Cafe Sevilla - Riverside
Cafe Sevilla - Riverside

Cafe Sevilla - Riverside

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.cafesevilla.com/locs/riverside/index.html
  • Phone: 9517780611
  • Hours of Operation:
    Dinner: Sunday - Saturday: 4:30pm - 2:00am; Brunch - Sunday: 10:00am - 2:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Spanish, Tapas / Small Plates
  • Executive Chef: Cesar Castillo
  • Dress Code: Business Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Dancing, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Smoking Area (patio only), Takeout, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Private Party Facilities: Cafe Sevilla is one of Southern California's top-rated restaurants & has the right ingredients in place to create an extra-special event for you.
  • Private Party Contact: Sandra Penny 8776810891
  • Entertainment: 7 nights a week Rumba & Flamenco Gypsy King Style Performances upstairs in the Tapas Bar. Weekends are host to our famous dinner shows. Fridays 7:30 - 9:30pm Gypsy Flamenco Fusion, Saturdays 7:00pm - 9:00pm Passion of Tango, and Sundays 7:00pm - 9:00pm The Art of Flamenco...experience Spain without the Airfare.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: University
  • Public Transit: Express Catering Services available. Please contact Linda Larrauri at 858-860-0382 ext. 101 for more details.
  • Parking: Valet
  • Parking Details: Valet on Weekends, Holidays and Special Events. Limited Private Parking all other days.
A word from Cafe Sevilla - Riverside
Sevilla Restaurant - Like visiting Spain without the airfare. Cafe Sevilla features true authentic Cuisine from the South of Spain's Catalan region. Nightly entertainment in the Tapas bar featuring Rumba and Flamenco Gypsy King style music. Live Dinner Shows Fridays Gypsy Flamenco Fusion, Saturdays Passion of Tango, and Sundays The Art of Flamenco. Nightly features as well as Monthly Wine Dinners and a Premium Cigar Bar are just a few of the reasons to visit a truly unique dinning experience... Sevilla Restaurant located in the Historical Downtown Riverside District.
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Cafe Sevilla - Riverside reviews from OpenTable diners
15 reviews since June 2, 2014
Overall Rating4.3
  • Food4.8
    Service4.2
  • Ambiance4.3
    Noise LevelModerate
100% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (11)special occasion (9)romantic (8)good for groups (6)great for brunch (5)late-night find (4)neighborhood gem (4)vibrant bar scene (4)notable wine list (2)hot spot (2)scenic view (1)kid-friendly (1)great for outdoor dining (1)Show More
  • Great Brunch
    mattlefields
    Dined on 6/29/2014
    Cafe Sevilla is a favorite of my wife and I. We recently went in to try the brunch for the first time, and we were very impressed. Very delicious wide variety of foods. The omlette/waffle/crepe station was especially good. The Meats grilled outside were juicy, and cooked to your preference. A Glass of Sangria, or a Mimosa are included with your brunch which was nice, and unexpected. Needless to say, we will be back.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2007VIP
    Dined on 6/27/2014
    We have eaten at the San Diego location on many occasions. It is a must whenever we go there. Thanks to Open Table we discovered the Riverside location. Beautiful place, and the food was good. But, the service was disapointing. Drinks were very slow especially the crafted sangria. Too, it was odd that a Spanish restaurant could not offer a blended margarita. The food was also slow coming out. We like to order a couple of tapas at a time and they usually come out quickly. Not here. We'll give it another shot because of our love for the San Diego operation. It's a great option location wise when coming home to Orange County from the dessert.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wonderful
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005
    Dined on 6/25/2014
    I was at Cafe Sevilla with friends celebrating my birthday on June 25. We loved it! None of us had been there before for dinner and it was fabulous. Tapas, Sangria and traditional Spanish dishes such as the paella are all great.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, late-night find, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Awesome Brunch
    MitchC
    Dined on 6/22/2014
    Sandra the Manager, does a fantastic job! Everything is Great!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Excellent Menu
    GraceVIP
    Dined on 6/14/2014
    We went with four people and ordered a variety of tapas. Everything was delicious! The meat paella was something you don't find in tapas restaurants - usually it's seafood. The rabbit in rioja wine sauce melted in your mouth. The bacon wrapped dates were decadent. The olive loaf bread - we ordered two, it was amazing! I wish we had a restaurant like this closer to home. They have a restaurant in Long Beach, too!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Kenmon
    Dined on 6/11/2014
    Excellent dining ... a little pricey. The family paella was terrific and would feed at least three people. The salads were unique and tasty. Overall ambience of the restaurant was romantic, although a little too loud.
    Special Features:
    romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Upscale, not for kids
    TrishDaDish
    Dined on 6/6/2014
    Definitely not for kids. Other than that disappointment, the staff was polite and the food was delicious! Check in on Yelp! and get a free Sampler Tapas.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great fun evening!
    Marvin
    Dined on 6/1/2014
    We chose a place that was close to Orange County so we could meet centrally. This worked well and we had a great fun evening. The servers were helpful with some unusual tapas and our Sangria glasses were never empty. The food was outstanding and portions were more than adequate to share among six. The bacon wrapped dates with blue cheese were phenomenal ! Can't wait to go back.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 7 ratings-only reviews submitted since June 2, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.4
    • Food4.9
    • Ambiance4.4
    • Service4.4
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 142 reviews are from the Cafe Sevilla - Riverside reviews archive.
  • Closed
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 5/25/2014
    Got reservation but restaurant was closed for a private party. Restaurant called me to tell me that but it was at reservation time so I was already there.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • another great night
    love4spain
    Dined on 5/24/2014
    This place has great food, friendly staff and great live music. Every time I come here it's memorable, I have enjoyed the Flamenco show and the live music at the bar.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • AWESOME FOOD
    Mzmarna
    Dined on 5/17/2014
    loved everything we tried - queso fundido, paella valenciana -- all work spectacular. the hostess was a little confused about where to seat us and spent quite awhile complaining to a coworker about some other issue before she seated us. seemed odd since we were one of the first parties there at 4:30pm. wait staff just seemed disinterested. the table wasn't exactly clean, but eventually it was fixed.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • First Time
    FortheLoveofFood
    Dined on 5/10/2014
    Overall it's a good restaurant. The good was an 8 from a scale 1-10. We did dinner and a show and the show was nice. The food took a while to get to our table and the server server forgot our drinks on 3 occasions. I would like to go in and try the restaurant in the dinning area and experience that to be able to give this restaurant a fair review.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 5/5/2014
    A little expensive for the portion size but great food and amazing service
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, late-night find, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Small bites of deliciousness.
    Schmidtie
    Dined on 4/19/2014
    My hubby and I ate here Saturday. Everything we tried was delicious! Server was very attentive, and offered suggestions. Sangria is a must! We had a pitcher. Food was very well presented, melts in your mouth good. We will be back! I am planning my birthday celebration here now!
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Good for Groups, Romantic, special occasion, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Good, not fabulous...
    NancyBVIP
    Dined on 4/18/2014
    it was our second visit and not as good as we remembered. The bacon wrapped dates were over cooked, and the short ribs were a little bland. Great service and the mocha creme brulee was fantastic!
    Special Features:
    Good for Groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Excellent food and service
    Magnetica02
    Dined on 3/29/2014
    Everything was perfect. The food is to die for. The atmosphere is welcoming, unique, and romantic.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, romantic, neighborhood gem, hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • An Excellent Taste of Spain
    senortenor
    Dined on 3/29/2014
    I happened upon this restaurant online quite by chance, but I was looking to meet up with a friend in Riverside. I found that I made an excellent choice! The food was excellent, and is incredibly authentic. They have a huge menu and the portion sizes were wonderful. We ordered mostly seafood and fish tapas, and also a black paella tapa, which was excellent and really a delicacy. There were several choices of sangria. We went for the white sangria, which was light, sweet, and not too strong. It was the perfect compliment to the meal. I especially liked that it had an apple cinnamon flavor. They have a traditional red sangria, also. I would most certainly recommend Sevilla, especially if you are going to be in downtown Riverside.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • We aren't from the area, so
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007VIP
    Dined on 3/29/2014
    We aren't from the area, so we turned to Open Table for places to eat. The food was so delicious, we went back again the next evening! The mushroom empanadas, vegetarian flatbread, shrimp tapas, and chocolate creme brulee were especially delicious, although EVERYTHING we had was yummy. This may be the best choice to eat in Riverside!
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Notable effort.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 3/28/2014
    To start, we had to walk a block to the restaurant. We sat upstairs because we wanted the full experience of eating where the action was. Although the waitress was smiley and apologetic, her positive attitude could not make up for the slow kitchen and average food. Of the six different tapas we tried, only two were worthy of mention. The shrimp was spicy and cooked just right and the bacon wrapped dates were sweet and delicious. Sadly, the ceviche was somewhat fishy tasting and the crab cake was over-fried and crunchier than one would usually see. The potatoes were bland and would have been better with more sauce and the sausage was just plain terrible. It is worth noting, however, that the creme brule'-like dessert was amazing and unique.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Sevilla Before a Show
    Ecrider314
    Dined on 3/25/2014
    Ate here before a concert at the Fox. Happy Hour was good, prices were reasonable for the portion. Quality of tapas was good but would have liked the paella to be more crispy but other than that it was nice.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Sunday brunch
    Ryan
    Dined on 3/23/2014
    Great Sunday brunch. They have a grill station with various meats to choose from. Inside they have a lot to choose from as well. I especially liked the Spanish guitar and the free flowing mimosas.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great night out
    Lynvines
    Dined on 3/21/2014
    One of the best dinners I have ever had, the service was great.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • New Favorite Restaurant
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 3/21/2014
    We went there for our anniversary. It was absolutely worth the 45-minute drive from Murrieta. The food, the service and the atmosphere were all wonderful in every way. It's also a beautiful place to look at, both inside and out...a welcome change from the local strip mall restaurants. Special thanks to Jamie, our server. We hope to be back often.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • The buffet food temperature
    cpadresVIP
    Dined on 3/9/2014
    The buffet food temperature was cool to barely warm. NOT desireable eating temperature. I complained to the manager , Sandra said sorry but that is a matter of your preference. Really???
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Fantastic!
    MitchC
    Dined on 3/2/2014
    Being half Spanish, I'm really picky when it comes to Spanish Cuisine! I've always enjoyed their tapas and dinner menus, but I recently went to Cafe Sevilla for Sunday Brunch! The food and atmosphere was really really great! No complaints whatsoever! I will be a regular!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, vibrant bar scene, great for brunch, romantic, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, hot spot, special occasion, kid-friendly
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Superb Experience
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 2/28/2014
    We celebrated our wedding anniversary by making reservations. Upon arrival we were warmly greeted, congratulated, and offered a table in the dining room or in the tapas bar area. She explained that happy hour specials were available in the bar area and if we didn't like that we could move to the main dining room. It was not overly crowded so the bar area worked well, especially for the happy hour specials. The tapas were excellent and, including the tapas sized lobster paella, provided a great array of many selections that made our meal. Our waitress even offered us a last chance to order more even as happy hour ended. I highly recommend this restaurant for great service, food, and ambiance for your special occasion.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Average food and service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 2/27/2014
    I think the strength is the appetizers. The servers weren't very attentive-I had an empty water glass most of the night. The food is not bad, but with the build-up on the menu and the prices, not great either. I had the saffron infused Sea Bass and I couldn't taste the saffron. The fish tasted fine, it was light and a little flaky inside. I'm not sure if it was broiled as it had a bit of a thickened outer layer (not skin). I dont think it was fried. But the texture was fine, just a bit unusual. It came with a black style arborio style rice which was fine and some kind of white side that lacked flavor.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Excellent Experience!!
    chimichurri2
    Dined on 2/16/2014
    From the moment you walk in the decor is great! The Tapas Bar was very romantic and the food was excellent!! Our waitress was incredible!! Definitely will return.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, late-night find, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • First time to try Sunday Brunch...
    alanqm
    Dined on 2/16/2014
    Adequate selection of Spanish food, nice ambiance and attentive service. Will definitely come back.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • waiting game
    Rocky
    Dined on 1/25/2014
    Had a reservation for 830 pm didn't get our table till 915 pm was a little disappointed with that!!!
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Wonderful interesting menu.
    Sherry
    Dined on 1/23/2014
    Wonderful interesting menu. Always try a few new Tapas.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Friday date with the girls!
    JojoVo
    Dined on 1/10/2014
    Great place to unwind on a Friday evening after work with fellow friends to talk the night away while enjoying a variety of Sangrias and full size Tapas at a very affordable Happy Hour Price. Will be visiting again!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, vibrant bar scene, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Sunday Brunch
    JD40
    Dined on 1/5/2014
    Great food selection, very good waitress, reasonably priced. Will go again! Guy played music while we ate. It would help if the food was labelled though -- especially the more Spanish oriented dishes.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for brunch, kid-friendly, great for lunch, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Spanish Tapas!
    MC831
    Dined on 11/29/2013
    We were in Riverside for the "Lights" opening ceremony and street celebration. While sitting in Mission Inn's Presidential Lounge for cocktails, a couple recommended Sevilla which we parked right next a couple blocks away. Having just returned from a trip to Spain (Barcelona) we said why not? We were not disappointed. We tried a little bit of everything (lamb, garlic shrimp, calamari, potatoes, sausage and sangria). In some cases, these tapas were better than those we tried in Spain...authentic, nice portion size, reasonable, delicious! We were pleasantly surprised by the ambiance and food. Next time, we will sample paella and sit upstairs for the entertainment.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, late-night find, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • We'll Be Back
    Gabby
    Dined on 11/29/2013
    First impressions mean everything. Our first impression is a lasting one. The romantic and quiet ambiance made one for enjoyable dining. The Mar y Tierra Brocheta of beef and shrimp was cooked to perfection with just right amount of servings, including the Machego Mashed Potatoes and Grilled Asperagus. Located just off the 91 freeway on Mission Inn Blvd, it is within walking distance to other sites and the Mission Inn. Highly recommend this restaurant for couples and families. Wife was truly impressed with service and dining experience. We will return.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, vibrant bar scene, great for brunch, kid-friendly, romantic, scenic view, neighborhood gem, great for lunch, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Can't go wrong with Cafe Sevilla
    phoneguy951
    Dined on 11/28/2013
    I've dined here many times. It's one of my favorite local restaurants, filled with charm, character, and friendly staff. The tapas selections are wonderful. Their parking situation, though, has become tight recently, and valet becomes the only other option when the free spaces fill up, which is rather quickly.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Private party taking up downstairs
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 11/27/2013
    I went there for a nice dining experience on Wednesday 11/27/2013 @ 7:30pm. The dining experience was ok and the server Conrad was great. I went there for a true dining experience and because there was a private party taking up the downstairs we had to sit in the bar area upstairs with a TV on the wall on a table in the middle of the room. Had I known that ahead of time, I would've passed on visiting and wish I would've been notified earlier when making the reservation that your general dining area was not available. I find it very tacky to have dinner in a bar area. I went there with certain expectations and a nice 4-5* rated establishment and had an El Torito or TGIF type of experience. I wish it had been better at half the cost.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nov 27
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 11/27/2013
    We dine at Sevilla several times a year. It is a 45 minute drive but we feel it is worth the drive. We have dined at all the locations but this is our favorite in Rivetside.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Birthday Destination
    LAChingona
    Dined on 11/14/2013
    While we were dining, our server was not very attentive. Other, minor servers were, however, making up for that. Then there was the crostini affair. We asked for extra crostini (since three or more of the dishes we'd ordered came with only -4 crostini) and there were four of us dining. We got four extra, but then were told that it would be $5 for four additional crostini. More than a dollar each for toasted slivers of bread. I hate to be this nitpicky about it, but we were made to feel like we were not honored guests but somehow trying to freeload. It soured my birthday dinner experience, which is a shame because the food itself was delicious.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Brunch at Sevilla
    Missy
    Dined on 10/20/2013
    I had been to Sevilla for dinner before but never for brunch. It was awesome. I tried to try a little bit of everything (or most things at least). There was a huge spread. Make your own omelette and crepe bar (the crepe was FAB!) Desserts were good too. They have a chocolate fountain and fruit to dunk in the chocolate. The best thing I had was the spicy Spanish sausage. It was so tasty and I normally don't like sausages that much. The chicken and pork was a little dry, but we didn't take any of the dipping sauces that the restaurant offered. They also had unlimited Champagne, we did not partake, but it looked like it would be good.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.