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About Rialto Cafe
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.
Denver, CO 80202
American, Contemporary American, Wine Bar
Hours of Operation:
Breakfast: Monday - Friday: 6:30am - 10:30am
Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:00am - 3:00pm
Dinner: Monday - Thursday: 4:30pm - 10:00pm, Friday - Saturday: 4:30pm - 11:00pm
Sunday: 4:00pm - 10:00pm
Saturday & Sunday Brunch: 8:00am - 3:00pm
Happy Hours: Everyday, 3:00pm - 6:00pm
Between Champa & Curtis
$30 and under
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
Best Downtown Happy Hour[s] Happening Everyday! From 3-6pm we feature $5-6 Cocktails, $4 Wines & Mixed Drinks, $3 Drafts and 50% OFF Appetizers.
Rialto Café has space onsite for up to 200 guests. We can also deliver to your office. Call 303-260-4732 for more information.
Rialto offers discounted parking in the evening after 4:30pm and all day on the weekends at Independence Plaza. The entrance is located on Curtis Street between 16th and 17th on the west side of the street. Call 303-893-2233 for details.
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cafe, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
Rialto Cafe is perfect for celebrating special events in the heart of downtown Denver with room capacities suited for 20-200 guests. Ideal for rehearsal dinners, corporate meetings and events, baby or wedding showers, engagement parties, reunions and much, much more.
Rialto Cafe Ratings and Reviews
I love this place. I’m a semi regular as I eat here while I’m in town and make my annual visit for Veterans Day as they offer free meals for vets on this day. The staff is always attentive to your needs and the manager Jessica comes and chats with you at your table to ensure everything is on par.
Overall we enjoyed ourselves. Great service, good atmosphere, unfortunately my meal was just meh, I ordered the steak frites and the frites were so old and cold. The steak was pretty good, I felt like my dish had been sitting for some time waiting on others at my table. In fairness everyone else enjoyed their dish. I would definitely go back but I won't be getting the steak frites again.
We have dined there on prior occasions, and the food and service were very good. This time the food was up to their usual standards, but the service was bordering on poor.
Bar service prior to dining was excellent. Drinks were served quickly and professionally made. The parmesan dip was very good, and served promptly. Service at the table was not as good. Several tables around us were seated after us, and served before us. An additional drink from the bar took over 20 minutes, and was not as cold as the first round at the bar. The salmon and lobster/shrimp fettuccine was very tasty but warm and not hot. The waiter was not as attentive as he should have been, and when he said he would refill our water, there was again a delay, and then he only filled one glass. Near the end of the meal a waitress stopped by, and told us the waiter was helping behind the bar. However when the time came to deliver the bill, our original waiter was there. It appeared that they were short staffed, and the manager/expeditor did apologize for the service.
I think this will give us pause when choosing the Rialto Café in the future
Our group of 5 was treated exceptionally well. The staff was attentive and truly wished us to have a delightful experience. And we did. Not our first dining experience here, we all had something different and shared. All was so taste-full, well presented, and aromatic. Sandwiches, steak, piccatta, pot pie, all was wonderful. We always enjoy coming here.
Rialto Cafe has a great theater menu option which gives you a three course meal for around $30. It will also pay for your parking at Independence Plaza, but with all of the construction downtown we could not get to the parking lot entrance so did not get to use that perk. The choices on the theater menu are very good. We had the house salad which was quite sizable and yummy! Then I had the chicken piccata and my spouse had the salmon. We both liked our entrees. Dessert choices were also very good. A very tasty dinner at a reasonable price...not haute cuisine, but very good.
Twice the waiters brought food - appetizers and main dish -- both times we without silverware, which we had to wait 5-10 minutes for. Plus waiter brought me red wine instead of white wine, took it away to replace, and did not bring back white wine until after appetizer was served -- another 15-20 minute wait, while my guest was 3/4 finished with her wine. Terrible service.
Our first time here and we did enjoy the food. We were seated in a half-booth facing the entire restaurant - which made it crowded and totally open to the noise. We were also in path of the servers as they went to and from the Bar/kitchen - so it was not a relaxing atmosphere.
However - our server was very attentive - the theatre menu a good value and had tasty selections.
We would return - but would definitely request a quieter - less exposed table.
We went to the Rialto because we could get reservations there for Sunday brunch, and they had bottomless mimosas. We had tickets to the theatre at 2:00, so it seemed convenient since it was only about 2 blocks away.
It was convenient to the theatre. However, we made reservations for 6 of us, and for having reservations, I was really put out at the table we were stuck in. We were put in the back corner of the upstairs, and jammed right up against another large group. The ambiance up there was obviously lacking. We were also there with a bunch of Broncos fans so it wasn't really the great brunch / theatre experience we were hoping for (nothing against the Broncos though to be sure, they were just super rambunctious).
The food was actually very good and we were pleasantly surprised. Our waiter did a great job of making sure we got everything on time and quickly, which I appreciated since he had such large groups to work with. But then when we got the check, we could seriously not figure out how it was calculated - we'd ordered 3 of the exact same dishes, and each one was priced differently for some unknown random reason. After several deductions and trying to get more explanations, we finally gave up and just paid the bill. It was a bit frustrating.
The free parking for the theatre was a bonus, though - if you park at Independence Plaza across the street, for theatre parking only, they will validate your parking.
Don't know if I'd go there again unless I couldn't get reservations somewhere else, but it was okay.
The service was very good, especially as it was mostly a pre heater crowd with time constraints. I have visited this restaurant many times and the French Onion soup is my good to. Making your own mixture for mimosa was fun . The breakfast/brunch Huevo stack was mediocre, I hate to say.
It is a vibrant spot close to our downtown hotel. Situated on the 16th Street Mall, it is a good spot to watch people come and go.
The bison meatloaf is a good as reviewed by previous patrons. My husband's bison and bleu burger was to his liking as well. The cinnamon apple bread pudding was a perfect way to end the meal.
Overall we had an excellent dining experience. The food was outstanding (notable items were the onion soup and the bison meatloaf). We took advantage of the theater special and arrived 2 hours before the event start. That turned out to be not enough time to fully complete the meal in a leisurely fashion, so I'd recommend getting there even earlier. The theater package included free parking near the DCPA, so all in all a great experience.
Our go-to place downtown for pre-theatre though certainly good other times too. But the pre-theatre special is fantastic: a 3-course menu with free garage parking for only $29/person. Note: theatre tickets also gets you a %-off discount if you prefer the regular menu. Only 1 person need order the 3-course prix fixe special for the parking pass. And naturally, it's not a deal if it's not tasty and good. This is not the case here.
They have a limited menu; however, you can't go wrong with their standards such as the Bison meatloaf. The cornbread served in the skillet is wonderfully moist and sweet -- more please!
The only downside...we had the Apple Bread Pudding for dessert...flavor was good; however, the bread pudding was cold. It would have been better if it had been warmed.
This is my 4th time to this restaurant. Going again and again hoping that it would get better as it is very close to DCPA. The noise level is deafening and the "Brunch Fruit and Pastry Bar" is unremarkable. VERY disappointing ~ would not recommend . The service is mediocre at best.
If you offer a pre-theater offer, your servers should be conscientious about getting diners out in time to get to the theater. After we finished our entrees, we sat for 15 minutes trying to get the waiter's attention to get our paid-for dessert and the check.
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