Colorado Is Home To One Of America's Best Fine Dining Restaurants

By Zuri Anderson

October 27, 2022

Delicate medallions of veal with vegetables
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If you like to dress nice and enjoy a dainty dinner, then fine dining establishments are for you. These restaurants are known for their posh presentations, neat concepts, and of course, extravagant meals. Sometimes you might be staring at a work of art rather than a plate for food.

For those who need recommendations, TripAdvisor rolled out its Travelers' Choice awards for 2022. One of these lists includes the best fine dining restaurants in the U.S., chosen by reviewers and travelers.

A Denver restaurant made it on the list: Rioja! This spot focuses on Mediterranean-style cuisine with a focus on local and seasonal ingredients. Chef Jennifer Jasinski, who's a Top Chef Masters finalist, opened Rioja in 2003. Menu highlights include her iconic Colorado lamb loin, handmade pasta, and grilled Spanish octopus.

Mark J. rated his experience at Rioja a five out of five:

"Finally after a few years of wanting to dine at Rioja, we did for our anniversary. We've been a quick drink once or twice but never for dinner. I wish we hadn't waited so long. Food was outstanding. I think our favorite was the corn risotto. The braised rabbit tagliatelle was phenomenal too. We ordered a few of the starters and 1/2 size pasta courses. All were fantastic. Humberto was our serer, he was superb every step of the way. Thanks y'all!! We'll be back!!"

You can find Rioja at 1431 Larimer St, which is half a mile from Coors Field! They're available for dine-in and curbside pickup.

Check out TripAdvisor's full list of stunning fine-dining restaurants.

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