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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.

934 Sixteenth Street
Denver, CO 80202
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Dining Style:
Casual Dining

Cuisines:
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

Cross Street:
Between Champa & Curtis

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(303) 893-2233

Website:
http://www.rialtocafe.com/

Entertainment:
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.

Catering:
Rialto Café has space onsite for up to 200 guests. We can also deliver to your office. Call 303-260-4732 for more information.

Parking Details:
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.

Executive Chef:
Jacob Quintana

Additional:
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

Specials

Thanksgiving Dinner Special Menus & Offers

Thursday, November 23, 2017

New Year's Eve Special Menus & Offers

Sunday, December 31, 2017

Specials

Thanksgiving Dinner Special Menus & Offers

Thursday, November 23, 2017

Details

Please Join Us For Thanksgiving. We will be serving our special Thanksgiving Day ala carte menu with Traditional Turkey Dinner, Prime Rib and Dinner & Brunch Favorites- We Look Forward To Hosting You and Your Family!

New Year's Eve Special Menus & Offers

Sunday, December 31, 2017

Details

Come Party Away 2017 with Us and Ring in the New Year- 2018!!!!!

We Look Forward To Having You

Private Dining

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

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Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.2

service

4.2

ambience

4.2

value

4.0

Noise

Moderate

86% would recommend it to a friend

Pre/post Theatre (40)
Casual (24)
Good for a Date (24)
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Good for Groups (23)
Special Occasion (18)
Great for Lunch (17)
Good for Birthdays (14)
Great for Brunch (14)
Quiet Conversation (13)
Good for Anniversaries (12)
Fun (11)
People Watching (11)
Sunday Lunch (11)
Happy Hour (11)
Cozy (10)
Comfort Food (9)
Creative Cuisine (9)
Hot Spot (9)
Business Meals (8)
Romantic (8)
Bar Seating (7)
Late-night Find (7)
Great for Outdoor Dining (7)
Worth the Drive (7)
Kid-friendly (7)
Fit for Foodies (5)
Handcrafted Cocktails (5)
Neighborhood Gem (5)
Authentic (4)
Vibrant Bar Scene (4)
Quick Bite (3)
Afternoon Coffee (2)
Gluten Free Options (2)
Scenic View (2)
Good Vegetarian Options (2)
Healthy (1)
Organic (1)
Seasonal (1)
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·Dined 3 days ago

The waitress was very friendly and courteous. Maxine gave great recommendations and was very attentive. The drinks, appetisers were awesome and the entree was delicious. I will be coming back often.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Great for Brunch, Pre/post Theatre, Authentic, Good for Anniversaries, Cozy, Creative Cuisine
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 (Denver)·Dined 7 days ago

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.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Creative Cuisine, Good for a Date, Hot Spot, Late-night Find, Cozy, Good for Groups, Pre/post Theatre, Fit for Foodies, Comfort Food, Scenic View, Romantic, Neighborhood Gem, Great for Brunch, Great for Lunch, Good for Birthdays, Sunday Lunch, Special Occasion, Bar Seating
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 (Denver)·Dined on November 10, 2017

We have eaten pre-theatre dinners at Rialto Grill for years. The food is delicious, the service is friendly and efficient, and the cost is reasonable. They also offer a parking package with a parking lot across the street.

Tags: Good for a Date, Quick Bite, Late-night Find, Sunday Lunch, Pre/post Theatre, Great for Outdoor Dining
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on November 9, 2017

great service and food!

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 (Denver)·Dined on November 5, 2017

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.

Tags: Bar Seating, Good for Birthdays, Fun, Romantic
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 (Denver)·Dined on October 29, 2017

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

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 (Denver)·Dined on October 29, 2017

Friendly staff, great service and great food. Our 3rd time and we’ll be back.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Hot Spot, Good for Anniversaries, Healthy, Kid-friendly, Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion, Good for Groups
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 (Denver)·Dined on October 28, 2017

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.

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 (Denver)·Dined on October 28, 2017

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.

Tags: Casual
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 (Denver)·Dined on October 28, 2017

Perfect for Brunch! We loved the build your own mimosa bar and everything tasted great
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Tags: Great for Lunch, Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Great for Brunch, Fun, Creative Cuisine, Sunday Lunch, Pre/post Theatre
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 (Denver)·Dined on October 28, 2017

Went pre-theatre, and it was fantastic experience for the evening. Our waiter, Matt, was well -versed on wines, and complementary to our questions. Great experience.

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·Dined on October 26, 2017

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.

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 (Denver)·Dined on October 25, 2017

The Happy Hour is a good deal. However, the fish tacos on the menu are NOT great. They are dry, the tortilla was cold and only two tacos where every other place provides three for the price. This makes them $8.50 per taco.

Tags: Sunday Lunch, Happy Hour
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·Dined on October 24, 2017

Heather provided wonderful service to my husband and I before we went on a surprise trip to the theater. We ordered a paced 3 course meal that offered us the opportunity to taste the menu in a timely fashion before the show.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Casual, Special Occasion, Hot Spot, Afternoon Coffee, Organic, Seasonal, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Romantic
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 (Denver)·Dined on October 24, 2017

Great food and atmosphere Great place to catch up with friends.

Tags: Business Meals, Quiet Conversation, Casual, Happy Hour, Quick Bite, Good for a Date, Good for Groups
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 (Phoenix)·Dined on October 23, 2017

always love the food and service and ambiance! Great for Theater, they have a theater special, and they are very cognizant of curtain time.

Tags: Good for Groups, Special Occasion, Great for Lunch, Fun
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 (Denver)·Dined on October 22, 2017

Good Sunday brunch but VERY noisy mostly due to group of young women using their outdoor voices.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre
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vip
 (Denver)·Dined on October 21, 2017

Great happy hour drinks -- even during the weekend! And you don't have to be sitting in the bar to get HH prices. The Bison Meatloaf is delicious -- perfect comfort food with a twist! Server Quinn was attentive and knowledgable. We'll be back!

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Pre/post Theatre, Happy Hour, Kid-friendly, Casual, Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for a Date
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 21, 2017

I love the variety on the menu. The service is always excellent.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Good Vegetarian Options, Good for Anniversaries
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·Dined on October 20, 2017

Great meal, fantastic service, and in the heart of downtown. Perfect for a pre-theater supper.

Tags: Fun, Good for Groups, Casual
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 (Denver)·Dined on October 18, 2017

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.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Pre/post Theatre
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 (Denver)·Dined on October 17, 2017

Heather was great, efficient, professional, and friendly. The theater menu was amazing! Really enjoyed our meal before going to the theater.

Tags: Comfort Food, Quiet Conversation, Good for a Date, Bar Seating, Pre/post Theatre
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 (Denver)·Dined on October 15, 2017

The food was good. Only one actual vegetarian, non-salad option.

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 (Denver)·Dined on October 15, 2017

Excellent service, terrific food and timely in order to make it to the theater.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Good for Groups
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·Dined on October 12, 2017

We went to meet a cousin for the first time and so we wanted to converse and did without interruption. We had small plates! Fantastic salads. A good selection of beers! The cheesecake was hmm!

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·Dined on October 7, 2017

Bone in taco, calamari drenched in sauce, guacamole was clearly days old, yuck

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 (Chicago)·Dined on October 7, 2017

This is a very casual restaurant was a last minute choice for a large group. Service was good, but food was nothing special. If you stuck, for choices, you could do worse, but not good for a special night.

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 (Denver)·Dined on October 1, 2017

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.

Tags: Good for Groups, Great for Brunch, Pre/post Theatre
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 (Austin)·Dined on October 1, 2017

We adore this cafe for Brunch before the Bronco games! It has a wonderful menu and bottomless mimosa bar ! Lively and happening! Darling patio!

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 (Denver)·Dined on September 30, 2017

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.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre
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 (Kansas City)·Dined on September 30, 2017

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.

Tags: Hot Spot, Bar Seating, Pre/post Theatre, People Watching
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 (Denver)·Dined on September 28, 2017

Brought a friend here for her birthday lunch. The service was fabulous. Thank you Kelly!! She came by our table a few times, but was not imposing. Very nice experience. The P.E.I mussels were fantastic!!

Tags: Great for Lunch, Happy Hour, Pre/post Theatre
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 (Denver)·Dined on September 28, 2017

Went early before theater. Very nice prize fixe theater menu and discounted wine. Very convenient before a DCPA event.

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·Dined on September 26, 2017

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.

Tags: Happy Hour, Pre/post Theatre
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 (Denver)·Dined on September 23, 2017

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.

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 (Denver)·Dined on September 23, 2017

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.

Tags: Fun
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 (Denver)·Dined on September 23, 2017

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.

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vip
 (Denver)·Dined on September 21, 2017

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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 (Denver)·Dined on September 17, 2017

Had a reservation through Open Table... however, both hostesses looked shocked when I arrived. No table for my reservation. Was told we are overbooked. 20 minutes later, my friend and I took a dirty table with wet chairs..........

Tags: Casual
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 (Toronto)·Dined on September 17, 2017

Very accommodating host staff. Although we arrived after our requested reservation, they provided their full menu rather than just their late-nite fare. Great location in downtown Denver, and one of the few bistros to be open late. Very good food as well.

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