Mother's Day Show
My husband loves scotch & whiskey and we've been talking about how Riverside needed something like this place to appeal to a different crowd. He's also a huge Frank Sinatra fan. So, when we found out about ProAbition opening needless to say we were "jazzed". Then when we found out about their Mother's Day Dinner & Show with "The Crooner" as entertainment, well, it was a win-win. What can I say...The service was fantastic, the dinner was to die for and the show was amazing. Overall, we had a great time. We'll definitely be back!
5/11/2013 4:00:00 PM
It was our first time and
It was our first time and we plan on returning. The food was delicious!
5/13/2013 4:00:00 PM
Great place to dine and enjoy
Charleston Times and costume contest made the ambiance fun. Music was also different and fun. Nothing crazy or over the top and no immature youngsters. Didn't care for the smoking while dining outside. Big Phat Swinger Band was great! The dance floor was over crowded and no place to sit and enjoy the band. Women in heels can only stand so long. If you wanted to sit you had to be VIP and with bottle service. The seating area outside was more for smokers and they were hogging the seats and benches. My feet were killing me by the end of the night. That is the only Big Downer.
5/16/2013 4:00:00 PM
the Roaring 20's
Had an amazing time at the 1920's Great Gatsby Party
5/16/2013 4:00:00 PM
Went for opening night. Made reservations ahead of time. It was packed and at first we didn't have an assigned server. Then things changed when Brian H. became our server. He was energetic,fun and a big plus to the night. We enjoyed the music, food and of course the drinks! The night was so much fun.
5/16/2013 4:00:00 PM
Thoroughly enjoyed ProAbition!!!
Their unique specialty cocktails are great and the food was excellent. Had the Hangar Steak and it was an excellent piece of beef perfectly prepared. My daughter had the sliders (there's no kid menu at this time) and she loved them. The location is very convenient for people who are going to the Fox for a show or concert. Atmosphere is lively and enjoyable. We will be back!
5/17/2013 4:00:00 PM
Loved the food, service and
Loved the food, service and ambiance, but was disappointed a bit because on facebook, they put up an event (23rd may) saying a jazz band will be playing- join us for dinner and drinks, but when we got there they said that that is only for a private party, which was very disappointing since we were looking forward to see them play, I mean we could still hear them, but being in the audience is always a different experience. I hope they put accurate info on facebook in the future as its a very strong medium to make or break their reputation.
5/22/2013 4:00:00 PM
Went on a date there.
Although I enjoyed my time there, I reserved a seat 2 days prior, but when we were seated, we were told later that some large group rented out the main seating area. Me and my date had to eat in the bar area. We were hoping to eat and watch the live band play. We were also told that the happy hour specials werent going on, although they posted a 7pm-2am happy hour drink special. Communication on that could've been brought out. It's a great dining environment and the service was top notch. Me and my lady will definitely be there again. Much love.
5/22/2013 4:00:00 PM
Loud, club scene
We were 15 minutes late to a reservation for 8 at 10:15pm on a friday; they held it and called us to make sure we were coming which was a great start and good service. I certainly would have understood if they didn't hold it, but the calling was a nice a touch.
Place is nice, but the club scene it turns into after hours does not really jive with the 20's-30's vibe, neither does the music played. Speakers overhead being used are blown/distorted. Food was underseasoned, sprouts should have been charred.
Overall a good place, and the food has potential if they would season things a bit better (this is after multiple visits) and pay a bit more attention to finish-work. Service is not the fastest, but friendly and the drinks are pricey.
5/30/2013 4:00:00 PM
Great night out
This restaurant is just getting started, and I think it has a promising future. Speakeasy themed with a very pleasant waitstaff and better than average food in Riverside for a very reasonable price.
6/6/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great 1920's themed locations. Had a Frank Sinatra look alike singer. Great for birthday dinners or any other celebration occasions. It is was even fun dressing 1920's themed to fit the locations theme.
6/6/2013 4:00:00 PM
Out waiter Anthony was amazing!!
Out waiter Anthony was amazing!! Our food took very long time to arrive but out waiter keep us entertain. Service provides by Anthony was the great, he was the best thing about our dinner there.
6/13/2013 4:00:00 PM
Superb food and the whiskey
Superb food and the whiskey I tried, Angel's Envy, will be my new favorite. Wait staff was very helpful. The only negative is there is a huge difference between the drinks that are broughto to your table and the drinks you get at the bar. Lesson learned. Never order a cocktail from the table Go to the bar, get it and bring it back.
6/14/2013 4:00:00 PM
fathers day visit
I have wanted to go ever since I discovered the restaurant but never had an opportunity. So on fathers day I grabbed the chance to attend and share it with family. Every member enjoyed the restaurant as much as I did, from 2yrs old - 62. The food was better than expected the music was wonderful the bar service was great and the host was personable and remembered names. The paper boy and cigarette girl was an amazing touch....we will all be back! Thank you
6/15/2013 4:00:00 PM
Great menu, staff and overall
Great menu, staff and overall environment.
Highly recommend this place to anyone that wants to have a good night with casual class.
6/20/2013 4:00:00 PM
Wonderful restaurant. Food, service, atmosphere and the live music. I will be back soon.
6/28/2013 12:00:00 AM
Amazing dining expirence!
My husband and I had a nice table at Proabition Tuesday night for our 4th year anniversary! The theme was really fun and they had delishish food, the server did a great job answering any questions I had about the whiskey list. I can say it was an unforgettable expirence and we will be going back the next chance we get!
7/1/2013 4:00:00 PM
HAD A BLAST LOVED IT THIS
HAD A BLAST LOVED IT THIS WAS OUR 2ND VISIT, THANX!
7/2/2013 4:00:00 PM
Two of us ordered the citrus glazed salmon and it was very good, especially the rice. The other two ordered the filet mingon and they were disappointed. Otherwise, it was a nice place for friends to enjoy each other's company.
7/12/2013 12:00:00 AM
great food and service
really enjoyed my dining experience at proabition. I had the proabition burger which was delicious. the server was friendly and accommodating. we sat outside and the ambience was pleasant. would definitely go back again if i lived nearby.
7/25/2013 12:00:00 AM
Still finding it's feet
I think the only place the restaurant lacks is the amount of staff at lunchtime, there were about 7 or 8 tables with customers and only 2 staff to handle them. The food was very good, very filling. Presentation was great. Ambiance fun, you felt like you were back in the 1930's. Overall me and my party enjoyed ourselves, we will be going there again, hopefully they will have hired additional help.
7/31/2013 12:00:00 AM
Nice place but more of a beastro
Nice place but more of a beastro then a speakeasy.
Ps I m lousy speller so get over it.
8/4/2013 12:00:00 AM
A great time!
This was my first visit to ProAbition. I have to say I was very happy with the experience. The ambiance was fantastic with a live band playing, and the feel of the 40's was unique. The location was perfect and even some of the customers came dressed in 40s style. The food was delicious and the service was prompt and frequent, but not bothersome. I will be returning to ProAbition in the near future to share the experience with friends and family.
8/10/2013 12:00:00 AM
Classic and Contemporary
Whiskey Lounge and Kitchen. How can one pass this up? The macaroni and cheese with pork belly is rich and delicious. My husband and I would recommend the kimchee beef sliders and pork spare rib entree. If you like bleu cheese, the shoestring french fries starter is a good one for you to try.
8/25/2013 12:00:00 AM
Decent Food & Service, Not Stellar
The hostess was very pleasant. My husband ordered the Bootlegger Burger without garnish or sauce, they forgot the bacon. He also had a Jack Rose which he enjoyed. I stuck with water, a glass bottle was brought to the table. I had the whiskey chicken which was quite good, especially the dijon sauce. Service was a bit too casual for my liking. There is no dress code. The couple next to us was in polos, shorts, and sneakers. The people dining on the patio were in flip flops. We didn't mind because we were celebrating my husband's birthday and would have dressed up anyways. They'll put a sparkler on a dessert, but there's nothing free for your birthday.
8/25/2013 12:00:00 AM
Ambiance like no other
The entire setup of this place was very well done. From the art on the walls to the clothing worn by the staff all was symbolic of the 20's. Food was great and the service was friendly. The beer selection was a little weak but easliy overlooked by the overall experience. I would definitely come back and recommend this place.
8/31/2013 12:00:00 AM
Ladies night out
Fantastic cocktails (Rye me a River, yum!) delicious food (we shared blue cheese fries, sliders, then the chicken, shortrib and salmon entrees), ok desserts (we tried the brownie w/ice cream and the creme brulee). Our server, Sara, took wonderful care of us, making food and drink suggestions that we all enjoyed. The four of us dined out on the patio, where the live music was audible but contained inside...great band, era-appropriate jazz.
8/31/2013 12:00:00 AM
ProAbition is way cool
This was my second time at ProAbition. There was a slight miscommunication with a server being assigned to us.
The manager came over and apologized for it. The experience after that was nothing less than outstanding.
The place is just cool. The drinks were great, I had a black bee. The food was gorgeous and delicious.
9/4/2013 12:00:00 AM
One of my fAvorite places!
Hands down a gem in Riverside! I have been here about 5 times and have always been wowed by the food, drinks, service and ambiance. There is a dress code after 9pm Thursday-Sunday. But this is a classy place and they are trying to avoid some of the riff raff that is known to be downtown. Excellent place, do yourself a favor and eat/drink here! And dress to impress!
9/8/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great Cocktails, Very Good Food
THe dinner menu had limited offerings but they are fresh-prepared, interesting, tasty, and presented well. The bar has some great special cocktails and does a great job on preparing classic ones - all from scratch!
9/14/2013 12:00:00 AM
Waiting for love
When I heard probation was taking over I was excited with what they were going to do to the place. I followed the updates and anticipated the opening. I got the secret word for the soft opening but was unable to go. I've been trying to convince my boyfriend to go since it opened. I constantly got updates about performers and events and wanted to go even more. Finally I just took my boyfriend for date night. WE LOVED IT! The waiter Brian was great (love his mustache). The food was delicious. My steak was a little more fatty than I prefer but the taste was great. We sang along with the piano guy and had a great night. I definitely fell in love with the place. I can't wait to go back and I'm sure my boyfriend can't either!
9/18/2013 12:00:00 AM
Neat Whiskey Bar
This is my second visit to ProAbition and I had an enjoyable time. There was live music that was entertaining. The dinner selection is tasty and moderately priced. My favorite dish so far is the short ribs. They have good burgers as well. It is a fun place for dinner out with friends.
9/20/2013 12:00:00 AM
We loved the live music here. We only had appetizers and soup so I can't comment on the dinners. Some may find this place a little pricey but the entertainment makes up for that. Will definitely go back!
9/26/2013 12:00:00 AM
Table in bar not great for dinner
We were looking very forward to having a nice evening for my birthday. We arrived at 6:45 and wasn't that busy, yet we were seated in a corner by the kitchen door facing the bar & football game. At first not that big a deal, but as the evening got busy the kitchen door was constanty swinging open and literally came within inches from our table and blocked my husband's view. Contstant traffic. Couldn't see the band in the other room & overall not the great evening we expected. The food was very good, drinks good, but I recommend not sitting a couple in a large booth for 4 or 5 people in the corner in the bar. More appropriate for a group wanting to drink & watch sports. I would only recommend to someone noting to avoid the bar for dinner.
9/26/2013 12:00:00 AM
This restaurant has great ambiance and the food was good also. This was my 1st time eating here and I was very pleased with the overall dining experience.
9/28/2013 12:00:00 AM
My experience at ProAbition
My experience at ProAbition was excellent! Great service and staff, great food and innovative drink menu. The atmosphere was great! It has a perfect balance of class and late-night culture.
9/28/2013 12:00:00 AM
This restaurant was a great find for my wife and I. The ambience is excellent and the food was great. The drink list had some very interesting choices. All in all it was a great experience
10/5/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great atmosphere, great drinks, friendly service, great food, moderate price. Nice to find a downtown Riverside option that's not the Mission Inn. While the Inn is great, we enjoy something new, too. You'll love Pro'A'bition. Ask about the upside down A. I hope they are here for a long time. Walking distance to the Fox.
10/11/2013 12:00:00 AM
We were looking for a place to eat before a concert at the Riverside Fox Theater. This place was perfect. I started with a bowl of the spicy tomato soup which was awesome. My wife had the caramelized brussel sprouts, tasty. We don't like to eat heavy before an event so we split a ProAbition burger. This was a really good burger, cooked perfect with blue cheese and arugula. They also had a decent selection of craft beers and cocktails. If your a whiskey drinker I think they had over 100 different kinds, which follows the theme of the restaurant as a 1920s speak easy. As a final note our waitress was a sweetheart and very helpful with her suggestions. Will definitely go back.
10/11/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great food Ask a lot of questions
Ask a lot of questions before ordering from the menu. Whoever write the descriptions in the menu knew what was in the items but did not describe the items for those who don't . I ordered from the category "Flatbeds" the "Kurobuta Pork Belly crispy pork belly, honey mustard aïoli candied jalapeño, pickled onion, arugula". What arrived was a salad mix on a tortilla. Food is great but needs to be more clearly described for the uninitiated.
10/13/2013 12:00:00 AM
Bourbon and Whiskey oh my
Choose ProAbition for their selection of bourbon and wasn't disappointed by the choices. Hoped to order a flight or two and compare several different ones, but were told that they didn't do that (yet). The patio was very comfortable, though the neighborhood was already dead at 7pm of Tuesday.
Food was more progressive than expected at in the IE, but they are playing safe to appease timid diners - too earn more than 3 stars or appeal to hardcore foodies. The lobster civiche was fresh, delicious, and nicely plated but with small shreds of tail meat instead of chunks of tastier claw meat - wish the server had known where the lobster was from though (pretty sure it was Atlantic/Maine lobster).
10/15/2013 12:00:00 AM
friends night out
New place we decided to try. A little pricey, great atmosphere at the bar, food a little above average, Dinning entertainment was very nice. Dress was casual. We all had a good night out. I would go back again.
10/18/2013 12:00:00 AM
I gladly will become a regular...great food, great service, and ambiance. Have already recommended it to family and friends.
10/24/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great spot in Riverside
This is what Riverside needs- more great restaurants that are part of the local culture and not just a chain restaurant. The food was very good- we wished we could have tried one of everything. Our hostess and server were very friendly and prompt and checked in often to make sure we had what we needed. I recommend the artichoke dip-
We asked for extra pittas and they were happy to oblige. The live band played some great probation-era music and they were great! The only downside- the music was far too loud and we had to really raise our voices to have a conversation. Other than that-
We loved the place!
10/25/2013 12:00:00 AM
We had a long table up against
We had a long table up against thw wall was difficult to see the other partirw in our group
10/25/2013 12:00:00 AM
Very interesting place, great
Very interesting place, great food.
Only complaint is that they don't seem to quite have their act together.
Ordered 2 appetizers, one was so late we tried to cancel it, then someone else brought it out and it was excellent.
Bar was slow getting drinks to the outside diners.
If they step up their service to the next level, it would be a great place!
11/1/2013 12:00:00 AM
Friends + Good Food + Great Drinks + Dance Music= AMAZING Engagement Celebration!!
11/7/2013 4:00:00 PM
Anniversary and Birthday Dinner
ProAbition was the best restaurant we have been to in a long time. I wanted a nice restaurant with live music but all the restaurants in Riverside were too expensive for the ratings that were on yelp. If we are going to spend good money, we want excellence, not mediocre. From the moment we walked in the door and were seated, we were impressed with the ambience. Our reservations were at 6:45 and we were ushered to our table immediately. Our server was excellent... Great attention to detail. The food was fantastic, beginning at the appetizers to the dinner entrees. Drinks had the right mix of alcohol.The band was fantastic! A word of caution: Make reservations because you won't want to leave. This place is not for cheapskates!
11/14/2013 4:00:00 PM
Frank eats here
ProAbition is a great restutant that I attended for lunch. The food was great and the music was great playing Sinatra and the like.
11/25/2013 4:00:00 PM
Step back in time
Wear you beret and join the fun at ProAbition! We weren't "in the know" , but found ourselves enjoying the vibe and fun feel of this great little restaurant. The service was good, they don't rush you here, and the food was fun and very tasty. There was great prohibition era music playing overhead, and then a band started in and really lent the place a great touch. Dine late, and make sure you're inside, it's a fun, adult oriented place to be! The blue cheese French fries they serve as appetizers were delicious, as was the whiskey chicken, and the ProAbition burger, but watch out for the horseradish sauce, it's good but packs a punch!
11/28/2013 4:00:00 PM