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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
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.
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.
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.
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!!
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.
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!
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.
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!
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