Rioja

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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 7978 People Are Saying
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Denver
17 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our dinner at Rioja was unexpectedly delicious and I can't wait to go back. I'm gluten free and there was no problem accommodating my sensitivity. I had a scallop dish with great flavors, others had gnocchi and lamb shank all with great sides and healthy sauces. the dessert was off the charts..a peanut butter mousse with choc and carmel. OMG!! Service was spot on.

OT
Denver
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was amazing as usual. It’s a bit loud in the restaurant and it makes it hard to hear each other talk. Otherwise, it’s beautiful with great service and wonderful food! Love this restaurant!

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

My boyfriend and I had a wonderful anniversary dinner! Our server took extra good care of us, from recommending wine pairings to complementary dessert and bubbles to finish the meal. Everything was delicious and delightful - the pumpkin salad was so fun and my boyfriend had the biggest pork chop I've ever seen! We always love coming to Rioja for a special time and our most recent visit was no different. Thank you!

TS
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food, service, and atmosphere. Highly recommended. They went above and beyond for my best friends birthday.

IT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great spot in Denver - thoughtful and elegant menu, great ambience

CR
Cincinnati
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best meal, start to finish, we have had in a very long time.

j
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 2food 1service 4ambience 5

I was floored by the pricing to quality and quantity of food. I ordered the beef filet and was delivered underdone and honestly, didn’t taste very good.

DB
Charlotte
3 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Great restaurant with very innovative, delicious food. Highly recommend giving Rioja a go.

GX
Denver
7 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Just saying. Had a reservation which was made at least a month out. Even received a call from the restaurant to ask if we were showing up. Arrived on time, was told by a less than friendly hostess, that “there were parties ahead of us,” and then recommended we should get a drink at the bar. Manager comped our drinks. Thank you. Declined a table near the entrance when asked- it was crowded by patrons waiting to be seated. No thanks. Eventually seated 30 minutes later. Food was good, but cold.

SA
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Rioja is an absolute delight. We have a fantastic time each visit. Our favorite restaurant in Denver! The staff goes above and beyond every and every time we visit. One example - recently we visited and one in our party could not have gluten and everyone knows the fantastic breads there. Each of us who could took part in the deliciousness. Moments later the manager brought over some gluten-free options for our gluten free guest before we even asked for anything.

Every experience with Rioja is like that. They understand service and bring the very best for their patrons. I would highly recommend Rioja to anyone who Is looking for fantastic food, excellent ambience, and an all-around lovely evening.

AR
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Loved our server. She was ready to make recommendations but was never pushy. Best pork chop I’ve ever had in my life. It was as tender as any filet I’ve ever had. We will be making this a tradition to go every Denver weekend we have.

OT
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was excellent

BH
Denver
2 reviews
Dined on October 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

SJ
1 review
Dined on October 13, 2019
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 on October 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

K
1 review
Dined on October 13, 2019
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 on October 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always great food and pro service. Love it here

OT
Cleveland
3 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.