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Rioja

4.8
8985 Reviews
$31 to $50
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
Physical Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
  • Staff temperature check required
  • Contact tracing information collected
  • Staff is vaccinated
  • Proof of vaccination required to dine indoors
What 8985 people are saying
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RyanS
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall2food1service5ambience3

Small portions. Expensive. Not that good. The cheesecake was tiny and tasted like I was just eating cream cheese. A lot of the dishes were cold.

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Sparky
Denver
3 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had a birthday dinner here and everything was great. Service was excellent and the food was very good.

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StefanieS
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service4ambience5

The food was outstanding. Such a fun menu with inovative flavors & combos. The cocktails were great and the wine list was fun. We are looking forward to returning

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MaryX
Denver
3 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First off, Riley was a great server, who went the extra mile.
The menu was varied and unique, and we both enjoyed our dinners, duck and vennison.

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Hannah
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall3food2service4ambience3

Steak was too chewy to cut with a knife. Restaurant was half empty but they sat us 2 feet away from another table I could hear they’re whole conversation. Disappointed.

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ZekK
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

This was our second time at Rioja, and it was just as dazzling as the first. All dishes are plated beautifully, and the taste is as good as the presentation. Vegetarian options were great, and the bread was superb, as always. All staff were extremely friendly and personable, which seems to be a trend here. Thank you for such a great experience!

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ScottM
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Jess was our server and she did an amazing job. She answered all of our questions, knew the menu thoroughly, and made it a great dining experience. The food was amazing and the atmosphere was great as well.

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jasong
Denver
1 review
Dined on January 15, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Second time at Rioja in a month. Last time was for brunch and the place was very quiet. Last night, business seemed good for a Saturday. Or server Dajana was attentive and informative. The food was excellent. The pacing was perfect. Rioja remains one of my favorite places to eat in Denver.

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AddisonM
Denver
1 review
Dined on January 14, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a beautiful anniversary dinner at Rioja. Our server, Dajana was knowledgeable and personable. The food was wonderful.

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MichaelL
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on January 14, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lunch at Rioja continues to be outstanding, with the lamb burger and sweet potato fries one of the best meals around.

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505AM
1 review
Dined on January 13, 2022
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Would have rated 5 star if the server had worn a mask. He was friendly and helpful, but didn't take cues from the mask wearing table that we'd appreciate him wearing one. Food was incredible.

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LaraM
New Orleans
1 review
Dined on January 13, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Perfect day to sit outside and enjoy lunch. Food and service were exceptional. Can't wait to go back.

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OpenTable Diner
Denver
1 review
Dined on January 12, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food and service was excellent!

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HemantV
1 review
Dined on January 10, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing resturaunt, amazing menu, amazing staff (Justin Rocks!)

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SunnyB
1 review
Dined on January 8, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

What a wonderful dinner experience we had! Wow, the service is tops!! The food and drinks were exactly what we were hoping for, excellent! Highly recommend and look forward to our next visit. Bought the Rioja cookbook too.

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JeffS
Denver
2 reviews
Dined on January 7, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Top-notch service and everything tasted amazing, from the starter through dessert. Highly recommend.

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Krish
Denver
3 reviews
Dined on January 7, 2022
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Great ambiance and great tasting food! Portion sizes are small.

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OpenTable Diner
Denver
2 reviews
Dined on January 7, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We celebrated our 15th anniversary here and were very happy with the experience. Will definitely return

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loveseafood
Denver
1 review
Dined on January 7, 2022
Overall3food5service4ambience4

Most of the staff were not wearing masks, even though the customers were required to. I think it should be all or nothing, and currently, the expectation is that masks are to be worn by everyone in indoor public places. Also, there was a sign at the door that vaccine cards would be checked. They weren't.

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OpenTable Diner
Denver
1 review
Dined on January 6, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely experience…excellent service and food. I would have appreciated if the hostess and waiter would have worn masks though. Also, would like to see all restaurants check vac status and ID’s like in NYC.

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vipTheAndersons
New York Area
13 reviews
Dined on January 2, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a fantastic brunch at Rioja! Service and food were excellent! The only challenge is that we had 2 handicapped people who had to walk over snow on the street and then down the block to reach the restaurant

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LarryF
Atlanta
3 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2022
Overall4food3service5ambience5

Service was outstanding. Beautiful restaurant. I think we made the wrong choices on the food. I would try it again and go for different selections, next time I will try the duck or the venison.

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Laura
8 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of the best meals we’ve ever had. Bread tray was great; especially the lavender/rosemary. Wait staff was excellent. Baja bass and tri-tip were superb. Thank you. We’ll be back.

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jasong
Denver
2 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As always, the Rioja experience was impeccable. The menu was titillating. The service attentive without being overbearing. The food was exquisite.

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OpenTable Diner
Denver
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2021
Overall4food5service3ambience4

Had NYE drinks here with our friends, our friends also ordered food which they said was great. I only give the place 4 stars because our server seemed in a rush. He wasn’t rude, but wasn’t friendly either. Our friend’s food came before our drinks which was weird.

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EvergreenLocal
Denver
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had a party of 6 for NYE dinner. The entire experience was wonderful. Attentive staff, amazing drinks and food. Place has great energy. I will definitely be back!

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Dapper
Denver
4 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Delicious, unusual food choices available nowhere else. Every visit is an experience.

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Ronnie
Denver
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2021
Overall4food5service2ambience4

Rioja is our favorite restaurant in Denver and has the best menu in town. Great food, highly recommend.

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luv2dine
San Francisco
15 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Rioja is one of our favorite restaurants, however we haven't been there for some time due to the pandemic changing out dining habits. We had a fabulous lunch at Rioja to celebrate the new year early and we were reminded how much we love this restaurant. With all that has gone on these past two years, Rioja still excels at everything. Best wishes for the new year.

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AmyF
1 review
Dined on December 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was a lovely lunch, we were well attended and the food was delicious.

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LauraO
Denver
3 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing! My favorite restaurant in Colorado! And a shout out to Jessica our server! She is the sweetest!

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our favorite restaurant in Denver. We've been going here many years and there have been good rotations of menu items as well as classic staples (like gnocchi). Servers are always very friendly and not rushed but still efficient. Food quality is always superb.

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vipBryan
Denver
2 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food and service were excellent. We had a great evening.

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vipKathrynD
Denver
8 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always love eating here. First time for lunch, the sukiyaki bowl was spectacular!

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Nicolette
1 review
Dined on December 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I wish they would have actually checked vaccine status like stated on open table. But other than that great service and amazing food!!

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TallyZ
Denver
1 review
Dined on December 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Rioja was delicious as ever. Sat outside in the tent for Covid purposes and was great!

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RobertK
Denver
1 review
Dined on December 27, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Very good.Very good.Very good.Very good.Very good.

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LynnL
Denver
1 review
Dined on December 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

I had the Amish chicken, and it was the tastiest and juiciest I have ever had. My son loved the Octopus and my husband thought the Beef had such great flavor and very tender. Desserts were scrumptious

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NeuhausRealEstate
Denver
3 reviews
Dined on December 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Got away with my husband for a nice date night. The flavors were fantastic.

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PattiW
Louisville
2 reviews
Dined on December 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful food and wine. Very friendly server and the hostess was very helpful. It is quite expensive but worth it.

FAQs

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

Rioja is rated 4.8 stars by 8985 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.