The Riata Diner & Tavern
190 S J St, Livermore, CA 94550
Phone: (925) 294-8710
The Riata Diner and Tavern
Cuisines: Caterers, American, Cafeterias, Irish, Steakhouse, European, Continental, Bar & Grills
Wheelchair Accessible: Yes
Alcohol: Full Bar
Bike Parking: Yes
Takes Reservations: No
Outdoor Seating: Yes
Price Range : Average
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04/30/2009Provided by Citysearch -
Knock on wood, we've had some outstanding servers lately during our dining experiences...and tonight Rita was simply wonderful, full of smiles and happy to be working at Riata! The entrees we ordered were delicious...the New York Steak with a veggie medley and garlic mashed potatoes (they weren't too garlicky, but the gravy on the side was awesome!) and the Hawaiian Burger with freshly sliced pineapple (mmm!) and a side of teriyaki sauce and steak fries. I no longer see the need to visit Red Robin for my once-in-a-while craving for their Banzai Burgers, when I can come here for a Hawaiian Burger with REAL pineapple!
Ok, this looks like a typical bar with a greasy spoon cook in the back, but I asked a freind who goes out dining often to rate it and she said it was good. And the place even tries to "juice itself up" as a restaurant in it's advertising. So I took my family. I should have went with my better judgement. The food is very much what you would expect from a BAR that wants to offer some food to it's drinking customers, who are half crocked anyway. You know, the old barrel type wooden chairs around two pushed together tables with a plastic red and white checker cloth on top, along with condiments. Substandard fare. And priced too expensively for the quality of the food. They give you a big portion but its crappy. Portion size does not make up for quality! Just stay home and cook something or hit fast food.