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Rioja

4.7
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8468 Reviews
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$31 to $50
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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.
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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
Social Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
Personal Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
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4.7based on recent ratings
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4.7
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4.7
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HeathM
New Orleans
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Extremely impressed with the quality of the food and the service. A great spot for date night or just a treat-yourself evening away from the crazy world.

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KimA
Denver
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall4food4service5ambience4

The service was great and the staff was very knowledgeable. The food was good but I think it was a bit overpriced.

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JenniferH
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall3food2service4ambience5

Contemporary restaurant in trendy Larimer Square. Location and ambience are ideal, however, the food misses the mark. We had a scallop appetizer, beet salad, artichoke tortellini, gnocchi, and the prosciutto-wrapped pork tenderloin. The tenderloin was cooked perfectly, but the gorgonzola potato puree was overwhelmed by gorgonzola and the pork was very salty. The gnocchi was very small (half the size of normal gnocchi) and so dry it had a fried bread-like texture, more akin to a small crouton than gnocchi. I LOVE beets, but the other flavors of the salad were not complimentary. The soy-ginger glazed shiitake and sesame cracker provided an umami bitterness that didn't go well with the earthy beets. The artichoke tortellini was very good. The scallop appetizer had a perfectly cooked scallop, however, there was just one accompanied by a stewed pear that had a similar texture, yet a very bland flavor. Both the pear and the scallop were overpowered by a generous accoutrement of capers. Finally, the amuse-bouche of a tasty corn fritter arrived without explanation and was placed on a thin wooden disk that looked like a cracker on top of another plate. It took a minute to figure out the wooden disk was not a cracker and, unfortunately, a patron at a neighboring table painfully bit into the disk. The staff was perfect and the ambience was romantic and trendy, I just didn't enjoy the food. Of course, that is just my opinion.

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WestminsterFoodie
Denver
6 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent night out with friends at Rioja! Made online reservations and were immediately seated after arriving on time. Service was attentive without being intrusive. The 4 of us had different entrees and everyone enjoyed their meals fully. I had the sausage stuffed quail and my wife wished she had also gotten it, though I thought her rack of lamb was delicious also. We will definitely return!

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Gwheel
Denver
21 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Great food and outdoor dining for lunch. Service was super great.

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DanM
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely perfect, beautiful night out. Birthday celebration. Everything was delicious and service was wonderful.

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ShantelleS
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was amazing! Definitely a must stop if in the Denver area!

Rioja
Responded 3 days ago

Thanks for the great review ShantelleS! We are glad you could visit us while you were in Denver.

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KateK
Tulsa
2 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We celebrated our anniversary at Rioja and loved every second! From the ambiance to the lavender bread to the excellent service.. we wined and dined well!!

Rioja
Responded 3 days ago

Thanks for the wonderful feedback of your experience KateK!

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KimberlyO
Denver
2 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Had a wonderful experience the food was delicious and fortunately we got the smallest table in the house so we were a little crammed with the social distancing but all in all it was a good time

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on October 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Rioja did it again! We looked and looked for a menu as inspired as Rioja’s but couldn’t. Every single bite was delectable and purposeful. Gnocchis were perfection. Artichoke tortellini are bright and briney... love love love this restaurant. Couldn’t recommend it higher.

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vipddiner
Washington DC
23 reviews
Dined on October 16, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience5

We originally planned to visit early in the COVID pandemic but had to postpone. The experience was great with respect to distancing, food and ambience (we were near the charcuterie station and kitchen). I loved the veal sweetbreads (top 3 I have ever had) +plums with xo sauce (the tofu texture was more mapo than crispy but still excellent)and the sausage-stuffed quail +risotto/manchego/sunflower seeds and fennel pollen/grape/parsley salad was flavorful and well balanced (savory and sweet with a bit of earthiness). Since we sat beside the cloud cake and witnessed how quickly it was selling, we had a couple of slices for dessert—especially delicious! The beignets were fantastic as well. As an aside: the bread basket had great rosemary sourdough and buttery biscuits but the rosemary may have been a stretch for the biscuits. Altogether, Rioja was a welcome treat during 2020.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Denver
5 reviews
Dined on October 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Since, like many, I do not get out very often these days, it was a tremendous gift to be treated so courteously by all the staff. Added to the delights of a wonderful evening. Thank you!

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vipMelissaB
Denver
1 review
Dined on October 16, 2020
Overall3food3service2ambience2

Not celiac friendly

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on October 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Hands down one of my favorite restaurants in Denver!!! EXCELLENT food that melts in your mouth. I’m definitely making this a monthly experience!

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vipHiroyukiK
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on October 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Sophisticated service,food and atmosphere always!!!

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dond
Denver
1 review
Dined on October 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Amazing salad with ahi tuna

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Eriebased
Denver
2 reviews
Dined on October 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Rioja is a great restaurant. Service was impeccable, the food superb and a nice lively ambiance. Highly recommended

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SeanM
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 13, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Absolutely incredible food. My girlfriend and I haven’t had a chance to get out in a while. This is the best restaurant we have been to in Denver.

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treenebula
Denver
1 review
Dined on October 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A lifelong fan since the first opened their doors, RIOJA NEVER DISAPPOINTS!

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OpenTable Diner
Denver
1 review
Dined on October 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was such an amazing place to get together with friends from out of town! Thank you! I will be back!

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DannyR
1 review
Dined on October 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Met expectations and beyond! My fiancé and I were very satisfied with the menu options and overall the choices we made! Highlight for me was the Curried Cauliflower soup special paired with the Lavender Sourdough!

Rioja
Responded on October 14, 2020

Thanks for the kind words DannyR- we hope to see you again soon!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on October 10, 2020
Overall3food3service1ambience3

Everything was just OK..... service was more like a Panera bread than a nice place. We got sat outside at 8:30 at night with no heaters on porch. Hard to justify a $200+ meal when your cold with poor service. :-(

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vipKirky
San Diego
101 reviews
Dined on October 10, 2020
Overall4food3service5ambience4

Salad w figs, et al was very good. Sweetbreads were tasty along with the tuna appetizers. We had two orders of Spanish Octopus as well as two orders of the Lamb for our entrees. The Octopus was good but unfortunately the Lamb was overdone. We requested rare to medium rare temperature, but it showed up as medium well at best. We let it go as our server was fabulous and everything else was good. Will try again when we are next in town.

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elenap
1 review
Dined on October 10, 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience5

alcuni piatti erano eccellenti, altri decisamente più deludenti,
conti fatti è un buon ristorante ma sicuramente niente di sorprendente, il prezzo di alcuni piatti troppo alto comparato alla qualità, i cocktail decisamente deludenti

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on October 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Just absolutely amazing dishes! Can’t get enough! Just moved to Denver 3 months ago and have dined here 4 times already. Absolutely Delicious!

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Kristen
Mobile
2 reviews
Dined on October 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We went to Rioja for my birthday. When we arrived at the restaurant, the hostess stated I had not reserved a table on the patio. I’d made the reservation a week or so prior, and most definitely had requested outdoor when reserving. We were seated in the back of the restaurant towards the kitchen. At the time, there was no one else there, so we actually felt more comfortable there. It’s important to note that the tables seemed quite close outside, and people are walking very close to you as they’re walking down Larimer Square. Many were not masked. Staff were wearing masks. Food was delicious, especially the bacon and gnocchi. Portions are small. Wine was way overpriced, but good. We paid $15/glass for a wine we later found out is $15 a bottle at Total Wine.

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KayaB
1 review
Dined on October 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great experience. Our server was very nice, the food was good, and the ambience was great! We couldnt have asked for a better anniversary dinner.

Rioja
Responded on October 14, 2020

Thanks for the wonderful review KayaB!

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vipKurt
Denver
22 reviews
Dined on October 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great outdoor seating available, nicely spaced out with great people watching.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on October 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The meal was great. I was very pleased with how carefully treated the entire meal was. The staff was friendly and the food was very good.

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KimM
Denver
1 review
Dined on October 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First time at Rioja and we thoroughly enjoyed it. Food was great and the outdoor experience is beautiful.

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OpenTable Diner
Denver
3 reviews
Dined on October 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Sitting outside on Larimer street on a Sunday night was dreamy. Lots of couples out for a late bite under the all the string lights. Rioja took great care of us and the food was superb. We were not rushed through dinner, however things moved along well. All in all a lovely experience

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JohnnyS
Houston
1 review
Dined on October 2, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great time, quaint ambiance. And being right in Larimer Sq is amazing. Glad our server decided to bring both desserts to us after we couldn't decide ourselves.

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Grizz16
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on October 2, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was excellent from service to presentation to taste.

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ItalianChandelier1
Denver
18 reviews
Dined on September 30, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Rioja has always been my favorite restaurant. I love chef Jennifer's unique creations.

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vipDanielR
San Antonio
3 reviews
Dined on September 29, 2020
Overall2food2service3ambience5

the food was to rich for our taste

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OpenTable Diner
Denver
2 reviews
Dined on September 26, 2020
Overall5food4service3ambience3

It was nice I loved it and the food

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vipAmyLee
Little Rock
2 reviews
Dined on September 26, 2020
Overall3food3service5ambience5

I made reservations for Rioja well in advance. Around a month before we came in. I was so excited because of the other reviews so decided to pick Rioja for my birthday dinner. We had a party of 8. Service was really nice. For an appetizer our server recommended the picnic which is basically a charcuterie platter for $20. There was hardly anything on it.... a couple meats, a few small portions of cheese and some olives. Not worth $20. For our main course we ordered the tuna and the artichoke tortellini. The tortellini was ok. There were only 5 pieces for $18 - did not seem like enough. The tuna was lacking flavor and disappointing. Friends ordered the quail that came with risotto and she said the risotto wasnt prepared properly. A few ordered the shortribs which they seemed to be pretty pleased with. Sorry Rioja I just don't think I will be back.

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Steve
1 review
Dined on September 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Went to Rioja for a business brunch. Great food and atmosphere. Excellent experience.

Rioja
Responded on October 1, 2020

Thanks for the great review. We are glad you enjoyed brunch! We hope to see you again soon.

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JenniferS
Denver
3 reviews
Dined on September 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was amazing! We were seated right away and the service was impeccable. The food was delicious from the starter to the desert. We will definitely be coming back many times!

Rioja
Responded on October 1, 2020

Thanks for the wonderful review JenniferS!

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vipMarkS
Denver
4 reviews
Dined on September 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had such exceptional service. I thought the picnic platter was only enough for 2. I think the portions were a bit small. The bread was delicious.

Rioja
Responded on October 1, 2020

Thanks for all of the stars MarkS!

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FAQs

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

Rioja is rated 4.7 stars by 8468 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.