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Rioja

#5 of 2,382 Restaurants in Denver
Certificate of Excellence
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Downtown
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1431 Larimer St, Denver, CO 80202
(303) 820-2282
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Today
11:30 am - 11:00 pm
Closed now
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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
Dining options: Lunch, Breakfast, Dinner, Brunch, Reservations

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  • 648
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  • 190
    Very good
  • 70
    Average
  • 20
    Poor
  • 10
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
elegant and delicious

Even without a reservation in the summer, we were seated. The decor is simple and elegant. The wine list by bottle starts at $35 dollars. We had a tempanillo at $45 that was very good. All the staff is very friendly and helpful. I felt like we were getting honest recommendations. The house... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed July 29, 2015
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Good for:
  • Doing business
  • Romantic
  • Local cuisine
  • Special occasions
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ny
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15 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2015 NEW

Even without a reservation in the summer, we were seated. The decor is simple and elegant. The wine list by bottle starts at $35 dollars. We had a tempanillo at $45 that was very good. All the staff is very friendly and helpful. I felt like we were getting honest recommendations. The house salad was fresh and tasty. I had... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2015 NEW

Once again we had a wonderful experience. The food is fabulous and the staff is always so gracious. It's also within walking distance of most downtown hotels. Fun time!

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Denver, Colorado
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2015 NEW

I'm surprised to see that this is restaurant is in the top 10 best restaurants in Denver, because I found it to be not worth the buzz. Average food, average service, overpriced for what it was. The bacon appetizer we shared was good, but not great. I had the ratatouille pasta dish -- meh. Salty and kind of cold. I... More 

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Philadelphia, PA
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 113 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2015 NEW

Nice choice for upscale dining. The food was tasty, the service was attentive and the dinner had a nice pace - not rushed. We had a reservation and were seated immediately upon arrival.

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Portland, Oregon
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2015 NEW

This was a great option just a short walk from our hotel. Staff was very good, and the food is truly amazing! It's a Boston the pricey end, but still a good value based on the quality of the food.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2015 NEW

We ate at Rioja for Sunday brunch. I had the artichoke tortelloni, which was wonderful. I was worried about it being too heavy, but it wasn't. It was rich and light at the same time. My husband had the benedict which he said was the best benedict he's ever had - the goat cheese biscuit in the benedict was amazing.

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Denver, Colorado
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2015 NEW

A favorite for Larimer square. The food and the drinks are exquisite - just wonderful and creative and delicious

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Dallas, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2015

Met our financial advisor for a business/pleasure luncheon at Rioja in Denver's vibrant, downtown Larimer Square. Great selection of luncheon-sized entrees prepared with imagination and skill. Great ambience and even full, a volume conducive to discussion. Serving staff exceptionally well-trained -- attentive and professional. Recommend without hesitation.

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Arizona
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2015

A wonderful dining experience. We go there every time we're in town. This is the place to try something new....how about a watermelon & tomato salad or a lamb burger. And you'll love the breads

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2015

My son has been telling me to just go and we finally did. Waited too long to go! It was just great. Beautiful room, stunning food, fair prices and great service. Located in historic Larimer Square, lots of parking around, fun vibe and just a gem of a restaurant. Don't wait - just go.

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Additional Information about Rioja

Address: 1431 Larimer St, Denver, CO 80202
Phone Number: (303) 820-2282
Location: United States  >  Colorado (CO)  >  Denver>  > Downtown
Open Hours:
Sunday 10:00 am - 10:00 pm
Monday 5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Tuesday 5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Wednesday 11:30 am - 10:00 pm
Thursday 11:30 am - 10:00 pm
Friday 11:30 am - 11:00 pm
Saturday 10:00 am - 11:00 pm
Average Prices: USD 41 - 80
Cuisine: Italian, French, Mediterranean, Spanish

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 1431 Larimer St, Denver, CO 80202
  • Location: United States  >  Colorado (CO)  >  Denver>  > Downtown
  • Neighborhood: Downtown
  • Phone Number: (303) 820-2282

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 41 - 80
  • Cuisine: Italian, French, Mediterranean, Spanish

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Good for: Doing business, Romantic, Local cuisine, Special occasions
Open Hours
Sunday
10:00 am - 10:00 pm
Monday
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Tuesday
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Wednesday
11:30 am - 10:00 pm
Thursday
11:30 am - 10:00 pm
Friday
11:30 am - 11:00 pm
Saturday
10:00 am - 11:00 pm

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?