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About Riviera Maya Mexican Restaurant
Milwaukee, WI 53207
Whether you are planning on dinner for 1, or for 100, Riviera Maya Mexican Restaurant offers a casual, and comfortable dining experience. Relax in our cozy booths, or sit next to the palm trees; while tasting the most traditional and authentic of mole sauces. Choose a wine to accentuate the flavors, a mango Mojito, or a coconut Margarita to accompany your meal. Request a sample of our fresh, daily offerings which may consist of Sesame Seed Mole, or Pumpkin Seed Mole, Almond Mole, Peanut Mole, or Mole Oaxaca, or perhaps start with the coconut shrimp tapas. We invite you to disconnect from the world for a brief period of time to fully enjoy your dinner. Savor each ingredient, and enjoy each visit, at Riviera Maya Restaurant, in Bay View, in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.
Mexican, Tapas / Small Plates, Latin / Spanish
Hours of Operation:
Lunch: Monday - Sunday: 11:00am - 3:00pm; Dinner: Sunday - Monday: 3:00pm - 9:00pm, Tuesday - Saturday: 3:00pm - 9:00pm; Brunch: Saturday - Sunday: 8:00am - 2:00pm
$30 and under
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
Classic guitar player, or solo singers, on advertised weekends.
Call Manager to discuss details in advance. 414-294-4848
Street parking with meters until 6:00 p.m. City Lot in the back of the restaurant with meters on until 9:00 p.m. Free street parking behind the restaurant, on Allis Street.
Bus stops a half block away, at corner of Kinnickinnic and Lincoln Avenues.
Jose Gilberto Botello
Private Party Facilities:
Banquet Room available for private parties. Call Manager to discuss details in advance.
Private Party Contact:
Ask for the Manager: (414) 294-4848
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cafe, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access
Riviera Maya Mexican Restaurant Ratings and Reviews
We had a wonderful dining experience at Riviera Maya. The moles were all excellent and the mole de la dia was exceptional - it was a combination of chiles. We enjoyed the mole sampler. The peanut, chocolate, pumpkin seed moles were all wonderful, fresh, and tasty.
We liked the small plate concept because it allowed us to sample a wide variety of plates. The platanos stuffed with cream cheese were great, and using some of the mole on them made them even better.
We tried enchiladas with mole, shrimp with mango sauce, and other dishes and everything was fresh, subtle and tasty.
Service was good. The margarita was good. The menu is a little limited, but everything we had was grate. And that's better than a menu that has everything and does nothing well.
We enjoyed Riviera Maya and will return.
Great authentic Mexican cuisine and a focus on Moles, which you don't often see north of the Border. A word of warning, though - although the whole menu is extremely reasonably priced, the portions are enormous, which makes it even better value. Service was very friendly and the restaurant is in a fun part of town, a bit off the usual beaten track.
The price for the drinks and food was definitely geared more toward the yuppies. Nothing about the restaurant screamed authenticity other than the accent of the waiter. We did not receive chips and salsa, nor did any of the plates I wanted come with rice AND beans. The shrimp chimichanga was good. But for the price I would have expected a LOT more. However, that is my fault for not looking at the price beforehand. Overall, I would not recommend this place to anyone who is on a budget or is frugal. Taquerias around the city are much more filling and affordable.
We dined here after the Milwaukee Ballet performance of Alice in Wonderland so we were high from that experience. The restaurant was lively and busy already at 4:30 on a Sunday afternoon. The food was good. Would like to try a full meal. We enjoyed the tapas.
We live in Evanston IL and try to find excuses to drive up to Milwaukee several times a year to experience the incredible chocolate mole created in this lovely restaurant. They also cater nicely to my vegan needs, switching the fabulous opening soup to vegetable broth, eliminating cheese on top and other accommodations. Gracious servers; wonderfully consistent and delicious dining!
This place is a gem. It has more refined Mexican fare, with a great variety of moles and other higher end Mexican, but at very reasonable prices. Not the place if you are in the mood for greasy chimichangas, but if you want to try upscale Mexican, you have to go here. The tortilla soup is insane!
The food is unexpected and exciting. I love how there is a different twist on everything and that it is all delicious! The atmosphere is inviting for anyone and the spot is lower lit and chill yet not stuffy or pretentious. I vibe is laid back and not loud. Love this place.
Always looking for good Mexican restaurants outside the usual National Avenue area. Excellent, friendly service, good margaritas, but the star is the food! Signature moles are a refreshing change from the common salsa fare. Enough variety of menu items to satisfy multiple dining tastes.
When you first walk in, the aroma, ambiance, fill your senses immediately.
This is the best Mexican restaurant that I have found in southeast Wisconsin. My family and I have dined here half a dozen times now and none of us have ever left disappointed. From the 3 shot house margaritas to the tortilla soup to the main courses, all authentic, all flavorful.
I towed in a party of 8 and the server had the tables all ready for us. It was daughter's suggestion to try the Riviera Maya and she knows Mexican food! We were impressed by the portion sizes, which were not too huge, for a change and the quality of the food was amazing! It was flavorful food, and was light. There did not seem to be much oil or grease in it to notice, which is really nice to discover for those of us trying to eat healthy. I am vegetarian and most of the party I brought in is not, so I was very happy that the vegetarian options were delicious too. One of us was also gluten intolerant and for once that never posed any difficulty.
The drinks were delightful and the meal was served in a timely manner. We will be going back.
Took a friend to Riviera Maya for the first time. I had been there once before, several years ago, and I enjoyed it. Since then, things seem to have changed a bit.
Portions are now considerably smaller than they used to be. The food was still good, but it's the only Mexican restaurant I've been to that requires you to pay for chips and salsa. Nothing complimentary here!
The service was slow. My dining companion ordered a second margarita and it didn't come. The waiter stopped to ask how everything was and we reminded him of the margarita order. He admitted he had forgotten about it and brought it, advising that it would not be on our bill, which we appreciated.
It is a little difficult to review the restaurant, since my visit was during a snow storm. The service was very good. The waiter explained the lunch menu and even thought they don't have combonation plates, they do offer small plates, so you can order a variety of items.
We both enjoyed our selections and even though I can't remember the name, they offer a combination meat that is very tasty and should be tried.
I'll be back.
Used open table to find a place that could accommodate a reservation for 16 ppl for a Saturday afternoon luncheon to celebrate my husband's 75th birthday. We live in the Green Bay area, but most of his relatives live in the Milwaukee area, his son lives in Chicago & so we were looking for an easy to get to place for this celebration. My husband actually grew up in Bay View so selected this restaurant without ever having visited it before. So as to reviewing it, couldn't have been happier with our selection!!!
Thank you to the staff of Riviera Maya for a great afternoon! They had one table set up for us in the main dining area, but then quickly offered us the opportunity to use a separate side room to give us room to visit & socialize, they took drink orders as we mingled, and then had a great and delicious lunch off the menu. Everyone enjoyed the food & I personally loved the lunch special I ordered with fish tacos and coconut shrimp. We ordered sampler plates of the various moles & they explained them all, the meals came with soup which by the way was also delicious. They topped off the afternoon by bringing out a birthday dessert on the house, including a candle & a shot of Jose Cuervo!! THANK YOU! It was a a great find, and I would not hesitate to recommend to anyone. Hope I get to return here!
I have been a fan of Riviera Maya ever since I moved to Milwaukee (9 years ago?), so this could be a long list. Instead, I'll just enumerate three of the reasons that this reasonably priced restaurant is absolutely worth your patronage:
1: tasty (and strong) margaritas;
2: delicious variety of moles (if you like mole, you'll know that a good one is hard to find);
3: tortilla soup included with your entree! And not one of those tomato-y catastrophes you find some places...
This is not your ordinary Mexican restaurant--it's much better! Don't expect to order via numbers on this menu. It's much better than one of those get you in and get you out places near 5th & National. The mole sauces are unique, and work trying all the varieties.
Although I have enjoyed Riviera Maya on a couple past visits, this was awful. I had a group of eight and felt like we were imposing on the wait staff the entire time. The waiter was impatient and would randomly walk away in the middle of conversatioons. The food was OK. But not worth the indignancy of the service.
The food was great. The service was outstamding. I particularly would recommend the house Pepitas. They were a great addition to our brunch items. The murals are fantastic. We definitely will go back. Bay View is a great area for a lot of things amd it should rival the east side.
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