the risotto was cooked to the perfect consistency and is sure not to disappoint. However Gusto is not a dessert place if you have visions of a lovely chocolate concoction that comes looking like a mini pizza you will be sadly disappointed by the taste of the bland base. Gusto is great for a quick bite or to sit and chat outside with friends eating for hours.

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