If you are looking for a different take on Mexican Cuisines, Mariscos La Riviera Nayarit offers a range of mouthwatering coastal seafood options in a casual, lively setting. The restaurant is located in a strip mall near the corner of Clairmont and Buford Highway, an area that includes many international dining options.
My first impression was that the spacious, open dining area seemed perfect for large groups. Weekends are usually packed and they have live, strolling Mariachi bands performing for their guests. A large, wooden pagoda stands in the center of the open area with a large bar area to one side.
The restaurant is definitely seafood focused with dishes designed from Coastal Mexico. Instead of the usual Chips and Salsa served at many Mexican restaurants, we were brought their complimentary Ceviche a la Riviera Nayarit. Ceviche is a dish made from fresh raw fish marinated in citrus juices and spiced with habanero salsa. It was served on a tostada and a wonderful way to begin our lunch.
As an appetizer, we enjoyed a generous plate of Aguachile de Camaron. The plate was filled with tasty shrimp cooked in lime juice and finely chopped Serrano Peppers along with tomatoes and cucumbers. I’ve never had shrimp prepared like this before and it had a flavorful and spicy taste.
For my entrée, I ordered a favorite of the restaurant, the Pina a la Riviera Nayarit. When the plate arrived, I couldn’t believe how gigantic the plate was. It was overflowing with food and one of the largest spreads I’ve seen in awhile. The dish includes shrimp, scallops, octopus, crab, bell peppers and mushrooms served in a fresh carved pineapple serving bowl. The seafood had a delicious taste and was incredibly filling with a side of French Fries and White Rice. Definitely one of the most creative dishes I’ve had in a long time.
We also enjoyed the Filete d’ pescado al Ajo – which was fish served in garlic oil and butter sauce, accompanied by French Fries, Rice and Salad. Another one of the favorites of the restaurant is their Red Snapper served as a whole fish, either grilled or fried.
If you are craving a taste of Coastal Mexico, Mariscos La Riviera Nayarit is a great place for wonderful food and live music on the weekends. Don’t forget the dollar beer night on Fridays.
Mariscos La Riviera Nayarit is located at 3979 Buford Hwy NE, Atlanta, GA 30329.
For more information, call 404-321-3100.