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Good mexican restaurant near the Westin Bonaventure?

laurellane Apr 29, 2012 11:42 AM

I will be entertaining out of town relatives on Cinco de Mayo and would like to take them to a really good, authentic Mexican restaurant. Any help will be greatly appreciated!

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    yogachik Apr 29, 2012 11:43 AM

    La Serenata de Girabaldi is where to go.


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      laurellane Apr 29, 2012 12:08 PM

      Looks awesome! Thanks!

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      carter Apr 29, 2012 07:04 PM

      Rivera is the real gem downtown, and much more convenient to the Bonaventure.
      I like Garibaldi, but Rivera is in another category, meaning higher quality, and a bit more expensive, but it does have a full liquor license, which I do not believe Garibaldi has, meaning it has beer & wine only. www.riverarestaurant.com
      1050 S. Flower Street, near LA Live/Staples Center area.

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        Peripatetic Apr 29, 2012 07:07 PM

        Reportedly Serenata's margaritas are made with soju in an attempt to provide "full bar" with a Type 41 (beer and wine) license. Their other location on 10924 W Pico Blvd has a Type 47 (full bar) license.

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          AngelaKirby Nov 13, 2012 11:46 AM

          I agree. The food at Rivera was delicious. Pricey, but the food was worth it. BUT after spending nearly $900 with a party of 14, the server and mgmt refused to split our bill more than four ways. Complaints to management did not yield satisfactory results – they offered us a tasting dinner (for 2!), but we all live across the country. We were very disappointed, and because of this, I would never recommend this restaurant to a large dinner party.

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