La Viga, Redwood City

Reviewer: Foodnut.com

La Viga

1772 Broadway Street

Redwood City, CA 94063

650-679-8141

La Viga Website

La Viga Redwood City exterior decor

Why did we dine here? – Wonderful food at great prices. La Viga derives from the massive central seafood market in Mexico City where our chef Manuel Martinez (Left Bank, Reposado) comes from. They focus food with local sustainable ingredients and draw a huge crowd. This restaurant has a high 4.5 rating on Yelp from almost 1000 reviewers. A friend tipped us off.

La Viga Redwood City interior decor

We dined at La Viga during dinner, around 7pm. The place was packed and there was a line out the door. The restaurant was very loud, not just loud. Keep this in mind when dining here. Not exactly a great relaxing, romantic dinner, but the food is very good.

Insider Tip – Come early, make reservations via Yelp

Cuisine – Latin – Mexican – Peruvian
Location – Redwood City
Opened – 2012

Service – La Viga had better service than you would expect from a small restaurant tucked away on a non descript street. The food came fast although pacing was not there.
Verdict – La Viga is one of those gems that services food far superior than you would expect. Prices are reasonable, so a strong following has developed. We ordered way too much food and had another nice meal the next day.

They also run LV Mar in Downtown Redwood City. The atmosphere there is a lot nicer and less noisy.

Is this restaurant worth a 5 minute drive? Yes. 30 minute? Yes. 1 Hour? Maybe.

La Viga Signature Dishes – Paella, Pulpos, Camarones, Cerviches.

La Viga’s Menu is pretty broad with lots of tapas, tacos, Ceviche, annd many large plates. Several options for vegetarians.

Website La Viga Menu

La Viga Food Picks:

La Viga Redwood City Mojito Sangria Chips

Sangria ($8 Glass, $24 Carafe) red or white wine mixed w/fresh fruit juices seems to be on every table. Fruity and addictive!

Mojito ron copa rica wine, lime and mint ($8 glass / $24 carafe) is decent and deceptively mild, then you feel the hit.

Free complimentary chips that are really good. Very spicy habenero dip.

La Viga Redwood City Guacamole

Guacamole queso fresco ($9) creamy ripe avocados, onions, cilantro, tomatoes & lime hit the spot, although the cubes of cheese were weird.

La Viga Redwood City Pulpos Salteados

Pulpos Salteados ($14) sautéed octopus & calamari, baby potatoes, rocoto chile, fennel in a garlic & saffron sauce was highly recommended. Really tender octopus in a rich sauce.

La Viga Redwood City Paella Mixta

Paella Mixta ($25) chorizo, prawns, chicken, mussels, clams, saffron rice, lime was not large, but a lot cheaper than most. Really good prawns although there were only 3. Interesting to get chicken on this dish, seem like a filler. This is very good paella but not as good as Bellota in San Francisco, but for 66% less.

La Viga Redwood City Salmon Special

Salmon Special ($18) was also recommended by the server. Wow, huge portion, cooked just right. Some specials are just leftovers they want to move, this is not.

OK: (Order if you like this dish)
None

Pans: (We would not reorder these dishes)
None

Do you agree with our review? Have you found other similar restaurants that are better?

La Viga Overall Rating: (Very Good 2.5)

Come Back?

Food Rating: (Very Good)
Service Rating: (Very Good)
Atmosphere Rating: (Average)
Value Rating: (Excellent)

Guide: 0 = poor, 1 = Below/Average, 2 = Good, 2.5 = Very Good, 3 = Excellent , 4 = Extraordinary

Alcohol:Beer, Wine
Attire:Casual
Parking:Street
Reservations:Yes

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