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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

Details

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 (23)
Great for Lunch (19)
Good for Birthdays (18)
Great for Brunch (18)
Happy Hour (18)
Good for Anniversaries (15)
People Watching (15)
Fun (13)
Sunday Lunch (13)
Romantic (13)
Cozy (12)
Quiet Conversation (12)
Bar Seating (11)
Comfort Food (11)
Creative Cuisine (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)
Good Vegetarian Options (3)
Healthy (2)
Seasonal (2)
Tasting Menu (2)
Organic (1)
Tapas (1)
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 (Denver)·Dined 3 days ago

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 3 days ago

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 4 days ago

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 4 days ago

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 4 days ago

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 5 days ago

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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·Dined on November 26, 2017

We enjoy Rialto for brunch. A varied menu and great staff, along with delicious food, keep us coming back.

Tags: Great for Brunch, Good for Groups
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 (Denver)·Dined on November 23, 2017

My daughter and I went to Rialto Cafe for Thanksgiving dinner, and it was very good. Reasonably priced and very decent food.

Tags: Good for Groups, Happy Hour, Sunday Lunch
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·Dined on November 23, 2017

Friendly staff, fast service, wonderful food and great location

Tags: Special Occasion, Pre/post Theatre, Good for Birthdays, Comfort Food, Happy Hour, Seasonal
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·Dined on November 23, 2017

We celebrated Thanksgiving with 8 of our family: 4 x spouses, 1 toddler, 1 teenager, 1 ten year old and a 20 year old. Everyone ate, drank, talked and laughed! It was a HUGE SUCCESS!!! Thank you Heather for amazing service. Thank you for the chefs who did the cooking and the manager who made sure we were all happy. Can't wait for the next celebration at the Rialto!

Tags: Authentic, Great for Brunch, People Watching, Tasting Menu, Casual, Late-night Find, Special Occasion, Comfort Food, Happy Hour
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 (Denver)·Dined on November 23, 2017

Thanksgiving was our first time we visited Rialto Cafe, and we had a fantastic experience. The wait waitstaff was super friendly and attentive. I had the filet and my husband had the prime rib special— both were delicious! We also had the calamari appetizer, which was overflowing and yummy! Definitely couldn’t finish it between the two of us. We will definitely be back!

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·Dined on November 23, 2017

The food was cooked well but lacked seasoning. I asked for horseradish. They sent me horseradish butter that had very little horseradish flavor and when I put it on the prime rib, it completely disappeared. The waitress was very friendly, helpful and attentive. The atmosphere was quaint and comfortable. The fruit and desert bar was very disappointing. It took away from the rest of the dinner experience. It was OK for a one time visit. I will not go there again nor will I recommend it to family or friends. It is not that great of an experience.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Casual
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·Dined on November 23, 2017

Service was ok, the food was only Luke warm. The pastry bar was not great. Will not go back

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 (Denver)·Dined on November 23, 2017

Thanksgiving and great traditional turkey meal.

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 (Denver)·Dined on November 23, 2017

Excellent service, even on a business Thanksgiving day. Food variety was good as was the quality. Would return for holiday dining.

Tags: Casual
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 (Denver)·Dined on November 22, 2017

10 of us met for dinner before heading to the theatre to see Rent, and we had a delightful experience! The food was delicious, the service was excellent, and the restaurant offers multiple discounts for theatre-goers! We had no problem getting finished within an hour, and our server had no issue splitting our check and running multiple cards. We couldn't have had a better time :)

Tags: Good for Groups, Fit for Foodies, Pre/post Theatre
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·Dined on November 20, 2017

The happy hour is wonderful! The menu offered a great selection of cocktails and starters at reasonable prices.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Good for a Date
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 (Denver)·Dined on November 20, 2017

We love coming here before going to the show! The service is always excellent!

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 (Denver)·Dined on November 19, 2017

I have always experienced high quality service and atmosphere, I was pleased it is still like that!

Tags: Casual, Tapas, Happy Hour, Great for Brunch
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·Dined on November 19, 2017

My wife and I had Theater tickets on a Friday night. I setup a table reservation online. We were running about 15 minutes late because of traffic. I called ahead to make sure they would still have a table for us. No problem. The Hostess was very nice on the phone.
We took advantage of the parking deal at the Independence Parking Garage across the street. This is the best kept secret in Downtown Denver.
The Rialto Cafe offers a Theater discount also! We split the Salmon Dinner (Delicious) had one drink each (Happy Hour prices) and The Brownie dessert. Wonderful food. Wonderful service.
The Rialto Cafe is a big part of a great Date Night in Downtown Denver.

Tags: Good for a Date, Romantic, Authentic, Fun, Late-night Find, Hot Spot, Special Occasion, Cozy
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·Dined on November 16, 2017

The waitress was very friendly and courteous. Maxine gave great recommendations and was very attentive. The drinks, appetisers were awesome and the entree was delicious. I will be coming back often.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Great for Brunch, Pre/post Theatre, Authentic, Good for Anniversaries, Cozy, Creative Cuisine
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 (Denver)·Dined on November 12, 2017

I love this place. I’m a semi regular as I eat here while I’m in town and make my annual visit for Veterans Day as they offer free meals for vets on this day. The staff is always attentive to your needs and the manager Jessica comes and chats with you at your table to ensure everything is on par.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Creative Cuisine, Good for a Date, Hot Spot, Late-night Find, Cozy, Good for Groups, Pre/post Theatre, Fit for Foodies, Comfort Food, Scenic View, Romantic, Neighborhood Gem, Great for Brunch, Great for Lunch, Good for Birthdays, Sunday Lunch, Special Occasion, Bar Seating
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 (Denver)·Dined on November 10, 2017

We have eaten pre-theatre dinners at Rialto Grill for years. The food is delicious, the service is friendly and efficient, and the cost is reasonable. They also offer a parking package with a parking lot across the street.

Tags: Good for a Date, Quick Bite, Late-night Find, Sunday Lunch, Pre/post Theatre, Great for Outdoor Dining
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on November 9, 2017

great service and food!

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·Dined on November 5, 2017

I come here often. Mostly because of the location and bottomless mimosas

Tags: Disabled Access, Good for Groups, Good for a Date, Casual, Bar Seating
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 (Denver)·Dined on November 5, 2017

Overall we enjoyed ourselves. Great service, good atmosphere, unfortunately my meal was just meh, I ordered the steak frites and the frites were so old and cold. The steak was pretty good, I felt like my dish had been sitting for some time waiting on others at my table. In fairness everyone else enjoyed their dish. I would definitely go back but I won't be getting the steak frites again.

Tags: Bar Seating, Good for Birthdays, Fun, Romantic
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 (Denver)·Dined on October 29, 2017

We have dined there on prior occasions, and the food and service were very good. This time the food was up to their usual standards, but the service was bordering on poor.
Bar service prior to dining was excellent. Drinks were served quickly and professionally made. The parmesan dip was very good, and served promptly. Service at the table was not as good. Several tables around us were seated after us, and served before us. An additional drink from the bar took over 20 minutes, and was not as cold as the first round at the bar. The salmon and lobster/shrimp fettuccine was very tasty but warm and not hot. The waiter was not as attentive as he should have been, and when he said he would refill our water, there was again a delay, and then he only filled one glass. Near the end of the meal a waitress stopped by, and told us the waiter was helping behind the bar. However when the time came to deliver the bill, our original waiter was there. It appeared that they were short staffed, and the manager/expeditor did apologize for the service.
I think this will give us pause when choosing the Rialto Café in the future

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 (Denver)·Dined on October 29, 2017

Friendly staff, great service and great food. Our 3rd time and we’ll be back.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Hot Spot, Good for Anniversaries, Healthy, Kid-friendly, Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion, Good for Groups
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 (Denver)·Dined on October 28, 2017

Our group of 5 was treated exceptionally well. The staff was attentive and truly wished us to have a delightful experience. And we did. Not our first dining experience here, we all had something different and shared. All was so taste-full, well presented, and aromatic. Sandwiches, steak, piccatta, pot pie, all was wonderful. We always enjoy coming here.

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vip
 (Denver)·Dined on October 28, 2017

Rialto Cafe has a great theater menu option which gives you a three course meal for around $30. It will also pay for your parking at Independence Plaza, but with all of the construction downtown we could not get to the parking lot entrance so did not get to use that perk. The choices on the theater menu are very good. We had the house salad which was quite sizable and yummy! Then I had the chicken piccata and my spouse had the salmon. We both liked our entrees. Dessert choices were also very good. A very tasty dinner at a reasonable price...not haute cuisine, but very good.

Tags: Casual
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 (Denver)·Dined on October 28, 2017

Perfect for Brunch! We loved the build your own mimosa bar and everything tasted great
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Tags: Great for Lunch, Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Great for Brunch, Fun, Creative Cuisine, Sunday Lunch, Pre/post Theatre
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 (Denver)·Dined on October 28, 2017

Went pre-theatre, and it was fantastic experience for the evening. Our waiter, Matt, was well -versed on wines, and complementary to our questions. Great experience.

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·Dined on October 26, 2017

Twice the waiters brought food - appetizers and main dish -- both times we without silverware, which we had to wait 5-10 minutes for. Plus waiter brought me red wine instead of white wine, took it away to replace, and did not bring back white wine until after appetizer was served -- another 15-20 minute wait, while my guest was 3/4 finished with her wine. Terrible service.

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 (Denver)·Dined on October 25, 2017

The Happy Hour is a good deal. However, the fish tacos on the menu are NOT great. They are dry, the tortilla was cold and only two tacos where every other place provides three for the price. This makes them $8.50 per taco.

Tags: Sunday Lunch, Happy Hour
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·Dined on October 24, 2017

Heather provided wonderful service to my husband and I before we went on a surprise trip to the theater. We ordered a paced 3 course meal that offered us the opportunity to taste the menu in a timely fashion before the show.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Casual, Special Occasion, Hot Spot, Afternoon Coffee, Organic, Seasonal, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Romantic
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 (Denver)·Dined on October 24, 2017

Great food and atmosphere Great place to catch up with friends.

Tags: Business Meals, Quiet Conversation, Casual, Happy Hour, Quick Bite, Good for a Date, Good for Groups
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vip
 (Phoenix)·Dined on October 23, 2017

always love the food and service and ambiance! Great for Theater, they have a theater special, and they are very cognizant of curtain time.

Tags: Good for Groups, Special Occasion, Great for Lunch, Fun
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 (Denver)·Dined on October 22, 2017

Good Sunday brunch but VERY noisy mostly due to group of young women using their outdoor voices.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre
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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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