1431 Larimer St.
Denver, CO 80202
Critics' Pick
Best Of
Rioja +



  • $$, $$$
  • Wheelchair accessible, Business Dining, Catering, Patio/Sidewalk Dining, Private Party
  • Lunch, Dinner, Brunch
  • Full bar
  • Metered Parking, Valet Parking
  • Reservations Recommended, Online Reservations Available
In late 2004, chef Jennifer Jasinski and Beth Gruitch used their considerable restaurant experience to open Rioja, a game-changer in Larimer Square. From the start, the place was packed almost every night of the week, and since then Rioja has only gained in popularity and national praise, even as the partners have added other, nearby eateries to their empire. The fare coming out of the open kitchen remains a jumble of Mediterranean, Spanish and loose, fusion-y concepts with handmade pastas and excellent sauces; a seat at the chef’s table is one of the hottest tickets in town. But a spot at the cozy bar is equally prized, the ideal place to grab a drink and a snack before heading out for a night in this increasingly vibrant town.

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