The day we’ve been waiting for is finally here! Disney’s Riviera Resort is officially OPEN!
And while our excitement levels have been going OFF THE CHARTS as we’ve been counting down the days for the hotel to make its official debut, it’s FINALLY time to check out Disney’s Riviera Resort! Join us over at Bar Riva now while we scope out the drinks, eats, and atmosphere of Riviera’s pool bar!
Let’s dig into an EXCLUSIVE Bar Riva menu!
While Bar Riva might be technically classified as a pool bar — this is no ordinary pool bar! Let me repeat: NO. ORDINARY. POOL. BAR. You’ll see why in just a second.
Drawing its inspiration from the Mediterranean, this poolside location is serving up European and Mediterranean-inspired cuisine along with a BEVY of delicious cocktails! You’ll find Bar Riva’s entrance situated right by another of the resort’s food stops, Primo Piatto.
The quick-service Bar Riva is visually lovely. The room is filled with vibrant blues and stark whites for contrast. We can see ourselves really wanting to spend A LOT of time here!
The design of the bar is super-sleek and modern without feeling too stuffy. The more casual-looking bar seating and contemporary light fixtures help set the laid-back kind of mood.
Truly growing more obsessed by the second with these funky Mid Century Modern-style chandeliers with nice accents of gold!
The ceilings are clad in wood with a lightly-stained finish giving additional warmth and coziness to the space. There’s also plenty of ceiling fans to keep that cool air circulating (even we forgot we were OUTSIDE for a second with how lovely and comfortable this room is!). Buuut, it’s also December, so we’ll see what happens in the height of summer.
The furniture mimics the cool retro-chic vibes of the lighting with teak chairs and round tables floating throughout the space.
And can we just pause for a moment to enjoy this incredible tilework? STUN-NING!
A long banquet runs along the entire length of the bar. It’s upholstered with a bold pattern that creates an interesting juxtaposition with the flooring. And how ’bout those murals?! We feel like we’re in the Mediterranean, for reals!
This place is truly a feast for the eyes! But we came here to get our EAT ON, so now it’s time to take a look at what’s for lunch!
The lounge shares many of the same menu options as Primo Piatto (which makes sense since it’s right next door!). So we’re trying Bar Riva’s exclusive eats, many of which you can sit down to enjoy, or even take on-the-go with you! And while you already know Primo Piatto’s servin’ up a mean Croque Monsieur, Bar Riva’s all about that Monte Cristo-lifestyle, baby!
That’s right! Disney World has it’s very own Monte Cristo Sandwich!!! Now you no longer have to travel to Disneyland’s Blue Bayou to get your ham, turkey, gruyere, and brioche all rolled up into one and delicious, deep-fried achievement!
Or…maybe you do. Check out our full comparison HERE!
The sandwich is even sprinkled with a fine coating of powdered sugar and served with strawberry preserves taking the Monte Cristo all the way up to onze (that’s ELEVEN in French!). Next up, we got into the Grilled Chicken Wings — another Bar Riva exclusive item!
The wings had a great sear to them and we were licking our fingers thanks to all the lemon-herb butter sauce and roasted garlic they were tossed in! Buuut that portion is a little…little. If you know what I mean.
Last, we just had to go for the Baked Brie in Puff Pastry because there’s nothing not to like about warm, gooey cheese wrapped in filo dough. The brie was so nice and BIG!
And when we sliced into it, the cheese was SOOOO melty!
With the flaky pastry crust, we could’ve devoured the entire Baked Brie just by itself, but it’s served with pieces of grilled sourdough perfect for scooping up the amazing cheesiness!
After getting a preview of the drink menu, we were really excited to try out some of the European-inspired cocktails at the Bar Riva when Disney’s Riveria Resort opened today! Signature cocktails include your choice of various sangrias and frozen cocktails.
There are also plenty of specialty mixed drinks to choose from…
…along with a vast section of wines, beers, and hard cider.
There are also non-alcoholic drinks if you prefer mocktails over cocktails!
Here’s the selection of drinks we ended up with, based on the bartender’s recommendation! We’ll take you through each of ’em!
It was a perfect day to down a delcicious Provence Frosé for $16 featuring Provence Rosé Wine and Cîroc Vodka! It’s delicious and so pretty — made with imported wine, Ooh la la!
And we were happy to wet our whistle with the Il Tramonto for $13. This one’s made with Tito’s Handmade Vodka, Aperol, St-Germain Elderflower Liqueur, Lemonade, Turmeric, Pomegranate, and Orange! It’s so spicy, citrusy, and sweet! And tumeric is totally good for you, right?
For a refreshing, poolside sipper, we’d recommend the Almande Grog for $14. Courvoisier VS Cognac, Appleton Estate Reserve Blend Rum, Disaronno Originale, Apricot, Honey, Lemon, and Soda Water make this one a fav in our group — plus the bartender told us the apricot sauce it uses is made-in-house!
And for our last selection, we went with Le Petit Fleur featuring Cîroc Vodka, Lillet Blanc, Camomile Tea, Lemon, and Soda Water. The $14 drink was subtly potent, with just mild earthy tones from the tea!
There are so many other drinks to choose from including the Mediterranean Wave, which is made with Ciroc Vodka, Italicus Rosolio di Bergamotto, Liqueur, Pineapple, Agave, and Bois Blue Curaçao. There’s also the frozen Strawberry Margarita, made Harradura Reposado Tequlia. We’ll definitely be back to try a few more of ’em!
Bar Riva is a fantastic addition to the Riviera Resort, and will definitely be a great option for you if you dig its indoor/ outdoor atmosphere. It really has great food, excellent drinks and a gorgeous room to enjoy them in — or take ’em outside and enjoy the pool view! We think along with Primo Piatto, Bar Riva goes above and beyond what you’d expect from a typical fast-casual restaurant, making it a fun part of your stop by Disney World’s newest deluxe resort!
Will you be visiting Bar Riva at Disney’s Riviera Resort? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below!