Rivera Private Events:

Located in Downtown Los Angeles, one block from the Staples Center and LA Live and two blocks from the Convention Center, Rivera Restaurant offers several options of private space. Each room/ area offers distinct features to create a one of a kind experience for you and your guests. Rivera is the best and highest rated Latin restaurant not only in DTLA but in all of the Los Angeles area.

The Sangre Room:

This Spanish-themed dining room evokes the dramatic culinary heritage of the Iberian Peninsula and of the many other cultures that influenced it: central Europe, Rome, North Africa, and the Middle East. As a result, Sangre’s signature menu evokes a wide variety of Mediterranean cuisines. Sangre’s serene-yet-powerful ambiance features such distinctive design highlights as a blood-red chandelier, conquistador-helmet lighting sconces, and the award-winning bullfight photography of Michael Crouser. In addition, one wall features Chef John Rivera Sedlar’s handcrafted private extra-añejo tequila, in specially made bottles under lock-and-key for members only. The Sangre Room comfortably welcomes up to 34 guests for a seated event, and can accommodate up to 50 guests for a standing reception.

The Samba Room:

Samba eloquently expresses the rich cultural and culinary diversity of South America, from the rainforests of Brazil to the fishing ports of Colombia to the heights of Peru’s ancient Incan civilization. As its signature menu demonstrates, Samba also incorporates the diverse influences of Spain, Portugal, Africa, the Middle East, and even Asia on the continent’s cuisines. Brilliantly designed with a rainforest-green travertine floor and custom Tequila Chairs of burnished bronze and leather, the Samba Room captures both the timeless and modern aspects found in South America today. Each seat provides views of Rivera’s famed bar, home to award-winning mixology, and of a one-of-kind media wall displaying ever-changing images of the Latin food story. Samba comfortably welcomes up to 60 guests for a seated engagement, and can accommodate up to 150 guests (with the inclusion of the adjacent Playa Bar) for a standing reception.

Playa Bar and Red Dragon:

The foods of Mexico’s coastal regions encourage a more casual, sociable approach to dining, reflected in the communal-table seating in our Playa dining area. Guests here have a choice of two seating areas. The two-sided Playa Bar, which seats 13 guests, faces an exhibition cooking area. Here, our culinary staff prepares such specialties as fresh seafood cocktails and our signature handmade (and widely admired) tortillas florales. The large, square counter known as “Red Dragon” is named for the rare variety of Chinese marble from which it has been fashioned. An abalone-shell chandelier hangs above its butcher-block center, helping to define this community table as an ideal environment for intimately sized dinners seating up to 16 guests.

Rivera’s Courtyard:

Steps away from Rivera’s front door, through the adjacent Met Lofts lobby, a Bauhaus-style courtyard is available for larger Rivera restaurant receptions welcoming as many as 300 guests. Elegant mirrored lighting, palm-tree landscaping, unparalleled skyline view, and artistic falling water make this one of the most distinctive private urban spaces in the city. With the courtyard, guests have the opportunity to enjoy Rivera’s reputable cuisine in an urban Los Angeles outdoor setting. Reception menus of tray passed hors d’oeuvres as well as reception style food stations – all done in Chef Sedlar’s inimitable style – are available and suit well to this comfortable open sp ace..

Restaurant Buyout:

Rivera offers a restaurant buyout option and can accommodate up to 150 guests.

Special Events Manager
Jackson Canning

Jackson is happy to assist with the planning of all private events, every step of the way. He works intimately with Chef Sedlar to create a unique menu that matches the vision of the host.