Rioja

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$31 to $50
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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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Denver
9 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious starters, entrees and dessert. Excellent service and ambiance. Alwsys a pleasure.

Rioja
Responded 16 hours ago

Thanks for the stars Caco!

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KC
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

My new favorite dinner restaurant in Denver. From the cocktails to the breads to the entrees and the desserts, everything was well balanced and full of flavor! I highly recommend the Artichoke Tortelloni - one of the best combinations of ingredients! And the beignets for dessert too :)

D
Denver
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall2food2service5ambience5

Had not been to Rioja in years ( used to be excellent. )One meal (quail was perhaps average— I did not like it). The other ( clams, sausage and pasta) was pretty bad. Very good service though! And their bread is still great.

C
New York Area
32 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall4food4service5ambience4

3 out of 4 meals were good. the 4th, gnocchi with lamb, was cold & gnocchi were not light.

OT
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2020
Overall4food4service3ambience3

We love Rioja but this time we were a bit disappointed in the food and service. My husband ordered the lamb gnocchi. The orange gremolata on the dish really overpowered all of the flavors. Very disappointing. My papparadelle pasta was delicious but not very big. As for service my husband ordered a cappuccino to enjoy with some beignets and we got the beignets way before the coffee. Our waitress apologized and didn’t charge us for the coffee but it was still a bit disappointing. The restaurant was also a bit loud and we had trouble hearing each other when trying to have a conversation.

S
Denver
15 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Solid choose for meal every time. Amazing flavor, lovely presentation and an easy menu to order off of.
They’re always busy and your water is always full but it’s very busy and lively place. It’s not a quiet focused experience. Our server was running and all might have been better served with a table or two less on her plate.

AC
Cleveland
23 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Really good. Very Happy

Rioja
Responded 15 hours ago

Thanks for the great review ACOb!

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OT
Dallas
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing brunch and do not skip dessert. It’s also amazing

LP
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best dinner in Denver. Cosy atmosphere and very professionnal service.
Every dish was a delight for the eyes and even better once in our mouth.

Rioja
Responded 16 hours ago

Thanks for the details review LyneP. I will pass these kind words along to the rest of the team.

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OT
Denver
12 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Have not eaten here for over 10 years. It was every bit as good as I remember it the first time! Awesome!

CC
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

The meal was delicious! Our appetizer, the short rib and gnocchi were all so wonderful! I will say the only negative was that our food took quite some time to come out- about an hour after we ordered it. But everything else was perfect!

MB
Atlanta
26 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Enjoyed an outstanding lunch at Rioja. Service was top-notch and the food was terrific. I would return again.

Rioja
Responded 16 hours ago

Thanks for all of the stars MichaelB!

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OT
Denver
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was so good , I had to tell my son and wife to go on Sunday so they good enjoy the special . Benedict

MC
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The food was amazing! I had some of the pasta and would definitely come back for seconds. It is a smaller space, so it was rather loud and not as cozy/quiet as other restaurants you might go for Valentine's day but it didn't bother us too much. You could definitely overhear your neighbors conversations since you were so close. I will also say the drinks are amazing and if I'm not returning for dinner it is definitely a place I would highly consider for craft cocktails and a lite bite (we had an app and it was amazing).

Rioja
Responded 16 hours ago

Thank you so much MitchellC for taking the time to publish your feedback. We are pleased to read that you had great time! Hope to see you again soon.

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H
Denver
2 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Hands down one of the best restaurants in Denver. Run here! The service is excellent and the food has mad flavor. The wine list is impressive and has a great selection for all budgets. 1000% recommend Rioja!

TC
Denver
6 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I was very impressed with the restaurant. There were many people there and it was a busy night but it was not that loud and our table felt very personal. The food and service were excellent and the price is surprisingly reasonable given the reputation and quality of the food.

Rioja
Responded 15 hours ago

Thanks for the wonderful review TimC43! We hope to see you again soon.

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K
Denver
7 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Robin was a fabulous server and made our Valentine dinner extra special. She gave personal service and was a delight. Fantastic!!!

OT
Denver
2 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

The service was amazing. Never had an empty glass, the server was patient, etc. The entrees were delicious (especially the duck leg!) but i thought the pasta dishes were just good (pappardelle crown and gnocchi). Was a little cramped for me but I like space. Will definitely be back.

Rioja
Responded 15 hours ago

Thanks for the great feedback! We hope that you will join us again soon.

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AF
Denver
12 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and service was on point. Parking and fees are ok.

Rioja
Responded 16 hours ago

Thanks for the kind words Angelofromthefort!

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GM
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We chose Rioja on the recommendation of our bed-and-breakfast where we were staying. It took a little longer than we anticipated to walk there, and so I called 10 minutes before our reservation time and apologetically informed them that we would be seven minutes late. The person who answered the phone was a bit put off but said that she would inform the kitchen. We arrived five minutes after our reservation time, which was the last reservation time for the afternoon. The gentleman who greeted us and cared for us from that point on was wonderful. We had a delicious meal and I would highly recommend the Gabe’s Chicken sandwich. My wife thoroughly enjoyed the artichoke tortillona, a house specialty. We will eat there again in the future.

LD
Denver
4 reviews
Dined on February 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very good service. We loved the bread, wine and main courses

Rioja
Responded on February 15, 2020

Thank you for the kind words LisaD!

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SN
Denver
1 review
Dined on February 12, 2020
Overall2food2service3ambience3

The quality has slipped a great deal... needs to get a lot better to entice
me back...

OT
1 review
Dined on February 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service was exceptional and the food was equally special. The wine and courses were served at perfect intervals. Our dinner felt neither rushed nor slow.

Rioja
Responded 16 hours ago

Thanks for the kind words. We hope to see you again soon!

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Z
Denver
4 reviews
Dined on February 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing service, we came in for a Pre show dinner and she timed everything perfectly and never felt rushed. Once again, a favorite dining experience. Had the vegetarian plate this time and loved it! I usually get the short rib or fish but was totally satisfied with all the veggies and actually enjoyed it more than my bites of meat and fish from my other dinner companions.

Rioja
Responded on February 15, 2020

Thanks for the detailed review Zpix. We are so glad you enjoyed your time here!

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OT
1 review
Dined on February 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Are a lovely dinner before heading to the DCPA for Sarah Mavglochlin. Marvelous evening.

JO
St. Louis
22 reviews
Dined on February 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely a go-to favorite whenever we're in Denver. Not to be missed. Creative & delicious food, friendly & attentive service, beautiful surroundings and great ambiance.

Rioja
Responded on February 15, 2020

Thanks for the kind words JohnO. I will make sure to pass this along to the rest of the staff. We hope to see you again soon.

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RW
1 review
Dined on February 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was amazing, especially paired with the wine!

Rioja
Responded on February 15, 2020

Thanks for the nice review RachelW!

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AL
Denver
4 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2020
Overall3food4service5ambience5

Food was good, portions somewhat on the smaller side (but adequate). They made ever effort to elevate the dishes and make it an upscale dining experience. A bit pricey for what it was, not sure if I would return.

H
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing!! Can't wait to go back

Rioja
Responded 16 hours ago

Thanks for the kind words Hallie! We can't wait to see you again soon.

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DP
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall3food2service4ambience5

Overall, a large disappointment. The restaurant itself is great in terms of appearance. The staff is good but not great and hovered too much. The menu is fine but not great. We had the bacon appetizer and shared the lamb pasta and octopus. The bacon was quite greasy and uncomfortably slimy. The octopus was just this side of bad. Very salty and fishy. Most of it was left uneaten. The lamb pasta was actually quite good. Desert was cheesecake and ice cream, neither was up to par.

With other great restaurant choices in Denver, much less on Larimer Street, we won't be back.

f
Denver
54 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The venison and fish were excellently prepared and plated beautifully. New smoked pear salad was delicious. Cannot get enough goat cheese biscuits! Riojo is one of my favorite restaurants.

Rioja
Responded on February 12, 2020

Thanks for the kind words foodie51. We are glad you enjoyed our new Venison dish- it is one of my favorites on the menu right now.

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s
Denver
14 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

We love Rioja! Everything is made with such care and creativity! It’s what dining out should be.

EH
Milwaukee
47 reviews
Dined on February 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Unbelievable menu & outstanding service! My new favorite restaurant in Denver

Rioja
Responded on February 12, 2020

Thanks for the kind review EricH. We do hope to see you again soon.

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b
New Orleans
9 reviews
Dined on February 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful food, beautiful presentation in an upscale environment.

Rioja
Responded on February 12, 2020

Thank you so much barbaraz for taking the time to publish your feedback. We are pleased to read that you had great time! Hope to see you again soon.

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OT
Dallas
13 reviews
Dined on February 6, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Delicious food but small proportions.

g
Denver
1 review
Dined on February 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We’ve been coming to Rioja for over 15 years and it’s consistently wonderful!

Rioja
Responded on February 12, 2020

Thanks for the wonderful review George!

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J
Denver
231 reviews
Dined on February 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Another wonderful meal before the theater

Rioja
Responded on February 8, 2020

Thanks for all of the stars Jankoss! We hope to see you again soon.

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JG
1 review
Dined on February 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing Food & Excellent Service!
Staff is super friendly.

Will definitely be back :)

Rioja
Responded on February 8, 2020

Thanks for the kind words JesusG!

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MM
Denver
18 reviews
Dined on February 2, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Remains one of our favorite restaurants... Been going there almost every time we are in Denver since it opened.

Rioja
Responded on February 7, 2020

Thanks for the kind words. We are so glad you enjoyed your time with us. We hope to see you again next time your in Denver!

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JM
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A perfect marriage of creative cooking with respect for fundamentals. No wonder they re dived a James Beard award.

Rioja
Responded on February 7, 2020

Thanks for the wonderful review JohnM. I will pass along these kind words to the rest of our staff. We hope to see you again soon!

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