Greg Jan 28, 2014 07:23 am
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.
Kathy Pembry Dec 28, 2013 07:53 am
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.
rebecca pickard May 01, 2013 06:55 pm
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!
Zebiak Nov 05, 2011 04:05 pm
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.
Sarah K Sep 12, 2011 10:54 am
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review (as well as its mention of three cuisines- it was purely Italian when we went so I presume that this is an outdated review) as I was very pleasantly surprised by this discovery on the Palm.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.