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Rioja, Denver, CO
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This restaurant now offers Takeout

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Rioja

4.7
4.7
9241 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 64 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 9,241 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. AD

    AnneD

    London

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined today

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wonderful restaurant with friendly and professional service. Excellent food! Noise level was a bit high for us, but still an enjoyable evening.
  2. LM

    LynnM

    Denver

    39 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    39 reviews

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    What delicious food! Had never been but will definitely return to try other dishes. Excellent choices - I suspect anything that you order would be great here.
  3. H

    Happy

    Las Vegas

    10 reviews

    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Everything was delightful!
  4. F

    Foodie

    New York Area

    13 reviews

    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Loved everything about Rioja: Happy Hour, variety of appetizers for dinner, bread, dessert, and Happy Birthday treat. Staff was very welcoming. TY.
  5. OT

    OrieT

    Denver

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The service was impeccable. We enjoyed every course. I would recommend the Octopus!
  6. M

    Mike

    Pittsburgh

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wonderful place. Everything is perfect. Can’t wait to return.
  7. AB

    AmeliaB

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    My husband and I went here for a fun night out and it was fantastic! The Tortellini and fig and goat cheese tart were incredible
  8. BP

    BethPS

    Denver

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Excellent creative and varied food options. Wonderful 20th anniversary choice.
  9. AT

    AndrewT

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall2food1service2ambience4
    My wife ordered the acorn squash and ravioli. The pasta was dry and hard. I order the Gnocchi and it too was dry. I was very much wanting more of the delicious sauce that came with it.
  10. JE

    JEFFREYM

    Denver

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    All the good reviews were right. Great food, great service.
  11. ML

    MiguelL

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    It was a great experience, first time there. Definitely coming back.
  12. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Tampa

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food was spectacular, the service was very friendly and also knowledgeable. They answered all of our questions and made wonderful recommendations that did not disappoint. I cannot wait to go back. One of the best meals/dining experiences I’ve had in a while.
  13. f

    foodie

    Denver

    24 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    24 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent dinner as always! Friends joined us for their first experience at Rioja and they were wowed!
  14. DB

    DouglasB

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    great late lunch, friendly staff, always enjoy Rioja
  15. LA

    LuigiA

    Yosemite

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wow, fantastic experience Our waiter was very patient and his recommendations were Killer
  16. 8

    8outagain

    Denver

    10 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on November 28, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Our food was excellent. What shocked us the $21 for a cocktail!
  17. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great restaurant, food and service were fantastic. We were there to celebrate our engagement and everything was perfect.
  18. D

    Dude

    Denver

    14 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on November 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Delicious food, different menu items, wonderful service and even the bread and little bailouts they bring to the gables were amazing. We will be going back
  19. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great atmosphere, service and food
  20. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Orlando

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on November 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Best restaurant I’ve eaten at in a very long time - amazing food and service.
  21. EP

    EricaP

    Dallas

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 27, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    Great food and ambiance. Wish the portions were larger.
  22. S

    Sandstorm

    Denver

    35 reviews

    5.0

    35 reviews

    Dined on November 27, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience4
    Service is exemplary. Food is unique and very flavorful. Humberto was very knowledgeable and careful with all aspects of the service. Goat cheese tart is a perfect start. Saffron fettuccine with duck sausage was an amazing balance of peppers, onion and sausage. The saffron in the pasta is the right background note. Perhaps diners should be advised that the sausage is quite spicy and likely not to all tastes. Rioja is one of the few restaurants serving espresso correctly with lumps of raw sugar and a twist of lemon. A perfect end to the meal.
  23. HA

    HA11

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The service was impeccable. We felt very welcomed and well-taken care of. I do not remember our server's name but he was honestly the best server I've ever had. The food was amazing as well. The drinks were memorable. I can't wait to return!
  24. D

    Defento

    Seattle

    101 reviews

    5.0

    101 reviews

    Dined on November 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Rioja remains our family’s ladies’ Black Friday tradition. Never fails!! Glad to see the duck has returned!
  25. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    1 review

    vip
    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 24, 2022

    overall3food4service5ambience3
    The tortellini was outstanding and the beet salad (especially the cheese) was incredible. I could have done without the fried outer shell of the halibut, but the red sauce was good. The lemon and blueberries was the best dessert I’ve ever had, and I have eaten at two different Mstar restaurants.
  26. JS

    JolandaS

    New York Area

    9 reviews

    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on November 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Absolutely delicious. The aroma inside was exquisite, and the food superb. Definitely fit for a foodie !
  27. AP

    AP43

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on November 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Service impeccable. Food beyond expectations.
  28. FP

    FrederickP

    Denver

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on November 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Justin provided excellent service as usual to go along with wonderful food.
  29. S

    Scott

    Denver

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on November 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Rioja does everything well. Despite the labor shortage and turnover of restaurant staff, Rioja always has great servers. And the back of the room always serves great food. One of our favorites in LoDo.
  30. A

    Andrew

    Denver

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on November 22, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    One of our all-time favorite places to be and eat!!
  31. L

    Lisa

    New York Area

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on November 21, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience4
    Lunch date with girlfriend, waiter seemed a bit distracted, loved the water girl
  32. S

    Shannon

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Food was excellent--from bread to entree to dessert. Service was excellent too. The tables were a bit too close to one another. Otherwise it's a great place. Will definitel go again next time when I visit Denver.
  33. M

    Mark

    Washington DC

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 21, 2022

    overall3food4service1ambience4
    The food was good with interesting flavors. The service was slow and inattentive, with long delays between rotations (excluding the bussers, who were on top of water etc). As one of several examples, we were going to order wine to pair with our entrees, and were looking at the wine menu well before the entrees arrived. Our server did not return to take our drink order until we were halfway through the entrees (15-20 mins after receiving the wine menu). At this point, we modified our plans from full glass to half glass orders. Of course, the wine did not arrive until we had finished our entrees, with no recognition from the waiter. Enjoyed the dishes, but would not return. Service is not commensurate with the price point.
  34. SW

    ShannonW

    Denver

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 21, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    The food and service was wonderful. We loved our food although my dish was served cold - I had the tortelloni. It was delicious but cold, which was dissapointing. The service was amazing though and our appetizers were incredible. We had the scallops and the goat cheese/fig tart. Thank you.
  35. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Detroit

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on November 21, 2022

    overall5food5service3ambience5
    Wonderful ambiance. Food was delicious and portions were small but appropriate. The service/server was a little slow / standoffish and had some menu items forgotten. However the other aspects made up for it
  36. e

    ebm38

    Denver

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 20, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Great Mediterranean cuisine and fabulous Spanish wine!
  37. S

    Scobe

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 19, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Rioja was excellent all around. The front service team was very proper and friendly. The food was delicious and made us picture what the chef was thinking for each dish. We each had four courses with each telling a different story. Kudos to the pastry chefs. The beniegns were perfect. With ordering wine, we requested a large decanter and they accommodated.
  38. P

    Penn4

    Denver

    26 reviews

    4.0

    26 reviews

    Dined on November 19, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Altogether, the experience was very good and that included the food, although my tortolonni could have arrived hot, not warm. The hot cider was excellent. I would like more traditional lunch entrees at your brunch service.
  39. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Denver

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on November 19, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Love the fact they are open till 11pm. Coming in from Miami used to having late dinners. Food was delicious and ambiance was so cozy!
  40. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food. Great service. Plates were cold so food cooled quickly, but was delicious!

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 9241 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 64 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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