Palenque Kitchen

4.4
133 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 & Sanitising
  • Surfaces sanitised between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitised menu provided
  • Sanitiser 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
  • Waiting staff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
What 133 People Are Saying
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4.4based on recent ratings
4.4
food
4.3
service
4.4
ambience
4.1
value
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85% of people would recommend it to a friend
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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on 6 December 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Good food and good music

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vipPatrickB
Cleveland
7 reviews
Dined on 30 November 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best Carnitas I have ever ate! Fantastic plating! Great service. Fantastic food

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AmericaA
1 review
Dined on 29 November 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First time here, loved it! Food was amazing and so was the staff :) I will definitely make the 30 mile drive again.

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vipTraveler
Los Angeles
29 reviews
Dined on 23 November 2020
Overall1food1service1ambience1

It was closed!! There were a few other restaurants on the mall, on the same block that were all open with outdoor dining.

PT
ProceedToTheRoute
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on 15 November 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great service! Good food! Celebrating a birthday with Sunday brunch!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 14 November 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was our first time here! We will be definitely coming back! The service is great so is the food! They had heaters out so it was perfect! Will be coming back!

OT
OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on 13 November 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

👏🏼 amazing vibe and great food and drinks

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on 13 November 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Came here for a small birthday get together and it was amazing. Service, food, and drinks were all wonderful. The manager was accommodating and they followed all COVID guidelines. I will definitely be back.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 13 November 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Dinner was perfect. It was a busy Friday night, but service was so exceptional we felt like the only ones there. Our server Sally was amazing. Sally made us feel welcomed and suggested a spicy margarita which is now my new favorite. We will definitely be back.

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OpenTable Diner
Orange County
1 review
Dined on 6 November 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience5

The food and drinks were amazing. The service was great. Our drinks took a bit long to arrive each round but it was fine, we were relaxing. The ONLY thing I need to note is that I’m allergic to coconut and their dessert platter featuring sticky mango rice is made with coconut milk. I had a reaction and it had to leave immediately because I didn’t have my emergency medication. I would strongly advice that the dessert is changed on the menu to say, ‘coconut mango sticky rice’. Aside from this it was a lovely date night.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 30 October 2020
Overall3food5service5ambience5

Food and drinks are over priced but

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MildredM
1 review
Dined on 30 October 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

The vibe was like a mature Mezcal nightclub night. You had the upbeat atmosphere but you could hear yourself talk while having dinner with friends. It was fun!

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Teek
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on 27 October 2020
Overall4food4service3ambience5

It was a decent time. Food was good, service a little slow. But I would definitely go back.

DP
DamieneP
Miami
6 reviews
Dined on 18 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service and food. Just wish they had a better wine list. Not a good selection of better wines.

TD
TrishayD
1 review
Dined on 18 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a great time and definitely visit again!!!

LM
LuisM
Orange County
2 reviews
Dined on 16 October 2020
Overall4food4service3ambience4

Slow services. Need more music. AC was not working

CH
ChrisH
Orange County
2 reviews
Dined on 15 October 2020
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Don’t go here, they don’t even have AC inside. What a joke.

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Sundayfunday
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on 14 October 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Love the decor and the food was good. We sat inside but it was so hot and uncomfortable. Will have to try again when the weather cools down.

VC
VeronicaC
1 review
Dined on 10 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great!! Food and service will definitely come back.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 3 October 2020
Overall2food5service2ambience5

Reservations were well respected. Ambiance and Management were very live and polite. Customer service could be worked on. Our server was very forgetful. Overall it was an okay experience.

ML
MariaL
1 review
Dined on 3 October 2020
Overall1food1service2ambience1

Over priced and food is not that good at all. Will not be returning

RM
vipRichieMac
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on 2 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The food and the atmosphere was great! The service was fantastic! We felt very comfortable with the COVID provisions in place. We'll definitely be back!

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on 1 October 2020
Overall1food1service1ambience5

Well first got their an they were closed. Second ended eating somewhere else 2x more expensive. So disappointed

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 27 September 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was amazing! We just moved out here from Texas and it was totally worth it! Will definitely be coming back

OT
OpenTable Diner
Orange County
1 review
Dined on 25 September 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience3

It was OK. But a little noisy background. Music was a little loud

OT
OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on 24 September 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Place is always great it’s my go to spot!!! I always bring a group to make the experience better thank u !!!

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GabrielB
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on 20 September 2020
Overall1food1service1ambience1

You know there is nothing like first impressions. That didn’t happen today when I went to your establishment. I would like to speak to the owner of this restaurant if they can make themselves available. This is the issue I faced today at this place. My wife and I ordered a drink and 10 minutes later we ordered our food, by the way there is only eight-ten items to choose from on the brunch menu. We waited for almost an hour to get our food, and being a paying customer was a bit taken back at what happened next. I asked for the manager about 15 minutes later is when we encountered Omar Dela Vega. I proceeded to share our problem with him, and immediately, he began to talk to me in a manner that was not managerial, so I dismissed him from our table, because my wife was afraid that he was going to get physical, and even after I decided to end the discussion with Mr Dela Vega he kept looking at me in a manner which was quite intimidating to myself and my wife. If I can I would like to speak to the owner of Mezcal. Mr. De La Vega's conduct and actions made me think that he should have been hired to be a bouncer, but then maybe not. If you could give the owner this message it would be a help to me and my wife and the community Mezcal serves, or not. I will posting this complaint everywhere I can, and maybe even write a negative review in a newspaper ad here in Riverside. No one deserves to go out and spend their hard earned money to be treated the way Mr. De La Vega treated us.
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LiRodriguez
1 review
Dined on 19 September 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

One of my best food experiences. Oscar/Omar (can't remember) was great. Our waiter was awesome. We ordered like 4 different drinks. The consistency in the drinks was on point as well. I would highly recommend this place for sure. And we'll be going back...

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vipRudyZ
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on 19 September 2020
Overall3food5service2ambience5

This was my second time. The first time I went the service was impeccable, the food was amazing and the ambiance was lit. This second time I was placed in an annoying table that wobbled, up against a wall, the service was mediocre but the food was still good. We didn’t have the same server so I attribute this experience to how she served and tended to us. I’ll still go back because it’s still a nice place with good food.

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OpenTable Diner
San Diego
1 review
Dined on 19 September 2020
Overall3food1service1ambience1

Our service was terrible. We literally had to get up and leave because a churro was taking over an hour to deliver.

OT
vipOpenTable Diner
Orange County
2 reviews
Dined on 19 September 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The service was fantastic and food was very good! I would definitely recommend this restaurant.

JG
JuanG
1 review
Dined on 18 September 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Enjoyed the environment, got to our table fast the server was great. Definitely coming back

OT
OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 12 September 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

They had a last minute reservation and the food was pretty good. I would return 😊

OT
OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on 4 September 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome experience again server was great thanks rachael

JB
JohnB
1 review
Dined on 1 September 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We didn’t know what to expect since it’s normally a night club but the food was actually really really good can’t wait to come back

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Rose
1 review
Dined on 30 August 2020
Overall2food2service1ambience3

The food was ok. Cool environment. Service was not that great plus I ended paying for a meal that they said they didn’t have. When I got the bill I told them to take it off my bill and they said I should have a refund by midnight and still no refund.

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on 23 August 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great experience

AH
ArmandoH
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on 23 August 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience3

Palinque is quickly becoming our favorite place in Riverside for Sunday brunch.

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vipfelixn
Louisville
9 reviews
Dined on 14 August 2020
Overall4food4service3ambience3

Great food, drinks were a bit expensive . Food came out very fast... and was really good

DS
vipDyaniS
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on 9 August 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was fantastic and the service was great as well. I would definitely recommend this restaurant to family and friends.

FAQs

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

Palenque Kitchen is rated 4.4 stars by 133 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 bookings at the moment.

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