El Paso >General Merchandise Stores > Riviera Restaurant
5218 Doniphan Dr, El Paso, TX | Directions 7993231.849728 -106.582894
Mon. - Thu. 11am - 8:30pm;Fri. - Sun. 7am - 8:30pm
Terrible in many ways – First, I have eaten Mexican food all my life, am married to a Mexican woman, and we are NOT picky eaters. I needed to schedule a famitly get-together and decided to try this place on a whim. Called 2 days in advance and made a reservation for 16, no problem. My sister and her family showed up first and were told they don't take reservations. They put a table together for us. Service to take our drink order was promt, but it took 20 minutes for us to get our drinks (a few beers, sprites for the kids, etc.). Ordered the kids enchilada plate for my daughter (off the kids menu) and it was too spicy (she eats mild to medium hot chilie at home all the time. I ordered the "special" which included chicken fajitas and the chicken was soo overcooked, it crackled like chicharones when I tried to eat it. Beans, rice and enchilada sauce all taste like supermarket quality. Out of the 16 people, only 2 were satisfited with their meals. My wife asked to take home the enchiladas that my daughter ordered and the waiter took them to the kitched and never returned. I had to walk up the the kitchen and bar 4 times to get drinks for everyone. Fortunately, the menu says they do garauntee the food, so we didn't pay for 2 of the plates, but still a waste of time and money. After paying $150, I had to take my wife and kids to Jack in the Box on the way home. This place sucks and for as many good mexican food restaurants in El Paso, I'm surprised this one is still in business.
Best tacos on the west side of El Paso! – This is the place for consistently delicious Mexican food...beef tacos are excellent...a little too greasy... but the flavors are great. The only negative is the salsa is sometimes a little bland. Service is very good. A good place to take tourists to try out the various dishes available on the border.
PICO DE GALLO!!!!! – People who rate this resturant bad who dont live El Paso dont go to the Riviera like I do. It can be slow at times but I love the food. It has different type of Mexican food than other Mexican food places in El Paso. I deffently recomend the pico de gallo...its wonderful. I love going there!!!!
Bad food, bad service, not too great – The food was okay, definately not that great. I am not a food snob either, mexican is normally just mexican but this place ranked below taco bell. I had combination #3 and it was not good, and my wife had one of the taco dishes and ranked it average. Warning the guacamole is spicy! The only thing that was not bad was they made their own taco shells which were greasy but good. If I return to El Paso I won't return here.
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