Food for Travelers
Las Campanas is a decent hotel restaurant that has lovely outdoor ambiance. Unfortunately it is like many Mexican restaurants; in- authentic cuisine and a boring menu. I chose the most "traditional" dish - the chili verde pork. It was cooked to perfection but the rice was eehh and black beans were boring. The guacamole made at the table was very good as the avocados were perfectly ripe and the rest of the ingredients gave them a lovely flavor.
The set up makes you feel as if you are the only table so there was plenty of privacy. The wait staff was fantastic. We paid with cash, two credit cards and a charge to a room and our head waiter accepted this graciously. If I stay at the Mission Inn I might eat there again.
5/20/2013 4:00:00 PM
The host was not friendly.
The host was not friendly. The wait staff was excellent, as well as the food.
5/28/2013 4:00:00 PM
Outdoor Dinning At iIs Best
The outdoor setting is one of the best in Southern California. The backdrop of the Mission Inn is simply beautiful.
5/30/2013 4:00:00 PM
The place was great, it created peace very relaxing after a day at work
6/4/2013 4:00:00 PM
Superb Mexican cuisine
We have gone to this restaurant on the number of occasions. This time, we brought a sizable crew of family members celebrating a graduation. Although it was a hot day, shade was ample, and the food was fantastic, as always. Our group had Carnitas, enchiladas, tacos, and fajitas. Everything was perfectly clear, portion sizes were appropriate, and it was good value.
6/11/2013 12:00:00 AM
great dining experience
we always wanted to try this restaurant. we enjoyed everything about our meal. we will be back again some day.
6/13/2013 4:00:00 PM
We've been here before and love it every time. The menu changes so there's new things to try. The ambience and visual appeal are outstanding. The wait staff are top notch.
6/13/2013 4:00:00 PM
Good but no great
The food was good, and the atmosphere was great. We expected much more authentic food, like homemade tortillas or items on the menu that are not typically found in every chain mexican restaurant. The food was OK but a bit of a let down.
My husband and I had a great time and the ambiance was wonderful. The next day we found another mexican restaurant around the corner. It had excellent homemade mexican food with items like nopalitos that just brought home the mission experience.
6/14/2013 4:00:00 PM
We have been to Las Campanas several times for lunch. This was the first time we had dinner. We've always enjoyed the food & ambiance & this was no exception. Las Campanas is one of several restaurants at the Mission Inn in Riverside. The outdoor setting is great. We were seated by one of the water features & the soothing sounds were a nice background to our meal. The food is pricey, but very good & the margaritas are wonderful!
6/15/2013 12:00:00 AM
We had a wonderful lunch on their beautiful patio. Great food and equally great service.
6/15/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great for Father's Day
The staff was extremely accommodating for special requests and our server attentive to our needs. The food was delicious especially the ceviche. We had a wonderful time. I have eaten here several times and strongly recommend this restaurant.
6/15/2013 4:00:00 PM
Fabulous outdoor lighting, great atmosphere, god food and drinks.
6/21/2013 4:00:00 PM
Lunch at Las Campanas
Lunch was very good - table of 5. Had carnitas tostada which was great. Service was good and not obtrusive. The location is so beautiful - equally as nice at night as during the day.
6/22/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great for small parties
Recently came here for a birthday. While they do not have anything special for birthdays it was very enjoyable. Food and wait staff are great.
6/22/2013 4:00:00 PM
Attentive service with a smile,
Attentive service with a smile, delicious food, romantic ambiance! We'll be back again!
6/22/2013 4:00:00 PM
My wife and I where at the Mission Inn for a weekend get away and we had a wonderful dinner at Las Campanas. Our waiter was the “GREAT AND POWERFUL OZ”, a very attentive server, we lacked for nothing. Everything we had was delicious but I highly recommend the tortilla soup and the guacamole... honestly they were both the best I have ever had.
6/23/2013 12:00:00 AM
enjoy the outdoors
Overpriced but well done Tex-Mex in a fantastic setting. Very large portions that most people would have trouble finishing after a bowl of chips/salsa and a Grande Drink. Probably worth a one time visit for out of town visitors like me.
6/25/2013 12:00:00 AM
Loved this restaurant! The ambiance was wonderful as all the tables are outside. The lights at night are beautiful too. Nice food selection, food was excellent, and the service was outstanding.
6/25/2013 12:00:00 AM
Las Campanas wraps around the Southwest patio of the Mission Inn. Complete with fountains, historic bells nestled among the greenery, and wisteria vines overhead under a palm tree canopy, it's really quite nice. It's funny, we've lived in Riverside 16 years, have stayed at the Inn, and enjoyed the inner courtyard restaurant, but always skipped Las Campanas because it looked too busy. Ha! Tables are arranged in a zig zag pattern, slightly offset from others' dining. Finches/songbirds dart from palm branches and bushes surrounding the tables, and occasionally land on the cobblestone walkway to peck their dinner. Even on a 100+ degree day, by 5 pm it was cooler and the breeze picked up. We enjoyed tableside quacamole (soft tacos-yum $).
6/26/2013 4:00:00 PM
Great food and atmosphere
This restaurant, located at the Mission Inn in Riverside, is an absolutely beautiful outdoor restaurant. The service was top rate and the food was excellent. Would definitely recommend this restaurant to anyone wanting something a little different.
6/27/2013 4:00:00 PM
Never a disappointment!
We have been to Las Campanas many times & always enjoy the food, drinks, ambiance. We had a wonderful time,
6/29/2013 12:00:00 AM
Limited menu but all excellent.
Limited menu but all excellent. Service was fantastic.
7/5/2013 12:00:00 AM
Mexican food at the Mission
Dining at the Mission Inn Is Special No Matter What The Occasion. The Atmosphere Can't Be Beat. Beautiful, Lush Greenery Surrounds The Spanish Style Patio. Colorful Tile Topped Rod Iron Tables, Fountains And fire pits Set The scene. The Food Was Prepared Perfectly, Arrived Timely, Hot And Tasted Wonderful. We Ordered The Cocktail Of The Day Which Was A Mango Margarita..... Delicious! The Menu Had A Prefect Variety, Easy To Choose An Entree To Suit Your Tastebuds. I Highly Recommend Las Campanas, Great Food, Great Service Served In A Beautiful Setting. Open Table For A Reservation To Make It Simple And Valet Parking To Keep It Hassle Free!
7/5/2013 4:00:00 PM
Excellent food, terrible music
I want to start by saying that in general, I *love* Las Campanas. The food, service, and ambiance (outdoors, in the bulk of the restaurant) are all consistently spectacular. On this particular visit, however, unexpected rain forced us to sit indoors. We were seated at a table right outside the Presidential Lounge, where the night's entertainment was an inappropriately loud and alarmingly under-talented piano player/lounge singer. He was so loud, even from outside the Lounge, that we couldn't hold a conversation over the "music" without raising our voices. I strongly recommend visiting Las Campanas frequently and trying everything on the menu, but if you want pleasant ambiance, definitely insist on an outdoor table!
7/20/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great ambiance along with great foo
We decided to give this place a try for our anniversary & it did not disappoint. Although a bit pricey, for a special occasion it's well worth it. Service was fast & I noticed that all the employees had smiles on their faces. Just a bit of advice though, the food comes out really fast, so take the time to enjoy your cocktail, order an appetizer halfway through your drink, order another drink & halfway through your appetizer order you main course. Our reservation was at 6:30 & by 7:00 we were done with dinner (next time we will do as I mentioned & take our time). Enjoy!!
7/20/2013 12:00:00 AM
I put in a request when I
I put in a request when I made my reservation that my mothers birthday be recognized. It was not, and that was a little dissapointing.
8/6/2013 12:00:00 AM
Love it here
We came here for our anniversary because we knew it would be special.
Remember food being a little better, but still a great experience.
8/10/2013 12:00:00 AM
paradise in riverside...
This place is an absolute gem! I was so shocked and amsay at the atmosphere, ambiance, service, food, and drinks. Everything about our experience there for my mothers bday was beyond perfect. I'm still in awe and had no idea as a born and raised southern Californian, that this place was hiding here all along. I cannot say enough good things. Thank you mission inn and Las Campanas for giving us an unforgettable evening, I'll be back real soon!
8/10/2013 12:00:00 AM
Having never been to Las Campanas I didn't know what to expect. Outdoor dining only was strange at first but being connected to the gorgeous Mission Inn, I didn't mind it one bit. The service is quick and responsive, all the staff was courteous and the food was amazing. My only issue is not originally knowing where to check in for my reservation so I had to ask a couple of people and backtrack a bit but I found it eventually. Overall I would definitely reccomend Las Campanas to my friends and family. Heck, when they decide to come I'll go ahead and join them!
8/16/2013 12:00:00 AM
This restaurant has consistently good food and service. We never feel rushed. Wait staff willing to make some adjustments to the menu.
8/17/2013 12:00:00 AM
If you are a Riverside resident, then you must try Las Campanas at least once. It is located in the Mission Inn, a historical landmark. This was our first visit. The tableside guacamole was delicious as was the mango sorbet.
8/18/2013 12:00:00 AM
The Best I've Had
I dine at a lot of mexican restaurants and until now, I would say they were all ok. Las Campanas is by far the best i've ever had. The ambiance, food, service margaritas and on and on and on. Highly suggest!
8/21/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great food and and service. Outdoor dining at its best, can't wait to come back.
8/28/2013 12:00:00 AM
Labor Day Dining
With temperatures outside at 90 degrees, we were concerned that it would be too hot to enjoy our reservations at 7:00 p.m. It was a little warm, but the waiters kept the cold water and drinks coming. It was a beautiful evening under the blue skies and tasteful lighting of the Mission Inn. With five in our party, we were all very satisfied.
9/1/2013 12:00:00 AM
Las Campanas - The whole package
The ambiance, food quality, portions and service were well-balanced and really set the stage for a great experience. This is a no-rush place, so bring your family, friends and enjoy the ambiance and dining experience.
9/8/2013 12:00:00 AM
South of the Border So.Cal
This restaurant is our favorite at the Mission Inn - it is outdoor dining and a delightful selection of Mexican inspired specialities with a Mission Inn flair. The tableside guacamole is delightful and different with the infusion of fresh orange - makes it a sweet and spicy guacamole.
9/27/2013 12:00:00 AM
Two paws up
The restaurant and hotel is beautiful. We had a great experience.
9/28/2013 12:00:00 AM
Best cheese enchiladas that I have had. I ordered my enchiladas with green sauce which was very favorable. The table side guacamole was extremely good as were the 'Perfect' Margaritas
10/12/2013 12:00:00 AM
We've been here twice now, and just absolutely love it. The best meal we've gotten (by far) is the fajitas with filet mignon. Crazy that that's even an option! We also got the salsa verde (which wasn't much too pleasing to the eye, but was so tender and flavorful). Te chips and salsa kept coming and our server was pleasant and present. And of course, you can't eat the waiting up outdoor experience among those trees all lit up. What a great place for a fancy evening. The prices were around $20-25 per plate, but it was worth it. So good!
10/21/2013 12:00:00 AM
Had a great experience. Used
Had a great experience. Used a tip from another reviewer to take your time ordering. Order a drink first then half way through order an appetizer, guacamole was very good. Half way through that order dinner. Food comes out very fast. Great if you don't have much time but too fast if you want to enjoy the evening. Cheese enchiladas with verde sauce was very good. We would difinitly visit again.
10/25/2013 12:00:00 AM
Lovely Dinner for a celebration!
I took my husband there to celebrate a significant achievement last night, and it was really wonderful. It was getting a little bit chilly out (I think that all seating is outside for this restaurant) and they had some outdoor heaters that made you feel warm without giving off too much smoke or fumes. I didn't feel cold for a second, and I am usually a little on the cold side. The food was delicious and very vegan and vegetarian friendly, which we really appreciated. Afterwards, we walked around the corner of the building and bought a cupcake at Casey's Cupcakes, and discovered that they have lovely vegan cupcakes there as well. Such a nice way to celebrate!
10/30/2013 12:00:00 AM
Dinner was great
We had amazing service. Prompt and courteous. Wonderful atmosphere.
10/31/2013 5:00:00 PM
VERY FUN PLACE TO DINE
This was not the best Mexican food I have ever had but the ambience and service made it up for it all. The place is beautiful and they keep it warm so no worries about sitting outside and begin cold. I was disappointed that they didn't bring anything for my husband's birthday. I informed at reservations, as we checked in and told the waiter as we walked out, I was a bit let down. He told me they don't do anything for special occassions. So be forwarned if you want special treatment.
11/1/2013 5:00:00 PM
my wife & i celebrated our 1 year anniversary & we will always remember our special night . we are already talking about going back again & what we would order next time . the lights on the tree's came on & it was exciting .friends have recommended coming here & now , we will also .
11/2/2013 12:00:00 AM
12 year anniversary dinner
We had our 12 year anniversary dinner here, and it was excellent. We had chicken soft tacos, steak fajitas, and margaritas. The food was great. The service was excellent. Beautiful view. We followed it up with the wonderful Robert Cray performing at the Fox Theatre, and had a great evening.
11/6/2013 4:00:00 PM
Wonderful surprise in Riverside!
We hadn't visited Riverside for many years and didn't realize that the Mission Inn was such an amazing place! It is just beautiful, historic and charming. We had dinner at Las Campanas before seeing The Buddy Holly Story at the Fox Theater just a block away. The food was just amazing and the service was top rate. Our waiter even gave us a history of the hotel and how it all came about. The fresh guacamole prep tableside was fun to watch and the guac was just the best. We definitely plan to return again and hopefully stay at the Inn and explore the other restaurants there, as well as the other parts of the city.
11/7/2013 4:00:00 PM
Not the best Mexican food but it is a great outdoor experience.
11/8/2013 4:00:00 PM
Our group of Five had a wonderful time. The fajitas were sizzling hot, the guacamole was delicious, the margaritas were great and so was the rest of the food. The cup cakes were fresh and their presentation was excellent.
11/15/2013 4:00:00 PM
The courtyard at Las Campanas Mexican Restaurant was magical in the evening with trees lit throughout with tiny white lights. So inviting and relaxing... We were seated immediately and received prompt service. The young woman who served us was great... warm, friendly and well-informed about the entrees. We chose steak fajitas and chicken and cheese enchiladas with rice and beans that were excellent. While waiting for dinner, we enjoyed Cadillac margaritas that were very good and guacamole table side. The guacamole was wonderful with the exception of needing a little more seasoning that we added on our own. Overall, a lovely evening at one of Riverside's landmarks.
11/15/2013 4:00:00 PM
The waiter was very nice but
The waiter was very nice but when he asked if I wanted to charge my bill to my hotel bill, I said yes. He came back and in front of several other patrons at nearby tables informed me "you have no credit" so I paid cash. I checked with the lobby and was told that was due to an error on their end involving an asterisk by my name that should not have been there. They informed me there was nothing wrong whatsoever with my credit card (which I already knew).
It was extremely embarrassing for my waiter to say I had "no credit" in front of everyone like that, especially since it was not correct. I would recommend you re-think your procedures and messaging.
11/22/2013 4:00:00 PM