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Rioja

4.7
6909 reviews
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$30 and under
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Mediterranean
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  • Fit for Foodies
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for a Date
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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Cuisines
Mediterranean, Fusion / Eclectic
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Hours of operation
Lunch:

Wednesday - Friday: 11:30am - 2:30pm


Brunch:

Saturday - Sunday: 10:00am - 2:30pm


Dinner:

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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Payment options
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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Neighborhood
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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

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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.

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What 6909 People Are Saying
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4.7  based on recent ratings
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4.7
service
4.6
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4.2
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aurelianobuendia (Denver)
5.0  Dined 3 days ago

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

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vipOpenTable Diner (Salt Lake City)
5.0  Dined 4 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.

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vipPittsburgher (E. Tennessee)
5.0  Dined 4 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...

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Becca (Denver)
5.0  Dined 5 days ago

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

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vipOpenTable Diner (Denver)
5.0  Dined 5 days ago

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.

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OpenTable Diner (Denver)
5.0  Dined 5 days ago

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

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OpenTable Diner (Denver)
4.0  Dined 5 days ago

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.

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KirkR (Denver)
5.0  Dined 6 days ago

My wife and I were in Denver overnight and picked Rioja for a special night out. It was fantastic in every way. The cheapest bottle of red wine (at $42.00) was really very satisfactory, and the creativity and taste of our entrees was exceptional.

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vipOpenTable Diner (Denver)
5.0  Dined on February 12, 2018

Never disappointed. Amazing food and service every time. One of our favorite restaurants in the state.

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WestChester (Orlando)
4.0  Dined on February 12, 2018

good food. crowded and noisy, but quite fun. will go again.

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mmm2 (Western NC)
5.0  Dined on February 12, 2018

Feasting like royalty at Rioja! We had our special Valentine's day dinner here and it was a phenomenal treat for the foodies we are and the best gift. We came from out of town and this was an exceptional foodie adventure!

I adored the picnic appetizer--fantastic charcuterie meats, flatbread crackers, and goat cheese toasted and olives. They also included spicy chorizo, so it was too hot for me but my husband liked it. There was a green salad and a orange marmalade palates cleanser. We shared the small plates of the Pork belly bacon with cardamom sauce. Imagine a delicious pork meat they roast for a day with an Indian curry-like sauce. I loved the flavors and it was unique because pork belly is typically fried when you eat it. This was more like brisket and the sauce reminded me of Indian style recipes. We also ordered the small portion of home made spaetzle pasta with beef cheeks, and an anise seasoning. Normally I wouldn't know if that combo works but I loved the unique flavors. We also shared the entree Octopus wrapped with serano ham. It was divine, salty, tender and delicious. We chose a wonderful Tempranillo wine, recommendation from the waiter. Oh and the bread basket had wonderful goat cheese biscuits that were amazing with the salted butter!! I loved our meal and I wish we lived nearby. We walked from a downtown hotel so parking was not an issue. I truly loved my dinner and the artistic presentation of the food!

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OpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on February 11, 2018

Great food and impeccable service.

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vipOpenTable Diner (Atlantic City)
5.0  Dined on February 11, 2018

Amazing menu. And mixologists make the best cocktails.
The artichoke arrichiette and the broth, delicious.

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MaryEllenD (Chicago)
4.0  Dined on February 11, 2018

Delicious meal. Very nice about splitting portions and playing separately in beautiful manner. Lamb was delicious- a real treat.

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Mindy (Denver)
5.0  Dined on February 11, 2018

Excellent service and food made the dining experience at Rioja a pleasure. Great place.

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