The Riverside Cafe


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In a Nutshell

  • Neighborhood spot
  • Outdoor dining
  • Friendly service
  • French onion soup

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Eating while riding horseback was pioneered by the efficient Mongols, who also adjusted to reading, receiving haircuts, and filling out their taxes atop their four-legged mobiles. Enjoy the convenience of chairs and tables with today’s Groupon: for $10, you get $25 worth of soup, salad, steak, and more at The Riverside Cafe in Burbank.

The Riverside Cafe, which has a diner- and pet-friendly outdoor patio, offers a menu featuring a variety of hunger-stopping schemes to stave off lunch-and-dinner starvation. Feast on roast turkey sandwiches ($7) and turkey burgers ($6, $0.50–$1 each for cheese or toppings) to scratch a turkey itch. For dinner, start with a bowl of French onion soup baked with imported gruyere ($7.50) before diving forks into fresh Riverside salads topped with chunks of seared rare ahi tuna, roasted peppers, marinated artichokes, hearts of palm, and lemon vinaigrette ($12.50). Twelve-ounce pepper steaks ($18, $22 for 16 oz.) are flambéed in brandy, unlike plates of vegetarian couscous ($13), which are unflambéed. Finish dinner with an espresso a la mode ($5), a sweetly caffeinated treat that’ll hit heads like a sugarcoated bolt of lightning.


Yelpers give The Riverside Cafe a 3.5-star average rating. TripAdvisors give it an average of four owl eyes and Citysearchers give it a four-star average rating.

  • I've been going to Riverside Cafe for a couple of years now and it has become a favorite. Does it help that the staff treats everyone like family... yes it does. I also appreciate the laid back atmosphere, the creative menu options and the ability to bring my dog and sit outside. – Jeff D., Yelp

The Riverside Cafe

The Riverside Cafe's cooks draw inspiration from European and American cuisine as they create a menu of bistro-style comfort fare. In addition to baking bowls of french onion soup topped with a shell of imported gruyere, they grill beef and turkey hamburger patties and load baked potatoes with a number of familiar, yet decadent, ingredients, including sour cream and bacon. On Thursday nights, they embrace seasonal ingredients by featuring a specially prepared menu item, which have previously included wild boar and Stilton steak.

Beyond the intimately sized dining room with its "rustic, wood-beamed ceiling," as described by Gayot, the restaurant can seat guests and their canine personal assistants at the outdoor tables. White picket fences and trellises enclose the outside area, and a small awning and robin-egg-blue umbrella protect guests from the sun's harsh rays and dive-bombing pigeons.

Customer Reviews

The Riverside Cafe is such a cute place that I have been meaning to go to for YEARS! I have a friend who worked there, and an exec I know from Disney loved going and often had lunch meetings there. It's cute, got a lot of charm, our waitress was SO helpful and nice. I know a few years ago you were having some $$ trouble and were in jeopardy but things changed. I hope you are doing ok now because it's such a nice little place with a great location.
Kathy W. · August 20, 2012
Food was great, service was great!
Tamara M. · August 19, 2012
We love this place! The food is amazing. It's a BYOB restaurant.
Janna S. · August 15, 2012
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    1221 W Riverside Dr.

    Burbank, California 91506

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