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Rioja

4.7
8749 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
What 8749 people are saying
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4.7based on recent ratings
4.7
food
4.7
service
4.7
ambience
4.4
value
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92% of people would recommend it to a friend
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JulieT
Denver
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was amazing and our server was wonderful!

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Greg
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and service. Comfortably distanced seating.
No complaints!

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place for a birthday dinner!

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Cynthia
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We arrived at 2 for a family birthday lunch. Our server was amazing, the food delicious and we had a very comfortable table. Love Rioja!

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vipRoKon
Tampa
8 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall4food3service5ambience4

Our server, Angie, was incredible. Best service. The food was ok...nothing amazing, especially for the price.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Denver
123 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Rioja hits on all cylinders--perfect pastas with complexity and great balance, fantastic starters with the freshest of ingredients like hearts of palm, kampachi and a cornucopia of greens, and the best vegetarian entree in town which changes nightly. My only nit would be the pricy wine list with almost no red choices south of $60. But clearly one of the top restaurants in town. Also, phenomenal service and relaxing ambiance seals the deal.

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Swan
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on April 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic food, wonderful atmosphere, attentive service, covid safe!

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PR2014
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on April 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amish chicken, lamb loin, perogies and salads were delicious. Great wine list.

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OpenTable Diner
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on April 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and service.

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collegeskier
Philadelphia
19 reviews
Dined on April 29, 2021
Overall4food2service5ambience5

The duck was tough and the salad uninspiring

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vipOpenTable Diner
Miami
13 reviews
Dined on April 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Rioja offers creative menus cooked to perfection and knowledgeable, professional servers there when you need them but no hovering. Always a joyous meal!

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LaurenM
Denver
1 review
Dined on April 27, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

The food was fantastic, you all made me look good for bringing my guests to Rioja. However, we did have to wait a bit for our waitress to come back to take our order. That was the only thing that wasn't smooth with our experience. Great otherwise!

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Tarantella
Central Coast
2 reviews
Dined on April 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Very enjoyable meal, good and creative food, friendly staff and great location!

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DenverJack
Denver
6 reviews
Dined on April 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service. The Avocado Toast was outstanding. We shared it three ways. The Hangover Cure was excellent with Pork Belly, while we also had a good Benny. Indoor seating was well spaced and comfortable. Always a great meal at Rioja.

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vipFelixT
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on April 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Probably the best pork belly I've ever had. And service was excellent.

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JoshH
Denver
4 reviews
Dined on April 24, 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience3

Food was good, but nothing great for the price. I was disappointed that even though we flagged our reservation was a special occurrence, there was absolutely no mention of our celebration by the host or wait staff. Other restaurants that we have dined with in the past for the same event have gone out of their way to recognize the event an make us feel special. Also, because the dress is typically casual, you get individuals dressed nice, and others in t-shirts and shorts. Not the best ambiance. Octopus was good. The Beef-Tri-Tip was cooked and seasoned well, but the piece of meet had a tendon running through it that made it hard to eat. Service was very good though.

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vipcffmn
Denver
53 reviews
Dined on April 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food and service are both so exceptional, it hard to decide which is most impressive. Our favorite place for any special occasion!

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OpenTable Diner
Denver
1 review
Dined on April 20, 2021
Overall5food3service5ambience5

Had a great time!

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SamH
Denver
1 review
Dined on April 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Beautiful, elegant and delicious. Service was perfect. It was a night we were hit with a snow storm, and we were late to our reservation due to it. They were very patient and made our anniversary night truly special.

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KathleenS
Birmingham
1 review
Dined on April 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Truly excellent food. We ordered several things and all were delicious. Service was great. Really nice ambience as well.

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river
Denver
4 reviews
Dined on April 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

An absolutely spectacular meal! Would definitely recommend for any special occasion.

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BrittneyM
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on April 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best restaurant in Denver. Love the atmosphere, sevice and the food is phenomenal. Don't skip dessert!!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on April 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of the best meals I’ve had in ages. The value for the quality of the food was spectacular. GET. THE. DUCK.

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DeborahK
2 reviews
Dined on April 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food and service is truly an experience! This is a must try!

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Hari
Denver
1 review
Dined on April 18, 2021
Overall3food4service5ambience4

Good service and friendly environment.

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Skip
Denver
3 reviews
Dined on April 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Spectacular everything! All server staff were spot on perfect, food was very unique but oh so good! Love Rioja!

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Daniel
Houston
1 review
Dined on April 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food and amazing service, Rebecca is great at what she does.

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vipRuralRider
Denver
21 reviews
Dined on April 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We celebrated two birthdays. William was terrific. Food was, too!

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AVTY
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on April 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was wonderful. The food was exquisite! Very good service and time flew!

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OpenTable Diner
New Orleans
1 review
Dined on April 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Anniversary

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AlexC
Denver
1 review
Dined on April 16, 2021
Overall1food1service5ambience4

My friend got sick off of the food and it was just gross in general, she threw it up later that night.

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DanilB
Miami
2 reviews
Dined on April 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely great place and great food. Perfect service. Thank you guys. Definitely gonna come back next time when I’m Denver.

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Vandy
Denver
25 reviews
Dined on April 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

There are two signature dishes on the menu that I get every time I come here - the pork belly and artichoke pasta. The flavors of everything we ordered were delicious!

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KeithM
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on April 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The service and food were top notch, and is definitely a place I would recommend to others. I was in Denver on business and found Rioja due to it being one of the few places open for lunch downtown. The lamb burger was not your typical burger, it had great flavor and would bring me back again if I make it back to Denver in the future.

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vipSundanceliving
Denver
27 reviews
Dined on April 12, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

It took a little while to get the check to pay but the food was excellent and the service overall was good. It is expensive, though.

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on April 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Innovative, flavorful and seasonal flavors. Each bite was flavorful and the soothing upscale modern ambience added to the overall experience

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DebraG
Denver
4 reviews
Dined on April 11, 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience3

We had a great time and the food was delicious. The air conditioning was blowing directly on us and we were chilly to the point of being uncomfortable.

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MaureenO
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on April 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As always, a delicious dinner with a great ambiance!

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OpenTable Diner
Denver
3 reviews
Dined on April 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great meal great service. They gave a handwritten card to my significant other for her birthday which everyone acknowledged it was her birthday, yet the card said Happy Anniversary. The details are what makes a meal great or exceptional. I’ve eaten here numerous times and was disappointed in that lack of detail as it minimized her special day.

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KathyB
Denver
6 reviews
Dined on April 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience3

I have loved this restaurant from the first time I went many years ago. The Parmesan Benedict on the brunch menu is excellent! I could drink that parm. sauce with a straw! Had the Arugala, date, blue cheese salad w/ almond dressing- delicious. My only criticism would be the chairs. You can't sit back in them, or you'd be on the floor! Not good if you have back problems, like me.

FAQs

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

Rioja is rated 4.7 stars by 8749 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.