2600 Avenida Del Presidente
San Clemente, CA 92672
Breakfast + Lunch + Dinner
Local restaurant offering unique coastal cuisine
Located inside the San Clemente Inn and launched in the Spring of 2022, Riviera aims to elevate the local dining scene in San Clemente by offering a unique culinary experience and design-driven atmosphere that’s equally exciting, creative, and worldly as it is familiar, welcoming, and inviting.
Owned and operated by two San Clemente locals: Brent Daub, an entrepreneur and successful law firm owner, and Marisa McBride, a businesswoman whose family has been residents of the community leading contributions to the city’s trucking, construction, and real estate industries for three generations – Riviera’s vision will be brought to life thanks to a dynamic partnership with Chef Cody Buchholz and General Manager, Matt Handy.
Marked by meals made from scratch and responsibly sourced whenever possible, Riviera leans heavily into a farm-to-table approach to food for community residents, day-trippers, and vacationers alike.
From breakfast staples to vibrant lunch offerings to global-inspired main dishes, and decadent desserts, Riviera – with its highest level of service – is the perfect place to dine morning, noon, and night – whether it be for a post-surf snack session, after-work cocktails and appetizers, or date night.
No matter your culinary cravings, we look forward to serving you.
Cody Buchholz, Chef
A local to Orange County, Chef Cody Buchholz has reclaimed his “home” to open his first and very own eatery with CTA. With a varied and impressive background – spanning 15+ years – working in a variety of noteworthy fine-dining kitchens (including as a Pastry Chef at Soupçon Bistro in Crested Butte, Colo.; a Chef de Partie at Thomas Keller’s The French Laundry in Yountville, Calif.; and as Executive Chef and General Manager for BMW of North America in Thermal, Calif.), he draws upon his Southern California roots and the techniques and experiences he’s gained throughout his culinary career to bring Riviera to life.
What’s more, Chef Cody was a finalist on The Food Network’s top-rated pastry competition show, “Dessert Games”, hosted by the famed baker, Duff Goldman.
Given his prior culinary experience as part of some of the most iconic food destinations in the country, Chef Cody is a sought-after chef that has been offered opportunities to join some of the most well-known establishments in some of the biggest cities across America. However, always an innovator at heart, Chef Cody is ready and poised to deliver his own unique culinary point of view to the local community that helped raise him.
Starting his work life as a rambunctious 14-year-old needing to stay fed, Chef Cody discovered his true passion and his ultimate creative form of expression outlet through cooking – and despite many challenges early on, he fearlessly pursued opportunities to gain experience on-the-job and from formal training at The Culinary Institute of America.
Riviera (and CTA, as a whole) is Chef Cody’s opportunity to lead, create, and inspire, as he steps into the spotlight he so deserves. Highly personable and affable, Chef Cody strives to create a culinary atmosphere that is equally as approachable, familiar, and service-based, as it is exciting and explorative.
Matt Handy, General Manager
Born and raised in the heart of San Clemente, Calif., Riviera is a homecoming for General Manager, Matt Handy. Starting his career in the hospitality space in his mere teens at Marbella Country Club in San Juan Capistrano, Calif., Matt went on to gain varied and in-depth experience within many facets of the food and beverage world. Excelling at various touchpoints, Matt has made an impact throughout his work in running high-end service and guest experiences, private events, weddings, special occasions, and bartending/mixology. Previous experience includes:
Meaningful roles at the Cohn Restaurant Group in Southern California and Chef Bradley Ogden’s Restaurant Anthology in San Diego, Calif. Matt also found a longtime home with Chef Wade Hageman at six of his San Diego County restaurants including Blanca, Blue Ribbon Artisan Pizzeria, Blue Ribbon Rustic Kitchen, The Craftsman New American Tavern, Social Experiment Bar + Kitchen, and Open House before working for a brief period in Colorado and returning to his hometown in 2019.
With such a diverse background, Matt has a deep understanding of menus that highlight fresh beautiful flavors and express the use of seasonal fruits, vegetables, and herbs. He also has extensive experience in dynamic multi-kitchen concepts that serve a wide variety of flavor profiles, simultaneously. With Riviera, Matt aims to cultivate both a must-visit eatery for the public while creating a collaborative food space for up-and-coming chefs to train and nurture their love of cooking through a fun, supportive, and healthy learning environment.