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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.
Denver, CO 80202
Mediterranean, Fusion / Eclectic
Hours of Operation:
Wednesday - Friday: 11:30am - 2:30pm
Saturday - Sunday: 10:00am - 2:30pm
Sunday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm,
Friday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 11:00pm
$30 and under
AMEX, Carte Blanche, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
Valet available on Larimer Square Tuesday - Saturday. A parking garage is located directly behind the restaurant on Market Street. Street parking is available throughout Larimer Square.
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Chef's Table, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wine
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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.
Rioja Ratings and Reviews
This was a truly great experience, from the service to the food. Not a step was missed on service, and the food was amazing. I had the salmon and it was amazing. Cooked mid rare and tasted amazing. The beet salad was great, and my wife’s pasta was a perfectLy cooked. The dessert really shined. There is a reason Rioja is a Denver classic.
Rioja never fails. Even after having eaten there 15-20 times, we are still amazed how the food just always impresses and is as good as ever (can't say better than ever because it is always that good). To change things up, we recently went for the prix fixe offering which had some of the most incredible combinations of flavors and unique methods of preparation we could have imagined - so creative and so good. Dinner at Rioja is just a can't miss evening.
A very solid option for a bit of European flair....mainly from Spain. Would highly recommend to couples or small groups going to a nearby show. The Valet parking is a big plus as parking can be difficult.
The only suggestion is the bread was cold and would have better warm.
We returned to Rioja one year later, our dinner with the same friends last time was very good. We were all very satisfied this time, everything we tried was really good, from interesting appetizers to deserts. Highly recommended restaurant, much better food than the prices would have you expect.
The good: service was great and the restaurant was nicely decorated. There was valet, so that's a plus in Larimer Square. They have a great wine menu and an interesting cocktail menu.
The bad: restaurant was very loud at 8pm, we had to shout a lot in conversation so that was annoying after awhile. I was aware of the prices heading in, but I expected the food to be stellar at $30-$40 per entree. It's not that the food was bad, it was very good. However there are several restaurants in Denver where the food is of equal quality but $5-$10 less per entree, so relatively speaking, it felt like a bit of a rip-off.
Overall: not bad but I wouldn't go out of my way to dine here again
I love food. I love good food and I love feeling like I got my money’s worth. Everything was fine. But I didn’t leave wowed. We sat at the bar. Had cocktails and a quick dinner before a show. I had two cocktails, the basilica and the pomegranate martini. They were made well but I have no idea what drove the $14 cost for each one. For dinner, I had the artichoke tortelloni. They tasted great. Seasoned well, delicious broth. The serving was 4 or 5 of them. I know they are laborious to make but not sure what drove the $20 price on this dish either. I’ll probably try Rioja one more time to see if I missed something. First trip = not worth the price.
My family and I had a late lunch on Super Bowl Sunday. Rioja was a great diversion, as we are not big sports fans! Your staff actually had to change our reservation to an earlier time and, as a result, we received appetizers and desert at no charge. We a really appreciate that! The drinks and food were exceptional. Your servers were courteous and knowledgeable. Overall, it was s great experience and we will come back and refer you as well!
Came here with my husband for a date night. The food was amazing. Staff very friendly and food came out quickly. Atmosphere was fun and lively but not too loud. Fire alarms did go off at the end of dinner, but no one panicked. We left before it ended but things seemed in control. Would definitely come here again.
I have been hearing about Rioja from my friend for a while. This is her favorite restaurant. We took her here for her 50th birthday. For the price, the portion was very small, like 2 bite size. The Gabe's Chronic Chicken Sandwich was one of my favorite because it was a regular size sandwich. You will not walk away feeling full at this place. Had to fill up on bread. The atmosphere was nice.
Fabulous dinner...as always here!
Peter was our great server and made great dinner suggestions (we don't eat red meat including pork) and we were not disappointed. The gentleman who helped bus the table and bring us water was really nice and courteous too!
We shared the artichoke tortelloni with truffle broth as an appetizer and it is a MUST TRY for everyone!! I had the George Banks Scallops (OMG these are "to die for" good!) and my husband had the Petaluma chicken (he was just getting over a stomach flu so he was careful with what he ate BUT we couldn't miss dinner here!) I also had the nonalcoholic bittersweet spritz ...yum!
Looking forward to next time! :)
Unfortunately Rioja was a bust for us. I ordered the special, a seafood stew. It literally was inedible. There was so much salt that I couldn't stomach it, and I love salty food. The service was great, and they comped the meal. After eating here on Friday, I spoke with someone who worked at the Four Seasons, where we were staying. She said Rioja has had a lot of complaints lately. Maybe there's a new chef? I haven't looked into it yet. I want to give it another try at some point, as I've heard it's incredible. But our experience was sub-par. The bread and sorbet were outstanding.
Bread selection was great. Server was wonderful. Options for the menu were limited and portion size was small. I had the artichoke pasta and it just wasn't amazing. The house salad wasn't special. I have dined here once before and the saffron Cioppino tasted burnt. I won't come back. I probably should have made different choices. The ambience and service was great. I brought out of town guests hoping for something special, it just wasn't.
We had a fantastic five course meal at Rioja that we designed from their menu—every dish was perfectly balanced. Arugula with dates Gorgonzola almonds, foie with funnel cake, carpaccio, duck confit pizza, crazy gnocchi. Is this Denver’s best restaurant? Great wine service, relaxed pace, and a phenomenal support staff headed by nuestro amigo nico. Rioja knocks it outta da park again.
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