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10 expert recommendations
Yes, you can order calamari and octopus, and olives have a revered place in the Rioja universe, but you can also find Skuna Bay salmon lomi lomi with macadamia-ginger pesto. Full review →
Chef Jennifer Jasinski's intense attention to detail is evident in her tribute to Mediterranean food with contemporary flair. Full review →
With a copper-topped bar and an atmosphere that’s formal without being stuffy, Rioja is the perfect vehicle for Jasinski’s menu of contrasting flavors and textures. Full review →
The simple décor---crisp white tablecloths, mango-colored walls, exposed brick and warm golden-brown booths---creates a pleasing play of textures. Full review →
A polished downtown spot for American cooking that includes house-made tortellini or Colorado lamb sausage. Full review →
Smart, busy and upscale, yet relaxed and casual – just like Colorado – Rioja features modern cuisine inspired by Italian and Spanish traditions and powered by modern culinary flavors. Full review →
Creative and hugely enjoyable Mediterranean cuisine, with robust meat, fish and pasta entrees from around $20, and some tables outside. Dinner daily, lunch Wed–Sun.
Strung lights and handsome brick buildings are a fitting backdrop for Rioja, one of the pioneers of the Denver restaurant scene. Full review →
The small patio invites those walking through the LoDo neighborhood to stop for a Rioja “picnic” of artisan meats, cheeses, nuts and olives. Full review →
The “passion” of chef/co-owner Jennifer Jasinski shows in every “meticulously thought-out” Mediterranean-inspired dish her “courteous” staff “presents like artwork” alongside an... Full review →