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Rioja

4.7
8765 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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Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Contactless payment available
Physical Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
  • Staff temperature check required
  • Contact tracing information collected
What 8765 people are saying
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4.7based on recent ratings
4.7
food
4.7
service
4.7
ambience
4.4
value
Noise · Moderate
92% of people would recommend it to a friend
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vipdeeh
Houston
3 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

In a vibrant area with many other resturants and shops, lots of people watching
Great food. Try the crudo, it's mouth watering

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Nikki
New York Area
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall2food4service2ambience3

We usually love this restaurant and have always had a fun and enjoyable experience. Last night we were disappointed. We waited 30 minutes for our appetizer and another 30 minutes for our entrees. Unfortunately, the server did not address the time issue with us at all and seemed to not care. After the food was delivered, he asked how everything was. I expressed my disappointment with the timing and he apologized. A manager did come over and apologize too but said that what we ordered usually took 25-30 minutes to prepare. Wouldn’t some explanation of this at the time we ordered it be the better move to help us expect a longer wait. That being said, mistakes happen and sometimes not everything goes as well as one would hope. I just wish the server would have been a little bit more personable about the situation. They bought took 2 drinks off our bill. Sadly, we won’t be back.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Perfection. Service from Angie great! Servers and helpers had attention to detail. Meals were incredible. Highly recommend.

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vipArtY
Denver
39 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Without a doubt, one of my favorite restaurants in Denver and all of the things that make it so great are still there today even after last year. Well done, I will continue to support you!

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HayleyE
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It is delicious food and good service. I highly recommend.

JB
vipJB13
Milwaukee
3 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place for a date night or to come with a small (4) group. Wonderful dishes with Spanish influences that are the perfect amount of food per course. Lovely bottled wine list, and very good options on the by-the-glass list as well.

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Dave
Denver
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall2food2service2ambience2

I went to Rioja a couple of years ago and it was amazing. Sadly, the place has really gone downhill.

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viplizzie
Denver
25 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall3food2service4ambience4

Mother’s Day lunch was blah. Salad had no real flavor, special crepe of the day was smothered with too much cream cheese. My husband’s lamb burger however was good.

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PatC
Denver
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was wonderful to be back at Rioja and to actually dine at the restaurant rather than do carry-out. Great mother's day brunch, as always. Everything was lovely.

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OpenTable Diner
Denver
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The tasting menu was incredible. The service was wonderful and the staff spaced the courses really nicely.

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OpenTable Diner
Denver
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall3food4service1ambience4

Cute place, good food, not great service. It took 30 minutes to get our drink order in. Then we didn’t receive our ‘picnic’ cheese plate appetizer. The Benedict was good. But we felt forgotten.

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AngelaC
San Francisco
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Well, if you wanna have a fantastic time, Rioja needs to be on the list. Everyone knows that! Amazing staff, food, and beverages!

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OpenTable Diner
Memphis/West TN
2 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service3ambience5

Incredible food!

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viprick
Detroit
85 reviews
Dined on May 5, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

We had a very pleasant dinner and will certainly return.

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JulieT
Denver
1 review
Dined on May 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was amazing and our server was wonderful!

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Greg
Denver
1 review
Dined on May 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and service. Comfortably distanced seating.
No complaints!

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on May 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place for a birthday dinner!

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Cynthia
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on May 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We arrived at 2 for a family birthday lunch. Our server was amazing, the food delicious and we had a very comfortable table. Love Rioja!

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vipRoKon
Tampa
9 reviews
Dined on May 2, 2021
Overall4food3service5ambience4

Our server, Angie, was incredible. Best service. The food was ok...nothing amazing, especially for the price.

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ErikaG
Denver
6 reviews
Dined on May 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a really nice dinner here. I had lamb which was cooked perfectly and was very tasty, and my husband had duck, which was equally delicious. The service was very good all night. This was our first time eating in a restaurant since the whole Covid pandemic began, and it was so nice to have hot food on real plates, not takeaway containers!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Denver
124 reviews
Dined on May 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Rioja hits on all cylinders--perfect pastas with complexity and great balance, fantastic starters with the freshest of ingredients like hearts of palm, kampachi and a cornucopia of greens, and the best vegetarian entree in town which changes nightly. My only nit would be the pricy wine list with almost no red choices south of $60. But clearly one of the top restaurants in town. Also, phenomenal service and relaxing ambiance seals the deal.

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MichaelM
Denver
1 review
Dined on May 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service and magical food - great tastes. We'll be back.

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Swan
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on April 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic food, wonderful atmosphere, attentive service, covid safe!

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PR2014
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on April 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amish chicken, lamb loin, perogies and salads were delicious. Great wine list.

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OpenTable Diner
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on April 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and service.

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vipcollegeskier
Philadelphia
20 reviews
Dined on April 29, 2021
Overall4food2service5ambience5

The duck was tough and the salad uninspiring

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vipOpenTable Diner
Miami
13 reviews
Dined on April 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Rioja offers creative menus cooked to perfection and knowledgeable, professional servers there when you need them but no hovering. Always a joyous meal!

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LaurenM
Denver
1 review
Dined on April 27, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

The food was fantastic, you all made me look good for bringing my guests to Rioja. However, we did have to wait a bit for our waitress to come back to take our order. That was the only thing that wasn't smooth with our experience. Great otherwise!

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Tarantella
Central Coast
2 reviews
Dined on April 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Very enjoyable meal, good and creative food, friendly staff and great location!

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DenverJack
Denver
6 reviews
Dined on April 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service. The Avocado Toast was outstanding. We shared it three ways. The Hangover Cure was excellent with Pork Belly, while we also had a good Benny. Indoor seating was well spaced and comfortable. Always a great meal at Rioja.

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vipFelixT
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on April 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Probably the best pork belly I've ever had. And service was excellent.

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JoshH
Denver
4 reviews
Dined on April 24, 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience3

Food was good, but nothing great for the price. I was disappointed that even though we flagged our reservation was a special occurrence, there was absolutely no mention of our celebration by the host or wait staff. Other restaurants that we have dined with in the past for the same event have gone out of their way to recognize the event an make us feel special. Also, because the dress is typically casual, you get individuals dressed nice, and others in t-shirts and shorts. Not the best ambiance. Octopus was good. The Beef-Tri-Tip was cooked and seasoned well, but the piece of meet had a tendon running through it that made it hard to eat. Service was very good though.

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vipcffmn
Denver
53 reviews
Dined on April 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food and service are both so exceptional, it hard to decide which is most impressive. Our favorite place for any special occasion!

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OpenTable Diner
Denver
1 review
Dined on April 20, 2021
Overall5food3service5ambience5

Had a great time!

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SamH
Denver
1 review
Dined on April 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Beautiful, elegant and delicious. Service was perfect. It was a night we were hit with a snow storm, and we were late to our reservation due to it. They were very patient and made our anniversary night truly special.

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KathleenS
Birmingham
1 review
Dined on April 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Truly excellent food. We ordered several things and all were delicious. Service was great. Really nice ambience as well.

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river
Denver
4 reviews
Dined on April 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

An absolutely spectacular meal! Would definitely recommend for any special occasion.

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BrittneyM
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on April 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best restaurant in Denver. Love the atmosphere, sevice and the food is phenomenal. Don't skip dessert!!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on April 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of the best meals I’ve had in ages. The value for the quality of the food was spectacular. GET. THE. DUCK.

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DeborahK
2 reviews
Dined on April 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food and service is truly an experience! This is a must try!

FAQs

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

Rioja is rated 4.7 stars by 8765 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.