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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 compliment the cuisine.
Denver, CO 80202
Mediterranean, Fusion / Eclectic
Hours of Operation:
Wednesday - Friday: 11:30am - 2:30pm
Saturday - Sunday: 10:00am - 2:30pm
Sunday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm,
Friday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 11:00pm
$30 and under
AMEX, Carte Blanche, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
Valet available on Larimer Square Tuesday - Saturday. A parking garage is located directly behind the restaurant on Market Street. Street parking is available throughout Larimer Square.
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Chef's Table, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wine
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The culinary prowess of James Beard award winner Jennifer Jasinski is highlighted at every meal served by the talented Rioja staff. A Mediterranean menu with local, seasonal influences is served in semi-private or restaurant-wide events from 20 to 150 handled with Rioja’s award-winning expertise.
Rioja Ratings and Reviews
Took my wife here for her birthday. Food was outstanding, and was well paced between courses. Service was impeccable. I mentioned in the reservation that we were dining to celebrate my wife’s birthday and the staff brought her dessert with a candle and a signed card from the entire crew. Probably the best overall dining experience we have had 8+ years in Denver. Highly recommended for a special occasion!
I took my girlfriend to Rioja for our two-year anniversary and I couldn't have asked for a better experience. The service was quick, efficient, and kind and the mood was perfect. The food was absolutely fantastic. There isn't a person I would not recommend this restaurant to. Wonderful.
Extremely accommodating. We requested a romantic table, and we when arrived, we were sat at a two-top in the center aisle...not romantic. When I asked for a change, the hostess was beyond kind. She swiftly moved us and was very genuine in her desire to seat us in a comfortable space. Due to the switch, we ended up waiting a bit to get our drink order, but after that, we had decent service. The food was outstanding - top notch cuisine! Thanks you, Rioja for making our anniversary special.
I surprised myself and ordered an all veg menu. First, I had a “little wild mushroom thing” (Can’t remember what it was called.) Delicious, but there was only 1 wild mushroom. Tasty, but a little disappointing. Then I had 4 vegetarian dishes as an entree. Loved 3 of them-all colorful and full of texture.-accept one. The beans in one dish had a weird texture that was unappealing to me, and it seemed as though they had been doused them with spaghetti sauce. Dessert was one of the most beautiful and delectable things I have seen ==light and dark chocolate mousse, with touches of caramel, and a bit of l dolce de leche ice cream. Neeed I say more?/ Overall a lovely meal.
Fantastic anniversary dinner! We started with the bacon appetizer and artichoke tortelloni as an app as well. Both amazing. For main dishes we had the serrano wrapped octopus and scallops. Great as well. The flavor combinations and presentation of every dish were superb. Service was excellent too. Finished with the Rocky Road dessert. Mmmmmm. Awesome evening out!
Rioja is without question one of the very top restaurants in Denver. If you want to enjoy LoDo (Lower Downtown) and enjoy eclectic food and great wine, this is the place. The food is consistently excellent, the service professional and attentive. It is five star in every area but price; you can enjoy a very reasonable dinner (our entrees were in the $20 range). Exceptional and reasonable wine list.
Do not miss Rioja!
Enjoyed the tasting menu and was quite blown away. Tried foods that are not my favorites (beets & fois gras), but the preparation made them quite tasty and enjoyable. Wine selections were well paired. Very attentive service staff and manager. Liked this so much I had to come back for another meal two nights later. Did not do tasting menu and was equally impressed. By far one of the best dining experiences in Denver!
I took a few friends visiting from out of town to Rioja for Sunday brunch and it was AMAZING! The staff was so kind and attentive-- always filling water, coming around with bread, etc. My friends got brunch cocktails which were great, and the food was amazing. The starter rioghnuts are delicious doughnuts with berries that I would absolutely recommend. Then we all got different items from the brunch menu-- I had the Rioja benedict, which comes with a delicious biscuit, perfectly cooked poached eggs, crispy bacon and fresh spinach and tomato, not to mention an amazing parmesan sauce. My other friends got the omelette of the day and the hangover cure, both were great. Overall, the vibe here is wonderful, the brunch menu was SUPER affordable for such a nice place, and the food was amazing. I'll definitely return!
Have been to Rioja several times, it has been my go to spot for nice dinners or special occasions. However, we have seen a drop off in both the quality of food and service since the chef moved on to focus on a new restaurant.
This visit overall was fine but was certainly not what we’ve come to expect from Rioja. Two of four entrees were served cold and had to be returned. Another entree (the octopus) was just over room temperature, chewy and bitter. Overall, the meal was ok. Service was average and slow for Rioja, which didn’t help.
Rioja was the best restaurant in town, but based on this visit, I’m not sure you can say that any longer.
Am visiting Denver and saw this highly ranked and vegetarian friendly. Went with my colleague and friend after convention and were seated promptly. Was warned our table was next reserved for eight which was less than 1 1/4 hour but we had a commitment already at 8pm so we were fine with that. I am new to being vegetarian and generally order meat or seafood dishes at restaurant so qualify my review by admitting I have little experience judging vegetarian dishes at restaurants. I had the artichoke tortellini as an appetizer and it was good. Came out in a soup and could have been more flavorful. Then had the four vegetarian entree which was delicious. Asparagus with delicious sauce, Brussels sprouts which were flavorful but not overdone, fried coated avocado in a green sauce which was outstanding, and a sweet potato like purée wrapped which was excellent was well. Service was attentive and food came out very quickly so we were done in an hour. Breads were also excellent. My friend had the angel hair pasta with shellfish which he enjoyed. Located in a cute section of town on a street that is filled with light decorations and was clearly a restaurant hub. Would have been nice if Weather was suitable for walking.
Roija was recommended by a friend. We had dinner before the theatre. We told our waitress that we had to be in and out in an hour and it was not a problem. Everything we ordered was delicious. Highly recommend the artichoke tortilines Also one of the best lemon drop martinis I’ve ever had. Can’t wait to go back!
We were visiting from out of town and decided to grab lunch at Rioja, and it end up to be a meal to remember from our trip to Denver. The fresh bacon was out of this world thanks to the combination of flavors and... the meat just melt in your mouth! The roasted beets salad was very good, as well as the angel hair pasta and the beef cheeks spaetzle. The service was attentive without being intrusive. The crowd at lunch time was mostly business type.
We will be back the next time we find ourselves in Denver!
Stunningly good food and highly imaginative dishes. Timing of tables and kitchen was awful. Service was delightful but I only give 2 stars for service due to the timing problems which would be excusable in a new restaurant, but not one that is more than a decade old.
The menu and food were very fancy. Gourmet feel. Almost too much going on for my husband and me. Sometimes less is more. I liked my salmon which I had read on reviews as a favorite. My husband had the lamb and it was just ok. The chocolate peanut butter tort was amazing though. We were seated in a booth and warned it had a vent that hit it directly and we were freezing the whole time. At that point we didn't want to move though. Wine was good and the place was very lively. I liked the ambiance but if I were to go back I would definitely be seated somewhere different. And I would make an early reservation. Ours was on the later side and we had to wait a long time. I think people got comfortable and didn't want to leave.
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