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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

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

92% would recommend it to a friend

Pre/post Theatre (51)
Good for a Date (37)
Casual (36)
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Good for Groups (30)
Special Occasion (28)
Happy Hour (28)
Great for Brunch (23)
Great for Lunch (23)
People Watching (18)
Sunday Lunch (18)
Fun (17)
Good for Birthdays (16)
Good for Anniversaries (16)
Romantic (16)
Bar Seating (15)
Comfort Food (15)
Creative Cuisine (15)
Business Meals (14)
Cozy (14)
Hot Spot (13)
Neighborhood Gem (12)
Quiet Conversation (11)
Vibrant Bar Scene (11)
Quick Bite (10)
Fit for Foodies (9)
Late-night Find (8)
Authentic (8)
Handcrafted Cocktails (7)
Seasonal (6)
Afternoon Coffee (5)
Live Sports (5)
Great for Outdoor Dining (5)
Kid-friendly (4)
Disabled Access (4)
Scenic View (4)
Worth the Drive (4)
Healthy (3)
Good Vegetarian Options (3)
Gluten Free Options (2)
Great Beer (2)
Tasting Menu (2)
Afternoon Tea (1)
Notable Wine List (1)
Organic (1)
Paleo Friendly (1)
Tapas (1)
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 (Las Vegas)·Dined 12 hours ago

A favorite Sunday brunch spot. The mimosa and Bloody Mary bar is great. Menu items delicious. Hope to be back soon.

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 (Denver)·Dined 4 days ago

Fabulous place. Great staff and fantastic fare. A favorite place, already looking forward to next visit.

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 (Denver)·Dined 5 days ago

Great pre-theatre dinner options and discounts for patrons with Denver Center tickets.

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 (Denver)·Dined 5 days ago

The best salads! Love the steak and wedge and also the tuna taro poke.

Tags: Business Meals, Quiet Conversation, Creative Cuisine, Good for a Date, Great for Lunch
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·Dined 6 days ago

Everything was good and the he food excellent. Pricing very good.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Tasting Menu, Happy Hour
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 (Denver)·Dined on February 11, 2018

Not impressed with the fruit and pastry bar. Cheaply done.
Otherwise, good as usual.

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 (Denver)·Dined on February 11, 2018

Brunch was tasty and love the fruit/pastries bar!!

Tags: Casual, Afternoon Coffee, Sunday Lunch, Great for Lunch, Pre/post Theatre, Neighborhood Gem, Great for Brunch
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 (Denver)·Dined on February 11, 2018

Great about getting reservations before theater. Great staff! Very busy. Within walking distance to theater.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Great for Brunch
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·Dined on February 11, 2018

Our table at the Rialto Cafe was romantic and had a great 16th Street Mall view for people watching. The food was delicious, the service was very good, and the overall atmosphere was very nice!

Tags: Fun, People Watching, Casual, Romantic
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 (Denver)·Dined on February 11, 2018

Ate at the Rialto Café before heading to a concert at Boettcher Concert Hall. Got there around 5:30PM so we were eligible for happy hour and the great values they offer on wines by the glass and the bottle. They also had a nice pre-theatre menu...appetizer, main course and dessert for $29.99. They have a very nice, diverse menu and they pay for your parking if you are going to the theatre. You just park in the lot at Independence Plaza. We already have another reservation for a future theatre date!

Tags: Happy Hour, Cozy, Comfort Food, Pre/post Theatre
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on February 10, 2018

I made a request on my reservation and they paid attention to it and seated us in what the hostess said was her quietest spot. Appreciated this!

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 (Denver)·Dined on February 10, 2018

Once again we ventured to Rialto before the theater and as always the food was exactly what we expected and the service was on par. For me it is really important that the kitchen takes food allergies seriously as I have several which have stopped us from going to restaurants that don't.

Tags: Comfort Food, Seasonal, Casual, Business Meals
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 (Denver)·Dined on February 4, 2018

Great Brunch selection and it was nice that the fruit and pasty bar came with every entree. Also, enjoyed created our own Mimosa's.

Tags: Good for Groups, Great for Brunch, Happy Hour
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 (Denver)·Dined on January 29, 2018

We had an early dinner at the Rialto Cafe. Our waitress was great - very professional, knew the menu, was attentive to our needs, provided necessary service without asking. Our meals were very good too - we both had fish dinners and shared a very tasty and flavorful kale salad. The fish was cooked just right, was nicely presented and prepared.
We enjoyed our meal there.

Tags: Authentic
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 (Denver)·Dined on January 27, 2018

Wonderful service, and a menu that has great variety. 4 of us dined early on a Saturday. By 6:30 the place was full, yet not noisy, and easy to walk around. The wife had one of the best Italian sauces ever on the lasagna. The cod was cooked perfectly. Very impressed with the cooking.

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 (Denver)·Dined on January 25, 2018

Consistently great food , drinks and service. Love this place!

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 (Denver)·Dined on January 20, 2018

There is a great energetic atmosphere here. We had a group of 4 come in after the Women's March and the staff seemed a little overwhelmed. Our server specifically was not very attentive and also spoke so fast we could barely keep up. The menu entrees for brunch are fine...not bad and not great. The fruit and pastry bar is lacking though. Keep up the great work on the mimosa bar!

Tags: Hot Spot, Good for Groups, Great for Brunch
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vip
 (Denver)·Dined on January 20, 2018

Dallas was great!

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 (Denver)·Dined on January 16, 2018

Always a reliable choice for lunch! We enjoyed our great salads.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Great for Lunch
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 (Denver)·Dined on January 14, 2018

Had a wonderful Birthday celebration with my Husband. The server Jason was fantastic. I even received 25.00 off and a huge free dessert. We will definitely be back soon!!!

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 (Denver)·Dined on January 14, 2018

This is not the place to go if you have plans after your meal. It took about 25 minutes to place a drink order. We had been seated and waited an entire hour before our server came back to take our dinner order. I had to request for her to bring our bill as soon as we received our food because she didn't come around very often. It could've just been a bad night but I won't be going back to this establishment any time soon.

Tags: Notable Wine List, Good Vegetarian Options, Live Sports
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 (Denver)·Dined on January 14, 2018

GREAT brunch..Great bloody merry bar

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 (Denver)·Dined on January 12, 2018

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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 (Denver)·Dined on January 10, 2018

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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 (Cleveland)·Dined on January 2, 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 2, 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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 (Central Coast)·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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 (Denver)·Dined on December 31, 2017

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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 (Denver)·Dined on December 31, 2017

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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vip
 (Denver)·Dined on December 31, 2017

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 December 31, 2017

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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 (Denver)·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 30, 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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 (Denver)·Dined on December 29, 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 29, 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 24, 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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 (Denver)·Dined on December 24, 2017

Christmas Eve dinner before theater.

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 (San Diego)·Dined on December 23, 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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