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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J
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall3food4service2ambience3

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.

c
Denver
45 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Attentive service and amazing food preparations. We love Rioja

Rioja
Responded 5 days ago

We are happy you enjoyed the service and the food. We do look forward to seeing you in the future!

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NK
Los Angeles
5 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

A great place to visit while in downtown Denver. It is a vibrant place with excellent service and unexpected flavors.

Rioja
Responded 5 days ago

Thanks for all of the stars Nataliak!

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H
Seattle
6 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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.

Rioja
Responded 5 days ago

Helen thank you for the kind review. I will make sure to pass this along to the staff!

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MC
Houston
1 review
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

amazing cauliflower soup and pork belly, fantastic lamb burger

OT
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on January 10, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Lovely place. Excellent food and wine.

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on January 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fabulous! Will be returning.

KD
Denver
3 reviews
Dined on January 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My favorite restaurant in Denver. The food is spectacular, ambiance is really inviting and the staff is so friendly and knowledgeable.

Rioja
Responded 5 days ago

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

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MH
Denver
4 reviews
Dined on January 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Rioja is always a perfect dining experience, one of the best in Denver.

Rioja
Responded 5 days ago

Thanks for the great review MeredithH!

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GK
Birmingham
7 reviews
Dined on January 8, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience3

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!

B
Los Angeles
22 reviews
Dined on January 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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.

Rioja
Responded 5 days ago

Thanks for the great review Beth. We hope to see you again soon!

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MJ
1 review
Dined on January 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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.

Rioja
Responded 5 days ago

Thanks for all of the stars MarkJ. I will pass these kind words along to the staff.

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AS
Denver
5 reviews
Dined on January 5, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

We always love eating here.

Rioja
Responded 5 days ago

Thanks for all of the stars AlanS!

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KG
New England
1 review
Dined on January 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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.

Rioja
Responded 5 days ago

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!

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K
New England
8 reviews
Dined on January 3, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience4

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!!!

TM
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on January 2, 2020
Overall4food3service5ambience4

Service was amazing. Most food was amazing. My main entree was the chicken. It was soooo salty. Hard to eat.

RW
Denver
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

What an amazing evening at Rioja with exquisite food and impeccable service!

Rioja
Responded on January 3, 2020

Thanks for the great review Rebecca!

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CS
Seattle
7 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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.

Rioja
Responded on January 3, 2020

We are glad you enjoyed the Tortellini's. Thank you for celebrating New Year's Eve with us!

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CD
Philadelphia
12 reviews
Dined on December 30, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

It was very nice! Food good, service nice! We had a very nice evening! Enjoyed the night

Rioja
Responded on January 3, 2020

We are glad you enjoyed the food and service. I will make sure to pass this along to the staff.

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CK
Denver
4 reviews
Dined on December 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great selections available. We both chose the scallops and were very pleased. Service and ambiance were excellent.

Rioja
Responded on January 3, 2020

Craig, thank you for the kind words. I will make sure to pass this along to the staff.

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NB
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2019
Overall5food5service3ambience5

Divine food! We loved it and will definitely be back

Rioja
Responded on January 3, 2020

Thanks for the great review Nicole and we look forward to having you back!

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OT
Denver
2 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Terrific brunch!

Rioja
Responded 5 days ago

Thanks for all of the stars. We are glad you enjoyed brunch!

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N
San Francisco
20 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2019
Overall3food2service4ambience3

Everyone was very nice, but the food was mediocre making the restaurant overpriced. I'd say skip it.

DS
Denver
1 review
Dined on December 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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.

JG
Denver
6 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great atmosphere and amazing food. Filet was so good and vegetable 4 square is always amazing.

Rioja
Responded on January 3, 2020

We are so happy you enjoyed the filet and vegetable four square! Thanks for the review Jennifer.

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TW
1 review
Dined on December 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Whenever we visit Denver we schedule a dinner at Rioja. We never got disappointed. It is always special. We will be back soon.

TO
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on December 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and incredible service. It is always a treat to dine here and experience the food presentation.

HM
Denver
3 reviews
Dined on December 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful experience for special birthday celebration! Highly recommend

Rioja
Responded on January 3, 2020

Hal, thank you for spending your father in laws birthday with us! We are happy you enjoyed everything.

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OT
Denver
123 reviews
Dined on December 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Rioja is a crown jewell of a restaurant. Perfect pastas, interesting tasteful starters, vegetarian options and great ambience.

AS
Tampa
4 reviews
Dined on December 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and service. Menu offered a nice variety so everyone at the table was happy. Loved it!

SD
Denver
3 reviews
Dined on December 26, 2019
Overall4food5service3ambience5

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.

JM
1 review
Dined on December 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful!

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SH
1 review
Dined on December 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

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.

Rioja
Responded on December 26, 2019

We are glad you enjoyed the service Susan! I will pass this along to the team.

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C
Washington DC
16 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2019
Overall3food5service4ambience5

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

JR
Raleigh
3 reviews
Dined on December 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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.

Rioja
Responded on January 3, 2020

Joe thank you for the great review. We cannot wait for you to come back and join us!

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S
Denver
3 reviews
Dined on December 23, 2019
Overall4food3service5ambience5

Very disappointed with the clams.
Rest of the meal was fine.

M
Philadelphia
62 reviews
Dined on December 23, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

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.

OT
New England
1 review
Dined on December 22, 2019
Overall1food1service1ambience3

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

VC
1 review
Dined on December 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Went there for our anniversary and was not disappointed. Great food, service and location!

Rioja
Responded on January 3, 2020

We are so happy to see that you enjoyed your anniversary with us Vince!

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OT
Denver
1 review
Dined on December 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic flavor - great service