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Estrella Taqueria Lounge, Riverside, CA

Estrella Taqueria Lounge

3.9
3.9
83 Reviews
$30 and under
Mexican
Estrella Taqueria Lounge is a one-of-a-kind dining destination located in Downtown Riverside, California, that offers delicious Mexican-style cuisine and an array of amazing signature cocktails, tasty micheladas and a full bar. The restaurant prides itself on providing a unique and unforgettable dining experience for its customers, with a menu that is sure to please any palate.

The restaurant’s menu features a variety of classic Mexican dishes, including tacos, burritos, and quesadillas, as well as some innovative twists on traditional favorites. The dishes are prepared with the freshest ingredients, and customers can choose from a variety of proteins, including beef, chicken, pork, and seafood, as well as vegetarian and vegan options.


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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 13 times today

Order delivery or takeout

Additional information

  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Price
    $30 and under
  • Cuisines
    Mexican, Traditional Mexican, Bar / Lounge / Bottle Service
  • Hours of operation
    Tue–Thu, Sun 11:00 am–10:00 pm Fri, Sat 11:00 am–12:00 am
  • Phone number
    (951) 999-4323
  • Dress code
    Casual Dress
  • Neighborhood
    Riverside
  • Cross street
    University & Orange
  • Parking details
    Street Parking
  • Additional
    Delivery, Entertainment, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, View, Weekend Brunch

What 83 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

3.9
3.9 based on recent ratings
  • 4.1Food
  • 3.9Service
  • 4Ambience
  • 3.8Value

NoiseModerate

83 Reviews
  1. VictoriaM

    Kansas City

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 1
    Food was good, guac was delicious! It was Mother’s Day so with the abundance of customers the service was quite slow. Music was so damn loud it was deafening. We had to yell across our table to converse. I get the ambience but having the music that loud on a Sunday at 10am is just not necessary. So other than the excessive volume it was a pretty decent experience.

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  2. OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 3
    The food and service was outstanding. The music was too loud for me and the table was wobbly

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  3. OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Brought my mom here for mother’s day! We had a great time and the food & service was 10/10 . Definitely coming back again !

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  4. OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    17 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on May 5, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 3
    Trendy spot with good food. It was 5/4, so cinco de mayo celebrations were in full effect. We ate outside because the club music inside was too loud to hear each other talk. The food was very good. Definitely more of a trendy spot rather than a traditional Mexican restaurant.

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  5. OpenTable Diner

    Seattle

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 21, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 5
    Food is really good, drink service took a lot longer than we expected, Prices were good service was a bit slow

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  6. OpenTable Diner

    Central Coast

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on April 14, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Fun vibrant vibes cool place to go with friends and have a good time with good drinks

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  7. AngelinaM

    Los Angeles

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on April 14, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Estrella was a 10 out of 10 recommend. The staff was very pleasant and helpful. The food was amazing!

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  8. D1979

    Los Angeles

    4 reviews

    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on April 7, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Overall the place is so fun but the food was mediocre. Lacked flavor and my hard shell tacos where the size of Del Tacos snack tacos

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  9. OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    2 reviews

    1.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on March 20, 2024

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 1
    Well, I’m a reservations are OpenTable at 9:15pm on a Tuesday. I showed up and they tell me they close early. 

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  10. SylviaT

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 18, 2024

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 1
    The worst place to dine at. We were seated in the Blue Room, which is what they called it. The server took our order and we waited forever for one plate at a time, she brought one plate every 30 minutes with no utensils; while the plates were getting cold with no water. The party of 15 people next to us complained to the manager because the service was terrible, and the couple beside us complained as well. We talked to the manager and asked him for the rest of our order, by the time they arrived our previous orders were cold. After paying and leaving the manager stopped us to offer us free dessert. We had to wait another 20+ minutes just for him to never come back. As we were leaving he saw us did not even say anything. Horrible service and the food was not good at all.

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  11. OpenTable Diner

    Orange County

    4 reviews

    3.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on March 17, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 3
    The omelette (The Boss) was amazing 🤩. Service was okay. The Churros were yummy 🤤

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  12. OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 17, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Went here to celebrate 2 birthdays. The food was so good and you have to get the birthday cart. Not only is it so cute but it so yummy

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  13. OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 14, 2024

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 1
    Booked reservation, just to be told when we showed up that they only had appetizers and were closing early. Was unfortunate, we were really looking forward to having dinner here. Manager was nice about the situation but there was no heads up. With it being late we had to quickly try to find somewhere to eat.

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  14. OpenTable Diner

    Las Vegas

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on March 13, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great drinks with premium alcohol on the happy hour menu

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  15. OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on February 25, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 3
    Overall a decent experience. I will say, the music was beyond loud, to the point I couldn’t even hear the person sitting next to me or the server. We sat on the opposite side of the restaurant, away from the DJ. For this, probably wouldn’t dine here again, unless I was solely coming to listen to music and not interact with the people around me.

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  16. Arlenne

    Palm Springs

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 22, 2024

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 2
    I went on a Wednesday night and there were only 2 other parties. We were seated fairly quickly given there were only 2 parties. When we looked at the menu, many dishes looked so intriguing. Apparently, they do not substitute or add on, the only moderations include removing items from the dish, which I thought is odd. However, we ordered a queso fundido and frankly, it was not good. They were stingy with the meat and it tasted like fake cheese, I am not sure what type of cheese they use. The staff did bring chips and salsa but did not provide any plates which was not a huge deal but it was taken as a mental note. Once we ordered, we waited for about 25 min to receive 3 tacos which was a bit bizarre to me given that at this point, my part of 2, were the only ones in the establishment. While we were waiting it was a bit unprofessional that the supervisors were gossiping next to us about their team and eating their own dishes while we were waiting only for 3 tacos. Maybe, it was bad timing or a week day but I don’t think I will return to eat there again. This is all just my opinion :)

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  17. NidiaC

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 22, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Great pictures on Instagram and when we asked for those plates, they didn’t have them. Disappointed in the details described in the menu and getting something different.

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  18. NoemiS

    Orange County

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 15, 2024

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 3
    After being seated we left after 30 minutes of not being served. Even after a work asked us if we had been helped yet. Would not return. Very unprofessional

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  19. Me10

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 11, 2024

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 1
    Food was ok. Drinks were great! Chips were not great. The music was so outrageously loud the servers couldn’t even hear us to order. There was no reason to have it that loud in such a small space. We left early, with a headache. Turn down your music and get better chips, winning. Pozole is top tier.

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  20. OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 10, 2024

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 4
    Service took forever even during a slow time when the place was pretty empty. They got orders wrong, the waitresses were not the best and blamed each other for mistakes. Food was not great, ok at best. Drink prices are ridiculous, $16 for a michi. Such a shame for such a nice looking place, to have such awful service. Not worth going back in my opinion.

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  21. OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 10, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Good experience, services was great. Food was good and the drinks were okay. Tad bit strong but wasn’t terrible

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  22. DiannB

    Los Angeles

    27 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    27 reviews

    Dined on February 3, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Very good food, good value, lively ambience, great service. Lots of options & really reasonable prices. One side of the restaurant, with the bar, is pretty noisy but fun. The other side is much quieter & our group of 7 had no problem hearing each other. Will definitely recommend and return.

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  23. OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 28, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The only complaint I have is the music. They should play different genres

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  24. OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 28, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Definitely a must try, from the food,service and drinks everything was great. Not sure if they have live band every night but they had it tonight 1/27 made our experience even better. For sure coming back again :)

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  25. OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 20, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Place is way too overpriced for the quality of food. Disappointed, however, the service was excellent. Hostess was beyond friendly and helpful. Waiters were attentive and polite. If it was not for the food and not enough menu choices, I would rate this place a 5 star.

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  26. OpenTable Diner

    Portland

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on January 14, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Food was amazing and so was the service. Friendly and quick to check in on us as well as offer suggestions for food choices.

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  27. ZyanyaN

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 14, 2024

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 2
    Food not great for prices. Tacos more like in the less than $5 range . certainly not $12/ per taco.

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  28. OpenTable Diner

    Orange County

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 6, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We had a wonderful time and excellent food and drinks

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  29. OpenTable Diner

    Palm Springs

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 1, 2024

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 1
    Cancelaron mi reservation y nunca me avisaron y ya estaba cerrado

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  30. OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    6 reviews

    1.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on January 1, 2024

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 2
    Está un poco caro y el ambiente es muy tranquilo , falta buena música y más variedad en comida

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  31. ERikka

    San Diego

    12 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on December 31, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Servers were great, bar manager super nice! Food was really good and fresh .

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  32. JoeA

    Los Angeles

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on December 28, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    WENT THERE WITH FAMILY, THE FOOD WAS GREAT SERVICE WAS GREAT , NICE PLACE!! WE WILL GO BACK AGAIN!!

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  33. StephanieS

    Orange County

    5 reviews

    2.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on December 22, 2023

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 2
    We ordered the tacos and they were tasty but we had to pay extra for chips and salsa. The chips were on the stale side. The servers were very nice and friendly. My biggest complaint is the noise level. The music was incredibly loud and annoying. I’m not even sure what type of music it was. The menu is very strange and the items are all overpriced. For example: a bottle of Mexican beer was $8 and a tiny wine pour was $15.

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  34. OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 20, 2023

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 1
    Very underwhelming food and service. The fact that they didn’t have anything but beer and wine to offer was disappointing. No margaritas or cocktails. Terrible. Save your time and money.

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  35. AmiyahP

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 14, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    I went here for my birthday yesterday and it was great. The food was perfect, the setting , the drinks just everything was perfect and nice. I highly recommend coming here it’s worth it.

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  36. OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on December 11, 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 2
    The music was way too loud, and they turned it up, even louder to celebrate birthdays. the level was very uncomfortable and louder than a rock concert. While the food was good. The portion sizes were extremely small and everyone left hungry. 

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  37. OpenTable Diner

    Orange County

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 10, 2023

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 3
    According to the server they only offer beer and wine. Server was rude and seemed that she didn’t want to be there. Michelada lacked flavor, food is overpriced.

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  38. OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 10, 2023

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 4
    Decided to book a reservation here with 5 friends after Las Campanas around the block was fully booked. We came a few minutes early but had to wait a few minutes after our reservation time to be seated. We were seated outside although it was pretty chilly outside, which wasn’t super pleasant. The overall ambience of the restaurant was enjoyable with its modern, upbeat Mexican-American flair. However, the quality of the food and service was very underwhelming considering the high prices. We were served by a server named Stephany. Firstly, we were asked if we wanted chips and salsa in which we replied that we would like the Guacamole molcajete that comes with chips, yet she came out with both the chips and salsa and the molcajete and we were charged for both despite only bringing out one serving of chips and us not ordering the salsa. One of my friends ordered the quesadilla which also came out unexpectedly. The quesadilla was fixed, but the remainder of the food was yet to be desired. The beans were very watery and did not resemble authentic Mexican frijoles at all. We also all ordered plates of food which on the menu stated they came with a side of rice, yet we were charged an extra $5 each for a side of rice and $6 each for a side of beans. Overall, our dining experience was incredibly underwhelming and beyond overpriced for the amount of food we ordered. In addition, the quality of the food was unappetizing, which is very surprising considering the main demographic of Riverside is Hispanic. We will definitely NOT be revisiting this restaurant.

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  39. OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on December 10, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Came with a large group of friends for mission inn lights… was seated on the bar side of the restaurant. Food was amazing- they have great cooks! And service was good considering how packed it was. I would highly recommend the birria tacos with consume plate- you won’t be disappointed.

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  40. OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    6 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on December 3, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    The food and environment were not bad. We went for Sunday brunch and will plan on going back. The prices were excellent too.

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FAQs

Estrella Taqueria Lounge offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (951) 999-4323.

Estrella Taqueria Lounge is rated 3.9 stars by 83 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 13 times today

Order delivery or takeout

Google Map for Estrella Taqueria Lounge

3635 University Ave, Riverside, CA 92501-3330

Additional information

  • Cross street
    University & Orange
  • Neighborhood
    Riverside
  • Hours of operation
    Tue–Thu, Sun 11:00 am–10:00 pm Fri, Sat 11:00 am–12:00 am
  • Price
    $30 and under
  • Cuisines
    Mexican, Traditional Mexican, Bar / Lounge / Bottle Service
  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Dress code
    Casual Dress
  • Parking details
    Street Parking
  • Additional
    Delivery, Entertainment, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, View, Weekend Brunch
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