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It's a shame that not every diner can sit down with Rivera's John Sedlar and listen to him tell the stories of his dishes while they dine. Sedlar is a gifted storyteller in person, however the power of myth, history, and culture are also embedded in every bite of the beautiful food he has on the menu at his popular and welcoming downtown restaurant.

On a bustling Friday night Rivera and Chef Sedlar welcomed LAist to spend some time at the table and in the kitchen and to taste their current dineLA dinner menu. The $44 prix fixe menu is serving double duty, however, which is a boon to future patrons of Rivera who may not be able to book a table before the end of this week, when dineLA comes to an end, because the dishes are a selected preview of what's to come in the next few weeks at the restaurant, and showcase Sedlar's epicuriosity for the roots of Spanish cuisine.