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#6 of 2,404 Restaurants in Denver
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1431 Larimer St, Denver, CO 80202
+1 303-820-2282
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Closed now
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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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Scarsdale, New York
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107 reviews
63 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

Packed before noon on Sunday. I sat at the kitchen bar which was a treat. Professional kitchens are impressive. Imaginative creations across the menu. Ordered bacon appetizer and the pork special for the main. Service is excellent.

Thank mof1
Denver, Colorado
2 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Everything about our dinner was spectacular. Valet parking right in front made it easy to get there. We were greeted warmly and service throughout the evening could not have been better. The ambiance of the restaurant is warm and welcoming yet sophisticated. Then there was the food! The four of us shared three appetizers which we picked with help from... More 

Thank remerman
Chicago, Illinois
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29 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 41 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Went on New Year's Eve and even with a packed restaurant, everything was fantastic! Each course was delicious (especially the artichoke tortelloni!) and lovingly prepared. I hate to say it since the meal was incredibly delicious, but the highlight of the evening was the service. Our waitress and her assistants could not have been more professional, friendly, and genuine. A... More 

Thank KyChi
Denver, Colorado
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10 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

We attended a show at the DCPA earlier in the day. Our reservation was for 5 p.m. We arrived alittle early, which was lovely because to were able to enjoy a cocktail before dinner. There were 6 of us for our daughters 25th birthday. The dining experience was fabulous! We were not rushed and we were graciously offered their amazing... More 

Thank Gina B
Denver, Colorado
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18 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

My family and I went to Rijoa on Christmas Eve before a show and it was amazing! The atmosphere is classy and inviting. Brunch was being served and the menu has something for everyone including their tasty artichoke tortellini!! I would highly recommend Rijoa if in the area or looking for a wonderful brunch.

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Boulder, Colorado
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116 reviews
86 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 40 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Went here on basis of reviews and because we love Spanish food. Glad we did. Service was friendly and efficient. Waitress discussed food options with us and made recommendations. Also helped with wine pairings. Most of their wines and Spanish so we needed the help. I had the Black Sea Bass with other seafood. My wife had the duck breast.... More 

Thank MikeDorsey
Denver, Colorado
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4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Service is excellent and have rarely been disappointed with a meal. Prices are a little high but the food and service are so good it feels well worth it. Wine list has many unfamiliar names but the wait staff is quite knowledgeable about the character of each wine and provides good guidance. Parking is a pain so valet.

Thank veggiegirl1968
Littleton, Colorado
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15 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I have eaten here a number of times over the years. Food has always been creative, yet the quality has declined with each subsequent visit. Too expensive for the quality, there are other places that offer a much better dining experience for the time and money.

Thank mqqmartin
London, England, United Kingdom
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189 reviews
125 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 53 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Be prepared to queue here- my colleague and I went here whilst we were at a conference in Denver in June. It is well worth the wait though. The bread- which is plentiful is INCREDIBLE. We couldn’t stop eating it. Between the 2 of us we ordered a selection of options. Everything was delicious, freshly cooked, tasty and beautifully presented.... More 

Thank Emma C
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19 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

I was in downtown Denver for a professional conference, the type at which you get to run into friends and colleagues you see once a year or less. As historians of contemporary Spain, I and my seven other friends, sought out a local Spanish restaurant near the Colorado Convention Center, and we were all thrilled with Rioja. Nestled in the... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
$41 - $80
Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Late Night
Restaurant features
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Valet Parking, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
Good for
Local cuisine, Special occasions, Romantic, Business meetings, Bar scene
Open Hours
10:00 am - 10:00 pm
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
11:30 am - 10:00 pm
11:30 am - 10:00 pm
11:30 am - 11:00 pm
10:00 am - 11:00 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 1431 Larimer St, Denver, CO 80202
  • Location: United States  >  Colorado (CO)  >  Denver>  > Downtown
  • Neighborhood: Downtown
  • Phone Number: +1 303-820-2282

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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?