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Rivera's sophisticated 3 1/2-star sizzle

April 1, 2009 | 12:30 pm

Tequila 

Times restaurant critic S. Irene Virbila on the new Rivera in downtown L.A.:

John Rivera Sedlar, the chef who brought us Saint Estephe, Bikini, and Abiquiu (may they all rest in peace) is back and back in a big way. At the new Rivera within shouting distance of L.A. Live, the 54-year-old chef is firing on all cylinders. Rivera is terrific, one of the most exciting restaurants to debut in L.A. in the last few years.

Go.

I have to confess I took my own advice and ate at Rivera more times than I really needed to. I couldn’t help myself — Rivera’s food is so utterly unique. I couldn’t believe it was actually that good and had to keep pinching myself. But the hyper-talented chef nailed it every time, virtually every dish, a remarkable feat in a restaurant hot off the presses.

Read the rest of Rivera's 3 1/2-star review here. See more restaurant reviews -- including our top rated reviews of the past five years -- here.

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