ProAbition
ProAbition

ProAbition

  • 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: Kitamba Satcher
  • 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 9512036050x
  • Entertainment: Live entertainment Thursday, Friday, and Saturday.
  • Special Events: 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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ProAbition reviews from OpenTable diners
18 reviews since July 29, 2014
Overall Rating3.9
  • Food3.9
    Service4.2
  • Ambiance4.3
    Noise LevelModerate
72% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
great for outdoor dining (7)neighborhood gem (7)vibrant bar scene (6)good for groups (5)special occasion (5)romantic (4)late-night find (4)great for lunch (4)fit for foodies (4)hot spot (3)great for brunch (3)scenic view (2)Show More
  • A bad night
    ronimom
    Dined on 11/19/2014
    This was our second time at this restaurant - the first time was great, this time was not. They had one large party and that seemed to affect the entire restaurant and kitchen. We explained that we were going to the Fox Theater and didn't have lots of time and ordered right away. My husband's glass of wine was about 1/2 of a usual restaurant pour and he had to order another one which he seldom does. Meanwhile, it was getting later and later with no sign of our food. We were served 55 minutes after arriving at the restaurant and my dinner was cold. They did offer to refire it, but we were already running late at this point. Took a few bites and waited for my husband to finish eating. The manager was very apologetic and did everything he could to make it right, but it was overall a bad experience. The Festival of Lights at the Mission Inn starts in a few days and I can't imagine how they will handle those crowds. We had a reservation to eat there during the holidays, but cancelled it. A great place to eat when it's not busy and as season ticket holders at the Fox Theater we had planned to dine there regularly, but now I think we might have to find somewhere else.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Phenomenal drinks
    Mgg2
    Dined on 11/7/2014
    The drinks were phenomenal, the music and atmosphere was great, but the food was definitely not worth the price. I do not mind paying for a $15 dollar burger, but this burger did not fit the bill. The burger was bland, under seasoned and the flavors didn't seem to mix.
    Special Features:
    late-night find, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Unique Drinks
    Askandar
    Dined on 10/27/2014
    Visited during a conference and we all enjoyed our drinks which were unique and great. I had a couple of appetizers that were delicious. The outdoor patio was nice on a cool night. Lots of Whiskey.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Unique Experience
    SpecialK
    Dined on 10/5/2014
    We enjoy dining downtown and this is definitely a place to experience. I recommend going on a night where they have live music reflecting the period the restaurant portrays. The drink selection is very good. The quality of the food is probably in the top 5% for the Inland Empire. The dinner menu is a little heavy so be prepared to eat well but again it works for this venue. We have always had very good service. Ashley was extremely helpful and attentive on this particular visit.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • First date
    mrbluiyz
    Dined on 10/3/2014
    I met someone on Tuesday and she is from the area and suggested your place because I am new to the area and glad that she wanted to go there. Love the atmosphere, the staff were great from the time with got there, the service and food was great. We were more there to meet and just had appetizers and a couple drinks but it was the perfect venue for a first date. I have asked her if we could go back there next time and have a full meal. I am looking forward to it
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • good food and drinks
    foodiegirl
    Dined on 9/21/2014
    The food is always good (including dessert) and the drinks are inventive and tasty. The service is reasonable and reliably they are friendly and have an appropriate pace. Always have an enjoyable time at this restaurant.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good cocktails
    downtownsteve
    Dined on 9/4/2014
    Good cocktails and pretty good food. A pleasant place, especially in the patio.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • well prepared interesting dishes
    dogman
    Dined on 9/3/2014
    while only we had appetizers (they sounded too good not to try several) and wine (good selections, interesting cellar names as well) We would gladly repeat the experience. Having made reservations (early dinner to go to concert), we were disappointed to be next to the kitchen door with several other open booths available (in fact there were less than 12 people there when we got there). As the Fall progresses we will likely take outside seating.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Upside down A's all around!
    Vilediner
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    I've been here once b4 for a brunch-buffet thing & it was pretty good. Great bar, bartenders, & a very cool swanky feel. I already knew I liked this place 4 the look & the drinks but I never been there for dinner. I met up with friends about 8:30 for a late dinner (they serve til 10) & the 4 of us ordered all different items from the menu. I had the salmon which was excellent! Not a huge portion but enough, & served w/ delicious, spicy/tangy veggies. My gf had the pork chop (which came out as a giant chop w/ the bone in it a-la Fred Flintstone) & she said it was fantastic. My buddy had the spaghetti & giant meatball & he loved it & his wife had the whiskey or bourbon chicken & she quietly cleaned her plate! A little pricey but worth it!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great experience
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    I celebrated my birthday ~ what a great experience!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Wow! Never Again
    happydinner
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    This place does not advertise that it is pet friendly. I love pets. My pets are like my kids to me. However when I go out for a dinner at a nice restaurant I do not expect to see a cat eating at the table next to me. The couple next to us not only had the cat at the table but also eating off the same plate they were eating off of. We asked to see the manager and he informed us that Proabition is a pet friendly restaurant and that is the way it is. Well then Proabition should let that me known so if you dont want to eat next to a table with pets eating off the same plates you can make that choice. This was on Sunday August 31, at 5:p.m. Since the restaurant does not let people know of this policy we are telling everyone we know.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great Appetizer Menu
    OpenTableFanVIP
    Dined on 8/12/2014
    The appetizer menu is unique and the portions easily feed two or three. My guest and I choose to share two appetizers and they ended up becoming the main course for us; salmon cheviche and grilled lamb chops with mashed potatos... both were very good and plenty.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 6 ratings-only reviews submitted since July 29, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.8
    • Food4.5
    • Ambiance4.7
    • Service4.5
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 118 reviews are from the ProAbition reviews archive.
  • Loved It
    JohnyGirl
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    Decor is awesome. Fun and unique. The hamburger was so delicious. The waitress was so attentive.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Whiskey
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 7/21/2014
    It has one of the largest whiskey selections around.Great atmosphere and staff.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, scenic view, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Saturday Lunch
    Lunchie
    Dined on 7/5/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Excellent!
    Jhorse753
    Dined on 6/25/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Soccer
    Jsrviper
    Dined on 6/23/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, scenic view, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Enjoyable Saturday lunch!
    atlantis
    Dined on 6/21/2014
    This was my first visit to Proabition and I will definitely be going back. It was such a relaxed and fun (World Cup game on the tvs)atmosphere. The Buffalo wings with blue cheese dipping sauce were delicious as was my shrimp and berry salad. The crème brulee was also excellent. They have very extensive whiskey and cocktail selection. I would recommend the Moscow mule with emulsified cucumber, so refreshing!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wednesday Night Out
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 6/18/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Good dining experience!
    Leeceeya
    Dined on 6/6/2014
    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!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Delicious
    Jessy91502
    Dined on 6/4/2014
    My first time here for dinner. The food was delicious and with a romantic atmosphere. Loved the music. Will come back again.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Pre-Mothers Day Lunch
    Juandolyn
    Dined on 5/3/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Easter Brunch
    denisesd
    Dined on 4/20/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    Great for Brunch, Great for Outdoor Dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good food, pricey for Easter brunch
    KasAnn7
    Dined on 4/20/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    Great for Lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • ProAbition Super Again
    jlrcorona
    Dined on 4/19/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, special occasion, Great for Lunch, Neighborhood Gem, Hot Spot, Vibrant Bar Scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Lunch
    cindy
    Dined on 4/17/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    Kid-Friendly, Fit For Foodies, Good for Groups, Great for Lunch, Neighborhood Gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Not a place to have dinner.
    Bryguy
    Dined on 4/15/2014
    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.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Brunch with the girls
    Cyndi
    Dined on 4/6/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Consistent dining
    Crashdude
    Dined on 3/31/2014
    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!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, vibrant bar scene, great for outdoor dining, late-night find, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • getting better
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 3/26/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, late-night find, hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Waitress
    Jackgrl31
    Dined on 3/25/2014
    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
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, late-night find, hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • How many ways can you say amazing?
    DawnS
    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!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list, romantic, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, great for lunch, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Nice ambience ok food- strange rule
    Krissyart
    Dined on 3/12/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Lived up to its reputation
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 3/10/2014
    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!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, great for lunch, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Bar Area
    jake33VIP
    Dined on 3/9/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • After-Theater Dining
    AQBKid
    Dined on 3/9/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Edgy and Classy
    BDayGirl
    Dined on 3/7/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, vibrant bar scene, great for outdoor dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food and service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 3/7/2014
    The short rib sliders and Pork Belly Mac and Cheese were incredible. Service was attentive and excellent.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, great for lunch, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Not Same Old Stuff
    NoGourmet
    Dined on 3/6/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Back to the 1920's
    Trish
    Dined on 3/2/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic