Viva Mexico is a sprawling 125 seat restaurant located in downtown Providence.This is a family owned and operated establishment started out as a taco truck. General manager Andres Ruiz, whose brother Jose Jr. also works in the restaurant, explains his parents, Jose and Elia would park the truck at the old flea market on Atwells Avenue, in Eagle Square, before it was renovated. Their regular customers convinced them to open a restaurant. Originally, only a five-table spot on Atwells. They moved on to open Mexico Garibaldi at 948 Atwells. And, decided to launch Viva Mexico on September 16, 2001. Incidentally, September 16, is Mexican independence day. The family atmosphere is infectious. One gets the feeling the staff of Viva Mexico love coming to work. It creates a welcoming mood where diners really feel like they want to hang out. The authenticity of the restaurant’s cuisine is a critical component to itís success. All of the of fare served is homemade using only the finest and freshest ingredients. The Mole sauce recipe was created by Elia Ruiz and took nearly a decade to perfect. Other traditional entrees include; Chiles Rellenos with peppers stuffed with chicken or cheese. The Tacos and Fajitas are also popular. Authentic specials include; Lengua Guizada. Sauteed beef tongue with onions and tomato sauce and Barbacoa De Chivo, featuring seasoned shredded goat meat. All entrees are served with rice salad and fresh tortillas. Being located nearby hotels, the restaurant attracts many visitors from the southwestern United States. Guests are often surprised to find such authentic Mexican cuisine in Providence. Viva Mexico is open for breakfast too. Featuring Mexican and American entrees. There is a full bar and the talented mixologists have created a bevy of specialty Mexican Martinis and margaritas including the spicy Jalapeno Margarita. Viva Mexico can cater your event both offsite or in the restaurant and have hosted weddings and many political events. In addition to Margarita Mondays, they have Taco Tuesdays, a burrito special on Thursdays and live Flamenco music. Fridays have live Mariachis. Come on down to Viva Mexico today and enjoy the friendly hospitality of the Ruiz family today.
129 Washington St.
Providence, RI 02903