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Delicious starters, entrees and dessert. Excellent service and ambiance. Alwsys a pleasure.
Thanks for the stars Caco!
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 :)
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.
3 out of 4 meals were good. the 4th, gnocchi with lamb, was cold & gnocchi were not light.
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.
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.
Really good. Very Happy
Thanks for the great review ACOb!
Amazing brunch and do not skip dessert. It’s also amazing
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.
Thanks for the details review LyneP. I will pass these kind words along to the rest of the team.
Have not eaten here for over 10 years. It was every bit as good as I remember it the first time! Awesome!
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!
Enjoyed an outstanding lunch at Rioja. Service was top-notch and the food was terrific. I would return again.
Thanks for all of the stars MichaelB!
It was so good , I had to tell my son and wife to go on Sunday so they good enjoy the special . Benedict
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).
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.
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!
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.
Thanks for the wonderful review TimC43! We hope to see you again soon.
Robin was a fabulous server and made our Valentine dinner extra special. She gave personal service and was a delight. Fantastic!!!
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.
Thanks for the great feedback! We hope that you will join us again soon.
Excellent food and service was on point. Parking and fees are ok.
Thanks for the kind words Angelofromthefort!
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.
Very good service. We loved the bread, wine and main courses
Thank you for the kind words LisaD!
The quality has slipped a great deal... needs to get a lot better to entice
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.
Thanks for the kind words. We hope to see you again soon!
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.
Thanks for the detailed review Zpix. We are so glad you enjoyed your time here!
Are a lovely dinner before heading to the DCPA for Sarah Mavglochlin. Marvelous evening.
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.
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.
The food was amazing, especially paired with the wine!
Thanks for the nice review RachelW!
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.
Amazing!! Can't wait to go back
Thanks for the kind words Hallie! We can't wait to see you again soon.
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.
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.
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.
We love Rioja! Everything is made with such care and creativity! It’s what dining out should be.
Unbelievable menu & outstanding service! My new favorite restaurant in Denver
Thanks for the kind review EricH. We do hope to see you again soon.
Wonderful food, beautiful presentation in an upscale environment.
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.
Delicious food but small proportions.
We’ve been coming to Rioja for over 15 years and it’s consistently wonderful!
Thanks for the wonderful review George!
Another wonderful meal before the theater
Thanks for all of the stars Jankoss! We hope to see you again soon.
Amazing Food & Excellent Service!
Staff is super friendly.
Will definitely be back :)
Thanks for the kind words JesusG!
Remains one of our favorite restaurants... Been going there almost every time we are in Denver since it opened.
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!
A perfect marriage of creative cooking with respect for fundamentals. No wonder they re dived a James Beard award.
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!