Palenque Kitchen

4.5
219 Reviews
$30 and under
Mexican
Right in the midst of downtown Riverside, California, is Palenque Kitchen. It is said to have the best Mexican in downtown Riverside. The funky atmosphere features colored lighting, lounge areas and some Mexican art. The private dining area is also ideal to book your celebration or event. The hip and fun staff will help you choose from all the amazing dishes on offer.

Palenque Kitchen serves up authentic regional Mexican cuisine but with a modern twist. Start with one of handcrafted margaritas we offer or a beer if liquor is not your preference. Our Ceviche baja style is the perfect starter to share with the group. Fish tacos, carnitas and carne asada and El Patron our signature dish, are just feature some of the many amazing entree options. Top off your meal with our Palenque Cake or some authentic churros.

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
Physical Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace

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New Year's Eve Special Menus & Offers

Dine in
Starting Dec 31, 2021

Welcome the new year in style at Palenque and Mezcal Kitchen, dinner and entertainment available only by phone reservations, must call in to reserve any of our packages, www.palenquekitchen.com or call 951 888-2240

Christmas Eve Special Menus & Offers

Dine in
Starting Dec 24, 2021

Celebrate Christmas Eve Dinner at Palenque featuring seasonal menu items as well as holiday drinks feature, for more details visit www.palenquekitchen.com or call 951-888-2240

Christmas Day Special Menus & Offers

Dine in
Starting Dec 25, 2021

Celebrate Christmas Dinner at Palenque featuring seasonal menu items as well as holiday drinks feature, for more details visit www.palenquekitchen.com or call 951-888-2240

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on November 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Enjoying life

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vipDrue
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on November 17, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

My experience here was phenomenal, two person dine in, I took my mother for a nice dinner. The service was outstanding, very attentive and very quick, the only downside as far a service was that there was nobody greeting you at the door, you kind of had to guess if you should walk in or be seated but it wasn’t that long of a wait as we got noticed and got checked in right away. The food menu was great, although they have a wide variety of mixed drinks and a bar, they had absolutely no champagne… bummer as I love enjoying a meal with some champagne. The food quality was very good, the only thing I recommend for them is to cut down completely on the salt they use on the nachos! It was extremely salty but still enjoyable at a certain point. The Posole was AMAZING! Great portions! My mom had the chicken milanesa, it was super good aside from the sweet Mayo / sauce they add to it which was overboard and didn’t combine well. I was getting my water refills as they were either half empty or completely empty so A+ on that, the server was super attentive and very helpful. The manager I believe was super helpful and made sure we were enjoying our meal and kept checking in on us to make sure we were satisfied! Fair warning if you are a little on the heavy side if you know what I mean… the tables are super tight like literally super tight, I believe they could have worked better on that aspect and PARKING is by far the worst if I’m honest but OVERALL I RECOMMEND COMING HERE! :) 4.5 stars for me.

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cindy
San Francisco
10 reviews
Dined on October 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food and service were amazing, great margaritas. Only one single stall bathroom for both genders. If it gets crowded it would be quite a wait.
Will be going back for sure

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OpenTable Diner
Las Vegas
2 reviews
Dined on October 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service was good. The food and drinks were great. I tried the ceviche which was good but my favorite was the wings. I'm definitely going back for those and the margaritas sampler

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Nkong
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on October 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service and good was great. The atmosphere was nice. Enjoyed it here.

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on October 8, 2021
Overall3food4service3ambience5

It was nice the ambiance was alive . The food was ok . The beans lacked salt. The portions were decent. The drinks were very good . Desert was delicious . Water glasses were not refilled when empty. Waiters kept bringing orders for other tables. Once we got the check and paid . We were not spoken to until we left

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BeksB
1 review
Dined on September 18, 2021
Overall1food2service1ambience4

Booked a reservation, was sat immediately….. right in the middle of the restaurant. So much so that 2 of the staff members trying to get by knocked my purse off the chair . Was going to tip host $40 to move but she said no .I work at a 5 star restaurant that sees 1000 covers a day and there’s always a way to move guests elsewhere if requested . Next , our “server” only came to take the order for drinks , app , & entrees … never checked on us .. she would have known the entrees came before the app & that there was hair in one of our dishes …. Wanted to order more drinks but the check came before we could do so . I’ve been here before and recieved excellent service … but sat night was not anything worth sharing or ever recommending to anyone . Maybe if you’re a student at UCR and you like being ignored your entire meal yes please come here ( that was majority of the guests ), if you want a good dining experience stay away !

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Margarita
Palm Springs
2 reviews
Dined on September 4, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

The staff was very welcoming and helpful. Helped in menu choices and walked us over to the nightclub side afterwards.

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Sindy
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on August 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food and service is amazing ❤️🇲🇽

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Alan
Los Angeles
44 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2021
Overall2food2service2ambience2

No menu. You have to scan a bar code.
Enchiladas were so spicy I have no idea what they tasted like.
Guacamole was good.
No reason to go back.

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vipRhonda
Los Angeles
32 reviews
Dined on August 7, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

This place was nice and quaint. The food was delicious. The watermelon margarita was awesome. It was a bit expensive but good. Would just recommend they make the tortillas stronger. I got tacos and couldn't pick up because they would just fall apart. It's alot of food for the money. It was my grandmothers 97th birthday and they made her some delicious churros with chocolate. Thank you for a great dinner

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VictorE
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on August 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Brunch is amazing and Definitely be back. Unlimited mimosa and the food here is so good!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on July 16, 2021
Overall1food3service3ambience3

Had a reservation, they told us to come back in 10 minutes when I called to make sure I wouldn’t have to wait ….
Ac Doesn’t work…. Place is small it’s not as big as it looks in pictures , Food got to us before the drinks and then waitress came to tell me long after that they didn’t have Hennessy, food was okay but not for the value of the price , overall it was Ight

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on July 9, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Drinks were very well made, just a tiny bit on the sweet side. Michi was fantastic! Food was awesome.

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on June 26, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Great drinks/ hot temp inside / nice customer service

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MarleneP
1 review
Dined on June 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The service was great, food was fast & our server kept making sure we were doing okay. She recommended drinks and food which was very helpful for it being our first tint there 😁😁

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vipRayB
Los Angeles
9 reviews
Dined on June 25, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience3

It was ok, nothing spectacular. Food was ok, got feed before we even got drinks. We were there for a birthday celebration but it wasn’t even acknowledged even though the info was sent

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OpenTable Diner
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on June 20, 2021
Overall2food5service3ambience3

The food was astonishing but unfortunately, the staff messed up our orders and they had to correct their mistakes by giving us complementary menu items. The establishment has a very rigid menu as you cannot supplement or exchange any items in their menu which can be very restricting for certain eaters. Overall, the food was really good but the pricing was overvalued as well as the mistakes from the staff , make it a rather an unfortunate experience, that rubs you the wrong way.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on June 18, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Good experience, we will be back.

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Eddie
1 review
Dined on June 17, 2021
Overall1food1service2ambience3

The service was okay at best. we understood that the wait staff was training and we were patient. but food came out really late and the presentation on the plates was messy and the sauces were overflowing. we ended up overpaying above $200 for food that could have been made better by a street vendor.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on June 14, 2021
Overall2food4service1ambience3

The AC wasn’t working properly and it was hot and the service was slow but I’m okay with that during Covid

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on June 11, 2021
Overall1food3service1ambience1

We visited this place with family we had not seen in a long time. We had so much to catch up on and server said we had been there too long. We were consuming ($600 bill) but asked to leave. We will not be returning

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on June 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and service!!!

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OpenTable Diner
Palm Springs
1 review
Dined on June 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Good food and great atmosphere

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KarenaS
Orange County
4 reviews
Dined on May 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food here is amazing. The carnitas are tender and flavorful, the best I've ever had. The guacamole is delicious, and the pepitas are a nice addition. Watermelon margaritas are perfect and so tasty, though they could be a little bigger for the price point. Do not skip the elote, it's to die for. Service is occasionally slow, but the food. Definitely come for the food!

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on May 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing! We will be back.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on May 22, 2021
Overall2food3service2ambience3

After arriving on time for my 9:45 reservation, I walked up to check-in to an unwelcoming older gentleman. After being stared at and not receiving a “welcome,” I told the gentleman I was here for my reservation. He then rolled his eyes and told me it would be a 30 minute wait. I asked him “how is there a 30 minute wait when I’ve made a reservation and it was confirmed?” He proceeded to tell me I could sit outside. I made my reservation for inside seating, but i accepted the outside seating. I honestly should have left after not being welcomed. We waited 30 minutes for someone to take our drink order. Another 10 minutes after that, someone took our food order. Waited another 20 minutes, and food finally arrived. EVERYTHING WAS COLD; but overall food was decent. Drinks were mediocre. Price didn’t match the quality of the food. Maybe I caught the restaurant on a bad night. Disappointing experience.

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on May 22, 2021
Overall4food3service5ambience4

Although we had a reservation we had to wait about 30 min. This restaurant really isn’t big so I wouldn’t recommend having a big party eat here. The service was awesome but the food was ok. It was coldish despite the fact it came out fast. It seems like they have the food waiting under heat lamps and it’s not made to order. I would only return for drinks.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
14 reviews
Dined on May 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Drinks were great & really tasty. Food was fresh & delicious.

OT
OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on May 15, 2021
Overall2food4service1ambience2

The door man seemed very stressed and came off a bit passive aggressive when I asked him a question about my table

OT
OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on May 9, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Cool atmosphere, tasty food! Good background music is a plus.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on May 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Mother’s Day

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on May 8, 2021
Overall2food2service3ambience2

Took my sister for her bday. Food was very disappointing small portions not a good taste and price was very high. Drinks pricy too and not a good presentation overall was very bad experience

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vipKithaT
Los Angeles
13 reviews
Dined on May 7, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Drinks were a little off this visit. I think it was the bartender. I got the margarita flight for the first time and wanted to love it but it was just okay. I have been here several times before though and the drinks were great. I just think it was an off day for that bartender.

Food has definitely stepped up. Revisited the shrimp enchiladas and would recommend trying those.

Go for the esquite, the guac, and the sandina pepino margaritas!!! Excellent!

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on May 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Nice environment firndly

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Brooklyn89
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on April 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This place never fails, always a pleasure to have great food and a nice ambiance.

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CynthiaC
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on April 18, 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience4

I feel like you're paying for the ambiance. The prices are high for small portions and okay quality. Unless someone is just trying to spend more than what they're getting back, I wouldn't recommend. The food was good but not for what I had to pay for. The service made up for it somewhat.

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LordMars
Palm Springs
3 reviews
Dined on April 17, 2021
Overall4food3service5ambience5

I spent the weekend at The Mission Inn and I took some time to explore the area. I came across Palenque Kitchen that was about a four minute walk from the hotel. The location is perfect and the restaurant is decorated beautifully. I started with aguachiles that in my opinion need some work. I followed with the asada plate that was delicious and wrapped it up with the churros that are amazing make sure you ask for a scoop of ice cream. Overall I had a great time and the service was amazing. I would definitely recommend this place to friends and family.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
8 reviews
Dined on April 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love this place. Great staff and great food.

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AlyssaC
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on April 11, 2021
Overall1food2service1ambience1

Beyond slow service (server said I'm over it I've been here 12 hrs)
Wrong food was brought on three differnt times.
Drinks were forgot and took over 30min to come to our table amd that was only after we asked
No silverware was brought with food
Water service was slow
Food was basic
Bill was wrong we were billed for steak when we ordered tacos and didn't even notice until the next day so nothing could be done about it.

FAQs

Palenque Kitchen does offer delivery in partnership with Postmates. Palenque Kitchen also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (951) 888-2240.

Palenque Kitchen is rated 4.5 stars by 219 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.

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