TripExpert Score based on reviews in 11 publications
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    Seared Sea Scallops
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11 expert recommendations


Denver Post 3.0

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 →


Fodor's Tick Choice

Chef Jennifer Jasinski's intense attention to detail is evident in her tribute to Mediterranean food with contemporary flair. Full review →


Frommer's 34

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 →


Gayot 15.0

The simple décor---crisp white tablecloths, mango-colored walls, exposed brick and warm golden-brown booths---creates a pleasing play of textures. Full review →


Insight Guides

A polished downtown spot for American cooking that includes house-made tortellini or Colorado lamb sausage. Full review →


Lonely Planet Tick Top Choice

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 →


Rough Guide

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.


The Infatuation 8.3

Strung lights and handsome brick buildings are a fitting backdrop for Rioja, one of the pioneers of the Denver restaurant scene. Full review →


Travel + Leisure

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 →



Chef Jennifer Jasinski prepares flavorful culinary delights and diners rave about the ever-changing menu, which has consisted of lavender bread, black-truffle gnocchi and seared nori-wrapped sea scallops. Full review →



Creatively presented Mediterranean fare Full review →

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