Rivera Restaurant

Latin American, Lounge, Art Gallery
$ $ $
1050 S Flower St (at W 11th St)
Los Angeles, CA 90015
(213) 749-1460
11:30am - 2:00pm
5:30pm - 10:00pm
11:30am - 2:00pm
5:30pm - 10:00pm
11:30am - 2:00pm
5:30pm - 10:00pm
11:30am - 2:00pm
5:30pm - 10:00pm
11:30am - 2:00pm
5:30pm - 10:00pm
5:30pm - 10:00pm
5:30pm - 10:00pm

Located in Downtown Los Angeles, Rivera’s goal is to “celebrate the story and spirit of Latin culture around the world, from the past to the present day and on into the future.” The brainchild of chef John Rivera Sedlar, who grew up in Santa Fe and spend years traveling the world from Sevilla, Spain to Cuzco, Rio de Janeiro, and Puerto Rico. At Riviera he’s pulling together the three-thousand-year history of Latin cuisine into one delicious menu.

Options include a maize cake “po’ boy” with cornmeal-tempura oysters, chile verde remoulade, and cielo verde greens; flan de elote with corn custard, black quinoa, and squash blossom sauce; house-made tortillas with Indian butter; braised Puerco pibil (banana leaf-wrapped pork shoulder); loup de mer a la plancha with five Latin sauces; and enfrijoladas de pato (duck confit rolled in blue corn tortillas with black bean puree, chèvre, and Rioja chile sauce.

If you go, don’t miss out on sampling one of their many tequilas; there are even eight custom-designed bronze and leather oversized “tequila chairs” made just for tequila drinking!


  • 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.
  • Featured in LA Weekly's 99 Essential Restaurants!
  • 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.
  • Featured in LA Weekly's "L.A.'s Best Cocktails: Our 55 favorites and where to find them." (Click 'More Info')
  • Contemporary eatery downtown. Three dining rooms with three different menus! Amazing, unique drinks and incredible food. Korbin, Pretty Hurts
  • 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.
  • Start with tortillas and Indian butter and then some jambon ... The rest takes care of itself
  • 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.
  • Go @metrolosangeles to 7th & imbibe @barandkitchen @RiveraDTLA @dragocentro #dtla - http://ht.ly/5CuJd
  • 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.
  • There are 3 distinct rooms and menus, ask them before being seated.
  • 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
  • Standout dishes: handmade tortilla's with pressed flowers, 'two soups' shots, ceviche, short rib tamales, Tasmanian trout, and the banana leaf pork shoulder.
  • 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
  • The Banana-Wrapped Pork Shoulder is a house favorite that is amazingly moist and great for those who prefer more substantive portions.
  • Amazing! Mofongo, tortillas, wine list, mescal. A must visit in LA!!
  • You must order the tortillas florales, which are made daily by a native of Oaxaca and impressed with herbs or edible flowers:
  • The blood-red Sangre room with a wall of tequila bottles that literally allows customers to drink the architecture.
  • Cocktails are outstanding. Food is incredible. Sometimes they "write" on your plate with spices.
  • If you're going here on a weekend, you should make your reservation two weeks in advance.

Nearby places

1111 S Figueroa St (at Chick Hearn Ct)
714 W Olympic Blvd (at Flower St)
777 Chick Hearn Ct