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Isola Riva, Forster, AU-NSW

Isola Riva

4.6
4.6
453 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

7:00 PM


Booked 1 time today

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Cuisines

    Mediterranean, Tapas / Small Plates, Contemporary Italian

  • Hours of operation

    Lunch Sat, Sun 12:00 pm–3:00 pm Dinner Fri, Sat 5:00 pm–9:30 pm

  • Phone number

    0476 132 009

  • Payment options

    AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Executive chef

    Daniele Cerullo

  • Neighborhood

    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, Takeout, Vegan, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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What 453 people are saying

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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

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  1. K

    Kate

    New South Wales

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    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.
  2. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

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

    GregoryS

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

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

    EileenK

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

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

    LisaM

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 28, 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
  6. MM

    MelM

    New South Wales

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 28, 2022

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

    PD00

    Sydney

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 28, 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.
  8. D

    Dedillon

    New South Wales

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 26, 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
  9. KW

    KevinW

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 22, 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!
  10. RG

    RodG

    Sydney

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 20, 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!
  11. N

    Newb

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 20, 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.
  12. KT

    KerryT

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 20, 2022

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

    JanR

    New South Wales

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on May 19, 2022

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

    AmyB

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 15, 2022

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

    PMT1

    London

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 13, 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.
  16. RB

    RachelB

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 13, 2022

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

    Joey

    New South Wales

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 8, 2022

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

    Bubba

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 8, 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.
  19. DS

    DavidS

    Victoria

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on May 7, 2022

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

    BryanM

    Sydney

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 6, 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.
  21. M

    Molly

    New York Area

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 30, 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!!!
  22. AF

    AndrewF

    London

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on April 30, 2022

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

    SarahH

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 30, 2022

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

    AndrewC

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 27, 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.
  25. MH

    MikeH

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 23, 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
  26. AW

    AndreaW

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great local restaurant with wonderful ambiance & fresh food
  27. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Sydney

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Second visit for me and I’ll be back again! Just a great venue, amazing ambience and customer service and the food is fabulous! 5 stars all the way 🥰
  28. DR

    DanielleR

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wonderful service, amazing food and a beautiful spot.
  29. CP

    CathyP

    Sydney

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Beautiful spot to watch the sunset and sip cocktails paired with delicious food. Highly recommend this restaurant for a beautiful relaxed night out.
  30. E

    Elizabeth

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 19, 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience4
    We'd really looked forward to dining here on our last night in Forster, been recovering after Covid and at last felt well. Booked a couple of days ahead. Booking on line was hopeless, way better to phone and explain and get a commitment to have the table of your choice. We ended up inside and the whole point of this veggie is to eat outside. And the dish that had lured us, burrata, was unavailable 😢I'd seen someone served it on a previous visit and was really keen to try it. Instead we had lamb rump (5/10) and my partner had clams (5/10). It really is the loveliest venue, especially on a calm night. I was so disappointed to be so disappointed.
  31. T

    Timbo

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 17, 2022

    overall1food4service1ambience2
    Waited almost an hour for a drink and entree that never came, was then met with surprise when we asked as the mains came out about drinks and entree, they then came out after mains, very disappointing experience and would not recommend
  32. E

    Elemnope

    Melbourne

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 14, 2022

    overall2food3service1ambience4
    Fine dining prices. food nice but not reflective of the price. Oysters and kingfish very nice. Service very average for the price. Lacked attentiveness or warmth. For the price I expected more.
  33. F

    Familycatchup

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 14, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    The 8 of us had a tremendous night. The service was outstanding, food was delicious and timing of food and drinks was perfect. If I had to improve anything at all, it would be the type of beer glasses the boys were given. I’m sure a lot of men like the short glass for craft beers but when the males in our group ask for a regular beer other than the fancy ones on the menu I think they expect a more masculine glass. Thanks for having us at your beautiful restaurant
  34. KL

    KerryL

    New South Wales

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on April 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Lovely location. The food fabulous. Service amazing. Will recommend to friends. The perfect spot to celebrate my Husband Birthday.
  35. D

    Dedillon

    New South Wales

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on April 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    As always a superb lunch. Isola is the only Forster restaurant you could wish to dine at. Stunning location and amazing menu. Had to dine elsewhere during the flood and bitterly disappointed as nothing comes near to Isola. Staff lovely as always. Look forward to returning when the tourists go home. Thanks for another lovely dinning experience
  36. JB

    JudyB

    New South Wales

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on April 13, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Great cocktails and share menu in the covered outdoor venue on the edge of Wallis lake
  37. AW

    AllanaW

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Had a beautiful meal, great staff and Bailey is a great host. The food is exceptional and I cannot wait to go back again.
  38. MP

    MarinaP

    Sydney

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on April 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Delicious food, friendly & prompt service and peaceful & picturesque ambience
  39. AS

    AndrewS

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 9, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience5
    Fairly small serving but good quality and very tasty Dips were fresh with flatbread The Whiting Fritti and Kingfish Carpaccio were standouts. I know its Italian but would have preferred to see local pipis instead of NZ Vongole although thry were delicious.
  40. SF

    StephF

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing special night out! Beautiful meal, lovely ambiance and great service!

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Sanitizer 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 453 OpenTable diners.

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

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 1 time today
Google Map for Isola Riva

8 Palmgrove Place Forster, AU-NSW 2428

Additional information

  • Neighborhood

    Forster

  • Hours of operation

    Lunch Sat, Sun 12:00 pm–3:00 pm Dinner Fri, Sat 5:00 pm–9:30 pm

  • 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, Takeout, Vegan, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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