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The Tamale Factory

Restaurant Mexican restaurant Latin american restaurant Tamale shop

Stylish cantina with a patio & a menu of classic Mexican dishes, including breakfast plates. People often mention tamales, good, tamale, pork, tasty, masa, great, flavor, delicious, beans,


3663 Main St STE C, Riverside, CA 92501



(951) 342-3023

Price rating

$$ $$

Rating on Google Maps

3.90 (333 reviews)

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Working Hours

  • Saturday: 8 AM to 3 PM
  • Sunday: Closed
  • Monday: Closed
  • Tuesday: 8 AM to 3 PM
  • Wednesday: 8 AM to 3 PM
  • Thursday: 8 AM to 3 PM
  • Friday: 8 AM to 3 PM

Featured Reviews

Frequently mentioned in reviews: tamales (17) good (13) tamale (12) pork (9) tasty (9) masa (9) great (9) flavor (8) delicious (7) beans (7)
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  • 5/5 gus g. 2 years ago on Google
    We ended up here after visiting the Mission Christmas lights. Not impressed with the lights at the Mission. However, we were walking around the area and found this place. The chicken and pork tamales were quite delicious. Moist. Very tasty. I LOVED the beans and rice. Just like I would make at home. Very tasty. Although the Mission Christmas lights were a loss IMHO, this restaurant made the night.
    5 people found this review helpful 👍

  • 1/5 Kali C. 1 year ago on Google
    Disappointed. This is the vegetarian tamale. It should have roasted corn, peppers and cheese. It's literally nothing but masa. When you're building a tamale you can see with your own two eyes what you're stuffing it with. They still sold this knowing it was nothing but masa, so they are knowingly ripping off their customers. The masa was disgustingly sweet also, like dessert sweet. Tamale Factory used to be good years and years ago. Will never be back, grocery store tamales have better flavor and actually have stuff inside.
    5 people found this review helpful 👍

  • 5/5 tina m. 3 years ago on Google
    Tamales are super moist and flavorful! Pozole has so much flavor! You won't want to share! The Chile verde sauce is so good too!!!
    4 people found this review helpful 👍

  • 5/5 Patrick S. 1 year ago on Google
    Excellent food. Restaurant is a lot bigger then from what it looks outside. Food was delicious and served quickly. Staff was extremely nice and courteous. Definitely coming back.
    3 people found this review helpful 👍

  • 1/5 Kathryn 8 months ago on Google
    Hired this company to host an event almost a year ago. The event center was aesthetically pleasing. The acoustics were terrible. The staff underserved the guests and changed the menu without consulting us. Staff was seen packing left over food and taking it away in cars after telling the guests there was no more food. Tapas and appetizer sized portions. Would never recommend this place. Deceptive practices at the very least.
    2 people found this review helpful 👍

  • 2/5 Eb L. 8 months ago on Google
    I was looking forward to eating some tasty tamales but I was disappointed with the dry chicken inside of the tamales. Maybe I just had a bad batch. I will definitely revisit☺️
    2 people found this review helpful 👍

  • 5/5 Jarred E. 3 years ago on Google
    A wonderful place in downtown Riverside. The food is always fresh and very tasty. I've tried almost everything on the menu and loved all of it. The staff are super friendly and helpful. Always save room for dessert because this place has the absolute best Flan!
    2 people found this review helpful 👍

  • 3/5 Judy R. 2 years ago on Google
    Decided to stop for brunch and ordered the 2 tamale plate with rice and beans. Husband order green chilaquiles that came with potatoes and beans. The chilaquiles was basically a layered casserole of tortillas and you had a choice of red or green sauce. I selected the pork and sweet corn tamale. The pork tamale was tender pork and the masa was pretty soft. The corn tamale was sweet and tasted good but the masa was not as soft as the pork tamale. Loved the spinach pineapple Aqua Fresca and the service was great. I don’t think I would come again since you have to pay for parking on mission street. The food was good but not great.
    1 person found this review helpful 👍

  • 4/5 J W. 8 months ago on Google
    The restaurant is located to the adjacent west of the Mission Inn Hotel. Paid street and garages parking available. Limited selection of breakfast available . The manchaca breakfast burrito was quite big and tasty. Chicken and pork tamales are available after 9:30am. They was good and tasty but not much meat inside. If credits card is used, there is a 4% surcharge.
    1 person found this review helpful 👍

  • 5/5 JEFFERY C. 8 months ago on Google
    First time I’ve ever stopped at this place was today and I’ll definitely would stop again. The tamales were amazing and the flavor was unique and fantastic. My wife and I just had the tamales with all the food there look great and the service was fantastic too.
    1 person found this review helpful 👍

  • 5/5 Elizabeth H. 1 year ago on Google
    Loved this place. I was hanging out in the area for three weeks. It easily became our favorite restaurant around here. All of the employees are great.
    1 person found this review helpful 👍

  • 2/5 Pat K. 1 year ago on Google
    There was one person in line in front of me and took 20 mins to order. lot's of confusion going on as to who had ordered and who paid ect Not much food for $16 bucks 2 taqquetos small scoop of rice and small scoop of beans . 1st time and last time.
    1 person found this review helpful 👍

  • 2/5 M C. 1 year ago on Google
    Nice hacienda vibe but food was terrible. The tamales were not fluffy and they were literally just masa. Pozole was very oily and lacked flavor. This is not authentic Mexican food. Los tamales estan duros y son de pura masa. El pozole esta grasoso y sin sabor.
    1 person found this review helpful 👍

  • 4/5 Victoria S. 1 year ago on Google
    Finally made it down to The Tamale Factory to have a typical Mexican meal of tamales for the Christmas season. Being a single senior, I was very much looking forward to this meal. However, to my disappointment, the restaurant was not serving its usual fare. It chose to sell batches of tamales, sit down meals..none of which meets the needs of a sole person in search of a comforting holiday meal. New Years Eve...Decided to give The Tamale Factory a second try. I even called in to assure the regular menu portions were being served. Response, yes, but only pork tamales available...and closing at 2 pm. Well, sabotaged again, I arrived at 1:30 planning on getting a to go meal, and doors were locked with no sign of life inside. Guess their business is thriving, so no need to keep regular hours. Okay, 3rd time was a the pork tamale meal. I chose the black beans & Spanish rice, with red sauce on my tamale. Their variety of sauces and beans allows you to customize to your individual taste. Plus, you can choose to top the tamale with onion, cilantro, and sour cream drizzle. I found the entire meal tasty & pleasing. The tamale was anemic, meat-wise. There was more masa than filling. Overall, each item complimented the other, and it would have only been more gratifying, had the Tamale contained considerably more pork.
    1 person found this review helpful 👍

  • 5/5 Mlke P. 1 year ago on Google
    The food is always over the top, always made to order and always piping hot. When ever we are in the area, either going the the nearby farmers market or the historic Mission Inn we have to stop on and have the best Mexican dishes you can find, especially the tamales !
    1 person found this review helpful 👍

  • 5/5 Elizabeth M. 2 years ago on Google
    Excellent food and outdoor seating on a beautiful day made my first experience here one I will always remember! The tamales are authentic and tasty. You have to get the pineapple spinach agua fresca! So refreshing 😊
    1 person found this review helpful 👍

  • 5/5 jaci j. 3 years ago on Google
    The food is cafeteria style serving so you can completely customize your order. My tamales were piping hot and moist. My rice and beans were authentically cooked and we had an fresh homemade spinach pineapple juice. This place had a cute patio with twinkle lights and an overall instagram worry ambiance.
    1 person found this review helpful 👍

  • 5/5 Dani J. 2 years ago on Google
    This place! My goodness! One of THE BEST places ever for quality, fresh and very tasty Mexican food in all of Riverside! The staff are attentive, knowledgeable and friendly. Treat yourself to a fantastic lunch!
    1 person found this review helpful 👍

  • 3/5 Nicole C. 5 years ago on Google
    The staff was very friendly. This meal cost me about 15 bucks including a drink. The tamale was small and cost about 5, the flavor was okay. The rice was delicious and the side salad was like any other normal salad. The customer service was great.

  • 5/5 MLyd Santiago H. 2 years ago on Google
    Delish! We stopped here a few days ago as we were thirsty and wanted something small portion to eat. We had the carnitas nachos , beef empanadas and a few beers ! OMG ! They were delicious! We will definitely back here for the tamales! It was oh so yummy !!!

  • 5/5 Jennifer P. 1 year ago on Google
    Jesse, thank you. You helped us select and the choices were fantastically delicious. Making this food the old fashioned way stands out. We look forward to coming back again & again. Staying open until 3 pm helps too.

  • 1/5 Daniel “Tony” A. 1 year ago on Google
    Save yourself the disappointment. These are not authentic. I ordered the rajas tamales the masa was sweet, it had corn in it smdh, barely any noticeable Chile and the cheese no where to be found. Overpriced. I don’t mind paying for quality but these are not the business, HARD PASS! Next!

  • 4/5 Ruben M. 2 years ago on Google
    Menudo & 1 Pork in Red Salsa Tamal - The menudo was really good. I do have to say that it is not as good as my bebes menudo. It had great flavor and MOST important. It did not have the infamous Menudo smell. - The tamal was really good. Very well cooked and great flavor. It does not have a dry taste and it has a more than decent amount of meat and sauce. They also provide sauce on the side. The sauce had a little Corunda flavor to it. It was delicious. Price - at first it seems expensive. But all servings are more than decent. You will definitely get ur moneys worth. Going the extra mile - I asked for serrano pepers and chef went to the back and got some for me. This was awesome. Down side - the menudo can use a bit more meat.

  • 3/5 Joseph m. 7 months ago on Google
    Had roasted bell pepper quesadilla was very good. My wife had their chilaquiles which was very good. She asked for spicy and received spicy. Update: they no longer have the spicy sauce. Also went feom roasted potatoes to a overly cripsy hash brown.

  • 5/5 Monique G. 2 years ago on Google
    We had the red and green chilaquiles they were both good. I liked the green ones better. We ordered a quesadilla for our daughter and it was also good a large. The horchata was delicious you can taste the rice very authentic. It was our first time there and we will be returning soon.

  • 5/5 Gabrielle C. 5 months ago on Google
    Came to celebrate moms birthday in December and this is where we had food! Loved the food and enjoyed the atmosphere. Had a great seat next to the window and got to see all the beautiful lights!

  • 3/5 Nessie S. 2 years ago on Google
    This place is how should I put it… NOT authentic. The food was just ok. If only they had a REALLY good actually spicy salsa it would save the food for us San Diegans who are used to great Mexican food. 🥲

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  • Pets
    • ✓️ Dogs allowed outside
  • Payments
    • ✓️ Debit cards
    • ✓️ Credit cards
    • ✓️ NFC mobile payments
  • Offerings
    • ✓️ Coffee
    • ✓️ Alcohol
    • ✓️ Quick bite
    • ✓️ Comfort food
    • ✓️ Small plates
  • Popular for
    • ✓️ Lunch
    • ✓️ Breakfast
    • ✓️ Solo dining
  • Accessibility
    • ✓️ Wheelchair accessible seating
    • ✓️ Wheelchair accessible entrance
    • ✓️ Wheelchair accessible restroom
    • ✓️ Wheelchair accessible parking lot
  • Dining options
    • ✓️ Lunch
    • ✓️ Brunch
    • ✓️ Dessert
    • ✓️ Seating
    • ✓️ Catering
    • ✓️ Breakfast
  • Service options
    • ✓️ Dine-in
    • ✓️ Takeout
    • ✓️ Outdoor seating


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