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ad40602 Jul 23, 2009 05:22 AM

My wife and I will be in town next week for anniversary and wanted to try two new spots (for us.)
Galatoire's is invariably one of our spots along with Clancy's or Brigsten's.
We are locked in with Stella one evening.
Rio Mar has peaked our interest for sometime and we have yet to visit.
Any opinions one way or another on recent experiences at Rio Mar?

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    kibbles Jul 24, 2009 07:28 AM

    the ceviche is very good. the 4-variety sampler is a good indicator of what they can do.

    i had the rubbed swordfish special w/ red wine reduction on fingerling potatoes and spinach. this was very good.

    atmosphere is only Eh.. never understand why one chooses cheap, standard "home depot" type fixtures when designing an interior. if Adolfo were to customize it a bit, and get some nice hand-crafted tables & chairs, it would be a real slice of the Mediterranean.

    1. mrsfury Jul 23, 2009 12:48 PM

      I always go for lunch, it's too far to go for dinner (for me). I love the tuna empanadas and every dessert.

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        chef4hire Jul 23, 2009 11:43 AM

        love Riomar

        definately for dinner and I prefer to sit at the bar ~ the dining room seems too close/crowded for me ~ plus the bar service is top notch

        if the spanish style bbq shrimp are on the menu they are fantastic...the 5 hour pork is also great

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          nolafroodie Jul 23, 2009 08:17 AM

          I love Rio Mar! It's reasonably priced and pretty unique in this area. Lunch is tapas. For dinner I love the bacalao also, and the tuna wrapped in serrano ham is truly outstanding, imo. Hubby also never misses dessert here. Tres Leches or banana empanadas... yumm.

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            cajungirl Jul 23, 2009 12:08 PM

            I had the tuna in serrano, crab ceviche and tres leches--all outstanding!

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            JazzyB Jul 23, 2009 07:27 AM

            I'd go for lunch. IMO good, not outstanding.

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              brucec Jul 23, 2009 06:26 AM

              Chef Adolfo and crew turn out consistent, delicious, well-prepared,resonably priced meals as well as anyone. My favorites are the ceviches, down-home dried cod (bacala), and the fish and olives/capers. Unassuming and sufficient wine selection, good service; lord, no wonder I like this place

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