Rialto Cafe

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$30 and under
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As part of the historic landscape Denver's 16th Street Mall for over two decades, Rialto Cafe is a downtown Denver icon best known for its inviting atmosphere, American Fare and commitment to service, reflecting Denver’s Mile High hospitality. Centrally located, Rialto Cafe is just four blocks from the Colorado Convention Center, and within walking distance to main attractions like the Denver Center for the Performing Arts (DCPA), Denver Pavilions and Paramount Theatre. Stylishly set with the historic Joslin Dry Goods Building and adjacent to the Courtyard by Marriott Downtown Denver, Rialto Cafe is open for breakfast, lunch, dinner and weekend brunch - the ideal spot for dinner before or after the theatre, meeting up for a cocktail or two, a hearty power breakfast or quick lunch with colleagues.
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Free Beer Friday

Enjoy a complimentary draft beer every Friday with the purchase of an entrée from our lunch menu. Who says things aren't free anymore??

Terms and Conditions:

Valid For: 1 - 20 people

Starts: January 21, 2020

Ends: January 22, 2119

Availability: Fri 11:00AM-3:00PM

Get Primed! With Prime Rib Tuesdays

Every Tuesday starting at 4 PM, get primed with our 12-ounce Cedar River prime rib dinner for only $24.99. To enhance your meal, add a Benchmark Manhattan or Old Fashioned for only $4.99.

Terms and Conditions:

Valid For: 1 - 20 people

Starts: January 21, 2020

Ends: May 28, 2020

Availability: Tue 4:00PM-9:00PM

$5 Mule Mondays

Enjoy the famous copper mug cocktails for $5 all day, every Monday!

Terms and Conditions:

Valid For: 1 - 20 people

Starts: January 27, 2020

Ends: January 28, 2119

Availability: Mon 11:00AM-9:00PM

What 2305 People Are Saying
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C
Charleston
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food4service5ambience4

First time there. Would definitely go back. Like range of offerings from salads, sandwiches to dinner entrees. Friendly and accommodating staff. Close to Denver Center Performing Arts.

OT
Denver
55 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Good Choices for Restaurant Week and good deals on Bottles of Wine but their Happy Hour is always there for a good time.

l
Denver
108 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

From start to finish, dining experience was great. Our server, Heidy was exceptional and the food and drink was delicious!

D
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our waiter was awesome! He took care of all nine of us! Food was great!

J
Denver
10 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome food! Great staff.

WT
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

I didn't realize I could only order from the Brunch menu. Our Server was great at giving us suggestions. I hadn't been to Rialto for at least 10 years. I was the Box Office Manager at the Denver Center for the Performing Arts then. Menu has changed for the good. I am so glad I made a reservation as the place was very busy and noisy. This was a birthday brunch for a friend and we had a lot to talk about. Our table was right in the middle of all the other tables. We managed fine and the staff was very kind and courteous and showed lots of professionalism. Thank you.

OT
Denver
10 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Great before theater. Good wine list. Very good food.

ED
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Really enjoyed our date night with great drinks, food and service. Quinn our waiter was fantastic and attentive to our needs of timing for our theater event.

C
Denver
54 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Great happy hour menu. Cocktails are well made - strong and flavorful. Kudos to the bartender. Enjoyed the beet salad and Korean steak tacos. The only disappointment was the chicken pot pie. It was mostly a bowl of mashed potatoes with a paltry few morsels of chicken, peas and carrots.

OT
Denver
5 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall3food2service2ambience5

Went for brunch. The restaurant as a really cool feel: lots of dark wood, modern lighting, and a multi-level feel. We loved the build-you-own mimosa bar and pastry bar - both were delicious. Our actual meals we more disappointing. Both proteins (fried steak and chicken/waffles) were overcooked - dry and chewy. The side of potatoes tasted good, but looked like they hadn't been drained; they sat in a puddle of fry oil. Waffles also had good favor, but were very soggy and cool by the time they reached the table. Service was kind of slow and inattentive. Likely wouldn't go again without a group suggestion or someone really wanting to try the mimosa bar.

OT
Seattle
9 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience3

To me this didn’t feel like a special occasion place. I don’t think it’s a chain, but it felt like one.

KK
Miami
18 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience3

The food was fantastic. Our server was nice but very confused and had trouble keeping track of what was happening at the table.

DH
Denver
6 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall4food3service4ambience4

We had a lovely evening, but it wasn't all that. First, I know it was Valentine's day and you were crowded, but 15 min. to get our drinks and one wasn't even made properly. The apps. were tasty, but the Calamari was so over cooked it was like a block of rubber....but the flavor was still good, that's what sucked - good tasting food overcooked. Solid fresh oysters, and wife LOVED the beet salad. Dinner was so so for the cost - I had asked for the Brocolini to be replaced with mushrooms and got asparagus...fish was GREAT! Wife's scallops were good but she said the rice had no flavor at all...desert was good, rich and huge portion. Give you servers a tablet, iphone...something to take the order with - other countries do it and I seem to always get my food correct. Kevin was a good server, but seemed really unprepared for a special menu.

AF
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

EVERYTHING was outstanding! We can't wait to go back.

R
Denver
25 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Great place for pre-theater dining. They validate parking at Independence Plaza and provide a 10% meal discount when you show your tickets. Service is attentive and food comes promptly. Nice selection of draft beers, cocktails and wine. I enjoyed the Calmari Picatta (very tender) and Sea Bass. My companion had the Short Rib Lasagna, also a good choice. Had to skip dessert due to large portions. Good value for a nice meal in downtown - $100 with drinks and tip.

OT
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Highly recommend. Our server was very friendly and accommodating

OT
Denver
19 reviews
Dined on February 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Food was delicious, service was great. We were running late looking for parking and they called to check on our reservation and held our table. Our server work to make sure we could eat and make our theater commitment. We will be back!

TH
Las Vegas
22 reviews
Dined on February 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Good food and excellent server - Aaron!!

s
Denver
6 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Great place to go if you are going to the Buehl Theatre.

AB
1 review
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was amazing! I loved the steak and fries with the pesto sauce. My wife enjoyed the shrimp scampi which was very flavorful. We will definitely be returning.

OT
Denver
55 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience3

I was running late to the reservation and had to call ahead. The hostess was very kind to put our reservations back. The service was prompt and excellent as we were eating pre theater. I would recommend the Rialto as a pre and post theater place to go!

H
Denver
21 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience4

We were a group of eight. Four people had their lunches brought out while the other four waited about 10 minutes. Was awkward...do you eat before everyone has their meal?

DO
Denver
25 reviews
Dined on February 6, 2020
Overall3food2service3ambience3

Ordered the steak and wedge salad. Very disappointing. The wedge looked like it had been sitting around for a couple of weeks and the cucumber bites were so small, I could barely get them to stay on my fork. Steak was ok but not cooked to order.The bacon was overcooked and some of it had gristle in it. still can’t believe they served that lettuce.I don’t think I’ll be back.

DF
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on February 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great Steak Diane
Ben is always the best as our server. Thank you.

LS
Denver
1 review
Dined on February 5, 2020
Overall4food4service3ambience3

The food was good and we enjoyed our time there. I was a bit disappointed to find that the place is full of televisions. If you don't like to eat in a place with TVs pointing everywhere, you might want to look for something else.

B
Denver
18 reviews
Dined on February 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We brought friends with us who had never been there or even heard of it. We had a new waiter, Kevin! All was perfect.

S
Phoenix
16 reviews
Dined on February 2, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had a great server named Quinn. Food was excellent!

J
Montana
2 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our server, I think her name was Heidi, was superb! Our drinks were great & the food was delicious.

LW
1 review
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Happy hour on Saturday before ballet was a great deal for wine and appetizers. Dinner menu has great variety.Table was comfy with beautiful view of lighted street. service was fantastic!

d
Denver
19 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As always the excellent food was only surpassed by the wonderful service.

MS
1 review
Dined on January 31, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fabulous food and staff!! Will definitely be going back!!

NE
Denver
29 reviews
Dined on January 30, 2020
Overall4food5service3ambience4

Service was polite but inexperienced.
Manager took our menus away before we ordered.
Food was exceptional.

OT
Denver
1 review
Dined on January 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service and delicious chicken pot pie!

N
Denver
25 reviews
Dined on January 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is one of the perfect places to go for your birthday. The people who greet you at the door make you feel valued. The waitstaff is awesome and the food - LOVED IT! Our filet Mignon was done perfectly. Our appetizer beets - again wonderful!

B
Denver
6 reviews
Dined on January 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

I was at the Rialto Cafe with a party of six following a Sunday matinee at DCPA. We were seated at a round table that was good for conversation. Most of us ordered from the Happy Hour menu, which included appetizers as well as drinks. Both the food and the service were excellent. This was my first time at the restaurant. I will return in the future, with friends.

OT
Denver
2 reviews
Dined on January 26, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Awesome brunch.

TM
Denver
12 reviews
Dined on January 25, 2020
Overall3food2service5ambience3

Food was below average. Steak was grissley, fat, and tough. Shrimp was good. Waiter was delightful. Very noisy bar crowd even though we were across the room. Probably won't attend again in near future.

OT
Denver
5 reviews
Dined on January 25, 2020
Overall3food2service5ambience5

This was a big disappointment for brunch. I had the lobster Benedict and it was bland and the lobster tasted super soggy and straight out of a can. My friends ordered the veggie hash and it was huge chucks of undercooked veggies. Very disappointing and we will not be returning.

KB
1 review
Dined on January 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service and the menu had many choices.
Kitchen made special dining request a wonderful experience.

CD
1 review
Dined on January 23, 2020
Overall4food4service2ambience4

The food was pretty good. Our waitress seemed like she was on something. I had to ask her multiple times for my beverage and my side order. Where they sat us was right in front of the front door! We froze. I would give it another try someday. Just to be fair.

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