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Rioja

#5 of 2,379 Restaurants in Denver
Certificate of Excellence
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1431 Larimer St, Denver, CO 80202-1704
+1 303-820-2282
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11:30 - 22:00
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Hours:
Sun 10:00 - 22:00
Mon - Tue 17:00 - 22:00
Wed - Thu 11:30 - 22:00
Fri 11:30 - 23:00
Sat 10:00 - 23:00
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32 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

Starters: lobster-red yam bisque was rich and sweet, with a subliminal dash of cayenne to add interest; fresh bacon (pork belly) was outstanding---very crisp skin, deep savory pork flavor, with just enough fat to round out the mouth feel; brassica salad with fried brussel sprouts, cauliflower, radicchio and hazelnut dressing was superb---the veggies had perfect browning to enhance their flavor... More 

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Thank Joseph K
Parker, Colorado
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51 reviews
41 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

Truly the best restaurant in Denver. Everything was prepared to perfection. The wine list is impeccable and service is prompt and knowledgeable. Rich food so be prepared for a paced modest meal full of bold flavors. We started with the blue cheese tour and I had the fish special of black sea bass and my wife had artichoke tortellini.

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Thank bizorpleasure42
Denver, Colorado
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59 reviews
36 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

First of all, I have enjoyed eating at Rioja since moving to Denver about 4 years ago. On the restaurant's website, they claim it's the best restaurant in Denver. Frankly, I cannot disagree. The restaurant's menu changes with seasons, so there is always something fresh and enticing. The fresh bacon appetizer is a staple and I highly recommend it. The... More 

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Thank Richard S
College Station, Texas
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14 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

I went to Rioja last time I was in town--and went back in November on a busines strip. It was as good as I remembered, I went there for lunch and had small plates--back next day for dinner. All was wonderful. I especially like the fresh breads--and intersting mixes of food--all fresh and very appealing. I would definitely make a... More 

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Thank txtraveller16
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32 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

The food was so beautifully presented, and it tasted as good as it looked! While most of the menu has meat, the vegetarian options that they have are unique and delicious! The drinks are also not to be missed, I had a spicy jalapeno and grapefruit drink that was perfect after a long day of traveling! We stopped in without... More 

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Thank Nyki E
Newnan, Georgia
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 112 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

I had eating here at the bar on a business trip a few years ago and decided it would be a goof choice for a dinner on Friday night after Thanksgiving for my wife, 11 year old daughter, and mother. The choice ended up being a good one - with all of us enjoying our meal. First, as other reviews... More 

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Thank rogerslb
West Berlin, New Jersey
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11 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

One of my favorite places to socialize & dinner! Schedule your appountment because this place is happening!!!!!!!

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Thank C P
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6 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Good restaurant on Larimer Square. Busy for lunch, variety options on the menu. I loved my salmon salad. I would recommend it for a nice lunch

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Thank Ewa W
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We had a business meeting here with few colleagues and the service was good. The food was good but if you are really hungry better to have bigger orders. My starter was crunchy the way I like!

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Thank Marko_Polo12
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This is a very good place for lunch if you are kind of a foodie. As a local, this is a place I like for lunch when I am near Larimer Square. It always has interesting well prepared meals. It is a little pricey but worth the money.

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$41 - US$80
Cuisine
Mediterranean, Spanish, Gluten Free Options
Meals
Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Valet Parking, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
Good for
Bar Scene, Romantic, Special Occasion Dining, Local cuisine, Business meetings
Open Hours
Sunday
10:00 - 22:00
Monday
17:00 - 22:00
Tuesday
17:00 - 22:00
Wednesday
11:30 - 22:00
Thursday
11:30 - 22:00
Friday
11:30 - 23:00
Saturday
10:00 - 23:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 1431 Larimer St, Denver, CO 80202-1704
  • Location: United States  >  Colorado (CO)  >  Denver>  > Downtown
  • Neighbourhood: 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?