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In Riva

4.5
4.5
1749 Reviews
$30 and under
Italian
In Riva is the first venture by Philadelphia-born chef Arthur Cavaliere who has combined the similarities of his two favorite cities—Naples and Philadelphia—to deliver an unparalleled culinary experience. Sticking with the Italian translation of its name, In Riva is located "along the banks" of the Schuylkill River in East Falls.

In Riva is a Southern Italian inspired restaurant with urban flair, specializing in Napoletana style pizza, house-made pasta and contemporary antipasti. In Riva also offers an eclectic array of new and old world wines, Italian craft beers and racy specialty cocktails.

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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 35 times today

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    Italian, Pizza Bar

  • Hours of operation

    Wed, Thu 3:00 pm–9:00 pm Fri 12:00 pm–10:00 pm Sat 12:00 pm–1:00 am Sun 12:00 pm–9:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (215) 438-4848

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Executive chef

    Arthur Cavaliere

  • Neighborhood

    East Falls

  • Cross street

    N Ferry Rd.

  • Parking details

    There is a small private lot in front of the restaurant, as well as a large self-pay city lot just across North Ferry Road. Street parking is also available.

  • Public transit

    K <br />61 <br />R-6 Regional Rail

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Counter Seating, Delivery, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, View, Weekend Brunch, Wine

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What 1,749 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.5
4.5 based on recent ratings
  • 4.6Food
  • 4.3Service
  • 4.2Ambience
  • 4.3Value

NoiseModerate

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  1. TR

    ThomasR

    Philadelphia

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Service was friendly and helpful. Pizza was hot out of the oven and delicious. My grandsons, ages 6 and 4, liked everything as well.
  2. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    12 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on January 27, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Was awesome! Really ingenuities food! Great service!
  3. BC

    BethanyC

    Philadelphia

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on January 21, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Everything was delicious and unique - we will definitely be back for starters and entrees!!
  4. CC

    CCKaren

    Philadelphia

    6 reviews

    3.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on January 21, 2023

    overall3food3service4ambience2
    It was so incredibly loud I couldn’t hear my family at the other end of the table.
  5. JF

    JeffF

    Philadelphia

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 21, 2023

    overall4food2service3ambience3
    I would definitely go back, I'd like to see more vegan/plant-based options.
  6. F

    Fran

    Philadelphia

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 21, 2023

    overall3food3service2ambience3
    Service was not good.
  7. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New Orleans

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 21, 2023

    overall4food5service5ambience3
    The food was amazing! It was my first time going and I brought my family. We all have a lot of noise related anxiety, and found dining inside downstairs very loud and overwhelming. It was hard to talk and we even struggled communicating with our servers. However, we loved every bite of food and would definitely return, but perhaps in warmer weather when we can enjoy outdoor seating and a quieter atmosphere! Side note: my mother and I both have had bariatric surgery. We found the tapas style portions perfect for us!
  8. MF

    MadelineF

    Sacramento

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on January 19, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    My third visit here and the food just gets better and better. Our pizza and pasta were both delicious but the broccolini Cesar and ribs appetizer were the stars of the show.
  9. LH

    LuisH

    Philadelphia

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on January 13, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We have been to In Riva several times and it never disappoints! Amazing pasta and the best wood-fired pizza we’ve tried in the city in our opinion!
  10. EC

    EmmaC

    Philadelphia

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on January 13, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    In Riva is consistently great. Staff are friendly and attentive, all the food is sooo tasty (creativebut not crazy). We’ve found we can’t eat pizza anywhere else - just doesn’t compare.
  11. R

    Ryan

    Philadelphia

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on January 8, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Pizza and pasta A+ everytime!!! Apps and drinks are always really good too.
  12. JM

    JessicaM

    Philadelphia

    10 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on January 7, 2023

    overall4food5service4ambience4
    The meal was delicious as always. It was nice to see a few new additions - we tried the chicken marsala with was so savory! It was energetic, even for an early Saturday night and it was a little difficult to hear others at our table but didn't detract from the overall excellent experience.
  13. s

    sharons

    Philadelphia

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 31, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience2
    Food and service great!! Music was heavy metal and not appropriate for dinner at 5:30. Otherwise perfect!!
  14. e

    esjay

    Philadelphia

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The pizzas are the best. I always order the calamari and our friends shared a great salad. They have a great beer selection and our friends ordered mixed drinks and were very satisfied. In Riva is a very popular restaurant in our neighborhood and we have been going there for years. It is, without a doubt, the place to go when you want excellent pizza in an energetic but relaxed, laid back atmosphere. Lots of families and well behaved kids are often there.
  15. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Philadelphia

    9 reviews

    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on December 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Always a favorite meal. We drive an hour each way to enjoy a meal at In Riva and tonight’s dinner did not disappoint. Love the salads - arugula & mushroom and Burrata. Had 3 different pizzas and the gnocchi. Kids enjoyed their cannoli and gelato for dessert. We will be back!
  16. r

    roys

    Philadelphia

    1 review

    vip
    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 18, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience3
    Wood oven pizza is required by me, so that was great! Pasta was very good. Pea soup was unusual and excellent! Great place to have an easy dinner without spending a fortune.
  17. R

    Ribeye

    Atlantic City

    15 reviews

    3.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on December 16, 2022

    overall3food4service3ambience3
    The outside has a romantic feel to it, the inside has ‘loud, dive bar’ written all over it. The food was great but the atmosphere left a lot to be desired. I’d return for a beer and pizza, but not for a dressed up, romantic dinner.
  18. J

    Jillette

    Philadelphia

    7 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on December 12, 2022

    overall3food3service2ambience2
    We have been coming to In Riva since the week it originally opened, and again since it reopened post-flood. We sat upstairs with my parents, who chose to navigate the black, dark stairs vs. sitting at a hightop. They are older and neither was a great choice. We had a 7 pm reservation after a special event and it didn't dawn on me to ask for a normal table vs. hightop. I will remember that can be an issue. Upstairs was very dark - we had to pull our table away from the wall to see each other, much less our menus, and although our server was knowledgable and did their best, we were mostly forgotten. No water refills the entire night until the end. The salads were good, but for the price, not much. And the pizzas were all soggy, a bit cold, and beyond oily. I know how good they can be! The margarita pizza - always a fan favorite - was beyond spicy. Like the chef had started shaking the red pepper flakes and got into an animated discussion and never stopped. The branzino was good and well-prepared. This was NOT the festive celebration we had been anticipating; I am disappointed and likely will not be running back to a longtime favorite. We will try again at some future date when we aren't trying to enjoy a special dinner.
  19. CE

    ChristineE

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    I've long been intrigued by In Riva driving by, and took advantage of the opportunity to dine there with friends. We were so impressed by the quality of the food; everything was delicious, especially the broccolini cesar salad and the calamari. Pizza and pasta also delicious. The waitress suggested they were "tapas sized" items so we ordered five things for four people, and the food was as abundant as it was delightful; we could have gotten away with one item per person, shared. Will definitely go again. $72 per couple (with tip), including wine.
  20. NA

    NAERO

    Philadelphia

    9 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on December 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great time at In Riva!!!
  21. z

    zacharyr

    Philadelphia

    45 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    45 reviews

    Dined on December 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great restaurant for Holiday business lunch. Pasta dishes are unique and fantastic. Service is very good. Festive decorations. We’ll done!
  22. MY

    MichaelY

    Philadelphia

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience3
    Always great pizza, thin, crispy, tasty, just right. Plus great salads. Been going for years.
  23. T

    Thee

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 8, 2022

    overall1food2service2ambience1
    Ehh… maybe take out the pizza but only on the days when they’re half off
  24. ME

    MELISSAA

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 2, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Delicious food with the best pizzas in town. Excelent service. Highly recommended.
  25. J

    Jenn

    Los Angeles

    9 reviews

    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on November 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Loved that they were very accommodating to our party. Food was fantastic as usual.
  26. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Very good food, and nice staff. Problem is they play music really loud and speakers are very close to certain tables. That said it’s delicious!
  27. K

    Kewe

    Pittsburgh

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 25, 2022

    overall3food3service1ambience2
    Restaurant was not busy at all. Service was spotty. Some food came out before others. And then was cold when the majority of the food came out.
  28. SP

    ScotP

    Houston

    7 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on November 24, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience4
    Terrific food. Very reasonable prices for the quality of food. Friendly staff, but service can get a bit backed up at busy times. Noise level is high indoors in the winter. One of our favorite places in Philly.
  29. e

    eagle

    Philadelphia

    4 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on November 23, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience1
    The food and the service were great but the restaurant was very cold. Most people in the downstairs dining room had to put on their jackets to eat. The cold restaurant ruined the meal for me and my family. I know heating costs like everything else has gone up this year. I would be willing to pay extra for my meal and not freeze when dining out. I don’t recommend dining here during the winter months.
  30. LE

    LeyaE

    Philadelphia

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on November 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Always a great experience, fresh pasta, pizza and excellent customer service
  31. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Atlantic City

    5 reviews

    4.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on November 20, 2022

    overall4food4service3ambience3
    Great spot, very cold in restaurant Service was soso, food tasted great but small portions
  32. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Philadelphia

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 20, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience3
    It’s been awhile since I’ve been here. Im glad they were finally able to open. The food is as good as I remembered.
  33. C

    Charonymous

    Salt Lake City

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 20, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience4
    Every bite was heavenly, but it was so loud. My friends and I had to seriously raise our voices to hold a conversation.
  34. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Philadelphia

    9 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on November 19, 2022

    overall4food4service3ambience3
    Food was really good! We got pizza and pasta’s and all was excellent. Great neighborhood eatery
  35. LD

    L2D2

    Philadelphia

    23 reviews

    5.0

    23 reviews

    Dined on November 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    There was great attention to detail. Our server was very thorough in making sure that the food was safe from any ingredients that would trigger food allergies.
  36. L

    Lucky

    Philadelphia

    14 reviews

    4.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on November 16, 2022

    overall4food5service2ambience2
    Food was great, service S L O W, waited until almost 1/2 through dinner for bottle of wine to be delivered. Took first time friends with us, they enjoyed the food!
  37. M

    Merry

    Philadelphia

    90 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    90 reviews

    Dined on November 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fabulous as always!!!!
  38. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Let Mommy’s Meatballs make your week. Excellent food all around: the ricotta mason jar, burrata salad, seared tuna. But, the star is always Mommy’s Meatballs—to die for. Great drinks and amazing pizza too.
  39. CW

    CarolW

    Philadelphia

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food is always excellent. Very helpful staff. So glad they reopened
  40. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Philadelphia

    8 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on November 5, 2022

    overall3food4service2ambience3
    We have been coming to In Riva for years. The food has always been consistently good. Their whipped ricotta is amazing, and we love the sticky pork ribs. I will say our service was disappointing on our most recent visit. Our server was very nice when we saw her, however that was very infrequently. We weren’t greeted for 10 mins once we sat at the table. Drink order was taken by a different server and then another server came over another 10 mins later to take our appetizer order. We waited for an excruciatingly long time to get our check dropped, and never saw her in between courses. Again, she was lovely and kind - just wasn’t attentive. We will certainly be back, just hoping for an improvement in service.

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
  • Physical distancing

    • Limited number of seated diners
    • Distancing maintained in common areas
    • Extra space between tables
  • Protective equipment

    • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace

FAQs

In Riva offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (215) 438-4848.

In Riva is rated 4.5 stars by 1749 OpenTable diners.

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

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 35 times today
Google Map for In Riva

4116 Ridge Ave, Philadelphia, PA 19129

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Cross street

    N Ferry Rd.

  • Neighborhood

    East Falls

  • Hours of operation

    Wed, Thu 3:00 pm–9:00 pm Fri 12:00 pm–10:00 pm Sat 12:00 pm–1:00 am Sun 12:00 pm–9:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    Italian, Pizza Bar

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Parking details

    There is a small private lot in front of the restaurant, as well as a large self-pay city lot just across North Ferry Road. Street parking is also available.

  • Public transit

    K 61 R-6 Regional Rail

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive chef

    Arthur Cavaliere

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Counter Seating, Delivery, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, View, Weekend Brunch, Wine

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