Fort Lauderdale, FL 33316
Riviera, a 200-seat coastal Italian eatery from Viviani – a “Top Chef” contestant and reality show host-turned-restaurateur – will be the ground-floor centerpiece of the new Hotel Maren Fort Lauderdale Beach, a Hilton-owned boutique hotel at 525 S. Fort Lauderdale Beach Blvd.
Welcomed by a passionate, knowledgeable hospitality team, guests will enjoy this unique elegant yet approachable venue created by combining several sitting options, from private tables with comfortable booths, to larger high tops around the bar area, some communal sitting and a gorgeous “Veranda” Patio. The menu may include short rib with sea urchin, sliced filet mignon with kale and Tuscan seasoning, hummus platters and a few more Mediterranean dishes, Viviani adds, although he is still experimenting with dishes alongside Riviera’s executive chef, Richard Jimenez (Soleil@k in California, Mezzaluna in Bangkok).
Eventually, Riviera will offer a happy hour menu, weekend brunch, a catering and buffet menu and pool parties.