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Rioja, Denver, CO
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This restaurant now offers Takeout

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Rioja

4.8
4.8
9353 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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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 70 times today

Order delivery or takeout

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Cuisines

    Mediterranean, Fusion / Eclectic

  • Hours of operation

    Brunch Sat, Sun 10:00 am–2:30 pm Lunch Mon–Fri 11:00 am–2:30 pm Dinner Daily 4:00 pm–10:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (303) 820-2282

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Carte Blanche, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Executive chef

    Jennifer Jasinski

  • Catering

    Whatever the occasion, Crafted Concepts has a venue and menu to exceed your expectations. We truly thrive on creating custom events and exciting experiences – the only limit is your imagination!

  • Private party facilities

    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.

  • Private party contact

    Crafted Concepts Events Team: (855) 396-3998

  • Neighborhood

    Downtown / LoDo

  • Cross street

    15th St; Larimer St

  • Parking details

    Valet available on Larimer Square each night of the week for dinner, $10 off with Rioja validation.A parking garage is located directly behind the restaurant on Market Street. Street parking is available throughout Larimer Square.

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Chef's Table, Cocktails, Counter Seating, Delivery, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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What 9,353 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.8
4.8 based on recent ratings
  • 4.8Food
  • 4.8Service
  • 4.7Ambience
  • 4.5Value

NoiseModerate

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  1. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Denver

    14 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    14 reviews

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    The food was amazing! So many great flavors...from bread service to the pea compote with the bacon appetizer to the wagyu tri tip through dessert. I was only disappointed in the cocktails. Surprised in an establishment like this that the cocktails on the menu are batched, so we were told we couldn't order one that had an egg foam top with out the egg because of that. Seems like they could have individually crafted one drink for a customer that can't have eggs.
  2. D

    Diane

    Denver

    9 reviews

    4.0

    9 reviews

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    The food was very good with just-right portions and good price points. I am not a vegetarian, but I appreciate that the chef offers a good variety of meatless options. As always, the bread is delicious. Cocktails are excellent and by-the-glass wine selection is very good.
  3. k

    kdclancy

    Denver

    35 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    35 reviews

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Everything about this restaurant is the highest level. The atmosphere is very cool. The service is skilled and professional. Because the menu is diverse in its offerings, there is something for everyone. The choices for cocktails is creative while the wine list is extensive. One outstanding part of the meal is the incredible bread basket. Entrees are delicious, but save room for dessert. Love this place!
  4. RK

    RayK

    Denver

    6 reviews

    4.0

    6 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall4food5service1ambience4
    Our server was smug, arrogant, unhelpful. We spent some time talking about the difference between self-important merely really good restaurants and really great ones where the staff gives their best and full attention.
  5. m

    mjaspen

    Denver

    14 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    14 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Went for dinner Friday night and loved it so much went for brunch on Sunday. Again we had an amazing meal!
  6. JG

    JenniferG

    Denver

    9 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Always great food but this meal was exceptional. The pansoti and goat cheese tart were some of best I’ve had. Servers were friendly and we had a great dinner.
  7. E

    Elsbells1

    New Mexico

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Early dinner before play.
  8. HG

    HollyG

    Denver

    22 reviews

    5.0

    22 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food always. Donuts were superior again! :)
  9. m

    mjaspen

    Denver

    15 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    15 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing meal, seated promptly, perfect service, the food was next level!! We had the goat cheese tart, artichoke pasta, and the lamb. All three were beyond our expectations. Cannot wait to go back again!
  10. M

    Mica

    Denver

    45 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    45 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Once again, rioja was amazing! Everything was fabulous - from start to finish. For years, it's been my go-to place before/after the theater. This night was no exception and made even more special by how everyone also made me feel special for my birthday! Humberto is always fabulous but tonight outdid himself. Thank you!
  11. CH

    CamiH

    Denver

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Waiter was helpful and friendly. Food and wine were both delicious!
  12. NF

    NorthernFoodie

    Indiana

    63 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    63 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Went here for a business dinner; loved the goat cheese tart and the artichoke pasta in brodo. Loved the wine selections by the glass - I had a Rioja following the name of the restaurant. Service was attentive and food quality outstanding
  13. W

    Winslivia

    Jacksonville

    9 reviews

    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food was sublime. Delicious ricotta gnocchi. I had the Artichoke tortelloni en brodo —exquisite soft pillows of deliciousness. I could’ve eaten a hundred. Plus we all shared a “picnic” of quality cured meats, goat and Gorgonzola cheeses, marinated fennel, many kinds of olives, roasted almonds and candied orange peel ☺️ Plus we had a sea bass and broccolini dish with blackberries and a wonderful sauce. Dessert was 3 kinds of sorbet—peach, raspberry and (of all things) banana! Plus pears and grapes poached in red wine with toasted meringues. OMG
  14. J

    James

    Dublin

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Outstanding food and all around a great experience.
  15. N

    Newburyportfan

    New England

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Visiting from Boston to take my niece out as she just moved to Denver. We were treated so well. Staff even signed a birthday card for her. Food was outstanding and I am a foodie eating in NYC, Portland ME and Boston and it was over the top great!
  16. BF

    BeverlyF

    Denver

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    As always, had a perfect dining experience. We enjoyed the duck breast—-perfectly prepared. Staff are very attentive and helpful.
  17. S

    Souschef

    Denver

    47 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    47 reviews

    Dined on January 28, 2023

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    For the 1st course, I had the chestnut soup which was delicious but it could have been better without the fried zucchini. My husband had the saffron pasta. He particularly enjoyed the sausage in the dish and ate the eggplant, which he usually isn’t a fan of. For the main entree, I had the scallops, which is usually served as a starter. They added an extra scallop for $6.00 which was almost enough for an entree. It was very tasty, the scallops were cooked perfectly but the curry didn’t have as much flavor as curry usually does. My husband had the lamb loin which was done to perfection but wasn’t as flavorful as he has had in the past. We shared the pumpkin cheesecake for dessert. For $10.50, there was not a lot of it. There were 3 tiny square pieces which were dwarfed by the plate. We were celebrating our anniversary, so they were good enough to bring 2 glasses of complimentary sparkling wine to our table. That was a very nice gesture.
  18. T

    Tony

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 28, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wonderful experience! Will definitely return soon!
  19. c

    canihaveabite

    Denver

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 26, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had an incredible meal and still thinking about the Tortelloni!
  20. j

    johnm

    Denver

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 26, 2023

    overall5food4service5ambience4
    Loved the sea bass! Highly recommended. Great drink menu.
  21. B

    Betty

    Denver

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on January 25, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Good and service were outstanding….
  22. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 24, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I’m pretty well travelled but I’m putting this on top three best restaurants I’ve been to. Every dish was so well presented and the food was fantastic. Definitely recommend half orders of several items to try out more things. Price was incredibly low for quality in my opinion so that’s a definite plus.
  23. JM

    JylM

    Indiana

    8 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on January 23, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    50th bday celebration
  24. JE

    JohnE

    New England

    11 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on January 22, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I always visit Rioja every time I’m in Denver!! Looking forward to the next time!!
  25. S

    Scott

    Denver

    7 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on January 20, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great, as always!
  26. AF

    AForgione

    San Diego

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on January 18, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    First class service, exceptional food, memorable experience. We will definitely be back!
  27. CV

    CrystalV

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 17, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We went for our Anniversary. I highly recommend. The food and drinks were amazing as well as the service our waitress Torri was great and had wonderful recommendations
  28. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Denver

    2 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 16, 2023

    overall4food4service2ambience4
    One of our favorite places over there the years unfortunately poor service today and long wait times
  29. T

    Texie

    Denver

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 16, 2023

    overall3food4service1ambience3
    The food was beautifully presented and delicious. However our experience from Rioja is one of poor service. The server didn’t offer suggestions for wine and when asked if there was a chef’s special for dinner, he glibly answered it was all special. He insultingly “presented” the can from which he poured the IPA. He forgot one of the appetizers and the coffee we ordered with dessert was also forgotten. Considering the restaurant has a James Beard, the service should’ve been impeccable. Big disappointment as the food wasn’t special enough to overcome the bad service.
  30. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Las Vegas

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 15, 2023

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    Great food and service.
  31. c

    colink

    Denver

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 15, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I loved Rioja! The staff was excellent and the food was great. Dessert was fantastic as well
  32. LS

    LauraS

    Denver

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on January 14, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food was prepared so elegantly and presented so well by the servers. I had chestnut soup served in a tiny pumpkin that was smooth and very tasty and my husband had the cheese tart which he liked very much. I especially liked the handmade ice cream for dessert.
  33. I

    Internationalfoodie

    San Francisco

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 14, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Truly special. Innovative, thoughtful and delicious. Exceeded every hope. Thank you
  34. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Denver

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 14, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Not enough butter,
  35. S

    Sarah

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 14, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Rioja is the most authentic Spanish food I’ve had in the United States. From the moment I walked into Rioja I felt like I had been transported back to Europe. As the food came out that amazing feeling continued. Not only that but they have the most amazing wait staff and bar tenders. They were all super knowledgeable on the menu and able to help us pair wines with our meals. I definitely recommend going if you’re ever in Denver. I, myself, will be returning to Rioja.
  36. MS

    MaryS

    Austin

    8 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on January 13, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Our waiter was outstanding and very nice. Food was amazing.
  37. CA

    CATHYF

    Denver

    10 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on January 13, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fabulous food, excellent service. And we appreciate the fact that it was calm & peaceful in the restaurant. No loud music. Good acoustics. We loved it.
  38. LB

    LesB

    Raleigh

    10 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on January 12, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent service. Great birthday date night.
  39. M

    Mckowals

    Denver

    20 reviews

    5.0

    20 reviews

    Dined on January 11, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We enjoyed the well balanced and complex flavoring across all of the plates we sampled: goat cheese fig tart, saffron fettuccine with duck sausage, duck breast and finishing with chocolate caramel peanut butter type of dessert. We savored every bite! Wait staff was very attentive and background music of flamenco guitar was delightful through the evening. Third time back and look forward to my fourth!
  40. F

    Foodie

    Denver

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on January 11, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food and amazing service. Thank you Eddie and team!

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
    • Contactless payment available
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
    • Staff is vaccinated

FAQs

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

Rioja is rated 4.8 stars by 9353 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 70 times today

Order delivery or takeout

Google Map for Rioja

1431 Larimer Street, Denver, CO 80202

Additional information

  • Cross street

    15th St; Larimer St

  • Neighborhood

    Downtown / LoDo

  • Hours of operation

    Brunch Sat, Sun 10:00 am–2:30 pm Lunch Mon–Fri 11:00 am–2:30 pm Dinner Daily 4:00 pm–10:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    Mediterranean, Fusion / Eclectic

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Parking details

    Valet available on Larimer Square each night of the week for dinner, $10 off with Rioja validation.A parking garage is located directly behind the restaurant on Market Street. Street parking is available throughout Larimer Square.

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Carte Blanche, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive chef

    Jennifer Jasinski

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Chef's Table, Cocktails, Counter Seating, Delivery, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

  • Phone number

    (303) 820-2282

  • Catering

    Whatever the occasion, Crafted Concepts has a venue and menu to exceed your expectations. We truly thrive on creating custom events and exciting experiences – the only limit is your imagination!

  • Private party facilities

    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.

  • Private party contact

    Crafted Concepts Events Team: (855) 396-3998

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