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Rivera Restaurant

(Now Closed)
Latin American Restaurant, Lounge, and Art Gallery$$$$
South Park, Los Angeles
67 Tips and reviews
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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
    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 -
  • DishOnIt
    DishOnItJuly 12, 2011
    Found Mushroom Carpaccio as Yum Yum. Try it and dish on it at Read more
  • DishOnIt
    DishOnItJuly 12, 2011
    Found Tortilla as Yum Yum. Try it and dish on it at Read more
  • Nikhil H.
    Nikhil HasijaJuly 12, 2011
    Found blood sugar sex magic as Yum Yum. Try it and dish on it at Read more
  • DishOnIt
    DishOnItJuly 12, 2011
    Found Purple Rain as Yum. Try it and dish on it at 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
  • LogoTV
    LogoTVMarch 15, 2011
    “Contemporary eatery downtown. Three dining rooms with three different menus! Amazing, unique drinks and incredible food.” – Korbin, Pretty Hurts
  • Karl H.
    Karl HobartFebruary 28, 2011
    Their desserts are exceptional, especially the chocolate ancho chile cake and the bread pudding in prickly pear sauce!
  • Chris B.
    Chris BlakelyJanuary 31, 2011
    Nice food, but: 3 rooms, 3 menus; you're not allowed to order from another room's menu. No bread for the table. WTF? Too many rules!!!
  • Vanessa T.
    Vanessa TilakaJanuary 12, 2011
    Barbacoa cocktail. snail app from sangre. mussels app & ribeye from conexiones. Olive oil cake dessert all musts because they're AMAZING!
  • Stephane B.
    Stephane BombetJanuary 12, 2011
    Try the "Barbacoa" cocktail by mixologist Julian Cox...made with beef jerky...really special
  • LA Weekly
    LA WeeklyDecember 30, 2010
    Featured in LA Weekly's 99 Essential Restaurants!
  • Amanda N.
    Amanda NatividadOctober 8, 2010
    If you're going here on a weekend, you should make your reservation two weeks in advance.
  • The Salup Group
    The Salup GroupSeptember 15, 2010
    Try a Portugese or Spanish wine, they have a good selection.
  • Robert R.
    Robert RoweSeptember 7, 2010
    ...taste the corn tortillas, which have real edible flowers pressed into them - amazing - served with Indian Butter (creamy avocado butter).
  • Los Angeles Times
    Los Angeles TimesJuly 14, 2010
    You must start with an order of the tortillas florales: four little corn tortillas, handmade and still warm, tucked under a napkin. Each tortilla has a sprig of herb or a flower pressed into it. Read more
  • Eric P.
    Eric PurcellApril 8, 2010
    Really good cocktails here and the blood sugar magic is amazing.
  • kevin g.
    kevin griffithMarch 15, 2010
    Been here 10+ times
    Best Cocktails in Downtown, hands Down! The staff is very knowlegable of its high end collection of alcohols and prides itself on quality, very unique Drink selection, chill setting Read more
  • Michael K.
    Michael KitzmanFebruary 1, 2010
    Chef John Sedlar's (the father of modern Southwest cuisine) latest LA Restaurant.
  • Bravo
    BravoJanuary 27, 2010
    Chef Sedlar returns with a vengeance after a fifteen year hiatus. The Latin Fusion screams out sexy! Make sure to request the tequila made on-premises. -Alex Eusebio, Top Chef
  • Robert V.
    Robert VallejosJanuary 1, 2010
    Standout dishes: handmade tortilla's with pressed flowers, 'two soups' shots, ceviche, short rib tamales, Tasmanian trout, and the banana leaf pork shoulder.
  • Pamela S.
    Pamela SaundersNovember 13, 2009
    $5 parking downtown - awesome! And the pork in the banana leaves was to die for :) Read more
  • veronica l.
    veronica lOctober 6, 2009
    the blood sugar sex magic is delicious! if you like a little spicier, go for the barbacoa (bottom of menu) or just make someone else at the table order it. a sip or two was plenty enough for me.
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