Restaurant of the Week: Riverside Grill


Riverside Grill, 5258 Riverside Drive (at Central), Chino; open daily, 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. Wednesday to Saturday, 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday to Tuesday.

In Chino last week for an evening meeting of the school board, I definitely wanted to eat afterward, business not taking me often to Chino. Riverside Grill, along Riverside Drive, is just a block from the school district office and was an inviting choice.

It’s a bistro and half the seating is outside, on a patio enclosed by glass walls and surrounded by palm trees and landscaping that makes busy Riverside and Central seem a world away. The interior is upscale casual, with an open kitchen (well, it’s glassed in) and photos of old Chino on the walls.

The breakfast-lunch-dinner place has sandwiches, burgers, nine salads and some ambitious entrees from $16 to $24 that include sirloin, N.Y. steak, scampi and baby back ribs.

I got the champagne chicken salad ($10.50) with baby greens, grapes, gorgonzola, walnuts, grilled chicken breast and “our own champagne dressing.” No idea what’s in the dressing, but the salad was delicious and made for a light, healthy dinner. Like all the salads, it came with a slice of the restaurant’s signature beer bread, which they also use for their morning french toast ($5.25).

The restaurant is a nice place and a haven from the cares of the world — which include the school board.

Update, August 2015: I returned for lunch, my first meal there in six years, and the place seems about the same, which is a positive thing. This time I had the seared ahi salad ($13, pictured below) and liked it. I hope it won’t be six years before my next visit.



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  • Dennis

    Hi David,

    I thought you didn’t drink. Champagne dressing? Beer bread? What did you have for dessert, an Alice B. Toklas brownie?


    [I was too high for dessert! The dressing and bread combo struck me as funny too, but I’m not going to quibble. — DA]

  • Scott in R.C.

    Hi David,

    Great place, especially before or after a long, boring school board meeting!

    BTW-Riverside Grill is a former Kentucky Fried Chicken location before KFC moved around the corner to Central Avenue. Most former KFC locations are not usually considered an “inviting choice,” at least from what I have seen. Glad to hear you enjoyed.

    [I would never have guessed. — DA]