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Dinner for four. Seating was comfortable, although we were near the deep fryer (which is exposed to the dining area) and the smell of used oil was pervasive (and hard to get out of our clothes). Service was also very uneven; long wait to order drinks, long gaps between courses; no offer of additional beverages when we finished cocktails. Unfortunately we didn't have time for dessert given the delays in service, but the food we did get was generally good; creative and well-executed Brussels Sprouts salad, nicely paired pear and raclette with greens, gnocchi with an oat crumble. We also started with the Brava Pizza where the preserved lemon and chorizo pairing didn't agree with all of us. For mains, no complaints with the duck confit served with fregola, a small round pasta we've only seen before in soups, or the filet of beef which was outstanding all around. We also had the sweetbreads and artichoke tortelloni with the mains, both were good but not on the same level as either the duck or filet. Overall it's not a bad value given the level of culinary execution, it just needs a different approach to service and separation between diners and the deep fry station.
Attentive service and amazing food preparations. We love Rioja
We are happy you enjoyed the service and the food. We do look forward to seeing you in the future!
A great place to visit while in downtown Denver. It is a vibrant place with excellent service and unexpected flavors.
Thanks for all of the stars Nataliak!
Excellent food. My daughter had a perfectly cooked rare filet. I had the Ravioli. Service friendly relaxed yet efficient. Sometime chef/owner checked with us to see if everything good. She was great. We were very unintentionally underdressed (bad time management on our part) but were treated as if we were best dressed. We were also two women and treated with respect. So it was a great meal with great staff.
Helen thank you for the kind review. I will make sure to pass this along to the staff!
amazing cauliflower soup and pork belly, fantastic lamb burger
Lovely place. Excellent food and wine.
Fabulous! Will be returning.
My favorite restaurant in Denver. The food is spectacular, ambiance is really inviting and the staff is so friendly and knowledgeable.
Thank you for the kind words KathrynD. We hope to see you again soon!
Rioja is always a perfect dining experience, one of the best in Denver.
Thanks for the great review MeredithH!
Very nice building, but the industrial chic atmosphere bounces sound around. Very difficult for those of us with hearing aids to hear anything. Some of the food was exquisite, but a couple of things were over salted. Particularly the vegetables. The risotto was truly outstanding, as was the pasta. Great service!
We've dined here a number of times and have always thoroughly enjoyed the experience. This time all 4 of us were very happy and relaxed. A great environment and after dinner we walked to Union Station to jump on the light rail … so great location.
Thanks for the great review Beth. We hope to see you again soon!
This restaurant was absolutely amazing, and one of the best dining experiences we as a family have had in the last couple of years! The ambience, service and decor were great, but the food was a very special treat: each dish was a fresh idea or take on an idea.
Thanks for all of the stars MarkJ. I will pass these kind words along to the staff.
We always love eating here.
Thanks for all of the stars AlanS!
Enjoyed a wonderful meal prior to an event at DCPA. The food was great and the sauces were superb. The wait staff was attentive without hovering. We will return.
We are happy to hear that you enjoyed your pre theatre dining experience with us KellyGreen. We hope to see you again soon before a show!
Would not honor a gift certificate with no expectation date . I will never return here and I will pass the word that do not honor gift certificates
I’m happy to report they are trying to correct this!!!
Service was amazing. Most food was amazing. My main entree was the chicken. It was soooo salty. Hard to eat.
What an amazing evening at Rioja with exquisite food and impeccable service!
Thanks for the great review Rebecca!
Love this place. The James Beard award winning tortellini’s were fantastic. We went here for New Year’s Eve and everything was creative and exquisite.
We are glad you enjoyed the Tortellini's. Thank you for celebrating New Year's Eve with us!
It was very nice! Food good, service nice! We had a very nice evening! Enjoyed the night
We are glad you enjoyed the food and service. I will make sure to pass this along to the staff.
Great selections available. We both chose the scallops and were very pleased. Service and ambiance were excellent.
Craig, thank you for the kind words. I will make sure to pass this along to the staff.
Divine food! We loved it and will definitely be back
Thanks for the great review Nicole and we look forward to having you back!
Thanks for all of the stars. We are glad you enjoyed brunch!
Everyone was very nice, but the food was mediocre making the restaurant overpriced. I'd say skip it.
Teresa was our server and she made our night. We have dined with her before and it was amazing then too. She was great with giving suggestions on meals and paired our wine perfectly. We will continue to come back because of the great service and amazing food. This is by far the best restaurant in Denver.
Great atmosphere and amazing food. Filet was so good and vegetable 4 square is always amazing.
We are so happy you enjoyed the filet and vegetable four square! Thanks for the review Jennifer.
Whenever we visit Denver we schedule a dinner at Rioja. We never got disappointed. It is always special. We will be back soon.
Great food and incredible service. It is always a treat to dine here and experience the food presentation.
Wonderful experience for special birthday celebration! Highly recommend
Hal, thank you for spending your father in laws birthday with us! We are happy you enjoyed everything.
Rioja is a crown jewell of a restaurant. Perfect pastas, interesting tasteful starters, vegetarian options and great ambience.
Excellent food and service. Menu offered a nice variety so everyone at the table was happy. Loved it!
Prompt seating and friendly hostess. Food was incredible as always. Waiter was just simply not good. Pompous and not really helpful. Didn’t tell us of any specials but told tables around us. Food and drinks and bread were outstanding, just a waiter that sucked and ruined the experience.
Rioja has the best service I’ve ever experienced at a restaurant. All the servers work together as a cohesive team to completely take care of you. The food is exceptional and such high quality. Reservations are recommended.
We are glad you enjoyed the service Susan! I will pass this along to the team.
While the food is excellent and our waiter was friendly and professional this is the second time the hostess has been rude and snooty. I cannot understand why a beautiful and well-regarded restaurant would continue to employ someone who is not interested in being pleasant to customers. We knew we were early for our 5pm reservation and when we approached her she gave us a haughty “kitchen isn’t open yet you’ll have to wait”. We were perfectly prepared to wait at the bar and did so. 5pm rolls around and she starts seating people without approaching us. (We are 5 feet away). I get up to make sure she hasn’t forgotten us but she ignores me and proceeds to seat others who entered after us. I ask for the manager, who frankly wasn’t very apologetic, but we were seated immediately after that. Fortunately our waiter was great as was the bartender but I won’t go back until they adjust their welcome to a much more polite and customer friendly one
This was a great dining experience. From the moment we were greeted by the hostess, through the entire dinner, we were extremely impressed!
5 Stars, and we are looking forward to coming back again.
Joe thank you for the great review. We cannot wait for you to come back and join us!
Very disappointed with the clams.
Rest of the meal was fine.
Delightful meal. Amazing number of staff takes very good care of your every need. Artichoke tortelloni was spectacular as was the special of the day, venison.
Service was awful (Rebecca was very unfriendly) and food was over priced. Duck was over cooked to the point of being inedible and sweet potato gnocchi were incredibly salty. Would not recommend
Went there for our anniversary and was not disappointed. Great food, service and location!
We are so happy to see that you enjoyed your anniversary with us Vince!
Fantastic flavor - great service