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Rioja, Denver, CO
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Rioja

4.8
4.8
9062 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 59 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 9,062 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

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

4.8
4.8 based on recent ratings
  • 4.8Food
  • 4.7Service
  • 4.7Ambience
  • 4.5Value

NoiseModerate

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  1. D

    Dynamite

    New York Area

    66 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    66 reviews

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Our second visit to Rioja and we were impressed again by the quality of the food and service. The ambiance is lovely but spoiled by the lack of dress code…folks wandering in from Larimer Square in tee shirts, baseball hats and the like have a right to dress the way they want but it sure spoils the vibe of an otherwise lovely place..
  2. JS

    JimS

    Denver

    7 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We’ve always had wonderful meals at Rioja and our latest visit confirmed this is still true! Interesting food preparations/ the scallop appetizer and lamb loin were special! The service was impeccable. Still a wonderful place for a special dinner!
  3. S

    Stephen

    Philadelphia

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food at Rioja was interesting, inventive and tasty. Our waiter, I wish I recalled his name (new guy, haled from Philly) was so great. He made so many suggestions all of which we found spot-on. Would have our meal all over again tonight if we could.
  4. W

    Will

    New England

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We thoroughly enjoyed our meal at Rioja from start to finish. Great wine selection, seafood dishes, and service. We'll be back!
  5. SL

    ShaLaceyB

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing food and service. Every course was thoughtfully created.
  6. R

    Rambo

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Rioja is one of the best restaurants I have been to in years.
  7. R

    Rich

    Denver

    17 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    17 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall3food3service4ambience4
    Birthday for daughter
  8. DB

    DennisB

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food was excellent, service was excellent. We enjoyed the bartender’s knowledge and friendly service.
  9. LS

    LisaS

    Denver

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    A fabulous restaurant that always delivers a great experience
  10. I

    Izzy

    Denver

    57 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    57 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall3food3service5ambience4
    We decided ambiance would be more enjoyable inside. Waitstaff very attentive and nice. Both our dinners were very salty and we left with that taste for the evening.
  11. M

    Mary

    Denver

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service3ambience5
    The food is always good but it was amazing tonight.
  12. M

    Mallgirl

    Hawaii

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I brought a friend from Sweden and it was a lovely way to show case Denver for lunch.
  13. AB

    AnnB

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Everything about the restaurant, the service, the food, the ambience was marvelous.
  14. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Detroit

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on August 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent. We will most certainly visit the next time we are in Denver.
  15. e

    erin

    Charlotte

    8 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on August 10, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    I thought it was just ok. Overpriced for what it was. Not sure I’ll go back. Portions are tiny.
  16. MR

    MeganR

    San Francisco

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on August 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I thoroughly enjoyed the artichoke tortelloni and salmon crudo, as well as the oopsy daisy unique take on a margarita. Wonderful ambiance and excellent service to boot. Will be returning!
  17. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Dallas

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on August 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    My daughter and I were in town and decided to try out Rioja for dinner. The experience was spectacular, our server was knowledgeable, attentive and personable. He also made great recommendations. We had the charcuterie board to start. My daughter had their infamous Artichoke Tortellini, which was sooooo perfect! I had the vegetarian four squares which changes by the season. For dessert we had a Lemon blueberry sponge cake, which was so light and yummy! Will definitely be back again to try other seasonal highlights!
  18. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    The service was very good.
  19. DC

    DawnC

    Denver

    13 reviews

    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on August 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We did a progressive dinner downtown to celebrate our daughter's birthday and ended the evening at Rioja for dessert. As usual, we were very pleased with the quality of the food and the presentation. We were also very impressed with our friendly server.
  20. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Nashville

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent in every way!!
  21. s

    steved

    Denver

    20 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    20 reviews

    Dined on August 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Always a hit for lunch for me, nice variety and pleasant setting. The focaccia avocado toast is my go to, nicely seasoned and about the right size for lunch. If you have the time to relax and take in a drink there is some really good people watching on Larimer too!
  22. NL

    NancyL

    Denver

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 7, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Creative seasonal cocktails and dishes, beautifully presented, attentive service and of course those fabulous rosemary goat cheese biscuits we LOVE - RIOJA has always been a Larimer Square favorite for us!
  23. SC

    SaraC

    Calgary

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on August 7, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    My teen and I had a wonderful experience during a Saturday night dinner. The service was friendly and attentive without being intrusive. Our waiter was professional yet fun. The drinks menu included mocktails, hand crafted cocktails and a wine list with options at every price point. The food was delicious and we would certainly visit again.
  24. RS

    RachaelS

    Denver

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on August 6, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We often visit Vegas for the high class variety restaurants and Rioja ranks right up there with the best Vegas has to offer! We tried all 4 pasta dishes, the Tri Tip, Pork Chop and the beignets and can’t wait to return. Excellent service and ambience in an amazing location
  25. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Denver

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 6, 2022

    overall3food2service2ambience3
    Our server was new and very overwhelmed without appropriate support. We had to chase someone down after waiting a long time after our meals were served for wine. And that took forever. My halibut was a bit dry, it wasn’t awful but for a $300 meal not what you would expect.
  26. MM

    MichaelM

    Caribbean

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 6, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    When you walk into the restaurant the first thing you see is the bar and it looked like a typical place you might see anyplace but when you are escorted to your table it is like you are in a beautiful well thought out place. The dining experience was second to none. The wait staff was impeccable. From making sure every place setting was perfect to taking care of your every need. Everyone's tastes are different so I can only comment on what we had. The arugula and date salad was great. We had the four squares which consisted of 4 different tasting dishes also great. That changes daily based on the fresh ingredients available that day. The artichoke tortelloni with goat cheese was beyond amazing. You will have to be the judge but this is not a place to be missed.
  27. LH

    LeftHand

    Denver

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on August 6, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Hadn’t been here since before COVID. Went before a DCPA show and found everything so delightful-food was yummy, service attentive, just a lovely environment.
  28. SM

    SuzanneM

    Washington DC

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 6, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    What Amazon food and five star service. That was the best service I’ve ever had in a restaurant. The fig beignets were the best dessert I’ve ever had!
  29. DD

    DestinDad

    St. Louis

    34 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    34 reviews

    Dined on August 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    WOW! Exceptionally well prepared foodie experience!! James Beard quality in every bite!! Our new favorite worldwide restaurant!!
  30. RG

    RandiG

    Denver

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Highly recommend. Service with Scott was exceptional. Food was outstanding and presented like a work of art .
  31. f

    foodcritic

    Denver

    41 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    41 reviews

    Dined on August 4, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    We had a very good early dinner before the theater. The gnocchi with mushrooms was excellent. Their selection of beverages seems to be not as good as before the pandemic (for example they no longer have their signature grapefruit granitas and their beer selection this time was pretty ordinary). Service was excellent and they still have their wonderful selection of breads.
  32. c

    coljack

    Las Vegas

    33 reviews

    5.0

    33 reviews

    Dined on August 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We are returning, post pandemic, to downtown Denver for dinner before shows and concerts. Many of our favorites have disappointed us as a result of staff shortages and/or changes. Rioja is as great as ever. Chef Jen's food is still terrific with some old favorites (artichoke tortelloni) and some new twists. Every course was marvelous. Service was friendly and professional. I would like to see a few more choices for wine by the glass. If you haven't been lately. you should know that the scene outside on Larimar is very different. Lots of imbibbing passers-by and extremely loud, nearby, electronic music, make the patio a not very pleasant experience. Nice and quiet and calm inside, though. Rioja may be the best restaurant experience in downtown Denver now.
  33. RH

    RolandH

    Washington DC

    94 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    94 reviews

    Dined on August 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Awesome as always. Had the Artichoke Tortelloni and it was superb. My friend loved his Lamb Burger. Waiter Troy was great; professional and friendly.
  34. LR

    LisaR

    Portland

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Rioja was excellent in all ways! I would recommend highly.
  35. AR

    AnnaR

    Nashville

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 3, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    Cool spot, great cocktails and food. Service was fantastic!
  36. JS

    JohnS

    Chicago

    23 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    23 reviews

    Dined on August 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Everything from the first specialty cocktail was fantastic. Love the menu and service was outstanding.
  37. D

    Delicious

    Denver

    15 reviews

    5.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on August 2, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Unbelievable meal. We had the appetizer size portion of the gnocchi with shitake mushrooms and pesto, and I loved tri-tip entree.
  38. GD

    GaryD

    Denver

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 2, 2022

    overall3food4service2ambience3
    I ordered a watermelon cocktail and my wife ordered a no alcohol cranberry cocktail since she don't drink alcohol. I don't know who messed up the order. It ended up they brought my wife the watermelon cocktail and brought me the no alcohol one. Since both of the drinks are very light, we couldn't tell the mistake in the beginning until my wife felt dizzy. We asked the waitress which is what and then found out they served wrong drinks. They also served the dishes to the wrong person.
  39. CY

    CariY

    Orlando

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 2, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Our waitress, Jessica, was excellent. She had a great sense of humor and was very gracious about letting us take our time.
  40. MJ

    MichelleJ

    New Mexico

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 1, 2022

    overall3food5service1ambience5
    We were so disappointed with the main waitress. She was not interactive and didnt acknowledge my birthday. Also the manager did not return my call. There were so many other great servers. If this had been our first visit we would not return.

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 4.8 stars by 9062 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 59 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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