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Rioja

4.7
8961 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
  • Staff is vaccinated
  • Proof of vaccination required to dine indoors
What 8961 people are saying
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OpenTable Diner
Denver
16 reviews
Dined 15 hours ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always great food and excellent service

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
68 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall3food3service4ambience4

With Rioja as the name of the restaurant, we were hoping for cuisine from the basque region and a lot of wines from the rioja region. There were a couple of dishes that may qualify as Spanish or basque; as well as a few wines from Rioja. We were disappointed that there were not really much from Rioja. We were also hoping for lamb or trout from Colorado but those had been removed from the menu. The venison from New Zealand was very good. The daily special of Dungeness crab salad was delightful with the addition of fresh mango. Pasta seems to be the strength of the kitchen.

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ChristinaH
Denver
4 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We loved everything about our dinner at Rioja. The waiters were exceptional and went out of their way to be certain that our questions were answered and our needs met. The Wagyu steak and the octopus entrees were mouthwatering .
We also shared the tortellini Goat cheese appetizer was smooth, complex and divine. We will definitely return again and again!

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Foodie
Denver
16 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was a great meal -- outside during a lovely December day. You can't beat it!!!

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StephanieS
Denver
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food & atmosphere! Try the tortellini. Highly recommend Rioja!

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BillL
Denver
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall3food4service4ambience3

We missed the nice pre-COVID touch of a tasty treat from the chef before the meal and the cool sugar coated mint leaves with the check... Excellent food, though small portions, friendly staff... Thankfully the signature breads were still 100%..!!!!

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Redenginebldr
Birmingham
4 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome brunch!

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AnnaP
Denver
2 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall4food3service5ambience5

Service was excellent. Food was a bit salty but overall tasty. My favorite is the "Picnic" and the cocktails.

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BrettC
Denver
3 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We use Rioja as our go-to place for celebration dinners, and as always this visit was awesome! The food was delicious! We are always amazed how they can take the simplest ingredients and make them into such flavorful dishes!!!

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Lovely
Denver
7 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Eric was great. We had a short time to eat and get to a show He made it happen with grace and confidence.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything about Rioja was just excellent. Food is just amazing. Simple dishes with high quality ingredients and creative touch. Highly recommended

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OpenTable Diner
Orlando
1 review
Dined on November 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Birthday dinner for my GF. We both loved every bit of it. Food was too tier and service was excellent. Thank you!

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Defento
Seattle
100 reviews
Dined on November 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The ladies in my family share a Black Friday tradition of a morning at a museum followed by lunch at Rioja. We missed last year because of… well … you know.
We were so delighted to find Rioja open, thriving and ready to celebrate with us! The restaurant has maintained their food, service and quality of ambience that have kept us coming here for the 5 years previous to last.
Sadly — clutch your pearls! — the ducks have not been treated well by others during recent times. Management assured us, though, they will be returning to duty!
We look forward to returning again next year!!

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OnkS
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on November 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We're new to fine dining, so this was an incredible experience. Excellent food, service, and value. Would definitely come here again.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Denver
2 reviews
Dined on November 24, 2021
Overall4food5service2ambience4

Food was terrific as usual. Our waiter, however was very rude, rushed us, talked back and made snide remarks. Not the usual Rioja service.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on November 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Rioja never disappoints. Not a large menu but something does everyone and service with a smile.

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OpenTable Diner
Amarillo
1 review
Dined on November 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service and food!

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MoodyFoody
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on November 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome place! The food selection, taste, and quality is top notch. Staff training and service is very good as very good. If you are in Denver, and want to experience high end Spanish inspired dishes,look no further

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destineef
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on November 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The server was excellent, he provided great recommendations. The food had an amazing presentation and tasted great.

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AnnickS
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on November 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Just perfect, food was delicious, perfectly executed.

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vipSandyG
Denver
79 reviews
Dined on November 21, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

We went on Sun at 6:30pm. Were seated quickly, waiter came quickly, and everything was too quick. We had half our cocktails when appetizer arrived. Entrees arrived before we could even order wine. Yes, there’s a 90 min limit, but we noted that those arriving later had a more leisurely meal. So advice, dine 8 or later. Food great and atmosphere casual. East side room quiet enough for conversation!

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MPD1
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on November 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Started with charcuterie board and shishito peppers - fantastic! 4 of us had 4 different entrees following aps. Duck, tri-tip, chicken, and gnocchis. All were terrific! Very nice wine list, as well. Will definitely visit again.

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Pleasant
Denver
26 reviews
Dined on November 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great restaurant: inventive menu, great service, fun atmosphere, good value. There are lots of people waiting on you, so there’s always someone available if you have a question. Servers clearly describe each dish as they serve. Those extras make a difference.

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CatherineM
1 review
Dined on November 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was an absolutely stellar experience! The service was top notch - the waiters themselves were all charming, kind and attentive. Timing couldn’t be beat. We pulled out all the stops and had cocktails, apps, entrees, and dessert…every last bite blew our hair back and curled our toes for us. Just an incredible dining experience. The perfect way to celebrate my husband’s 50th birthday, no doubt! Thanks to the whole crew for a great time!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on November 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and service.

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Caddie
Denver
4 reviews
Dined on November 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food is so inventive and delicious. All of the wait staff went above and beyond - a perfect combination of professional and friendly. We haven't been to Rioja in years and will be going regularly now!

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vipGrappa
Denver
20 reviews
Dined on November 19, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience3

Eating in the street is a hazard. I fell off the curb behind my wife's chair and injured myself. Food was great but very expensive. We'll probably go back again after the pandemic.

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vipTC46
Denver
37 reviews
Dined on November 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We have been to Rioja several times and keep coming back. It’s a well run restaurant with very well coached staff. The food is excellent!!!!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Denver
47 reviews
Dined on November 19, 2021
Overall3food3service5ambience4

I’m a big fan of Rioja. But a recent lunch there was a disappointment. Service was excellent, but the food itself was a step down from the Rioja standard of excellence. Quality of entree salads with seared tuna warranted a “C” on a generous grading scale. Portions were underwhelming. I’ll give this longtime favorite another chance, but I hope this was an aberration and not a sign of things to come.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on November 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great ambiance, extensive wine menu, great service and food. Will recommend.

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TTem
Denver
1 review
Dined on November 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We decided to celebrate our 1st wedding anniversary with dinner at Rioja and had a fabulous time! The food was the best we’ve had at Rioja. It was perfectly coursed, flavorful, and not too rich. The staff was very sweet and gifted us a happy anniversary cars, as well as free mini ice cream cones. We had a blast!

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Wyatt
1 review
Dined on November 18, 2021
Overall2food4service2ambience4

As we walked in we were greeted in a very friendly manner and upon walking to the table the hostess told us happy anniversary which was very thoughtful as well as appreciated. Up to this point everything was excellent. Once our server arrived this is where things started to become less impressive. Our server began asking the usual questions but seemed a little un interested when we said, “We have never been here before”. We ordered a bottle of wine and after tasting it we agreed that we were more than happy with our choice. He then pored my glass but as he was pouring my girlfriends glass he spilled it all over the table which made the rest of the evening very uncomfortable. After ordering their charcuterie board our server was very pushy about ordering an entree. So we now have finished our dinner and gotten the check which is where the rest of the night just takes a pretty unacceptable turn. Our bill was $100 over what it should have been. We try to get the waiters attention but since we are all done the waiter pays no attention, after 10 minutes of waiting we finally get the servers attention. My girlfriend who works in another high class restaurant brings up the fact that the wine that we were charged for was a much more expensive wine than we chose to drink. The waiter looks at the bottle of wine, that we had someone else re-cork due to our server not paying us much attention and proceeds to tell us that that was the correct wine that we were charged for. That wasn’t even close to true, we then talk to Somalia who confirms our disposition about the charge. The new bill was finally correct and was given to us by a different server. Our server never apologized and it made the experience very awkward and less than impressive.

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Janet
Denver
4 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had an exceptional experience at Rioja. The food was brilliant, as was the service.

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SEKO
1 review
Dined on November 15, 2021
Overall3food5service4ambience4

The food was very good. I was taken aback at first at the price for the half order of artichoke tortellini, only four pieces of tortellini for around $12.50. The serving was filling, though, when eaten with the fig beignet dessert, which was also very tasty. The waiter forgot about bringing me my check after I had asked for it. He compensated by removing the cost of my coffee. While I was waiting for my check, I heard some off-colored language from a bar staff person. I didn't really mind, and with that said, he might want to be more careful around customers in general. Overall, the staff seemed reserved and a little stand-offish. I couldn't tell if this was the demeanor of the class of the restaurant, the staff, or their perceptions of me as I was wearing a business casual sweater but blue khakis, tennis shoes, and carried my backpack as I was travelling around the city all day. I would recommend the food, not so much the ambience.

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BenL
1 review
Dined on November 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience1

As always the food was great, the wine selection was expansive and had great options for a variety of budgets and food choices. I have always felt the tables were a little close together, allowing people to eavesdrop on your conversation. Yesterday this concern became a reality, when a nosey, intoxicated patron, rudely barged into our private conversation. I know the restaurant is not responsible for the actions of the patrons, but the proximity of the tables definitely allows for this kind of interaction.

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vipWineguy
Orange County
93 reviews
Dined on November 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It’s been probably 15 years since I came back to Rioja. Food is still so good and creative. A very talented kitchen. The service team is gracious. Love the multi-faceted wine list.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on November 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food, great pace/ service.

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KevinD
Denver
13 reviews
Dined on November 13, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Service great! Entrees were better than first course and desserts. Very noisy as we were seated to a large birthday party.

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OpenTable Diner
Denver
4 reviews
Dined on November 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My Wife and I had lunch and the food was great. The waiter and staff were great.

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vipSarahJ
Philadelphia
19 reviews
Dined on November 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love this place - great food!

FAQs

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

Rioja is rated 4.7 stars by 8961 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.