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ProAbition

ProAbition Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.proabition.com
  • Phone: (951) 222-2110
  • Hours of Operation: Lunch

    Monday - Saturday: 11:00am - 3:00pm

    Sunday Brunch 10:00am-3:00pm

    Dinner

    Monday- Wednesday: 4:00pm - 10:00pm; Thursday - Saturday: 4:00pm - 10:00pm; Sunday: 4:00pm - 10:00pm

  • Payment Options: AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Fusion / Eclectic, Comfort Food
  • Executive Chef: Andrew Calvin
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Counter Seating, Dancing, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking Area, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Smoking Area, Smoking Area (patio only), Takeout, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Catering: Thank you for choosing ProAbition. For any catering services, please let us give us a call (951) 222-2110. We look forward to serving you.
  • Private Party Facilities: We have a lovely dining room that can be used for exclusive service. There is a facility fee for exclusive use which varies depending on the date and time of use.
  • Private Party Contact: Alex Carrillo (951) 203-6050
  • Entertainment: Live entertainment Thursday, Friday, and Saturday.
  • Special Events & Promotions: Thank you for choosing ProAbition. Should your plans change, please let us know. We look forward to serving you. (951) 222-2110

Getting there

  • Cross Street: 6th Street
  • Parking: Street Parking
  • Parking Details: We offer Valet on Friday and Saturday. There is ample parking in the surrounding area including metered and parking lots. The metered parking does not apply after 5pm.
A word from ProAbition
Welcome to ProAbition: Whiskey lounge and Kitchen. Downtown Riverside's sophisticated speakeasy
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Ambiance
  • Diners' Choice WinnerFit for Foodies
  • Diners' Choice WinnerNeighborhood Gem
Diner Reviews
  • "Energetic place to get lunch and watch the World Cup. Proabition fries, burger, and turkey sandwich were solid and would come back again when in the Riverside area. Wait staff friendly, attentive and unobtrusive."
    Dined on 7/5/2014
  • "Went to ProAbition before a concert with some friends. Food was excellent, service was great, and ambiance was perfect before a show. Had a crab cakes for an appt which were awesome. Burger for dinner was great. I've had several thing in their menu at previous visits and loved it all. Definitely a great place to go for dinner and hang out into the night."
    Dined on 6/25/2014
  • "I went during this game so obvious he was very very loud. The food was decent the price is a little high for what you get though. The service was outstanding. And being so close to the Mission Inn the area was very nice and upscale."
    Dined on 6/23/2014
  • "We had a nice dinner at ProAbition last Wednesday. The food was great and the atmosphere was like taking a step back in time. Staff was friendly and attentive. Thank you for a great night out."
    Dined on 6/18/2014
  • "My hubs and I had our 5 year anniversary dinner here, and it was great. The pork chop was wonderful and the wedge salad was cool. He got the flat iron steak, I stole some and it was awesome! The drink selections were endless!"
    Dined on 6/6/2014
  • "My first time here for dinner. The food was delicious and with a romantic atmosphere. Loved the music. Will come back again."
    Dined on 6/4/2014
  • "We had a pre-Mothers Day Lunch at ProAbition and the food was so good. The service was great and love the ambience of the place. The décor of the restaurant is very nice. You can eat outside or inside. Both location are good. I recommend going here anytime. "
    Dined on 5/3/2014
  • "Met friends from the beach and the desert for lunch. All concurred that the food was outstanding. Ate outdoors, but their wan't enough shade. Service was very good. Didn't feel the "speakeasy" vibe but then it may have been too early in the day. Defineitely would eat there again."
    Dined on 4/17/2014
  • "I was told brunch was $27 but on Easter it was $35, wish they told me the Easter price since they new which day the reservation was for. The food was very good! Service was great! Great decorations! I would not do brunch again, small buffet. But I would try it again for lunch and their night scene."
    Dined on 4/20/2014
  • "This was our third visit in 5 months. First time for lunch. Both meals have an excellent menu with a lot of choices. Food quality and quantity are right on. Presentation is good. A very nice dining experience. Highly recommend."
    Dined on 4/19/2014
  • "I will say that I was highly impressed with the follow up from the manager, prior to our reservation. He called to confirm if we were coming for dinner, or expecting the Easter brunch. He called after hours from his personal cell, to be sure that we were taken care of. Riverside doesn't have a lot of choices, outside of the Mission Inn, so this was a nice change. Brunch had a small selection, the food luke-warm, but based on the holiday we took it all in stride. I would go back for a happy hour - the ambiance was different - more bar like, than restaurant style for our personal taste. But the wait staff were friendly, the manager amazing - and we would go back."
    Dined on 4/20/2014
  • "More of a nightlife place it seems to me. We made a reservation and when we showed up they sat us in the back room all alone. Very awkward place for an anniversary dinner in my option. Food was over priced and service was ok. Would have been a little better if our server actually knew what alcohol they actually had to offer. Over all I won't be back. I'll take my money else where. Our dinner and one drink apiece came to $50."
    Dined on 4/15/2014
  • "Love the option of unlimited bloody Mary's or mimosa's. The brunch is excellent but would love to have crackers with the cheese. Lots of food especially if you add an entree-I had the crab/lobster cake eggs benedict. It was delicious! The sax player at the brunch was so good and added to my enjoyment of the meal."
    Dined on 4/6/2014
  • "Once again a great evening at Prohibition! Food is excellent and the service is very good. The whiskey bar is the best feature along with the ambiance. You can't find a better selection of Scotch; and the only place that serves my favorite, Balvenie. Y'all should try it!"
    Dined on 3/31/2014
  • "This was our third trip to ProAbition and it is getting better every time. The food was much better on this trip than it has been in the past. The service was much better too. The prices are a bit high, and there are other places that offer a better value for the money. The only disappointment this time was the confusion over the menu we were choosing from and that the staff did not check us in for our reservation. When we came home, there were phone calls and emails asking us why we did not honor our reservation and I had to spend time calling and writing to explain that we did. If you are looking for a hot spot hang out, this is it. If you are looking for unique food that is a good price for the money, this is not the place for you."
    Dined on 3/26/2014
  • "The only bad thing was that we waited a very long time for our drinks and to order our food but other than that it was a great place to grab a drink with friends and the food was very good"
    Dined on 3/25/2014
  • "Our server (Briana, I think was her name) was well versed in both the food and drinking menu. We decided to essentially let her order for us and she nailed it! From the cocktails to our meals, the experience was amazing! We live about an hour away and were in town to see a concert, we would definitely plan another date night to ProAbition for certain. Next time we look forward to bringing friends!"
    Dined on 3/25/2014
  • "I love the "speakeasy" feel of the place, the lighting, decor and atmosphere here. The food was pretty good but pricey (happy hour appetizer menu was great), and our server was very nice. What was a real put-off, though, was a "rule" about not being able to get happy hour prices in the back dining are during happy hour. It wasn't crowded, the hostess sat us there, we got settled in - and THEN she mentioned "oh, you can't have happy hour prices here." So from one room to the next they can't give what's advertised? We moved tables and had a nice time, but this put a bad taste in our mouth - strange management rule."
    Dined on 3/12/2014
  • "Loved the fact that I could make a reservation online. Even got a call reminding me of the reservation. They asked me to return their call, which I did; however, I was put on hold for an extended period of time. Since I was nearby when I made the call, I walked over to the host & told him I had been on hold so long I thought I'd return the call in person. To his credit, he was extremely apologetic and advised that they were short-staffed that evening. Totally commendable. We ate outside and the food was exceptional. I would highly recommend this establishment. We ate there after we had been to a play at the Fox Theater and it was nice that it is totally within walking distance."
    Dined on 3/9/2014
  • "First time there, sat outside on the Patio because it was a really nice day and the outside patio is great. Right on the street, lots of European charm. Family birthday for older parent and it was an excellent choice. grandkids enjoyed it also. teenagers. Food is more than ample and the blue cheese fries are worth the trip there for sure. And then the food just got better with every order. A nice touch to end the luncheon was the sparkling firework candle in the middle of the house desert. A definite GO on this place. Will be back!"
    Dined on 3/10/2014
  • "I loved everything about ProAbition, from the live 3 piece group playing to the decorations. I loved the theme it was antique with some mardigra. The food was excellent. The flavors all so rich and deliscious. This place was perfect I was with a group of 5 and we all had a good time. This place is perfect for downtown Riverside. It's sophysticated and for dinner it's more of a crowd of people from late 20-s to early 50's."
    Dined on 3/7/2014
  • "The dinner was very good. The pork chop was excellent and the whiskey chicken that my wife had was also very good. Considering a new chef had just begun, the menu was great and the food was very good. While waiting for our table the bar area is a negative. Very poor service, not enough seating, no cocktail waitress and the two guys at the bar were not friendly at all. If that would have been the total experience I would not recommend this restaurant. But the meal saved the evening. Something for management to deal with is the bar area, seating and support to make your wait more positive."
    Dined on 3/9/2014
  • "Creative menu, without being intimidating. Service was attentive without being intrusive. Lunch companion thought there was too much bread for her open-faced mushroom sandwich. Ingredients were all fresh."
    Dined on 3/6/2014
  • "The short rib sliders and Pork Belly Mac and Cheese were incredible. Service was attentive and excellent."
    Dined on 3/7/2014
  • "Spent a delightful evening at ProAbition with our son and daughter-in-law while visiting them recently in Riverside. We had a wonderful waitress who did everything possible to make our evening enjoyable. The food was great - we each had a different dish and everyone loved theirs. The bread pudding was delicious which we all shared. We will definitely return here next time we are in Riverside."
    Dined on 3/2/2014
  • "Having never been here before we weren't sure what to do when we were seated but our waiter quickly came to the table and explained everything. All food was great and the smoked salmon was exceptionally delicious. The lighting over the breakfast buffet was colored and a bit dim so it was a little difficult to see what was available. One of the members at our table ordered a Bloody Mary and was served a half full glass of ice and vodka. We were very confused until we hailed down the waiter and he said to go to the self serve Bloody Mary bar. It was a little off-putting as none of us are a bartender and prefer our drinks served ready to go. I give this place an A+, will recommend, and plan on returning to try their lunch/dinner options!!"
    Dined on 3/2/2014
  • "We finally stopped in to try this place and we loved it! Great food, good service, and great ambiance! We've been there 4 times now in the last two weeks and have reservations for next week on our anniversary."
    Dined on 2/15/2014
  • "We have been here twice for lunch and loved everything we had!"
    Dined on 2/1/2014
  • "I chose this spot for nostalgia reasons. My grandmother made her fortune during proabition. When I saw the name, I instantly thought of her and smiled. The mysic, the ambience and the service was, very enjoyable. The waiters were gracious and informative. Their recommendations for our food selection, did not dissapoint. The wonderful food was a great plus to the great name of your establisment. The brandied peach cobbler and the bread pudding should be criminal. We look forward to dining with you again."
    Dined on 1/29/2014
  • "Great place on a warm Riverside evening. Small outside dining area. Good food (but not great), good drinks. The staff was fun and did a good job. Overall good value. We will probably go there again."
    Dined on 10/24/2013
  • "The food was great, service by Karla was great and the location was great. Will return soon."
    Dined on 1/19/2014
  • "The 909 Scooter Club had lunch there on 1-18-14 and we had a party of 20 people. We were treated extremely well by both the manager James and our server Brian. They were both constantly checking on our party and making sure everyone was happy and taken care of. I can't say enough about Brian! He was just awesome! He was very personable, friendly and attentive and even obliged our request for separate checks. Everyone in our party enjoyed their food tremendously and were happy that we chose ProAbition for our lunch location. I had the ProAbition burger and bleu cheese fries, delicious and highly recommended! I also recommend having your meal on the patio as there is a view of the Mission Inn."
    Dined on 1/18/2014
  • "This is one of my favorite restaurants in Riverside. There isn't anything I can find fault with. Food is excellent, staff is friendly and energetic, and ambiance is eclectic. I highly recommend."
    Dined on 1/13/2014
  • "Our meal was very good and fun restaurant with swing dance entertainment"
    Dined on 1/4/2014
  • "This is a great place to eat for lunch outside during the day, or on the weekends they have shows going for you yo watch while you eat. Great theme is a break from the norm in Riverside. You could go here on a date or casually for a good time."
    Dined on 1/1/2014
  • "They have a great live musician with some comedy in the main dining room. We walked through it a couple of times and I could hear it from the bar, but we sat in the bar and patio therefore not enjoying that so much. Still, the bar scene was decent (a bit packed during happy hour) and the patio also offered patrons a spot to enjoy some good conversation. The menu was good and the food we ordered was decent to delish. I would definitely return here with another group!"
    Dined on 6/28/2013
  • "They were turning customers away without reservations, so was busy. We had the filet mignon and the salmon dish. Both were nicely presented and were delicious. The menu was small, but I find that means the food is good, individually prepared and hopefully not out of the freezer or prepared in a factory in Arizona. They had a nice outside area and the seating inside was comfortable, but light, bright and not particularly romantic, but a good place to have a celebration."
    Dined on 12/22/2013
  • "My husband and I sat outside on the patio for lunch. We loved the comfy cushioned bench and the throw pillows, very relaxing. We ordered the pork mac n cheese to start with, and it was delicious. My husband ordered the Bootlegger burger and I ordered the Prohabition burger and shared them. They were both wonderful. I also ordered the bleu cheese fries, and if you like bleu cheese, I highly recommend them! We are already planning on going back to Prohabition soon to try their Sunday Brunch."
    Dined on 12/22/2013
  • "Pretentious food, they really need to simplify I like the idea they were going for but they had poor execution You can still create gastro food without over complicating it Drinks were overpriced and small There was not a thing for children to eat. Even the 'plain' Mac and cheese was super spicy Maybe good for a bar but even then I probably wouldn't have more than one or two before I moved on to the next place."
    Dined on 12/20/2013
  • "Had a nice holiday lunch with my team-mates at Proabition. The atmosphere is very cool, like an old speakeasy from the 1920s. Love the attention to detail. The food was very, very good! And the prices are not too bad. I would say moderate. Since it was a work lunch didn't get an opportunity to try the whiskeys or wine. Maybe next time! Recommend. I'll definitely go again!"
    Dined on 12/20/2013