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Rioja

1431 Larimer St, Denver, CO 80202 (Downtown)
(303) 820-2282
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Ranked #5 of 2,531 Restaurants in Denver
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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Price range: $41 - $80
Hours:
Sun 10:00 am - 10:00 pm
Mon - Tue 5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Wed - Thu 11:30 am - 10:00 pm
Fri 11:30 am - 11:00 pm
Sat 10:00 am - 11:00 pm
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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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  • Dutch first
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  • French first
  • German first
  • Italian first
  • Portuguese first
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English first
Boston, Massachusetts
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21 reviews 21 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 19, 2014 NEW

A bit on the pricier side but not unreasonable. Lots of options which all sound delicious, but the artichoke tortelloni was outstanding.

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Oklahoma
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38 reviews 38 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 17, 2014 NEW

Delicious food, small portions on pastas but beautifully made, artistically presented and delicious, so worth the splurge. The lamb burger at brunch was amazing for the price. Super juicy, served with a crisp arugula salad to balance the richness of the burger. Brunch drinks menu looked fun.

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Albany, New York
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167 reviews 167 reviews
85 restaurant reviews
75 helpful votes 75 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2014 NEW

I'd like to give this place 4 1/2 stars, but it's close to 5. We had a very good dinner at this very popular spot right in the middle of restaurant row on Larimer Square. We were a few minutes early for our reservation so we waited at the bar and enjoyed a couple of “half-glasses” of wine from a... More

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Senior Contributor
24 reviews 24 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2014 NEW

This place was really busy when we arrived and it stayed that way the entire time we were there. Service was a little slow because the place was so crowded (on a Sunday night), but it allowed us to really enjoy our meal. Everything was so good and fresh. The bread was great, the appetizers were great, and our entrees... More

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Tampa, Florida
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11 reviews 11 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2014 NEW credit card Amex Card Member Review

Had 12:30 reservations for Brunch but got there at 11:30. They were nice enough to accomodate us. A great location for this restaurant. It was busy but not noisy.The Brunch was certainly a T.O. Very delish food served creatively and simple. We tried the sangria which was quite good. Didn't want the meal to end. The breads....amazing. Especially the lavender... More

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Evanston, Illinois
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25 reviews 25 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2014 NEW

No doubt this makes Denver's top lists: the quality and inventiveness of the dishes are a delight. We walked in for a late brunch on a Saturday, and chose to sit in the bar. Nico was a most attentive bartender/server, and made wonderful recommendations. My husband ordered Bacon & Eggs, which came with a beautiful brioche French toast. The bacon... More

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Cedar City, Utah
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115 reviews 115 reviews
68 restaurant reviews
35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 14, 2014 NEW

We stopped by here because the street that it is on looks great with all of the lights. Great street, great atmosphere, amazing food! I got the pork chop and I'm not exaggerating when I say it was among the best things I've ever put into my mouth. Dessert was great too! I'll definitely be back

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Senior Reviewer
10 reviews 10 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 13, 2014 NEW

Rioja has it all... Great food, great service, a wonderfully pleasant environment, and is located right in the heart of downtown Denver. Make a reservation is advance because it fills up quick!

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Houston, Texas
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3 reviews 3 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 13, 2014

Excellent food . The presentation of each course was 5 star. We sat at the bar and watched the chefs prepare entrees. The halibut cerviche was the best I have ever eaten and the bacon pork belly was outstanding also. The only complaint the Petaluma chicken was huge but the flavors were so delicate that this dished could be shared.... More

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Dallas, Texas
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25 reviews 25 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 12, 2014

Mixture of flavors...some a little exotic. I was not crazy about the fennel but other than that, it was very good.

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