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Palenque Kitchen - Riverside, Riverside, CA

Palenque Kitchen - Riverside

4.5
4.5
372 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.

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2 people

23:30


Booked 16 times today

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Additional information

  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Price
    $30 and under
  • Cuisines
    Mexican, Latin / Spanish, Mexican / Southwestern
  • Hours of Operation
    Mon 17:00–21:00 Brunch Sat, Sun 11:00–14:30 Dinner Tue–Thu 17:00–22:00 Fri, Sat 17:00–00:30 Sun 16:00–21:00
  • Phone number
    (951) 888-2240
  • Payment Options
    AMEX, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Dress Code
    Casual Dress
  • Executive Chef
    Rolando Rubalcava
  • Private party facilities
    From 15-350 guests capacity, private dining rooms available, two patios and separate atmospheres, custom menus and banquet menus, on site banquet coordinator, we can cater to most requests, Palenque Kitchen amazing decor transport you to Mexico and makes your experience unforgettable delight
  • Area
    Riverside
  • Cross Street
    University Ave
  • Parking Details
    Park on the building's structure on Market St. between University Ave. and Mission Inn Ave.
  • Entertainment
    Live music, hispanic art, special events.
  • Additional
    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Dancing, Delivery, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Late Night, Outdoor Smoking Area, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeaway, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

What 372 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

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

4.5
4.5 based on recent ratings
  • 4.4Food
  • 4.5Service
  • 4.4Ambience
  • 3.9Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Inland Empire

    Mexican

372 Reviews
  1. Bonniemurf

    Hawaii

    22 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    22 reviews

    Dined on 8 April 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 3
    Food was delicious, our server was excellent. The only thing we didn’t appreciate was how loud the music was playing.

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  2. OpenTable Diner

    Las Vegas

    12 reviews

    3.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on 7 April 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 3
    Good was horrible. Asked for eggs over medium and they were extremely runny. The chilaquiles were super cold when I got them. The meat was so bad that didn’t look or taste like steak . Will not be coming here again

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  3. DamajaY

    Los Angeles

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 17 March 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great service, good music, couple birthday parties but wasn’t too loud. Solid drinks thank you Christian for the service.

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  4. Meme

    Los Angeles

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 10 March 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    $30 for bottomless mimosas? 10/10 Great vibes, great company, good service.

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  5. OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 2 March 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Always a great experience! Service is fabulous! Drinks hit! And the food is amazing

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  6. StandardFare

    San Diego

    6 reviews

    3.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on 29 February 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 1
    Very expensive guacamole, we should have checked the menu before taking the servers recommendation for a starter, and it was poorly prepared, under ripe avocado, ok food, very loud music.

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  7. OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 25 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Was an amazing experience! The food was great and the service was even better!

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  8. OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 25 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    I took my girlfriend and out of our mutual friends here for dinner before work the other day and our server was amazing. He more than accommodated my gluten intolerance and was just overall attentive to our table. The food here was above average and the drinks were really good.

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  9. OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 25 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Food is great! Drinks are great! Service was great ! 10/10

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  10. OpenTable Diner

    Palm Springs

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 23 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Food was overpriced and bland. Was expecting decent meat on the taco combo for how expensive it was but it was just generic prechopped taco meat. Other restaurants with similar pricing have actual grilled asada pieces. On the positive: drinks, service and atmosphere were amazing.

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  11. OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 18 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great food and service! Fun, lively vibe. Glad we had a reservation looks like it fills up quickly for brunch.

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  12. OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on 17 February 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great place the only problem is one restroom for men and woman to share

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  13. Topptier

    Orange County

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 13 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Food is tasty. Drinks nice. Service is inviting and accommodating. Feel good dining👍🏽

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  14. Dhaiwgrvrb

    Mexico

    5 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on 3 February 2024

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 2
    Flashy but underwhelming! If your goal is to get drunk off overpriced under-flavored drinks then youre set. This is a place for frat boys to show off n drink. Cocktails have the same plastic presentation with a premixed bottle taste. Food was decent but overpriced.

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  15. SulymonS

    Orange County

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 3 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Amazing! Highly recommend. They sat us immediately and were so incredibly attentive, nice and helpful. Excellent, speedy service by literally everyone who worked there. The food was excellent too, everyone loved everything they had.

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  16. Anoushka

    London

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 21 January 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great food! Great ambiance! Wonderful place for a celebration.

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  17. RichardN

    Los Angeles

    18 reviews

    4.0

    18 reviews

    Dined on 20 January 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Excellent cuisine, very well prepared. Great Mezcal cocktails. Really nice server. Lively.

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  18. OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on 20 January 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    I was pleasantly surprised by how good the food was, my steak was cooked to perfection and everyone else in my party really liked their food as well. The guacamole was so good we placed a second order. Our waiter was one of the best I’ve had in a long time and the support runners were also very friendly and on top of things. It’s a bit pricey for Mexican food but then again it’s downtown so that’s par for the course 🤷🏼‍♀️

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  19. OpenTable Diner

    Orange County

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 14 January 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 4
    Food is pricey for what it comes with. Service is okay. I guess it's okay with friends to drink but to have dinner it's not worth it. Go to top of the V in oc

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  20. OpenTable Diner

    Orange County

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on 5 January 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 3
    The service wonderful! Shrimp tacos delicious & nice portion serving, crema yummy! Mango HH drink great Highly recommend this restaurant.

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  21. JeffA

    Orange County

    6 reviews

    4.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on 31 December 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Stopped by for an early dinner before going to the Festival of Lights. The restaurant is nicely decorated and feels hip without being stuffy. They have a robust menu for a Mexican restaurant with a few dishes I hadn't seen elsewhere. It is a combination of higher priced entrees and Mexican staples. The papas bravas were good but could have used more cream, the fajitas were enjoyable. The best dish however were the queso birria tacos. The beef was extremely tender, flavorful, and a good size.

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  22. KarenW

    Phoenix

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on 28 December 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Laid back vibe with attentive staff. Food was different and tasty. We had 4 people with order is a salad, octopus, shrimp enchiladas and shrimp fajitas. Served promptly. Also had a wine, a beer and a strawberry margarita. One Virgin mango margarita.

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  23. Janisl

    San Diego

    79 reviews

    2.0

    79 reviews

    Dined on 26 December 2023

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 1
    Enjoyed the food but…. Went to the restroom while waiting for the food. There is only one restroom…. 10 people ahead waiting. 10 minutes waiting to wash hands etc. I hardly believe I had any other restaurant in my life with so bad restroom situation. When I came back the table my food was cold. Had to ask them to warm it up. Also we asked for the chips and salsa in Mexican restaurant which was not delivered. Management need to make a better experience for diners. So disappointed on Christmas Day

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  24. OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on 26 December 2023

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 1
    Manager is inexperienced at dealing with busy nights. Asked a question and was told there was nothing that could be done about it because it was a busy night. I have a ton of respect for the hardworking staff but when a manager can’t solve a customer situation, it’s disappointing. They don’t need my business clearly but I won’t return.

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  25. MelissaH

    Los Angeles

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 20 December 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 2
    Great food, however the atmosphere didn’t match. Only one bathroom share for all, dingy. Tables were sticky and smelt musty inside. For the price of the food I would expect a nicer atmosphere

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  26. OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on 12 December 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 4
    The food was good but the service was so poor it was hard to enjoy. Our server was polite but they were so understaffed it took twenty minutes before we could order and when the item I asked for wasn't available that night and I was needing help finding a suitable replacement since I'm allergic to corn she was less than helpful and said they could only put the items in the side and someone else at the table could eat it but wasn't willing to even ask the kitchen if any substitutions could be made. My meal was good, but I thought over priced for what I got. The cocktail I ordered, oaxacan lover was excellent but my husband finished his overly sweet margarita before mine was even brought to me. We won't go back.

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  27. RachelN

    Orange County

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on 10 December 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 3
    I don't drink and wanted a nonalcoholic drink. They had no alcoholic beer and so I asked that the bartender make a mocktail because they had NOTHING like that on the menu. It was by far the most disgusting attempt at a mocktail that I have ever experienced in my life. How those girls are bartenders is amazing to me.

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  28. KaylenA

    Los Angeles

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on 4 December 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    Food and drinks were excellent, we got a few dishes to share and they were all pretty tasty. The drinks were also really good original. The service was a bit slow but they did seem pretty busy so patience is recommended. But overall it was a great and tasty dining experience and we would love to come back.

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  29. OpenTable Diner

    Portland

    3 reviews

    3.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 4 December 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 3
    The food and what you received was not worth the price.

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  30. OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 3 December 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 3
    I understand busy night and busy season. Tables too close together. Had to flag waiters down for service constantly.

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  31. BrookeP

    Orange County

    5 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on 19 November 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 1
    Way too loud to enjoy any type of conversation and we went at lunch time.

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  32. JaniceP

    Los Angeles

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on 19 November 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Palenque is always exceptional for food and dining experience.

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  33. Cheli

    Los Angeles

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on 12 November 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    I had the shrimp al mojo and my husband had the pozole. Both were very good. Music was great and service was good. We were able to be seated right away. We had a reservation.

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  34. WillB

    Los Angeles

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 22 October 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The service was impeccable from start to finish. We enjoyed it and the food was delicious!

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  35. christiand

    Los Angeles

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 23 September 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Service was impeccable, the vibe was just right. Food was phenomenal

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  36. JohnJ

    Orange County

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 17 September 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We had a wonderful time visiting your restaurant. The food was delicious. Service was great. The only thing I need to comment on is the music was just way too loud at 11:30 in the morning. I came with my parents and we couldn’t even hear each other talk. We asked for the music to be turned down just a bit, and it never went down so we finished our meal, had a great time, but if only the music went down just a little bit, it would’ve been a perfect day. Still a great restaurant, but the music was just up way way too loud, especially being Brunch. Thank you.

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  37. Andrea

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on 10 September 2023

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 2
    AC wasn’t working and it was extremely hot inside the restaurant. Pork chop was bland and over cooked, I expect more for the price of the dish. Enchiladas were good and reasonably priced.

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  38. DonS

    Orange County

    56 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    56 reviews

    Dined on 3 September 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 3
    It's most likely a better spot for a late supper than an early one. I got the feeling the place picked up later, then we were there.

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  39. OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 30 August 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 3
    If you’re into loud reggaeton music, this is the place for you. Not the place for a relaxing date night.

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  40. VeeT

    San Diego

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on 27 August 2023

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Food was very bland didn't taste like anything. The drinks didn't taste like anything but mixers mo flavor at all. Will not be going back

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FAQs

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

Palenque Kitchen - Riverside is rated 4.5 stars by 372 OpenTable diners.

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

Make a booking

2 people

23:30


Booked 16 times today

Order delivery or takeout

Google Map for Palenque Kitchen - Riverside

3737 Main Street, Suite 101, Riverside, CA 92501

Additional information

  • Cross Street
    University Ave
  • Area
    Riverside
  • Hours of Operation
    Mon 17:00–21:00 Brunch Sat, Sun 11:00–14:30 Dinner Tue–Thu 17:00–22:00 Fri, Sat 17:00–00:30 Sun 16:00–21:00
  • Price
    $30 and under
  • Cuisines
    Mexican, Latin / Spanish, Mexican / Southwestern
  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Dress Code
    Casual Dress
  • Parking Details
    Park on the building's structure on Market St. between University Ave. and Mission Inn Ave.
  • Payment Options
    AMEX, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Executive Chef
    Rolando Rubalcava
  • Entertainment
    Live music, hispanic art, special events.
  • Additional
    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Dancing, Delivery, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Late Night, Outdoor Smoking Area, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeaway, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Phone number
    (951) 888-2240
  • Private party facilities
    From 15-350 guests capacity, private dining rooms available, two patios and separate atmospheres, custom menus and banquet menus, on site banquet coordinator, we can cater to most requests, Palenque Kitchen amazing decor transport you to Mexico and makes your experience unforgettable delight
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