Crafted Concepts

1431 Larimer St, Denver
(303) 820-2282

Recent Reviews

Solo ofrecieron una vez bebidas ; el mesero nunca se volvió a presentar y cuando fue a tomar la orden con mala cara y el agua tenía un cabello y le hablé al mesero para decirle y me dijo si ya ya ya ósea me callo muy mal la vdd el mesero ; los que servían el pan y el agua ellos muy bien muy amables

RolandH

Outstanding meal as always. Duck Leg special was excellent and the Artichoke Tortelloni was delicious as always (a fave). It was our friends 1st time in and they loved it! As did my wife. Interesting wine program; i had an awesome Nascetta from northern italy! Service and vibe top notch!

MikaM

We have been to rioja several times and it used to be one of my favorite places to dine, which is why I booked us a table for New Year's Eve. When we arrived the door to the restaurant was locked, we tried several times to open it but had to tap on the door for the hostess to let us in. We told her the door was locked and she could not have cared less. We were three minutes early for our reservation, but were still told we had to wait. As we were waiting we had to keep opening the locked door for other guests. We were finally sat and after ordering the pre fixe new year menu, we were informed the first dish was no longer available, which was lame. It was only 715 and they're out of the special menu items?? Sounds like poor planning. Then we were also told there may not be enough of the main course as well! They attempted to sub the lentil soup for the first dish, which we said was not comparable to oysters and caviar so we asked for the crudo tasting portion and they were accommodating, which we appreciated. Service was subpar, it took us almost two and a half hours to eat because of this one of our drinks was comped. When they brought the bill they had extra fees at the bottom which we were not told about. Overall, the food was really good but the experience itself was awful and we probably won't choose to dine here again.

DeeC

we have gone to Rioja every New Years for many years. We love it. A bit disappointed this time with the service. It was very slow and the bread service was very late getting to us and it only came by once. Is there an intentional effort to save a bread going on? We enjoyed the pork a lot but felt the salmon was a bit boring.

Rioja is by far one of the best dining experiences we have encountered. We reserved our table online, only the bar was available. To our surprise we were escorted to a table in the corner, which made NYE date night more special. From the moment we sat down to the moment we left, all of our dining needs were met to the fullest . We decided to try- Appetizer: ricotta cavatelli | entrees: Thai chili pork, seared venison | dessert: caramelized pear tart. We were not disappointed! We left full and satisfied, and cant wait to come back to try the other highly recommended dishes (which in my opinion is a work of art) . .... We see why Rioja is at the heart of Denver.

PhillipD

A Brunch Experience Like No Other in Denver In the heart of Denver's Larimer Square, Rioja stands as a beacon of fine dining, renowned for its exquisite dinner offerings. However, it's Rioja's weekend brunch that truly sets this gem apart, offering an exceptional value in the realm of upscale dining. Upon entering Rioja, one is immediately struck by the atmosphere of refined elegance. Crisp, fresh white tablecloths set the stage for an experience where every detail is attended to. The service is exceptionally professional, with staff demonstrating an unobtrusive yet attentive presence reflecting the high standards of the establishment. The menu, a testament to culinary sophistication, features dishes that are as visually appealing as they are flavorful. The artisanal breads are all made on site. The tortellini appetizer is a standout, encapsulating the essence of fine dining in every bite. Filled with a smooth artichoke mousse and bathed in a delicate white truffle broth, it offers an aroma that tantalizes the senses before delivering a rich, layered flavor experience. Among the entrées, the Colorado Lamb Burger is a revelation. Served with in-house mozzarella, spicy aioli, oven-roasted tomatoes, and arugula, each element contributes to its succulence. Opting for it á la Fausto – elevates this dish to a sublime level. For a lighter yet equally satisfying option, the Green Breakfast Bowl is a triumph of balance and taste. Featuring avocado, goat cheese, eggs, and a jalapeño crema vinaigrette, this dish invigorates the palate. A notable mention must go to the Focaccia Avocado Toast. Far from your typical brunch fare, this dish is a symphony of flavors and textures that not only pleases the palate but elevates the concept of "avocado toast" to an unprecedented level of culinary artistry. In short, Rioja's brunch is a journey of gastronomic delight and refined ambiance. The attention to detail, from service to cuisine, makes it a must-visit destination.

Miko

Great food with the exception of the Pulpo all you could taste is the char on it it did not have much flavor. That being said every other dish we had tasted amazing. These included the Gnocchi which was actually Gnoccheti with Lamb, tagliatelle with rabbit and Wagyu tri tip with XO Sauce. Unfortunately I've had phenomenal XO sauce and this one was a little thick and lost the flavor. Overall we'll be back to try other stuff

AmandaB

We came to Rioja to celebrate our tenth wedding anniversary and it was an excellent choice! The restaurant is located in a stunning little square which was decorated for the holidays. The staff was so friendly (we are from the UK so maybe our baseline for friendliness is skewed but they really seemed so kind!) and made it a point to congratulate us several times on our milestone. The food was excellent from starter to mains! We can recommend the pork chop and the asparagus pasta and the lamb gnocchi (best tasting lamb I have ever had!)! The ambience was nice casual and the noise level was moderate. At the end of the meal they provided us with two glasses of their special cava to celebrate AND a handwritten note congratulating us on the anniversary! What a special restaurant and we will come back for sure when we visit Denver again!

linaka

We dined here on Christmas Eve hoping for a nice experience. Have done there many times in the past and loved it. However, our waiter was very condescending and not nice at all. He was very rude and snippy to my adult daughter and really kind of ruined the evening for us. I ordered a steak that was in edible, to the point that I could not chew through it. Our waiter did not apologize at all and simply asked, with his condescending attitude, “what else can I get started for you?” Because he hadn't really come back to check on us, by that point, the others at the table were close to finished. Overall, it was not the experience we had hoped for.

Blush

Such a beautiful Christmas Eve dinner with my family. One of the most special and beloved meals of the year. The food was absolutely spectacular. The pork, the pork belly starter, the artichoke anglinotti were all standouts. We also so appreciated a comfortable round booth for our table of 5. One suggestion I'd have is to dim and warm the spot light over the table. It is much too bright and cool. Over all we adore Rioja and we will be back. Thank you.

LizaT

We went to Rioja for Christmas Eve brunch, had a front table at window overlooking snow flurries on decorated Larimer Square. The food and ambiance were wonderful, hostess very sweet, the sun/snow mix on an emotional holiday brought tears to my eyes. We were going to see Six at the Buell right after, matinee performance. What a wonderful event with my husband, daughter and partner. Would love to come try dinner sometime!!

Always an outstanding experience! We always celebrate special occasions here, because Rioja does it right. The crudo, salmon, and pear tart were out of this world. We've tried so many dishes, but the salmon dish had my heart. Way to go, guys! Also, the rosemary with pear was transcendent. Thank you!

RLA1840

Go here before a show at Denver Performing Arts. I stopped in before Six at the Buell. Love the salads and artichoke tortellini! You can valet for free and walk over to the theatre. I love lunch and dinner here. Excellent wine and drink list. Great service and atmosphere.

NBFoodie

It has been quite a number of years since we'd been to Rioja. Thrilled to know the service, food, and quality was still top notch! And, several favorites such as the goat cheese biscuits and artichoke tortelloni are still on the menu! It was a wonderful experience. Rioja continues to knock it out of the park!

Christmas

We had the Venison and Vegetarian Plate. Plus dessert was the Fig thing and the fudge torte with caramelized banana. It was all so amazing. Loved every bite! The venison was melt in your mouth amazing!

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