The menu items at Riviera Tapas Bar may have Spanish names, but their influence comes from around the globe.
The newly opened Riverdale Park restaurant at 6108 Rhode Island Avenue, located at the former home of S&J Restaurant, uses the structure of a tapas place — small plates with big flavors, designed to be shared, but it’s dishes are not really just Spanish or Mexican.
On a recent visit, the Hyattsville Wire sampled Datiles with bacon wrapped dates stuffed with white cheddar cheese and a filet mignon with creamy polenta and spinach in a red wine reduction that could have been served in an American steakhouse.
The chef paired these items with miniature toasted baguettes with tomato spread and olive oil that would have been at home in a rustic Italian restaurant; another with Manchego cheese and dry-cured ham that was quintessentially Spanish
Other menu items include lightly battered calimari with sriracha aioli; smoked salmon with caramelized shallots and capers; grilled jerk chicken with tropical relish; crab cakes with cheese grits; and lightly battered chicken croquettes.
Co-owner Patricia Martinez told the Hyattsville Wire the restaurant is now holding happy hour from 5 to 7 p.m on Thursdays and Fridays with a list of $6 specials.