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- Surfaces sanitized between seatings
- Common areas deep cleaned daily
- Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
- Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
- Contactless payment available
- Limited number of seated diners
- Distancing maintained in common areas
- Extra space between tables
- Waitstaff wear masks
- Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
- Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
- Staff temperature check required
- Contact tracing information collected
artichoke-goat cheese mousse, white truffle brodo, aged Manchego, chervil
Colorado Lamb Burger*
house made mozzarella, spicy aioli, oven roasted tomatoes, sweet potato fries
Rohan Duck Breast
duck gyoza, applewood smoked orange sauce, gailon, star anise-five spice red wine reduction
In a vibrant area with many other resturants and shops, lots of people watching
Great food. Try the crudo, it's mouth watering
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.
Perfection. Service from Angie great! Servers and helpers had attention to detail. Meals were incredible. Highly recommend.
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!
It is delicious food and good service. I highly recommend.
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.
I went to Rioja a couple of years ago and it was amazing. Sadly, the place has really gone downhill.
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.
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.
The tasting menu was incredible. The service was wonderful and the staff spaced the courses really nicely.
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.
Well, if you wanna have a fantastic time, Rioja needs to be on the list. Everyone knows that! Amazing staff, food, and beverages!
We had a very pleasant dinner and will certainly return.
The food was amazing and our server was wonderful!
Excellent food and service. Comfortably distanced seating.
Great place for a birthday dinner!
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!
Our server, Angie, was incredible. Best service. The food was ok...nothing amazing, especially for the price.
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!
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.
Great service and magical food - great tastes. We'll be back.
Fantastic food, wonderful atmosphere, attentive service, covid safe!
Amish chicken, lamb loin, perogies and salads were delicious. Great wine list.
Great food and service.
The duck was tough and the salad uninspiring
Rioja offers creative menus cooked to perfection and knowledgeable, professional servers there when you need them but no hovering. Always a joyous meal!
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!
Very enjoyable meal, good and creative food, friendly staff and great location!
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.
Probably the best pork belly I've ever had. And service was excellent.
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.
Food and service are both so exceptional, it hard to decide which is most impressive. Our favorite place for any special occasion!
Had a great time!
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.
Truly excellent food. We ordered several things and all were delicious. Service was great. Really nice ambience as well.
An absolutely spectacular meal! Would definitely recommend for any special occasion.
Best restaurant in Denver. Love the atmosphere, sevice and the food is phenomenal. Don't skip dessert!!
One of the best meals I’ve had in ages. The value for the quality of the food was spectacular. GET. THE. DUCK.
The food and service is truly an experience! This is a must try!
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.