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Anyone eaten @ Riva, Naperville yet?

swsidejim Oct 9, 2006 07:10 PM

I would like to hear some thoughts on the food/bar. I saw the review in the Friday Sun-Times.

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  1. Chicago Wine Geek RE: swsidejim Oct 9, 2006 07:38 PM

    Yep, my wife and I went there last month. Great food, good service. Prices were too high for that view of the RT. 59 exit on I88. I can see paying those prices on Navy Pier, but overlooking the highway detracted a bit for me. But again, the food was very good. We will probably go back since it's 6 minutes from our house.

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      Hensley RE: Chicago Wine Geek Sep 27, 2007 02:05 PM

      Went there last week for lunch with my wife and loved it. Agree with Chicago Wine Geek. It is a nice change from the overcrowded and rushed-service restaurants in downtown Naperville. Will definitely be back.

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        ChicagoJen RE: Hensley Sep 28, 2007 08:41 AM

        My husband and I have been there several times. The food is always good, but I agree with Chicago Wine Geek re: the prices - definitely overpriced for the location, etc.

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          SirEatsALot RE: ChicagoJen Sep 28, 2007 01:52 PM

          How's the wine list? Sames as everybody else or some new and exciting choices?

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            Chicago Wine Geek RE: SirEatsALot Oct 1, 2007 10:36 AM

            Pretty much the same as everyone else. Most source from the same distributors so not a lot of variety.

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              SirEatsALot RE: Chicago Wine Geek Oct 1, 2007 02:50 PM

              Yeah, that is what I figured. Not many suburban places with a truely great list. Same distributors equals the same stuff at many.

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      jen9 RE: swsidejim Mar 22, 2009 05:36 AM

      Just enjoyed a FABULOUS experience at Riva, Naperville. Started with great martini's in the bar - the Pear martini was terrfic - one of the few very good ones that I've had - not too sweet & they put a dash of cinnamnin on top. The antioxidant martini was also mentionable.
      In the dining room, we enjoyed very good service - bordering on too attentive. The appetizers were very good -- dates stuffed with chorizo were very good, the Oysters Rockefeller were also very good & the Tuna tartar stack was amazing. Our group of four had steak, seafood & one of the specials --- all were very good. For dessert, the bread pudding was a standout. Chef David Sapp is making his mark on Naperville! We will be back.

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        manomin RE: jen9 Mar 24, 2009 05:59 PM

        I think David is brilliant! He went to Riva from Timpano Chop House. When he was there he made me an awesome birthday dessert and treated us to a glass of champagne in the 'lounge'
        I am glad to hear he is doing well there. When we visit in May we'll have to dine there! Thanks
        for the report!

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