Rialto Cafe

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$30 and under
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Food With Spirit. Situated in the heart of downtown Denver on the popular 16th Street Mall, Rialto Cafe is a stylish, upbeat restaurant and bar featuring expertly prepared American foods. Using only the freshest of ingredients for his dishes, Executive Chef Jacob Quintana prepares a wide variety of foods ranging from Bacon Wrapped Buffalo Meatloaf, to Grilled Scottish Salmon with a goat cheese polenta. Offering simpler dishes such as the Rialto Burger or the popular Caprese Chicken Chop Salad, Rialto Cafe can please any palate and accommodate any price range. Rialto is within walking distance of the Denver Center of Performing Arts, Denver Pavilions, Convention Center, Comedy Works, and the Light Rail. Voted "Best In Denver" in several categories, Rialto Cafe offers the ultimate Denver dining experience. Rialto also offers discounted parking for night and weekends. Call for details.
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LG
Denver
4 reviews
Dined 15 hours ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place before going to the theater. The menu has good choices without being overwhelming. Thestaff is always great

U
Los Angeles
317 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience3

The salmon was delicious and perfectly cooked as was rhe butternut squash.

DB
Denver
9 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The Rialto is the perfect place to dine before going to the theater. The food is great, the location is convenient, the ambience is wonderful and our waiter was fantastic! Highly recommend this restaurant!!

BK
Denver
2 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our waiter was excellent and the food was delicious! So was the beer😁

TJ
Denver
4 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Very nice pre-show dinner! We will be back! Quinn was great!

M
Denver
6 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience4

It is our holiday tradition to have brunch at the Rialto a cafe prior to seeing the Nutcracker. Food is always good and it is a quick walk from the theater.

LG
Denver
5 reviews
Dined on November 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Still my go to favorite for pre theater dinner. A bit loud for intimate discussions ( but still a great place for a date). Two blocks from DCPA manageable even in arctic blast weather. Sandwiches and full entrees are good.

DF
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on November 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We always request Ben as our server - he does a fantastic job!

SK
Denver
19 reviews
Dined on November 28, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

We went on Thanksgiving. Food was very good but as expensive as you might expect given that it was a holiday. Buffet style dessert table was a disappointment. Pastries were rather blah

OT
1 review
Dined on November 28, 2019
Overall2food1service2ambience2

Not impressed with the food. The steak was decent. The green beans were undercooked. I had a lemon drop martini and cosmo. Both tasted artificial.

OT
St. Louis
4 reviews
Dined on November 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

It was great except for the table we got was in the line of the door and it was very cold every time the door opened. Otherwise, great!!

KE
Denver
25 reviews
Dined on November 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best restaurant Thanksgiving dinner in town!

And great for any time.

M
Portland
4 reviews
Dined on November 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Thanksgiving Brunch was delicious. Darren was excellent, he was fun and he made sure we had everything we needed and made the experience fun and enjoyable. Definitely going back!!
Thanks to all the staff!

W
Denver
5 reviews
Dined on November 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Meatloaf to die for! A great place to eat before a Denver Center show.

x
Denver
17 reviews
Dined on November 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My husband and I have always enjoyed this place but Saturday was great! I had the short rib special and my husband had the meatloaf and both dishes were outstanding! Our Server was perfect!

S
1 review
Dined on November 23, 2019
Overall3food4service5ambience2

It was my husbands Birthday. So I made reservations for his favorite place. Our server was superb, Our table was broken. My daughter was super excited to sit in the balcony. So we didn't want to switch tables. It made dinner quite interesting trying not to spill our drinks.

JT
Denver
2 reviews
Dined on November 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our theater evening was made even better with an excellent meal at Rialto. The food was wonderful, and with happy hour prices, a very good value. But the best was our service - it was early in the evening but our server was exceptionally observant; she was attended to us whenever we looked like we had a question or were about to make a decision. I've never been to Rialto before but I definitely will go again and recommend it to others.

M
Denver
56 reviews
Dined on November 15, 2019
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Don’t do it. The food was awful, the service was awful. Just don’t do it!

OT
Denver
3 reviews
Dined on November 15, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We really enjoyed our experience at Rialto. We were a little pressed for time, and our waitress expedited everything so we could make our show. Everything was wonderful, from the cocktails to the entrees. The crispy broccoli appetizer was especially amazing!

MI
1 review
Dined on November 15, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

I chose Rialto because it is a convenient downtown meeting place. But I enjoy it more because the noise level is not overpowering and a conversation is possible and enjoyable, not having to compete with crowd noise. Add to that the quality of the food and the attentive service and it is a perfect meeting place.

N
Denver
2 reviews
Dined on November 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our server was Ben M. and he was awesome! He was so pleasant and attentive and a very good server. They were busy that night and we still received excellent service from him. Great food at a reasonable price and we love coming there before the theatre!

J
Denver
5 reviews
Dined on November 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great table by the front window; prompt and attentive service; fresh green salad; chicken milanese was delicious and a split order was perfect size portion; and the flourless caramel brownie was to die for! Wonderful dinner and as a bonus, free parking and a discount with theater tickets! We’re going back!

PA
Denver
20 reviews
Dined on November 14, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Theater package-excellent deal. Will definitely be back!

B
Denver
14 reviews
Dined on November 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Max makes it all worthwhile. Great food, excellent service, terrific value!

ME
Denver
1 review
Dined on November 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was our first time at Rialto and we loved it! We shared the muscles appetizer and they were so good that I could order them as an entree next time. The portion was quite generous. The broth was so delicious that it could be served as a soup. Our entrees were also delicious. Eggplant (awesome!) and shrimp scampi (over linguini). We will definitely go back!

KS
1 review
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love the bottomoless mimosas and our server was so attentive and sweet, will definitely be back!

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on November 8, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

The chicken was a bit dry, but everything else was wonderful.

JR
1 review
Dined on November 8, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was my first time here and I was very satisfied. It was a big night for me and my girlfriend and the establishment did not disappoint. Inwas skeptical at first since I do not eat this type of cuisine but I savored every bite and the staff was the definition of excellence.

C
1 review
Dined on November 8, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Our server, Ben, was fabulous ... he went above and beyond to accommodate us. Ambiance is casual but the food was delicious and portions were perfect. Meals arrived quickly. Remember they do a discount if you have theatre tickets.

DD
Denver
15 reviews
Dined on November 7, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience4

I've always loved coming here before a show, any show, downtown. And from now on, I'm always going to ask for Ben to be my server. I've had the pleasure of talking with him a few times, and he always makes my evening wonderful. Thanks, Ben!

K
Denver
15 reviews
Dined on November 7, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Wonderful place to eat before the play! Complimentary parking, 10% off, and good food!

RP
Milwaukee
3 reviews
Dined on November 6, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Went to Rialto Cafe for a business lunch and it was very quiet for being on the 16th street mall. It was a great atmosphere to have a conversation and not be distracted by surrounding noise. I would highly recommend this restaurant for gluten free diners. I am gluten free and they had some really great options, especially sandwiches on a gluten free bun!

TH
Denver
5 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Dinner date before a show at the Paramount. The wine list was great, had a very good bottle of Malbec. I had the cioppino special and my husband had the steak frites, with creme brulee for dessert. All were fantastic! Our server was nice, knowledgeable, attentive, and overall OUTSTANDING!

KR
Denver
1 review
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall4food1service5ambience5

Great mimosa bar, ambiance, and service but food was awful.

H
Denver
6 reviews
Dined on November 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We have come to expect good food on every visit and this was no exception. What makes the whole experience so excellent is the service in general, but particularly, the service provided by Ben. He is attentive, knowledgeable and friendly in a completely professional manner.

JK
Denver
4 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Update: Management reached out after experience noted below, was very accommodating and 100% resolved issues. Based on initial food experience and follow-up after, I respect and do recommend Rialto. Mistakes happen, how they are handled reflects the establishments desire for a good experience and I will dine there again and suggest to others, especially if you are attending theater at DCPA.
Food was good, service was ok but server misunderstood wine order and we ended up with bottle that was triple the cost which we only found out when bill arrived. We paid as they showed us the bottle before opening. I had only ordered by type and had not caught the name, my error but should you have to double check? Server was slow, but very polite. Not sure we would return and if we did recommend to a friend would advise to be careful when ordering and when items arrive.

Rialto Cafe
Responded on October 28, 2019

John, I apologize for the poor service you received and being over charged for the wine. I have reached out to you privately and hope to make this right for you. I appreciate your feedback. Thank you, Amy

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L
Denver
2 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great, friendly server and really good food: we had the Brussel sprouts appetizer, I had the Asian Ahi Salad and hubby had the truffle steak sandwich with truffle fries. Beautiful presentation of the food and delectable!! We both really enjoyed everything we had. It was a great experience!

OT
Denver
2 reviews
Dined on October 23, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Our see o was excellent. He recommended a nice reasonably priced bottle of wine and we shared a few appetizers; the buratta and the calamari. Both were excellent!

Rialto Cafe
Responded on October 28, 2019

Thank you for the review and sharing your experience.

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JP
Denver
1 review
Dined on October 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Brunch was really good. I liked the different juice section for the Bottomless mimosas.

ND
Denver
5 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience2

the place is looking a little tired and dated, for a Saturday it was not busy. we will not be going back anytime soon.

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