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Rioja, Denver, CO

Rioja

4.7
4.7
10102 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

19:00


Booked 59 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
  • Area
    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
    Patio/Outdoor Dining

Experiences

  • Rosé Wine Dinner at rioja

    US$125.00 per person

    Prepaid

    22 May 2024 only
    Rosé ALL Day! Join us for the first of a Crafted Concepts series of events featuring rosé. Chef Ben and the culinary team are excited to create some fun, bright, spring flavors to accompany this global wine tasting!
  • Summer Patio BBQ

    US$125.00 per person

    Prepaid

    19 Jun 2024 only
    Patio cookout on Larimer Square, with cocktails and beer selections throughout the night. Chef Ben and the culinary team are looking forward to relaxing with you for this Summer celebration.

What 10,102 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
  • 4.8Food
  • 4.7Service
  • 4.7Ambience
  • 4.4Value

NoiseModerate

Diners' Choice Awards

  • Denver / Colorado

    Mediterranean

10,108 Reviews
  1. OpenTable Diner

    Denver

    9 reviews

    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined 1 day ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We keep returning because it’s so good. The staff is a great as the food. Gotta have the artichoke torteloni and ask the server for a great wine suggestion.

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  2. LauraS

    Denver

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined 1 day ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Joe took excellent care of us, and ensured we completed our meal in time to catch a show at DCPA. We love that we can hear one another and our server at Rioja. Huge advantage over noisy places. Not to mention the fabulous food. We always get the house salad and artichoke tortelloni and then experiment with different entrees. It was a great experience. As always.

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  3. NancyM

    Hawaii

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 1 day ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We've been coming to Rioja for more than 15 years for special occasions and it never disappoints. Fantastic food, great service, lovely ambiance and quiet enough to hear each other talk! Highly recommended.

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  4. rutie

    Denver

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 1 day ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Service was outstanding and the food was amazing! It has been years since we have eaten here because it is difficult to get a table without planning a month in advance. I will not wait that long for our next visit!

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  5. MRNEC

    Toronto

    7 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined 1 day ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Fabulous meal, wonderful service. Highly recommend.

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  6. Jesse

    Denver

    31 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    31 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We've eaten at Rioja a number of times and always enjoy our meal, the ambience, and the service. However, for the first time there I order a dish that I did not enjoy at all (Shrimp Scarpinocc Filled Pasta) and that I felt was misrepresented on the menu. The fish filling was very dense and tasted like salmon without even a hint of shrimp, and the taste of black squid ink (a flavor I normally like) was all pervasive and overpowering to all the other flavors of the dish. I noticed a woman at an adjoining table barely ate her plate of this same dish as well. All this being said, I will certainly return because a restaurant as good as this one is certainly allowed an off dish every now and then. The Charred Apple Salad which we split and my wife's Artichoke Tortelloni were both delicious.

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  7. Jeff23

    San Francisco

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Always creative food, artistically presented and palate pleasing flavors. We also come away with new ideas for cocktails to attempt to replicate at home. Octopus grilled with just the right amount of chipotle seasoning is reason enough to be there! The recommended pasta with artichoke and an amazing broth rounded out our culinary adventure, starting off a great downtown Denver evening. Wonderfully engaging staff! Thanks Allen!

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  8. 2024Girlfirends

    Denver

    4 reviews

    3.0

    4 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Out 1st visit, Lamb burger was tasty, soup needs a little work, no real substance and could have been a little temp/hotter. Overall my guest & I weren't impressed with the lunch menu, may try for a Happy hour if a next time. Kudo's to the Servers & Host yesterday at 12:45, each were a delightful!

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  9. Shannonana

    Denver

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Rioja is a must if you are in Denver. Not only is the location perfect, but the food is exquisite. The artichoke tortelloni is flavorful, light, and a surprise every time I have it.

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  10. OpenTable Diner

    Greater Boston

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 3
    It’s a little confusing as why the name of this place is Rioja but Spanish dishes are nowhere to be found. I think everyone in our party was mislead by this. Food is ok but not great. We had some of the handmade pasta plates. They were enjoyable but nothing remarkable. The cheese board only had 2 kinds of cheeses. And again the cold meats were not impressive. The only thing that I will remember was the fig jam. Cocktails are good. Sangria is disappointing. I think overall is priced ok given the location and the ambiance. Probably will not come back, unless there is no other option open close by.

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FAQs

Rioja is rated 4.7 stars by 10102 OpenTable diners.

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

Make a booking

2 people

19:00


Booked 59 times today
Experiences are available.
Google Map for Rioja

1431 Larimer Street, Denver, CO 80202

Additional information

  • Cross Street
    15th St; Larimer St
  • Area
    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
    Patio/Outdoor Dining
  • 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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