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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
- Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
- Waitstaff wear masks
- Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
pork belly, cardamom, curried garbanzo bean pure
arugula, dates, gorgonzola, almond vinaigrette
Extremely impressed with the quality of the food and the service. A great spot for date night or just a treat-yourself evening away from the crazy world.
The service was great and the staff was very knowledgeable. The food was good but I think it was a bit overpriced.
Excellent night out with friends at Rioja! Made online reservations and were immediately seated after arriving on time. Service was attentive without being intrusive. The 4 of us had different entrees and everyone enjoyed their meals fully. I had the sausage stuffed quail and my wife wished she had also gotten it, though I thought her rack of lamb was delicious also. We will definitely return!
Great food and outdoor dining for lunch. Service was super great.
Absolutely perfect, beautiful night out. Birthday celebration. Everything was delicious and service was wonderful.
Everything was amazing! Definitely a must stop if in the Denver area!
Thanks for the great review ShantelleS! We are glad you could visit us while you were in Denver.
We celebrated our anniversary at Rioja and loved every second! From the ambiance to the lavender bread to the excellent service.. we wined and dined well!!
Thanks for the wonderful feedback of your experience KateK!
Had a wonderful experience the food was delicious and fortunately we got the smallest table in the house so we were a little crammed with the social distancing but all in all it was a good time
Rioja did it again! We looked and looked for a menu as inspired as Rioja’s but couldn’t. Every single bite was delectable and purposeful. Gnocchis were perfection. Artichoke tortellini are bright and briney... love love love this restaurant. Couldn’t recommend it higher.
We originally planned to visit early in the COVID pandemic but had to postpone. The experience was great with respect to distancing, food and ambience (we were near the charcuterie station and kitchen). I loved the veal sweetbreads (top 3 I have ever had) +plums with xo sauce (the tofu texture was more mapo than crispy but still excellent)and the sausage-stuffed quail +risotto/manchego/sunflower seeds and fennel pollen/grape/parsley salad was flavorful and well balanced (savory and sweet with a bit of earthiness). Since we sat beside the cloud cake and witnessed how quickly it was selling, we had a couple of slices for dessert—especially delicious! The beignets were fantastic as well. As an aside: the bread basket had great rosemary sourdough and buttery biscuits but the rosemary may have been a stretch for the biscuits. Altogether, Rioja was a welcome treat during 2020.
Since, like many, I do not get out very often these days, it was a tremendous gift to be treated so courteously by all the staff. Added to the delights of a wonderful evening. Thank you!
Not celiac friendly
Hands down one of my favorite restaurants in Denver!!! EXCELLENT food that melts in your mouth. I’m definitely making this a monthly experience!
Sophisticated service,food and atmosphere always!!!
Amazing salad with ahi tuna
Rioja is a great restaurant. Service was impeccable, the food superb and a nice lively ambiance. Highly recommended
Absolutely incredible food. My girlfriend and I haven’t had a chance to get out in a while. This is the best restaurant we have been to in Denver.
A lifelong fan since the first opened their doors, RIOJA NEVER DISAPPOINTS!
This was such an amazing place to get together with friends from out of town! Thank you! I will be back!
Met expectations and beyond! My fiancé and I were very satisfied with the menu options and overall the choices we made! Highlight for me was the Curried Cauliflower soup special paired with the Lavender Sourdough!
Thanks for the kind words DannyR- we hope to see you again soon!
Everything was just OK..... service was more like a Panera bread than a nice place. We got sat outside at 8:30 at night with no heaters on porch. Hard to justify a $200+ meal when your cold with poor service. :-(
Salad w figs, et al was very good. Sweetbreads were tasty along with the tuna appetizers. We had two orders of Spanish Octopus as well as two orders of the Lamb for our entrees. The Octopus was good but unfortunately the Lamb was overdone. We requested rare to medium rare temperature, but it showed up as medium well at best. We let it go as our server was fabulous and everything else was good. Will try again when we are next in town.
alcuni piatti erano eccellenti, altri decisamente più deludenti,
conti fatti è un buon ristorante ma sicuramente niente di sorprendente, il prezzo di alcuni piatti troppo alto comparato alla qualità, i cocktail decisamente deludenti
Just absolutely amazing dishes! Can’t get enough! Just moved to Denver 3 months ago and have dined here 4 times already. Absolutely Delicious!
We went to Rioja for my birthday. When we arrived at the restaurant, the hostess stated I had not reserved a table on the patio. I’d made the reservation a week or so prior, and most definitely had requested outdoor when reserving. We were seated in the back of the restaurant towards the kitchen. At the time, there was no one else there, so we actually felt more comfortable there. It’s important to note that the tables seemed quite close outside, and people are walking very close to you as they’re walking down Larimer Square. Many were not masked. Staff were wearing masks. Food was delicious, especially the bacon and gnocchi. Portions are small. Wine was way overpriced, but good. We paid $15/glass for a wine we later found out is $15 a bottle at Total Wine.
Great experience. Our server was very nice, the food was good, and the ambience was great! We couldnt have asked for a better anniversary dinner.
Thanks for the wonderful review KayaB!
Great outdoor seating available, nicely spaced out with great people watching.
The meal was great. I was very pleased with how carefully treated the entire meal was. The staff was friendly and the food was very good.
First time at Rioja and we thoroughly enjoyed it. Food was great and the outdoor experience is beautiful.
Sitting outside on Larimer street on a Sunday night was dreamy. Lots of couples out for a late bite under the all the string lights. Rioja took great care of us and the food was superb. We were not rushed through dinner, however things moved along well. All in all a lovely experience
Great time, quaint ambiance. And being right in Larimer Sq is amazing. Glad our server decided to bring both desserts to us after we couldn't decide ourselves.
Everything was excellent from service to presentation to taste.
Rioja has always been my favorite restaurant. I love chef Jennifer's unique creations.
the food was to rich for our taste
It was nice I loved it and the food
I made reservations for Rioja well in advance. Around a month before we came in. I was so excited because of the other reviews so decided to pick Rioja for my birthday dinner. We had a party of 8. Service was really nice. For an appetizer our server recommended the picnic which is basically a charcuterie platter for $20. There was hardly anything on it.... a couple meats, a few small portions of cheese and some olives. Not worth $20. For our main course we ordered the tuna and the artichoke tortellini. The tortellini was ok. There were only 5 pieces for $18 - did not seem like enough. The tuna was lacking flavor and disappointing. Friends ordered the quail that came with risotto and she said the risotto wasnt prepared properly. A few ordered the shortribs which they seemed to be pretty pleased with. Sorry Rioja I just don't think I will be back.
Went to Rioja for a business brunch. Great food and atmosphere. Excellent experience.
Thanks for the great review. We are glad you enjoyed brunch! We hope to see you again soon.
Everything was amazing! We were seated right away and the service was impeccable. The food was delicious from the starter to the desert. We will definitely be coming back many times!
Thanks for the wonderful review JenniferS!
We had such exceptional service. I thought the picnic platter was only enough for 2. I think the portions were a bit small. The bread was delicious.
Thanks for all of the stars MarkS!
Awesome food- sat outside which was beautiful. Great service :)
Thanks for the wonderful review CarlyS!
Rioja offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (303) 820-2282.
Rioja is rated 4.7 stars by 8468 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.