Rio Mar
Rio Mar

Rio Mar

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://riomarseafood.com/
  • Phone: 5045253474x
  • Hours of Operation:
    Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:30am - 2:00pm; Dinner: Monday - Saturday: 5:30 pm - 10:00pm
    HAPPY HOUR Monday thru Friday 5-7pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Carte Blanche,Diners Club,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Seafood, Latin / Spanish
  • Executive Chef: Miles Prescott
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Private Party Facilities: LEAVE A MESSAGE ON VOICEMAIL, I WILL RETURN YOUR CALL ASAP!
  • Private Party Contact: Helana Bonvillain 504-525-3474x

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Julia
  • Parking: Street Parking
  • Parking Details: We offer valet parking on Friday & Saturday night only.
    Free off-street parking is available after 6pm. Before 6pm metered operated.
A word from Rio Mar
April 11th Eat Club Dinner @6:30pm w/Tom Fitzmorris
"LIVE BROADCAST"
RESERVATIONS ONLY, www.nomenu.com Limited Seating.


Riomar Seafood has been open since 2000. We are a Spanish/Latin seafood restaurant. We feature fresh Gulf seafood and locally grown produce. Voted "top 10" in New Orleans by the Times Picayune, Riomar serves its exquisite cuisine in a casual atmosphere with an outstanding Spanish wine and cocktail list. Riomar offers a private dining room option. Thank you for thinking of Riomar.
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Rio Mar reviews from OpenTable diners
34 reviews since June 4, 2014
Overall Rating3.6
  • Food3.9
    Service3.8
  • Ambiance3.3
    Noise LevelModerate
63% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (14)good for groups (10)special occasion (10)neighborhood gem (10)romantic (7)notable wine list (4)hot spot (2)great for lunch (2)late-night find (2)great for brunch (1)scenic view (1)vibrant bar scene (1)Show More
  • An enchanting evening
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    It was a great atmosphere. The madness of White Linen Night stayed outside of the door. The staff was friendly and accommodating. We never made it to our table, but it was still a very nice evening. I am sad to see it go.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great Food
    Alwayshungry
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    Outstanding Nuevo Latino cuisine. We have been there many times and tried pretty much everything in the menu. I am upset they took out the codfish (bacalao) from the menu, but everything else is also delicious. The ceviche sampler is awsome. Great chorizo and jamon Iberico. The pork dish is outstanding. Had a fish with mango sauce and coconut rice which was delicious. Tres leches for desert: great. A great, different restaurant in an outstanding food city. Only complaint is that it is a little bit too noisy. Will gladly put up with that.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Not the jewel of the sea
    disapointeddiner
    Dined on 7/30/2014
    The price of the cocktails, wine and food are outrageous considering that the atmosphere was super casual, the servers were not knowledgeable, and the food was not properly seasoned. The sangria lacked the fruit marinade flavors typical of the recipe. The server was unfamiliar with the menu and the wine list, so I was forced to go up the bar to inquire about details. Finally a fellow guest helped answer my questions. We settled on a $52 bottle of Jumilla that I have personally purchased in the store for $10. In a city that swims in seafood dishes at every corner, the food was disappointing. My guest and I spent over $200, an offensive price for an average meal, poor, neglectful service and mediocre ambiance.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Enjoyed it!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 7/29/2014
    The menu and the bar offerings were somewhat limited. But my small plate of grilled octopus, and large plate of fish with kale in a superior savory sauce were both very good.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, late-night find
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Won't go back
    NolaFoodie
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    The food and ambiance were nice and the waiter was friendly. However, the restaurant does not accomodate it's customers, and for prices such as those they should. I have a food allergy and in order to eat the dish I wanted, I needed to get something swapped out...they REFUSED. I was not asking for anything specific, so they could have given me something inexpensive such as pickled slaw or rice. I was told I could pay $7 for a different side, on top of the $30 dish, but they would not just accomodate the allergy themselves. I didn't get the dish, I was not going to pay $40 for it with the added cost of the side, and completely turned off. Booo, RioMar.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Very Dissapointed
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 7/24/2014
    We have been fans of Rio Mar for some time now; however, as of late the restaurant has been in a state of steady decline. On our last trip the restaurant was empty and the entrees were subpar.
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • A Step Back From Previous Visits
    Nola8281
    Dined on 7/24/2014
    Been here several time and told many this was our favorite restaurant. This past trip took a step back. Elegant, unique restaurant to now paper menus, loud kitchen, downsized popular menu options. Miss the chorizo in the mussels, but still good. Wine prices seemed a bit steep past round.Overall still love restaurant. Drum, lechon, rocoto ceviche are favorites.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Overpriced Cocktails
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 7/22/2014
    Drinks were way overpriced...Food was average. Nothing to write home about. We used a Groupon and the waiter added a 22% gratuity...Much better restaurants to go to for comparable prices.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Disappointing
    apc7468
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    I've enjoyed Rio Mar in the past and I had high expectations. Things started well but the level of service quickly declined. Water and bread weren't refilled, wine took forever, etc. and we felt ignored overall. Appetizers were very good, but scallops were substituted for fish in an entree with no warning and didn't even pair well with the sauce. I expect the opportunity to change my selection when something runs out. There was a long delay receiving our check, and then we had to flag down someone to take it since our waitress disappeared again. We had a Groupon and wonder if this is why we experienced such a poor level of service. The waitress added gratuity on to our bill which wasn't part of the Groupon terms. I'm not sure we'll return.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • not pleased
    fish
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    i ordered the drum and asked that it not be over cooked. it arrived too dry and was sent back, the waitress said the cook said this was the way it was cooked and to choose another dish. in my opinion "before" fish can be over cooked it has to be under cooked and that is all i was asking. in addition i thought the portion was really small for the amount of money we paid. not only will i not recommend rio mar to anyone we will NEVER come there again for any reason. we were out to celebrate my birthday.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great Night
    Cher2210
    Dined on 7/18/2014
    My family celerbrated my husband birthday. Our server was awesome. She had great attention to detail,responsive and all around nice. Great food love the pork entree, salad with oysters and guave cheesecake. Great night!
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Seafood paradise
    RobT
    Dined on 7/18/2014
    If you are looking for a place that has a unique spin on presentation with knowledge of best to way to prepare seafood, this is it. Had a great meal and a great time. Our server was very nice and attentive to our needs. Definitely will return.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, late-night find, scenic view, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The customer is NOT always right
    LoriKVIP
    Dined on 7/12/2014
    My husband and I quit going to this restaurant because of the noise. We couldn't even hear each other and we were sitting right next to each other. We always did like the food, so we decided to go back when we were eating early and we were hoping the restaurant would be much quieter. It was, however, we were appalled that we were not allowed to order an appetizer while we figured out what we wanted to eat for the rest of the meal. Apparently, it is against the Chef's rules. The waiter apologized profusely, but was clear that the rule could not be broken. We will never return to this restaurant, these kinds of rules are ridiculous.
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  • Service was horrible!
    Ironmansushi
    Dined on 6/23/2014
    The food was fresh and tasty but the service was horrible! There we're just a few occupied tables at lunch and I had to wave wave wave, walk to the server multiple times to ask for bowls, more dishes, drinks, hot sauce (asked 4x) We sat there forever before anyone asked what we wanted...etc, etc, etc. too bad because the food is really good...once you get it....THEN.....because the party we had had 6+... The tip was included! Lame
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  • fabulous food and service
    nolagal
    Dined on 6/18/2014
    Arrive before 7 p.m., and start your evening at the bar with happy hour -- half price cocktails and small plates -- then move into the dining room for a delicious, unrushed meal. The dishes are authentic and well-seasoned. You won't find this menu anywhere else. Highly recommend.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 6/11/2014
    The food was excellent, and the service was great as usual.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great dinner
    Efauch
    Dined on 6/9/2014
    Went here with my husband for my birthday. Mango sangria was excellent. We ordered all the small plates. Food came fast and was hot. Grilled octopus was the best!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 17 ratings-only reviews submitted since June 4, 2014
    • Overall Rating3.9
    • Food4
    • Ambiance3.5
    • Service4.4
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 438 reviews are from the Rio Mar reviews archive.
  • Our kids liked it too!
    quadsmom1234
    Dined on 5/31/2014
    We adults (4) wanted to try the argentine food, but the preteen kids weren't thrilled with unfamiliar choices. Our waiter saves the evening by suggesting a sampling of small plates. All of us had a great time trying different dishes. Even the picky kids found several things the liked! We especially liked the steak and the cevechi sampler! And the flan was to die for! We definitely will come again!
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ceviche and Cheesecake
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 5/24/2014
    Rio Mar is a great place to go for tapas, small plates, and Spanish cuisine with a New Orleans flair!
    Special Features:
    late-night find
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Desert & good appetizers.
    Jals1955
    Dined on 5/24/2014
    That's about it. Seiche was good and the Tres Leches for desert. Rest is fair. Didn't have bottled flat water. The service was superb.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • A Great Find in New Orleans
    JJ3321
    Dined on 5/23/2014
    Great food, excellent wine selection and great service and the price was very reasonable. Try the Mussels and Grilled Shrimp Finish with the Gauva Cheese Cake
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • whiskit
    Dined on 5/13/2014
    It was a quite nite so it wasn't loud. the one drawl back is it could be a loud space. staff and dinner (wine too) was spot on
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, late-night find, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 5/10/2014
    The Bartender was fantastically friendly and gave good recommendations. Then it was time to go into the dining area. Live music bongo drums were too loud. The servers were impatient. The food was not sequenced with some coming out cold. What came out correctly is good. They need to explain their menu better. There's great potential for the small family run restaurant with better organization. The music needs to reflect the ethnicity of the restaurant food.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • NOLA gem
    Kerrylvr
    Dined on 5/8/2014
    Lovely restaurant with an easy feel to it. Not too busy on an early Thursday. They make their own sangria and my mango sangria was perfect. Husband had the pork which was a huge serving and melt in your mouth. My scallops were cooked perfectly. Wait staff were great as well.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Amazing menu
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 5/7/2014
    We had the Chef's Tasting Menu, which was really incredible. We got to try all of the appetizers and the ceviches, ordered and entree and had tastes of all of the desserts. It was all incredible. I really love that it is not the quintessential Southern restaurant. In an area of hotels, with visitors from other places, it is perfectly placed to give you the opportunity to enjoy really well prepared food from a different place. Thoroughly enjoyed ourselves.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • excellent place
    smss
    Dined on 5/3/2014
    Good food. Good service. What else could one wish??
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Good for Groups, Neighborhood Gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • spanish accent
    pedneph
    Dined on 5/1/2014
    Rio Mar continues to be one of our favorite spots in New Orleans. The seafood with a spanish overlay is excellent. We also enjoy the wines of Spain. We have found the wait staff knowledgable and accommodating. Rio Mar is on our repeat list for our annual trip to the Jazzfest.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, late-night find, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Awesome Seafood!
    JAB611VIP
    Dined on 5/1/2014
    Second visit to Rio Mar and the service, food, and ambiance remain top notch. Particularly enjoyed the small plates for sharing and the fabulous drink menu! Rio Mar is now a must when visiting Nawlins and craving above reproach seafood!
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Good for Groups, special occasion, Notable Wine List
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great food
    Noetexan
    Dined on 4/25/2014
    The gambas with mole and fish with coconut were excellent. The chef came to our table and explained how they make the chocolate mole sauce, which was delicious!
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, special occasion, Neighborhood Gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Accomadating
    Wantmore
    Dined on 4/18/2014
    Short notice reservation with three childern and three adults that act like childern. Service was great the food is wonderful and they didn't try to stick us in a back corner with the kids.
    Special Features:
    Kid-Friendly, Fit For Foodies, Good for Groups
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Mahalo from Hawaii
    MahalofromHawaii
    Dined on 4/12/2014
    Specials were indeed special--new fresh tastes combining elements not experienced elsewhere. Didn't order dessert but after conversation with hostess she gave us a sample of one particular dessert. It was amazing. Only one of the four of us were going to try it but we all ended up eating a share of it
    Special Features:
    romantic, late-night find, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • night at rio mar
    Dwitt
    Dined on 4/4/2014
    food and service were exceptional. very fresh and flavorful food, very innovative choices.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • great meal
    doodlebat
    Dined on 3/24/2014
    Outstanding meal. Could have eaten the ceviches all night
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • The ceviche sampler was very
    Foodie33
    Dined on 3/17/2014
    The ceviche sampler was very good. The food was not worth the price. We were charged $18.00 for water.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • The restaurant was busy and
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 3/14/2014
    The restaurant was busy and slightly loud. Service was good. Food was excellent.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Understaffed and overwhelmed
    Host
    Dined on 3/13/2014
    Good food, but understaffed and overwhelmed by traffic. Poor service and long waits in between servings
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Birthday dinner!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 2/15/2014
    Great place, great food, and great service. We had a very nice experience. Would definitely recommend!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • The wait staff was so INCREDIBLE
    MoMo
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    The wait staff was so INCREDIBLE rude that not only will I never return but I will tell all our friends to never go here. I'm in utter shock with how rude they were. Probably the worst in the entire city of New Orleans.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Valentine's Day Disappontment
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    I have eaten at Rio Mar several times and it has an interesting menu. However, on this particurlar trip, we were very disapponted with the way we were met upon arrival. We were about 10 minues early and the resturant was less than 50% full. We asked if we could be seated and were told no. When we challenged the hostess as to why not, it got confrontational. The last thing Rio Mar should want is a bad experience immediately upon enering the restaurant. Ruined the rest of the evening.
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  • expectations fullfilled
    rssll
    Dined on 2/8/2014
    Haven't been to this restaurant in quite a while. In the past it was difficult to find parking in the area, but no they have valet parking, albeit at $10, but that's acceptable. The food is quite different but quite good. My group enjoyed the Iberian Ham, Empanadas, Papusas as well as soup & salads. Waitress was very knowledgeable and very efficient. Look forward to a return visit.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic