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Rioja

#4 of 2,583 Restaurants in Denver
Certificate of Excellence
$$$$
Downtown
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1431 Larimer St, Denver, CO 80202
(303) 820-2282
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Today
10:00 am - 11:00 pm
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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: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night, Dessert
Good for:
Casual Elegant
Romance
Doing business
Local cuisine
Special occasions
Entertaining clients
Breakfast/Brunch
Lunch
Dinner
Reservations
Late Night
Dessert

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Visitor rating
  • 556
    Excellent
  • 159
    Very good
  • 62
    Average
  • 18
    Poor
  • 6
    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
Most recent review
Awesome service, upscale decor.

I took a group here for a business dinner and was very impressed with the service from all the staff. The decor is very shic and upscale. The menu is very different from what you would find anywhere else so maybe look at their menu first to be sure there is something for you. The dinner entree... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed February 23, 2015
gecco2003
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Evergreen, Colorado
Good for:
  • Casual Elegant
  • Romance
  • Doing business
  • Local cuisine
  • Special occasions
  • Entertaining clients
  • Breakfast/Brunch
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Reservations
  • Late Night
  • Dessert
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English first
Evergreen, Colorado
Top Contributor
80 reviews 80 reviews
38 restaurant reviews
32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 23, 2015 NEW

I took a group here for a business dinner and was very impressed with the service from all the staff. The decor is very shic and upscale. The menu is very different from what you would find anywhere else so maybe look at their menu first to be sure there is something for you. The dinner entree selection is a... More 

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Staten Island, New York
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17 reviews 17 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 21, 2015 NEW

Fun, young, tasty and inventive. If you can get a reservation, go there. Great service and changing menu. This is place that capped off our trip.

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Denver, Colorado
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5 reviews 5 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 19, 2015

For any special occasion I always go here. Food is always good. Great wine list. Service is welcoming and in general great! A little pricey so whenever I have a special occasion I take advantage of it and go here. Never have left regretting that a spent my money here, worth every dime.

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Denver, Colorado
Senior Reviewer
8 reviews 8 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 15, 2015

We've been to Rioja twice to celebrate our anniversary. The hostesses and servers are amazingly attentive, and the food is always amazing. My husband and I generally order seafood here, but every salad, appetizer, and dessert we've purchased is always beautifully displayed and delicious. We'll be returning soon!

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Santa Cruz, California
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56 reviews 56 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
53 helpful votes 53 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 14, 2015

While on a business trip to Denver we had a local resident recommend Rioja and we're now in her debt. This is really a well done restaurant. The food is superb, with a great deal of locally sourced ingredients. The menu is vegetarian friendly and carnivores will be deliriously happy. Great wine list and wine service. Truly fine wait service.... More 

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winston-salem
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17 reviews 17 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 12, 2015

We opted for Rioja based on TA reviews and checking out their on-line menu. We were only in Denver 3 nights so wanted each dinner to be special. We weren't disappointed! Reservations were through OpenTable and we were seated on the dot. Tables for two are small but the ambiance and service made it seem more private somehow. First up... More 

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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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17 reviews 17 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 11, 2015 via mobile

Great meal with friends. Loved the vegetarian entree on the menu. Recommend this eatery for it's fresh menu choices.

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Denver, Colorado
Top Contributor
82 reviews 82 reviews
39 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 10, 2015

We've eaten here four times in last two years and it's consistently great. The menu is updated regularly with seasonal options and the staff and kitchen really work together well. This place should be at the top of the list for Denver fine dining.

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Fort Collins, Colorado
Top Contributor
56 reviews 56 reviews
39 restaurant reviews
71 helpful votes 71 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 10, 2015

Recently reopened after renovations, but we didn't realize that until after we got there.... Great meal, just as good as we remembered from the first time we were there several years ago. The interior looks totally different, but the food and service is still top notch! Although this is a pricey place, when you compare to the other top choices... More 

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Denver, Colorado
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 5, 2015

I read the reviews and decided to eat here alone during my 2-day stay in Denver. The atmosphere is busy, but comfortable, and wait staff are excellent. I ordered lemonade but bartender said they didn't have fresh lemonade due to their recent renovation -- I could not connect the logic. I ate at the bar and only ordered the Colorado... More 

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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: French, Italian, Mediterranean, Spanish

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Good for: Romance, Doing business, Local cuisine, Special occasions, Entertaining clients
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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Typical questions asked:
  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?