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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

New Year's Eve Special Menus & Offers

Sunday, December 31, 2017

Specials

New Year's Eve Special Menus & Offers

Sunday, December 31, 2017

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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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4.3

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.3

service

4.3

ambience

4.2

value

4.1

Noise

Moderate

88% would recommend it to a friend

Pre/post Theatre (49)
Good for Groups (31)
Casual (30)
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Good for a Date (28)
Special Occasion (24)
Great for Lunch (19)
Good for Birthdays (18)
Great for Brunch (18)
Happy Hour (18)
Good for Anniversaries (15)
People Watching (15)
Fun (14)
Sunday Lunch (13)
Romantic (13)
Comfort Food (12)
Cozy (12)
Creative Cuisine (12)
Quiet Conversation (12)
Bar Seating (11)
Hot Spot (9)
Business Meals (8)
Late-night Find (8)
Great for Outdoor Dining (8)
Authentic (7)
Handcrafted Cocktails (7)
Neighborhood Gem (7)
Vibrant Bar Scene (7)
Kid-friendly (7)
Fit for Foodies (6)
Quick Bite (6)
Worth the Drive (4)
Afternoon Coffee (3)
Disabled Access (3)
Gluten Free Options (3)
Scenic View (3)
Seasonal (3)
Good Vegetarian Options (3)
Healthy (2)
Tasting Menu (2)
Organic (1)
Tapas (1)
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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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vip
 (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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vip
 (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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vip
 (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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vip
 (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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vip
 (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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 (Denver)·Dined on September 17, 2017

Everyone enjoyed their respective dinner selections and starters. Calimari was excellent as were the truffle fries and brussel sprouts. Several people had the bison meatloaf, and all spoke highly of it.

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·Dined on September 17, 2017

We were in for dinner before going to see Frozen. We had a very nice meal and it was a good value for downtown Denver.

Tags: Good for Groups, Special Occasion, Romantic, Business Meals, Good for a Date, Casual, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays, Happy Hour
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 (Dallas)·Dined on September 16, 2017

Great place to go before a show. Food was good and the service was nice. My father ver much enjoyed the chicken pot pie special.

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·Dined on September 16, 2017

Recently been there to attend the theater. Was worried about parking however, dining at the Rialto Café free parking was included and convenient. Additionally the walk to the theater was easy. We were seated on time and service was fast and reliable.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Business Meals, Pre/post Theatre, Good for a Date
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·Dined on September 13, 2017

The food was fantastic. Our server was amazing and made us feel really special. We had some special food needs and he was very helpful and caring. Highly recommend this restaurant!

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Quick Bite, Cozy, Quiet Conversation, Gluten Free Options, Late-night Find, Good for a Date
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 (Denver)·Dined on September 10, 2017

Our server was nice, but not very attentive. When we were seated she brought water and coffee and then didn't come back. Ten minutes later we had to ask to order. Every time we needed anything at all we had to flag down someone (coffee refill, some butter, a spoon, and the check). Sunday brunch offered what they called a "fruit and pastry" bar, which was nothing more than a bowl of mixed fruit and some small pastries like you'd get at a Holiday Inn. For something to be called a "bar" there ought to at least be a good selection.

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·Dined on September 10, 2017

Very good service. Enjoyed sitting outside on the patio people watching. Food ok but not great.

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 (Denver)·Dined on September 10, 2017

We have eaten at the Rialto many times before a theatre or symphony performance. In general, we have good waitstaff, good food with everything delivered in a timely fashion so that we could get to our performance. This time, we had an extremely long wait for the food, and the quality was not as good. The waiter, however, did an excellent job with everything he was able to control. And, I miss the braised short ribs which were always so tasty.

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for Groups
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on September 9, 2017

The food was remarkably good and the service was excellent. It looks average but we were very pleasantly surprised!

Tags: Comfort Food
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 (Denver)·Dined on September 8, 2017

Amazing happy hour! Delicious appetizers and cocktail list! Great place to eat before a show downtown and wonderful service.

Tags: Cozy, Quiet Conversation, Happy Hour
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 (Oklahoma City)·Dined on September 7, 2017

We went before going to the theatre and had a lovely experience. The skillet cornbread was awesome and comes with every meal. We requested the Theatre menu and it was delicious and a bargain at $30/each. The only negative thing was the desserts. The bread pudding was dry and the Key Lime pie was more crust than pie. With some tweaking on the dessert, this place would be perfect. Another plus is if you order iced tea, you get a full glass of ice and a separate container of tea. I'm a Texan and we never have enough ice on our tea!!

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vip
 (Denver)·Dined on September 4, 2017

our server made the meal fun we were there for brunch and while the omelette was a bit dry the coffee was excellent and we loved the cinnamon rolls. overall a great experience!

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vip
 (Denver)·Dined on September 2, 2017

I wanted to make time changes to my reservation on OpenTable bit the app wouldn't let me. I olaced a call to the restaurant and they were able to accomdate. Upon arrival, our group was set up for table dining and I asked if we could change to the bar for high tops. The restaurant happily accommodated. I enjoy this restaurant and will definitely continue to stop by.

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vip
 (Denver)·Dined on September 2, 2017

We had a reservation thru OpenTable and we're immediately seated in a booth that we had requested. The service was prompt and exceptional, we did the bottomless mimosas and our glasses were never empty. Considering it was a packed Saturday (line out the door) we were impressed. Great brunch selection, over 6 different juices for mimosas and an extensive food menu. The Bison meatloaf and the crab cake benedict are especially delicious, a must visit if you're in Denver!

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·Dined on September 2, 2017

The unlimited mimosa bar is amazing! The food was a large amount and very tasty!

Tags: People Watching, Good for Birthdays, Great for Lunch, Romantic, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on September 1, 2017

Worst dining situation I have had in a long time. Our waitress was by far the worst I have had in recent memory. I heard her take the same order twice and let her know. She reacted very defensively and told me I was wrong. When food came out, surprise an extra steak and frites also arrived. When bill came I had to argue to get it taken off the bill. Food quality was OK. Filet ordered Med Well was basically rare. Waitress was no where to be found through most of the meal and after taking everyone's plates she noticed my steak was 1/4 eaten and then asked if I wanted it cooked more. Why would I want someone to fix my meal after every is finished eating? Portions on fish tacos seemed light for price. Overall disappointing experience and server with horrible attitude from start to finish. Don't take business clients here I was horribly embarrassed at the whole situation.

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 (Denver)·Dined on August 30, 2017

Came with a group from work for lunch. The got us right in. We had our drinks quickly (they give you a carafe of iced tea to top off your glass so you always have more to drink) and the food didn't take long at all. Everyone was happy with their meal. I had the beef sandwich, one of the best sandwiches I'd had in a long time!

Tags: Good Vegetarian Options, Great for Outdoor Dining, Good for Groups
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