Rialto Cafe

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$30 and under
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American

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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.

Specials

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 2332 People Are Saying
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Rudy
Denver
2 reviews
Dined on March 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a wonderful server Holly. She came around but not too much.
Every nice meal.food excellent as always

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Jerel
1 review
Dined on March 15, 2020
Overall1food2service2ambience2

Went here for a birthday brunch, specifically for the bottomless mimosas. Per the menu, brunch ends at 2:30 (most places extend to at least 3-3:30). Upon my arrival for my 1:30 reservation I was informed the champagne stops at 2:00. Several of the members of my party complained about the food being cold or undercooked. The food was underwhelming and the sole purpose of enjoying the brunch was the bottomless option which ended earlier than advertised. Likely will not return

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LaurenP
1 review
Dined on March 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was my first time here and I plan to go back a lot!

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DeanneB
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on March 13, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Good food, good drinks great service. Appetizer calamari was good. Ahi tuna salad was good but could easily have more ahi for the price compared to similar restaurants with the same salad. California Chicken sandwich was tasty.
Drinks were good and happy hour drinks were not downsized like they are in some places. Waiter was very good.

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vipSteveK
Denver
23 reviews
Dined on March 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Filet mignon was cooked to perfection .the eggplant rollatini was also excellent. Service was superb.

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WilliamB
1 review
Dined on March 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a good experience here. Very efficient and friendly waiter, entrees were top notch.

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vipcindyo
Denver
11 reviews
Dined on March 12, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Only complaint...arrived 10 minutes after happy hour had ended and waitress would not honor happy hour. The restaurant was empty so you would think it was not a big deal.

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DougD
Denver
2 reviews
Dined on March 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We always eat here before we attend a DCPA event. You can get free parking at Independence Plaza if you dine here and show a DCPA ticket. The server was attentive and extremely quick at returning with drinks and food. The happy hour food was delicious and significantly discounted. We were in and out within 45 minutes without feeling rushed.

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FrankieB
Denver
1 review
Dined on March 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We eat at the Rialto Cafe before every Denver Center for the Performing Arts show, which is about once a month. The food is great and you cannot beat the specials they offer. We love our waiter Ben. He is the best. They always make us feel special. It is our favorite restaurant in Denver.

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SteveC
1 review
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall4food5service3ambience3

Good food at a reasonable price. The service was OK, although for some reason it took 20 minutes to get our bill.

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MelissaW
Denver
2 reviews
Dined on March 6, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Kevin was a great server and was wonderful. The food was great and wanted to back for dessert, but ended up elsewhere downtown.

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OpenTable Diner
Denver
1 review
Dined on March 5, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Very nice restaurant. The food and service was awesome

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KevinB
1 review
Dined on March 1, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

My wife is vegetarian and loves to come here because they always have high-end vegetarian entree options. My daughter and I always love it too. We were here for Denver Restaurant week. It was awesome! Waiter was a bit hard to hear though.

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TM303
Denver
2 reviews
Dined on March 1, 2020
Overall3food2service4ambience3

I have been to Rialto many times before and I was very disappointed yesterday. My favorite item, the biscuits and gravy, had changed. Honestly, that is the only reason I come in there. The other food on the menu is just ok. Rialto use to have my favorite biscuits and gravy of anywhere I had ever eaten. But yesterday, I ordered it and it was not the same as it had always been and I did not care for it. The "biscuit" was not actually a biscuit but some slice of some kind of thick, dense bread that did not have any flavor to it. We also tried to order the Lobster Benedict just before noon and were told they were out of the lobster meat. While I love their selection of juices for Bottomless Mimosas, it is not enough to make me want to come back since the food now is just average. Many other brunch spots in Denver with much better food!

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vipJenLovesFood
Washington DC
20 reviews
Dined on March 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service- amazing. Food- amazing. Price- amazing.
All the food was amazing, and the all you can drink deal was great. Our waiter was amazing

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KelseyH
1 review
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service and wonderful food! The meatloaf and the trout were both phenomenal!

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VictorT
London
2 reviews
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall3food4service2ambience4

We were going to the opera and told the waiter that. Food was served 40 minutes later. Not the waiters fault. The manager comped dessert and drinks for later. But the miscommunication in the kitchen caused us to almost be late. The resulting anxiety made for a less than pleasant experience—which is usually the norm at Rialto.

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TimothyL
1 review
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were two couples dining at the Rialto before going to the Buell Theater. All the food was delicious and the service was great. The value was excellent as they had several discounts for us since we were going to the theater. We've dined here many times and haven't been disappointed.

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jerryk
Denver
9 reviews
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall2food4service1ambience4

disappointed by the server who could not get the order right. Unfortunately we used to go there often.

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MonaM
Denver
1 review
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We enjoyed the food and especially the apology for being out of our first choice for brunch. Overall a great expereience.

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ErinS
Hawaii
1 review
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We have now been twice in the last month when we have driven down for events. Both happy hour and brunch were Amazing! Aaron was out waiter yesterday and made the morning brunch after a really hard week, wonderful and relaxing.

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BarbaraD
Denver
1 review
Dined on February 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My husband and I, along with two other couples, went to Rialto Cafe for Restaurant Week, and it was a delightful experience! Everyone's food, right down to the dessert, was beautifully presented and delicious. Our waiter Matt was very attentive and engaging, which enhanced our overall experience.

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JackD
1 review
Dined on February 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

I like Rialto Cafe with it's well-prepared classics good for a special occasion but with with prices that trend more toward a casual night out.

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vipJMGR
Denver
3 reviews
Dined on February 24, 2020
Overall3food2service4ambience3

The food was blah - very bland - no seasoning. The mashed potatoes were good.

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vipTheaterLover
Denver
142 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience3

We always enjoy Rialto before the theater and tonight was no different. The theater dining feature is a perfect meal. My husband enjoyed the beef medallions, perfectly cooked. My steak was exactly medium rare.

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Colospringstheatergoer
Charleston
1 review
Dined on February 22, 2020
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.

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vipColoKathy
Denver
17 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

We were glad we tried the Rialto Cafe. It was a perfect spot for pre-symphony concerts. It was a bonus that it was Denver Restaurant Week. I was surprised by how large and tasty the DRW menu was. The filet medallions and Diane sauce were perfect!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Denver
57 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience3

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

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vipluv2dine
Denver
108 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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vipJanS
Denver
20 reviews
Dined on February 21, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

We always enjoy Rialto Cafe, but this time was not as nice as usual. One of our favorite things was their sweet potato fries because of the wonderful sauces they came with. However, they have take those sauces away and now there is nothing special about them. Bring back the curry sauce!

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Denvervisitor
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on February 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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vipJlynnv
Denver
12 reviews
Dined on February 20, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome food! Great staff.

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WayneT
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.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Denver
10 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

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

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EDubsColorado
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.

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Cheesey
Denver
56 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.

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OpenTable Diner
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.

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vipMikelleP
Seattle
10 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.

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KellyK
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.

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DavidH
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.

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