B'day dinner: Church & State or Rivera or ???
A Saturday night, group of 6 or 7 for dinner.
Never been to: Church & State or Rivera - but wanting to try either.
Curious about: price point, food, and overall comfort/atmosphere.
Would like to keep price point reasonable ($50/pp including drinks) and have a relaxing evening.
I'm currently leaning toward Rivera (because of the noise level reviews a C&S).
Would like to keep it to Downtown or Eastside are.
I think that price point would work at either place, but why not check the menus online to make sure it works for you?
I personally love both restaurants, but the noise level at Church & State is something to consider. Though if you're with a fairly large group, you may have able to survive it.
I really enjoy the food at both places. That's no help, I know. I just mean you can't go weong with either. But if you do choose Rivera, you MUST get the chocolate/pineapple cake thingie for dessert.
I haven't been to Rivera yet so can't comment, but Church and State has the same problem. The drinks take forever to come out so good idea to order a couple at a time if you plan on making an evening of it. They do make very good cocktails though.
Speaking of Church and State, I like it but don't understand the raves it gets on this board. It is pricey for decent French bistro food and service is spotty.