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Rioja

4.7
8915 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 8915 people are saying
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AdamH
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service4ambience5

I think they are short staffed like most right now. Created several delays but the wait staff was kind.

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AngieA
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was delicious. Sat outside so noisy from the street musicians but not restaurants fault. Fast service, efficient. Enjoyed everything.

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KayG
New Orleans
2 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food and service were excellent and I would refer a friend to this restaurant. However, there was a table near me where one party kept talking the entire 1.5 hours I was there and it was loud and annoying.

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OpenTable Diner
Denver
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

So delish! Great service!

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LinaC
Greensboro
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service and enjoyed my delicious food. Would definitely return again and recommended to others to try.

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Exploradus
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience4

The quality of the food was very good. The portion on my dish was small. They forgot to put the sauce on top. The waiter did a good job and was very responsive. The overall experience was very good.

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CaitrinC
Richmond
4 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our late dinner at Rioja was exactly what you want in a great night out with friends. We were seated promptly at our reservation time by a quite friendly hostess. Outdoor tables were comfortable and comfortably spaced from the others. Our service was fantastic. Everyone who attended to our table was relaxed, friendly and knowledgeable. The sweetbreads were some of the best ever had and theres no way we could ever eat enough of the pastas (even if we were allowed the whole pan and free reign of the kitchen)
Rioja is an incredible please to have a truly remarkable meal.

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Rachel
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

100% recommend. Don’t have a bad thing to say, every thing we had was amazing. Perfect fancy date night or birthday dinner or just a fun night out!

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mountainrrr
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Wonderful dinner outside under the strings of lights with some lovely, not too loud, live music playing. Service was excellent. Food varied from good to excellent. The pasta dishes were outstanding as was dessert. Will be back.

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Winegal303
Denver
2 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We were sat at an outdoor table. Scott, our server, was attentive and consultative. Excellent food, wine, and live music on Larimer. Very special and romantic.

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vipKarlT
Las Vegas
63 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We must visit Rioja every time we visit Denver. Our favorite!

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TerriR
Denver
3 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

first time , won’t be the last!!

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Olga
Salt Lake City
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great restaurant in a beautiful location. Very good food. We ordered octopus and a lamb TBone, and a Japanese cloud Cake for desert. Waiter recommended a good white wine from Spain to complement the meal. Enjoyed our experience and would love to come back again

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dennism
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely as always!

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DeverTraveler
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Great food and service.

The only complaints I had are:

- they do NOT answer the phone. We came straight from the airport and tried reaching them a number of times, over the course of a few hours. The phone was answered one time, and immediately hung up. Communication is key.

- I sent them an email about a month before my reservation, asking if I could have a flower delivery made to the restaurant earlier in the day. I never received a reply. Again, it seems Rioja has some issues with communication.

All in all: 4/5 stars, and would go again!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Berlin
12 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was fantastic! Service was exceptional and the food was excellent.

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vipCH21
Denver
12 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food, service and ambience... outstanding, as always!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Denver
4 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best restaurant in Denver!!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Nashville
2 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a very good time! Food was phenomenal! Probably one of the best places I have been in quite sometime! Would recommend!

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Momk
Denver
13 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience4

We had a very nice lunch. The hostess was very accommodating in that the first table she gave us seemed to be right under the air conditioning. She moved us to a table where it did not blow right on us. We had an excellent waitress who made good suggestions about our choices from the menu. We were not rushed at all, which was nice.
It was also very nice to have the advantage of Valet Parking…much appreciated.m.

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MaryC
Denver
1 review
Dined on September 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic experience everytime I go there. The prices are a tad hard to swallow, but the food on the menu never is. Food is unique, delicious, and a perfect portion
Every single employee takes pride in what they are doing. Everyone greets you, chats w you, makes you feel as if you're their favorite guest.
It is my go to place for out of town guests

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RubenC
Kansas City
5 reviews
Dined on September 19, 2021
Overall4food3service5ambience5

Overall, everything was great as usual.However the house salad was very salty both my friend I agreed.In retrospect I should have said something.

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KaitlynJ
1 review
Dined on September 18, 2021
Overall4food5service3ambience5

Food was amazing, service was okay our waitress didn’t check on us but maybe it was super busy. Went there for my birthday and told them and saw everyone else getting special birthday desserts but mine came and there was nothing said and no candle like everyone else was getting but overall the food was fantastic.

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vipPatriciaC
Denver
17 reviews
Dined on September 18, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience3

Food was outstanding. Of course now that restrictions have been lifted, tables are once again crammed next to each other...that's a bummer. No private conversation possible. Oh well!

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BobbyO
Denver
1 review
Dined on September 16, 2021
Overall3food3service1ambience4

Nice looking restaurant. Service was not good. Waitress wore a mask. None of the other servers did. Food fusion was trying a little too hard. Not a great experience.

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Kel64
New York Area
16 reviews
Dined on September 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Whenever I’m in Denver, Rioja is a must, thank you again for another delightful dinner..

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OpenTable Diner
Denver
1 review
Dined on September 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food tonight was absolutely on point, as well as service. Food came out in good timing and perfectly spaced out. This is always my husband and I's go-to.

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MarcyF
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on September 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Unbelievable food, great atmosphere (outside patio), interesting people watching and excellent service. We loved it so much we went back for lunch the next day!

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vipdavec
Seattle
15 reviews
Dined on September 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and service, accentuated by serving staff replacing dishes when a couple of small issues arose. A seamless, wonderful experience.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on September 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very intimate and excellent food.

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cking228
Denver
7 reviews
Dined on September 9, 2021
Overall3food3service2ambience2

Food was good. Nothing crazy. Service was not on point. Good ambiance but it was very hot in the restaurant.

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UptownGal
New Orleans
2 reviews
Dined on September 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I took my bestie on a date and the food was so good. The service was beyond perfect.

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OpenTable Diner
New Mexico
1 review
Dined on September 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Excellent service, friendly and knowledgeable workers and management, food was impressive.

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TayK
Oklahoma City
4 reviews
Dined on September 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Had tasting menu. Everything was amazing, but I loved how vegetables were in every dish. I have been to several Top Chef restaurants and this is my favorite, hands down.

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vipOmnivorousFoodie
Washington DC
23 reviews
Dined on September 6, 2021
Overall2food1service5ambience4

Octopus was chewy and lacked flavor.

Hawaiian crab with gnocchi was disappointing. Crab should have been the star but it paled behind the sweet creaminess of the corn.

Amazing XO sauce on the wagyu steak. Singularly the best part of the whole meal.

Waiter was great to offer something to replace the octopus but decided to eat just the two of the three edible pieces. The couscous and sausage was probably the better dish than the main protein… sad.

We were so disappointed because we wanted this meal to be the last one we remember Denver for. Unfortunately, it was not very good. Overall, seafood has been extremely disappointing here, and I’m partly to blame. “Fresh” seafood in the middle of the country seems ironic, but hey… so is Las Vegas, but that city has extremely amazing seafood.

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vipKathyT
Denver
7 reviews
Dined on September 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely delightful dining experience on a beautiful Colorado evening. The service was impeccable and the meal was delicious. We had the trout and the lamb, which we highly recommend.

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Willowtree50
Louisville
6 reviews
Dined on September 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our 4th time at Rioja. Always a stop on our way thru Denver. Everything was as expected… delicious.

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Quinn55
St. Louis
10 reviews
Dined on September 5, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

This is a beautiful restaurant and the food was outstanding. The cocktails are pricey but overall a great experience. Our waiter was newish but did a great job and if he didn't know something, he was willing to go above and beyond to find out the answer. All in all, a great place. Will definitely return.

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JamilaH
Denver
1 review
Dined on September 5, 2021
Overall1food1service5ambience5

Service was great! Food was terrible.

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dollardude
New Mexico
27 reviews
Dined on September 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

sat outside. wonderful dinner. fantastic setting

FAQs

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

Rioja is rated 4.7 stars by 8915 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.