Wednesday - Friday: 11:30am - 2:30pm
Saturday - Sunday: 10:00am - 2:30pm
Sunday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm,
Friday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 11:00pm
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.View Private Dining Details
What Insiders Are Saying
There aren't a ton of compelling reasons to go downtown for dinner these days, but Rioja is still one of them.
Absolutely incredible evening and meal! Made a late reservation and were offered to sit at the chef’s table which was such a treat. We watched the dessert chef in action all night and glimpsed at the amazing dishes as they left the kitchen. We split three entrees and three desserts and everything was phenomenal. The staff were exceptional and it made for such a lovely experience. We will be going back for sure!
I had dinner here this evening. Sadly, I was disappointed. We came back as super satisfied customers from several very memorable experiences and something was way off tonight.
Dinner was cold. Service was short staffed and forgetful.
I think of this as one of the finest in Denver. Not so any longer. 😩
We went for lunch/brunch on a Saturday. Fabulous food and VERY reasonable.
Omg, this restaurant was listed as a top 10 in Denver and I can tell why. The drinks, food and desserts were amazing!! One of the best meals I have ever had!!! My coworkers all agreed.
The service was excellent — water glasses were kept filled and flatwear changed with each course. Excellent breads to choose from. Loved the pine nuts and figs. Portion size was small, but very tasty.
Rioja was a wonderful find on a quick trip passing through Denver. Recommend for others to try.
My wife and I are from the east coast and were vacationing with family in Colorado Springs. Well, we spent a couple of days in Denver and we were looking to have a great dinner to celebrate an anniversary while there. Rioja was highly recommended, so we made our reservation and it did not disappoint! From the wine that our waiter recommended, right through the appetizers and dinner, we marveled at every dish! Wish we could visit more often. I'd like to try all there is on the menu. Outstanding!
It took me a few pay checks to save up money to go here, but oh my god was it worth it. My partner has several food allergies and she was wonderfully accommodated. The food was fun, innovative, and unique. The flavors were complex and intricate, from the pre-dinner bread, to after main meal desserts. Incredible from start to finish. Definitely worth the money.
This was the best meal of our vacation. We had a great time.
Brunch on Saturday: breakfast sandwich and sweet potato hash were wonderful. Server Jessica was very helpful... service, knowledge and good conversation. Awesome combination of flavors in both dishes, and the homemade potato chips were very tasty.
This was my second visit from out of town. Last time was probably nearly ten years ago and it is still outstanding. Still the best gnocchi I’ve ever had.
Very fine restaurant. We had a group of business colleagues out for a relaxing, pleasant evening. The server was working hard—the restaurant was very busy—but tended to our needs and made solid recommendations. There was a grouper special that sounded excellent, but only one was left by the time we ordered (one of our party snagged the last fish and made a good report). A variety of other dishes ordered and reports all positive. Nice wine list but we ordered by the glass (happily so). This is a winner.
I brought my fiance in for his 40th birthday, and we had a wonderful, romantic dinner with fabulous and friendly service. I was so impressed with the staff and how helpful and considerate they were. The food was excellent, but the people made the place somewhere I would like to return to soon!
We had a great dinner with friends. The food and drinks were excellent. The service was great, they did not rush you and made great recommendations. Overall a wonderful night, we will definitely be back
Not cheap but good food, excellent service and nice atmosphere make it worth it.
This is the BEST restaurant in Denver in my opinion. Amazing just amazing...
Rioja was beyond my expectations regarding ambience, quality of service and food. I can’t wait to go back to Denver and dine at Rioja.
Excellent meal, great ambiance, reasonably priced. I’ll be back!
I have never enjoyed a meal more than I did at Rioja. I’d guess there is a magician running the kitchen and I bet everything on the menu is incredible. I had a sea bass special that was out of this world delicious followed up by some goat cheese and fig filled little pastry pillows of heaven with what I think was a port reduction. I normally stay away from desert. The mix of flavors and textures of the grits and greens with the sea bass was beyond my ability to understand! I will be back every time I’m in Denver. I almost forgot to mention the bread... Best olive bread ever and the small cheesy biscuits were amazing too. Whatever you do, don’t miss this place!
I love this place! Food is always wonderful!! Service is awesome!
Friendliest staff anywhere. You've got to try the lamb burger.
I am NEVER disappointed at Rioja. Everything is delicious and beautiful! It's been one of my favorite places in Denver for over 15 years! Jennifer is doing EVERYTHING right! They even recreated a dish for me that I spotted on FB that they posted but hadn't made in 6 years. I was so delighted! Fresh and gorgeous! Always a treat to eat here, from the custom cocktails, to the after dinner sugared mint leaves...it's all wonderful!
Excellent meal, fresh ingredients. Had two of the homemade pasta dishes - Artichoke Tortolini and Raviol with Halibut. They both had a lot of flavor. Extensive wine list. Added touch was the sea salt added to the butter and the choices of bread.
Fantastic food, service and ambiance. Am excellent place for a great meal.
Loved our time here. We sat outside which was extremely noisy...will remember that for next time! The food was divine as was the service!
We dined with friends in from out of town. Service was exceptional. Three out of four rated the food as superior but I was very disappointed. The beet salad had no dressing I could taste. The Japanese (almost raw as requested) tuna dish with avacado was merely about five 1/8" thick medalions each smaller than a quarter with a few slivers of avacado. Not enough to make a dinner meal. No ginger, wasabi or soy sauce for flavor only a very thin grey something without significant taste. Certainly not worth $30.00. Everyone enjoyed their desserts and the coffee was well above average. To be fair, we did dine on a Monday when the principle chefs are usually off, but still.....
Amazing food and excellent service. Server was very helpful in explaining dishes and pace of dinner was perfect. We have never been disappointed at Rioja
Outstanding! Great service with creative and unique menu selections. We enjoyed our evening and would highly recommend it to everyone else. Best meal during our Denver stay.
The food was AMAZING! I can’t wait to go again!!!
Everything was delicious. Serving sizes are perfect. Our group had halibut and pork chops cooked perfectly. My lamb loin was too rare but was back in 5 minutes to perfection.
Rioja beyond exceeded my expectations. The food was AMAZING.
Food was outstanding. Service was so bad I had to go up front to the hostess and ask them to please bring my wine. Had to repeatedly ask for lemons for ice tea. Fish entree had to be sent back as it was not cooked. Kind of had to work ourselves to get what we ordered. Made the anniversary dinner a little unpleasant
Inventive and beautifully prepared apps and entrees. Ate there and booked a table for the next night as we left. This restaurant compares favorably to the best in San Francisco and makes NYC cuisine seem stodgy.
I go to Rioja about 6 times a year. It is my favorite restaurant in Denver. The flavors that make up the dishes are just amazing. From the house salad to the tortellinis and the always changing main courses there is not much better. The staff is incredible. My usual waitress Jessica is so passionate about the customer experience it just makes you go to a happy place. I had a new waiter this evening and he was just as phenomenal. Highly recommend even if the menu makes you question because it isn't the norm but it will be the dining experience you will always remember.
Anniversary celebration. Everything we wanted and more.
The food and service was spectacular! The only drawback was that it was hard to carry on a conversation at our table due to the noise level.
Food was great! Service was VERY slow and NOT responsive! Also table was not ready for our reservation and we had additional wait of 30 minutes.
Wonderful service. Exceptional food and drinks. Lovely evening with my wife. Highly recommended restaurant.
Very good except it was very cold in there. Air conditioning was blasting! The food was amazing though and our server was so nice. We love to celebrate special occasions here.
Waiter was great, helped with recommendations from menu.