Executive Chef Jennifer Jasinski and business partner Beth Gruitch have teamed together to create a new, dynamic dining scene abundant with Mediterranean influences.Jasinski, named the Western U.S. Chef of the Year by the American Culinary Federation, blends fresh local ingredients with simple flavor combinations to create a renaissance of tastes. The well-trained staff provide upbeat and unobtrusive service, treating every customer like a valued friend. Rioja’s setting is just as impressive, highlighted by hand-blown glass fixtures, a copper-topped bar, and a wine wall colored scarlet by numerous bottles of bold reds. Its location in the heart of Larimer Square puts it within walking distance of the Denver Performing Arts Complex, all the major downtown hotels, the Pepsi Center, and Coors Field, making it perfect for before or after an event or show.