Rialto Cafe

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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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Denver
22 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our first time for Sunday brunch; food is delicious; who can argue with a Bloody Mary or Mimosa bar? And a pastry bar as well. We stayed a while to catch up on life and were never rushed to leave. I will return

v
1 review
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall2food2service3ambience3

Our server was nice and efficient. Food was - meh. We've had great meals in the past at Rialto but the last couple times the food has gone downhill. Flatbread was really awful - both soggy and burnt. My salad was fine - but ridiculously small for $15. My husband's sandwich was pretty good. Bottom line - go for happy hour - good wine and beer - but do dinner elsewhere.

MW
1 review
Dined on January 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Met friends who were staying downtown for dinner. It was convenient for them to walk to, and we used valet at Courtyard Marriott because my husband is handicap. It was an easy in and out for my husband, and the food, service and ambience were perfect. Food was fabulous! Thank you for a great experience.

B
Denver
15 reviews
Dined on January 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Perfect from beginning to end. Our favorite date night restaurant always!

M
Denver
11 reviews
Dined on January 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food (an eggplant dish and a Rialto salad) was excellent, if a little pricy, but after all, it IS on 16th in the middle of everything! There was a nice selection of wine that satisfied both my wife and myself.

C
Denver
74 reviews
Dined on January 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The sirloin tip hash is soooo delicious -- full of flavor. Warning -- it's very filling :o) The bottomless mimosas are great -- love that you can choose your own juice. Great food -- impeccable service! We'll be back.

OT
Denver
2 reviews
Dined on January 3, 2020
Overall2food2service3ambience2

The food was unimpressive and poorly executed. The drinks were heavy on the alcohol and light on flavor.

BD
Denver
12 reviews
Dined on January 3, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Great short rib special!!!

JH
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall3food1service4ambience3

Food was meh...service was good. Most likely will not return. Plates were priced much higher than they are worth. My steak was child size and not cooked as requested, food took a long time but waiter was attentive and nice.

CC
Denver
11 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This place is always one of my favorites in Denver! We were there for New Years Eve and it couldn't have been more fun. Ashley and Heather kept the bar jumping and all we had to do for fireworks was step outside. Even with a packed house they cooked our steak to perfection. So far I'm pretty impressed with thier new chef. The managers, Jessica and Amy, made sure that everybody was taken care of and that all had a wonderful evening!

S
Denver
9 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

It was New Years Eve and very busy? However food and service couldn’t have been better

ES
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall3food2service3ambience3

The food was really below average. Nice place otherwise but would not go back. Too many other restaurants in that area that are significantly better.

SD
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience4

I was disappointed in the tiny piece of salmon that I received. While the flavor was good, I would think for spending $34 for a salmon dinner, it would be bigger than 2 inches square. The tart was super small as well- but delicious.

d
Denver
19 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience2

TGI Fridays level cooking of better ingredients than TGIF. Ambience and service efficient, but reminiscent of Applebee's at triple the cost.

JG
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience3

Table ready on time, server friendly, courteous and pleasant! Food was very good with generous portions and served in a timely manor!

f
Denver
10 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food as always and appreciate the speed of service since we were going to the theatre.

LH
Denver
1 review
Dined on December 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had a great time, the service and food were excellent!

C
Denver
54 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

We like to eat here when we attend a play or concert at the Denver Performing Arts Center, because they have a nice partner offer for theater-goers. They also have a nice Happy Hour menu. The cocktails were very good, not weak like at some restaurants.

J
Denver
16 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We’ve eaten here many times. The food and service are always very good. This time, we each had a chicken pot pie. We recommend it! The pastry was light, almost like a roll and much better than the usual pie crust. The chicken and veggies were served in gravy in a small iron skillet. It was an excellent choice for a cold, snowy evening in downtown Denver!

JV
Houston
3 reviews
Dined on December 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent as always.

E
Chicago
16 reviews
Dined on December 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great choice on the mall. Something for everyone. Good service, great drinks, and delicious food

OT
Denver
1 review
Dined on December 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We went there before the theater. The food & service were great! Good happy hour prices also!

JW
Omaha
5 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Wonderful food. Had the prime rib, trout (the best), rib eye and meatloaf. Quiet server. Very nice but so quiet - hard to hear.

DK
1 review
Dined on December 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The Rialto Cafe is part of our Christmas Eve tradition. We stay at a hotel downtown, walk and see the lights, and have a wonderful dinner. The Rialto, as always, did not disappoint. The dinner was excellent and the staff attentive and friendly. We hope to continue this tradition for many years to come.

JV
Houston
4 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Services was outstanding. Our waiter was able to accommodate a special request from our granddaughter and served our party of 10 with efficiency and a great attitude.

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on December 23, 2019
Overall4food3service4ambience5

The food was good but lacked the little things to make it great. Missing butter, toppings and no easy solution. Nothing was bad, just not up to our expectations.

CC
Denver
2 reviews
Dined on December 22, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience2

Restaurant Website described fruit, pastry and dessert bar for brunch. No desserts in sight. We were seated at a table with a glorious view of the kitchen and on a runway for servers. Hectic meal.

OT
1 review
Dined on December 21, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Just kind “eh”

RW
Little Rock
28 reviews
Dined on December 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was great and the drinks were awesome!

JP
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on December 21, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Group experience with our toddler. Excellent service and good selections on the menu

RH
Denver
2 reviews
Dined on December 15, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience4

We all thoroughly enjoyed our time last Sunday at the Rialto. The food was very good - I had the Cobb salad, and it was delicious. My friends had the steak sandwich and claimed it was very good as well. Our waiter was delightful and accommodating. I would definitely recommend Rialto, and I've been going there before theatre performances for several years.

FC
Denver
7 reviews
Dined on December 15, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fast service, good food, and prices were great for brunch when we were there.

OT
1 review
Dined on December 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our server Derek M. was incredibly nice. We love the deal we can get when we come down town for shows. It’s a good excuse to get dressed up and eat great food! Thank you to the staff for making our experience perfect. This will be our regular spot for date night!

JR
1 review
Dined on December 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We went with a large group and had excellent service. The food was top notch as well.

OT
Seattle
8 reviews
Dined on December 14, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Service each time was outstanding. Food was excellent. People were friendly.

r
Denver
27 reviews
Dined on December 14, 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience4

Nice variety to menu and convenient location to theater. Our server never delivered bread to our table despite two reminders.

OT
Denver
1 review
Dined on December 14, 2019
Overall3food4service4ambience3

Christmas get together

j
Denver
3 reviews
Dined on December 13, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Before theater. Good happy hour.

OT
Denver
43 reviews
Dined on December 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

With 2 days notice, during the busy holiday season, they seamlessly accommodated a group of 26 of us. Vey accommodating for vegans, and Derek the server is a total rockstar!

J
Las Vegas
14 reviews
Dined on December 8, 2019
Overall3food3service1ambience2

Ate there alone on a Sunday evening while traveling. The service from the beginning was bad. I had a free appetizer from the hotel which seemed to annoy the waiter from the start. Long wait for my glass of wine and the appetizer and even longer to take my order. Never checked to see if I wanted another glass of wine, liked the food, etc. Maybe he was just having an off night but it was the closest to rude I've had in a long time. Very much felt that the female eating alone wasn't worth his time! Ultimately, it wasn't. I had the pot pie which is a house speciality. It was tasty but not hot enough and there was no presentation to speak of. Didn't want dessert, but certainly wasn't offered the option. Easy access to the hotel, but I probably still would not go back. Unfortunate experience.

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