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Rioja

Mediterranean Restaurant, New American Restaurant, and Spanish Restaurant$$$$
LoDo, Denver
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  • Tom T.
    Tom TobiassenJuly 28, 2013
    Greek salad. Very nice. Highly recommend for that special evening on Larimer Square. The background noise level is very high, and not so great for intimate conversation. $125 / couple w wine +tip
  • Yanet G.
    Yanet GarciaMay 13, 2015
    Everything was good here, had the fresh bacon and the picnic both were good. Of the main courses the best was the chicken. I wouldn't repeat this restaurant just because they don't have enough variety
  • Denver Westword
    Denver WestwordAugust 5, 2014
    Rioja opened in late 2004 to unprecedented fanfare -- fawned over by the press, loved up on the foodie message boards, packed from the start almost every night of the week. Read more
  • Nick F.
    Nick FormosoAugust 10, 2014
    Hands down my favourite restaurant in Denver!!! Great for dinner but they also have a fantastic breakfast/brunch menu. Try their house "bacon" for one of the best pork dishes ever, and their donuts!
  • Eater
    EaterApril 16, 2012
    Chef Jasinski has transformed Larimer Sq. w/ her restaurants, & it all started with Rioja. This Mediterranean gem is a Denver staple, & Jasinski is constantly keeping her menu fresh. [Eater 38 Member] Read more
  • Zach K.
    Zach KotelAugust 22, 2013
    Easily one of the best restaurants in Denver & right on the historic & lively Larimer Square. The Blackberry Old Fashioned is excellent and the menu changes with some frequency and is always delicious
  • Jeremy O.
    Jeremy OAugust 9, 2013
    The bread basket is yummy. Order the bacon to start - if multiple people in your party they can split the order so everyone gets their own dish. Friendly courteous servers who are very knowledgeable.
  • John P.
    John PalmerMarch 24, 2013
    Holy hell this place is amazing. Try as many menu items as you can; menu changes more than 20 times per year and is sometimes completely rebuilt around a single ingredient. A complete delight.
  • Tara S.
    Tara StaffordJuly 8, 2013
    Try the fresh bacon, artichoke tortellini, beignets and raspberry spuma....you will not be disappointed! Make a reservation and request outside seating for the amazing ambiance of larimer square.
  • Tami P.
    Tami PitaroMay 26, 2013
    If you're not sure on the wine or meal let the team recommend something for you. The entire presentation and selection was so amazing and we just sat back and enjoyed it all.
  • Mike R.
    Mike RowanOctober 26, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    Started with the fresh mozz & endives app (perfection) then had a pasta dish entree made of two different entrees (yes, they do this). Artichoke & goat cheese tortellini & sweet potato gnocchi
  • Casey S.
    Casey StutzmanSeptember 9, 2013
    Brilliant all the way around. Food, preparation, pairings, presentation, service & atmosphere. A wonderful dining experience, I thank chefs for sharing their artistic gifts with us
  • Tessa A.
    Tessa AmantiadoNovember 6, 2012
    Chicken, (bacon, scallion & golden raisin) bread pudding, and sautéed kale. A huge plate with the sauce holing everything together!!
  • Patrick D.
    Patrick DavisDecember 31, 2012
    Easily the best restaurant in LoDo. Blackberry whisky sour, artichoke tortelloni is to die for, try the rosemary cheddar biscuit, beignets, I could go on forever...
  • M M.
    M MoOctober 30
    One of my favorite Denver restaurants. Excellent menu (diverse and seasonal), wonderful team, nice atmosphere. They also do a great brunch! Reservations are a must.
  • Sairam R.
    Sairam RajagopalJanuary 15, 2013
    Best service - really really courteous staff. Best of all though - the food . Lookout for the seasonal specials, the pappardelle is legen-wait for it- dary!
  • Shelby
    ShelbyJune 13, 2013
    Make sure you ask for Jessie. The patio is fantastic. The artichoke tortellini and raspberry spumo are life changing. Oh and make sure you start with the picnic!
  • Anthony
    AnthonyJanuary 6, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    Brunch menu has changed as of Jan 2013...try the Chicken Latkes. Great service, fabulous food as always!
  • Curt B.
    Curt BloomDecember 6, 2015
    Try the bacon with brown sugar, unbelievable omelette, donut appetizer, great Bloody Mary, this place is a must!
  • Todd W.
    Todd WeisrockJuly 20, 2015
    One of my favorite restaurants in the world. Fantastic service, creative drinks and impeccable food, every time. The gnocchi is amazing!
  • Lindsay J.
    Lindsay JDecember 4, 2012
    We did the tasting menu and left very happy and very full. :) The artichoke tortellini with the truffle broth was out of this world delicious!
  • Ryan T.
    Ryan TauerNovember 21, 2015
    Great date atmosphere. Honestly there is better food for the same (high) price, but good. Great cocktails.
  • Sach N.
    Sach NSeptember 22, 2013
    We came for brunch and split the breakfast sandwich and the artichoke tortellini. Both we're amazing, and I can't decide which one was better.
  • Lance L.
    Lance LacoffApril 24, 2015
    Bacon/Pork Belly, Raclette, amazing artichoke tortelloni, Colorado wagyu short rib, peanut butter semifreddo dessert. Great service too
  • David E.
    David EldridgeJune 24, 2013
    If you are gluten sensitive or celiac, they sometimes have a crispy vegetable plate to substitute. If not, pretend that you are, it's great!
  • Kate
    KateJune 22, 2015
    So good! Excellent service with delicious food. Loved the avocado citrus salad
  • Tim S.
    Tim StaleyJune 21, 2013
    Everything was amazing. The fresh bacon and artichoke tortellini are a must. And the service was outstanding.
  • Prixie S.
    Ths artichoke tortellini is a must... Perfection melting in your mouth... Indescribable...I'm still having dreams about it!
  • Evgeny T.
    Evgeny TchebotarevOctober 8, 2013
    This place is beyond exceptional. My taste buds are having an orgasm. Get a cuke rocks cocktail if you are into gin&tonic.
  • Lorraine S.
    Lorraine SMay 8, 2012
    I found the food OK. However service & ambience was great. Loved the special "bread tray" & the homemade mints leaves!
  • Brieana K.
    Brieana KennedySeptember 21, 2011
    Elegant restaurant with a revolving seasonal menu! A must for a romantic dinner! Get the smores for dessert!
  • CITY GRIT
    CITY GRITAugust 5, 2014
    Jennifer Jasenski is one of the best chefs in the country. Definitely go for the tasting menu with paired wines!
  • Alex C.
    Alex CorreaJune 19, 2011
    The artichoke tortellini are amazing! Get extra bread to dip in the sauce an make sure to get the dinner size
  • Summer B.
    Summer BorowskiMarch 2, 2014
    Awesome cocktails and delicious artichoke tortellini!
  • Andrew B.
    Andrew BSeptember 16, 2013
    Ii will fly back to Denver to have the Fig and goat cheese beignet wrapped in lemon pastry with fig reduction
  • Diane J.
    Diane JocsonDecember 12, 2010
    Probably the best handmade mozzarella I've ever had. Order if you love yourself some fantastic pesto sauce and sundried tomatoes
  • Tessa A.
    Tessa AmantiadoNovember 6, 2012
    Octopus, fried lemon rind and fresh made pasta
  • Lisa L.
    Lisa LewtonJuly 6, 2013
    Great food and reasonable considering the service, variety, and flavor of our food. Loved it.
  • Dan S.
    Dan ShawOctober 16
    Cavatelli Porcini - Unique. Amazing. Delicious. 🌈
  • Pete W.
    Pete WungAugust 11, 2011
    Great restaurant. Try the tasting menu, but order an extra portion of the bacon. It is incredible.
  • Salvatore Davide
    Salvatore DavideApril 18, 2014
    Really nice place in downtown Denver. Delicious dishes and very kind service
  • Andy S.
    Andy SFebruary 22, 2014
    Woah, the artichoke tortelloni is unbelievable. Ask for more bread to soak it all up!
  • Natalie
    NatalieJune 28, 2015
    Their artichoke ravioli is amazing. The gnocchi was decent but not the best I've ever had.
  • Shivi S.
    Shivi SehgalSeptember 27, 2015
    Salmon was great.. Loved the use of caramelized veges
  • Samantha J.
    Samantha JohnstonJune 29, 2011
    Do not skip the artichoke pasta. It is dynamite. We also had the lamb and halibut. You won't be disappointed.
  • John H.
    John HaberlandOctober 14, 2013
    Decent but: 1) yes a variety of bread, but it's served cold, so what's the point?, 2) while the flavors were good, food was lukewarm and 3) stay away from the crab appetizer, not a good texture.
  • Kimberly H.
    Kimberly HigginsAugust 1, 2011
    Everything here is amazing - must try the goat cheese and fig beignets for dessert!!
  • Jon S.
    Jon SolomonSeptember 19, 2011
    Try the baby heirloom tomato with red and yellow watermelon salad. Delicious!
  • da3mon m.
    da3mon mccormickJuly 9, 2015
    people are right about the artichoke tortellini. get lavender sourdough with it.
  • Jeff R.
    Jeff RagoJanuary 6, 2011
    The hummus roulade sandwich is ridiculous. My mouth is dancing to the medley of all those delicious flavors.
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