Rioja

4.7
8909 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.

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitising
  • Surfaces sanitised between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitised menu provided
  • Sanitiser or wipes provided for customers
  • Contactless payment available
Physical distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective equipment
  • Waiting staff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
  • Staff temperature check required
  • Contact tracing information collected
What 8909 People Are Saying
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dennism
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely as always!

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vipCH21
Denver
12 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food, service and ambience... outstanding, as always!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Denver
4 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best restaurant in Denver!!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Nashville
2 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a very good time! Food was phenomenal! Probably one of the best places I have been in quite sometime! Would recommend!

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Momk
Denver
13 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience4

We had a very nice lunch. The hostess was very accommodating in that the first table she gave us seemed to be right under the air conditioning. She moved us to a table where it did not blow right on us. We had an excellent waitress who made good suggestions about our choices from the menu. We were not rushed at all, which was nice.
It was also very nice to have the advantage of Valet Parking…much appreciated.m.

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MaryC
Denver
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic experience everytime I go there. The prices are a tad hard to swallow, but the food on the menu never is. Food is unique, delicious, and a perfect portion
Every single employee takes pride in what they are doing. Everyone greets you, chats w you, makes you feel as if you're their favorite guest.
It is my go to place for out of town guests

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RubenC
Kansas City
5 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall4food3service5ambience5

Overall, everything was great as usual.However the house salad was very salty both my friend I agreed.In retrospect I should have said something.

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KaitlynJ
1 review
Dined on 18 September 2021
Overall4food5service3ambience5

Food was amazing, service was okay our waitress didn’t check on us but maybe it was super busy. Went there for my birthday and told them and saw everyone else getting special birthday desserts but mine came and there was nothing said and no candle like everyone else was getting but overall the food was fantastic.

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vipPatriciaC
Denver
17 reviews
Dined on 18 September 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience3

Food was outstanding. Of course now that restrictions have been lifted, tables are once again crammed next to each other...that's a bummer. No private conversation possible. Oh well!

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BobbyO
Denver
1 review
Dined on 16 September 2021
Overall3food3service1ambience4

Nice looking restaurant. Service was not good. Waitress wore a mask. None of the other servers did. Food fusion was trying a little too hard. Not a great experience.

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Kel64
New York Area
16 reviews
Dined on 16 September 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Whenever I’m in Denver, Rioja is a must, thank you again for another delightful dinner..

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OpenTable Diner
Denver
1 review
Dined on 12 September 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food tonight was absolutely on point, as well as service. Food came out in good timing and perfectly spaced out. This is always my husband and I's go-to.

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MarcyF
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on 12 September 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Unbelievable food, great atmosphere (outside patio), interesting people watching and excellent service. We loved it so much we went back for lunch the next day!

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vipdavec
Seattle
15 reviews
Dined on 11 September 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and service, accentuated by serving staff replacing dishes when a couple of small issues arose. A seamless, wonderful experience.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 11 September 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very intimate and excellent food.

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cking228
Denver
7 reviews
Dined on 9 September 2021
Overall3food3service2ambience2

Food was good. Nothing crazy. Service was not on point. Good ambiance but it was very hot in the restaurant.

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UptownGal
New Orleans
2 reviews
Dined on 9 September 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I took my bestie on a date and the food was so good. The service was beyond perfect.

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OpenTable Diner
New Mexico
1 review
Dined on 8 September 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Excellent service, friendly and knowledgeable workers and management, food was impressive.

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TayK
Oklahoma City
4 reviews
Dined on 6 September 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Had tasting menu. Everything was amazing, but I loved how vegetables were in every dish. I have been to several Top Chef restaurants and this is my favorite, hands down.

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vipOmnivorousFoodie
Washington DC
23 reviews
Dined on 6 September 2021
Overall2food1service5ambience4

Octopus was chewy and lacked flavor.

Hawaiian crab with gnocchi was disappointing. Crab should have been the star but it paled behind the sweet creaminess of the corn.

Amazing XO sauce on the wagyu steak. Singularly the best part of the whole meal.

Waiter was great to offer something to replace the octopus but decided to eat just the two of the three edible pieces. The couscous and sausage was probably the better dish than the main protein… sad.

We were so disappointed because we wanted this meal to be the last one we remember Denver for. Unfortunately, it was not very good. Overall, seafood has been extremely disappointing here, and I’m partly to blame. “Fresh” seafood in the middle of the country seems ironic, but hey… so is Las Vegas, but that city has extremely amazing seafood.

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vipKathyT
Denver
7 reviews
Dined on 5 September 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely delightful dining experience on a beautiful Colorado evening. The service was impeccable and the meal was delicious. We had the trout and the lamb, which we highly recommend.

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Willowtree50
Louisville
6 reviews
Dined on 5 September 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our 4th time at Rioja. Always a stop on our way thru Denver. Everything was as expected… delicious.

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Quinn55
St. Louis
10 reviews
Dined on 5 September 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

This is a beautiful restaurant and the food was outstanding. The cocktails are pricey but overall a great experience. Our waiter was newish but did a great job and if he didn't know something, he was willing to go above and beyond to find out the answer. All in all, a great place. Will definitely return.

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JamilaH
Denver
1 review
Dined on 5 September 2021
Overall1food1service5ambience5

Service was great! Food was terrible.

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dollardude
New Mexico
27 reviews
Dined on 4 September 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

sat outside. wonderful dinner. fantastic setting

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vipAmaliaS
46 reviews
Dined on 4 September 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic experience, excellent food and service

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viplilfoodie
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on 3 September 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This restaurant was such a pleasant surprise. The food was absolutely amazing. We shared the hamachi, pork belly and charcuterie. All were outstanding. We had the halibut and tortellini with truffles and manchego. We were not disappointed. We will definitely be back.

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BrothaChris
1 review
Dined on 3 September 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience5

*Travis Scott voice* it’s lit!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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ErinT
Seattle
1 review
Dined on 3 September 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Beautiful outside dining in Larimer square. Lovely greeting and wonderful servers. Food was amazing. Both the chicken and pork chop were great. I also had the watermelon cocktail that was perfect.

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vipBarbara
Denver
20 reviews
Dined on 3 September 2021
Overall4food3service5ambience5

Excellent service and pleasant outdoor seating but limited menu and average quality food preparation and presentation.

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OpenTable Diner
Dallas
1 review
Dined on 2 September 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience5

It was a great night for date night :)

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OpenTable Diner
Denver
1 review
Dined on 2 September 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service and delicious food!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Boise
3 reviews
Dined on 1 September 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Very nice dinner, enjoyed the octopus dish and the wine, and coffè corretto which I mixed myself (it was not on the drinks menu).

The only disappointment was the very loud outdoor music. I originally had an outdoor table, but the loud music did not make for an enjoyable dinner. I asked to move indoors, and luckily was able to get a table.

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DrewD
Wilmington
3 reviews
Dined on 1 September 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food great staff great Spanish wine list.

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OpenTable Diner
Denver
1 review
Dined on 1 September 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of the best dining experiences in Denver. The service was incomparable…the dining and kitchen staff go above and beyond to make guests feel special, heard and cared for. The amount of love and attention to detail that is put into the absolutely incredible food and service shines through during your entire dining experience. I could truly not speak more highly of the staff, service and quality of delicious food! Rioja definitely sets the bar high and we look forward to having another girl’s night there in the near future!

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thomash
Indiana
1 review
Dined on 1 September 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, staff and ambiance. What else can you ask for?

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MikeW
1 review
Dined on 1 September 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Exceeded expectations! We had a wonderful evening on our anniversary...

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AmyC
1 review
Dined on 30 August 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was excellent, ambiance was amazing and the service was superb

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shaneo
1 review
Dined on 29 August 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Rioja was a great experience. The service staff was very attentive and knowledgeable. I highly recommend the Ricotta Gnocchi and the Colorado Lamb T-Bone.

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Foodie
New Mexico
6 reviews
Dined on 29 August 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Still my favorite restaurant.

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FAQs

Rioja offers takeaway which you can order by calling the restaurant at (303) 820-2282.

Rioja is rated 4.7 stars by 8909 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting bookings at the moment.