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Rioja

1431 Larimer St, Denver, CO 80202 (Downtown)
(303) 820-2282
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Ranked #6 of 2,516 restaurants in Denver
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $41 - $80
Cuisines: French, Italian, Mediterranean, Spanish
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Good for: Romance, Doing business, Local cuisine, Special occasions, Entertaining clients
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night, Dessert
Dining style: Casual Elegant
Neighborhood: Downtown
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Date | Rating
  • Dutch first
  • English first
  • French first
  • German first
  • Italian first
  • Portuguese first
  • Spanish first
  • Any
English first
Troy, AL
Senior Reviewer
9 reviews 9 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2014 NEW

We went early to this busy restaurant and the hostess told us we could be seated if we could be done in an hour since we didn't have a reservation. We kind of laughed and said 'ok' because we wanted to eat here badly! Not a great furst impression, but we understood as we did not call ahead. Our server... More

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New York City, New York
Top Contributor
78 reviews 78 reviews
61 restaurant reviews
32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014 NEW

My trip to Rioja was enjoyable and well worth it. The restaurant is very busy which is a testament to it's popularity but this very popularity is always a challenge in both food preparation and service. I am happy to write that it succeeded on both counts. As a first course, I was recommended the fresh bacon with garbanzo puree.... More

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Top Contributor
51 reviews 51 reviews
36 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2014

Although well rated, I didn't find the food worth returning for. Service was poor. Food presentation was very inventive, but portions are small. We spent a fair amount and still ended up at a drive through for burgers later.

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4 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2014 via mobile

Rioja 1431 Larimer St, Denver, CO 80202 303-820-2282 http://goo.gl/maps/gNp94 On our first trip to Denver we found this place for dinner. It's in Larimer Square so it's in the downtown area and easily accessible with public parking nearby. We started with a signature cocktail and it was sweet, spicy and sour all at the same time. We then followed with... More

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Crane Hill, Alabama, United States
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80 reviews 80 reviews
70 restaurant reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2014 via mobile

We didn't have reservations, but they were label to seat us in the lounge. Fairly large spot, obviously popular and for good reasons. We started with a spicy cocktail... Unique and the Rioja Picnic. Presentation was astounding and the taste even better...Italian meats, ricotta cheese balls, cheeses and mouth watering olive. Enough for 3-4 generous nibblers. We shared the halibut... More

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Denver, Colorado
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3 reviews 3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2014

Wow, amazing food and atmosphere. We were not disappointed in any faset and the service is some of the best I have experienced. In fact, when we were struggling to decided what of the many yummy sounded dishes to try for the next visit! I would say probably the best restaurant in Larimer! We will be back sooner than later... More

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Dallas, TX
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29 reviews 29 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2014

I planned my friend's bachelorette party and took everyone here. The servers brought us champagne and free dessert and took such great care of our group. They really made it a special occasion. The only reason I would not give a full 5-star rating is because of the food. The cuisine was very creative and beautifully plated, however, I felt... More

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Fort Collins, Colorado
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110 reviews 110 reviews
74 restaurant reviews
64 helpful votes 64 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2014 via mobile

We went here for brunch. Atmosphere is great as well as the service. I had a mimosa and my husband had the mochakick, both of which were good. We both had the raspberry French toast, which was Monte christo style. We were not impressed at all by the food. The outside seemed very over cooked and the inside just lacked... More

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Houston
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72 reviews 72 reviews
45 restaurant reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2014

Wow, this was an amazing dinner. Whereas the 2014 SW James Beard winner is out favorite chef, we had to try the 2013 winner's place. We were not disappointed. Service was excellent. In fact, when we were struggling to decided what of the many yummy sounded dishes to try our waitress created a "tasting" menu by half dishes etc. If... More

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Savannah, Georgia
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20 reviews 20 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2014 via mobile

Food is amazing. Great presentation. We had a blast here! The place is perfect for a special evening or for just a great dinner- the only thing better was the company I shared the meal with.

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