New Year’s Eve with Three Chord Justice

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Join us for New Year’s Eve in La Mesa!  We will have Three Chord Justice playing a few sets throughout the evening, making the Turquoise Room THE place to be in San Diego or La Mesa for New Year’s Eve!  The best part about our New Year’s Eve party?  No cover!!  Join us and you will get a champagne toast at midnight, hats, noise makers, and one amazing show!

The kitchen is offering some amazing specials for New Year’s Eve:

8oz. Filet Mignon, wrapped in bacon, roasted red potatoes, asparagus, garlic bread, a dinner salad, AND dessert for $30 per person.

8oz. of salmon, grilled or broiled, roasted red potatoes, asparagus, garlic bread, a dinner salad, AND dessert for $20 per person.

A bottle of house wine can be added to these meals for $30

We are taking reservations now, so call us in order to reserve a table and then spend the rest of the night in The Turquoise Room watching Three Chord Justice!


Holiday Party reservations

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Riviera is a great place for Holiday parties!  We have large booths that accommodate a good sized party, and we truly offer something for everyone.  The grill-your-own concept is great for an active, dynamic party – and we have had great reviews from people choosing to have parties at Riviera – from groups of friends to corporate parties.  We can also offer a more relaxed experience and bring prepared items to your group’s table.  A great beer and wine selection and the best cocktails in La Mesa will help complete your event!  Call today for group reservations!

La Mesa Sunday Brunch

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There aren’t a LOT of options in La Mesa for Sunday Brunch, but Riviera adds to that relatively short list!  Brunch can mean something different for everyone – some like a buffet, while others do not.  Some like a cocktail or a glass of champagne, some like the free-flowing style that usually comes along with a buffet Sunday Brunch.  Riviera has a great hybrid Sunday Brunch setup!  You order off of the menu, BUT there is a coffee, fruit, and pastry station.  You can treat yourself to some fruit and pastries while you wait for your order, AND there is a bloody mary bar and mimosas to boost your Sunday Brunch experience!

Football fans, we will be showing the early game on the tvs in the bar, so Sunday Brunch is even more desirable for those wanting to catch some football!

See the attached menu here.   There is truly something for everyone at Riviera’s Sunday Brunch, so come say hello to Michael and Barbara and treat yourself to a unique La Mesa Sunday brunch experience!


“Supping with Soul” article

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Jen Van Tieghem wrote a great piece about us:

By Jen Van Tieghem                                                             Mission Publishing Group, LLC

            Posted on            August 30, 2013

(La Mesa Courier, La Mesa, CA) – The idea of dinner and a show might seem old-fashioned, but Riviera Supper Club and Turquoise Room in La Mesa is keeping the spirit of this kind of night out alive with modern-day flair. Known for do-it-yourself steak dinners, the restaurant and bar possess a mid-century charm. As one of the few venues for live music in the neighborhood, it presents shows several nights a week without a cover charge. A tasty meal and lack of entry fee make The Riv one-stop shopping for music lovers and diners.

For nearly a year, talent buyer Jason Rammelsberg has been in charge of booking shows and entertainment at Riviera, or, as locals affectionately call it, “The Riv.” Music has always been part of this spot’s draw and as part of the new ownership team, Rammelsberg has worked to improve upon that while keeping well-loved parts of it intact.

The eclectic lineup includes rockabilly, blues, jazz-fusion and rock bands, according to Rammelsberg. But something somewhat surprising to The Riv’s regulars is the recently added karaoke night every Tuesday.

“Karaoke has been fabulous, actually,” Rammelsberg said. “When I brought it in here, I was just like, ‘Let’s give it a try.’ There isn’t a lot of karaoke around here.”

The idea is a spillover from its success at Rosie O’Grady’s in Normal Heights, which is also owned by Rammelsberg and his family. Karaoke may not be his personal favorite but he’s happy to see loyal patrons return week after week.

“Chino, our bar manager, has even sang a few times now – and he was one of the biggest haters on it in the beginning,” Rammelsberg laughed. “He’s now one of the biggest advocates.”

Another important part of bookings at Riviera are bands that will come back regularly once it’s established they’re a good fit. Some bands have residencies and appear once a month. Beatles cover band and 2013 San Diego Music Award nominee Baja Bugs have played monthly since before Rammelsberg started here. Many of the bands performing now are new additions since his arrival.

The Sure Fire Soul Ensemble is another group appearing regularly blending elements of funk, jazz, and, of course, soul. Led by keyboardist extraordinaire Tim Felten, the group manages to fit upwards of seven musicians on the bar’s relatively modest stage.

“They’re awesome,” said Rammelsberg. “And I get tons of compliments about them when I’m out and about.”

Another band he’s excited to feature is Mudgrass who describe themselves as “country fried rock.” Between the bands Rammelsberg mentioned and a look at their lineup, it’s easy to see they keep a wide variety on their bill, which in turn keeps patrons very happy.

Rammelsberg and company are happy to keep the eclectic line up coming and offer La Mesans and their neighbors the opportunity to enjoy a full night out. Plus it’s family friendly with kids allowed in the restaurant and bar areas, and only restricted from sitting at the bar top.

“You can pay for one cab here, spend five hours, have dinner, go the bar and do that whole thing,” he said. “You don’t have to go anywhere else and there’s no cover!”

In addition to music four to five nights a week, Riviera also gets to host two outdoor events a year. The parking lot is shut down, multiple bands are brought in, and the enjoyment of good music gets a bigger venue for more folks to enjoy. The next one of these events is still in works but should combine the fun-loving spirit of The Riv with a dedication to community.

“We would like hook [the next event] up with some charity so that we can raise money for what we feel is a good cause,” said Michael Rammelsberg, owner of The Riv and Jason’s father.

Sounds like a winning idea for The Riv, music fans, and the neighborhood at large.

Music on the menu at The Riv

All shows are free and start around 9:30 p.m.

Sept. 7 – Baja Bugs: rockin’ Beatles covers.

Sept. 12 – Mudgrass: country-fried rock celebrating classic styles.

Sept. 13 – Sure Fire Soul Ensemble: fusion band with lots of members and lots of heart.

Sept. 27 – Chess Wars: hard-hitting rock duo nominated for the 2013 San Diego Music Award for Best New Artist.

Sept. 28 – Three Chord Justice: true country featuring lap steel, dobro and a mixture of covers and originals.

Jen Van Tieghem is a staff writer who also covers the San Diego music scene in all its glory on To reach Jen, email her at or follow her on Twitter at @Jen_VT

Brunch is ON

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Come in for some brunch today – delicious standards and some delicious items that are solely Riviera.  The coffee bar is set up for you and stocked with delicious Summer fresh fruit and fresh baked goods.  There is bubbly and mimosas, as well as a great bloody mary bar!  Treat yourself today!