2600 Avenida Del Presidente
San Clemente, CA 92672
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.
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.
Pedro Paul Robles, General Manager
Born in Guadalajara, Jalisco, México, Robles began working at 17 years old at Osteria No. 10, a local Italian Osteria owned by Raffaele Mattrone – which marked the beginning of his food and beverage career and his introduction to authentic European cuisine.
Robles moved to Dana Point, Ca three years later – where he continued his culinary journey working for his first two mentors: Rene Licona at Laguna Cliffs Marriot Resort & Spa, and Pascal Le Vettet, owner of Bonjour Café & Bistro.
After then spending a couple of years in different countries and cities including London, Paris, Madrid, and even Marrakesh in Africa, Pedro returned to California in 2015. Inspired by his travels around the world, Pedro reconnected with his passion for culinary arts.
That year, Robles met Travis Francis, former General Manager of The Bazaar by Michelin-starred chef, Jose Andres. Learning the ins and outs of fine dining management under Francis – the duo opened Waterman’s Harbor in Dana Point, managed three Fig and Olive locations (Newport Beach, Melrose Place, and Chicago), and launched Knife Pleat alongside Michelin-starred chef Tony Esnault.
After opening Knife Pleat, Robles opened his first restaurant in San Clemente, OC Fresca, alongside Meg Gill, owner of Golden Road Brewery. In the Summer of 2020, Robles then met Michelin-starred Chef Joshua Gil and his partner Matt Egan, and just four weeks later, together, opened MIRAME in Beverly Hills – which now also proudly touts its own Michelin guide award – and is still a “must-see” in the heart of the Los Angeles dining scene.
With a vast pedigree of mentors behind him, a love for food from every corner of the globe, and a long-awaited return to Orange County, Robles is thrilled to help lead the Riviera team towards creating amazing dining experiences with the ultimate goal of bringing a Michelin-level stamp of approval to the beloved city of San Clemente.