The ocean's watery depths are rich with privateer treasure troves, long-lost citadels, and the final resting place of 98% of socks lost during laundry. Stay dry while exploring the briny blue with today's Groupon: for $30, you get $60 worth of seafood, steaks, and more at Riva Crabhouse on Navy Pier.
Riva serves lunch and dinner menus of classic seafood, steak, and pasta dishes in a casually sophisticated ambience. Guests can start an evening meal with fresh appetizers, such as jumbo lump crab cakes ($16), to set taste buds and toes tapping with anticipation. Aqueous entrees include the Riva lobster diavolo, a whole Maine lobster swimming in spicy tomato sauce over a kelp-like bed of delicate linguine ($35), and the flavorful saffron tagliorini, pasta hosting an all-swim of shrimp, clams, mussels, andouille, and peppers sporting Cajun cream swim trunks ($26). Riva also boasts a hearty selection of meaty chops and plates like the "big bone" ribeye chop ($59), 28 ounces of USDA prime beef guaranteed to silence rumbling stomachs and grumbling herbivores. Pair plates with a quaff from the extensive wine and beer list such as the recommended Caymus Conundrum Meritage ($55 for bottle) to round out the edible experience.
Riva is one of Chicago's only waterfront seafood restaurants, which is doubly admirable considering the immense span of Lake Michigan. The dining room complements the menu with casually elegant décor and dark wood accents that lend a nautical feel. Floor-to-ceiling windows display stunning panoramas of the lake and the city skyline, simultaneously showing the glory of the outdoors and shielding diners from its distressing weather patterns.
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