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Rioja Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.riojadenver.com
  • Phone: (303) 820-2282
  • Hours of Operation: Lunch:

    Wednesday - Friday: 11:30am - 2:30pm


    Saturday - Sunday: 10:00am - 2:30pm


    Sunday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm,

    Friday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 11:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Carte Blanche, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Mediterranean, Fusion / Eclectic
  • Executive Chef: Jennifer Jasinski
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Chef's Table, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wine

Getting there

  • Parking: Valet
  • Parking Details: Valet available on Larimer Square Tuesday - Saturday. A parking garage is located directly behind the restaurant on Market Street. Street parking is available throughout Larimer Square.
A word from Rioja
Chef Jennifer Jasinski's creatively inspired Mediterranean food is influenced by local seasonal products. Rioja is simple, pure food that emphasizes bright flavors & textures. The wines are a collection of fun interesting varietals that compliment the cuisine.
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerMost Booked
Diner Reviews
  • "We love Rioja. We think this is one of Denver's best dinning experience."
    Dined on 7/20/2014
  • "Let me start by saying I love Rioja, it's one of my favorite restaurants in LoDo. I went to Dining Al Fresco on July 19th and was SHOCKED at check in to find it was a pris fixe menu at $85.00 per person! That coupled with "community" seating was not the night I had envisioned at all. Our first set of table guests were great, the second couple couldn't have been more negative and unfriendly. I was really disappointed. I called to make the reservation a month ago, no one mentioned the menu or community seating then, or when I called to confirm the reservation last Friday. I was embarrassed, frankly, as my boss and his wife were also attending the event to celebrate their anniversary and had to sit at a table with CHILDREN...disappointed"
    Dined on 7/19/2014
  • "Our recent trip to Denver started off perfectly with a birthday dinner at Rioja. A friend recommended Neal as our server and he definitely added to a wonderful experience - absolutely fabulous food (beautifully presented), very insightful service, and a fun atmosphere. The artichoke tortelloni ranks as one of the best pasta dishes this Italian girl has ever had! We'll be back on our next trip to Denver."
    Dined on 7/18/2014
  • "We had such a delicious meal at Rioja! We were celebrating my mother's birthday and the food, service and overall experience was amazing. We were 5 people and were seated at a perfect round table. The restaurant is loud but energetic. Definitely returning to Rioja again!"
    Dined on 7/17/2014
  • "The menu was fantastic; perhaps the beet salad was the best we ever had. Our entrees were both top notch, the lamb and the scallops. Service was friendly and efficient. The options to pair and try two half glasses of different varietals was a nice way to experience choices."
    Dined on 7/16/2014
  • "My wife and I have enjoyed Rioja's food many times. This time we were joined by Two friends making their first visit. The food is superb, the service as well. I wish the restaurant would install some noise-dampening equipment. It's too loud when people have to shout across the table to be heard. Then everyone else begins speaking louder as well. Despite the noise Rioja's food consistently ranks at the top of Denver's choices."
    Dined on 7/14/2014
  • "I love creative preparations, Mediterranean cuisine, and a high-energy atmosphere. Rioja hits the bull's-eye on all three. But that means Rioja's not for everyone; i.e., if you're more attached to traditional dishes, another region's cuisine, or relative quiet. Even then, Rioja is worth a try; its excellence emerges even in a neighborhood with more than a dozen outstanding eateries."
    Dined on 7/13/2014
  • "We had Sunday Brunch at Rioja. Great food and service at a reasonable price. Have never been disappointed with this restaurant."
    Dined on 7/13/2014
  • "Just the way the dishes are plated and the mix of interesting ingredients are enough to keep me coming back. Outstanding all around. Will sit at the exhibition counter next time. Sat outside this time and it was wonderful."
    Dined on 7/12/2014
  • "I have been here for brunch before, and it was amazing. I took my parents here while we were in Denver and we all were amazed at the food. Everything was so delish. I cannot wait to go back!"
    Dined on 7/11/2014
  • "One of my most memorable meals was at a small restaurant tucked behind the castle in Ceske Krumlov, Czech Republic. It was a simple meal and the entree was the most incredible pork chop, grilled over an open fire. Generally not a pork eater (usually cooked too dry), I couldn't believe how moist, tender and flavorful it was. Ever since then I have ordered numbers pork shops in restaurants, hoping to get that taste and tenderness again, only to be disappointed. But I found it last night at Rioja! Unbelievable! The server was excellent and easily understood my need for a gluten free meal and the wine was a perfect match. I hope to return soon."
    Dined on 7/11/2014
  • "Simply loved the whole experience. I recommend the Pomeginger Martini with Gin versus Vodka...the perfect cocktail."
    Dined on 7/11/2014
  • "It was delicious. The service was friendly and helpful"
    Dined on 7/10/2014
  • "The food was uniquely prepared and beautifully presented - as expected. My favorite part was the knowledgeable and friendly wait staff whose personalities made our dining experience seem like a party."
    Dined on 7/10/2014
  • "I was recommended to dine at this restaurant last year and have eaten here several times since. The food and service are both excellent - definitely a place I would recommend."
    Dined on 7/10/2014
  • "Food was outstanding!!!!! Highly recommend! Our waiter was great! A little pricey but well worth it!"
    Dined on 7/9/2014
  • "Great food - not run of the mill. Creatively cooked and presented. The pace was nice - we were never rushed and good showed up at appropriate intervals. I don't have a single complaint-it was a great evening!"
    Dined on 7/8/2014
  • "I love Ecluid Hall so I was excited to try this restaurant. However, it was such a disappointment. The beet salad tasted as if liquid smoke was added to the cheese and the pasta was starchy and had no flavor. The wine list is weak especially for Spanish wines. Plus, it took over an hour for our pasta to arrive."
    Dined on 7/7/2014
  • "Rioja was a great find. The staff all worked incredibly well together. The food runners were very polite and knowledgeable about what they were placing in front of us. Our party of three decided to order a number of appetizers and one entree and split everything. The sizes were great for the three of us; but - I wouldn't suggest coming SUPER hungry. The flavors were robust and adventurous. I particularly liked the bread service. This gentleman was very pleasant and helpful. The group serving environment worked like a charm; each person with his own job coming together like a dance. Plates were served and removed quietly and fresh silverware, water, and napkins were always at hand. I'd suggest trying lots of items from the menu!"
    Dined on 7/7/2014
  • "Noisy and energetic but great food. Not too complex or overprepared, some dishes more successful than others, but all in all, an excellent dining experience. Special kudos for the wait staff. Although very informal, friendly, knowledgable about the food, very efficient and good at anticipating our needs. Ask about the tasting menu. A bargain as is the wine parings, which were excellent if nameless. If you don't mind the noise, it is a great evening out."
    Dined on 7/6/2014
  • "I was in Denver for eight days on business. Rioja was the best restaurant I dined at by a long shot. The food was devine, the menu creative, the service outstanding and the neighborhood delightful. It is my favorite Denver eatery"
    Dined on 7/6/2014
  • "Spending a full week in Denver, we had many opportunities to eat out. This restaurant was on the top of the list. Delicious, eclectic, great service, nice ambiance, good bar - it covered all the bases. Our server had her pulse on the menu, catering to my husband's very specific palate. I would strongly recommend the artichoke tortelloni, which was amazingly delectable - the broth, the filler, the homemade pasta....oh my!!! And, the Alaskan Halibut was perfectly seared on one side, yet moist and flaky underneath - heavenly. If I lived near Denver, this would be our go-to place."
    Dined on 7/6/2014
  • "Lamb 3 ways was great. White bean soup with bacon was to die for. Salads are always fun, and each one is made a different way each time we come. Service is friendly and super-competent."
    Dined on 7/6/2014
  • "Our quiet table for four was waiting for us upon arrival. The server was intelligent, helpful, pleasant and professional. The food was suburb, although the king salmon portion was a bit merger for the cost. Cheese appetizer excellent, and desserts outstanding. Nice touch to,offer complimentary sparking water choice. We will be back, after all Rioja is one of our favorites."
    Dined on 7/6/2014
  • "My husband and I visited Rioja for our first time to celebrate our first wedding anniversary. We were running late and I called to let them know. We waited no more than fifteen minutes for a table even though we missed our reservation by at least ten minutes. They were very accommodating and kind. We had excellent drinks at the bar. Our server was exceptionally attentive. We had the 7-course tasting menu and it was truly superb. Every course was surprising and delicious. Our server brought us a very nice grapefruit and cava palate cleanser as a treat in honor of our anniversary. She also gave us a card signed by the staff congratulating us. It was all very sweet. The food was amazing. The only issue was that it was a bit hot in there."
    Dined on 7/5/2014
  • "I've been meaning to try this restaurant for a long time and finally made it with a new girlfriend. It was so very good. The food quality and taste exceeded my expectations and the service was exemplary. Pretty decent wine list too. You need to pay attention to where you are seated though. Some areas are better than others."
    Dined on 7/4/2014
  • "I have had brunch, lunch & dinner here. As always one cannot go wrong, great food, exceptional wine list and service."
    Dined on 7/4/2014
  • "The food was some of the best we have had in denver. Don't hesitate! Go there now!"
    Dined on 7/3/2014
  • "My husband and I celebrated our 1st wedding anniversary at Rioja last year, and decided to keep with tradition and celebrate our 2nd there as well this year. The staff wrote us a Happy Anniversary note and made sure we felt special throughout our dining experience. We love the red salt served with the bread, and absolutely recommend the bacon appetizer. Delicious!!"
    Dined on 7/3/2014
  • "Wonderful food, relaxing atmosphere, great service!"
    Dined on 7/3/2014
  • "This is a must dine stop when we are in Denver, found Rioja the first time be searching for someplace serving Easter Brunch!!! Now every year when we vacation in Denver, this is a required dining stop. The Menu never disappoints, the wine selection is excellent!. I really enjoyed the grilled salmon and the key lime semifreddo was wonderful. Can't wait until we get back there again."
    Dined on 7/3/2014
  • "We always enjoy Rioja. It has a menu with great variety and creativity. Reasonably priced for high end dining."
    Dined on 7/2/2014
  • "Loved Rioja -- Wonderful food and service. Our first visit won't be our last."
    Dined on 7/2/2014
  • "Unusual choices and flavors. Awesome bread basket. Nice wine selection."
    Dined on 7/2/2014
  • "It that's what I'd call it. Very nice. The portions were a bit small. We had a man with us who literally was hungry when we left. And he's not a big guy. We ate an app...the cheese plate and the beet salad shared amongst us. I had the halibut. Excellent. And we had a chocolate dessert. Ok. Nothing I'd rave about. But a nice spot. Kinda fancier."
    Dined on 7/1/2014
  • "I specifically asked for a quiet table because my husband is hearing impaired. Our side of the restaurant was especially noisy that night. Even though the food was fabulous we left without ordering dessert because we were tired of screaming."
    Dined on 7/1/2014
  • "What a great place to take out of town guest that want a true Denver culinary experience. Our waiter was awesome!! I believe his name was Mark (sorry if it was not). Definitely would go back."
    Dined on 6/30/2014
  • "I have dined at Rioja several times and each time I am very pleased with the service and food quality. This trip I dined with a work associate from the NE, who is very much a foodie, and he loved it! Previously I took my 20 year old son out for a special occassion and he was utterly impressed. They are creative, and the food combination and presentation are unique. I'm looking forward to the opening of the Chef's new seafood restaurant in Union Station. Jen is truly a very talented Chef!"
    Dined on 6/30/2014
  • "We had a fantastic dinner, 2 amazing plates. Great time and in a fun location. Definitely recommend."
    Dined on 6/29/2014
  • "The Colorado lamb, and the artichoke tortelloni were truly amazing. The desserts were enjoyable. Sadly, I am not sure the amazing food is worth the time limit set on your dining experience. ( 90 minutes for a table of 2, 2 hours for a table of 4) We spent much of the evening with time as the focus instead of the food. That was exacerbated by the in attentive wait staff, (gee, took a very long time to get drink orders, then rushed food order), and the arrogant host/ front end staff. As great as the food was, I know Denver offers plenty of places you can get a delicious meal, with an atmosphere conducive to enjoying it!"
    Dined on 6/28/2014