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Rioja, Denver, CO
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Rioja

4.8
4.8
8905 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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Booked 69 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 8,905 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

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

NoiseModerate

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  1. V

    Vinu

    Chicago

    38 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    38 reviews

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall4food5service4ambience4

    Food was very good - really enjoyed it; The wine list is comprehensive but I made the error of choosing the 2012 Urbino - very pedestrian. Maybe replace it with a nice Priorat like the Black Slate please…….

  2. t

    temujin

    Denver

    61 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    61 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food4service5ambience4

    Still a very nice restaurant with a small but very good Mediterranean menu. One of the better restaurants in Larimer square and downtown.

  3. a

    ashen

    Denver

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Loved our meal. Food and drinks were excellent. Wait staff was outstanding! Great experience!

  4. W

    Walead

    Denver

    7 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Great spot, loved their brunch today

  5. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Denver

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Every aspect of our meal was perfection. I have never had a bad or even slightly disappointing meal here

  6. AN

    AmyN

    Portland

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    The food was incredible matched by impeccable service! Love this place. Perfect for a date night or special occasion.

  7. PT

    PeggyT

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Quality ingredients well prepared and beautifully presented. The halibut and artichoke tortilini were outstanding. Don’t forget dessert.

  8. AV

    AmaliaV

    Washington DC

    15 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    15 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Food was absolutely exquisite! The artichoke tortellini was recommended by the waitress and I’m so glad she said that. Sadly I only got the half portion and immediately wished I had the full portion. Can’t wait to go back!

  9. LS

    LauraS

    Denver

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience4

    We sat outside on a nice warm night. The staff was excellent and very accommodating. The scallops were cooked to perfection and the risotto was fresh and fantastic. Thanks for a wonderful experience!

  10. JB

    JerryB

    Denver

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    This place has a great, classy atmosphere and the food and service is excellent.

  11. BD

    BarbaraD

    Naples

    9 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on May 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    The service and the food was outstanding! My Artichoke ravioli was to die for! The cocktails were delicious. I cant wait to return.

  12. P

    Paul

    San Francisco

    5 reviews

    4.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on May 16, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4

    The dining room is elegant but the bathroom decor is dark, creepy and bizarre. Please change it immediately!!!

  13. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on May 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Birthday. Excellent dinner and they have nice little touches of celebrating something!

  14. A

    Asenka

    Los Angeles

    38 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    38 reviews

    Dined on May 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Excellent food and service! Was great that menu offers half portions and wine list has half glasses of wine.

  15. KB

    KatB

    Denver

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    I love Rioja. I have been going here for 10+ years and have never had a bad meal or bad service.

  16. J

    Jeff

    Phoenix

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Got my rez earlier. Amazing table outside. Great ambience, service, and food was on point.

  17. JF

    JodiF

    Denver

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on May 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    What a great meal - everything about Rioja is special. The ambiance, the food, the wine and cocktail selection are all fantastic. We had a gluten free person with us and the staff brought out crackers with the bread so the person didn't feel denied. We ordered the octopus and steak and both were fantastic! We also asked for wine pairings from the server and her recommendations for each meal were spot on. We finished with beautiful desserts that tasted as good as they looked! Overall, it was a special meal in a special restaurant and we will definitely be back!

  18. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Seattle

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on May 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Beautiful place with delicious food. Highly recommend for date night

  19. SW

    SusanW

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 14, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience3

    Food and Wait staff great. So very loud inside tho. Probably less so if we had sat outdoors. Would still recommend!

  20. JK

    JohnK

    Denver

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 13, 2022

    overall4food3service5ambience5

    Great restaurant. Dayana, our server, was spectacular! Gnocchi was great, but the duck breast was a bit tough and stringy.

  21. AP

    AmyP

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 12, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience4

    Nick was wonderful and had recommendations for food and for wine pairings. A large table near us was very loud which did detract a bit, but the fresh bacon and artichoke tortellini both lived up to the recommendation.

  22. TC

    TonyC

    Denver

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on May 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Rioja never fails with superb food and first class service. One of my favorites in Denver.

  23. A

    Allyssa

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Wonderful dinner, would return. Upon arriving for our reservation the host knew it was my partners birthday, and offered us 2 table options because one was more quiet. We were in and out in under an hour and a half because the service was so quick, but didn’t feel rushed. They truly view food as art, you won’t be disappointed. That’s difficult to find in Denver especially for the price. The portions aren’t big, they’re smaller and that’s perfect. You’re supposed to have an appetizer, an entree, and a dessert. And I’m still thinking about the dessert.

  24. AC

    AmberC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Great dining experience! Service was beyond excellent, food was deliciously prepared and artistically presented. Had the tasting menu and was not disappointed. Definitely on the higher priced side, but the experience makes up for it.

  25. JB

    JoanneB

    Denver

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on May 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Incredible food and lunch is a great deal! Terrific service and ambience

  26. DJ

    DivyaJ

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    This was one of the best restaurants I've been to in Denver in a while. Everything was delicious and the value for pricing was one of the best in the city. Highly recommend for a special night out!

  27. TC

    TC46

    Denver

    40 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    40 reviews

    Dined on May 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Mother’s Day

  28. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Denver

    228 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    228 reviews

    Dined on May 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    We had an early dinner on Mother’s Day. The drinks, appetizers, entrees and desserts were all fabulous. What stood out was the excellent service . Ernesto was very professional, yet personable, knowledgeable and friendly. He knew the menu well and was able to answer our questions. He had the perfect energy to make sure we were taken care of, yet he gave us time to linger and relax, so we didn’t feel rushed. The hostess at the front, plus all the assistants that came to our table were equally friendly and attentive. Needless to say, the combination of food and service made for a wonderful evening.

  29. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Denver

    4 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on May 8, 2022

    overall2food3service1ambience4

    Server was less than courteous, and more interested about taking his break. Entrees served before drinks arrived, one which had to be ordered from the bar since our server was a complete no show. A true disappointment particularly on Mother’s Day.

  30. G

    Gregg

    Denver

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on May 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Friendly and helpful servers. Great food, man. Not trendy, but up to date. Vegetarian-friendly. We go there for special occasions now and then. Always good!!!

  31. JV

    JulieV

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 7, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4

    The vegetarian option was excellent. My husband loved the grilled octopus. The picnic board was good, but I would have preferred a plainer cracker whose flavor competed less with the other cheeses. That is a very minor quibble though. My husband also was pleased the bar was stocked enough to serve him a Rusty Nail.

  32. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 7, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    great good and server was excellent

  33. BM

    BaronMarbot

    Denver

    37 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    37 reviews

    Dined on May 6, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Wonderful food and service!! Even came back for Dessert

  34. LH

    LisaH

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 6, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5

    I had the halibut and my husband had the duck- wonderful meal

  35. SW

    SarahW

    Denver

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Fantastic as always! I love bringing loved ones here for birthdays. The mini ice cream cones with birthday cake flavored ice cream is such a fun treat!

  36. SG

    StevenG

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Food and service was outstanding. If you are visiting Denver which we were from Boston, don't miss Rioja.

  37. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Hawaii

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    We had an amazing time and service was wonderful highly recommended

  38. MA

    MAKEMM

    Denver

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 5, 2022

    overall3food3service4ambience4

    It was okay and fancy though not worth the price. There are better places to eat that do not break the bank.

  39. FD

    FrequentDiner

    Miami

    93 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    93 reviews

    Dined on May 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    great food. service took a while but place was busy.

  40. RO

    RadarOBrien

    Chicago

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on May 2, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Had a great downtown business lunch. Great food and quiet enough to have good convos.

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 8905 OpenTable diners.

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

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Booked 69 times today

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Takeout from OpenTableNew

Accepting orders for today at 4:00 PM

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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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