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Isola Riva, Forster, AU-NSW

Isola Riva

4.6
4.6
468 Reviews
$41 to $100
Mediterranean
"Taste the salt air, touch the sun" A thoughtfully curated menu of Mediterranean share plates, located in a historical boat shed at Forster Marina, you will have an experience like no other.

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2 people

19:00


Booked 3 times today

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Cuisines

    Mediterranean, Tapas / Small Plates, Contemporary Italian

  • Hours of Operation

    Lunch Sat, Sun 12:00–15:00 Dinner Fri, Sat 17:00–21:30

  • Phone number

    0476 132 009

  • Payment Options

    AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress Code

    Casual Dress

  • Executive Chef

    Daniele Cerullo

  • Area

    Forster

  • Parking Details

    Street Parking

  • Additional

    Banquet, Beer, Cocktails, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Gluten-free Options, Indoor Fireplace, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeaway, Vegan, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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What 468 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

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

4.6
4.6 based on recent ratings
  • 4.6Food
  • 4.6Service
  • 4.8Ambience
  • 4.3Value

NoiseModerate

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  • New South Wales

    Scenic View

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  1. SG

    SueG

    Sunshine Coast

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    So much flavour is packed into Rivola dishes! Great fresh combinations! Love eating here!
  2. RC

    RoseandChris

    New York Area

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 7 August 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Delicious food and great service. Location pretty good too, especially considering it’s temporary. Really enjoyed our lunch there.
  3. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New South Wales

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 7 August 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great location, well thought out set up, really enjoyable experience
  4. E

    Emma

    Sydney

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 5 August 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Such a lovely dining experience! Highly recommend!
  5. KB

    KenB

    New South Wales

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on 30 July 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience4
    We believe for $190 were double the food needs to be great quality.
  6. JS

    JohnS

    New South Wales

    6 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on 29 July 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience4
    Flavours were excellent. We shared the lamb shoulder and the prawns, they were both delicious. Great service and inviting interior lighting and décor.
  7. G

    Golfie

    New South Wales

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 29 July 2022

    overall3food4service5ambience4
    Lighting was very poor, could not read the menu! Suggest the menu font be larger & black. The Aldi need better table lighting. The wines were on the expensive side.
  8. JM

    JaneM

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 15 July 2022

    overall5food4service4ambience5
    Small portions are ideal to share and get a variety of tastes.
  9. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 9 July 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience4
    Nice food, great setting for a “temp” restaurant and pleasant service. Wines a bit too expensive for what they we’re offering.
  10. MA

    MaxieA

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 9 July 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    We loved it! Beautiful food with a beautiful view.
  11. K

    Kattj

    Tasmania

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 9 July 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent service, beautiful food, stunning setting and so close! Lucky to have a venue like that in Forster!!
  12. JS

    JenniferS

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 9 July 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food was delicious and the staff were very helpful and accommodating
  13. KS

    KylieS

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on 25 June 2022

    overall2food2service1ambience5
    Very expensive for the value of the food food was not amazing it was so much better when located at Wallace lake for that price I expect to be blown away I definitely wasn’t. Service of drinks was very slow. Service of food was really good. Staff did not know the food and were unable to say what some dishes were. Environment was so beautiful loved the music and lighting but large mats on floor very dangerous for elderly people to trip on.
  14. K

    Kate

    New South Wales

    4 reviews

    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on 25 June 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience4
    Beautiful food, great service and a lovely location. Isola Riva is the perfect place for a relaxing lunch. The food is absolutely delicious and the staff are attentive yet discreet.
  15. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 25 June 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    First time at the new temporary venue. Food and service as outstanding as ever
  16. GS

    GregoryS

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 24 June 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Classy joint energised with understated style. Creative chef, bubbly staff, with background of waves crashing onto One Mile Beach.
  17. EK

    EileenK

    Sydney

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 24 June 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food at Isola is perfect The service is great… we would highly recommend this restaurant.
  18. LM

    LisaM

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on 28 May 2022

    overall2food2service2ambience2
    Food was ok but nothing special. Everything comes with aioli so no diversity of flavour and lesser ingredients were substituted without advice. Very expensive and limited beer and wine list- only 2 beers available and $9 for a midi (not even filled). $15 for a glass of $20-a-bottle wine. Restaurant manager was well informed but other staff didn’t know what they were serving. We weren’t able to attract attention when we tried. $200 for four small dishes, two beers and two glasses of wine. There is much better quality and value elsewhere
  19. MM

    MelM

    New South Wales

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 28 May 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Beautiful views, wonderful food and great cocktails 🍸
  20. PD

    PD00

    Sydney

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 28 May 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Hands down our favourite restaurant on the mid North coast. Excellent food and fabulous staff. They really capture the Italian chilled out vibe perfectly. Kudos to Ben and the team.
  21. D

    Dedillon

    New South Wales

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 26 May 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Isola is the only place to dine in Forster. Magic menu and delivers a wonderful taste experience. Chef is creative and imaginative. Congratulations to Chef. Staff are so attentive and amicable. Emma would have to be the most gorgeous Lady and so fantastic in her role. Don’t waste your time eating elsewhere in Forster. Isola is the pinnacle of excellence
  22. KW

    KevinW

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on 22 May 2022

    overall3food2service4ambience4
    Tasting plate= tapas! Some plates extremely overpriced ( the bistecca for example), and $18 for a chocolate cupcake for dessert - you’ve got to be joking!
  23. RG

    RodG

    Sydney

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 20 May 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Been here a few times & always been fantastic food,service,atmosphere & cocktails Managed to be there on the 20th may a week before they start Reno’s & relocate temporarily Can’t wait for the new Reno to be finished!
  24. N

    Newb

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 20 May 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    Lovely food though a little overpriced for the vegetarian options. Very happy they also offer a variety of gluten-free choices for those who are limited in that area.
  25. KT

    KerryT

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 20 May 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Love this place. Gorgeous location, beautiful sharing plates and great service.
  26. JR

    JanR

    New South Wales

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on 19 May 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    we always have a great time love being on the water food is always good and staff friendly .
  27. AB

    AmyB

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 15 May 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great to just sit back and enjoy the food “waves”.
  28. PM

    PMT1

    London

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 13 May 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Had a lovely lunch, despite the wet weather. Waiter was charming and helpful. Think the wine list could include some sweeter Italian wines, two are of the three of us prefer slightly sweeter wines. Great place for a special lunch or dinner.
  29. RB

    RachelB

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 13 May 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Breathtaking venue, really lovely food, great wine list and friendly helpful staff. 10 out of 10.
  30. J

    Joey

    New South Wales

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 8 May 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Friendly service, really yummy food and peaceful atmosphere.
  31. B

    Bubba

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on 8 May 2022

    overall3food3service4ambience4
    We have been to Isola a few times but I have to admit we were a bit disappointed with the food. I was so looking forward to the arancini balls as the ones I had before were amazing but it was a bit tasteless and the cannoli were thick and hard. We found the dishes and wines are overpriced but can't complain about the service.
  32. DS

    DavidS

    Victoria

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 7 May 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    Friendly attentive staff. Good menu with adequate variety. Great flavours in all we tried. Enjoyed
  33. BM

    BryanM

    Sydney

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 6 May 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Best dining experience during our stay in Forster this time, a bit saddened to hear the old building is going to make way for a new restaurant experience in about 20 months time but will check out the new digs in Wharf Street then the all new Isola next year.
  34. M

    Molly

    New York Area

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on 30 April 2022

    overall1food2service2ambience1
    From time we arrived lack of attention. Seated outside at bar type table. Freezing cold. Told no table for 2 inside even though I’d booked weeks ago for special birthday dinner. Eventually moved inside after we complained! Food was ordinary! Definitely not value for money. We are regular diners at many restaurants & thought this one was very poor considering it is meant to be best in Forster. Would not recommend at all!!!
  35. AF

    AndrewF

    London

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 30 April 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Never fails to impress, sets the benchmark for Forster. Highly recommended
  36. SH

    SarahH

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 30 April 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Outstanding service, food, wines, ambiance. An amazing dining experience. 10 out of 10!
  37. PB

    PaulB

    Hong Kong

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 30 April 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Absolutely loved our dinner and wine experience at Isola. Staff and service were fantastic. Can’t wait to return when next in Forster!
  38. AC

    AndrewC

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 27 April 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience5
    Peaceful riverside spot with a relaxed Mediterranean vibe and excellent food, highly recommended. The wait staff need to keep a closer eye on tables needing or wanting service, I've eaten there a couple of times and had to get up from the table to ask for something. Other than that, it's a really nice place to eat at any time of the day or evening.
  39. MH

    MikeH

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on 23 April 2022

    overall2food4service2ambience3
    All food dumped on the table at the same time as being asked for gradual delivery of the dishes very disapointing - felt like thay wanted us in and out as quickly as possible
  40. AW

    AndreaW

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 23 April 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great local restaurant with wonderful ambiance & fresh food

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitising

    • Surfaces sanitised between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitised menu provided
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Sanitiser or wipes provided for customers
    • Contactless payment available
  • Physical distancing

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

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace

FAQs

Isola Riva offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at 0476 132 009.

Isola Riva is rated 4.6 stars by 468 OpenTable diners.

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

Make a booking

2 people

19:00


Booked 3 times today
Google Map for Isola Riva

8 Palmgrove Place, Forster, AU-NSW 2428

Additional information

  • Area

    Forster

  • Hours of Operation

    Lunch Sat, Sun 12:00–15:00 Dinner Fri, Sat 17:00–21:30

  • Cuisines

    Mediterranean, Tapas / Small Plates, Contemporary Italian

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Dress Code

    Casual Dress

  • Parking Details

    Street Parking

  • Payment Options

    AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive Chef

    Daniele Cerullo

  • Additional

    Banquet, Beer, Cocktails, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Gluten-free Options, Indoor Fireplace, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeaway, Vegan, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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