Where to Eat in Rivera: The Best Restaurants and Bars

July 23, 2017 Chanda Heide

Rivera (Spanish pronunciation: [riˈβeɾa]) is the capital of Rivera Department of Uruguay. The border with Brazil joins it with the Brazilian city of Santana do Livramento, which is only a street away from it, at the north end of Route 5. Together, they form an urban area of around 200,000 inhabitants. As of the census of 2011, it is the sixth most populated city of Uruguay.
Things to do in Rivera

1. El Borrego

Sarandi 398, Rivera 40000, Uruguay Seating, Wheelchair Accessible, Free Wifi South American Lunch, Dinner, Brunch +598 4623 9338
Excellent
30%
Good
48%
Satisfactory
17%
Poor
4%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 245 reviews

El Borrego

Reviewed By Ivan S - Dongguan, China

It not easy I give 4 stars to a simple meat-fries-salad meal, however in the situation, meat was great. Still i would ad an inch to steak, increase fire and decrease time. but OK, for the place, one of the great entrecot in town

2. Galpon Parrillada

Ituzaingo 351, Rivera 40000, Uruguay Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Free Wifi Steakhouse, Barbecue Lunch, Dinner +598 4622 0486
Excellent
35%
Good
46%
Satisfactory
14%
Poor
1%
Terrible
4%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 231 reviews

Galpon Parrillada

Reviewed By Cidio_H - Porto Alegre, RS

A nice little restaurant very close (1 block) from the shopping district of Rivera (ra Sarandi). The waitress are very polite and eager to help in the food (and wine) choices. We order different cuts (vazio, entrecot and assado de tira) and all of them were cooked as ordered, with tender and juicy flavor. The portions are well sized. In a group of 8 we ordered 5 cuts , salad and fries. I`ve being in most of the parrillas in town and I`ll centanly return to El Galpon.

3. Gardel Parrilada Y Pasta

Rua Paysandu 1170, Rivera 40000, Uruguay Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Free Wifi Steakhouse, Barbecue, South American Lunch, Dinner +598 4622 3039
Excellent
28%
Good
46%
Satisfactory
16%
Poor
5%
Terrible
5%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 259 reviews

Gardel Parrilada Y Pasta

Reviewed By Ivan S - Dongguan, China

THEY STOPPED THE SPAGHETTI BUSINESS. They were terrible.
Now Gardel became one of the good parrillada in Rivera.
Several friends mentioned they lobe the place I denied to go back there due to the terrible experience with the spaghetti buffet.
Back last night I enjoied the parrilla quality. Really outstanding

4. La Picana

Sarandi 825, Rivera 40000, Uruguay Takeout, Reservations, Waitstaff, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Free Wifi Barbecue, South American Lunch, Dinner +598 4623 0717
Excellent
22%
Good
49%
Satisfactory
19%
Poor
7%
Terrible
3%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 250 reviews

La Picana

Reviewed By underground_miner - Montevideo, Uruguay

the place is well located. i find that the A/C does not cool the restaurant during summer, and given that the huge open hearth grill is inside, be prepared to sweat.
What could be an acceptable atmosphere in winter is spoiled by the TV blaring away Brazilian soap operas, which is on perhaps for the benefit of the staff.
too bad for the atmosphere, because the food and the wine selection are quite good

5. Lo de Beto

Ceballos 1175 | La Autentica parrilla uruguaya., Rivera 40000, Uruguay Takeout, Reservations, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Free Wifi Steakhouse, Barbecue, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner +598 4624 6511
Excellent
57%
Good
37%
Satisfactory
4%
Poor
2%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 244 reviews

Lo de Beto

Reviewed By Ivan S - Dongguan, China

Outstanding parrilla in Rivera
Meat is perfect, beer cold and service is kind.
Their new restaurant is nice and decoration is cool. Not to wonder restaurant get crowded, even being roomy.
It’s a shame that people around do have no vision of tourism, are rough and hillbilly.
Is it possible, a saturday evening, house full, beautiful place, workers transiting in and out with boxes of beer, for more than half an hour ????

6. Fragola Crepe & Cafe

Sarandi 850, Rivera 40000, Uruguay Wheelchair Accessible +598 4622 7075
Excellent
54%
Good
36%
Satisfactory
7%
Poor
2%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 71 reviews

Fragola Crepe & Cafe

Reviewed By Ivan S - Dongguan, China

When I say sweet I mean SWEET
unfortunataly for south american taste sweet things need to be sickly sweet.
This review is about brand's other location at shopping Melancia
To be honest I cannot compare to other ice cream places, but the one they serve here is fair enough.

7. Gaucho Restaurante

Avda. 33 Orientales 974 | Rivera Casino & Resort, Rivera 40000, Uruguay Lunch, Dinner +598 4624 1111
Excellent
32%
Good
51%
Satisfactory
12%
Poor
4%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 82 reviews

Gaucho Restaurante

Reviewed By Ivan S - Dongguan, China

I guess I reviewed this already together with Hotel.
The place is elegant, not just for that small town as it would be considered an elegant place to go wherever.
The food is usually good, mainly if you order beef or sheep, which are locar production and local specialities,
good wine chart
Vegetable is fresh, spaghetti al pesto would be a special choice due to fresh basil, but is overshadowed by the overcooked noodles (another uruguyan speciality, I mean overcook pasta).

8. Confiteria City

Av. Sarandi 422, Rivera 40000, Uruguay Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Free Wifi Cafe Breakfast, Lunch, Brunch 462 2320
Excellent
17%
Good
52%
Satisfactory
23%
Poor
5%
Terrible
3%
Overall Ratings

3.5 based on 206 reviews

Confiteria City

Reviewed By Ivan S - Dongguan, China

Good bar for an happy hour Seating on the sidewalk Lots of tourists and locals stop there for a beer, coffee or snacks in the end of the afternoon Good selection of cakes and donuts.

9. Punta Ballena Cafe

Sepe 51, Rivera 40000, Uruguay +598 4624 1000
Excellent
34%
Good
45%
Satisfactory
21%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 23 reviews

Punta Ballena Cafe

Reviewed By Ivan S - Dongguan, China

They have a good coffee, but snacks are discrete, didn't impress me a lot Service is so, so. Could be far more attentions and friendly. But,OK, since you are there to shop, a stop for a coffee in this place is quiet satisfactory

10. Trailer Do Julio

Carlos Reyles | Plaza Flores, Rivera 40000, Uruguay
Excellent
54%
Good
40%
Satisfactory
6%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 15 reviews

Trailer Do Julio

Reviewed By BSilva9 - Florianopolis, SC

Ótima opção para comer os famosos panchos uruguaios. O pancho tem de várias opções, e de fato é muito saboroso, vale a pena pedir. Atendimento bom e o preço ótimo.

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