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Rivera Restaurant

(Now Closed)
Latin American Restaurant, Lounge, and Art Gallery$$$$
South Park, Los Angeles
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  • Katrina Z.
    Katrina ZaiJanuary 27, 2015
    Decent food but amazing cocktails!!
  • DRAZ
    DRAZDecember 11, 2014
    The cocktails are mediocre at best but the food is incredible especially the tamales dish!
  • LA Weekly
    LA WeeklyNovember 5, 2014
    Named Best Tequila Program in our 2014 Best of LA issue! Read more
  • Chris H.
    Chris HSeptember 4, 2014
    Mediocre food, better cocktail program, bizarre practice of up selling / getting really pushy w appetizers.
  • Jeanette R.
    Jeanette RomanSeptember 3, 2014
    Great for sophisticated Latin food from all parts of Latin America.
  • Lauren F Van Dart
    Lauren F Van DartSeptember 1, 2014
    Nice restaurant, good food, it's all about the presentation . Very interesting.
  • J.d. M.
    J.d. MareshAugust 22, 2014
    Barbacoa cocktail is exactly the right mix of sweet sour and spicy. Try the carts!
  • Doug d.
    Doug de WetAugust 17, 2014
    Happy Hour M-F from 5 to 7. Selected food, including their fabulous short rib tamalli, and the tortillas pressed with flowers served with avocado butter, are a steal at only $5 - drinks $4-$7.
  • Bryan A.
    Bryan AckermannAugust 17, 2014
    The sea bass and ANY of the drinks!
  • LA Weekly
    LA WeeklyAugust 4, 2014
    They serve two soups in one bowl, layered in a one shotglass; as you drain the glass the hot chile soup turns cold and creamy in your mouth, adding three-dimensionality to the contrast of the flavors. Read more
  • Los Angeles Times
    Los Angeles TimesAugust 3, 2014
    John Sedlar's cooking is delicious, and Julian Cox's Mexican-influenced cocktails are mysterious, smoky and deep. Read more
  • Adam M.
    Adam MasonMay 11, 2014
    Great mixologists working the bar.
  • Kristina
    KristinaNovember 22, 2013
    Nice surprise near the Convention Center. Vegetarian options available.
  • Los Angeles
    Los AngelesOctober 17, 2013
    One of the showstoppers is raw hamachi topped with sea urchin that’s kissed by a splash of mezcal—it’s the only time that liquid smoke is ever fashionable.
  • Los Angeles
    Los AngelesAugust 15, 2013
    Don't miss the Barbacoa, made with mezcal, chipotle, jalapeno and ginger syrup with a smoky beef jerky garnish.
  • Superb
    SuperbJuly 19, 2013
    The Banana-Wrapped Pork Shoulder is a house favorite that is amazingly moist and great for those who prefer more substantive portions.
  • Los Angeles Times
    Los Angeles TimesJune 6, 2013
    Chef John Sedlar treats his tortillas, with flowers pressed into them as if into a scrapbook, as seriously as he does his sweetbreads with huacatay or his snails with Jabugo ham. Read more
  • Julien E.
    Julien EdwardsMay 14, 2013
    The dessert with chocolate, banana and blue cheese is far better than it sounds. Worth trying at least once
  • Mulholland Books
    Mulholland BooksMarch 25, 2013
    "A Nueva Mexicana restaurant downtown that was supposed to be the bomb" —from Guilt by Degrees by Marcia Clark
  • LA Home & Style
    LA Home & StyleMarch 9, 2013
    Liana loves the modern latin cuisine here, especially the desserts.
  • HHM
    HHMFebruary 15, 2013
    the best bartender ever
  • Richard E.
    Richard EspyJanuary 23, 2013
    Excellent happy hour from 5-7.
  • Mucho C.
    Mucho Comida™October 1, 2012
    You're in one of the best DTLA restaurants. Enjoy.
  • Ian B.
    Ian BlackburnSeptember 21, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    Start with tortillas and Indian butter and then some jambon ... The rest takes care of itself
  • Hillary F.
    Hillary FlorstedtSeptember 2, 2012
    Termes wine... So good
  • Peter F.
    Peter FSeptember 2, 2012
    Amazing! Mofongo, tortillas, wine list, mescal. A must visit in LA!!
  • Hillary F.
    Hillary FlorstedtSeptember 2, 2012
    Xochimiloco... Unusually delicious dessert.. Just do it.. You'll thank me later
  • Tasting Table
    Tasting TableAugust 8, 2012
    You must order the tortillas florales, which are made daily by a native of Oaxaca and impressed with herbs or edible flowers: Read more
  • MADWINO
    MADWINOJuly 9, 2012
    Check out some of their Portuguese wines
  • Trevor M.
    Trevor MorrowFebruary 5, 2012
    Go for drinks before dinner, the bar is great. Drink: beef jerky drink (interesting/worth a try). Entree: pork shoulder (very good). Dessert: olive oil cake (unreal, get it).
  • Jeff S.
    Jeff SJanuary 30, 2012
    There are 3 distinct rooms and menus, ask them before being seated.
  • DAN C.
    DAN COXDecember 1, 2011
    John Sedlar is one of LA's most celebrated and acclaimed chefs. Close your eyes and take a bite, and you'll understand why. Perfection.
  • Brad S.
    Brad SeraphinNovember 26, 2011
    Drinking the barbacoa. Decent. Could take it or leave it.
  • Ted L.
    Ted LinNovember 13, 2011
    Barbacoa.. The only thing to order... Actually.. The mojito with jalapeño is a distinct touch.
  • Cameron G.
    Cameron GawleyNovember 4, 2011
    Get the head bartender Eric to make you an amazing Old Fashioned followed with a Chet Baker ... #amazing #bestbarLA
  • Jason C.
    Jason ChabakOctober 12, 2011
    Terrible service
  • Todd S.
    Todd SeligmanOctober 4, 2011
    The Barbacoa cocktail is absolutely amazing! Get it with Mescal for the smokey flavor. Read more
  • Bush A.
    Bush AklehOctober 3, 2011
    A great fine dining restaurant, focus on Spanish cuisine, not just Mexico and not burritos and tacos but simply amazing food.
  • Jake S.
    Jake SimmsJuly 17, 2011
    Go bespoke when you order a drink. Always fun to see what they can cone up with on the fly.
  • Los Angeles
    Los AngelesJuly 14, 2011
    Go @metrolosangeles to 7th & imbibe @barandkitchen @RiveraDTLA @dragocentro #dtla - http://ht.ly/5CuJd
  • DishOnIt
    DishOnItJuly 12, 2011
    Found Mushroom Carpaccio as Yum Yum. Try it and dish on it at http://dishonit.com Read more
  • DishOnIt
    DishOnItJuly 12, 2011
    Found Tortilla as Yum Yum. Try it and dish on it at http://dishonit.com Read more
  • Nikhil H.
    Nikhil HasijaJuly 12, 2011
    Found blood sugar sex magic as Yum Yum. Try it and dish on it at http://dishonit.com Read more
  • DishOnIt
    DishOnItJuly 12, 2011
    Found Purple Rain as Yum. Try it and dish on it at http://dishonit.com Read more
  • The Feast
    The FeastJune 6, 2011
    The blood-red Sangre room with a wall of tequila bottles that literally allows customers to drink the architecture.
  • Carolina M.
    Carolina MirandaMay 12, 2011
    Get the tortillas with edible flowers and guacamole. Best thing on the menu.
  • Rachel R.
    Rachel RobinsonApril 25, 2011
    Cocktails are outstanding. Food is incredible. Sometimes they "write" on your plate with spices.
  • Vira M.
    Vira MagallanesApril 1, 2011
    Try the clam tamale and the scallops!
  • LA Weekly
    LA WeeklyMarch 23, 2011
    Featured in LA Weekly's "L.A.'s Best Cocktails: Our 55 favorites and where to find them." (Click 'More Info') Read more
  • Bon Appetit Magazine
    Bon Appetit MagazineMarch 22, 2011
    At this downtown elegant hot-spot, chef John Rivera Sedlar curates Latin flavors as much as cooks them. There's an audio tour and dishes like duck confit with rioja sauce and cascabel chiles. Read more
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