This restaurant now offers Takeout

Bring the restaurant to you. Order and pay for food directly on OpenTable.

View Takeout menu

Rioja

4.7
8732 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.
avatar copy

Private Dining

Book your next event with us

View details

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 8732 people are saying
Overall ratings and reviews
Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant
4.7based on recent ratings
4.7
food
4.7
service
4.7
ambience
4.4
value
Noise · Moderate
92% of people would recommend it to a friend
Sort by
Filters
OT
OpenTable Diner
Denver
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food3service5ambience5

Had a great time!

SH
SamH
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Beautiful, elegant and delicious. Service was perfect. It was a night we were hit with a snow storm, and we were late to our reservation due to it. They were very patient and made our anniversary night truly special.

KS
KathleenS
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Truly excellent food. We ordered several things and all were delicious. Service was great. Really nice ambience as well.

r
river
Denver
3 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

An absolutely spectacular meal! Would definitely recommend for any special occasion.

BM
BrittneyM
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best restaurant in Denver. Love the atmosphere, sevice and the food is phenomenal. Don't skip dessert!!

OT
vipOpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of the best meals I’ve had in ages. The value for the quality of the food was spectacular. GET. THE. DUCK.

DK
DeborahK
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food and service is truly an experience! This is a must try!

H
Hari
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall3food4service5ambience4

Good service and friendly environment.

S
Skip
Denver
2 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Spectacular everything! All server staff were spot on perfect, food was very unique but oh so good! Love Rioja!

D
Daniel
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food and amazing service, Rebecca is great at what she does.

RR
vipRuralRider
Denver
20 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We celebrated two birthdays. William was terrific. Food was, too!

AV
AVTY
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was wonderful. The food was exquisite! Very good service and time flew!

OT
OpenTable Diner
New Orleans
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Anniversary

AC
AlexC
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall1food1service5ambience4

My friend got sick off of the food and it was just gross in general, she threw it up later that night.

DB
DanilB
Miami
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely great place and great food. Perfect service. Thank you guys. Definitely gonna come back next time when I’m Denver.

V
vipVandy
Denver
24 reviews
Dined on April 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

There are two signature dishes on the menu that I get every time I come here - the pork belly and artichoke pasta. The flavors of everything we ordered were delicious!

KM
KeithM
Chicago
1 review
Dined on April 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The service and food were top notch, and is definitely a place I would recommend to others. I was in Denver on business and found Rioja due to it being one of the few places open for lunch downtown. The lamb burger was not your typical burger, it had great flavor and would bring me back again if I make it back to Denver in the future.

S
vipSundanceliving
Denver
27 reviews
Dined on April 12, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

It took a little while to get the check to pay but the food was excellent and the service overall was good. It is expensive, though.

OT
vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on April 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Innovative, flavorful and seasonal flavors. Each bite was flavorful and the soothing upscale modern ambience added to the overall experience

DG
DebraG
Denver
3 reviews
Dined on April 11, 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience3

We had a great time and the food was delicious. The air conditioning was blowing directly on us and we were chilly to the point of being uncomfortable.

MO
MaureenO
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on April 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As always, a delicious dinner with a great ambiance!

OT
OpenTable Diner
Denver
2 reviews
Dined on April 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great meal great service. They gave a handwritten card to my significant other for her birthday which everyone acknowledged it was her birthday, yet the card said Happy Anniversary. The details are what makes a meal great or exceptional. I’ve eaten here numerous times and was disappointed in that lack of detail as it minimized her special day.

KB
KathyB
Denver
5 reviews
Dined on April 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience3

I have loved this restaurant from the first time I went many years ago. The Parmesan Benedict on the brunch menu is excellent! I could drink that parm. sauce with a straw! Had the Arugala, date, blue cheese salad w/ almond dressing- delicious. My only criticism would be the chairs. You can't sit back in them, or you'd be on the floor! Not good if you have back problems, like me.

G
vipGreg
Denver
31 reviews
Dined on April 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First time out in a real restaurant since the COVID-19 started. Things couldn’t have been better, nice weather, great table and service and the food was awesome. Also had some excellent wine.

C
Chazlowe
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on April 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service and wine were impeccable. Can't wait to go back!

OT
OpenTable Diner
Denver
3 reviews
Dined on April 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I loved this place! I can’t wait to go back again. Great experience!

MM
MountainMan
1 review
Dined on April 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great brunch menu, phenomenal presentation and the desserts are excellent.

TG
TomG
Denver
1 review
Dined on April 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful menu of exceptionally well crafted dishes. Excellent service from a friendly and professional team of servers. Warm inviting ambiance in the dining room. We celebrated our wedding anniversary and I cannot think of a better Denver restaurant for a special occasion. We love this restaurant!

f
vipfinleygrace
Denver
16 reviews
Dined on April 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of my favorites places. Love the oopsie daisy, beet salad, scallops, biscuits and Japanese dessert. Long day of exercising to burn off all those calories but worth it. Delish!

DN
vipDiningNDenver
Denver
8 reviews
Dined on April 9, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

The service was a bit slow to start with, but once it was realized that we had been waiting for 15 minutes before anyone came over, the rest of the meal was terrific! The food was excellent as always. Consistently, one of my favorite restaurants.

OT
OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on April 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful restaurant for a special occasion. Our anniversary dinner was memorable. We both had the tasting menu. We had been here years ago and had forgotten how good the food was.

NC
NowellC
Denver
3 reviews
Dined on April 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I had a great experience there with friends. The staff was great great and attentive and the food was amazing! I will definitely go back.

ML
MarquisL
1 review
Dined on April 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely outstanding! My date had the spicy salad with wagyu beef and I had the seaweed salad with seared tuna. We were both VERY pleased. I'm sorry I hadn't been there before. Will absolutely be going back. Preferably to try the dinner menu in the evening.

SC
vipStuColorado
107 reviews
Dined on April 8, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

The lamb burger is back on the menu - happy days!

BL
BillL
1 review
Dined on April 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding food and service. The best restaurant in Denver.

OT
OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on April 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service and the restaurant felt very inviting

OT
vipOpenTable Diner
Denver
3 reviews
Dined on April 6, 2021
Overall2food2service2ambience4

While this restaurant has a premier location on Larimer St, the food and service lacked. Husband ordered the steak and it was a terrible cut of meat - very chewy even when ordered medium rare. Server was not attentive or patient with questions I had regarding a dairy allergy and what dishes would work. She seemed put off to have to inquire with the chef. Would not dine here again.

PP
PennyP
Denver
4 reviews
Dined on April 6, 2021
Overall4food3service4ambience5

The tables were well spaced and everything was quite nice. Unfortunately, two entrées that were ordered (beef and lamb) were tough and not very tasty—definitely not up to par. Hopefully aberrations for a usually superior restaurant.

TC
vipTC46
Denver
31 reviews
Dined on April 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We always enjoy Rioja. They are one of very few restaurants that serve bread.... and it’s especially good bread at that. The menu is simple and the choices are varied.

R
Raleigh
Mexico City
5 reviews
Dined on April 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always the place we go for special occasions because it is always perfect.

FAQs

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

Rioja is rated 4.7 stars by 8732 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.