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Rioja Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.riojadenver.com
  • Email: reply@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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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerFit for Foodies
  • Diners' Choice WinnerMost Booked
Diner Reviews
  • "Everything was good. Service a touch slow, but we got everything we ordered. For some reason there was no background music playing, but we quickly forgot about it once the bread arrived. "
    Dined on 4/16/2014
  • "We loved everything we ate at Rioja. The staff was excellent. My husband loved that he was served complimentary bubbly water!"
    Dined on 4/16/2014
  • "Rioja - The Traveler's Review 1,350 The beet salad is colorful and highlights three different beets. The beets are not the highlight of the dish however, that honor goes to the smoked ricotta and pistachio purée combination. This will be a Traveler's Review top ten salad for 2014 nominee (see subscribers website for photos).The Cavatelli has an excellent aroma, but the Cavatelli themselves were a little undercooked and became a distraction. Service is average, not good. When I asked about the tasting menu, I really wasn't given the answer I wanted. I was ready to have the chef cook for me, after all it was one of my subscribers that asked me to review Rioja and specifically stated I had to try the tasting menu! "
    Dined on 4/15/2014
  • "This was the first restaurant we ate at on our first weekend in Denver. It was within walking distance of the hotel. Larimer St is full of boutiques and other restaurants, but this was so good (service was like watching a ballet around us - they all helped each other serve the customers!) we went back again before leaving town!"
    Dined on 4/13/2014
  • "We enjoyed a great dinner here. The food was fantastic and the service was excellent. I am a vegetarian and my meal was well done and flavorful not rabbit food. My husband had the ribs and loved them. Great overall experience."
    Dined on 4/10/2014
  • "The temperature in the restaurant was way too high. My friend and I were sweating throughout the meal. It was very uncomfortable. The service was excellent but the food was just so-so."
    Dined on 4/9/2014
  • "I have been to this restaurant several times and always look forward to it but this time was my last. I know the reservations only hold a table for 15 minutes after stated time but we called as we were walking from the car to say we were on our way. When we arrived, quite literally, 16 minutes after our reservation so technically 1 minute "late", we were reprimanded for being late and told our table had been given away. Since the restaurant wasn't full, we were seated quickly so the dressing down was not necessary - wasn't necessary in any case. The food was fine, not outstanding as it has been in the past. The service was rapid but dismissive. Not worth the effort or the money."
    Dined on 3/13/2014
  • "It took a half hour for our entrees to arrive after we finished the appetizers. Also, the noise level is uncomfortably high."
    Dined on 4/8/2014
  • "The service stands out at Rioja. We've been checking off the list of the 25 best restaurants in Denver and while most have good food; service can sometimes be lackluster. But not at Rioja. The service was excellent. The food was quite good as well; I had the lemon scallops which were perhaps a little lemony for my taste, but they were lemon scallops after all. My dining partner had the lamb which he thought was quite good. They also bring around freshly baked rolls while the entrees are being prepared, which was a nice touch. If I were to say anything, I just wish restaurants would not seat patrons right next to each other when there are open tables elsewhere, I understand that the waiters have a "section" but it would be nice to have space"
    Dined on 4/8/2014
  • "Delicious Rites of Spring cocktail at the bar; wonderful freshly made pasta with seafood. A nice gruner veltliner to go along. Always something new and delicious at Rioja."
    Dined on 4/7/2014
  • "Just picked my folks up from DIA for their first visit to Colorado and took them straight to Rioja. I can't believe they can afford to serve such wonderful and beautiful food at such low prices. The wait staff was professional and friendly and made sure we were taken care of. I strongly recommend the donut appetizer - trust me, I'm not a big donut eater but these were incredible and flavorful. Big hits were also their eggs benedict, the breakfast sandwich and the chicken confit. Even their OJ was something to brag about. So glad I found out about this place!"
    Dined on 4/6/2014
  • "The service from start to finish was outstanding, and I liked that you could relax and enjoy you meal without feeling like you were being rushed. I also loved that the meals were not your standard fair and delicious. Will return soon."
    Dined on 4/5/2014
  • "We have eaten here many times before and just LOVE it but this time we actually saw Chef Jennifer Jasonski in the dining room. WOW! Kudos to her for making it as a top chef finalist! The meal deserves that and more. It was so good! Delicious! This is a "must visit" for anybody visiting Denver for the first time!!"
    Dined on 4/5/2014
  • "A restaurant in Denver where you can go for dinner (not tapas)!! The chef is wonderfully creative."
    Dined on 4/5/2014
  • "While the food was very good, it seemed a bit overpriced for the amount. The ambience was nice, but the tables were crammed in so closely to each other that your conversation and that of the table literally right next to you often became the same one. The wait staff could barely fit between the tables. I would go again because there is so food I would like to try, but I would sit at the bar because there is probably more room. The wait staff were absolutely fabulous!"
    Dined on 4/3/2014
  • "Amazing food, great atmosphere. You could feel and taste the personal attention paid to each meal."
    Dined on 4/4/2014
  • "First class in every respect--food, service, attention to detail. New and interesting menu choices, and the bread alone is still worth the price of admission--saffron slices, goat cheese biscuits, etc. The wine list had some excellent and inexpensive choices in both white and red wine by the glass--Brisa Do Mar, a lovely Portuguese dry white, and Parallel 45, a reliable French Rhone. The restaurant was crowded all night, and for good reason."
    Dined on 4/3/2014
  • "Jennifer is doing very interesting food pairings. Very Nice. Love eating here. Need to go here more often"
    Dined on 3/29/2014
  • "Took my granddaughter for her 21st birthday. She is a culinary student at Johnson and Wales. The food was fantastic. Service was great. Had a very good time."
    Dined on 4/1/2014
  • "One of the best meals we had while staying in Denver on business."
    Dined on 4/1/2014
  • "As I said above- my favorite thing, the lamb burger keeps me coming back : )"
    Dined on 3/29/2014
  • "One of my favorite places to take colleagues from out-of-town."
    Dined on 3/27/2014
  • "We go to Rioja for special occasions...and spur-of-the-moment adventure. We love the food, the ambience, the attentive service...Rioja is a total experience!"
    Dined on 3/30/2014
  • "Our meal for wonderful! The highlight of the experience was the bartender, Jesse, who went through the menu with us prior to our meal and helped us decide on our great entrees. The wait staff gave us impeccable service. We loved being there! Thank you!"
    Dined on 3/30/2014
  • "This restaurant tops most of the lists of Denver's best restaurants for good reason. The food, atmosphere, and service were all superlative. It is an experience as much as it is a meal."
    Dined on 3/29/2014
  • "Friendly service and very interesting menu. We had a last minute reservation change and they were very accommodating."
    Dined on 3/29/2014
  • "We had heard a lot about Rioja and wanted to try it. We were disappointed with the food and the staff."
    Dined on 1/31/2014
  • "Had the fresh bacon and lamb two ways. Both were outstanding. Service was friendly and helpful. We will be returning there again."
    Dined on 3/27/2014
  • "This is such a treasure. The menu is seasonal, so every time you go there are new, wonderful dishes to experience. Our waitress was a true pro who loves her job. She took our dining experience to the next level. We will go back."
    Dined on 3/27/2014
  • "Not getting good value for the entree prices. The pasta special was mushy and boring; not worth $26. Sad to see that creativity has gone by the wayside in favor of the almighty dollar and profits. I hold Rioja to a much higher standard than the typical Denver restaurant and so I was very disappointed in my dish. So also not impressed was the dish eaten by my date. Too bad."
    Dined on 3/25/2014
  • "We've been hearing about this Denver restaurant for years. We don't live in the city but finally had the opportunity to dine there. It was a wonderful meal. We will be back. They have wonderful breads, a great variety of food and the presentation is great. Even though we were full from bread, appetizers and entrees, we did order desserts. They were so tasty we ate them all up too. The wait staff is professional, helpful and friendly but not overly so. Note - best to make reservations."
    Dined on 2/28/2014
  • "Thoroughly enjoyed the entire dining experience. I recommend getting starters and the lamb meatballs."
    Dined on 3/26/2014
  • "We love this place. The food is amazing and beautifully plated. Our server was top notch. We will be back to see him for sure."
    Dined on 3/11/2014
  • "We so enjoyed our recent dinner at Rioja and will return the next time we are in Denver to enjoy the wonderful food and wines at this great eatery. Ask your server to select wines according to your food choices, it makes the meal quite special, and they will happily serve you a half glass or let you share a glass as we did with the dessert wine. As for the food -- Don't miss the mango salmon lomi, lomi. It was "to die for"; what a treat! We followed it up with two pastas, the octopus farfalle and the artichoke tortelloni. I really couldn't tell you which was better. The farfalle was spicy and flavorful and the tortelloni just melted in your mouth. And dessert....the warm pineapple patisserie was amazing! Can't wait to return."
    Dined on 3/24/2014
  • "excellent food.. so good we did not concentrate on our conversation but just on the food. each bite was unique and special. flavors were memorable and we talked about them long after"
    Dined on 3/16/2014
  • "Their food was amazing and they were kind to accommodate a large group during a busy time. A little noisy. Classy wait staff who catered to our every need. The only thing I was disappointed about was their resistance to split the check, which they should have anticipated for the size of our group. It took awhile at the end and the group was getting tired, which was a bummer, but otherwise an excellent night. I would definitely go back."
    Dined on 3/24/2014
  • "Business trip to Denver and I prebooked a number of restaurants to entertain guests. Rioja by far my favourite. Drinks and food outstanding esp the strawberry and coconut dessert and the oyster starter, but I don't think you could go wrong really. They also found and looked after my phone, till I could go and get it - very many thanks!"
    Dined on 3/23/2014
  • "This was our second visit to Rioja, when we visited Denver this past weekend. We love the restaurant and will visit again whenever we are in the city."
    Dined on 3/22/2014
  • "Great Food! Creative, beautifully prepared and served. The chef and recipes are excellent! The flavors are slightly Spanish though basically modern. Loved the octopus pasta and the quail!"
    Dined on 3/23/2014
  • "Great food. Inventive without being over the top. Don't try these dishes at home! Service was perfect. Pretty pricey. A little too loud, but not as loud as some other top rated restuarants. Would definitely recommend for a special occasion."
    Dined on 3/22/2014