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Wonderful Italian 5-course dinner menu


9,4 (16 reviews)

Wonderful Italian 5-course dinner menu R350

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Wonderful Italian 5-course dinner menu

Would you like to enjoy a culinary and affordable dinner during the Restaurant Week?

RIVA serves a wonderful Italian 5-course dinner menu during Restaurant Week.

Don't miss this chance to discover RIVA and try their delicious dinner menu for only R350.

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Please note: Seats are limited. Only online bookings will be accepted.

Are there any dietary requirements? Please mention this on the reservation form so the restaurant can take this into account.

Restaurant Week Menu

Fish Ball
Deep fried fish Ball on the bisque

Fish of the day with red onion, capers, extra virgin olive oil and parsley

Prawns flambèe with homemade paprika mayo
Pappardelle Arrabbiata
Slow cooked Napoli chilli sauce

Homemade freshly pasta with cherry tomatoes, prawns mussels and calamari
Market Fish
Cooked at the "Italian way"

RIVA's Homemade Tiramisù
Paw Paw Sorbet
RIVA's Paw Paw Sorbet

Wonderful Italian 5-course dinner menu - R350

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What 16 people say about RIVA

9.4 Based on 16 reviews.
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10.0 Cuisine 10 | Service 10 | Atmosphere 10

Excellent menu, wonderful atmosphere and great service... and the chef is very charming.

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Shafia Mahomed at Today

"Stellar experience "
9.0 Cuisine 8 | Service 10 | Atmosphere 9

I felt at home and deliciously spoiled, as all the staff were attentive and took pride in all they presented. They aim to please, and that I was. The food was tasty and satisfying, and there was no fault to their impeccable service. This will be my new haunt!

Shahieda at Today

"Great experience!"
10.0 Cuisine 10 | Service 10 | Atmosphere 10

We had such a great time at Riva! The food was gorgeous, service exceptional which is very hard to find and the evening was a beautiful all together. The fact that the owners/chefs walks around to each table lends for a very personal, intimate experience. I will definitely be back!

Malikah Abdullah at Today

"Authentic Italian seafood restaurant "
10.0 Cuisine 10 | Service 10 | Atmosphere 10

I love this place. Food is excellent and service amazing.

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Naz at Yesterday

"Seafood done in Italian style to perfection!"
10.0 Cuisine 10 | Service 10 | Atmosphere 10

Seafood done in Italian style to perfection! ❤️ Highly recommended if you love Italian cuisine and Seafood, then this is the place to go! We had 5 course meal tonight and everything was delish! Freshly made pasta and tasty seafood combined with friendly service and cosy atmosphere. Will definitely be visiting again 😋

Shirley Leung at Yesterday

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24/4 Napier St, De Waterkant 8001 Cape Town

About RIVA

Cuisine: Italian

Childhood friends Nicoló Rovarini and Federico Rocca grew up on the shores of Lake Maggiore in Italy. Their resulting love of seafood is now being translated for a South African audience in De Waterkant.


If you’re expecting Italian classics, think again. Kick off with a carpaccio (the fish changes daily), sliced and served with coconut flakes, olive oil and kiwi fruit. It’s an unusual pairing, and the flavours don’t quite meld. Saldanha Bay mussels – marinated in olive oil until wonderfully tender – served on a crispy fried piece of polenta, are a safer bet. Pasta is made in-house, and the bronze drawn spaghetti, served with cherry tomatoes and clams is perfectly al dente. Squid ink gnocchi with prawns comes laced with vibrant threads of saffron, which lend a unique flavour to the dish. If you’ve space for secondi, there’s the option of a vast platter, a smaller platter of fried hake, calamari and bait fish, or the Abalobi catch of the day. For dessert, there’s a wonderfully chewy, almost creamy lemon sorbet, and a very good tiramisu.


The restaurant takes its name from the legendary boat building company, Riva, who make the kind of wood-clad speedboat that James Bond would pilot. The white walls are cleverly decorated with broad blue stripes, a clutch of black-and-white photos and a little boat-themed brick-a-brack. Above, the light bulbs dangle from thick rope. All-in-all, the feeling is of a relaxed seafood trattoria, with lights just dim enough for it to feel romantic.

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