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“Restaurants, yes; retail is sketchy”

The River at Rancho Mirage
San Diego CA
Level 6 Contributor
335 reviews
81 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 228 helpful votes
“Restaurants, yes; retail is sketchy”
Reviewed June 7, 2013

This place used to have a wonderful mix of retail, restaurants and theaters, but management reportedly decided to play hardball with the retail tenants facing Hwy 111 and the vast majority vacated the center, so it looks like a ghost town. The multi-screen theater is still open, as are the Peter Lik Gallery, a 5 Guys restaurant, a Starbucks and a few others. There are several restaurants including the wonderful Babe's BBQ and Flemings Steakhouse. Go for the restaurants, enjoy the "river" and hit Rocky Mtn Chocolates on the way out for dessert or a caramel apple.

Visited June 2013
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Santa Barbara, California, United States
Level 4 Contributor
36 reviews
11 attraction reviews
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“Acqua Pazza Great Restaurant”
Reviewed June 5, 2013

Amazing food and drinks. Great value, yummy desserts and some amazing vegetarian choices. The grilled portobello mushroom with grilled spinach and mashed potatoes is awesome.

Visited May 2013
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los angeles
Level 6 Contributor
127 reviews
47 attraction reviews
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“Great outdoor place to visit with the family”
Reviewed June 1, 2013

There is a multiplex movie theater, art gallery, many restaurants and shops to visit. Great place to go with the kids for a dinner out.

Visited August 2012
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Las Vegas, Nevada
Level 5 Contributor
55 reviews
21 attraction reviews
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“Coming back”
Reviewed May 28, 2013

The River was once the happening place to be along 111 in Rancho Mirage. It went through a bit of a slump, but it is coming back with many new retailers and restaurants. The belle of the ball of course is Babe's BBQ restaurant. Really the best BBQ in the valley, and don't forget to ask for a pie when you're seated (they sell out FAST). Originally owned by the Marie Callender family, you can imagine how tastey they are. Other places of note are the standard mall fare of Cheesecake factory and PF Changs, as well as smaller fast service restaurants like 5 Guys Burgers and Fries and Baja Fresh. The movie theatre here is clean and well kept, and they sometimes have live music in the ampitheatre. A great place to wander around (or walk off dinner) on a warm summer night

Visited May 2013
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Rancho Mirage, California
Level 2 Contributor
5 reviews
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“Poor Parking.”
Reviewed May 27, 2013

We do go there sometimes, but the parking is terrible. We always have a hard time finding a parking place.

Visited May 2013
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