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For 2
7:00 PM
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6919 reviews
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$30 and under
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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.
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Private dining
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Mediterranean, Fusion / Eclectic
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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
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Phone number
(303) 820-2282
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AMEX, Carte Blanche, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Jennifer Jasinski
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Parking details
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.
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Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Chef's Table, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wine

Private Dining

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.

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What 6919 People Are Saying
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91% of people would recommend it to a friend
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vipOpenTable Diner (Philadelphia)
5.0  Dined a day ago

Wonderful. Fantastic. The service was impeccable. Never once did my water glass go empty, or a used utensil sit in the table. Our waiters were knowledgeable and made fantastic drink suggestions to pair with the outstanding food. The lamb was out of this world. It was my husbands birthday and they gave us a dessert on the house. From start to finish, wonderful experience.

vipNoname (Denver)
4.0  Dined 2 days ago

A former James Beard winner for the entire Southwestern Region, despite the growth into now 5 different restaurants, Rioja still excels on the palate. The setting is the same but the differences are a rushed feeling (you have to agree to a 90-minute table turn for a 2-top) depending upon the night and service that, while always friendly, is not up to such a fine cuisine operation. It's not bad though in our case, my partner's wine glass was forgotten, I had to pour my refills (it's in my skill-set but again, for this type of restaurant, shouldn't happen) and even the vintage was 2 years different (naturally a lower point level in Wine Spectator) than listed on the menu. To sum up, it's a great culinary experience and worth going for that. Just don't expect James Beard-type for the rest.

3.0  Dined 3 days ago

The restaurant is in a great location. The food was good minis the raw potatoes on 2 dishes and the raw beans on one dish. The appetizer was soaked in truffle oil which is no good. In the bathroom the return air vent was covered in so much dust that someone wrote clean me on it see picture.

HeleneT (Cleveland)
5.0  Dined 3 days ago

I love everything about this place! I sat at the chef's table, and was able to observe the chef prepare aesthetically delicious plates. The staff were very friendly and helpful! All of the dishes I ordered were divine. It helped that they can prepare half portions for solo diners so that I could try out more dishes. I would love to come back and try everything off their menu!

vipRobert (New York Area)
5.0  Dined 4 days ago

We had a Valentine dinner date before seeing a show at the Denver Performing Arts, and everything turned out perfect. We were seated and immediately asked by our waiter about timing, etc., and the courses came out in time to meet our schedule. The signature Artichoke Ravioli's were outstanding, and we also very much enjoyed the seared tuna special and lamb loin main courses. Deserts are a treat here and we had several. As a wine person, I especially appreciated the large selection of wines from Spain and Portugal. Definitely coming back! Thanks Chef!

OpenTable Diner (Detroit)
5.0  Dined 5 days ago

Thoughtful server; excellent food. All as expected

bouldergirl1 (New Orleans)
4.0  Dined 5 days ago

Good food, as always.

BridgetteAdams (Los Angeles)
4.0  Dined 5 days ago

Our visit overall was great. The food stands up to reputation and the wine pairings with the tasting menu were on point. The offering of four different types of bread is a nice touch, although I would recommend to hold back on the quantity you select, because we were definitely full by the end of the tasting menu and having enjoyed some of the bread. The descriptors that came with the food were excellent and descriptions of the wines were well enough. The only component that I wouldn't give five stars was service and is because the hostess seemed distracted and unapproachable and our server took about fifteen minutes to get our first drink order in. From there, the service improved and corrected for the poor start.

aurelianobuendia (Denver)
5.0  Dined 5 days ago

Excellent as always. Food is delicious and the service is consistently good.

vipOpenTable Diner (Salt Lake City)
5.0  Dined 7 days ago

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.

vipPittsburgher (E. Tennessee)
5.0  Dined 7 days ago

Excellent all around: food, service, gorgeous snowfall!
The foie gras was spectacular, and the artichoke tortellini
was too! Both unlike anything I’ve had anyplace else...

OpenTable Diner (Denver)
3.0  Dined on February 15, 2018

Good food, however the service was really bad. The same waitress was serving about 8 couples tables. We waited 15 minutes just to get an order of drinks and appetizers in.... not good staffing for Valentine's Day/night at all!

Becca (Denver)
5.0  Dined on February 14, 2018

My favorite Denver Restaurant. Impeccable cuisine! Amazing wine list. And, incredible service!!!! Cheers to Rioja!!!

vipOpenTable Diner (Denver)
5.0  Dined on February 14, 2018

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.

OpenTable Diner (Denver)
5.0  Dined on February 14, 2018

Best restaurant in denver. By far my favorite. Jen is the best