Just one block east of the Nokia Theater and the Staples Center sits Rivera, the latest Latin creation from legendary chef/owner John Rivera Sedlar. The father of modern Southwest cuisine is back on the culinary scene after a fifteen year sabbatical spent representing Patrón tequila, and while no one would purport that cooking is like riding a bicycle, he certainly re-approaches his craft with the ease and grace of a seasoned veteran. Sedlar merges classical French technique with the memory of the earthy and spicy foods of his New Mexico childhood to produce sumptuous chile-packed masterpieces in a sleek and contemporary setting.
My wife and I were very excited to enjoy a meal at Rivera before a show at Nokia. The server was nice but inattentive during our slow service. Rivera drinks were taste but not worth the money because there was no alcohol and they pour a 5 oz. wine per glass. Food was not worth their price and extremely slow coming out of the kitchen. Our bill for two was over 160.00 w/o tip. I should have gone to the Palms across the street! Sincerely, Lost on the Mexican Rivera