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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

Valentine's Day Special Menus & More

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Specials

Valentine's Day Special Menus & More

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Details

Love is in the air... Make your reservation with us now before we book up. We are looking forward to being apart of your special night.

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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4.3

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.3

service

4.4

ambience

4.2

value

4.1

Noise

Moderate

89% would recommend it to a friend

Pre/post Theatre (57)
Good for a Date (35)
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Good for Groups (29)
Special Occasion (28)
Happy Hour (26)
Great for Brunch (21)
Great for Lunch (20)
Fun (18)
Good for Birthdays (16)
Sunday Lunch (15)
Good for Anniversaries (14)
Comfort Food (14)
Creative Cuisine (14)
Bar Seating (14)
Cozy (13)
Hot Spot (13)
Neighborhood Gem (13)
People Watching (13)
Romantic (13)
Vibrant Bar Scene (10)
Fit for Foodies (9)
Quick Bite (9)
Quiet Conversation (9)
Business Meals (8)
Late-night Find (8)
Handcrafted Cocktails (8)
Authentic (7)
Kid-friendly (7)
Seasonal (5)
Disabled Access (4)
Great for Outdoor Dining (4)
Scenic View (4)
Worth the Drive (4)
Afternoon Coffee (3)
Gluten Free Options (3)
Healthy (3)
Good Vegetarian Options (3)
Live Sports (2)
Tasting Menu (2)
Afternoon Tea (1)
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Organic (1)
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 (Denver)·Dined 2 days ago

GREAT brunch..Great bloody merry bar

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 (Denver)·Dined 3 days ago

We always enjoy the Rialto. The food is good and it's a great fit when you have theater tickets.

Tags: Quick Bite
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·Dined 5 days ago

Found your restaurant from the Buelle Theater website. We are from out of town. Yes. We will return. Thank you

Tags: Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries, Casual, Fit for Foodies, Live Sports, Quick Bite
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 (Denver)·Dined on January 6, 2018

I hardly touched my meal, but I started feeling sick and couldn't eat. Not the food, but wasn't feeling well the previous day. Apparently, it was stomach flu. However, I wait staff was wonderful and professional.

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Pre/post Theatre, Casual, Special Occasion
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·Dined on January 3, 2018

The food was good and exactly as noted on the menu. We were seated at a table that was by a makeshift pass through to the kitchen and had servers squeezing by us intermittently. Not great. They shouldn’t allow that to happen. It made conversation feel constantly interrupted.

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 (Denver)·Dined on January 3, 2018

Good value for a before theatre or performance at the arts center. Average food, good service, value price, a little noisy and worth doing again

Tags: Casual, Fun
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·Dined on January 1, 2018

did there best to accommodate a disabled person on a very busy day - kudos for that

Tags: Sunday Lunch
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·Dined on January 1, 2018

NYE was very busy. I could tell that the cooks were overwhelmed. They forgot the sauce on one of the dishes and forgot the soup we ordered. Because t, the staff was extremely friendly.

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·Dined on January 1, 2018

Waitstaff was engaged, but behaved as if still in training. Very kind and tried to accommodate as much as possible.

Corner booth was VERY uncomfortable and in high traffic area. Not the best spot to squeeze in more patrons.

Food was disappointing, to be generous. Quality, flavor, presentation, and selection left a lot to be desired, unfortunately.

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 (Denver)·Dined on January 1, 2018

Our waitress Maxine was great! She was very attentive even though she was super busy on NYE. This restaurant has a fun vibe and is great for people watching on the pedestrian mall.

Tags: Special Occasion, Healthy, People Watching, Great for Brunch, Good for a Date, Pre/post Theatre
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 (Denver)·Dined on January 1, 2018

We went for NYE and assumed it would be pretty crazy, but it really wasn't. Our server, Christopher, was very friendly and helpful. The food was very good. We had the salmon, delicious, the shrimp and lobster ravioli, very flavorful, and the scallops, which were also very good. The reason we down graded the food is because there were only three scallops on the plate. For the price we thought this was quite skimpy, it seemed more like an appetizer than an entrée. We shared a brownie sundae for dessert.

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·Dined on December 31, 2017

Great cafe right in the middle of downtown Denver. Cozy, reasonably priced with a great happy hour too. Perfect for locals and tourists alike.

Tags: Happy Hour, Casual, Special Occasion, Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for Groups, Business Meals, Hot Spot, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Denver)·Dined on December 31, 2017

We love the location, theater menu and free parking! Makes a perfect theater experience. Only problem is noise level
Makes it hard to talk.

Tags: Happy Hour, Pre/post Theatre
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 (Denver)·Dined on December 30, 2017

Food is good. The noise level is quite high; not conducive to conversation. Our waitress was very pleasant and happy to serve a large group.

Tags: Hot Spot, Great for Brunch, Good for a Date, Sunday Lunch, Great for Lunch, Casual, Special Occasion, Happy Hour, People Watching, Pre/post Theatre, Good for Groups
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·Dined on December 30, 2017

Good, but we’ve had better experiences before. Waiter seemed off, but got a little better as we went. Food was slow and then part of mine was burnt on the top. It’s such a minor thing too, but we missed the cornbread we got in the past. Love the theatre menu and free parking with it, but this visit was just okay. Good, not great.

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vip
 (Denver)·Dined on December 30, 2017

Wonderful theater menu and the wait staff was very attentive to our time constraints. Loved it.....going back soon.

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 (Sacramento)·Dined on December 25, 2017

The happy hour specials were a terrific deal. We enjoyed wine and an appetizer and then had a couple of entrees. The bison meatloaf was outstanding. The chicken pot pie was tasty but it was rather scarce on chicken. The interior was colorful with a warm cozy atmosphere. We enjoyed ourselves and will return (but please upgrade the chicken pot pie!)

Tags: Cozy, Happy Hour, Comfort Food
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·Dined on December 24, 2017

Christmas Eve dinner before theater.

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 (San Diego)·Dined on December 24, 2017

We had five dishes and everyone of them had a major problem...floating in oil, overcooked and dry, way too much salt, and on. The waiter never returned to the table so they was no way to see if they could be corrected. We left most of the food on the plates as it was inedible.

We are not sure if they had a third or fourth level cook in the kitchen since this was the weekend before Xmas but we will not return to try them again.

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 (Denver)·Dined on December 23, 2017

This was our third visit to the Rialto and it was just as outstanding as every other visit has been.
The waitstaff is very attentive, the food selections are wonderful and delicious, and there is never a long wait for food or for the check. I love the ambience of the Rialto - classy place without the classy price. Perfect for a pre-performance dinner! We will be coming to the Rialto next time we attend a performance in Denver!

Tags: Good for a Date, Happy Hour, Seasonal, People Watching, Fit for Foodies, Worth the Drive, Neighborhood Gem, Pre/post Theatre, Special Occasion
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 (Baltimore)·Dined on December 23, 2017

Brunch here is amazing! Bottomless mimosas are on point.

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·Dined on December 20, 2017

I loved the Rialto! I went with friends before seeing a performance at the Buell and we were really happy with the food, service, and atmosphere. I would be comfortable there for a casual meal or a special one... its rare to find a place that can meet both ends of that spectrum. The location was perfect, which is why we chose it, but I'd go there again for any occasion in downtown Denver. Really nice!

Tags: Good for a Date, Disabled Access, Paleo Friendly, Cozy, Bar Seating, Good Vegetarian Options
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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 17, 2017

Food was yummy. Good atmosphere. Friendly and professional staff. Were very conscious of our timing, as we had a show curtain to make.

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·Dined on December 17, 2017

Not very good. Our server seemed very put out by our asking that we had theatre tickets and had to order quickly. We were there at 11:30 and allowed over an hour to make our theatre opening. My husband asked for a mimosa. She brought only half of it and asked him to go downstairs to chose his fruit juice. After getting my order I had a really long blond hair in my omelet. So no, I was not really impressed and probably won’t be back. Thanks for asking.
Diana Roth

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vip
 (Denver)·Dined on December 17, 2017

Delicious food and energizing atmosphere! Definitely busy weekends and during the holidays so make a reservation. Great Happy Hour specials daily.

Tags: Kid-friendly, Casual, Happy Hour
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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 16, 2017

Convenient location and good food.

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·Dined on December 16, 2017

FIrst time at Rialto. The food was great, Ben was awesome and the free parking was a nice touch. The only down side was that they did not have the reservation I made on Open Table. Luckily they were still able to accommodate us.

Tags: Late-night Find, Good for a Date, Special Occasion
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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on December 16, 2017

Rialto is "tied" to the hotel next door so if a hotel guest smokes in a room, the fire alarm goes off in the restaurant also (told this by server). We finally asked for to go boxes as the fire alarm just kept going and going like the Energizer bunny. Good food and service otherwise. We ate here 3-4 years ago and remembered it being more fine dining. Now the word cafe on the end of it's name is appropriate.

Tags: Happy Hour, Casual, Kid-friendly
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·Dined on December 14, 2017

Excellent service! Great food! Lovely ambiance! Our office holiday lunch was very enjoyable!🎄👍🏻😁

Tags: Business Meals, Creative Cuisine, Pre/post Theatre, Great for Lunch, Casual, Good for Birthdays, Cozy, Good for Groups, Bar Seating, Comfort Food, Good for a Date, Special Occasion
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 (Denver)·Dined on December 14, 2017

great location for pre-theater dinner, a quick two block walk. No vegetarian options. Atmosphere is lacking, tables, chairs, like run of the mill franchise restaurants, so the ambiance is nothing to write home about, but the food was surprisingly good. We ordered salmon, pot pie, chicken sandwich and burrata appetizer (for our vegetarian) and all were pleased with their meals.

Tags: Good for Groups, Pre/post Theatre
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 (Denver)·Dined on December 11, 2017

Waitress did her best but this visit was terrible due to extremely long wait for food and drink, no corn bread... ran out! And we had a reservation but were placed in the front... to the right of the entrance. Noisy and no ambiance. We have come a lot and this visit was terrible. Waitress was great but you could see how stressed she was about a situation beyond her control.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre
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 (Denver)·Dined on December 11, 2017

Great, friendly, and prompt service. This was our friends first visit, they were impressed.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Cozy, Pre/post Theatre
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 (Denver)·Dined on December 10, 2017

Good food. Was really slow on some things, not our server's fault but annoying anyway. First time that I've had that problem here.

Tags: Casual
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 (Denver)·Dined on December 10, 2017

We would absolutely recommend Rialto to friends and will be going back soon!! The wait staff was absolutely incredible. The speed of service was a perfect pace. We were not rushed and didn't feel like we had to wait for anything. Definitely come to this amazing restaurant! The food was absolutely delicious and let us switch out the green beans for grilled asparagus. YUM!!

Tags: Afternoon Coffee, Good for Anniversaries, Scenic View, Romantic, People Watching, Great for Brunch, Bar Seating, Casual, Good for Groups, Handcrafted Cocktails, Sunday Lunch, Creative Cuisine, Great for Outdoor Dining, Late-night Find, Special Occasion, Fun, Great for Lunch, Quick Bite, Business Meals, Good for a Date, Disabled Access, Vibrant Bar Scene, Hot Spot, Happy Hour, Good for Birthdays, Authentic
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 (Denver)·Dined on December 10, 2017

Very good...best bison meatloaf I've ever had. Delicious!

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 (Denver)·Dined on December 10, 2017

Food was good, nothing over the top. Restaurant was so noisy it was hard to hear my dining partner. I think the restaurant needs a facelift as it seems a little tired.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre
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 (Denver)·Dined on December 9, 2017

Made reservations for 7 and had our table waiting for us even though we arrived 15 minutes early. Our waiter, Ryan ( I believe), was excellent! He easily handled our multiple orders and a few separate checks. He was always there when we needed another round or anything. Our food was good, drinks were good. It was a great place for a gang of friends meeting up for the lights of 16th St. and a great meal!

Tags: Quick Bite, Bar Seating, Handcrafted Cocktails, People Watching, Good for Groups
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·Dined on December 9, 2017

Service was excellent. Our server was personable and attentive, the food was served quickly and tasted delicious. Perfect pre-ballet dinner and now that I know of this gem, I’ll be returning for other occasions in the future. Highly recommend.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Romantic, Cozy, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion
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 (Denver)·Dined on December 3, 2017

The service was great and the food awesome! Rialto is one of my fav places to go before seeing a performance at the Denver Arts.

Tags: Good for Groups, Good for Birthdays
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 (Denver)·Dined on December 2, 2017

Great food

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