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Rioja, Denver, CO
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Rioja

4.7
4.7
9108 Reviews
$31 to $50
Mediterranean
Chef Jennifer Jasinski's creatively inspired food is influenced by local seasonal products. Rioja is simple, pure food that emphasizes bright flavors and textures. The wines are a collection of fun interesting varietals that complement the cuisine.

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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 43 times today

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Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Cuisines

    Mediterranean, Fusion / Eclectic

  • Hours of operation

    Brunch Sat, Sun 10:00 am–2:30 pm Lunch Mon–Fri 11:00 am–2:30 pm Dinner Daily 4:00 pm–10:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (303) 820-2282

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Carte Blanche, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Executive chef

    Jennifer Jasinski

  • Catering

    Whatever the occasion, Crafted Concepts has a venue and menu to exceed your expectations. We truly thrive on creating custom events and exciting experiences – the only limit is your imagination!

  • Private party facilities

    The culinary prowess of James Beard award winner, Jennifer Jasinski, is highlighted at every meal served by the talented Rioja staff. A Mediterranean menu with local, seasonal influences is served in semi-private or restaurant-wide events from 20 to 150 handled with Rioja’s award-winning expertise.

  • Private party contact

    Crafted Concepts Events Team: (855) 396-3998

  • Neighborhood

    Downtown / LoDo

  • Cross street

    15th St; Larimer St

  • Parking details

    Valet available on Larimer Square each night of the week for dinner, $10 off with Rioja validation.A parking garage is located directly behind the restaurant on Market Street. Street parking is available throughout Larimer Square.

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Chef's Table, Cocktails, Counter Seating, Delivery, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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What 9,108 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.7
4.7 based on recent ratings
  • 4.7Food
  • 4.7Service
  • 4.7Ambience
  • 4.4Value

NoiseModerate

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  1. CF

    CatherineF

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    When in Denver, we never miss an opportunity to dine here. Always an outstanding meal at Rioja.
  2. S

    Spider

    New England

    9 reviews

    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fabulous staff care, relaxed ambiance with food so beautifully prepared and presented. Highly recommend the scene.
  3. BK

    BarbaraK

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Friendly atmosphere. Great staff, especially Troy who is very knowledgeable about the four and drink menus.
  4. BI

    BIll

    Tulsa

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    First time at Rioja was for our 27th anniversary. This time was our 31st anniversary. Each time was outstanding! The manager Eli was exceptional! Our waiter and the entire staff gave us a card and everyone signed it! They made us feel special! Awesome night! Thank you Rioja!!!
  5. DC

    DavidC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food4service5ambience4
    Went to Rioja during an anniversary vacation. The service was impeccable! They made us feel very special. The food was fantastic and the atmosphere was fun. The margarita especial, the Oopsie Daisy, is a must try! Will definitely be back!
  6. AR

    AllanR

    Denver

    14 reviews

    5.0

    14 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food4service5ambience4
    Excellent evening as always. The service from the whole waitstaff is superb and unobtrusive. One member of our party is Vegan, and the waiter said he could have the kitchen make the vegetarian dish vegan. I was a little disappointed in the halibut since I found that it had little flavor other than the sauce, but it was still very good. My wife and I split a desert, which was a mistake since she quickly scarfed up more than half of it.
  7. KN

    KathlynN

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Absolutely delicious. Service was excellent and would definitely recommend
  8. c

    cffmn

    Denver

    66 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    66 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Incredible service and inventive preparations using seasonal foods
  9. P

    Paul

    Washington DC

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food, service and ambiance. Will be coming back!
  10. MM

    MalenaM

    Fort Lauderdale

    11 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service4ambience4
    Amazing!!!! One of the best meals I’ve ever had!!!
  11. T

    Topper

    Seattle

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Excellent experience all around but please turn the music down a couple levels
  12. W

    Winelvr

    Denver

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Delicious from start to finish. The Beignets and Artichoke tortellonis were particularly good. The taste and plating consistent with a Michelin star restaurant. The service was also consistent from the hostess and servers. I’ve got no complaints or criticisms it was as good as I could’ve hoped for and I look forward to visiting again.
  13. MK

    MichaelK

    Cleveland

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Staff very knowledgeable and helpful. Great recommendations, food was amazing.
  14. RH

    RonH

    Denver

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 17, 2022

    overall4food3service4ambience3
    Very accommodating for table change and unhappy diner in our party. My corn risotto was not hot. Wine very expensive . Very loud music
  15. RD

    RobD

    Washington DC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Cocktails, including sangria were excellent. Artichoke tortellini was superb, lamb was perfect. Outdoor seating on a sunny fall afternoon was great.
  16. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Denver

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on September 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great as always!! Gnocchi was perfectly executed!!
  17. J

    Jobpob

    Denver

    10 reviews

    4.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on September 11, 2022

    overall4food3service4ambience4
    I have dined at Rioja many times in the past - it is our go-to for special occasions. This time left us feeling a little flat. The service was very good, though in the past they will come around with the bread tray multiple times (which they did for others), but for us they only offered it once. The food was the biggest disappointment. I ordered the butternut squash ravioli, which was very bland, boring, and undercooked. Honestly, I make a better dish using storebought butternut squash ravioli. My husband ordered the sourdough tagliatelle, which also was bland. The house salad was good, but nothing special. We declined on dessert and ended up stopping at Dairy Queen on our way home. We will probably try it one more time, but they seriously need to up their game.
  18. CJ

    CherylJ

    Washington DC

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 11, 2022

    overall4food5service3ambience3
    Great place for a special lunch or dinner. Food was fantastic. Interesting appetizers. Wide selection of interesting and tasty entrees. Good selection of desserts. We sat outside but were disappointed that we sat under scaffolding.
  19. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Baltimore

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on September 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The tortelloni soup did not disappoint. Every great review of it was right! Staff was warm and highly detail oriented. Be sure to try the bacon and pork belly, however you get it, just get it in your mouth! Brassica salad—- clean. Simply. Absolutely delish! Outdoor seating for Sunday brunch w live music from down the block. Lovely.
  20. JF

    JodyF

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 11, 2022

    overall3food2service5ambience5
    The food wasn't great. The risotto was salty. The server also recommended the corn dish, which frankly tasted like cream corn. The lamb was just OK & tough.
  21. K

    Kevin

    Tampa

    23 reviews

    5.0

    23 reviews

    Dined on September 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Enjoyable experience- food was great. I appreciated the half portion options on many dishes. Service was attentive and friendly. Noise level as more diners came in , made hearing other people at our table.
  22. M

    Mike

    New York Area

    12 reviews

    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on September 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Best chicken dish in Denver!!
  23. B

    Bettie

    Sacramento

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on September 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had brunch, and it was amazing.
  24. T

    Tuttle

    Salt Lake City

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on September 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We got the Fresh bacon, amazing! Corn risotto, and the waygu, all were amazing but I absolutely LOVED the goat cheese beignets!
  25. L

    Lindylee

    Chicago

    8 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on September 10, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience3
    Loved the coconut soup & salad with fig for starters. The Spanish octopus & beans was different & I’d reorder it. The mushroom gnocchi was rich & delicious. Wine was excellent as was the panacotta for dessert. Our waiter goofed & brought gnocchi instead of tagliatelle but we were fine with that. The only drawback was the tables are VERY close together. It’s pretty loud too for this kind of dining so don’t propose to your girlfriend there! We were seated super close to the kitchen but it was ok.
  26. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Denver

    1 review

    vip
    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 9, 2022

    overall3food2service3ambience4
    The atmosphere is nice, and the menu items are interesting, but nothing we tried made us want to come back for seconds. We had the arugula salad, peach captures, scallops, and artichoke tortellini. All seemed fresh with nice ingredients, but the flavor combinations weren’t amazing in our opinion. Not a bad experience, and also not somewhere I’d choose to return to.
  27. c

    camuro123

    Philadelphia

    13 reviews

    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on September 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fabulous food. Great ambiance. Highly recommend.
  28. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Denver

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on September 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Nice to be back at Rioja
  29. DG

    DeborahG

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    There are only a handful of restaurants I will always remember. Rioja is definitely one of them. The entire staff was welcoming and bustling at the same time. Food was off the charts great. Pastas!!!!!!
  30. AS

    AlexS

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The whole experience was exceptional - excellent unhurried service, very useful recommendations from the waiter, and absolutely delicious meal. It cannot get better than that. Highly recommend it.
  31. T

    Tina

    Denver

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 8, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience4
    Amazing combinations of flavor and texture in every sip and bite! Enjoy - what a treat.
  32. LH

    LynnH

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 7, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Impeccable food, amazing service, overall wonderful experience. Our server Torri took excellent care of us and the floor manager Meredith was warm and inviting. The peaches and smoked burrata was to die for, as was the pork chop with plumb sauce and the Wagyu steak tri-tip with shitake and red cabbage. Pristine ingredients plus an artistic attention to detail yielded an unforgettably delicious experience. Thank you!
  33. DM

    DavidMnM

    Denver

    17 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on September 6, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    Anniversary dinner with a great server named Britain. Food very good but not great.
  34. PP

    PatP

    Denver

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on September 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We were very impressed with their wine selection. We enjoyed a glass of Muriel 2016 Tempranillo. Excellent
  35. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Austin

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 5, 2022

    overall2food2service5ambience5
    Food was really salty but the service was excellent.
  36. JB

    JeffB

    San Diego

    9 reviews

    4.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on September 4, 2022

    overall4food4service3ambience4
    This is one of the best restaurants in Denver been twice now and every time the food is amazing
  37. O

    Oohl

    Canberra

    29 reviews

    5.0

    29 reviews

    Dined on September 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    omilord, could not have asked for a more perfect dinner and service than this! Loved the Four Square Vegetarian dinner. Big hearts... we were here several years ago from Australia and returned to be equally impressed.
  38. CV

    ClaudiaV

    Denver

    28 reviews

    4.0

    28 reviews

    Dined on September 3, 2022

    overall4food4service3ambience4
    We have been coming to Rioja for many years and were disappointed this time. The service is usually outstanding and very attentive. This was not the case this time. Our server was often nowhere to be seen and we waited for a long time to give in our orders. Water and bread service were very attentive! Food was good but not the high standard it used to be. The cold cantaloupe coconut soup was literally a few spoons poured in a soup plate. The manager that day seemed a little flustered and overwhelmed. However, we will not give up in Rioja, as we have experienced some fantastic meals there.
  39. JC

    JoeCDenver

    Denver

    24 reviews

    5.0

    24 reviews

    Dined on September 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This was my third time at Rioja so I’m working my way through the menu. I hit upon the sourdough tagliatelle with braised rabbit in a meyer lemon cream sauce that was simply spectacular. My date had the artichoke tortelloni that was equally unique and delectable. Finish with goat cheese and fig begniet with a port wine reduction, and you’ve had the perfect meal. Cheers again to Chef Jen and the staff at Rioja.
  40. AP

    AmandaP

    Oklahoma City

    15 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on September 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Outstanding experience and food! Great happy hour prices too. Go eat here. You won’t regret it.

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
    • Contactless payment available
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
    • Staff is vaccinated

FAQs

Rioja offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (303) 820-2282.

Rioja is rated 4.7 stars by 9108 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 43 times today

Order delivery or takeout

Google Map for Rioja

1431 Larimer Street, Denver, CO 80202

Additional information

  • Cross street

    15th St; Larimer St

  • Neighborhood

    Downtown / LoDo

  • Hours of operation

    Brunch Sat, Sun 10:00 am–2:30 pm Lunch Mon–Fri 11:00 am–2:30 pm Dinner Daily 4:00 pm–10:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    Mediterranean, Fusion / Eclectic

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Parking details

    Valet available on Larimer Square each night of the week for dinner, $10 off with Rioja validation.A parking garage is located directly behind the restaurant on Market Street. Street parking is available throughout Larimer Square.

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Carte Blanche, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive chef

    Jennifer Jasinski

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Chef's Table, Cocktails, Counter Seating, Delivery, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

  • Phone number

    (303) 820-2282

  • Catering

    Whatever the occasion, Crafted Concepts has a venue and menu to exceed your expectations. We truly thrive on creating custom events and exciting experiences – the only limit is your imagination!

  • Private party facilities

    The culinary prowess of James Beard award winner, Jennifer Jasinski, is highlighted at every meal served by the talented Rioja staff. A Mediterranean menu with local, seasonal influences is served in semi-private or restaurant-wide events from 20 to 150 handled with Rioja’s award-winning expertise.

  • Private party contact

    Crafted Concepts Events Team: (855) 396-3998

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