Disney’s Riviera Resort has some of the best restaurants among the Disney World Resort Hotels. This deluxe villa category resort has four dining options: a combined bar and lounge, a quick service restaurant, a table service restaurant, and a cafe that doubles as a bar and sweet stop in the evening. You will not lack dining options at the Riviera.
This dining guide will preview the restaurants at Disney’s Riviera Resort. We’ll discuss our experiences dining at each restaurant and add photos of some of the food items we’ve tried. If you’re planning a stay here, we recommend trying each resort’s dining option at least once. We enjoy it so much that we often visit for a meal, even when not staying at the resort.
Disney’s Riviera Resort Restaurant List
Below is the list of restaurants at Disney’s Riviera Resort. Below this list, we’ve provided an overview of each dining option; where applicable, we’ve linked to full dining reviews.
- Bar Riva
- Le Petit Cafe
- Primo Piatto
- Topolino’s Terrace
Disney’s Riviera is a beautiful resort, and I think anyone will be pleased with the opportunity to dine or stay here during their Walt Disney World vacation. We have been fortunate enough to visit the resort many times since it opened and always look forward to returning.
We’ll start with Bar Riva, the resort’s formal lounge and pool bar. Bar Riva sits on the resort’s ground level next door to Primo Piatto. It’s immediately across the walkway from the feature pool. They are typically open daily from 11:00 a.m. until 10:00 p.m.
Bar Riva is a cheerful place to dine. It has a Mediterranean vibe with its wood ceiling, mosaics, and stunning blue and white tilework. On the far right side of the bar is a walk-up area for pool guests. You do have to walk outside the pool gates to order a drink. But it’s only a short distance. When we stay at the Riviera, we usually mobile order from Primo Piatto next door and enjoy our meal at the pool.
The rest of Bar Riva is made up of tables and chairs. This location takes walk-ups on a first-come basis. It can get busy, but we can usually find a seat.
Regarding menu items, the resort has several signature cocktails, sandwiches, salads, and burgers. Most offerings are similar to those of neighboring Primo Piatto since they share a kitchen.
Here are a few items specific to the Bar Riva menu:
- Sticky Chicken Wings
- Baked Brie
- Mushroom Arancini
- Salmon with Orzo
- Burrata Salad
- Greek Salad (with Shrimp or Chicken)
Preview: Bar Riva Menu with Prices
I tried the salmon with Orzo on our last visit, pictured below. This was an excellent choice and something I would order on a return visit.
Related: Bar Riva Review at the Riviera
Le Petit Cafe
Our next restaurant stop at Disney’s Riviera has become a fast favorite. Le Petit Café is a few steps off the resort’s lobby. The cafe serves a mix of bakery items, has a coffee bar in the mornings, and transitions to a cocktail bar in the evening.
Specialty coffees include Double Espresso, Macchiato, Espresso Viennese, Caffe Latte, Cappuccino, Cafe Mocha, Cafe White Mocha, Caramel Macchiato, and Amore Latte. Cold Brew variations are also available along with hot tea.
During the earlier hours of the day, the pastry case features a variety of croissants, bagels, Riviera’s famous banana bread, and muffins. Then, closer to lunch, the pastry items are replaced with these delectable desserts.
We’ve tried a few things to date from Le Petit Cafe. Here is the fruit tart, which isn’t nearly as sweet or rich as it looks. This is the perfect dessert for anyone wanting something a little lighter. It’s a combination of fresh fruit and pastry cream with a graham cracker crust. The red piece in the center was a raspberry mousse (pink on the inside) encased in a candy shell.
We’ve also tried the Hazelnut Caramel Profiteroles and the Bouchon Brownies. They are both guilty pleasures. I would not tackle the profiterole tower alone. It’s so rich! However, the brownies are another story. You don’t have to eat them all at once, but it’s difficult not to!
Related: Le Petit Cafe Review
Primo Piatto is the resort’s quick-service restaurant. We consider this location the best resort quick service at Disney World. It’s that good. Primo Piatto is usually open from 7:00 a.m. until 10:00 p.m. During the busier seasons, they might stay open until 11:00 p.m.
Primo Piatto accepts mobile orders. So, if you’re staying at the resort, you’ll want to take advantage of this feature. For example, you can place your order from your room and take the elevator down to pick it up when you get the notification that it’s ready. We like to order from the Skyliner when we leave Epcot. Our meal is almost always ready when we arrive.
Primo Piatto is an upscale dining location, even though it’s a quick service. But they have higher-quality menu items for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. For breakfast, I always order the blueberry-lemon pancakes with mascarpone cream. They come with a choice of side: sausage, bacon, or plant-based sausage.
Here, we have the grilled chicken sandwich with a salad made of crispy greens topped with champagne vinaigrette. It’s another excellent item you wouldn’t usually find at a quick service.
Next is the Croque Monsieur, a French ham and Swiss cheese sandwich oozing with Bechamel sauce. This sandwich is a little decadent for me, but I like ordering it occasionally. It comes with a side of regular or Romano fries.
We’ve also tried the grilled vegetable skewer, the sausage and pepperoni hearth oven-baked pizza, and a few of the kids’ meals. We have yet to try the tuna niçoise salad, the French toast, or the Primo Piatto breakfast platter. The platter comes with scrambled eggs on top of mascarpone polenta and a side of meat. It’s next on my list.
Related: Primo Piatto Review
If you purchase a Rapid Fill mug or receive one with your Disney Dining Plan, you can refill it at Primo Piatto. They have a couple of Coca-Cola Freestyle machines.
Topolino’s Terrace, Flavors of the Riviera
Our last restaurant at Disney’s Riviera offers two completely different dining experiences. Topolino’s Terrace serves excellent food and offers stunning views from its rooftop terrace. We recommend having dinner here at least once during your stay. We would also suggest the character breakfast for anyone interested in dining with characters.
For breakfast, you’ll receive a basket of pastries, an entree, and a choice of regular beverages like soda, juice, or coffee. A few other upgrades are available if you prefer a specialty drink. I had the Quiche Gruyere on our last visit with potatoes and salad.
We’ve also had the Mickey Waffles, which is one sizeable sour cream waffle at Topolino’s Terrace. It comes with a choice of meat.
Mickey Mouse, Minnie Mouse, Donald Duck, and Daisy Duck are the characters at this breakfast. They are all dressed in costumes inspired by their artistic passions. This is one of the best character dining experiences at Disney World.
Dinner at Topolino’s Terrace, Flavors of the Riviera transitions from character dining to signature dining. You might want to arrive early to enjoy a cocktail overlooking the outdoor rooftop lounge. The bar takes walk-ups based on availability. You can order a drink at the bar and enjoy it on the terrace after you receive it. However, you will need advanced reservations for the restaurant. They can be difficult to secure, given the restaurant’s popularity.
Topolino’s has an Italian inspired menu. Popular starters include Gnocchi, Escargot en Gougères, Burrata, Celery Root and Black Truffle Soup, and Grilled Octopus. For entrees, you might enjoy the Bouillabaisse, Classic Sole Meunière, Branzino, Rigatoni, or Sea Scallops. Desserts include a Vanilla and Citrus Crème Brûlée, Apple Tarte Tatin, and a Fruits of the Forest plant-based item.
Here are a few views from the rooftop of this Disney Vacation Club Resort Hotel.
We hope this guide to the restaurants at Disney’s Riviera gave you some ideas for what you might enjoy during your next vacation. Of course, the Riviera is a DVC hotel, meaning all studios will have a microwave and kitchenette. Additionally, all villa suites come with a fully equipped kitchen. So you might prepare a few things in your room from time to time. But I’m the first to admit mobile ordering from Primo Piatto is always tempting. They have such great items!
For more about Disney’s Riviera Resort, you might enjoy the following:
- Disney’s Riviera Resort Review
- The Pools at Disney’s Riviera Resort
- Transportation Options at Disney’s Riviera
- Deluxe Studio Room Photos at Disney’s Riviera
- Tower Studio Photos at Disney’s Riviera
What Do You Think?
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