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4023 Market St, Riverside, CA 92501-3542
+1 951-684-3120
10:00 - 20:00
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Riverside, California
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23 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
Reviewed 15 February 2017

The restaurant is conveniently located in the downtown area. The food is good and the service friendly.

Thank Donald M
Burlingame, California
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80 reviews
72 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 17 October 2016

Went for dinner with 3 friends and was surprised by the nice selection of entres. Unfortunately, the was only 1 waitress on duty and although she was very helpful and attentive, the service was slow. However, the food was good.

Thank richpvihbass
Riverside, California
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69 reviews
41 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
Reviewed 6 October 2016

First off I can never decide between the red or green salsa that is served at your table with hot, fresh chips...so most of the time lately I just mix them together! Both Salsa's are wonderful! Best chicken flautas around...chicken is never dry and it is served with beans and rice or al a carte. I highly recommend the Shrimp... More 

Thank Shannon B
Riverside, California
1 review
Reviewed 11 September 2016

Fresh thin tortilla chips great home made red salsa cheese enchilada fresh and good enchilada sauce. friendly service great rice and beans

Thank RivRegular
Riverside, California
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42 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed 18 July 2016

I just ate lunch here last Friday, the food is so good. My favorites are the ground beef tacos and the soup. The waitress is so pleasant and always greets you with a smile. I also love the chips and salsa. Try them out. Yummy😀

Thank meshesha57
Riverside, California
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42 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed 7 June 2016 via mobile

They have the food, but the soup is my favorite. The customer service is the best. Prices are reasonable and it is close. You must try it out, you will love it.

Thank meshesha57
San Bernardino, California
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43 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 November 2014

Been going to Riverside for dinner at various places but was never drawn to El Sarape. I should have followed my instinct. Went for the first time on the "Day of the Dead Festival". Aside from there being lots of people there, the restaurant was not as crowded as I thought it should. The service was extremely slow and the... More 

Thank Love to Travel S
Jurupa Valley
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86 reviews
56 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 43 helpful votes
Reviewed 10 July 2014

As a resident of the Riverside area for 55 years, I have watched the evolution of the area around El Serape change several times. I ate there in my UCR student days and off and on over the following years. The menu is a pretty standard one for Mexican restaurants. These older restaurants can be judged by how well they... More 

2 Thank Daniel M
Riverside, California
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1,068 reviews
668 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 296 helpful votes
Reviewed 11 April 2013

The El Sarape has been in business in Riverside since the 1940's. It was started by a husband and wife who cooked everything frim scratch. They made annual trips to Mexico to find and refine recipes. As time marched on they retired and their son took over, The food remained the same. Now, two owners later, the original food is... More 

Thank Chuck8700
Riverside, California
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37 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
Reviewed 29 February 2012

I started going to this restaurant when I was just a kid but then skipped 20 or more years until I moved back into the downtown area of Riverside and rediscovered this place. I think it still has the same decorations it had when I was a kid.. They have good chips and salsa with two kinds of salsa, a... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    2.5 of 5 bubbles
Lunch, Dinner
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Open Hours
10:00 - 20:00
10:00 - 20:00
10:00 - 20:00
10:00 - 20:00
10:00 - 21:00
10:00 - 21:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 4023 Market St, Riverside, CA 92501-3542
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Riverside
  • Phone Number: +1 951-684-3120

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?