About Riviera Maya Mexican Restaurant
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: 4142944848
Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cafe, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Non-Smoking Area, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access
Riviera Maya Mexican Restaurant Ratings and Reviews
Love the Mole!
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!
Great food!! Always friendly staff!!
Great food!! Always friendly staff!!
Great off the radar Mexican
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!
Brunch menu offers traditional Mexican b ...
Brunch menu offers traditional Mexican breakfast choices such as tortas, burritos, omelettes and egg dishes. Pancakes and french toast (with a twist!) are also offered. Reasonable prices for quite a bit of food, including a serving of the tortilla soup!
Had the chicken Nachos...excellent...eve ...
Had the chicken Nachos...excellent...everyone in our party of 12 seemed happy with the food.
Not your average Mexican Restaurant
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.
We really liked the food and drinks and ...
We really liked the food and drinks and the service was very good. Nice for a low key dinner out to talk.
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.
The food was very good. The margaritas w ...
The food was very good. The margaritas were fantastic.
This is by far the best Mexican restaurant in Milwaukee! Excellent service and food quality!
Great place for Mexican food
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. Highly recommend.
A Surprisingly Delightful Experience!
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.
Good But Not Great
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.
Very Good Mexican Restaurant
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.
My order came out wrong. The food was n ...
My order came out wrong. The food was not as good as it has been in the past. Have to pay for chips and salsa which is crazy at a Mexican Restaurant.
The food was delicious and the service was spot-on! Will definitely be going back soon!
We had a great time here and were appreciative that they didn't hold back on the amount of margarita that you get in one pitcher, great value!
Overall good experience. Their moles are ...
Overall good experience. Their moles are the best ! The tamarind margarita was really good Portion sizes are pretty good, we were stuffed and couldn't have any desserts
Okay, bit trendy
I was disappointed, did not offer chips or salsa, believe you pay for that. I ordered a quesadilla and it was a bit greasy and what they call pico de gallo was just lettuce and tomatoes.
Authenticity at its finest
Been dining at Riviera for years and never disappoints. Grab some friends for lunch or dinner, there's lots of seating and you must have a margarita and queso fundito.
Great food, great service, my server was very articulate as he explained the menu and history of some of this dishes. He can easily be working at a very high scale restaurant! my husband was very impressed he almost offered him a job, lol. Love it!!!
We always enjoy coming here - the servic ...
We always enjoy coming here - the service and food is great and we never spend too much time waiting.
Food was terrific. Service outstanding. Atmosphere is very casual.
Friendly Service & Amazing Food!!!
Our server was fantastic & her recommendations were spot on!!!
A great find on Open Table!!
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!
Not the usual Mexican fare
The moles and weekend specials are the attractions that keep me coming back. My favorite Mexican eatery in the city.
The mole sampler is a must! Beautiful pr ...
The mole sampler is a must! Beautiful presentation and tasty fun! Margaritas are powerful and delicious. Want a quiet dinner? Go on a week night. Looking for more action? Saturdays are much more lively and fun.
Riviera Maya is a special gem
Riviera Maya does Mexican food with an upscale twist. The moles are a perfect. The flavors are excellent, and the presentation is good. Great drinks are also available.
This was perfect for our purpose of getting together with a small group for a Christmas outing. We wanted a pleasant Mexican atmosphere with good food and Margaritas. We were all impressed with the variety of sauces. The service was great.
Delicious and authentic Mexican brunch e ...
Delicious and authentic Mexican brunch experience. Check it out!
The mole sampler was very good. Food was good, ambiance was nice
The expanded dining area made this a per ...
The expanded dining area made this a perfect place for an impromptu group dinner. The food was as delicious as ever. Thanks!
It was reasonable food at average prices ...
It was reasonable food at average prices. I've had better.
Despite having a little table by the bathrooms and the air conditioning duct dripping on my girlfriend we had a good time. The tapas were very good. The other stuff can be fixed. If you like mole I suggest checking out this Bayview gem.
Worth it? Let me count the ways...
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...
Not Your Ordinary Mexican Food
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.
Not your average mexican
Everything was very good. Food, service, and setting. Surprising quiet considering the setting and the food.
Someone had a bad day.
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.
Vegetarian friendly but not perfect
As always, the food and service were excellent, and there are many vegetarian options. But would it be so hard to make all the moles vegetarian? I pine for the Oaxaca mole! I assume it's just a matter of using vegetable broth, and I'll bet nobody would notice the difference. But you'd make vegetarians soooo happy :-)
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