Rioja

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8250 Reviews
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$31 to $50
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Mediterranean
Chef Jennifer Jasinski's creatively inspired 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 complement the cuisine.
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vipAaronR
Denver
1 review
Dined 16 hours ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Chef Jennifer prepared one of the most amazing menu I’ve ever had! So happy to have been one of the first to support since temporary shutdown and new dining rules, and we’re so glad we did! Slightly weary of everything going on, but staff and everyone made us comfortable and the night unforgettable!

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vipLaurieS
Denver
7 reviews
Dined on March 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Rioja is always a special spot. We are pulling for them as well as other independent restaurants with all the crazy virus disruption...

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vipWorththedrive
Denver
24 reviews
Dined on March 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The staff was friendly and made me us feel right at home. Attentive and on point is an understatement. The cushioned booths made my experience perfect. Wooden seating and hard surfaces put a strain on my back so not only was the food delicious, I got exactly what I requested on OPEN TABLE even if I had to remind the hostess that apparently did not read my request. I will surely return!

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DanielleW
Birmingham
1 review
Dined on March 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and stunning ambiance. Would definitely come back.

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BlakeW
Kansas City
1 review
Dined on March 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful evening! Food and service were spot on. Enjoy

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nejuan
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

The portions are modest but everything was very tasty. Tables are not too close together so there is enough privacy for business discussions or private ones. Overall a very good experience.

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Kurt
1 review
Dined on March 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic food, great atmosphere, knowledgeable and friendly staff!

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vipJankoss
Denver
234 reviews
Dined on March 8, 2020
Overall3food3service5ambience5

My daughter and I dine here often and have always left good reviews. This brunch was not up to snuff. My daughter had the omelet of the day which she found to be dry. I had the Benedict which was excellent. We sat in the main room and it was VERY noisy. Next tIme I would request the back room. The server did take care of mediocre omelet.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Denver
11 reviews
Dined on March 8, 2020
Overall1food1service5ambience3

What a desultory performance -
Dish one six small shrimp akin to King Soopers.
Dish two a small dry piece of duck. For the same price Barolo provided on takeout large flavorful portions. Even worse the Rioja owner was sitting there and had to have seen what can only be described as the slop they served up.
They assume the Rioja name is so big they can pull nonsense like this. I’m not going back

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vipDebA
Denver
7 reviews
Dined on March 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My wife & I think that Rioja is consistently probably the best restaurant in Denver. Last ate lunch there this Sunday and I tries a new item on their menu, a chicken sandwich. It was great! Roast chicken on foaccia bread, stacked high, good slightly crunchy texture, and a delicious sauce with Indian/Asian spices. It was one of the best sandwiches I've ever had, and came with a side of greens & vinaigrette dressing.

Rioja
Responded on March 10, 2020

Thanks for the detailed review. We are happy to hear you enjoyed your time here. We hope to see you again soon.

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vipJimC
Baltimore
9 reviews
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding experience; service was first class, only to be topped by the food. First time here, will most definitely be. back.

Rioja
Responded on March 10, 2020

Thanks for the great review JimC!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Hawaii
1 review
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We are visiting Denver and wanted a special meal to celebrate a birthday and weren’t disappointed. The food was delicious and service was impeccable. Highly recommend.

Rioja
Responded on March 10, 2020

Thanks for the kind words! We hope to see you again soon.

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OpenTable Diner
Denver
6 reviews
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Great food and cocktails. Loved the interesting menu, so tough to choose, I wanted to try everything.

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OpenTable Diner
Denver
1 review
Dined on March 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Anniversary

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vipKitB
Denver
21 reviews
Dined on March 6, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Appreciate the possibility of 1/2 portions on entrees. Food is always delicious.

Rioja
Responded on March 10, 2020

Thanks for the wonderful review KitB!

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PierreL
Toronto
5 reviews
Dined on March 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A little pricey but the food was awesome. If you are looking for a great meal and something a bit different this is the place you want to go.

Rioja
Responded on March 10, 2020

Thanks for the wonderful review PierrL!

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vipBoiler74
Denver
13 reviews
Dined on March 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had been awhile since we’d been back to Rioja. Easy to get caught up trying new restaurants. Glad we returned. Rioja is a real gem in Denver. Menu offers an amazing variety. Preparation is spot on, food is beautifully plated and OMG is it good! Tonight we had the lamb with gnocchi and the mole quail and are full members if the clean plate club. Wonderful food. Great date!

Rioja
Responded on March 6, 2020

Thank you so much Boiler74 for taking the time to publish your feedback. We are pleased to read that you had great time! Hope to see you again soon.

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RichC
Las Vegas
4 reviews
Dined on March 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Casual dinner before going to the Avs game. Lovely environment and the food and staff were outstanding. The variety of flavors and textures was exceptional. We’ll be back for sure.

Rioja
Responded on March 6, 2020

Thanks for the great feedback RichC!

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Happyeats
Denver
1 review
Dined on March 3, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

The food was good, but not sure it was worth the price. The ambiance of the restaurant was really great and the service was excellent.

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vipQuicKick
Austin
15 reviews
Dined on March 2, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great ambiance for a quick dinner downtown.

Rioja
Responded on March 6, 2020

Thanks for all of the stars QuickKick! We hope to see you again soon.

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OpenTable Diner
Tampa
1 review
Dined on March 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding food, service and ambiance!!

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vipWilliamW
New Mexico
5 reviews
Dined on March 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

An exceptional experience in every way!

Rioja
Responded on March 6, 2020

Thanks for the kind words WilliamW!

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bigsal
Denver
12 reviews
Dined on March 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Artichoke tortellini was wonderful, of course. Best entree was Beef Spare Ribs.

Rioja
Responded on March 6, 2020

Thanks for the kind words bigsal. We hope to see you again soon.

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SherryG
Denver
1 review
Dined on March 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The service excellent and the food was delicious. Only drawback was when two of us ordered hot tea the water was just warm and not brewed properly.

Rioja
Responded on March 6, 2020

Thanks for the great review. I will make sure to pass this along to the rest of the team.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on March 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We are at Rioja for breakfast. The service was outstanding and the food was amazing. It was also a great value in comparison to other restaurants in the area. I highly recommend it!!

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OpenTable Diner
Denver
1 review
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall3food4service4ambience4

Special was WAY over salty, all else was fantastic

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vipArtY
Denver
34 reviews
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love Rioja, been going there for YEARS! Always consistent with food and service, make sure you try it out!

Rioja
Responded on March 6, 2020

Thanks for the wonderful review ArtY!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Jacksonville
1 review
Dined on February 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Rioja was a great experience. Awesome food with incredible complimentary bread service to boot!

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vipMikelleP
Seattle
10 reviews
Dined on February 28, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience5

This is a fine restaurant dinning experience in every way. The service is exceptional, the ambiance is very fine, and the food is delicious, but with the very small serving sizes expected of fine dining. I will admit, the serving sizes were obnoxiously small for the price... maybe I'm just not fancy enough to dine at this type of restaurant. I expected that the cheesecake would at least be a full wedge, but instead they serve three little morsels… At least the bread service (with a variety of delicious breads) is complimentary and generous.

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OpenTable Diner
Cleveland
2 reviews
Dined on February 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

From ambiance, to service, to food...it’s a solid 10! We celebrated our anniversary here and it will become a staple for special occasions from here on out!

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vipTmcn48
Denver
23 reviews
Dined on February 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Rioja is a must try in Denver. One of the best meals breakfast , lunch or dinner

Rioja
Responded on March 6, 2020

Thanks for the great review Tmcn48!

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JCS5280
Denver
4 reviews
Dined on February 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As always the food was incredible. The chef and team are able to elevate dishes and flavors to new heights. Each course and dish exceeded my already high expectations.

I’ve always experienced great service from the wait staff, but they too were really on their A game. Extremely attentive but not to the point of disruptive.

I look forward to my next visit which will be brunch with a friend. So glad the egg sandwich is still on the menu!

Rioja
Responded on March 6, 2020

Thank you so much for the detailed review. We are so happy you enjoyed yourself and we do hope we will see you again soon. I will pass these kind words onto the rest of the team.

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SaraH
1 review
Dined on February 24, 2020
Overall3food3service4ambience4

Our experience at Rioja was good but not great. Service was top notch. The food quality was somewhat disappointing. We ordered the tasting menu. Some of the flavor profiles were unbalanced such that salt overwhelmed other flavors. Fish was very slightly undercooked (and the wine pairing was odd). Main entree of venison and dessert, however, were very good. Probably wouldn’t go there again because I have experienced far higher quality tastings in my hometown for half the price.

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vipswmbo
Denver
69 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We always visit Rioja whenever we’re in town. Never disappoints.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Denver
25 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always amazing. Brunch at Rioja makes you feel like HAPPY WEEKEND! I AM SPECIAL!

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viplaughatlantis
Denver
3 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was our second trip to Rioja and we were there for our anniversary. This is a spectacular restaurant for an occasion - they treat you extraordinarily well. The service was attentive and well-paced, with water, bread, and drinks flowing freely. The chef also sent out an amuse-bouche of sous-vide arctic char that was stunning. We opened with the smoked pear & raclette and the pork belly app. They paired well, and the pork belly was revelatory. I had the duck confit special and my husband hade the molé quail. I admit: if I'm torn between entrees, I tend to pick based on their sides. I was very tempted by the braised short rib and when I had the pork belly, I admitted to my husband that I regretted not ordering it - the pork belly just melted in your mouth and I was sure the short rib would have too. But the duck confit arrived and it smelled rich and mapley, and fell off the bone. It was accompanied by a delicata squash puree and winter couscous that had just the right amount of sweetness. My husband's qual was stuffed with sausage and the seasoning on the whole dish was fantastic. We barely needed dessert but we were celebrating so we shared the black and white cheesecake. The star of this dish was the black sesame ice cream that I could have happily eaten by itself, and the plating was stunning. At the end of the meal, Rioja presented us with a Happy Anniversary card signed by the staff as well as complimentary glasses of champagne. This was a lovely and kind end to a fantastic meal. Thanks, Rioja! We'll be back!

Rioja
Responded on March 6, 2020

Thank you so much laughatlantis for taking the time to publish your feedback. We are pleased to read that you had great time! Hope to see you again soon.

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JayP
Denver
1 review
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and outstanding service in a very nice ambiance.

Rioja
Responded on March 6, 2020

Thanks for the great review JayP!

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Libbiford
Denver
6 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a joy to eat at Rioja -great food and excellent service.

Rioja
Responded on March 6, 2020

Thanks for all of the stars Libbiford!

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KimC
1 review
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall4food5service3ambience5

Excellent cuisine served by courses. Would definitely go back!

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conductor
Denver
1 review
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Rioja has become our favorite Denver restaurant as we come down from Laramie for a getaway weekend. It not just the incredible food, but the care and skills of the wait staff.

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Rioja offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (303) 820-2282.

Rioja is rated 4.7 stars by 8250 OpenTable diners.

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