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Mario's Place

3646 Mission Inn Ave, Riverside, CA 92501-3309
951-684-7755
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Ranked #6 of 617 restaurants in Riverside
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $35 - $50
Cuisines: Italian
Good for: Romance, Bar scene, Large groups, Doing business, Local cuisine, Outdoor seating, Special occasions, Entertaining clients
Dining options: Dinner, Reservations, Late Night
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Good for: Romance, Bar scene, Large groups, Doing business, Local cuisine, Outdoor seating, Special occasions, Entertaining clients
Dining options: Dinner, Reservations, Late Night
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77% Recommend
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Date | Rating
  • English first
  • Italian first
  • Any
English first
Houston, Texas
Senior Contributor
27 reviews 27 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2014

I ate there one night on a business trip. The salad was terrible, the Ahi tuna was excellent, and my waiter, evidently, was a robot that was programmed to talk very loudly. I also had a very nice glass of chardonnay. On average, it was average. This is another of those formulaic high-end restaurants that does everything by the numbers... More

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Riverside, California
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20 reviews 20 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2014

I've been coming here for years but over the last several I've noticed this place is steadily going down hill. The food is good, the service is good, but the menu is very limited. Honestly I will not be back simply because there isn't anything I want to eat.

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Eagle, Idaho
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6 reviews 6 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 24, 2014

I used to work here many moons ago, so while I do know the family who owns it, I must say it is some of the best food I've ever had and still relish every time I get to eat it now. Leone's creativity in the kitchen rates- hard core. Andrea runs the floor and knows/ loves his wine as... More

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Riverside, California
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10 reviews 10 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 29, 2014

Food is excellent, service and atmosphere are great, make sure to try the Abel Mendoza wine if you ever go.

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Riverside, California
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7 reviews 7 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2014

Took my wife out to dinner. Service was great. Shrimp soup was tasty and steak was cooked perfect. Dessert was a trio of sorbets with fresh fruit.

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Riverside, California
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6 reviews 6 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2014 via mobile

Authentic ITALIAN food in the heart of downtown riverside near the mission inn. Beautiful restaurant, great location, great food-- steep in price though.

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2014

We visited the restaurant to celebrate a friend's birthday. The service was great, they split our bills, but the food was over priced and far from Italian. Get ready to spend $60 for just food, no drinks, per person. I'm married to an Italian, I know real Italian food. If you're looking for chicken parmigiana, lasagna, spaghetti, tiramisu, you will... More

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Lake Orion, Michigan
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12 reviews 12 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2014

Located just across from the Mission Inn. Great service and food. My real rating would be 4.5 if an option. I have dined there 3 times and would definitely go back. The daily appetizers and main entree specials are so unique and worth exploring. Tonight for an appetizer I ordered a plate that had shitake mushrooms, grated ginger, and scallops--delicious!... More

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Riverside, California
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25 reviews 25 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 13, 2014

Unfortunately Riverside is, well ... restaurant challenged. At least in the high end department. Mario's is good enough however that it could hold it's own in LA or San Diego. It's pricey Italian but perfect for a more upscale night out. There is a more casual, younger, back patio that sometimes has a DJ on the weekends. It's quite a... More

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Henderson, Nevada
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59 reviews 59 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2014

We were in Riverside for a wedding and wanted some Italian food. Mario's was suggested by the desk lady at the Chamber of Commerce and some of the staff were out front prior to opening, while I was walking around downtown. My wife and I went back, and enjoyed a superb meal. It was pricey (more than I had budgeted... More

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