Rioja's touts itself as having the best paella in Houston, however we didn't find that to be the case. The dish had an overwhelming flavor of past-its-prime chicken broth and was too salty and too soupy. I suspected we were eating leftovers from the night before rather than a freshly prepared meal. Perhaps we would have had a different experience had we dined there on a weekend evening rather than a mid-week lunch? If you want an enjoyable meal, it's better to choose from the restaurant's excellent assortment of a la carte tapas. The "Pick Three" tapas lunch special portions are generously proportioned. The crispy potatoes, grilled asparagus with aioli, and the warm, baked-on-premise bread with garlic dipping sauce were delicious. There were several meatless tapas choices so vegetarians would enjoy it as well. The Spanish guitar music quietly playing in the background and the Spanish decor created a pleasant atmosphere. If you are looking for something a little different, give it a try.
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