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Playa

4.1
518 reviews
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$30 and under
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Latin / Spanish
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Playa Rivera, located in Los Angeles, California, offers diners urban Latin cuisine in a contemporary setting. The menu offers a wide variety of dining options including appetizers such as cielo verde salad, langosta, maize cake cauliflower and tortillas florales. Additional appetizers include chiles gueros rellenos, maize cake Mediterranean and piquillos rellenos.

Entr�es on the menu at Playa Rivera include tamale chipotle, Thai tamalli, mariposa and summer coq au vino. Vegetarian options include oven roasted cauliflower, col rizada and frijoles negros. The menu at Playa Rivera is rounded out with a full array of dessert options for diners to choose from as well.

Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Latin / Spanish, Latin American, Mexican
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Hours of operation
Dinner: Sunday - Tuesday: 6:00pm - 11:00pm Wednesday - Thursday: 6:00pm - 12:00am Friday - Saturday: 6:00pm - 12 am Brunch: Saturday - Sunday: 10am - 2pm
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Phone number
(323) 933-5300
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
John Rivera Sedlar
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Private party facilities
Vaquero Room seats 32 along 2 long tables. The restaurant can seat up to 95 people for a sit down and 150 for a cocktail party.
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Private party contact
Brian Cousins: (323) 933-5300
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Catering
Please contact for details: 323-933-5300
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Cross street
Between Fuller and Martel
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Parking details
Plenty of Free Street Parking, Paid parking meters, Valet
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Special events & promotions
Please contact Brian Cousins for details at 323-933-5300. Or email to Brian@playarivera.com
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Additional
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Late Night, Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wine
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4.1  based on all time ratings
4.3
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4.1
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4.1
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OpenTable Diner (Los Angeles)
3.0  Dined on March 2, 2013

Great food but way to expensive for the tiny portion sizes. Small plates Is one thing but these were small bites!

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vipOpenTable Diner (London)
2.0  Dined on March 2, 2013

amazing food but service was very slow - nice servers but mixed up our orders and came one small plate at a time that took forever in between plates- and the noise level was ridiculous. Between the music and the acoustics you could barely have a conversation. First time I went I sat in bar area and service was slow but food was delicious. This time sat at a table and service was slow, restaurant was too noisy, but food was delicious - great cocktails and wine list too. Especially love the Hamachi cones,the swordfish tacos and the filet mingon tamales. The Bejing duck looked better than it tasted. Wasn't served hot enough.

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smltwnbeauty33 (Los Angeles)
4.0  Dined on March 2, 2013

So I went here for a bday dinner. Thank goodness since it was quite pricey and we don't mind spending money when it is for good food... however when you hear the word "tapas and los angeles" it means super expensive or you leave hungry!

The food flavor was fantastic though. I loved the green beans/egg/bacon dish... it was so good. All the cones are so yummy. The blue corn tacos are amazing too.

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vipAndrew (Los Angeles)
4.0  Dined on February 27, 2013

A few of our dishes were really great, a couple were really good, and a couple were kinda meh. I had the Mexican headhunter cocktail which was very tasty. The service was pretty good, though a bit absent at times. Overall it was pretty good, though perhaps a bit overpriced for such a mixed quality of the dishes. Not sure if we'll go back, but perhaps. It's cool that they have a rotating menu of fusion items. When we went it was Mexican-Chinese.

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vipAmber (Chicago)
4.0  Dined on February 23, 2013

Really tasty and creative food. Some dishes worked better than others though. We loved the Chinesca chicken salad cone as a starter, and the bok choy with black garlic and dehydrated shiitake mushrooms is incredible. Tacos Jacieu Plascencia should not be missed and the tamal chipotle with wild mushrooms corn masa dumplings, sliced filet mignon and chipotle bearnaise, made my mouth water. We tried the Mexican City sundae and although the ice cream was a little bland and the caramel too spicy, the passion fruit whipped cream and the blue cornmeal chocolate chip cookies were spectacular and brought this dish to be come more than the sum of its parts.

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OpenTable Diner (Los Angeles)
4.0  Dined on February 21, 2013

Having dined at Playa several times previously with great experiences, our expectations were understandably high.
Our recent experience was less than expected. The wait staff was less than informative about the unique cuisine and preparation and more concerned about getting the order in and up charge the ordering.
Felt a little pressured by our waiter to place our multi-dish order.
He suggested that he place the order for us and "keep the food coming". ?????
The new Chinese-Mexican twist in the menu proved to be tasty.
The major disappointment came at the end of the meal when the "Mexico City Sundaes" were served with cold and crumbly blue-corn meal cookies and ice-cold caramel sauce which would not pour out. This was previously a high

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AlineaLover (Los Angeles)
3.0  Dined on February 16, 2013

The menu was really hit or miss. Pastrami tacos were amazing but the mussels were actually bad. A disappointment after a great brunch visit last year.

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RichardT (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on February 16, 2013

Every item was absolutely scintillating and delicious, especially the mussels! Menu is incredibly innovative, staff very knowledgeable, and overall experience a 5 out of 5. I especially like that even though it's a popular, high end place, you are never rushed and allowed to enjoy every moment, every bite. Cocktails and wine list also top notch and a great match for the menu

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vipBababrentwood (Los Angeles)
5.0  Dined on February 15, 2013

A Foodie recommended Playa to us and billed it as her favorite restaurant. We Loved It! Exceeded expectations! Each dish was creative and delicious. The service was great and so helpful on how to order. Did you know they have their own rooftop garden and grow the vegetables organically? My advice, make a reservation and go.

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vipmoondog (Los Angeles)
4.0  Dined on February 15, 2013

I really enjoy coming to Playa. Their current menu is, to put it mildly, very spicy. If you don't like food with heat, don't dine at Playa! Even my drink was piquante, but delicious.

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OpenTable Diner (Los Angeles)
2.0  Dined on February 14, 2013

We were not happy with our Valentine's Day experience. Because we booked via OpenTable (according to the hostess), we were seated in a dark room in the back with one other couple. The food was ok, not great. We were somewhat ignored by the waiter, as she was focused on tables in the main room. Bill was over $200. Felt like a rip-off. Won't return.

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Leahs11 (Los Angeles)
5.0  Dined on February 10, 2013

The food was epic. What can I say? Creative, perfect portion sizes, and a solitely delicious. The brunch polenta and the sundae were ones I will go back for.

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GraceInLA (Los Angeles)
2.0  Dined on February 9, 2013

So disappointed with the food. I'm a big fan of Rivera in downtown Los Angeles and I thought the food here would be just as good, but it was a huge disappointment. The staff was wonderful and helpful and the drinks plentiful, but the food was seriously lacking and our party of six left completely unsatisfied.

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OpenTable Diner (Los Angeles)
5.0  Dined on February 5, 2013

Food was delicious and service was great.

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OpenTable Diner (Los Angeles)
4.0  Dined on February 1, 2013

The food is inventive and the portions inviting. Too salted for my taste but interesting. It's unfortunately way too noisy to enjoy
a great conversation.

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OpenTable Diner (Los Angeles)
2.0  Dined on February 1, 2013

Wait staff very nice. Food arrived cold. Expected the food to be memorable -- it was mediocre. Excellent mixologist -- drinks were great. Excellent desert, and a few tasty sauces. But overall, this was slightly elevated bar food (only slightly) and good drinks. This was a major disappoint because thought it would be as good as Rivera downtown. Not even close. Plus REALLY LOUD.

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OpenTable Diner (Los Angeles)
5.0  Dined on January 29, 2013

Just a very special place to have a great meal...professional & fun staff!

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vipJennyfromtheblock (Los Angeles)
3.0  Dined on January 19, 2013

Celebrated my husband's 40th birthday here. Food was a delicious fusion of Mexican and Asian. Drinks were very tasty! Only down side was that the service was really slow.

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vipLaura (Los Angeles)
2.0  Dined on January 16, 2013

It seems Playa has hit on hard times. Service was haphazard with the waiter in a work shirt and jeans, which is fine in general, but in a restaurant whose decor aspires to eclectic hip? As one of our party of four mentioned after dinner, "I feel like nothing we ordered was memorable." And we ordered almost everything on the menu. We placed an order for a number of appetizers and "cones." We were charged for a double order of one cone, which we noticed on the bill, because the waiter concluded a party of four would want four, not two. Well, ask next time. (They did take it off the bill.) We never saw anyone really in charge and asked at one point to speak to the manager, who explained he had been in the kitchen "expediting" for the past hour

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OpenTable Diner (Los Angeles)
5.0  Dined on January 13, 2013

The food was outstanding - we sampled many items on the brunch menu. The chipotle eggs benedict is by far the best eggs benedict I have ever had. The bacon, panqueques, Waffle, Polenta, and blue corn muffins were stellar. Great service, amazing flavor combinations - I've already been twice in 1 week!

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