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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 (59)
Casual (36)
Good for a Date (36)
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Good for Groups (30)
Special Occasion (28)
Happy Hour (26)
Great for Brunch (22)
Great for Lunch (22)
Fun (20)
Sunday Lunch (17)
Good for Birthdays (16)
Comfort Food (15)
Bar Seating (15)
People Watching (15)
Good for Anniversaries (14)
Creative Cuisine (14)
Cozy (13)
Hot Spot (13)
Neighborhood Gem (13)
Romantic (12)
Vibrant Bar Scene (11)
Business Meals (9)
Fit for Foodies (9)
Quick Bite (9)
Quiet Conversation (9)
Handcrafted Cocktails (8)
Late-night Find (8)
Authentic (7)
Kid-friendly (7)
Seasonal (5)
Disabled Access (4)
Live Sports (4)
Great for Outdoor Dining (4)
Scenic View (4)
Good Vegetarian Options (4)
Worth the Drive (4)
Afternoon Coffee (3)
Healthy (3)
Gluten Free Options (2)
Great Beer (2)
Tasting Menu (2)
Afternoon Tea (1)
Notable Wine List (1)
Organic (1)
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 (Denver)·Dined on October 16, 2011

Went for lunch before taking my kids to see a play at the DCPA. We parked at the DCPA and walked to the restaurant. The food was fantastic. Kids enjoyed the pastry/fruit bar while we waited for our entrees. Waitress seemed a little rushed and not very friendly. Otherwise a great experience.

Tags: Great for Lunch
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 (Denver)·Dined on October 15, 2011

The food was great. Our server was average at best. We were seated in a booth at the very rear of the restaurant. We passed many open tables on our way to be seated. I wondered if we were passed over for better seating because we had reserved on Open Table.

Tags: Fit for Foodies
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 (Denver)·Dined on October 15, 2011

Food and service was great, can't wait to go back!

Tags: Romantic, Special Occasion
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 (Denver)·Dined on October 15, 2011

Rialto is one of my favorites. We go there whenver we can. It always has great service and great food.

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Great for Outdoor Dining, Special Occasion, Hot Spot
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 (Denver)·Dined on October 14, 2011

appreciated the fact that they were able to seat us 30 minutes before our actual reservation - great salmon entree - ceasar salad just ok - fantastic service from an energeetic, personable waitress,

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 (Denver)·Dined on October 14, 2011

Some of the food was great. My roast chicken was bland and lacked the crispy skin that makes great roast chicken great. Service was exceptional. Very friendly - attentive but not over-bearing.

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 (Denver)·Dined on October 13, 2011

We were there before theater so we asked that we get out within the hour they were very accommodating the quality was marginal. Nothing great.

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 (Denver)·Dined on October 11, 2011

Food was average or below. The service was the worst in recent memory. This is the first time we thought an open table Resturant was truly horrible over all.

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 (Pittsburgh)·Dined on October 9, 2011

Fantastic brunch. The bottomless mimoas are delicious and it's nice that you have juice options. The huevos rancheros, omelets, and French toast are all great choices, as is the basil BLT.

Tags: Great for Brunch
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 (Denver)·Dined on October 8, 2011

One of us had some medical and dietary restrictions and ordered the soup for a meal. However, just before the rest of us was served, she was told they were out of the soup. She ended up not being able to eat. One of us was served a dish (chicken pot pie) that was barely warm. The server did send it back to the kitchen and it was brought back piping hot, right about the time the other two diners were finishing their entrees. One of the entrees was dry. The fourth diner enjoyed his meal. The server was pleasant, but did not appear overly concerned about the issues described above.

Tags: Good for Groups
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 (Cleveland)·Dined on October 8, 2011

Everything about the Rialto turned out to be great. It is located near the center of the 16th Street Mall, just a short walk around the block from our hotel.We had made the reservations for us and our travelling companioms. Everyone in our group liked the decor, the service, and the food, so much so that we were complimented on our breakfast pick. Let me just say our friends are very fussy - thank you Rialto for making us look brilliant in selecting a fine restaurant.

Tags: Good for Groups, Great for Brunch, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Denver)·Dined on October 6, 2011

I would have given Rialto Cafe an Outstanding overall except the person I was with thought parts of her meal were bland. I didn't find that at all. I thought it was all very tasty, ad service "just right". I would definitely go back!

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 (Denver)·Dined on October 6, 2011

The Rialto is my favorite pre- or post-theater dinner place.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Late-night Find, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List, Romantic, Special Occasion
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 (Salt Lake City)·Dined on October 4, 2011

Adequate food, poor service. Our table of 7 sat for about 15 minutes before the server returned to take our order. We always had to chase down the server in order to get any kind of help.

Tags: Good for Groups
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 (Las Vegas)·Dined on September 24, 2011

Great for pre theater dinner. Excellent Service and the food was great!

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Romantic
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 (Denver)·Dined on September 24, 2011

I go here for brunch because they have a great bottomless mimosa deal (they have a variety of juices you can mix yourself) and a decent build your own bloody mary bar. You even get a pastry bar included with your meal. It's also nice that you can make online reservations.

Tags: Good for Groups, Great for Brunch
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 (Denver)·Dined on September 21, 2011

Noisy, too warm and our waitress forgot about us for most of the meal. Food was okay, but didn't make up for the poor service and uncomfortable surroundings.

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 (Denver)·Dined on September 19, 2011

Rialto was once a great restaurant to come to for a birthday, date, evening meal, party, etc...your all around good place to dine. Over the past few years the service attentiveness has indeed increased; the issue is the food (and lack of flavor). Both meals, Mahi and Meatloaf were both dry, flavorless and down right boring. The chef(s) attempt to add flavor and intensity by throwing in more ingredients, of which do not agree with each other. We also ordered the hummus...had WAY too many ingredients (onions, tomatoes, lettuce) all of these should not be in hummus, and the pita was dry. I'd recommend hitting this place once, to experience it for yourself, but you won't see me there.

Tags: Good for Groups, Late-night Find, Special Occasion
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 (Denver)·Dined on September 16, 2011

Rialto offered good food, good service, and reasonable portions for the money. Located on the 16th Street Mall, it was nice to be able to get seated quickly on a Friday evening and eat in a relatively quiet atmosphere. The servers were polite and provided appropriate attention while not being either overbearing, nor underattending. This restaurant was a nice change of pace compared to the typical 16th Street restaurant, which seems to typically be noisy, crowded, and overpriced. I would definitely go back.

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 (Denver)·Dined on September 13, 2011

The food was good, but both meals were VERY over-priced for the skimpy quantities. It took us almost an hour to get our food, which was very unsatisfactory. For this reason alone I'm not sure we would return.

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 (Denver)·Dined on September 10, 2011

The Ahi tuna was really good and our waitress was very nice and attentive. The prices are quite high. I think I would only go back with a coupon.

Tags: Fit for Foodies
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on September 9, 2011

Always heard great things. Went with 2 girlfriends and were very pleased! The food was great (highly recommend the ahi entree!), the waiter was very nice, and had an overall very good experience! I would definitely send friends here and I'm sure i will be back.

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 (Denver)·Dined on September 4, 2011

We have been here a couple of times and the food is always excellent. There is a nice variety of choices that could please anyone in a group. There are many healthy and comfort food choices. We had 2 vegetarians who were able to enjoy themselves. It is a nice spot to go to before or after the theater.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion
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 (Denver)·Dined on September 2, 2011

The kitchen and service seemed very slow on Friday night. It was only after we indicated that we had theatre tickets that the waitress was more responsive and attentive to speed of service. I had the meatloaf, and it was excellent; my dining partner had the pork chop and it was very dry. The restaurant was noisy and while we applaud what seem to be some changes in the menu, the overall dining experience was mediocre.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on August 29, 2011

The Rialto Cafe had one of the best veggie dishes I've ever had. It was a Portabello Mushroom and Eggplant stack. The Mushroom was grilled to perfection, the eggplant lightly panko breaded and fried with light mashed potatoes between the stacks, Very good. Also, their creme brulee tasted like a real custard and not Jell-o pudding so I was a happy camper.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Great for Outdoor Dining, Hot Spot
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 (Denver)·Dined on August 29, 2011

It was very noisy our table of 5 could not hear each other. The food was pretty good but it was so busy that it took way over our lunch "hour". I touted the corn bread but it was over cooked and really dry. Very pleased that the desserts (2 to share) were free as this was a Birthday lunch. Still an overall good experience

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion, Great for Lunch
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 (Denver)·Dined on August 28, 2011

Our server was very attentive! I went to take advantage of the $10.00 bottomless mimosas. The server did a great job keeping me supplied with champagne and they had a self-serve juice bar with about 7-8 different juices. I am boring, just wanted the OJ. I had eggs benedict, they were fantastic! I am picky about my eggs. Also included was a fruit and pastry bar, which was OK.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Great for Brunch, Great for Outdoor Dining, Neighborhood Gem, Great for Lunch, Hot Spot
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 (Denver)·Dined on August 25, 2011

We had dinner at the Rialto and chose to sit outside on the patio. Our server was very friendly and answered any questions that we had about the menu. Our selections were based on her "favorites". The pork belly beer cheese soup sounded interesting but was lacking flavor. Our dishes were just OK but nothing spectacular. I had the spare ribs and, although they were tender, they were lacking flavor and the portion size was quite small after I worked through the fat. My husband had the bacon wrapped buffalo meatloaf. Again, pretty bland and the bacon was not crispy. Sigh... maybe we will try again another time. Most of the reviews I read are about brunch so we will have to try the Rialto for brunch sometime.

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining
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 (Pittsburgh)·Dined on August 21, 2011

Good brunch entrees, nice patio, friendly service, reasonably priced, bottomless mimosas

Tags: Great for Brunch, Great for Outdoor Dining
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 (Denver)·Dined on August 21, 2011

The Rialto is right in the heart of 16th street mall. If you sit outside you're bound to be entertained. The waitresses are attentive and friendly, that goes for the whole staff too. Their brunch menu had something for everyone. All in all a very good experience was had by all in the party.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Great for Brunch, Neighborhood Gem, Great for Lunch
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 (Denver)·Dined on August 20, 2011

Right away loved the colors in the restaurant. Felt so vibrant and high energy. I had the porkchop with risotto. The waiter said it was excellent and he was right. Service was excellent. Very pleasant experience. In fact, we are making a reservation for next week.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Great for Outdoor Dining, Romantic, Special Occasion
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 (Denver)·Dined on August 14, 2011

I went to Rialto's for brunch. It was my first time to the restaurant. A great experience. I will be back.

Tags: Great for Brunch
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 (Denver)·Dined on August 9, 2011

The seared salmon was presented well and the goat cheese polenta was fabulous. Please, please leave plates on the table until eveeryone is finished!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Great for Lunch
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 (Denver)·Dined on August 5, 2011

great food and service, you can't go wrong!

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Great for Outdoor Dining, Neighborhood Gem, Hot Spot
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 (Denver)·Dined on July 26, 2011

We had not been to Rialto in several years. We were pleasantly surprised. Both of our fish dinners were wonderful, super fresh. I would recommend this restaurant to everyone. Especially if you are going to the theater.

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Fit for Foodies
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 (Denver)·Dined on July 26, 2011

The Rialto Cafe is just one of those places everyone knows on the 16th Street Mall. I will always be a fan.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Great for Outdoor Dining, Neighborhood Gem, Great for Lunch, Hot Spot
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 (Denver)·Dined on July 24, 2011

Great brunch on Sunday

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on July 24, 2011

Rialto Cafe is my favorite place to go for weekend brunch. I usually get their Farmhouse Stacked Eggs which is to die for and an order of their bottomless mimosas. These two things in combo with their pastry bar is heaven and makes for the beginnings of a great weekend.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Great for Brunch, Great for Outdoor Dining, Kid-friendly, Neighborhood Gem, Great for Lunch
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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on July 22, 2011

Buffalo burger was great! The restaurant had a great atmosphere and was really neat. Check in with FourSquare and save 15%. Also look online before going so you can save money on parking!

Tags: Good for Groups, Great for Outdoor Dining, Hot Spot
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 (Denver)·Dined on July 22, 2011

Nice downtown place for lunch on the sidewalk.

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Scenic View, Great for Lunch
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