Rioja

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$31 to $50
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Mediterranean
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 complement the cuisine.
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Christmas Eve Special Menus & Offers

We have a 48 hour cancellation policy. If you are within the cancellation policy, or completely no show for the reservation you will be charged $25 per person

Tuesday, December 24, 2019

New Year's Eve Special Menus & Offers

We have a 48 hour cancellation policy. If you are within the cancellation policy, or completely no show for the reservation you will be charged $25 per person

Tuesday, December 31, 2019

What 7967 People Are Saying
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OT
1 review
Dined a day ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was excellent

BH
Denver
2 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Exceptional food and creativity. My favorite restaurant in Denver--never fails to please the palate.

SJ
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of the best dining experiences I’ve ever had. Service , ambiance, cleanliness, and food were second to none.

G
Las Vegas
30 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Nice menu with several unique offerings. Service was excellent. Great ambiance! Would definitely return.

K
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a fantastic dining experience. It was intimate and even though there were a decent amount of other people dining it was not loud. The food was phenomenal. We had four courses and each one was curated with such care and the ingredients mixed together so well. Our server was professional and yet also relaxed as if we were old friends. He gave us some helpful opinions on which items were the best. I would definitely come back here again or recommend friends to come if they are looking for a truly incredible fine dining experience.

OT
New England
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always great food and pro service. Love it here

OT
Cleveland
2 reviews
Dined on October 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Friend in town

CV
Denver
4 reviews
Dined on October 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was delicious and fantastic! Very flavorful!
A great wine from Portugal was enjoyed. I’ve always had great meals at Rioja!

AL
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

It was excellent! Great ambiance. Had the cauliflower soup to start, and the filet mignon for the main. Both we’re incredible. Highly recommend.

CR
1 review
Dined on October 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicicious and original dishes. Impeccable service!

OT
Tokyo
1 review
Dined on October 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious Food! Great Service! Bar tenders were kind and attentive. I had a great solo dinner experience there. Definitely recommend :)

PF
1 review
Dined on October 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Terrific restaurant
We thoroughly enjoyed the evening
The dining highlight of
Our trip to the USA

K
1 review
Dined on October 9, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 4

Gnocchi was okay and the rest of our order was delicious. Gave an overall 3 rating because of the customer service

d
Houston
3 reviews
Dined on October 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I got my recommendation from a friend in Houston who knew Chef Annie. We missed her that visit but plan to go back to catch her in December.
We had a fabulous time. Great food and service. David made sure that everything was just right. He also made some great suggestions. All around a great time.

M
New England
5 reviews
Dined on October 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 4

Had a great time at Rioja! The vegetarian sampler was not great (would not recommend) and the waiter was not able to tell us what each sample was. Other than that the food was really good.

EB
Denver
17 reviews
Dined on October 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great! All food good. Cocktail excellent. Very good service.

C
1 review
Dined on October 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our server was terrific. She was a native Texan like me (her from Dallas, me from Houston). She made great starter, entree and dessert recommendations for everyone at the table. I had the pork chop and it was amazing. Another colleague join in selecting the chop as well. The third member of our party had the halibut and raves about the taste. I could tell that it was flaky and light and was actually a little jealous of her choice. I will definitely return when back in Denver.

RG
1 review
Dined on October 6, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 1ambience 5

We have been to this restaurant before and had a good experience. Our family decided to celebrate a birthday at this restaurant - hoping it would be a special experience. Food was great! Absolutely no complaints there! Our server was Pat and he unfortunately was the left alot to be desired. He was the least friendliest person, zero personality and zero customer service! The young lady serving the bread basket was super friendly. When going to an upscale restaurant, i would expect a certain level of service from the waiter.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had to get to the ballet and didn’t have a lot of time. Our awesome waiter made it happen. Food & wine was delicious. Will go back when we have more time to fully enjoy the experience!

PL
Denver
2 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall 5food 2service 5ambience 5

We had out of town guests from New York join us for dinner. Everybody loved their entrees. I ordered the special (seared tuna and octopus) unfortunately the tuna was inedible, extremely tough, but the octopus was wonderful.
Patrick was our waiter and did an outstanding job! Rioja is one of our favorite places in town and will continue to visit!

T
San Francisco
26 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Great food, attentive service, and very beautiful ambience.

UM
Portland
7 reviews
Dined on October 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and even better service. Will be coming back again

OT
1 review
Dined on October 4, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

Met up with a former colleague after a two year absence. We were the first ones requesting the patio since it was cooler and the sun comes out from behind the building later so we expected. service to be minimal. The bread person and the waiter came by once. Then, patio filled and there was a feeling for us to finish up. But it would have been nice to be asked if we wanted more bread during the meal. :) Loved the food and will go back someday, but I won’t expect caring service which to me adds to the beauty of the experience.

JF
Denver
1 review
Dined on October 3, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 4

There were four of us in Rioja and two of us were surprised and not so happy with our entrées. The pair wreck that was terrific and the peanut butter torte was good but entrées were a c at least.
The service was also very slow.

CB
New England
6 reviews
Dined on October 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Elevated food by far! A lot of food is good, but this was elevated cuisine worth savoring, worth pairing, worth pausing and appreciating.

AB
1 review
Dined on October 2, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

The food was excellent, however the air conditioning system pouring cold air on our heads spoilt our dinner. We were in a terrible draught.

OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on October 2, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 3

Need a better lunch menu.

j
Miami
3 reviews
Dined on September 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Visiting from Chicago for our anniversary. My husband enjoyed the duck and I appreciated the vegetarian options for our dinner. Excellent service and food!

BP
Las Vegas
9 reviews
Dined on September 29, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 4

We came for our wedding anniversary and was greeted immediately by our host, which was very nice. We were seated and given the menus, bread and water. The bread choices were amazing, very different and unique and were able to choose 2 out of 3 different kinds. We were then given a personalized card from the restaurant wishing us a happy anniversary.
We ordered the fresh bacon to start, which was delicious. We then ordered the beef filet and the lobster ravioli special for our entrees. The beef filet my husband had was really good and juicy, the sides it came with was good as well. However, the lobster ravioli was just ok, the taste was good but the ravioli had very little lobster in them, which was a but disappointing.
We were then told by our waitress we were given a complementary dessert each for our anniversary, we typically don’t order 2 desserts anywhere, but we figured it was a special treat given by the restaurant, than why not. We ordered the chocolate peanut butter flourless cake and the blue cheesecake, which were very good. We were then given our tab, and saw we were charged for 1 of the desserts, we were unsure if the waitress miscommunicated the complementary dessert each but just wanted to move in from our night and paid from there.
It was a good experience overall but not amazing where we have to come back.

LF
Denver
7 reviews
Dined on September 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Have not eaten at Rioja for a couple of years...it was as amazing as we remembered....creative food that melts in your mouth...great service....excellent dining experience all around

ON
Denver
84 reviews
Dined on September 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We brought friends to Rioja who had never been and they were so delighted to have a new restaurant to visit in Denver! They must have thanked us 4 times! The food and service were outstanding and I so appreciated the chef accommodating my lactose-intolerance. The duck breast was so amazing that my partner, who does not like duck, said that if I could GUARANTEE that it would always be this good, he would be willing to eat it. The dehydrated tomato slice was a real treat and I'll try that trick at home. We also appreciated the waiter's attentiveness to details and concern that one dish we were ordering might not suit our palate so made a switch and were delighted with the results.

A
Denver
25 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always a lovely dining experience. The menu selections are unique and very tasty, and the service is top rate !

J
Denver
6 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We've been going to Rioja for many years and have been extremely pleased with the food. Saturday's dinner was one more example of their fine cuisine. Everything was as it has always been for us, excellent!

DM
Naples
2 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Always perfect for special occasions or before theater evenings. Every bite is a party for your taste buds

c
Denver
42 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing service and inventive food preparations. The octopus was incredible

TD
1 review
Dined on September 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful experience. Food was phenomenal as well as the service. Thank you for making my significant others birthday a great experience!

T
Denver
5 reviews
Dined on September 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

had a great time with great food and service. love the place

r
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on September 24, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Server forgot to order a hamachi appetizer. Vegetable dish with 4 individual dishes not good or cohesive: Shishito peppers covered in peach. Cold pineapple covered in seasoning. Purple potato with hazelnut pesto. Pumpkin gnocchi.
Duck and steak entrees were not served hot. The truffle tortellini en brood also served warm not hot.

OT
Minneapolis
4 reviews
Dined on September 23, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Very nice, will definitely be back. Seating is tight but comfortable. Serving staff did an excellent job describing each course. Very attentive.

HA
St. Louis
1 review
Dined on September 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service and ambience. Very high quality ingredients, thoughtful selections, knowledgeable service from people who were willing to guide but not be overbearing. A bona fide first tier restaurant but no hint of foodie snobbiness here.

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