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Rioja, Denver, CO

Rioja

4.7
4.7
10087 Reviews
$31 to $50
Mediterranean
Chef Jennifer Jasinski's creatively inspired food is influenced by local seasonal products. Rioja is simple, pure food that emphasizes bright flavors and textures. The wines are a collection of fun interesting varietals that complement the cuisine.

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2 people

9:00 PM


Booked 75 times today
Experiences are available.

Additional information

  • Dining style
    Casual Elegant
  • Price
    $31 to $50
  • Cuisines
    Mediterranean, Fusion / Eclectic
  • Hours of operation
    Brunch Sat, Sun 10:00 am–2:30 pm Lunch Mon–Fri 11:00 am–2:30 pm Dinner Daily 4:00 pm–10:00 pm
  • Phone number
    (303) 820-2282
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Carte Blanche, Diners Club, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Dress code
    Casual Dress
  • Executive chef
    Jennifer Jasinski
  • Catering
    Whatever the occasion, Crafted Concepts has a venue and menu to exceed your expectations. We truly thrive on creating custom events and exciting experiences – the only limit is your imagination!
  • Private party facilities
    The culinary prowess of James Beard award winner, Jennifer Jasinski, is highlighted at every meal served by the talented Rioja staff. A Mediterranean menu with local, seasonal influences is served in semi-private or restaurant-wide events from 20 to 150 handled with Rioja’s award-winning expertise.
  • Private party contact
    Crafted Concepts Events Team: (720) 608-8559
  • Neighborhood
    Downtown / LoDo
  • Cross street
    15th St; Larimer St
  • Parking details
    Valet available on Larimer Square each night of the week for dinner, $10 off with Rioja validation.A parking garage is located directly behind the restaurant on Market Street. Street parking is available throughout Larimer Square.
  • Additional
    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Chef's Table, Cocktails, Counter Seating, Delivery, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Experiences

  • Rosé Wine Dinner at rioja

    $125.00 per person

    Prepaid

    May 22, 2024 only
    Rosé ALL Day! Join us for the first of a Crafted Concepts series of events featuring rosé. Chef Ben and the culinary team are excited to create some fun, bright, spring flavors to accompany this global wine tasting!
  • Summer Patio BBQ

    $125.00 per person

    Prepaid

    Jun 19, 2024 only
    Patio cookout on Larimer Square, with cocktails and beer selections throughout the night. Chef Ben and the culinary team are looking forward to relaxing with you for this Summer celebration.

What 10,087 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.7
4.7 based on recent ratings
  • 4.7Food
  • 4.7Service
  • 4.7Ambience
  • 4.4Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Denver / Colorado

    Mediterranean

10,087 Reviews
  1. Marrick

    Denver

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 1 day ago

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 3
    I specifically reserved a back booth for my milestone birthday. You were unable to accommodate and didn’t acknowledge our special event. For the first 10 minutes our server was no where to be found. Disappointed that it was a lukewarm experience. We’ve come to this restaurant many times and unfortunately this experience did not compare to our multiple previous experiences.

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  2. dmilo

    Denver

    30 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    30 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 4
    We had been to Rioja before & liked it. The food was good, though not outstanding, but the service was glacial. Our waiter (Scott) seemed to hav ehis mind on other things as he didncheck back during the meal & took an inordinate amount of time to get us dessert menus. As we had to get to the theatre, we skipped dessert. Srvice is important to me & it should also be important to a high-end restaurant like Rioja.

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  3. Jimbo84

    Denver

    12 reviews

    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Exceptional. My wife and I thoroughly enjoyed our evening meal at Rioja. We split a large order of artichoke tortellini and we each ordered the Thai chili pork chop. The pork chop popped with flavor - very good.

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  4. JanineG

    Los Angeles

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    John was great in communicating that we could arrive early for our table. The food was fabulous as always!

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  5. kentg

    Denver

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    rioja is a treasure. the artichoke tortellini is really unique and delicious. in a world of restaurants with average service, these are trained professionals who read the table well, have appropriate suggestions and good energy.

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  6. RomuloJ

    San Francisco

    9 reviews

    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    I haven’t been to Rioja in 6 years and I think I may have wasted 6 years of my life! This restaurant is so amazing, it is a much do whenever in Denver, outstanding everything, except for my performance, as I walked out with the signed copy and they had to chase me down :( mea culpa, I cannot wait to come back to Denver just for the Rioja Experience!

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  7. Rocketscientist

    Denver

    35 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    35 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Outstanding food and service. We had the salmon and short rib entrees, along with the fig beignets and ice cream flight for dessert. However, two entrees plus two desserts plus a moderately priced bottle of wine were $225 plus tip. We used to enjoy Rioja frequently for dinner before theater because of the consistent high quality of the food and service, but it is now a "special occasion" restaurant for us due to the increased prices. Inclusion of some more affordable wines ($60 or less) would definitely help.

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  8. RandP

    Denver

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 3
    You would think with a fine dining establishment, that they would use OpenTable to their advantage when a guest comes in. First experience was just ok, the drinks we ordered, the glasses were so sticky that I had to ask for a new glass for the both of us. Not a big deal, but fine dining, big deal. Other miner situations took place, but not worth the typing. Second dining experience, I ordered the pork belly, comes in a broth and no spoon was offered and server was not attentive. Had to get up by the third dish that came out to ask for some cracked pepper. Once again, in a fine dining establishment, big deal. It was our anniversary, so the server brought us a kind gesture of complimentary champagne; awesome and even brought non-alcoholic bubbly for my wofe who does not drink. Whoops, gave her the one with alcohol. Poor move. And you can actually see that the real bubbly was 2 shades more yellow. Food was mid, very small menu, if the menu is small, that’s ok, but every dish should be fantastic. Change your plate-ware out of the 1980’s little kids pasta bowls to something pretty. Display your pretty salads on great clay-ware vs cereal bowls. Cocktails were pretty good. I expected better from the server who was as dry as a cotton ball.

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  9. Juliet

    Austin

    23 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    23 reviews

    Dined on April 5, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Best lamb burger and service is always fantastic too!

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  10. Steve

    New York City

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on April 5, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Every item ordered was delicious! We had the tortellini, octopus, apple salad, pork chop, Colorado lamb gnocchi, and the beignets. Hard to pick a favorite…..they were all superb. Service was excellent as well.

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FAQs

Rioja is rated 4.7 stars by 10087 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

9:00 PM


Booked 75 times today
Experiences are available.
Google Map for Rioja

1431 Larimer Street, Denver, CO 80202

Additional information

  • Cross street
    15th St; Larimer St
  • Neighborhood
    Downtown / LoDo
  • Hours of operation
    Brunch Sat, Sun 10:00 am–2:30 pm Lunch Mon–Fri 11:00 am–2:30 pm Dinner Daily 4:00 pm–10:00 pm
  • Price
    $31 to $50
  • Cuisines
    Mediterranean, Fusion / Eclectic
  • Dining style
    Casual Elegant
  • Dress code
    Casual Dress
  • Parking details
    Valet available on Larimer Square each night of the week for dinner, $10 off with Rioja validation.A parking garage is located directly behind the restaurant on Market Street. Street parking is available throughout Larimer Square.
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Carte Blanche, Diners Club, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Executive chef
    Jennifer Jasinski
  • Additional
    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Chef's Table, Cocktails, Counter Seating, Delivery, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Phone number
    (303) 820-2282
  • Catering
    Whatever the occasion, Crafted Concepts has a venue and menu to exceed your expectations. We truly thrive on creating custom events and exciting experiences – the only limit is your imagination!
  • Private party facilities
    The culinary prowess of James Beard award winner, Jennifer Jasinski, is highlighted at every meal served by the talented Rioja staff. A Mediterranean menu with local, seasonal influences is served in semi-private or restaurant-wide events from 20 to 150 handled with Rioja’s award-winning expertise.
  • Private party contact
    Crafted Concepts Events Team: (720) 608-8559
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