Rialto Cafe

4.4
2139 reviews
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$30 and under
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American
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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Denver
3 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My waiter,Dominic H, was very attentive, friendly, and made my meal a dining experience! The huevos rancheros entree was prepared well and a generous portion. Definitely will return when attending theatre at the Plex!

OT
Denver
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and service we will definitely be back!

AR
Denver
2 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Great food as always!

B
Denver
5 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 2

Restaurant was noisey. Paying with debit card was awkward. Original wine request was not available.

KJ
Denver
49 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 4

Service was really good. Food varied - filet nachos, Asian tacos, mussels, brussel sprouts manhattans - were great; salmon dinner was meh.

S
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our waitress recommended the Happy Hour menu so we could get the "best bang for our buck". We were able to order a ton of food and drinks for a very reasonable price, and everything was delicious!

S
Denver
6 reviews
Dined on August 11, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 3

Brunch before a play. Prefer this restaurant, partly because its walking distance to the theatre. Food is always good but this time was disappointed in the service. Had to ask for silverware after we had helped ourselves to the pastry/fruit bar. Had to again ask for champagne for bottomless mimosas, as waiter walked right past me to serve other table patron refills. Noise was really bad, might consider outside dining or in front of restaurant that has a higher ceiling.

m
Denver
5 reviews
Dined on August 11, 2019
Overall 1food 3service 1ambience 2

We've been to Rialto many times before our show and have always enjoyed our experience. This time we got our food 80 mins after it was ordered. Our server actually asked us about 30 mins after sitting if we ordered yet - we had, 30 mins prior. The manager was very accommodating and comped our meal. This may have been a one time deal, but was very disappointing.

OT
Indiana
1 review
Dined on August 11, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 3

Brunch was good!

B
1 review
Dined on August 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was THE PERFECT brunch spot! Not only was the food amazing, the bottomless mimosa bar had cool juice mixers to choose from, great patio for people watching, and our service was second to none. Steve was on top of it. Not only did he educate us on the food options, but also knew a lot about drinks. He was social, friendly and all in all gave us phenomenal service! Taylor was training alongside Steve, and she was also great. Quick learner, and made sure our drinks were always full. I can't wait to go back to Denver and Rialto!

BM
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and service

OT
Denver
5 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 2

Went for pre-theater brunch. Place was so loud you could not talk. Luckily we got them to seat us upstairs! Parking and fruit bar made it such a super way to go to theater.

NP
1 review
Dined on August 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our waitress was great. She did an awesome job and we enjoyed chatting with her

M
Adelaide / SA
2 reviews
Dined on August 8, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

All was well. We ate on the patio so noise wasn't a problem

t
Denver
12 reviews
Dined on August 6, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Great service, Thank You!

P
1 review
Dined on July 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great experience as we ate outdoors. Great food and value. Thanks for making our anniversary special!

MM
1 review
Dined on July 29, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

Upscale bar food in a comfortable atmosphere, comfortable seating

KK
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on July 26, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 2

It was ok. Solid but not special.

SQ
Denver
3 reviews
Dined on July 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Rialto has a pre theater 3 course meal. It was all very good, (salmon and meatloaf) and a recommended bottle of wine was also good. We would recommend Rialto to everyone!

RB
Denver
5 reviews
Dined on July 22, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 4

The food was fairly good, overpriced for what it was. Our server had zero personality - none.

r
Denver
25 reviews
Dined on July 21, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 5

Nice environment. Service was excellent. Food was decent, but not exceptional.

S
1 review
Dined on July 19, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Had the pre theater three course special. The salad and main were good...the dessert a bit dissapointing. A choice of cupcake and eclair seemed a bit like they were not trying very hard to find a sweet finish to the meal.

Lemon drop martini is still very good.

Thr Rialto is still a good choice for a meal downtown.

DD
1 review
Dined on July 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Visited before going to the DCPA for happy hour. We had tasty happy hour food and drink at a great price. The service was fabulous and we got out in plenty of time to make showtime.

LA
Denver
2 reviews
Dined on July 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Dinner was excellent and the service was wonderful. Loved the themed dessert to go with the musical we were about to see!

r
Denver
27 reviews
Dined on July 14, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

My friends and I enjoyed dinner at the Rialto Cafe before a show at the DCPA. The daily happy hour from 3:00pm to 6:00pm is a great draw - we definitely took advantage with a couple of cocktails and appetizers. The menu had classics and favorites, and everyone enjoyed their meal. Our server was new - it was her first day apparently - but she was friendly, attentive, and helpful.

EG
Denver
1 review
Dined on July 14, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 3

The food was marginal, as was the hostess who seated us. I don't recommend it.

JS
Denver
8 reviews
Dined on July 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Stopped to eat at the Rialto before a play at the DCPA. Caught happy hour pricing for appetizers and drinks. Both my wife and I very much enjoyed our entries. Rialto always delivers consistent quality at reasonable prices.

JH
Denver
1 review
Dined on July 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Ben was our waiter, who is excellent. He has been there a very long time. We always ask to sit in his section if he is available.

IL
Denver
31 reviews
Dined on July 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We went to Rialto Cafe before the Symphony on Saturday night. The theater special for $30.95 can’t be beat. We each got a salad, an entree and dessert. And they validate parking at the Independence garage It was happy hour too so $5 glass of wine or cocktails for $7 is such a great deal. The food was delicious the desserts were to die for and the service was wonderful. We never felt rushed and made the show in plenty of time. Highly recommend prior to theater or symphony when thinking about dinner before the show. It’s a bargain and delicious !

OT
Denver
1 review
Dined on July 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Awesome as always!!

r
Palm Springs
9 reviews
Dined on July 5, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Shrimp Scampi very tasty - Husband had soup and club sandwich which was very good. Service was very good. It was slow at 6 on Friday but rain was coming. Would recommend.

SD
Cleveland
6 reviews
Dined on June 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The staff was amazing and food was great. Had a business luncheon with clients. Would recommend highly!

w
1 review
Dined on June 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service and food! We had a group of 27 and they were fantastic!

CR
1 review
Dined on June 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I already have referred this restaurant to a few friends... every time we are in Denver, we eat here... the food is great but not overpriced... our waitress Hayley was outstanding... was there when we needed her but also gave us time and space to enjoy!!! The atmosphere is upscale but not stuffy... you can dress up or even wear shorts or jeans... it is definitely a favorite in Denver!!!

QL
1 review
Dined on June 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Loved the location and ambiance. Great service and the food was yummy!!!

Q
Denver
1 review
Dined on June 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I forgot how good the food is here. Must remember to choose Rialto next time meeting friends for lunch. The Caprese Salad was amazing. I need to get the recipe for the dressing!

A
Denver
3 reviews
Dined on June 16, 2019
Overall 1food 2service 2ambience 2

This was our second visit. Unfortunately, the food and service was well below our expectations

DA
Denver
2 reviews
Dined on June 16, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 2

The definition of average..food was ok, service ok, drinks ok. Not a spot for nice cocktails. Good spot for a quick lunch.

MC
Denver
6 reviews
Dined on June 16, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 5

I enjoyed this place for brunch. It has a great bottomless mimosa deal with awesome servers who often refill your glass. The location is great and easy to get to. I do not recommend eating on the outdoor patio because there are too many people who walk by very closely to the fence. A lot of homeless, drugged, and weird people roam around Downtown Denver and may affect your experience here.

D
Denver
14 reviews
Dined on June 15, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 2

The food was good and the wait staff as well. We were seated at the rear of the restaurant where the ceiling is ugly and the bench seat was broken. For the cost, the building should be nicer. I probably will not go again.

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