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Rioja, Denver, CO

Rioja

4.7
4.7
10187 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 p.m.


Booked 65 times today
Experiences are available.

Additional information

  • Dining style
    Casual Elegant
  • Price
    $31 to $50
  • 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: (720) 608-8559
  • Neighbourhood
    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, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Experiences

  • Taste of India

    US$130.00 per person

    Prepaid

    Jul 17, 2024 only
    In celebration of the 40th anniversary of Denver's Sister City relationship with Chennai, India, Rioja is honored to welcome four-time James Beard nominated guest chef Hari Pulapaka as we explore a Taste of India! A portion of proceeds will be donated to Denver Sister Cities International. Passed Hors d'oeuvres First Course -Chaat, roasted beets, spiced garbanzo, strawberry, tamarind-date reduction, jalapeño-cilantro pistou, tomato salsa Second Course -Assorted pakoras and kebabs, chutney Third Course -Coconut-crusted fish, curry leaves, lentil upma, meen moilee, fresh herb salad Fourth Course -Squash kofta, fragrant rice, roti, butter chicken sauce, radish salad Dessert -Warm carrot and beet halva, cashew tuille, pistachio ice cream

What 10,187 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
  • 4.6Ambience
  • 4.4Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Denver / Colorado

    Mediterranean

10,187 Reviews
  1. MadeleineB

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 1 day ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    This was one of the best meals I've had in a long time! The servers were extremely helpful in navigating and recommending from the menu, and each of our entree choices (2 pastas and the grilled octopus) was extremely unique and orefectly balanced in flavor. The bread basket was also a delicious surprise and I enjoyed trying all 3 bread options.

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    New York City

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Eat here as often as you can, order the artichoke tortelloni, amazing

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  3. WillE

    Columbus

    11 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Amazing food, with a lot of thought. Service is warm and impeccable.

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  4. msm53

    Washington DC

    23 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    23 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Rioja remains a favorite special dinner spot! The food is consistently excellent, both in presentation and taste! Service is also top notch! Our server, Jeremiah did a great job meeting our needs & was extremely welcoming!!

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  5. OpenTable Diner

    Detroit

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We went to Tioja to celebrate a birthday and it did not disappoint. Our server, Jeremiah, was gracious and helpful. We started with wine and apps - house salad and goat cheese tart. We dined on short ribs and artichoke ravioli. All of it was fabulous. Ended with cocktails and angel food cake with coconut ice cream. It exceeded expectations. Exemplary service and attention. Understated, gracious. Heartily recommend !

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  6. TheresaU

    Orlando

    14 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    14 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The food, service and location were all wonderful.

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  7. OpenTable Diner

    Denver

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Everything about it was awesome. We loved our server Humberto, he went above and beyond!!!

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  8. AndrewS

    San Francisco

    12 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Our server Sam B. was fantastic! Her wine and food knowledge are exceptional and her service was outstanding. She’s gold for the restaurant. Top notch experience all around.

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  9. OpenTable Diner

    Houston

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 5
    Food and drinks were absolutely fantastic but the server didn’t seem too interested in taking care of us. Appetizer took a long time so we assume it was rung in late, about 20 min past ordering everything server came back and needed to be reminded what we ordered. First round of drinks were empty for a long time before we were asked if we’d like another, asked for a straw and never got one, overall felt like the back servers were the ones really taking care of us. We don’t usually complain but we looked forward to dining at a James Beard winning restaurant and were very disappointed by the level of service.

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  10. OpenTable Diner

    Denver

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 1
    A Denver-based friend recommended this rest. During my visit to Denver. This eldest really disappointed me. The service was mediocre. The server was nice but his appreciation of the details of the menu was poor. He repeatedly used the term “good acidity” for all dishes. The bacon appetiser was horrible. It was overcooked, dry, and stringy and had no taste. DO NOT ORDER! The porc chop was better but nothing to write home about. We had to request bread on three occasions to receive a slice. The goat cheese puff pastry was good. The other two types were tasteless. The wine was ok but the bottle was not presented and I was not asked to taste before it was poured. It came in a glass from the bar. We sat outside. My chair was over a vent hole and I regularly received spurts of steam and heat. Overall, terribly disappointing for my only night in Denver.

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FAQs

Rioja is rated 4.7 stars by 10187 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 p.m.


Booked 65 times today
Experiences are available.
Google Map for Rioja

1431 Larimer Street, Denver, CO 80202

Additional information

  • Cross Street
    15th St; Larimer St
  • Neighbourhood
    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
  • Price
    $31 to $50
  • 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, 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: (720) 608-8559
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