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Cafe Sevilla - Riverside

4.3
157 reviews
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$30 and under
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Tapas / Small Plates
Perfect For:
  • Special Occasion
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Romantic

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Tasty tapas, ceviche and paella headline the menu at Café Sevilla. This colorful Spanish restaurant offers a rich cultural dining experience with its authentic Spanish cuisine and live Flamenco shows. The restaurant's menu revolves around seafood, chicken and beef dishes. Café Sevilla also offers a special vegetarian and gluten-free menu for guests with special needs. Nibble on some tapas or turn into a full course by ordering from the restaurant's tapas de cuisine menu. Stop by the cozy bar upstairs for a cool drink.

If you're dining with a group, try the restaurant's convenient La Familia menu. Created for parties of nine or more guests, it comes with a tasteful selection of popular menu items. Café Sevilla is open all days of the week.

Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Tapas / Small Plates, Spanish
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Hours of operation
Dinner: Sunday - Saturday: 4:30pm - 2:00am; Brunch - Sunday: 10:00am - 2:00pm
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Phone number
(951) 778-0611
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Business Casual
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Executive chef
Cesar Castillo
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Private party facilities
Cafe Sevilla is one of Southern California's top-rated restaurants & has the right ingredients in place to create an extra-special event for you.
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Private party contact
Sandra Penny : (877) 681-0891
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
University
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Parking details
Valet on Weekends, Holidays and Special Events. Limited Private Parking all other days.
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Public transit
Express Catering Services available. Please contact Linda Larrauri at 858-860-0382 ext. 101 for more details.
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Entertainment
7 nights a week Rumba & Flamenco Gypsy King Style Performances upstairs in the Tapas Bar. Weekends are host to our famous dinner shows. Fridays 7:30 - 9:30pm Gypsy Flamenco Fusion, Saturdays 7:00pm - 9:00pm Passion of Tango, and Sundays 7:00pm - 9:00pm The Art of Flamenco...experience Spain without the Airfare.
Additional
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Corkage Fee, Dancing, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Outdoor Smoking Area, Private Room, Takeout, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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4.3based on all time ratings
4.3
food
4.3
service
4.2
ambience
Noise · Moderate
96% of people would recommend it to a friend
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4.0Dined on June 29, 2014

Cafe Sevilla is a favorite of my wife and I. We recently went in to try the brunch for the first time, and we were very impressed. Very delicious wide variety of foods. The omlette/waffle/crepe station was especially good. The Meats grilled outside were juicy, and cooked to your preference. A Glass of Sangria, or a Mimosa are included with your brunch which was nice, and unexpected. Needless to say, we will be back.

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3.0Dined on June 27, 2014

We have eaten at the San Diego location on many occasions. It is a must whenever we go there. Thanks to Open Table we discovered the Riverside location. Beautiful place, and the food was good. But, the service was disapointing. Drinks were very slow especially the crafted sangria. Too, it was odd that a Spanish restaurant could not offer a blended margarita. The food was also slow coming out. We like to order a couple of tapas at a time and they usually come out quickly. Not here. We'll give it another shot because of our love for the San Diego operation. It's a great option location wise when coming home to Orange County from the dessert.

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4.0Dined on June 25, 2014

I was at Cafe Sevilla with friends celebrating my birthday on June 25. We loved it! None of us had been there before for dinner
and it was fabulous. Tapas, Sangria and traditional Spanish dishes such as the paella are all great.

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5.0Dined on June 22, 2014

Sandra the Manager, does a fantastic job! Everything is Great!

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5.0Dined on June 14, 2014

We went with four people and ordered a variety of tapas. Everything was delicious! The meat paella was something you don't find in tapas restaurants - usually it's seafood. The rabbit in rioja wine sauce melted in your mouth. The bacon wrapped dates were decadent. The olive loaf bread - we ordered two, it was amazing! I wish we had a restaurant like this closer to home. They have a restaurant in Long Beach, too!

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4.0Dined on June 11, 2014

Excellent dining ... a little pricey. The family paella was terrific and would feed at least three people. The salads were unique and tasty. Overall ambience of the restaurant was romantic, although a little too loud.

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4.0Dined on June 6, 2014

Definitely not for kids. Other than that disappointment, the staff was polite and the food was delicious! Check in on Yelp! and get a free Sampler Tapas.

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5.0Dined on June 1, 2014

We chose a place that was close to
Orange County so we could meet centrally. This worked well and we had a great fun evening. The servers were helpful with some unusual tapas and our Sangria glasses were never empty. The food was outstanding and portions were more than adequate to share among six. The bacon wrapped dates with blue cheese were phenomenal ! Can't wait to go back.

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1.0Dined on May 25, 2014

Got reservation but restaurant was closed for a private party. Restaurant called me to tell me that but it was at reservation time so I was already there.

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5.0Dined on May 24, 2014

This place has great food, friendly staff and great live music. Every time I come here it's memorable, I have enjoyed the Flamenco show and the live music at the bar.

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5.0Dined on May 17, 2014

loved everything we tried - queso fundido, paella valenciana -- all work spectacular. the hostess was a little confused about where to seat us and spent quite awhile complaining to a coworker about some other issue before she seated us. seemed odd since we were one of the first parties there at 4:30pm. wait staff just seemed disinterested.

the table wasn't exactly clean, but eventually it was fixed.

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3.0Dined on May 10, 2014

Overall it's a good restaurant. The good was an 8 from a scale 1-10. We did dinner and a show and the show was nice. The food took a while to get to our table and the server server forgot our drinks on 3 occasions. I would like to go in and try the restaurant in the dinning area and experience that to be able to give this restaurant a fair review.

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5.0Dined on May 5, 2014

A little expensive for the portion size but great food and amazing service

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5.0Dined on April 19, 2014

My hubby and I ate here Saturday. Everything we tried was delicious! Server was very attentive, and offered suggestions. Sangria is a must! We had a pitcher. Food was very well presented, melts in your mouth good. We will be back! I am planning my birthday celebration here now!

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3.0Dined on April 18, 2014

it was our second visit and not as good as we remembered. The bacon wrapped dates were over cooked, and the short ribs were a little bland. Great service and the mocha creme brulee was fantastic!

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4.0Dined on March 30, 2014

Good service and variety. Loved it!

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5.0Dined on March 29, 2014

Everything was perfect. The food is to die for. The atmosphere is welcoming, unique, and romantic.

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5.0Dined on March 29, 2014

I happened upon this restaurant online quite by chance, but I was looking to meet up with a friend in Riverside. I found that I made an excellent choice! The food was excellent, and is incredibly authentic. They have a huge menu and the portion sizes were wonderful. We ordered mostly seafood and fish tapas, and also a black paella tapa, which was excellent and really a delicacy. There were several choices of sangria. We went for the white sangria, which was light, sweet, and not too strong. It was the perfect compliment to the meal. I especially liked that it had an apple cinnamon flavor. They have a traditional red sangria, also. I would most certainly recommend Sevilla, especially if you are going to be in downtown Riverside.

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5.0Dined on March 29, 2014

We aren't from the area, so we turned to Open Table for places to eat. The food was so delicious, we went back again the next evening! The mushroom empanadas, vegetarian flatbread, shrimp tapas, and chocolate creme brulee were especially delicious, although EVERYTHING we had was yummy. This may be the best choice to eat in Riverside!

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3.0Dined on March 28, 2014

To start, we had to walk a block to the restaurant. We sat upstairs because we wanted the full experience of eating where the action was. Although the waitress was smiley and apologetic, her positive attitude could not make up for the slow kitchen and average food. Of the six different tapas we tried, only two were worthy of mention. The shrimp was spicy and cooked just right and the bacon wrapped dates were sweet and delicious. Sadly, the ceviche was somewhat fishy tasting and the crab cake was over-fried and crunchier than one would usually see. The potatoes were bland and would have been better with more sauce and the sausage was just plain terrible. It is worth noting, however, that the creme brule'-like dessert was amazing and unique.

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3.0Dined on March 25, 2014

Ate here before a concert at the Fox. Happy Hour was good, prices were reasonable for the portion. Quality of tapas was good but would have liked the paella to be more crispy but other than that it was nice.

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5.0Dined on March 23, 2014

Great Sunday brunch. They have a grill station with various meats to choose from. Inside they have a lot to choose from as well. I especially liked the Spanish guitar and the free flowing mimosas.

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5.0Dined on March 21, 2014

We went there for our anniversary. It was absolutely worth the 45-minute drive from Murrieta. The food, the service and the atmosphere were all wonderful in every way. It's also a beautiful place to look at, both inside and out...a welcome change from the local strip mall restaurants. Special thanks to Jamie, our server. We hope to be back often.

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5.0Dined on March 21, 2014

One of the best dinners I have ever had, the service was great.

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3.0Dined on March 9, 2014

The buffet food temperature was cool to barely warm. NOT desireable eating temperature. I complained to the manager , Sandra said sorry but that is a matter of your preference. Really???

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5.0Dined on March 2, 2014

Being half Spanish, I'm really picky when it comes to Spanish Cuisine! I've always enjoyed their tapas and dinner menus, but I recently went to Cafe Sevilla for Sunday Brunch! The food and atmosphere was really really great! No complaints whatsoever! I will be a regular!

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5.0Dined on February 28, 2014

We celebrated our wedding anniversary by making reservations. Upon arrival we were warmly greeted, congratulated, and offered a table in the dining room or in the tapas bar area. She explained that happy hour specials were available in the bar area and if we didn't like that we could move to the main dining room. It was not overly crowded so the bar area worked well, especially for the happy hour specials. The tapas were excellent and, including the tapas sized lobster paella, provided a great array of many selections that made our meal. Our waitress even offered us a last chance to order more even as happy hour ended. I highly recommend this restaurant for great service, food, and ambiance for your special occasion.

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3.0Dined on February 27, 2014

I think the strength is the appetizers. The servers weren't very attentive-I had an empty water glass most of the night. The food is not bad, but with the build-up on the menu and the prices, not great either. I had the saffron infused Sea Bass and I couldn't taste the saffron. The fish tasted fine, it was light and a little flaky inside. I'm not sure if it was broiled as it had a bit of a thickened outer layer (not skin). I dont think it was fried. But the texture was fine, just a bit unusual. It came with a black style arborio style rice which was fine and some kind of white side that lacked flavor.

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5.0Dined on February 16, 2014

From the moment you walk in the decor is great! The Tapas Bar was very romantic and the food was excellent!!
Our waitress was incredible!! Definitely will return.

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4.0Dined on February 16, 2014

Adequate selection of Spanish food, nice ambiance and attentive service. Will definitely come back.

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3.0Dined on January 25, 2014

Had a reservation for 830 pm didn't get our table till 915 pm was a little disappointed with that!!!

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4.0Dined on January 23, 2014

Wonderful interesting menu. Always try a few new Tapas.

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5.0Dined on January 10, 2014

Great place to unwind on a Friday evening after work with fellow friends to talk the night away while enjoying a variety of Sangrias and full size Tapas at a very affordable Happy Hour Price. Will be visiting again!

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5.0Dined on January 5, 2014

Great food selection, very good waitress, reasonably priced. Will go again! Guy played music while we ate. It would help if the food was labelled though -- especially the more Spanish oriented dishes.

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4.0Dined on November 29, 2013

We were in Riverside for the "Lights" opening ceremony and street celebration.
While sitting in Mission Inn's Presidential Lounge for cocktails, a couple recommended
Sevilla which we parked right next a couple blocks away. Having just returned from
a trip to Spain (Barcelona) we said why not? We were not disappointed. We tried
a little bit of everything (lamb, garlic shrimp, calamari, potatoes, sausage and sangria).
In some cases, these tapas were better than those we tried in Spain...authentic, nice portion
size, reasonable, delicious!
We were pleasantly surprised by the ambiance and food. Next time, we will sample paella and sit upstairs for the entertainment.

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5.0Dined on November 29, 2013

First impressions mean everything. Our first impression is a lasting one. The romantic and quiet ambiance made one for enjoyable dining. The Mar y Tierra Brocheta of beef and shrimp was cooked to perfection with just right amount of servings, including the Machego Mashed Potatoes and Grilled Asperagus. Located just off the 91 freeway on Mission Inn Blvd, it is within walking distance to other sites and the Mission Inn. Highly recommend this restaurant for couples and families. Wife was truly impressed with service and dining experience. We will return.

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4.0Dined on November 28, 2013

I've dined here many times. It's one of my favorite local restaurants, filled with charm, character, and friendly staff. The tapas selections are wonderful. Their parking situation, though, has become tight recently, and valet becomes the only other option when the free spaces fill up, which is rather quickly.

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2.0Dined on November 27, 2013

I went there for a nice dining experience on Wednesday 11/27/2013 @ 7:30pm. The dining experience was ok and the server Conrad was great. I went there for a true dining experience and because there was a private party taking up the downstairs we had to sit in the bar area upstairs with a TV on the wall on a table in the middle of the room. Had I known that ahead of time, I would've passed on visiting and wish I would've been notified earlier when making the reservation that your general dining area was not available. I find it very tacky to have dinner in a bar area. I went there with certain expectations and a nice 4-5* rated establishment and had an El Torito or TGIF type of experience. I wish it had been better at half the cost.

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3.0Dined on November 27, 2013

We dine at Sevilla several times a year. It is a 45 minute drive but we feel it is worth the drive. We have dined at all the locations but this is our favorite in Rivetside.

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4.0Dined on November 14, 2013

While we were dining, our server was not very attentive. Other, minor servers were, however, making up for that. Then there was the crostini affair. We asked for extra crostini (since three or more of the dishes we'd ordered came with only -4 crostini) and there were four of us dining. We got four extra, but then were told that it would be $5 for four additional crostini. More than a dollar each for toasted slivers of bread. I hate to be this nitpicky about it, but we were made to feel like we were not honored guests but somehow trying to freeload. It soured my birthday dinner experience, which is a shame because the food itself was delicious.

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