Emerald Hospitality Group – parent company of the three London hotspots, El Norte, Zuaya and Como Garden - is set to launch Riviera, a Southern French restaurant, in Mayfair on 21 April.
Taking over the famous Sake no Hana site on St James’s Street, the group’s fourth restaurant brand is set to be one of the most notable high-end restaurant openings of 2023, following an extensive refurbishment.
On the first floor, diners will find the main restaurant which serves an impressive 120 covers alongside an open plan kitchen, where the attention to detail is impeccable.
The ground floor will be home to Riviera’s bar and lounge, opening on May 11th 2023, with a capacity of 60 covers.
An additional 54-cover outdoor terrace and additional al fresco lounge area will launch in June.
The refurbishment has taken over 16 months to complete and has been carried out by esteemed interior designer Lazaro Rosa Violan Studio, who adds Riviera to his plethora of high-end sites including the likes of Amazonico and Soho House.
The once Sake no Hana site has been transformed from a traditional Japanese setting to a luxurious restaurant taking inspiration from the elegant South of France.
Arian & Alberto Zandi, co-founders, shared, “This is a very exciting brand for Emerald Hospitality Group. We have a deep appreciation for the South of France, a region that celebrates life, honouring friends and family reunions, artisanal fine art, and superb food.
'Riviera is set to represent and embody the luxurious lifestyle found in the South of France, in a unique London location.”