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Rioja, Denver, CO
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Rioja

4.8
4.8
8974 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 72 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 8,974 people are saying

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

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  1. CO

    CarolynO

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had a lovely dinner at Rioja. Everything we had was delicious and service was good. You can tell there was a lot of thought and care behind each dish. They delivered on perfectly executed food with nice flavor profiles.
  2. C

    Cate

    New England

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall2food5service3ambience4
    Food was very good. Not offered bread - bread server offered to guests to immediate left and right. Not offered dessert menu. My dinner partner waiting to use restroom was asked by a bread person if she wanted a roll the restaurant couldn’t sell. Weird! Why ask at all? Even if wanted it she was going into restroom. Weird!
  3. G

    Gourmand

    Denver

    146 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    146 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    Love this place! This time, we got extra special service from a delightful young man, Tarius... It was a pleasure to ve served by him. Thank you!
  4. IC

    IanC

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall2food1service5ambience4
    Our server was great but the overall dining experience was very poor. Here are the major issues: 1. Tasting menu reduced to 4 courses (used to be 5-7) with half size portions but at a price that is higher than ordering full size portions individually. Makes zero sense. 2. The halibut was vile. 3. The barutta was mediocre and the garnish pairings, which used to be such a strong suit, weren't well suited aside from the orange. 4. The rabbit pasta dish was lukewarm. 5. The after-dinner coffee was room temperature. I have had transcendent meals here before but if this is the direction they are going under new management, this was my last visit.
  5. A

    Arizonan

    Phoenix

    67 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    67 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We were there for our anniversary
  6. JV

    JimV

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Our waiter, Joe did a great job. Food was spectacular
  7. ST

    SandyT

    Denver

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    We shared several appetizers. The smoked burrata, campache, were both playful on the palate wirh beautiful presentation. But the bacon appetizer with is actually braised pork belly, really no bacon qualities at all was flavorful served in a rich broth with a bean puree was rather one dimentional in flavor. The 2 pasta courses ... artichoke tortelini was sublime...outstanding and delicious! The spring risotto was exellently prepared and had great flavor. Entrees: the tri-tip and pork chop had very good flavor and were very tender. But the octopus stood above the rest with artistic presentation, excellent preparation and exciting taste. Desert however, sadly was a letdown. While the peanut butter tart was good, the lemon blueberry dessert was completely lacking in execution...served with bruleed sponge cake. The sponge cake was dry, flat in flavor and stale. The ice cream served on top was melted to the point of being just a sauce. We mentioned this disappointment to the server...he smiled and agreed it shouldn't be served like that and promptly did nothing about it. We felt this was arrogant and unsympathetic. A sour end too an otherwise great experience.
  8. NM

    NicholasM

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    A very nice place to eat and relax. I enjoyed my time there.
  9. P

    Patrick

    Orlando

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    everything was on point, I've been here multiple times and keep coming back
  10. U

    Umamimommy

    Los Angeles

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing food at reasonable prices
  11. CB

    ChrisB

    Phoenix

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on June 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing food, one of the best meals I’ve had this year. Love that they do half portions of pasta. Scallops were amazing, order the bacon appetizer.
  12. a

    amyt

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 29, 2022

    overall1food5service4ambience1
    Fantastic food. This is not fine dining. It's a family restaurant. Very noisy children were present. And all misbehaving children are apparently welcome
  13. FW

    FranklinWhitmores

    Nashville

    25 reviews

    5.0

    25 reviews

    Dined on June 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wonderful anniversary dinner. Special in every way and at every course. Highly recommend.
  14. S

    Slait

    Denver

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 28, 2022

    overall4food4service3ambience5
    My wife and I have been to Rioja several times over the years, usually in celebration of our anniversary, so we have a pretty good idea of what to expect. First, the food is typically exemplary and the primary reason we've been there so many times. We were there again this year and the food was still excellent, though with the risotto the rice was a bit underdone and crunchy. Apart from that though, the tortellini was delicious and the lamb was lovely. There were a couple of things that stood out for me this go around though that may make me rethink next years choice. The first is that the menu is largely the same as it is every year. I get keeping signature dishes on the menu, but I also like when the owners keep things fresh and mix it up a bit. Perhaps by following what is currently in season or rooted in ingredients found locally. The second thing was I did mention on the reservation that the occasion was our anniversary, and while the greeter did mention it as we were being seated, the server made no mention or recognition of it. That was disappointing. When choosing a restaurant for celebrating an event it's nice to have that recognized and not feeling like it's just another meal out. All in all it was very good and I would still recommend it especially if you've never been there, but there are some chinks in the armor that might need a bit more attention.
  15. MR

    MelissaR

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    So yummy! We had great service and the food was great. It was wonderful all around.
  16. JM

    JohnM

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Joe was a terrific server. The Rioja salad and chicken entrées were delicious. Just an outstanding evening.
  17. TT

    TerryT

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 27, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience4
    Wonderful location, could have used a few more servers as we had to wait quite awhile to get our check. Parking anywhere around Larimer Square is always difficult. However, I would definitely take an out of towner here and point out the reason Larimer Square exists is because of Dana Crawford.
  18. BW

    BobW

    Denver

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food fun with the table next to us without knowing them. we were both their for our wedding anniversary
  19. KM

    KerryM

    Denver

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on June 26, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    I had dinner with a friend who went to culinary school so really enjoys an innovative menu. The ambiance and service was great. Every server explained their dish in detail. Neither of us usually have bread but the homemade bread baked with Lavender and another with Goat Cheese were so good that we each had 2 pieces. I also felt like our server was super friendly and did not over sell us on getting the tasting menu or a bunch of drinks. We did our own tasting menu- started with the crudo, then the scallops, the 1/2 portion risotto and then finished up with the halibut. Everything was delicious. We will be back!
  20. DW

    DenverWannabeFoodie

    Denver

    11 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on June 25, 2022

    overall2food5service2ambience2
    Not really impressed with being hurried out the door. No ask if we wanted second drinks, no ask if we wanted more bread. Our waiter was nice but this place has become a churn and burn.
  21. FN

    FancyNancy

    Denver

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on June 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I had the seafood crepes and they were delicious. Others in my party had the Eggs Benedict and they loved them. Umberto was such a kind, efficient, helpful waiter! Great suggestions he gave us and not pushy. A wonderful smile and demeanor! I was so pleased because the restaurant was my choice and my friends loved it. timely not pushed to make it to the theater on time!
  22. CJ

    CarlJ

    Denver

    35 reviews

    5.0

    35 reviews

    Dined on June 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Excellent as always
  23. L

    Lori

    Denver

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on June 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Really enjoyed our meal and the wait staff was terrific!
  24. j

    jennifern

    Denver

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on June 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Not very loud, small, dimly lit. Amazing food! Great service!
  25. KT

    KarrinT

    San Diego

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on June 24, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Unfortunately I can't remember our servers name but he was great! The food was yummy and they were very accommodating with our reservation. We sat outside which was very nice
  26. p

    psumel180

    Washington DC

    21 reviews

    4.0

    21 reviews

    Dined on June 23, 2022

    overall4food5service2ambience5
    The food and wait staff was wonderful. As several have already mentioned the scallops were delicious and we both thoroughly enjoyed our meals and drinks. Our waitress was kind and attentive. The reason I marked down the service has nothing to do with her and I would give her 5 stars. Unfortunately, part of the service includes the hostess. As we were walking in we made eye contact with the hostess and when she looked at us she walked away. We waited 5 minutes for her to return to the hostess stand and then she pretended that she couldn't find our reservation. I did not think much of it at the time other than she was probably new and learning the system. However, the really offensive and hurtful part came from her supervisor. We had a wonderful evening as it was our first date night since COVID and as we walked out the supervisor said "thanks for coming and please don't ever come back because we don't serve people like you" I can't even begin to explain how devastated I was to hear someone say that to us especially at what appeared to be an otherwise nice establishment. I have no idea what we could have done to offend them and the only critique I could give would be that we were dressed nice but casual. In either event we were not cheap with our orders or tip to merit such a rude response as we were leaving. While I loved the experience otherwise, I cannot support or condone such behavior. I hope that someone from management actually reads this review and has a serious conversation with her regarding how to properly engage with customers. To reiterate this was not the new girl working but her supervisor who said this to us, so also not setting a very good example for those who are being trained.
  27. DD

    DiningDinks

    Denver

    115 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    115 reviews

    Dined on June 23, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    The portions seemed to have shrunk as with a lot of restaurants. We are getting tired of these extra pandemic charges and is why we do not go out to eat as often. But overall, still a wonderful pre-theater experience. Rioja still rocks on Larimar Street!
  28. CB

    CarieB

    San Francisco

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on June 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    What a great dining experience. The food was outstanding as well as the wait staff. We can see why the chef was recognized by the James Beard Foundation. Great ambiance and did I say the food was outstanding! If you’re in Denver this is a must. In the trendy Larimer Square and quite an experience. Loved it.
  29. j

    j123

    San Francisco

    11 reviews

    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on June 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Delicious food and great service!
  30. KS

    KathrinS

    Denver

    12 reviews

    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on June 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Fabulous food and service. Their homemade bread is the best made in-house.
  31. V

    Vivi

    Washington DC

    7 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on June 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food is AMAZING and the wine selection is as well. Order the gnocchi and the tortellini for sure! Service was 5 star! :)
  32. VM

    VickiM

    Denver

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on June 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    The food is insanely good! Although the menu is not extensive, there is something for everyone, and they obviously focus on doing what they do exquisitely well. Our server, Diana, was amazing with service and recommendations, and the other workers were Johnny on the spot with drinks. Unfortunately, the three of us were seated next to a table of 8 or so very loud men, so until their food came, it was loud. I wish restaurants would do a better job of isolating large groups.
  33. M

    Mike

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 20, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience3
    Good food, great service. Portions are a little on the smaller side for the price - even for an upscale restaurant. Bathroom was very dirty. Scallops were a bit on the gritty side.
  34. W

    Walido

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on June 20, 2022

    overall3food3service2ambience3
    Disappointing service … quite slow; they miss checking on the table. Over priced.
  35. t

    terim

    San Francisco

    10 reviews

    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on June 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    What a fantastic summer evening on the patio. From the second we walked in the door - every interaction with a staff member was friendly , professional and enthusiastic. Our waiter was a champion for his job - he made us want to try everything on the menu! Ritchie was exceptional. One of my favorite things at Rioja are the variations of fresh bread and amazing butter. We tried Several things on the menu - can’t wait to go back and try more. So happy that we have such a beautiful local establishment that is well staffed with people that love their jobs and are very good at it It made the whole dining experience very memorable
  36. l

    lionheartkc

    Kansas City

    75 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    75 reviews

    Dined on June 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    The food was excellent and our waiter was top notch. It is a little pricey but worth it.
  37. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Denver

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on June 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Nich was an amazing waiter! Great food and drinks, never felt rushed and they know how to cook a steak.
  38. WF

    WinterF

    Phoenix

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on June 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We dined outside and everything including service was top notch!
  39. C

    Chris

    Hawaii

    9 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on June 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fabulous food and drinks, can’t wait to go back!
  40. R

    Rae12

    Las Vegas

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on June 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food was terrific! Very nice experience and we will go back

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 8974 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 72 times today

Order delivery or takeout

Takeout from OpenTableNew

Accepting orders for today at 4:00 PM

Start takeout order
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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