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Rioja

4.7
8934 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 8934 people are saying
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OpenTable Diner
Seattle
1 review
Dined a day ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a wonderful time for our party of six!

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John
Denver
1 review
Dined a day ago
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Food was good, not great. Wine was good, not great. Would consider going back.

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JenniferD
Denver
1 review
Dined a day ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

3rd time back, becoming a new favorite restaurant

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MattM
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Food is very delicious!

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vipalittleMD
Shreveport
18 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and service!

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vipgeewhiz
San Francisco
105 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Lovely location with great indoor and outdoor seating options. Had a delicious artichoke appetizer and the pork chop. All great. Nice wine selection too!

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OpenTable Diner
Dallas
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall3food3service2ambience3

Amish chicken was excellent. Can't say the same for steak. Little too chewy. So so deserts. Wait staff inadequate to provide attentive service. Not a great option to spend your $100 per person, especially with so many good restaurants in Denver

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ccrain
Denver
5 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall4food5service3ambience5

Food was outstanding but we didn’t see our server for about 45 min after we finished our main course. We wanted to order dessert but it was so late when we our server came back that we had to ask for the check. She seemed very busy waiting on other tables but we got lost in the mix I guess. Turned a very exciting experience sour toward the end.

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MarcP
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

What a fantastic find! Everything about this place was perfect.....food, service,wine even the table! Would go back here in a heart beat and will recommend it

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Trent
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Rioja's attention to detail on the food, ambience, and service is top notch! They truly know how to make all those who attend their establishment feel loved and appreciated. They made my wife's birthday one to remember and even gave us sweet complimentary little ice cream desert cones. And they gave my wife a birthday card as well signed by the entire staff. And the food was SOOOOOO GOOD! Can't go wrong with one of their Spanish red wines and meats. Truly delectable! Right in the heart of Larimer st., it definitely is worth a date night out. We will be returning.

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JoshY
Denver
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food and amazing service; this may have been the best meal that my wife and I have had in a few years.

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LoisM
Portland
2 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Literally brought tears to my eyes. This was our first time at a nicer restaurant with wonderful wait staff, ambiance and fabulous food. It felt so great to be back to semi-normal. The food was fabulous and our server, Angela or Angel or Angelica, was incredible even though they were short-staffed and she was covering a bunch of tables. I’m still kinda sentimental and crying about the experience. Thank you.

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VictorL
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

it was amazing! food was excellent and servicr was wonderful, ill be back for sure..

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Treenebula
Denver
3 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Brunch is good, dinner is PHENOMENAL!! Rioja never disappoints, ever.

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ErikaL
Denver
5 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This restaurant is amazing. Really delicious dishes, and great attention. I'd recommend going somewhere else for dessert, but for your main meal, this is a must!

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BarbaraB
San Francisco
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious brunch! We have of us thoroughly enjoyed our food and drinks.

BR
vipBeachRobin
Dallas
20 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Had the chartruterie board, venison and sea bass. All were very good. Would recommend and service was excellent

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food, wonderful service, great atmosphere.

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SusanJ
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Incredible food, impeccable service. Highly recommend the artichoke tortelloni, vegetarian four squares, octopus, and chocolate dream cake.

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LeahJ
Denver
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Rioja was delicious with excellent service. Cool location in Larimer Square. Wagyu tri-tip was a winning dish, as well as their "Rioja Picnic" with assorted cheese and meat. Flavors were complex and took you on a savory and delectable journey. Highly recommend for date night or family dinner.

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Autumn
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely amazing service, and the food quality was wonderful! They were all so welcoming and my girlfriend and I heard many "Happy Anniversary"s and even got a card with everyone's signature! It was very sweet and personal.

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GwenC
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Mouth watering Food! Well worth the drive to Denver from the burbs!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Patrick was amazing - great recs. The food was the best we’ve had in a while.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Denver
2 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic service! Very knowledgeable about gluten free options.

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vipcffmn
Denver
56 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing service—knowledgeable and friendly! This is our favorite restaurant in Denver! Always amazing food, drinks and excellent service

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vipJagster1000
Denver
12 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Rioja manages to hit the sweet spot vis-a-vis atmosphere, with an aura that feels simultaneously hip and cozy. Don't skip the "Picnic" appetizer, an architectural triumph featuring inspired pairings of Spanish-influenced meats, cheese, roasted nuts, olives and condiments. Too, you would be remiss to pass up the home-made rosemary-scented biscuit, delightful in both its delicacy and the savory robustness of the featured herb. For those early birds that can start their dinner prior to the 5:00 happy hour cut-off, a bourbon cocktail at $8.00 or a crisp white Chardonnay at only $6.00 starts things off on a celebratory and wallet-friendly note. Definiitly order the James Beard award winning artichoke tortellini. The cloud-like pillows of whipped artichoke moved out table to raise a toast to the discerning Mr. Beard. Venison, served rare and ruby-hued, benefited from a sauce tinged with an exotic sweetness. The healthy-sized pork chop brimmed with flavor and juice. All in all, Rioja delights with subtle complexities and Mediterranean flavors. Me encanta.

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vipGeemoney
Chicago
27 reviews
Dined on October 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fabulous food, great presentation and friendly staff, all at a reasonable price. Will go back again for sure. Don’t miss the Dream Cake Dessert! Out of this world

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on October 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Rioja was very yummy and a a great overall experience! We don’t drink, so we usually expect to be treated poorly at nicer restaurants from past experience, but were still treated very well at Rioja!

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MarthaK
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on October 13, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Excellent food and outstanding service from the staff. Thank you all.

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vipJBSeattle
Chicago
9 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Exceptional service with knowledgeable and pleasant wait staff. Timing of food delivery and plate removal was spot on. This was probably the best chicken I have ever tasted and my dining partner was surprised by the diverse and flavorful vegetarian meal.

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Gary
Denver
1 review
Dined on October 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The service of our waiter was fantastic. He answered all our questions, never hurried us and was polite the whole time we were there. The food was amazing. The kitchen cooked the pork chop (sizable) exactly the way I requested it. Nothing but good memories on the whole experience.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was a special occasion for us, we had the best dining experience at Rioja. The staff & manager was attentive and knowledgeable about the food. As a fine dining connoisseur, this was very very fine . Congratulations on your James Beard Award, well deserved. The best seat was overlooking the bar and viewing the interworking of a fine restaurant.

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OpenTable Diner
Tampa
5 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Attentive service. The tasting menu and wine pairing were excellent

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ZekK
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The staff here are 5 stars. You can tell they have been part of the team for a while and are passionate about the food, as well as the customers. Even the hostess was able to tell us her favorite menu item, and the menu changes out every so often. Finishing touches: the bread options are phenomenal, and they went above and beyond to make my boyfriend's birthday dinner was special. Food was unique and delicious. We'll be frequenting this place as a go-to higher-end spot!

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Chris
1 review
Dined on October 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful food and service. We thoroughly enjoyed our dinner

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PatronX
1 review
Dined on October 12, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience3

We (party of 2) we're seated at a table for 2 in a crowded section of the restaurant even though about 70% of the seating was empty. It would have been nice to be seated at an uncrowded table for noise, comfort, and Covid 19 reasons

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Alexis
Atlanta
2 reviews
Dined on October 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

It was amazing. 10/10 recommend. We enjoyed each course and will definitely be back if we're back in the city!

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vipJulieBB
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on October 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

I am from San Francisco and enjoy marvelous food. But Rioja was exceptional, especially our server Angie who crafted our meal for us. I would certainly go back, each course was uniquely prepared, from the pasta to the pork chop.

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Maya
Hawaii
2 reviews
Dined on October 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious and classy! Had lunch here on a Monday after hearing about it on a LoDo walking tour. I had the turmeric mule and artichoke tortellini, and I wouldn’t have changed a thing! Eating the artichoke tortellini was a magical moment- so balanced and savory.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on October 10, 2021
Overall3food3service2ambience4

Overall a good experience, but the portions were way too small for the prices and the service was too slow. It seemed like it took forever to get our bottle of cava. We waited six minutes to be greeted and after that, ten minutes to get our bottle of wine. Our server didn’t acknowledge that we were celebrating our anniversary or told us her name. Her assistant was great, she interacted with us more than our server. The entrees took forever after the salad course. Our server opened the bottle of cava but never came back to pour the bottle. I was pouring my wife’s wine glass all night. We were in no rush but the service was too slow. The food was delicious but the portions were too small. I try to avoid corporate restaurants and go with independent restaurants so please do better.

FAQs

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

Rioja is rated 4.7 stars by 8934 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.