Denver >Food & Dining > Rialto Cafe
934 16th St, Denver, CO | Directions 8020239.746848 -104.994319
Mon. - Sun. 6am - 10am
Neighborhoods: Central Business District (CBD), Northwest Denver, Central Business District
Horrible experience – My wife and I went there and ordered an appetizer and 2 tenderloin salads. Never got the appetizer and got a small portion of lettuce with 3 pieces of fatty meat, not dressing and none of the other salad stuff. My wife's salad was not cooked to the right temperature and also had few items on it. Rip off.
Great business lunch place! – I often bring clients to Rialto Cafe for the great atmosphere, friendly service and amazing lunch items. I entertain clients often and love that I can order from their beyond the bagged lunch specials too. My favorite is the Basil BLT adding Chicken!! Great job!
Amazing Ahi Tuna – The Grilled Ahi tuna that is on the dinner menu is consistently incredible. It's served with a wasabi whipped potato, asian veggie slaw and a lemon butter.
I go there every time I am in town. :)
CHEATING STAFF, MEDIOCRE FOOD, HORRIBLE DRINKS – Do not order the rendezvous martini, unless you enjoy the taste of cherry, butt, mouthwash, and ashtray combined. Besides the fact that Rialto's drinks were lacking and that their food was no better than your local Applebee's, the incompetent wait staff was unable to successfully split the bill. What would seem a simple task, took nearly an hour and was still incorrect. After the matter, additional charges that were "unaccounted for" were added to different members of the group's credit cards, WITHOUT AUTHORIZATION. Management was unable to provide proof of these extra charges and refused to cooperate. You'll have better luck going to the Chili's across the street.
Consistently delicious! – Have dined at Rialto multiple times. Food is always great. Their salmon is cooked perfectly, slightly pink on the inside. I highly recommend their whipped mashed potatoes - always a crowd-pleaser. I also reccommend their New Years Eve dinners - they are always fantastic, bring food out quickly and provide excellent service. I have had friend's birthday dinners here, along with my Rehersal dinner when I was married in 2007. Love this place and come here as often as I can. Fantastic Happy Hour - great food and drink specials.
Great Place – I highly enjoyed my experience at Rialto! The location is great and the staff was very friendly. I will recommend this restaurant to friends.
Pushy Service, Substandard Food – Reservations were relatively easy to get. We booked it 30 minutes in advance. The server was really pushing us to eat quickly. She bothered us every 2 minutes asking if we were ready to order yet when it was obvious we were conversing with the other couple. My fiancee had the salmon which she liked, I had the osso bucco which was decent (the orange glaze was nice), my friend had the cinnamon / coffee encrusted filet mignon which did not live up to expectations (couldn't taste the coffee or cinnamon - tasted blackened), and his wife had a cheeseburger which she seemed to enjoy. Waitress continued to be pushy for us to check out. I wouldn't go back to this place. The food was not special and unique enough to overlook the service.
It was the old bait and switch at Rialto – A friend of mine was visiting from California. We walked down 16th street and she wanted to go in to Rialto for a quick bite to eat. We perused the menu posted at the front door. She wanted the Caesar salad, which was listed at $4.99. When we went inside, she ordered the salad. Only later did we come to realize that the salad on the menu was $6.99. Confused, I went outside and double-checked the menu outside. Sure enough, we were right. The DINNER salad was listed at $4.99, NOT $6.99. I brought this to the attention of our waiter, who said he would correct the price. Still not satisfiied, I asked to see a manager, as I thought such a price discrepancy should come to his attention. Anthony, the manager, came to see me. When I told him about the fact that the $4.99 salad was not listed as an option on the inside menu, he barely took me seriously. I had to explain to him that it's the principle of the matter: it's unethical to lure someone in off the street while listing an item at a certain low price, but not offer that item as an option when the customer enters the restaurant, thinking they can get that item. He still didn't really seem to care, and said he would "Take care of it." Enough time passed that my friend and I finally left, without the bill having been amended, or the waiter or manager stopping us as we walked out the door, never to return again.
tude... with a capital "T" – hate doing this. but what is so cosmopolitan about being rude? maybe if the food was mind blowing and the place had historical significance it could be argued. but as far as i am concerned this place has neither.
Great Dining Experience – I recently visited the Rialto Cafe after attending a show in Downtown Denver. This was the perfect location, as it was just a few blocks from the theatre district. The service was excellent and the menu offered something for everyone. I was particullary impressed with the professionalism of the management staff. Not only did the manager visit my table and others around me, but she took a personal interest in our dining experience. There was a group of "rowdy" drinkers that were loud and distracting myself and others at my table. She politely asked the group what they were celebrating and if they would like a private area away from other guests. Although they declined, the noise level decreased, and she managed to ensure that all guests had a positive dining experience. It is service like this that will bring me back again and again.
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