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Rioja

4.7
7036 reviews
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$30 and under
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Mediterranean
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  • Fit for Foodies
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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.
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Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
Mediterranean, Fusion / Eclectic
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Hours of operation
Lunch:

Wednesday - Friday: 11:30am - 2:30pm


Brunch:

Saturday - Sunday: 10:00am - 2:30pm


Dinner:

Sunday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm,

Friday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 11:00pm
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Phone number
(303) 820-2282
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AMEX, Carte Blanche, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Jennifer Jasinski
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Neighborhood
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Parking details
Valet available on Larimer Square each night of the week for dinner and during weekday lunch from Wednesday to Friday. A parking garage is located directly behind the restaurant on Market Street. Parking is complimentary in the garage on the weekends for Brunch with validation ticket. Street parking is available throughout Larimer Square.
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Bar/Lounge, Beer, Chef's Table, Cocktails, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wine

Private Dining

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.

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Specials

Mother's Day Menus & Specials

Come join us for Mother's Day brunch at Rioja! We will be seating from 9:00am- 2:30pm, serving our regular brunch menu plus food and cocktail specials. Come see us and start mom's day off right!

Sunday, May 13, 2018

What 7036 People Are Saying
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4.7based on recent ratings
4.7
food
4.7
service
4.6
ambience
4.2
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90% of people would recommend it to a friend
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5.0Dined 3 days ago

Every trip to Rioja is a true joy. The staff is uniformly skilled, efficient, professional, and happy. The food is always a wonderful blend of fresh, creative combinations that make the palate dance. The service team is attentive, swift, and wastes zero motion while enhancing the dining experience, leaving patrons to enjoy the privacy of quiet conversation with minimal disruption. There are many reasons Rioja remains one of Denver's finest dining experiences and every one of them is well earned.

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5.0Dined 3 days ago

We had a great business meal at Rioja. The place is designed for a refine dining experience. The food is very good and service was great.

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5.0Dined 5 days ago

Staff was knowledgeable and attentive. Food choices were varied and excellent. Easy walk or ride on the Mall bus from Union Station.

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5.0Dined 6 days ago

Best dining experience in Denver!

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5.0Dined 6 days ago

Although the restaurant is a bit pricy, it is well worth it. The food is delicious and creative. Best me al we have enjoyed in a long time. The ham wrapped octopus was beyond good and the pasta dish was phenomenal. Just an inside hint. You have got to try the fig filled beignets. You will instantly have a smile on your face. Cannot wait to return.

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5.0Dined 6 days ago

Rioja never disappoints! This restaurant is my consistent go-to for celebrations, dates, or if I need to put a smile on my face. I wish I caught our servers name- she has taken care of me the last 2 times I’ve had brunch here and she radiates friendly knowledge, professionalism, and hospitality. Food was also on point, as always! There are so many places to dine in Denver these days, but I’ll never stop coming to Rioja. Thank you!!

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5.0Dined 7 days ago

We always loved Rioja but had not been in a few years because of the noise level. I saw they had mitigated the noise in a renovation so we decided to go back. It was great as before but the noise level is so much better! Thank you for making the effort to make our dining experience so enjoyable!!

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2.0Dined on April 13, 2018

Ambiance was fantastic, service was exceptional. Food desciptions on the menu sounded wonderful, very inspired, but the actual dishes didn't measure up. There were four of us, we all ordered something different, and we were all disappointed. The food was either bland, had too many ingredients that didn't really go together, or was just not properly cooked. Plate presentations were beautiful - too bad the food didn't deliver on the promise. Quite a bit overpriced, especially for the quality. But I loved the place itself and would definitely go there for drinks. Staff is very friendly and helpful.

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5.0Dined on April 13, 2018

Service was excellent. Attentive and kind. Food was delicious.

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5.0Dined on April 12, 2018

Amazing!!!!!

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5.0Dined on April 12, 2018

The service was GREAT!
The food was AMAZING!
The experience couldn’t have been better!
WE LOVE THIS PLACE!!

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5.0Dined on April 12, 2018

Rioja was my first choice for a business deal celebration for 10 people. It did not disappoint. The wine was fantastic, food was exceptional, they accommodated a client with some very specific food allergies. We did have a couple of delays getting drinks, but they were slammed the entire time we were there so it was understandable.

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5.0Dined on April 12, 2018

We made reservations for our 10 year anniversary based on a recommendation and are so glad we did. The food and service was absolutely amazing.

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5.0Dined on April 11, 2018

As usual, food and service excellent. Entire staff incredibly friendly. We would dine here more often if getting downtown was not so difficult during rush hour. But love this place and have for years - consistently great!

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5.0Dined on April 9, 2018

Tasty food! A nice ~nice~ dinner place for special occasions or to treat yourself to things you can't/wouldn't cook at home.

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5.0Dined on April 9, 2018

We have dined at Rioja on 4 different visits to Denver and it has never disappointed. We have recommended it to our friends when they have visited also and they raved about it! Keep up the great food combinations and high service standards. The experience makes me yearn to go back! Thanks.

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5.0Dined on April 8, 2018

Definitely had great first experience at Rioja! Drinks were nice, food was extremely good, and of course dessert was amazing. Service was 10/10 as well!

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3.0Dined on April 8, 2018

We have been long time patrons of Rioja. The food is as outstanding as always, but the service suffered terribly today.

Our waiter, admittedly new, did not understand basic culinary terms like “vegetarian”, did not know the menu and was unbelievably inefficient.

One of the servers knocked over my husbands drink and didnt apologize. She said, “oh thats ok”. ????

We are appalled with today’s experience...and hope that the next time we try, the service improves.

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4.0Dined on April 8, 2018

Nice room. Noise ok. Menu interesting and enough to appeal to all. Dishes tasty. Wines of good value available.

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3.0Dined on April 8, 2018

I've been twice in the last two years and just don't get the hype. My wife and I have ordered multiple things from there (pasta, fish, chicken, dessert) and it's just "okay," not spectacular like others say. What we've found is that things are over-seasoned or over-salted each time.

Restaurant itself is beautiful, great location, great wine list and the service is outstanding (if a little slow).

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2.0Dined on April 8, 2018

We've been to Rioja many times, so our expectations were high. However, we were rushed from the beginning, the busser kept slamming into my chair as he was cleaning our table (even before we were finished), and the food came out tepid and very salty. We will give it a chance again, because we've had very good experiences in the past. The server was fantastic. But this one was a miss, and with an average entree price of $38, that is very unfortunate.

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5.0Dined on April 7, 2018

Amazing time! Best service and food, my girlfriend and I were celebrating our 1 year anniversary. Our waiters were amazing and gave us free drinks, deserts and special attention

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4.0Dined on April 7, 2018

The food was wonderful and they have a nice selection of wines by the glass. However, the restaurant was too warm and thus the red wines by the glass were too warm. Cellared red wines were fine, but the ones kept behind the bar were not. Disappointing in such a nice restaurant with such a nice wine list.

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5.0Dined on April 4, 2018

The food was great and the service was very timely and helpful. We appreciated being left to enjoy our time and meal. The tables are a bit crowded and it can be noisy, as it was the night we were there. I faced the glass wine rack that separated the two rooms and kept getting distracted by both the movement on the other side of the glass and the reflection off the glass of servers moving back and forth behind me. I think the wall seating would have been less distracting. Nevertheless, the meal and place are great; I certainly recommend them.

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5.0Dined on April 4, 2018

Excellent atmosphere, service, and food! The staff was extremely friendly and the the food was delicious!

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3.0Dined on April 2, 2018

The signature pasta dish with artichokes was disappointing as the pasta was too thick. The duck pizza was amazing, as were the scallops with carrots and the picnic starter. Service was slow and not very friendly. We were stuck in the room with the pizza oven when there were tables available on the bar side and were on our own for most of the evening, so not very atmospheric. Nice restaurant, good food, service spoiled it

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5.0Dined on April 1, 2018

Not our first visit but as always, met or exceeded all expectations.

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5.0Dined on April 1, 2018

Yum! Everything was delicious and perfect. Can't wait to go again.

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4.0Dined on March 31, 2018

Lamb was incredible as was cannoli dessert- we had tasting menu.

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3.0Dined on March 31, 2018

I know restaurants need to serve as many as possible - seats are important. I do not return to restaurants where I must sit 3 feet from my husband and he must strain to hear me talk.
They have many 2 tops, but I think it would be better served for groups!

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5.0Dined on March 31, 2018

everything was great

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4.0Dined on March 31, 2018

Food excellent, service poor to start-improved over the course of the experience. Don’t particularly enjoy being seated and then waiting 20 min for server to return asking if we wanted a cocktail. No explanation re dinners/menu idiosyncrasies.

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5.0Dined on March 31, 2018

A great brunch before Hamilton! The outstanding presentation and quality ingredients in the dishes were the perfect pairing for our celebration. The service staff was welcoming and respectful of our time committments for the day. Thank you!

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4.0Dined on March 31, 2018

Loved our brunch at Rioja! Delicious, interesting, perfectly prepared food! Service was impeccable!

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5.0Dined on March 30, 2018

We had the 7-course tasting meal with wine pairing. The food was excellent, creative, and beautifully presented. The wine had generous pours and was shockingly good for such a reasonable price.

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5.0Dined on March 29, 2018

Perfect meal for special occasion.

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5.0Dined on March 27, 2018

Absolutely amazing. Our service was welcoming and elevated the experience. The food was unique, delicious, and incredibly perfect.

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1.0Dined on March 27, 2018

What a disappointment. To be fair - this review hinges on service and that influenced every aspect of our experience. Our service was poor. I chalk it up to the phenomenal service the table next to us got - as our server spent a great deal of time chatting it up with that table at our expense. Our cocktail order was taken promptly - but after that we went about 15 minutes until she came back to interrupt our conversation and abruptly tell us the special. We took the opportunity to get in our first course order - which was very tasty. But then another lengthy time until she came back to take our order. Two of us requested that some ingredients (olives) be left off our dish - only to have the entrees arrive with olives on both dishes. Our server did nothing. After dessert and coffee - we weren't offered any more coffee or water - only presented with the bill. I'm confident Rioja can do better - but I'm likely not going to try again.

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5.0Dined on March 26, 2018

Excellent food, Service, ambiance, and attention to detail. The only disappointment was that the glasses of wine were listed as half glasses and priced accordingly. So we were surprised when we got the bill to see that the glasses of wine or twice the price that we expected. Why not just list them as full glasses?

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5.0Dined on March 26, 2018

Roasted beets salad - delicious; the ingredients looked so bright and happy, they practically jumped off the plate. The portion size is not too small, not too large, but I could use a bit more of the greens. I was admiring the construction of a Picnic plate (cold cuts, cheeses, olives, etc.), and the server (Tracy), noting that I was dining alone, kindly suggested that they could do a half-order for me. I enjoyed my Picnic plate a great deal (goes well with that roasted beats salad). Entree special - a very nicely done filet mignon, served with Morel mushrooms and asparagus. Morels, of course, being a rare treat, are always worth having! Rioja has been a must-visit place for me, when in Denver. In fact, it's my first stop on the way from the airport. Chef's counter seating is great for a foodie, and it is very convenient, especially, when dining solo. Rioja has exhibited enviable consistency (for years) in terms of creativity, quality, and service! I always have the same problem here - I want to order almost everything on the menu.

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