Rioja is a restaurant located in downtown Denver where all the great restaurants are located, on Larimer. I have been here once before leaded by Yelp’s high reviews. Last time I was here it was dinner time and the place was pretty packed. This time I came a bit early before the dinner crowed and sat at the quiet corner near the bar looking out to the street. Last time when tue weather was still warm, street side tables are packed along Larimer. Today it’s already winter time but the lights outside brings the holiday atmosphere right out.
The appetizers list was great. I’m a sucker for appetizers. So I decided to order myself three appetizers instead.
A seared scallops. The sauce is amazing. The scallops were very well cooked. Still soft instead.
It is a bit hard to tell from this picture but this is a beet salad. Small portion but just right. The richness from the cheeses goes very well with the beets.
Lastly, my favorite, cheese plate. It would probably be better if it comes with crackers but the cheese are great. Each cheese came paired with different food to bring out the uniqueness of each one of them.
Great dinner and definitely will be back!
Category: American (New)
1441 Larimer St
Denver, CO 80202
Neighborhoods: Lodo, Northwest
Went to this place with my engagement manager for dinner. Recommended by my client and fully booked for the night from OpenTable. We tried our luck and walked in to see how long the wait was going to be. Luckily it was early enough to have seats for 2 and we sat close to the door. The servers are very nice and as mentioned by my client, food on the meun are quite unique. I ordered a salmon sashimi dish and a wok charred edamame. Both tasted great! More to the expensive end and didn’t have budget to try out the “crazy flavors” ice-cream including lobster tasted ice-cream. Definitely sounds interesting.
Second time back here alone in winter.
Craving for some japanese food. Got myself a dish called Hang Ten. A Hamachi roll with some citric flavour. Very yummy.
For my entree, a very tasty miso halibut. A bit of Asian flavor and a hint of sweetness. The fish is soft and very well cooked.
Arrived at Denver with a connecting flight started at 6:30am, didn’t feel like going out for a fancy dinner. Also the time zone difference from eastern time to mountain time didn’t help either. Settled in hotel after work and went downstairs to Corner Bakery Cafe for a light dinner.
The place is quite empty for dinner. The menu targets more to breakfast and lunch customers. I will be back for a breakfast later for sure. The homemade oatmeal got my attention. But the place is homey and neat. Free wifi.
Not feeling like sitting in, I ordered an Asian salad for take out. Nice light dinner.