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Rioja

4.7
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8419 Reviews
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$31 to $50
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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
Social Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
Personal Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
What 8419 people are saying
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4.7based on recent ratings
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4.7
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4.7
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92% of people would recommend it to a friend
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vipmomof4
Los Angeles
9 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was a delicious meal - great selection and top class service!

Rioja
Responded a day ago

Thanks for all of the stars momof4!

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AugusteGusteau
Denver
44 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall3food3service2ambience5

I wanted to love Rioja, I really did. After all, I have been a fan of Jennifer Jasinski's cooking ever since she opened Panzano at Hotel Monaco. We are also big fans of BV accross the street. I had just never managed to make it to Rioja until now.

After waiting 20 minutes for our drinks, our server took our order. We both ordered appetizers and entrees. About 25 minutes later our entrees arrived- which would have ben fine except for the fact we never received our appetizers. Our server came over and asked if we needed anything else, to which I replied that we hadn't yet received our appetizers. Our server then asked, "Did you order appetizers?" After we assured her we did, she found them written on the back of her pad and told us they would be out shortly. Our entrees were then whisked away, and about 5 minutes later our appetizers appeared.

My partner's Heirloom Bean Succotash Salad was fresh, vibrant and delicious. I ordered the Crispy Pan-Fried Sweetbreads and while the preparation was beautiful, sadly the sweetbreads themselves were not. Of the 2 sweetbreads on the plate one was overcooked, while the other was sorely undercooked with raw flour on the underside. This rendered it stringy and chewy.

The entrees we ordered were the Artichoke Tortelloni and the Colorado Lamb T-bones. Again, my partner's entree was outstanding but my lamb was sadly lacking. First of all, the dish advertised 10oz of lamb. I have worked around restaurants and restaurant kitchens for 22 years and the 2 small loins on my plate were no more than 2 & 1/2 to 3 ounces a piece - at most. This would have been ok but for the fact they were also extremely bland and tough. And this was not an inexpensive dish.

Overall, I was more than a bit disappointed in our experience. While Rioja nailed half of the food we ordered, they missed the boat on the other half. Add to that the slow start on the drinks and the forgotten appetizers, and you are left with a less-than-satisfying experience.

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vipstephanietgggs
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall2food4service1ambience1

Our reservation was messed up. We asked if they could seat the three of us at a two top, and were told that was not allowed. We accepted a reservation two hours later, where they sat us at a two top.
The waitress was extremely unfriendly. My sister was visiting and I love Rioja, wanted to show her.
After this, I doubt I’ll return.

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vipKathrynD
Denver
6 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always one of my TOP restaurants in Denver. The food was phenomenal as always. They really don't miss a beat.

Rioja
Responded a day ago

Thanks for the kind words KathrynD!

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dollardude
New Mexico
23 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This restaurant is consistently GREAT! The chef always provides fantastic meals that you would be hard-pressed to find elsewhere. DELICIOUS

Rioja
Responded a day ago

Thanks for the great review dollardude!

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LouL
Orange County
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food4service4ambience5

Food was delicious and bread basket was divine. Ambience was perfect

Rioja
Responded a day ago

Thanks for the wonderful review LouL!

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vipcffmn
Denver
50 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food and service! A delightful experience. Love that servers are knowledgeable and helpful

Rioja
Responded a day ago

Thanks for all of the stars cffmn!

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MichaelS
Denver
14 reviews
Dined on September 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We went for a birthday celebration and everything was great. Service was excellent. COVID-19 protocol was observed but not intrusive. We ate inside but lots of tables outside as well.

The food was prepared perfectly and served at a nice pace. Scallops were probably the biggest hit but gnocchi ape river was also delicious. The breads served with the meal were particularly well made. Appetizers through desert everything was top notch.

Rioja
Responded a day ago

•Thank you so much MichaelS for taking the time to publish your feedback. We are pleased to read that you had great time! Hope to see you again soon.

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vipChrisF
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on September 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic dining experience. Great food, outstanding service! Highly recommend.

Rioja
Responded a day ago

Thanks for all of the stars ChrisF!

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MilesB
Denver
1 review
Dined on September 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We ate outside. The service was attentive without hovering. The food was fantastic: the Rioja Picnic was a wonderful new appetizer, and the artichoke tortellini is a perennial favorite.

Rioja
Responded a day ago

Thanks for the wonderful review MilesB!

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RolandoR
Denver
2 reviews
Dined on September 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was A delectable and outstanding culinary experience. Simply the best way to end the night

Rioja
Responded a day ago

Thanks for the great review RolandoR!

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JavierL
1 review
Dined on September 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food service and drinks . Best restaurant I. Denver

Rioja
Responded on September 12, 2020

Thank you so much JavierL for the kind words. We hope to see you again soon!

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined on September 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of the best meals I’ve had in a long time. Well priced for the value and every dish was delicious. Even if you are stuffed you have to get the cloud cake at the end.

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Mmmmlisa
Denver
18 reviews
Dined on September 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We dined here for the first time for our anniversary. The service was excellent and the food was amazing. We were so delighted with everything we ordered and appreciated that the chef was flexible and offered tasty substitutions to accommodate my gluten intolerance. We also were very pleased to see that the outdoor dining area was expanded and Covid precautions were being taken seriously. We will definitely return.

Rioja
Responded on September 11, 2020

Thank you so much for taking the time to publish your feedback. We are pleased to read that you had great time! Hope to see you again soon!

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vipJtotheK
Denver
30 reviews
Dined on September 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

OMG...the artichoke ravioli is A-MAZING!! I'd eat that everyday if I could. My dad and I ate outside under their lovely covered patio area. The weather was perfect and our waitress was so friendly...along with our food-runner. I love Rioja...always a great, delicious, stellar time...always on-point! Thank you!!

Rioja
Responded on September 11, 2020

Thanks for such a great review JtotheK! The artichoke tortelloni is one of our favorites as well. We hope to see you again soon!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on September 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I met up with my long distance girlfriend here in Denver and wanted a nice classy restaurant to take her out to for dinner. This restaurant was beyond my expectations. The customer service was amazing and felt very welcoming. I ordered a cherry Negroni and it was the best Negroni I’ve ever had. For food we ordered the scallops which were cooked perfectly and the hoisin braised short ribs which had a huge portion size and was so tender and tasty. I would recommend this place to anyone visiting the area. It is worth the money!

Rioja
Responded on September 11, 2020

Thanks for such a wonderful detailed review. We hope to see you again soon.

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vipNanetteW
San Francisco
21 reviews
Dined on September 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Quick trip to Denver to celebrate our anniversary it is my favorite restaurant and love the new menu we have not tried. Thank you!

Rioja
Responded on September 11, 2020

Thanks for the wonderful review NanetteW!

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MarkE
1 review
Dined on September 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We mistakenly reserved for the wrong night but they still found a table for us. Greatly appreciated!

Rioja
Responded on September 11, 2020

Thanks for the great review MarkE. So happy we could make the right day work for you!

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vipLORETTAM
Denver
13 reviews
Dined on September 3, 2020
Overall3food5service2ambience4

Bad service, long wait for drinks. The person who brought the bread was nicer and more service oriented than our waiter. When you pay $100/person for dinner you expect a different level of service.

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Diego
7 reviews
Dined on September 2, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was amazing! We absolutely loved the succotash salad which was amazing!

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Charlie
Denver
7 reviews
Dined on September 2, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved the outdoor seating arrangement; we felt completely safe. All of the food was excellent, especially the entrees (tortellini en brodo and braised hoisin short rib). Highly recommend!

Rioja
Responded on September 5, 2020

Thanks for the wonderful review Charlie!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

The food was amazing!!

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Kelv
1 review
Dined on August 31, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Seasonal menu, unexpected food ingredient pairings, and table linen service ... perfect place to go on a date night!

Rioja
Responded on September 5, 2020

Thanks for the wonderful review and we are so happy you enjoyed your dining experience with us. We hope to see you again soon.

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Michael
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on August 31, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Delicious food, a little awkward ordering experience because of COVID changes but otherwise still a great menu.

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PatJ
Phoenix
2 reviews
Dined on August 30, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Ate inside, but felt totally comfortable. Tables had lots of space, all the staff was masked and conscientious. Food was wonderful! I had the scallops, my date had the vegetarian platter. Both were tasty, and the vegi platter was very creative and diverse in its flavor profiles and presentation. The wine selection was great, we enjoyed a wonderful Russian River Pinot. Really a great time and experience.

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OpenTable Diner
Denver
1 review
Dined on August 30, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful night in Downtown Denver! Love Rioja and look forward to returning. Thank you for making our special night wonderful.

Rioja
Responded on September 5, 2020

Thanks for the wonderful review!

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Luanne
Denver
1 review
Dined on August 30, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Shashito peppers appetizer and truffle tortellini were incredible! Would go back for those two alone.

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vipCherylS
Miami
11 reviews
Dined on August 30, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing delicious food and affordable pricing.

Rioja
Responded on September 5, 2020

Thanks for the kind words CherylS! We hope to see you again soon.

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PaulP
1 review
Dined on August 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

waiters were knowledgeable and very professional. The menu creative and the meal was excellent. we asked to move from outside to the dining room due to the wind outside and we were accommodated. highly recommend Rioja!

Rioja
Responded on September 5, 2020

Thank you so much PaulP for taking the time to publish your feedback. We are pleased to read that you had great time! Hope to see you again soon.

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ZoeD
Cleveland
6 reviews
Dined on August 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Richie took good care of us Ohioans. Food was delicious.

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DanielC
Austin
3 reviews
Dined on August 28, 2020
Overall2food2service4ambience4

Honestly, the food quality here is mediocre, at best. The only highlights of the several dishes we bought were the house made bread with sea salt butter and the pork belly. The scallops, halibut, short rib dish, and the desserts were all not very good. Not sure how Yelpers have managed to rave about this place, but it’s a pass all day long.

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MaconM
1 review
Dined on August 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This meal was INCREDIBLE! Will definitely be returning next time I am in Denver!

Rioja
Responded on September 5, 2020

Thanks for the wonderful review MaconM!

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OpenTable Diner
Denver
2 reviews
Dined on August 28, 2020
Overall3food3service4ambience5

Drinks were creative and delicious. The Rioja Picnic appetizer was yummy. Food was not as incredible as the reviews stated and the portions were small for the price. The beignets only came with five tiny donuts, like really small. Overall a nice place, but probably won’t go back for dinner.

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vipTammy
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on August 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Beautiful experience on the newly expanded patio. Food and service was amazing. Shared starters and each of us had an entree.

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OpenTable Diner
Houston
2 reviews
Dined on August 27, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best Restaurant in Denver!!!!

Rioja
Responded on September 5, 2020

Thanks for the kind words!

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined on August 27, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing atmosphere and attentive servers made for a great experience. The hand made pasta is a must order.

Rioja
Responded on September 11, 2020

Thanks for the wonderful review! We hope to see you again soon.

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OpenTable Diner
Miami
1 review
Dined on August 27, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had an excellent meal for our anniversary

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vipcffmn
Denver
51 reviews
Dined on August 27, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food preparations and attentive rather than intrusive service. Always a wonderful experience

Rioja
Responded on September 5, 2020

Thanks for the wonderful review cffmn! We hope to see you again soon.

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CarolC
Des Moines
6 reviews
Dined on August 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Tortelloni is not to be missed.
The happy hour is only outside .. they failed to tell us that

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OpenTable Diner
Jacksonville
1 review
Dined on August 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great date night spot. Every course was delicious.

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

Rioja is rated 4.7 stars by 8419 OpenTable diners.

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