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Arroyo Vista Cafe
3701 Canyon Crest Drive, Riverside, CA 92507
951-827-5147
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Cuisines: American
Description: Arroyo Vista Cafe is the Fine Dining Facility of the University of California Riverside located in the Alumni and Visitors Center. This establishment is open to the public and Riversides best kept secret.
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Description: Arroyo Vista Cafe is the Fine Dining Facility of the University of California Riverside located in the Alumni and Visitors Center. This establishment is open to the public and Riversides best kept secret.
California
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51 reviews 51 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
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“Closed”
1 of 5 stars Reviewed November 2, 2013

I agree with the previous review that Arroyo Vista was one of the best restaurants in Riverside when it was at its best. But the University CLOSED it, leaving the Campus with only "The Barn" for a "fine-dining" experience. Now the best food on the UCR Campus is from its food truck. "The Culinary Chameleon". My "Terrible" rating comes from the fact that the University never really tried to keep AV open; the decision was the it wasn't making money and UCR Dining could do better with catered events in the building. I've been to those catered events, but none are as good as AV when it was at its best.

  • Visited November 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Laguna Beach, California
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“Riverside's Best Kept Secret”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 7, 2010

I eat out every single meal. The absolute best Restaurant in Riverside is the Arroyo Cafe, located in the Alumni Visitors Center. You can park in the Bannockburn Parking Lot in front of the sub-station and walk into the alumni center.

The Restaurant serves Osso Bucco, Kobe Beef, homemade pea soup, and the best part is the prices are unbelievable for the quality of food that you receive. ONLY open from 11-2 p.m. for lunch. This restaurant is the fine dining facility for the University of California Riverside, (open to the public). No dish is more than 8.50 and most appetizers, salads, and soups are 2 or 3 dollars. Amazing. I can't say enough good things about this restaurant. The Chef will come out and greet you, and the waitresses are extremely professional.

You also get a nice rose garden view while enjoying your lunch. This place is amazing. Give it a go, and let me know what you think.

    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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