Rioja, 1431 Larimer Street, Denver

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Average Price: $31 to $50
Cuisine: Mediterranean
Dress Code: Casual Dress
v 0.8 miles from Denver center (as shown on map)
Chef Jennifer Jasinski's creatively inspired food is influenced by local seasonal products. Rioja is simple, pure food that emphasizes bright flavors and textures. The wines are a collection of fun interesting varietals that complement the cuisine.

Rioja Customer Reviews

Overall Average Score: 
Very Good (4 out of 5)

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Very Good - 4 out of 5

Christine, Boulder Fri, 29 July 2016

Restrooms could use some attention. The waitress was difficult for us to understand, so a printed explanation of each dish would be welcome. Would have liked more traditional fare (at least one or two options) instead of many complicated, exotic pairings. My fish entree was just ok - the carrot tops and peels did little to enhance flavor. They seemed to have been thrown in for added color/texture. Ditto the pea shoots. Only a tablespoon of peas, but lots of pea shoots. The ice cream trio on a lace cookie was also "meh". The lemon cheesecake wasn't at all lemony and indistinguishable from the other pale scoop (never did figure out the flavor on that scoop). The lace cookie was soggy once the ice creams had melted a bit. Not my best meal here.

Liked: Bread options - 4 to choose from.
Disliked: Olive oil on the table would be a nice accompaniment to the breads. Most items were unfamiliar, so an explanation would save time, e.g. cava. Sometimes the offerings seemed too creative. We loved the idea of beignets for dessert, but the fillings seemed an odd accompaniment.

TripAdvisor Traveler Rating

Rioja is #14 of 3159 things to do in Denver

5 of 5 stars5 out of 5
By: JMONTENEGRO, Windermere, Florida
Wed 24 Mar, 2021
l Great service, Great Food, there is no way you will be disappointed. The lamb and the dock are amazing. There is a valet parking for the restaurants at 15th street.

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5 of 5 stars5 out of 5
By: tracyunionthug, Jacksonville, Florida
Sun 21 Mar, 2021
l Everyone is very friendly and I like how they all worked together making for a well oiled machine. The food was awesome. Husband had the chicken and I had the duck.

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1 of 5 stars1 out of 5
By: Terry S, Denver, Colorado
Wed 17 Feb, 2021
l Just overrated lousy - my pal roped me into going to a Portuguese themed dinner - top to bottom mediocre - food wasn?t good - wine pours skimpy and staff told to push the extras- this joint would...

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Rioja 1431 Larimer Street, Denver