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Permanently Closed - La Riviera Restaurant

4.1
277 reviews
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$30 and under
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Continental
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  • Special Occasion
  • Romantic
  • Good for Groups

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About

This restaurant is permanently closed. La Riviera Restaurant is an upscale white tablecloth restaurant serving continental cuisines featuring traditional and new dishes from France, Italy and Latin-America. Our patisserie is one of the best, and our pastry chefs produce amazing desserts that have all the locals raving. La Riviera is considered one of the favorite and most classy restaurants in the Bryan/ College Station area.
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
Continental, Latin American, Contemporary French
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Hours of operation

Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:00am - 2:00pm

Dinner: Monday - Friday: 5:00pm - 9:00pm

Weekend: Saturday - Sunday: 11:00am - 9:00pm
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Phone number
(979) 846-5913
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Payment options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Business Casual
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Executive chef
Alfonso Gonzalez C.E.C
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
North Avenue
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Parking details
Large wide open lot easy with access.
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Public transit
Yes. stops right in the parking lot.
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Entertainment
Wine Dinners, Specialty Buffets.
Additional
Banquet, Beer, BYO Wine, Cafe, Corkage Fee, Gluten-free Menu, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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4.1based on all time ratings
4.3
food
3.9
service
3.9
ambience
3.9
value
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90% of people would recommend it to a friend
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1.0Dined on July 17, 2017

Open table allowed us to make reservations when restaurant was closed. Total waste of gas n time.

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3.0Dined on May 31, 2017

Was anticipating a nicer location but this restaurant is in a strip center with questionable surroundings. The food was average for the price.

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3.0Dined on May 14, 2017

Note to self: Mother's Day is not a day to try this restaurant unless you WANT cold buffet food and indifferent wait staff. Not good, not good at all.

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4.0Dined on May 14, 2017

Mother's Day dinner - good selection on large buffet. Good price. Great desserts.

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2.0Dined on May 14, 2017

Disappointed! Very mediocre buffet food with an expensive price tag. Not a repeat place for us!

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5.0Dined on May 14, 2017

The food was outstanding! The service was excellent! The décor & atmosphere was very nice!

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2.0Dined on May 13, 2017

Evidently we choose a bad day. The night before Mother's day and also the weekend of Texas A&M Graduation. We also booked a Groupon for a 5 course meal. I was taking my wife out for a very special Date Night.

We got seated in a hall way across from a Prom table of 10 high schoolers. They actually were very entertaining (all on phones most the time!). The rest of the larger tables had groups from graduation.

I presented the Groupon and was eventually told that due to them being very busy they had a very limited menu and that our Groupon was a poor choice for the night. We would have had to choose items off the limited menu.

Fine, we ordered off the limited menu. We got a nice bottle of wine (they have an impressive wine list) and the Crabmeat Stuffed Avocados for an appetizer. It was excellent. We have had that before.

My wife ordered the $25 rib eye and I ordered the $29 filet. The two most expensive items on the limited menu. My poor wife could not hardly cut the rib eye and when she did, she had to spit it out because she could not chew it. My filet was quite small, tough and marginal at best. It had a nice sauce on it, which saved it.

The poor waitress was very nice and I think on a 'normal' night she would have been great. As it was, she could never check back in so we could complain about her steak. Finally as they cleared plates we were able to talk to them about it. It was obviously a very bad cut. They did the right thing and credited it.

Overall, the service was slow, but I think just too many patrons and not enough servers. The entree meats were VERY disappointing. The wine was excellent as was the appetizer.

We have eaten there a number of times and all previous times were excellent. I think poor management, too many patrons and poor quality assurance in the kitchen was to blame for the rest.

We will return as we have $95 Groupon to spend yet. I will call ahead to make sure it is not a busy night!

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4.0Dined on May 13, 2017

This was our second time dining at La Riveria and both times the food was excellent. Service was very good as well. We would definitely return when back in town.

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5.0Dined on May 12, 2017

College graduation weekend- so they were slammed.had s slight problem with steak temperature . The staff and management were more than attentive in rectifying our order. I was perfect! Great food, drinks and prices were fair!!!

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2.0Dined on May 12, 2017

Disappointed. Extremely overpriced for quality and quantity of food received. Slow service. Out of shiner bock, out of several wines. Extremely loud. Party of 10 seated at a table designed for only 8 people making for an uncomfortable dinner. - despite having reservations for weeks. Would not consider going back.

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4.0Dined on May 12, 2017

They had a special menu for graduation week and the filet was wonderful. Nice wine list option with varitey of options.

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5.0Dined on May 11, 2017

First time there -- was celebrating daughter's graduation from TAMU!! Great ambience and food was very good. Great service. Will be back on none special occasions!!

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5.0Dined on May 11, 2017

We were there for a large party for a graduation celebration. We were promptly seated. Food was excellent and reasonably priced for an upscale restaurant. Our server Steven was great and quick to serve us. The ambiance was tasteful and modern. Loved it!

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4.0Dined on May 11, 2017

Great place. They were able to accommodate our large party and the food was really good. The prices weren't cheap, but very reasonable for what you got. The service was a little slow which seems to be the norm when you have a large party (13), but otherwise, we were pleased.

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5.0Dined on May 11, 2017

I reserved a place for 10 here after our son's graduation from Texas A&M at 5:45. Others had the same idea, because the place was packed. They also had a downsized menu, which makes since for a HUGE celebration weekend, but the prices on the available menu were higher than I was expecting. I do wish the website had said they would have a a pared down menu.

Everything was delicious, especially the seafood stuffed avocados! Service was a bit slow and we were forgotten at one point, but once again, the place was packed.

Overall, we all enjoyed our meals and I would still recommend La Riviera.

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3.0Dined on May 11, 2017

The food was served cold and white wine served warm. But maybe because it was graduation weekend. Food was good.

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5.0Dined on May 11, 2017

We celebrated our daughter's graduation from A&M at La Riviera. The food was amazing. We had fish, chicken, steak, and beef medallions and there were no complaints. The stuffed avocado was amazing as well.

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1.0Dined on May 10, 2017

So sorry we made reservations here. Open Table doesn't offer many options in the Bryan/College Station area and during graduation time you don't want to not have reservations. So we booked here. NOT again. The only good thing I can say is that the strawberry salad was actually good. Several of us ordered the ribeye. It was may a 1/2 inch thick. I ordered medium plus, my dad ordered medium well. His was all but burned, mine was well more than well done. Sent his back, but I tried to eat mine. When his came back it was medium minus. The mashed potatoes were dry and didn't have much taste. Service was really bad. Our waitress acted utterly offended that we sent one of the steaks back. Hardly ever came by our table. Hope she enjoyed her auto-added gratuity, otherwise she might not have gotten anything, maybe if she had to actually work to get a tip she'd do better. Very disappointing experience and we will NOT repeat it. Hope this review will keep other Aggie families from the same awful experience!

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5.0Dined on May 3, 2017

As always, our trip to La Riviera was wonderful. We each an appetizer - crab cakes and a stuffed avocodo (both of which come with a salad), an entree - beef filet and stuffed salmon, and a dessert - creme brulee and key lime pie. We also had a bottle of wine.
The service was excellent, and the food was fabulous.

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5.0Dined on April 16, 2017

Usually visit for lunch or dinner and have always been pleased. La Riviera is now at the top of my list for brunch in CSB. I noticed a lot of slightly negative reviews with their Valentine's Day service, but if this visit is any indicator of improvement, they have done exceptionally well!!!

This was a first visit for a brunch (Easter), and it was excellent!!! There was such a wonderful variety of dishes to choose from including several leaf salads, couscous, chilled shrimp, pork medallions, smoked salmon, eggs Benedict, crab stuffed salmon, roast beef, grilled vegetables, and a plethora of desserts.

I booked this reservation as a backup to another for Easter brunch, and I am so pleased that the other restaurant was booked full. Otherwise, I would not have had this wonderful culinary experience!!!

If you have the opportunity to visit La Riviera for brunch, you will be met with a variety of excellently seasoned and prepared dishes, and as always impeccable service!!!

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4.0Dined on April 11, 2017

Doesn't look like much from outside, but inside a hidden gem of delightfully eclectic menu and glad-you-came service. Beer and wine, no liquor.

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5.0Dined on April 8, 2017

Food was delicious, service was excellent. It was a little chilly inside, but that may have been because our reservation was late and the room wasn't very full - because it was late.

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4.0Dined on April 8, 2017

La Riviera has excellent food. The southwestern chicken and red snapper were delicious. So were the crab cakes and fried cheese.

But the service....fair to poor. Our meals were brought out in stages instead of at once which is always awkward because then some at the table have food and some don't. We had to wait ten minutes for salt and pepper. Coffee was never refilled. Appetizers were delivered without plates to eat them on.

And the decor needs serious work. It's 1980s Italian decor: red walls, Tuscan and French mass produced prints that are too small for the walls, and a ceiling piece that defies description.

The food rocks, though.

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3.0Dined on April 7, 2017

I visited your restaurant to celebrate a special occasion for my daughter. We arrived early and were informed we could sit outside and order beverages - which we did. The waitress was very nice but knew very little about beverage service - a glass for a beer and to open the Modelo bottle (it's not a twist off). Wine was reported to be very good.

Dinner was nice, but the service was horrible. The waiter was clueless and really made for a challenging meal. If there is one thing I would recommend that you focus upon it would be the training of the wait staff. Clearly, there were some who knew what they were doing and some that needed much more training.

At the end of our meal, it was clear that the wait staff wanted to go because they started tearing down tables and making noise - rude. I would not recommend coming back again and that is sad because the food was very good. If a customer cannot relax and enjoy themselves - why bother?

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1.0Dined on April 7, 2017

Banquet food from a set menu and not the menu posted on website. Over priced and poor quality.

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3.0Dined on April 7, 2017

This restaurant was recommended to us by some friends. If you are looking for a moderately priced establishment with slightly above average food this is a great spot. Everything about this evening was average or a little above. If your expectations are in check-you will enjoy. We had (2) chicken dishes and steaks which were all cooked as requested. Caesar salad was above average as well as the meatball app's.

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5.0Dined on April 7, 2017

Food and Service were excellent. Look forward to trying other items on the menu.

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4.0Dined on April 6, 2017

They did a very nice job creating a special evening to celebrate our son's 21st birthday and getting his Aggie Ring.

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5.0Dined on March 13, 2017

Love, love, love this place! The food is always perfect, service is stellar and it's all in a lovely setting.

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5.0Dined on March 11, 2017

consistently prepaired food& service. Portions not overwhelming.
Wonderful desserts. We are repeat guests & will continue coming
Have also been for lunch many times in group setting.
Thanks to the Chef!

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4.0Dined on March 3, 2017

Good food, prices are very reasonable. We like to eat here for date nights. Love the Strawberry and Brie Salad. Their steaks and desserts are amazing. Wine list is good. Not a full bar by any means, but some drinks, beer and wine.

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4.0Dined on February 17, 2017

The food was delicious and presentation was top notch. We wish they offered escargot. Our only suggestion was to lower the lighting to make it a more intimate dining experience. We will be back.

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3.0Dined on February 16, 2017

Our service was slow and server lacks knowledge of menu. There was a tabel near the back that had a lady who was intoxicated. They took her to the back and you could still here her. Was not professional in the way that it was handled. Overall the food was great and service was slow with the restaurant half full.

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5.0Dined on February 14, 2017

We love La Riveria --and try to eat there anytime we can dream up a special occasion. Have yet to be disappointed -- except maybe I couldn't choose all of the desserts instead of just one.

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3.0Dined on February 14, 2017

La Riviera tries to offer a fairly upscale dining experience and is in some ways successful. Usually the place isn't terribly busy and the atmosphere good. But the atmosphere is not as nice as Christopher's, Madden's, or Republic. On Valentine's Day, it was downright disappointing. We got a prix fixe menu with an OK price ($39 per person, not including drinks, of course) that would have a good deal if the entree's had been something special, but they weren't. The food tasted good, but wasn't anything memorable. The service was fine in that the server was pleasant and attentive, but La Riviera has, for a long time, had fairly young, unsophisticated servers and doesn't do much to train them. Our server knew nothing at all about wine ('cause she wasn't 21). She opened a bottle (accidentally) when I had just asked for a glass, but then put her hand over the label and I wasn't sure I even got what I ordered. Like many places, they bring the food to the table and ask us who got what (I waited tables for years - why do restarants do that now?). The lights were way too bright for a Valentines day dinner and we were moved through the meal rather quickly - one hour. Pretty perfunctory.

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2.0Dined on February 14, 2017

Food was great, service was terrible. Portion of the shrimp ravioli was embarrassing.

I set up a reservation for 5:45 for Valentine's day a few days prior. When we got there a few minutes early we were greeted hastily and the hostesses took about a minute to find an open table. We were ten ushered off to the very back of the right side of the restaurant.

We then sat in our seats for about 5-10 minutes before being approached by a waitress who took our drink orders. We then waited about 10 minutes for our server to come back with our drinks and attempt to take our order.

We asked about a good wine and our waitress then recommended a good one and offered to bring a sample. We ordered (my girlfriend got the crab cakes to start and filet mignon and I got the salad and shrimp ravioli, we ordered the tiramisu to share) We then waited probably another 10 minutes before receiving our wine sample. She then said she'd be right out with our bottle of wine and our appetizers.

About 7 minutes later we got our appetizers, and about 10 minutes after we finished those another server or server assistant (not our actual server) offered to refill our drinks and then offered more wine. I let her know that we hadn't even gotten our bottle yet, but that was just a sample glass. She apologized and offered to go get our bottle. As the assistant left to get a wine menu, our original server came with our bottle (15 minutes after we ordered it)

We then sat and waited with our bottle of wine for another 10-15 minutes before our entrees got there. The filet mignon was cooked wonderfully and tasted great. The side of mashed potatoes seemed store bought, but the asparagus was good.
My shrimp ravioli however was VERY disappointing. I received 3 large raviolis and 3 medium sized shrimp. 3 shrimp! This was a $20 something plate! This portion size was miniscule! I felt cheated.

We waited about 10 minutes after we finished to receive the wrong dessert and another 10 to get the one we ordered.

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4.0Dined on February 14, 2017

We went for a Valentine's Day date. Lots of people booked but they seemed to be handling all of us well. Special food, as always.

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3.0Dined on February 14, 2017

Because the restaurant was expected to be crowded on Valentine's day, they should have more waiters. It took too much time every time we need to ask for service.

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5.0Dined on February 14, 2017

We were once again very pleased with our visit to La Riviera. This restaurant is a wonderful "dinner date". The food choices are varied, and we have never had something that wasn't good. A couple of salads, entrees and a bottle of wine make for an excellent evening.
I highly recommend La Riviera for special occasions or just a dinner with a loved one.

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5.0Dined on February 11, 2017

Made a Reservation for an early Valentine's Day dinner date, the reservation was within an hour of closing so the restaurant wasn't too busy. We received our drinks and placed our order very quickly after deciding. Our food was especially delicious, and although the portions were small, we were very satisfied. The bread served before the meal was very good. We ordered the calamari which was some of the best we've had at a restaurant. I had the shrimp ravioli, which was delicious, and the shrimp were prepared perfectly. My boyfriend had the steak with mashed potatoes and green beans which were all delicious and cooked perfectly. Overall we very much enjoyed the dinner!

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