Rialto Cafe
Rialto Cafe

Rialto Cafe

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.rialtocafe.com/
  • Phone: 3038932233x
  • Hours of Operation:
    Breakfast: Monday - Friday: 6:30am - 10:30am
    Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:00am - 3:00pm
    Dinner: Monday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm, Friday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 11:00pm
    Sunday: 4:00pm - 10:00pm
    Saturday & Sunday Brunch: 8:00am - 3:00pm
    Happy Hours: Everyday, 3:00pm - 6:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Diners Club,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: American, Wine Bar, Contemporary American
  • Executive Chef: Ruban Haunte
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cafe, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking Area, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Smoking Area, Takeout, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine, Wine Bar
  • Catering: Rialto Café has space onsite for up to 200 guests. We can also deliver to your office. Call 303-260-4732 for more information.
  • Entertainment: Best Downtown Happy Hour[s] Happening Everyday! From 3-6pm we feature $5-6 Cocktails, $4 Wines & Mixed Drinks, $3 Drafts and Discounted Appetizers.
  • Special Events: We've got SIN! Industry Special: 2 for 1 Drinks every evening after 9:30pm - close!

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Between Champa & Curtis
  • Parking: Public Lot
  • Parking Details: Rialto offers discounted parking in the evening after 4:30pm and all day on the weekends at Independence Plaza. The entrance is located on Curtis Street between 16th and 17th on the west side of the street. Call 303-893-2233 for details.
A word from Rialto Cafe
Food With Spirit. Situated in the heart of downtown Denver on the popular 16th Street Mall, Rialto Cafe is a stylish, upbeat restaurant and bar featuring expertly prepared American foods. Using only the freshest of ingredients for his dishes, Executive Chef Ruban prepares a wide variety of foods ranging from Grilled Pork Chops, lightly smoked with a spiced cider jus, to Pan Roasted Salmon with a ginger cherry chutney. Offering simpler dishes such as the Rialto Burger or the popular Warm Roasted Chicken Salad, Rialto Cafe can please any palate and accommodate any price range. Rialto is within walking distance of the Denver Center of Performing Arts, Denver Pavilions, Convention Center, Comedy Works, and the Light Rail. Voted "Best In Denver" in several categories, Rialto Cafe offers the ultimate Denver dining experience. Rialto also offers discounted parking for night and weekends. Call for details.
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Rialto Cafe reviews from OpenTable diners
66 reviews since May 20, 2014
Overall Rating4.2
  • Food4
    Service4.2
  • Ambiance4.1
    Noise LevelModerate
91% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
great for brunch (24)great for lunch (22)good for groups (20)neighborhood gem (12)special occasion (12)fit for foodies (12)great for outdoor dining (11)vibrant bar scene (7)late-night find (6)kid-friendly (5)romantic (4)notable wine list (3)hot spot (3)scenic view (2)Show More
  • Rough Edges at Rialto Cafe
    Eater
    Dined on 1/11/2014
    A glass of sparkling wine from the Carneros area of Napa and pie à la mode that I was eyeing for dessert we're still listed on the menus but for not available. When I asked how long ago they were serving pie, I was told about a month ago. A dining partner was eyeing the black forest cake that was listed on the search menu. He commented that he rarely sees black forest cake on dessert the news so he anticipated that it was likely going to be very good. However he was disappointed that he was served and interpretation of black forest cake and not the traditional item. There was no description on the dessert menu that would have indicated this.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Impeccable Service
    Crash
    Dined on 1/4/2014
    Our server was supremely professional and attentive. The food was excellent and we really enjoyed ourselves. We will definitely return.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • good but not as good as last time
    Beth
    Dined on 1/3/2014
    This was the second time in a month I ate at Rialto. I had the ahi again which is excellent but the presentation was not as good this time. Service was great - our waiter was responsive and helpful. the food did not seem to be as good as the other visit but certainly was adequate.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • The price range was good for
    senior
    Dined on 12/31/2013
    The price range was good for our group. Some ate well with a low budget.. some of us ate high on the hog and enjoyed even more!!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, late-night find, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • NYE-great choice
    Luvsaniteout
    Dined on 12/31/2013
    When picking a restaurant for NYE - you want it to be good (if not great) without spending a fortune! Rialto Cafe pulled it off- they put together a nice menu of varied choices for the evening without limiting you to the typical overpriced prix fixe options that many places put together for the evening. Entrees were wonderful, My husband had the seafood fettuccine, which was packed with lobster and shrimp, I had the eggplant/portobello mushroom stack, a wonderful combination held together with whipped potatoes and topped with grilled asparagus. My son's bison burger was HUGE and very tasty. Service on a busy night was very attentive! Portions were generous from the appetizers to the desserts. Great value, great food, great service!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, vibrant bar scene, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • As expected
    Jimmy
    Dined on 12/29/2013
    We've grown to expect exactly what we receive from Rialto. Thank you for always being a reliable gem.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great location, food and service
    JimNMtoCO
    Dined on 12/27/2013
    My family of 4 enjoyed eating at the Rialto Café on the 16th Mall. Each dish we had we very good and the service was great! A must if visiting downtown Denver.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, kid-friendly, scenic view, late-night find, hot spot, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • The restaurant had a great
    goodeats
    Dined on 12/26/2013
    The restaurant had a great atmosphere, the food was great and the service was excellent!
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, notable wine list, romantic, late-night find, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great for families before a show
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008VIP
    Dined on 12/22/2013
    We thought the food was well-prepared for the price. It was a menu with wide appeal, not super gourmet/obscure. There were many families with kids who were obviously going to the theater afterwards. The staff was well-prepared to deal with kids, and there are good choices on the menu for them.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good Food; Noisy
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 12/21/2013
    Hard to talk it was so noisy bu the food was very good as usual. Service was slow and the waitress didn't check back as often as I would have liked but that could have been because it was busy.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Service was on the slow side.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 12/21/2013
    For a party of 2 it took 20 minutes to get a cup of coffee from our server.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • excellent choice for pre theater
    Beth
    Dined on 12/20/2013
    This is a great restaurant conveniently located near the DCPA. It has lots of action without being overly noisy. Our waitress was great - just the right amount of service - and made sure we made the Nutcracker on time. The food was very good. I had the Ahi tuna which was outstanding. Some of my other companions said their food was very good but maybe a bit too salty. I love this restaurant - good food, great atmosphere, reasonable prices, and convenient!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, hot spot, great for lunch, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Simply good food
    cookindivarox
    Dined on 12/19/2013
    We were a group of 6. We got seated upon arrival. Just got in under the HH time so we ordered drinks at that price. The buffalo meatloaf is a must try. They offer a pre-theater dinner prix fix with a parking validation. Good to know. I had the pork chop~ I wanted a med-rare cook. But when they came out, they said it has to be a certain temp and so it was well-done. I just ate it. The flavor was good though. We will be back!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, vibrant bar scene, great for outdoor dining, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Rialto Never Disappoints
    LIZNSI
    Dined on 12/18/2013
    We always combine dinner at Rialtos with event at DCPA. Food consistently very good. Mon/Wed select wines 50% off! Can be a little loud. Request Ben as your server......OUTSTANDING
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Alumni [WAY long] Friends Night Out
    Ketel1
    Dined on 12/13/2013
    Four people with varied palates all found great choices of food and drink to suit their individual tastes. We had great service with young, but knowledgeable, waiter. Drink selections from beer to wine to cocktails to digestifs were available for varying palates and varied $$. Main courses and sides also provided a spectrum of choices. And they had the only dessert for me: crème brûlée – trés bien. There were others but that was irrelevant {%>) …
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list, hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Mimosas are amazing.
    ReneeVIP
    Dined on 12/7/2013
    The mimosas at this place are unbeatable. The bottomless mimosas is a great deal and the exotic juice bar is fun. We liked trying different juices for each mimosa. The only complaint I have was that we were seated right by the front door and every time the door was opened we were blasted with ice cold air from outside! Overall we still had a really great brunch.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Pre-Holiday Luncheon a Real Success
    BreeVIP
    Dined on 12/3/2013
    Met with five friends for a pre-Christmas lunch and everyone was very impressed with this restaurant. The food was delicious and was presented in a very artful manner (especially the eggplant portobello dish). The only disappointment was that the restaurant was out of bread pudding for dessert. The table had ample room for six guests; it was not noisy inside; we were not rushed to finish our meal and leave; and we thoroughly enjoyed ourselves.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, neighborhood gem, great for lunch, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great place! I absolutely
    Meagan
    Dined on 11/30/2013
    Great place! I absolutely loved my entire experience here. Wonderful serverive, wonderful food!!!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for brunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Thanksgiving Dinner
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 11/28/2013
    We had a lovely dinner for Thanksgiving! The table by the window was perfect! The food was delicious and the price was great! Our waitress was delightful - she made the experience a wonderful one!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great Thanksgiving Dinner
    LightningSnoop
    Dined on 11/28/2013
    We had my father in law in from Ohio and we had just moved from there as well so we had boxes piled around our place so no dinner here! Called about 5 days before and got an afternoon spot for our Thanksgiving dinner. Service was excellent, atmosphere was excellent, and the food was wonderful. We had a wide array from shrimp past to traditional Thanksgiving turkey and it was all great. We left very happy with our experience and plan on possibly making coming here each Thanksgiving a new family tradition here in our new city of Denver.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, notable wine list, kid-friendly, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Favorite Downtown Restaurant
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 11/28/2013
    Excellent food, great service, and reasonable prices have mad Rialto our favorite Denver downtown restaurant. It's also within walking distance to the performing arts complex and many other downtown attractions.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, notable wine list, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • They were very accommodating
    Girlsnightout
    Dined on 11/21/2013
    They were very accommodating as we arrived early with 2 extra people and sat us without any problem. They were very nice.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Our waiter, alex, went the
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 11/20/2013
    Our waiter, alex, went the extra mile for us. We were on our way to see the Book of Mormans but had left overs. He bagged them and put them in a refrigerator for us to pick up after the show. Many thanks
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Nothing Special
    ninewords
    Dined on 11/17/2013
    We went to Rialto for my son's birthday. The waiter was friendly but ignored us most the night. There were other tables spending more money and we were clearly the least important in the group. The food was average (luke warm) and the vegetables mostly raw. My son did not even so much as receive a happy birthday and drink refills were difficult to come by. We were checked on one time during our meal and sat finished for over 10 minutes before my wife could get a to go container. Dessert was never discussed and the bill could not come soon enough.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Nice service staff
    LoveColoradoVIP
    Dined on 11/16/2013
    For some reason, our Open Table reservation did not appear on their screen, but the staff was wonderfully accomodating. They found a table, sat us right away, and we were greeted fairly quickly. I had the salmon served with goat cheese polenta, and it was excellent! My husband had a pasta with crab and lobster, which he liked as well. Our server was attentive and took care of us, even though the place was busy. The only thing I didn't like was how the room seemed a bit stark and cold. Almost like a hotel restaurant. Not super cozy. The hostesses (there were 3) had to crowd around a tiny reception stand, and I think that can be changed up a little too. All in all, though, I would definitely go to Rialto Cafe again!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • We love this place, this trip
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 11/16/2013
    We love this place, this trip we were running 45 minutes late, as soon as we knew we called and the hostess was kind, helpful and even held our reservation!! WOW! Our server was friendly, kind, funny and helped us start our Saturday morning off right.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 11/10/2013
    Went to Rialto before going to the play. Very close to theatre and food was very good.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, romantic, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • We always go to the Rialto
    Marty
    Dined on 11/9/2013
    We always go to the Rialto before the Colorado Symphony and request Ben as our waiter. We love the fact that they take reservations. Their happy hour is the best in town.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Time
    HappyCamper1
    Dined on 11/7/2013
    Railto Cafe, Was helpful to supply a good time for 14 people. The sever Toni was OUTSTANDING. She made it a great time. Bill P
    Special Features:
    good for groups, vibrant bar scene, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nothing special--Noisy, even
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 11/3/2013
    Nothing special--Noisy, even upstairs; seated next to the stairs (even with a reservation for brunch) and got "help" from every wait-staff passerby--seemed more like interruptions than help; out of latte?!?! Such a great location should deliver a great experience, not just rely on the location to bring people in.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great Brunch
    Shasha
    Dined on 11/2/2013
    I took a friend to brunch and a play. We were running late, but the Rialto held our rez. The food is outstanding. Our waiter took a bit long and only came back to us 2x's. But overall I love this place for Brunch.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, hot spot, special occasion, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Pre-show dining
    johninyuma
    Dined on 10/31/2013
    Dining before show at the theater. Food was great, service was quicker than expected. They offer a theater package that includes a three course meal, a signicant discount on bottles of wine and free parking in their designated parking facility.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • As always the food was great,
    TheaterLoverVIP
    Dined on 10/31/2013
    As always the food was great, but the service was a little slow that night and we had to run to make our theater curtain. We will be back when we have more time.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Everything but service...
    EKH1
    Dined on 10/25/2013
    I was at the Rialto with some friends before going to the theater. The food was delicious, especially the special that night, wagyu beef cheeks. However, this is the second time I've gone there and the service was incredibly slow. Drinks took forever to get refilled and the server barely came back to check on us. We had to ask for the check to make sure we got out in time for our show. I have no complaints about the food...just the service.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, vibrant bar scene, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Perfect for our party of 8
    Gecco
    Dined on 10/24/2013
    Made a reservation for 8 people. Our table was upstairs next to the balcony. Niose level was not loud so we could talk to people at the other end of the table. Once the other tables cleared out upstairs it was like we had our own private room. Food was good and nice wine list.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Zombie night dinner
    Patti
    Dined on 10/19/2013
    We had dinner at Rialto on the night of the Zombie crawl. And even though the place was crawling with Zombies and very busy, the service and food were excellent. We had a great time. They even gave us 10% off with our play tickets. Rialto is always one of our favorites.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • 16th St Zombie Mall Crawl
    Rosedale
    Dined on 10/19/2013
    Food was good but cheese request on Bison Burger was incorrect. Also, did not realize choice of cheese was optional and extra. No time to return to correct because of time constraints attending symphony nearby. Very noisy and much foot traffic by table that was distracting; but Zombie Mall Crawl was occurring which may have been reason for so much activity. Waiter was wonderful and understanding.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for brunch, kid-friendly, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • We had a great meal, good
    arbo
    Dined on 10/17/2013
    We had a great meal, good waiter and a nice view of the mall. It was a good experience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Able to handle a large group
    Bjgzz
    Dined on 10/14/2013
    We were a group of nine at a business meeting- food was plentiful and above average for value. Unfortunately place was very loud and it was difficult to hear the. Other end of the tables- would have been great for small table.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good food and good service,
    Dave
    Dined on 10/14/2013
    Good food and good service, but incredibly loud! If you go there for dinner, ask to be seated in the rear, under the lower ceiling. It's nice back there. We were seated in the front near the bar, and it was so loud that we had to yell at each other just to be heard across the table!
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.